The seasons are changing, and so should we! People always use New Year’s as the mark of starting over, beginning a new chapter, or making a few, sometimes necessary, adjustments.

But why wait until January when we can start over right now? There shouldn’t be an exact date when we ought to reevaluate what’s missing or what needs improvement. We should emulate the leaves we see outside and allow ourselves to change.

Use this autumn to take the time and bounce back from your current fall, whether it is a loss of a job, a friend, or a significant other, and instead, fall back in love with yourself. It might sound trite and cliché, but in order to find change, it has to start with you. And who better to love than yourself? People say once you find the happiness in yourself, you will find it in other people, and I couldn’t agree more. It is impossible for someone to accept you if you don’t accept yourself.

Now is the time to start seeing the beauty in ourselves. At times, we may feel cold, bare, and miserable, but we know that in time, things can only get better and more beautiful. So start appreciating the splendor in the season and share it with the most important person: you.

Perhaps take yourself out on a date one afternoon. Sit in a café and grab a cup of hot chocolate, take a long walk in the park, or treat yourself to a movie. Spend time alone with yourself and figure out what it is you want in life and ask yourself questions about your current fall. What is the next step in your career? Are these friends you have pulling you back? How could this last relationship have been better?

You know what they always say, if you fall, get back up and try again. And those are words to live by. Through this life, there are going to be hard times and difficult decisions to make. There are always going to be events that bring us down and circumstances from which we can grow. But if we change our attitudes and know deep in our hearts that it is going to be okay, it will. And it is up to you to get back up and make the change you want to see.