No matter how long it’s been since my last first day of school, September always reminds me of a new school year. Except this year, the thing I was preparing for wasn’t to walk down a hallway and into new classes, it was to walk onto a plane for my first international trip post-pandemic. In a way, packing to go on an adventure brought up the same angst that getting ready for school used to for me. But now that I have arrived at my destination, all is well.
Whether you’ve been begging summer to stay or counting down the days until the crisp fall air arrives, here’s what’s on my agenda this month that includes a mix of things for both season lovers.
Go: As you can tell from my Instagram, I am in full-on travel mode at the moment. It’s been a while since my last international trip back in 2019, so I’m trying to take in all the sights and experiences around me. It’s been nice to embrace the European lifestyle of leisurely mornings, time with friends, and space to enjoy the day. This is certainly something I want to bring back with me and incorporate into my US life!
Do: One of the things I’ve been trying to do more of is attend horse shows off Long Island as a spectator. Back in May, I went to the Old Salem Farm show and enjoyed spending the day in North Salem, NY. Next up, I’ll be heading to Governors Island, which I’ve always wanted to visit, for the end of the Longines Global Champions Tour in New York City. The equestrian competition features the world’s best show jumpers as they compete over three continents, 13 countries, and 16 destinations. I’m looking forward to catching the New York leg of the competition from September 22-24 and taking you along for the ride!
Explore: One of my favorite activities as we start to get into fall is going apple and pumpkin picking. I particularly love going to some of the local spots on the East End but have learned that it’s better to go on the early side of the month to beat out the crowds. This year, I’m feeling eager to resume what used to be an annual tradition and hitting some wineries while I’m out that way.
Read: My reading game was non-existent over the summer, and I wasn’t thrilled about that. As I saw everyone sharing their favorite beach reads, I felt like I had no time to curl up with a good book. But as I was ordering things from Amazon for my trip, I decided to add two books that were making the rounds this summer by authors I’ve loved in the past. A few years ago, I read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and enjoyed the story. Her latest book, It Starts With Us, is the sequel to it and resumes where the last book left off. The other book I ordered was Happy Place by Emily Henry. I read her book, People We Meet on Vacation, and loved it, so I thought these would be solid choices to get me back on track.
What’s on your agenda this month?