Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Summer transitions into Fall on Friday, a new season a new perspective!  The fall transition brings new temperatures, the ability to bring out different clothes as well as the opportunity for new beginnings!
Recently I have had clients, family members and myself on the cusp or in the middle of a new beginning. A transition of varying degrees, yet a transition, so I got to thinking are these changes due to the time of year or just a natural life progression?  What do you think? At least it’s worth a few moments to ponder!
One of the exciting aspects of life is that it is ever transitioning; events, people, activities, experiences, you get the picture. There is something about a new season, new opportunities, new experiences that is just plain exciting!
Here are some fun examples of how to have fun transitioning to a new season with a perspective twist!
*      Those summer clothes- before putting them away for the season:
o   Didn’t wear something- time to sell or donate
o   Clears out space and allows a shopping adventure in spring!
o   Clearing space allow the energy to flow
*      Review your schedule – feel overloaded? 
o   Review what’s a benefit, fulfilling, brings you joy – keep it
o   What no longer is necessary or doing “just because I don’t want to let them down” – time to open up that space. Chances are if you are feeling “ I go because I committed, if you aren’t there fully then you are doing both yourself and the organization a disservice”
o   Free time!! – time for you to now keep that open for you or family
*      Empty Nester? Ah, “big time” transition- embrace the feelings move through the emotions and:
o   Embrace that you have done a fabulous job as a parent
o   Time to kick up your heels and experience something fun for you!
o   You’ve done an incredible job – Celebrate! Connect with yourself, your passion the things that have been dormant.
o   Rearrange furniture, paint. Replace current photos in frames with more current ones.
o   Pick up the phone and call someone you have wanted to call but didn’t have the time!
o   Reconnect with people, activities and yourself
This one is a big transition, I can remember my mom telling me years later; when I left for college she sat in my closet and cried. Broke my heart, but she dealt with the emotions, never told me until twenty some years later! Transitioning for both of us allowed us to have a larger, deeper relationship as two women!
*      Foods- salads, greens, eating healthy are important, but there is something wonderful about the fall foods that taste so yummy!!! The stews, the breads, the sausages, the wings! OK, you get the picture! Enjoy the transition, stay active and incorporate the healthy veggies and food items that we need, but embrace the fall to enjoy some heartier comfortable foods!
*      Festivals! Apples festivals especially- apple butter, apple pie, hayrides. Find one in and around your area and enjoy in the festivities! Fun Fun Fun!
*      Leaf Peeping – better known as fall foliage, especially on the East Coast. Take a day trip or weekend and find an area that you can enjoy the changing of the colors!
*      Plan a vacation- March is always a great time to get away; another transition period. Where do you want to go? Never too early to plan a vacation getaway.
*      Business owner, a great time to assess first three quarters, where are you in the plan? Adjust accordingly and set plans in place to bring in a strong fourth quarter!
Transition is part of life, how we chose to deal with transition is a matter of perspective, time for me now to wish you a positive perspective on a fulfilling, loving and joyous transition!
“Embracing transition allows me to live my life passionately and have control over me”cl