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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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Agree, Disagree? September is the Other January. Time for a New Start.

August 30th, 2015

Episode 116 of 399 episodes

Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, for me, September marks the beginning of a new year. Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, pork is the other white meat, and September is the other January. (And yes, it’s still September, even though most schools start in August nowadays — and of course, this is true only in certain parts of the world.) January is the official start of the new year, and I always get a burst of renewed zeal at that time, but here in the United States, for me, September also gives the same feeling of an empty calendar and a clean slate. The air seems charged with possibility and renewal. Back-to-school is a time of self-evaluation and reflection–and also a time when I feel the urge to clean out my office. Because of the new year feeling of September, when I wanted to do a a happier-at-home project, I decided to start it in September. So many of the elements of a happy life come together in the idea of home: marriage and parenthood, in my case, though certainly not in everyone’s case; time; ...

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