The New “New Year”

October 22, 2015

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

― Albert Camus

I love this time of year; the weather and the colors changing all around me; beards are growing in full force; the smell of fresh baked holiday bread. Even coffee smells and tastes better this time of year! Plus, the anticipation of the holidays. Yep…that’s what I said the “anticipation.” Being a father of four, the holidays can be quite stressful; fun, but stressful. Therefore, I enjoy the anticipation of them more than the holidays themselves. By the time they are over, I’m kind of glad they are. I wish, though, that the time leading up to them would slow down. The smells of this season are so warming to the mind and heart. I don’t know if it’s the smells themselves or if it is just knowing what these smells bring: the holidays.

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”

― Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I also believe that October is the beginning of the new year; the time to shed all that unnecessary baggage. This, to me, is the best time to change things in your life. Shake all those dead leaves off and move toward the things you desire most. It’s not too cold outside to start exercising. This, after all, is what most people want in the new year. Honestly, the weather (at least here in Tennessee) is perfect for you to begin any kind of home workout. If it’s an indoor workout, open the windows and let the cool morning or evening breeze blow through the house while you sweat. Then step outside for that nice refreshing autumn air to fill your lungs.

This is the best time to start a budget.

Excuse me…did I say budget?

Well, yes I did. And I mean it too. This is the best time. If you struggle with money around Christmas, how about starting a budget 2 months in advance to help you focus on what you are spending. That way when “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” rolls around, you can be prepared. It will help you be more vigilant over your bank account. If your bank account is looking good, then you’ll be looking and feeling good no matter how many times you went back for seconds at all those Christmas dinners. With the extra money you can make sure to buy more of those much needed beard care products. And you’ll probably not need all those resolutions because you’ve accomplished everything already. So take all that extra money and have a great new year. Or at least on hell of a New Year’s Eve!!!

Please leave a comment below or if for some reason you have a question, feel free to ask!

Get out and enjoy the fall! And don’t forget to #beardup!

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