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Labor Day has come and gone, kids are going back to school, days are shorter….all signs of summer drawing to a close. Gone are the carefree, hazy days of vacations, beach trips, “summer Fridays”, flip flops, iced coffees, freedom, strolling through farmers markets, biting into a fresh, juicy peach. Far too often, fall often means “getting back to work”, ramping up productivity, and a feverish head-long rush towards the close of the year. And while there’s nothing wrong with being productive and focused, this year I’m wondering about how to carry the relaxed, playful energy of summer with us through the fall (and beyond!).

Here are some ideas:

1. Get outside!

Lots of people seem to spend time outside in the summer, and then disappear back inside once September starts. I think it’s a great idea to get outside during these cooling, crisper days – look at the leaves changing, scuff down the sidewalks (keep your flip flops on, I won’t tell!), and take a few deep breaths.

2. Fresh food

Summer often seems synonymous with fresh food – the smell of barbequing, fresh fruit, and local veggies. It always seems especially easy to nourish your body with fresh food during the summer. See if you can carry that into the fall – peaches may not be in season anymore, but apples are & the smell of a slowly simmering soup (with farmer’s market veggies) can rival BBQ smells any day (in my opinion!). And there’s nothing wrong with picnics in the park on a crisp fall afternoon – in fact, it might be more comfortable that on a sweltering summer day!

3. Take off your watch & turn off your phone

Have you ever had one of those summer days that seemed endless? As you lounged by the pool, walked on the beach, or stared at a campfire work, chores, and to-do lists all seemed the farthest things from your mind (I hope!). Give yourself that same freedom in the fall – go for a hike and leave your phone in the car, take off your watch and walk to the farmers market, reach for your yoga mat before your iPhone in the morning.

How are you keeping the summer’s energy and playfulness alive this fall? Leave a comment below – I’d love to know!