September is almost here, autumn is just around the corner, but summer still has a few weeks left before schedules and routines change, holidays wrap up and the temperatures shift as well.
As I shared on Friday in the weekly newsletter and the This & That post, I will be taking four days off from posting (Monday – Thursday) this week to give myself a bit of a creative respite and catch my breath before the new season of the blog, the podcast and the cooking show kick off. Also, we have the annual Fall Shopping Guide being released on September 1st. And with so much good stuff coming your way . . . let’s take a peek at what is just around the corner: a trip to England where I will be meeting with five TOP Tier Members who won the Grand Giveaway during this past year’s British Week for Champagne Afternoon tea at a very special location in London, as well as much content that will be captured during my trip in the English countryside. So much awesome inspiration, ideas and tours are in store this fall, but first, I am going to catch my breath.
For the first time ever, since I began blogging way back in 2009, the only week off I ever took (and continue to do so) is the final week of the year when all of the TOP posts are shared and new content ceases until January 1st. However, this year I began to acknowledge that running my business and taking more direct control over my website has built up a bit of exhaustion. Partly because I want to make sure the quality remains high no matter what is shared, created or produced, but also because I have been working on two other projects behind the scenes. One you have been hearing about with the creation of the Contentment Course that will become available in 2024 and one I am keeping hush-hush because I don’t know what it will become. All of that said, my creativity has to remain strong and fueled, so that is why I am taking these next few days off to recharge and catch my breath.
Whether it is savoring the seasonal produce of this wonderful time of year, by taking a breath before jumping back into a new, and usually fuller schedule, we can make sure we take care of ourselves and those we love well.
I will return on Friday August 25th with the dependable and full-of-inspiration-to kick-off-your-weekend This & That post because I know so many of you have already begun the new work and school season and having a routine of knowing what you can look forward to and enjoy, as many TSLL readers savor their Friday or weekend ritual of sitting down to enjoy the weekly T & T, punctuates the week well. There is nourishment in such rituals, and honestly, I love creating and sharing that post for you all. So I will see you this coming Friday. 😌 Thank you for understanding and if you too need to take some time in your own life and are able before everything revs back up, do know, you will return with more of what you wish you had.
BUT, in the meantime, I have compiled all of the MANY posts I have written over the past 13+ years that share inspiration for how to prepare for La Rentrée, the return as the French call it. And as we just wrapped up French Week here on the blog, I thought it quite apropos to remain in the theme inspired by the French culture.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in to the 167 ways to step well into the new season!
23 Ways to Have a Great Start This Fall, episode #223
The Modern Woman’s Lifestyle Grocery List, episode #28
A list I always peek at just before autumn arrives to make sure all is stocked. 🙂