It seems no matter how old I get, or how many years I’ve been out of school, my life calendar still seems to be set in semesters. The end of summer always elicits a feeling of heading back into the school year — even though I no longer attend an actual school. While summer’s end always feels a bit sad, there is also a sense of excitement and possibility for new beginnings with the coming of fall. As the days get shorter, the evening air becomes a bit cooler, and the mad dash for fun summer weekend plans starts to simmer, there also comes the feeling of gaining a fresh start for the upcoming “school year.”
December 31st may be the day when we make resolutions galore, attend sparkly parties, and watch twinkling fireworks to mark the start of the new year — for me, it’s always the fall season when I really feel the sense of new beginnings and a fresh start. It’s a time when I find myself setting goals for the year ahead, and cleaning out the clutter in my life (literally and figuratively). I check in on the progress of my resolutions, and make a list of new ones.
Personally, this couldn’t come at a better time in my life. As the dust has begun to settle from what has been, to put it lightly, a bit of a life shake-up over the past 6 months, I find myself actually excited about the potential of what this new season may bring, and the possibility of a fresh start — because, man, I could use one! But can’t we all?! So let’s do it together.
While the pangs of anxiety of “heading back to school” are understandably setting in, and the thought of not spending our weekends soaking in the sunshine (for those of us in seasonal cities or towns) feels like such a loss, I encourage you to embrace the excitement of what this “school year” could bring and treat it like a new beginning.
This week’s video episode takes us to the Santa Monica Farmers Market with Kitchy Kitchen blogger and chef Claire Thomas, where our fresh start begins with what we use to fuel our bodies. Inspired by seasonal produce at the market, Claire creates new twists on classic dishes for healthy fall cooking. (Find her written recipes here!)
Our content this week is all about embracing a fresh start. Intensati founder Patricia Moreno helps us set our intention for the season (along with a special Sweat Life fall mantra!); Sarah and Mason Levey from Y7 Studio have given yoga a fresh start by adding hip hop flow; Christine Bibbo Herr from NYCPretty lets us in on a Day in her Sweat Life; the fitness men of NYC share their fresh fall picks for what they’ll be wearing to the gym; and Bari trainer Jason Bayus encourages men to be brave and give female dominated classes a try.
So, set goals, clear out the clutter, let go of whatever may have happened over this last year, revisit your resolutions, hold that chin high, and get ready to attack the year ahead. I have a feeling it just may be a good one!
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life