A very good friend of mine once said to me; “Autumn always brings change.” I thought of this as a beautiful way to welcome the change of weather. Of course we're sad to say goodbye to summer, but with the shift in temperature, change in colour of the leaves, there is also a sense of excitement for something new! Not to mention, of course, I get to pull my leather jackets out again! I have found that the topic of change has been coming up quite a lot in the past few weeks. Students and teachers alike look at the fall as a new year or new beginning and business professionals begin focusing on the fiscal calendar to start fresh in January. A little deeper into the world of calendars and you find many other new beginnings. To name a few: the Chinese New Year is in February, the Persian's celebrate their new year in March, and the Mayan calendar closes in April. Despite the differences in where each culture or profession starts their year, we all seem to be on the same page come the change of seasons. I have been going through quiet a few changes myself these past few weeks, both physically and mentally, which I will share in the near future but it's certainly funny that it took place around this time of year, remembering the pearl of wisdom from my friend. Even though some changes felt unfair, heartbreaking, or exciting, I feel it is important to take them in stride. I've been reflecting on what this new season will bring. I've started by being open to meeting new people; A healthy and fun way to get new ideas and perspectives is to create dialogue with people you don't know. I've made a conscious effort to participate in more social events and settings. By doing this I've been excited to revisit my goals and see how I can edit and enhance them to get me excited again to wake up in the morning. I don't believe in deleting or removing goals because, at one point, they were something you wanted to achieve. So instead of removing them, I like to add on to them or change the “by when” date to make room for a new goal that is more attainable. To prevent from turning this into procrastinating, I make sure my new goal that I insert is something that is more attainable or can set me up for success for future goals. Lastly, with goal setting taking new directions, I'm very excited for some new opportunities and adventure. Now the overwhelming feeling of fear starts to fill my head making the hair on the back of my neck stand. What if I fail or fall short? It's only human to fear the unknown or potential failures. Many people stop themselves here and continue to live in their comfort zone, and that is entirely okay. But I like to push myself and see how far I can go. So I decide to act now because “later” may never happen. Ultimately, I will never know unless I try. I would rather take the risk instead of walking away from a chance and second guessing if that was a journey I was meant to take. Even though this is all happening during the change of season for me, it's important to know that you can do this at anytime throughout the year. You do you. Challenge yourself to live every single day to the fullest. Get excited about your life! Even in the moments of weakness or defeat, you have the power to get back up and keep moving. So, it's up to you: Will you take the risk, or lose the chance?