Starting Fall Off Right

Hi lovely readers! Long time no post!

I’d like to apologize for my absence – I had a very tumultuous summer, but also a really wonderful summer in parts. I plan on returning to my regular once or twice a week posting schedule now that it’s fall.

This fall I’ll be starting my social work program at school officially, which is both exciting and somewhat terrifying. I know fall is kind of a fresh start for a lot of people, so I thought I’d share some tips and tricks for starting the new season off right.

My first tip is to get out your planner and some colourful stickers and markers and really plan out your classes/work schedule, along with any appointments you need to make or have coming up. If you’re a bullet-journal kind of person then, first of all, good for you for having that kind of patience, and second of all make sure you really plot out all the sections you’re going to need because September is typically a busy month. My planner of choice is the Erin Condren life planner. Look at the cute fall designs they have for their covers right now!

This is what the interior of my planner looks like unmarked – I use the horizontal lay out. 

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My second tip is to do a minimalism inspired clean out. I know it’s called spring-cleaning but I actually find fall to be the easiest time to motivate myself to revamp my closets, purses, and really my entire apartment.

I really like this organization challenge. The only thing I’d add is that when you’re organizing these areas, purge things you don’t need like socks that don’t have matches, clothes you don’t wear, and tupperwear lids that don’t have a bottom. I like the Con-Mari method’s approach to clothing: ask yourself, does this spark joy?

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I also think it’s worthwhile to organize your school or work bag a few days in advance of your first shift or class, so you can really figure out what the essentials are and how much you can fit.

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Once you’ve purged your wardrobe and any other areas of your life that needed it, ask yourself, what does this leave me with? What do I need to replace? What are some self-care essentials I’m going to need going into the new season and which trends do I think will be a staple in my wardrobe?

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I invested in a teddy jacket for this fall. They were a huge trend last year and they looked so comfortable! I chose this one from Missguided.  I also purchased the Comforter bubble bar from Lush – I really prefer these to their bath bombs because you can use them more than once!

Set goals. I use a regular notebook to record goals I’m pursuing every change of season. Most of mine are to do with fitness and grades right now so I purchased a set of stickers from Erin Condren to denote when I’m going to workout, when I’m going to meal prep, and to just add little motivational reminders to my planner.

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Lastly, check back in with your new years resolutions and look for progress (this can be very rewarding!) or places that need improvement. You want to go into this season with a clear idea of where you want to end up, as I think is helpful every season and every near year. Here’s a link to my NYE resolutions post.

Thanks for reading, guys! I’ll be back next week with another post. And thank you, finally, for the great reception my Bipolar Guide received. It is very rewarding to hear that some of you really identified with what I said and found my tips helpful.

Lots of love,

Liz

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