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In The Country Magazine
Farming In The Country Lifestyle

September is the new January.

Am I the only one who has heard this? September is the new January…

I am not sure what it is but the arrival of September definitely brings a feeling of change. Maybe it is the ‘back to school’ vibe or the change of season, whatever it is – I am up for it.

I woke up on September the 1st and noticed an immediate drop in the temperature when I went to turn Simba out in the morning, the shop windows became filled with Autumnal fashion – knitted jumpers, long jackets and scarves. I’m finding myself returning my deck shoes and flip flops to the cupboard and replacing them with my wellies and boots.

Often I think we start the year with the best intentions, we write ourself a NY’s resolution or two, we attempt Lent to the best of our abilities but let’s be real – so often, we start off well but for whatever reason, life, laziness, not being strict enough with ourselves… we fail.

September is the second wave. Our chance to re-start, re-align and re-focus. Start again as you mean to go on… well, that is how I am approaching the second half of the year anyway.

Blazer by Really Wild Clothing.

Although Summer now seems a distant haze on the horizon, I welcome the return of Autumn – for many reasons. If you follow my Instagram account: @inthecountryinsta you’ll likely have seen yesterday’s post explaining how Autumn issue was sent to the printers. This is perhaps the most exciting issue to date and I literally am bursting with excitement and cannot wait to share it with you.

Maybe it is a combination of having successfully produced another issue along with the ‘back to school’ vibe that fills me with positivity, motivation and ambition once again. And so, I have decided to set myself a few September Resolutions which I thought I would share with you…

1. Save. I want to set up a savings account. It has dawned on me recently that, at the age of 23, I have no money saved. I have my current account and that’s fine, that pays for day-to-day life, bills and the extras but, I don’t have a savings pot. I am aiming to have a house by the time I am 26, and that won’t be possible without having some money behind me. So, this is resolution number one – start a savings account.

2. Instagram Stories. Yes, you heard me. I am going to set myself the challenge of filming and sharing more Instagram stories with you all. Video is something which is seriously outside of my comfort zone but, the response I have had to my stories in the past has been fantastic. You all seem so much more engaged and so, I pledge that you will see more Instagram stories from me over the remainder of the year.

3. Stress less. I have learnt over the past few years of owning and running a business that I don’t handle stress all that well. I find I get stressed quite easily (I think) albeit, I do run my entire business and the producing of the magazine alone. I have a wonderful assistant editor who will be helping me on Winter’s issue (she has worked with me on Autumn’s too), who I can’t wait to introduce you all too. I want to take more time for myself to focus on my own wellbeing, be that more time at the yard, a relaxing bath, joining the gym again maybe?

4. Blog more. I realised, when I sat down to write this post that it has been an absolute age since I last sat down and wrote to you all. I have just been so incredibly busy so far this year, working on Spring, and then Summer which came around so quickly and then we headed off to The Game Fair and now, Autumn’s issue. I lost track of time and as a result I stopped blogging. In The Country Magazine was born out of a blog and blogging is something I thoroughly enjoy doing and so, I am going to make a conscious effort to put more work into the blog and produce content more frequently.

5. Newsletters. I had imagined producing a weekly or fortnightly newsletter from the very beginning but amidst everything else, this idea (like many others) fell by the wayside. Kate was actually the one that re-ignited this flame and so, I am aiming to set up an ITC newsletter for you all which will have some fantastic content in which I hope, in time – you’ll all be eagerly looking out for.

There are many more little resolutions and thoughts I want to turn into actions, all tucked up in my head. Some are personal and some are business related but, I wanted to share a few of those with you because, by jotting them down I may be more inclined to stick to them.

Why don’t you give it a go? Make your own September Resolutions. Pick 3-5 things you want to achieve by the end of the year, write them down and work on it. Put them somewhere you won’t forget, maybe somewhere which will act as a daily reminder like on the door of the fridge or something.

Good luck, we’ll need it. I’ll be rooting for you!

Until next time…

Lots of love,

Hollie-Ella Xxx

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