More than any other season, autumn just has that feeling that distinguishes it from the rest of the year. Maybe it’s the invigorating chill in the air, or the memories of going back to school, but fall always makes me feel extra motivated and (like Robin Williams’ prep school students in Dead Poets Society) ready to Carpe Diem.

If summer is the season to loosen up and have some fun — fall is a time to reconnect with our goals and values and think about what’s important to us. The crisp air lends a freshness to everything, and I suddenly embrace getting back into a routine and thinking about areas of my life where I’d like to make some improvements.

So, who’s with me on making autumn resolutions this year? Or if resolutions aren’t your thing, how about setting a few intentions for the coming season? I’ll go first: I want to cultivate awareness throughout my day. Sounds a bit abstract, I know, but hear me out because it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, and the steps I’ve been taking so far have already been game-changing.

I’ve realized that I go through so many of my daily experiences on autopilot, usually in a hurry so I can squeeze just one more thing into my schedule. While this is great when it comes to productivity, it’s not so great for well-being since a lack of awareness translates to not thinking before I speak, act, or think — not to mention, I miss out on so many of the beautiful things happening around me because I’m not fully present in the moment. My plan is twofold: (1) I’m starting each day with a short daily meditation, which has been shown to greatly increase awareness through the rest of the day, and (2) I’m working on quitting multitasking, by taking a few practical measures like closing out my inbox when I’m working on other projects, and putting my phone away when I’m playing with my kids.

I’ll report back in a few weeks with how it’s all going, which efforts are working for me, and if I’m making progress. And if you’re feeling inspired by the new season, I’d love to hear what areas of self-improvement are on your mind? To get healthier, hone your skills, learn about a subject, grow a business? If you start with your goals this fall, just think what a great head start you’ll have when January rolls around…

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15 comments
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    sophieccollins | September 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Love this Camille! My goals for fall, after wedding planning for the past year are enjoy the moment. I’ve been living in a constant state of WAITING for this weekend and I can’t wait to slow down, cook with wine in hand every night, and enjoy my surroundings and the present moment.
    (That, and keep up my workout routine..I’ve worked too hard to give it up!!)

    XO

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    • Aimee | September 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Sophie, I totally relate to this! I got married this summer, so between the planning and traveling, I am exhausted and looking forward to a calm routine. Even though I’m also getting ready to start a new job, which could be hectic, I will do my best to take it day by day and treasure the slow moments in between the chaos. Best of luck to you in your goals! 🙂

      Aimee
      chaptersaimee.blogspot.com

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    Nicole George | September 1, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Oh my goodness I absolutely love this. I definitely share that same feeling about fall. It seems like the time to organize and regroup. Love this post my dear!

    XO
    Nicole |www.bynicolegeorge.com

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    Jennifer Rose Smith | September 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    This is great. I like the idea of autumn resolutions. My goals for fall are to drink more water daily and to cook often.

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    Aleksandra | September 2, 2016 at 3:42 am

    I think I am still in denial when it comes to autumn… I mean, summer just started, right? It simply cannot be over yet.

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    Kate | September 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Every season, I write down a list of things I’d like to do over the next few months. Although they’re usually fun activities, like apple picking or going for a haunted hay ride, and not really structured goals, it’s become my own little tradition to mark the change of seasons.

    This fall (next month, in fact) I am expecting my first baby, so I may have to take it easy this autumn!

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    Miranda | September 4, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Love this! ‘Life starts when it gets crisp in the fall’ Fitzgerald

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    Melinda Lear | September 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    With three kids…. two of them now in elementary and one of them being our new 5 month old daughter life is busy. This fall I look forward to regrouping every night with the husband and kids drinking wine, while Mark cooks.:) He loves cooking and I am enjoying this phase he is taking on. We have a kitchen renovation and addition to our house in south Austin coming up…..BUT as long as we keep our steady dinners and cozy nights together it gives me time to regroup and come together as a family. Working out hard is another outlet so keep that up and enjoy running when the weather hopefully cools off a bit.

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    • Camille Styles | September 7, 2016 at 6:25 am

      I love this, Melinda! Thanks for sharing… any goal that involves yummy dinners with wine, and cozy nights in together is right up my alley. 😉 Spending time together as a family is such a great goal to have at the forefront, especially when life gets really busy.

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    Kat | September 6, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I made a decision months ago to become more mindful in my everyday life and it has made a huge difference to me! I feel more relaxed and less stressed and more fulfilled! I highly recommend a conscious decision to be more in the moment and good luck to you!

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    • Camille Styles | September 7, 2016 at 6:23 am

      So amazing to hear — this is definitely my goal, and it’s so hard to change daily habits that we’re often not even conscious of. It sounds like you’re finding a lot of success with your mindfulness goals. Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Staci | September 7, 2016 at 3:30 am

    This is wonderful. I try to meditate 10 min s day and I can tell that is has a huge impact. I’m less stressed & less irritable and I’m more self compassionate which leads to a happier and healthier life.
    My main goal is to spend as much time with my family as possible! ??

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    delia naylor | September 19, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I have read your post and replies with interest and agree autumn is that time to reflect on the past few months of summer and get into gear for winter, christmas etc. However this year things are v. topsy/turvey in my life (daughter off to uni, marriage in bad state) so it is I feel a v good idea to reflect and set myself some v. clear goals as if nothing else something to hang onto. So I am going to have 3
    1. Be kind to myself
    2. Launch my new website – http://www.thisiselecticmix.com
    3. Feel the fear and do it anyway

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