September 30th, 2015 | Miller Advisors

A toast to fall

Fall is finally here and with cooler temperatures comes calmer temperaments. For me, the start of autumn feels nostalgic. I don’t know if it’s my flashbacks of my Kindergarten through college years when I would start the academic year on a fresh slate with new teachers, new classmates, and new lessons, or what it is, but I find it easier to slow down, concentrate, and focus on the task at hand.

I’m willing to bet that even if you prefer the lazy, hot days of summer over any other season, you can’t deny the sense of calm that autumn (and a little nip in the air) brings forth. As the busyness of summer winds down, and before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season picks up, it’s a good idea to take some time to reflect upont the last 9 months and make a list for what you would like to accomplish by the end of the year. Some points to reflect upon:

  1. Who are you thankful for? Make a list and ask yourself, have you accredited your gratitude in a meaningful way? The time is now to let your friends, family and co-workers know what they mean to you!
  2. What charity or cause do you feel a pull to support? Maybe you’re already involved within your community, but if not, and/or if you feel strongly about a specific cause, stretch your resources and see what you might get involved with. October, November and December are full of food and clothing drives, as well as walks and races to support causes such as hunger. Try visiting Hopelink for a start.
  3. What financial changes do you need to make? If you’re not saving enough, it’s time to sit down and re-budget. Maybe you’d like to set up a Roth IRA, or maybe you are looking to invest but don’t know where to begin. Now is the ideal time to goal plan so that when the New Year hits, you will be on track with your new financial plan.
  4. Are you spending enough time doing what makes you happy? No matter what your profession or you role within the family is, we are all busy and we often shove aside our own passions and hobbies in order to satisfy whatever else is going on in our lives. So what hobby or activity have you given up that you’d like to get back into? Write your thoughts down, search the internet for some options to get re-engaged, and dedicate an afternoon to doing what it is that satisfies your soul.
  5. What fun do you have planned for October, November & December? Whether you’re a gung-ho holiday person or a non-celebrator, autumn brings forth some of the best festivities of the year. Take advantage of the fall harvest and visit a local farm to apple pick or select your own pumpkins for carving, decoration or cooking. Seattleites should check out Events12 for lists of local and festive things to do by the month.

Whatever you do, make sure to add some fun and festive activities to your calendar and take in all that the season has to offer.

Happy Fall!