ABSTRACT: A lot of academics dread August 1—after all, it means that September is merely a month away and classes (and committees and department meetings) are starting soon. Maybe you didn’t get as much writing done over the summer as you wanted, and are feeling anxious. Maybe you’re feeling nervous about teaching that new course. Or maybe you’re just melting from the heat and longing for fall. We academics are notorious for being hard on ourselves and neglecting self-compassion and self-care, and often feel guilty for enjoying ourselves when we feel we should be working all the time. But let’s interrupt that narrative. The beginning of August is a great opportunity to re-visit your summer goals, evaluate your practices, and make some concrete decisions that ensure you rock this final month of summer and go into fall excited and confident.