August always feels a little bittersweet for me. It’s my birth month (which can be a good thing, but simultaneously loaded with pressure — know what I mean?), and it also marks the end of summer. After all, the first weekend of the next month marks Labor Day, and from there, you know you’re just a hop to Halloween, a skip to Thanksgiving, and a jump to the holiday season. I actually adore the fall season and winter after it (who can resist all the cozy comforts of the holidays?) but still, summer always seems to fly by so fast. Have you been feeling that way too? Like I said, bittersweet.
One of the “sweet” parts in the bittersweet is that I actually think of August as a time of renewal and reinvention. I know that the new year — or maybe spring — is supposed to mark that time, but for me, it’s always felt more natural in August. How can it not? When I was a kid, going back to school always held so much promise for me. I was fascinated to see everyone again, see how people had changed over the summer (or not), what experiences they’d had, how relationships would be different. And there was nothing like buying new school supplies and clothes to feel renewed and reinvented. Here in New York, fall has an energy all its own, as people return from holidays rested and relaxed from the summer, then jam in as much as they can until winter arrives and hibernation mode begins. School kids or not, everyone here has that same sense of renewal — and perhaps, with a fabulous new fall coat, reinvention as well.
I suppose I’ve had all this on my mind a lot since there are some changes afoot around here — both personally and professionally. The personal stuff I’m not able to delve into as much since it deals with family things (for now, some boundaries are in place, but hopefully at some point soon I can share more. No baby on board, lest you get any ideas.). Professionally? Not to worry, you can totally be in on the secret. Tomorrow and Friday, I’ll be sharing some reflections and big news for not only my design studio, but also for the blog. I hope you’ll check back in and come along on the journey with me!
In the meantime, I’d love to know — what’s on deck for you this month? Any last minute getaways before fall? Doing anything to relax yourself before fall hits?