As I walk out the front door this morning, purple leash in hand and a restless puppy hooked up at the end, a hazy glow cascades over the houses all around me. I push my sunglasses up on top of my head and let the natural light hit my tired, puffy eyes. For now, the fog is enough protection from the sun’s warm rays.

I can’t help but notice the way the weather reflects my mood today. It’s the first of a new month; one of my favourite times of year. A time when the days are crisp, the trees full of personality. Crossing guards directing traffic and yellow buses coasting down the streets. And yet I cling to the slow-pace of summer like a cool drop of dew on a blade of grass.

In August, I managed to hit the pause button for a little while. Looking back, I feel as though I drifted through the busy weeks balancing moving, unpacking and managing my business like a dandelion in the wind. During the last week especially, I’ve enjoyed extra long walks with the dog exploring the new neighbourhood. Weekend afternoons spent lounging poolside beneath the summer sun. Finally closing the cover on the fictional world I’ve been disappearing into as I rock on the hammock beneath the tall maples in the backyard.

And now here we are on the first day of a new month, a new season quickly approaching. A new (and final) quarter after that. September is like a cold splash of water to the face. And I’m not sure my tired eyes are ready for it.

Don’t get me wrong – I look forward to the change. I promise I do. I am excited to have some new clients lined up. I have big ideas in mind for some new writing endeavors. And perhaps come tomorrow, I’ll be right back into the swing of things.

But today, I’m holding my grasp on August for just a little while longer.

I can hear the business voices in the background whispering clichés in my ear, reminding me to hurry up, to keep moving forward. Success doesn’t come to those who wait, they nudge. The early bird gets the worm, they murmur. And in one last desperate attempt: just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

What they’re forgetting to acknowledge though, is sometimes you need to stop to smell the steaming hot cup of coffee at your desk before it gets cold because you were too distracted by your inbox to enjoy it. Sometimes you need to ignore the buzz of your phone reminding you someone is trying to reach you and telling you to stop everything so you can respond in this exact moment, before you miss your chance.

Typically, this is where I would offer some monthly reflections and post a review sharing where I’m at with my Q3 goals so far. But to be honest, looking back at my list of goals feels overwhelming today. And looking ahead feels a little ambitious. This morning I am not reflecting, not strategizing, not reporting, not motivating. I’m simply writing. Because the truth is, I’d rather just be present, in this moment, doing the work I’m scheduled to do, checking off the boxes I’m supposed to check, and perhaps enjoying an extra hot cup of coffee along the way.

I hope you remember to take a moment to enjoy one too.