Despite Austin’s lingering summer, September has made its appearance on the calendar signaling that Fall is right around the corner. First day pictures filled my Facebook feed as kiddos young and old prepare for a new school year. The first weekend of college football is in the books and pumpkins have been spotted at the local grocery store. There’s something oddly nostalgic about September.
To me, it always feels like a tiny reset within the year. A chance to create new habits, develop new routines and seek new adventures. I was reminded of this recently when my 15 year old niece and her BFF spent a long weekend visiting Austin. It was quite interesting to view the world through the lens of a high schooler.
Conversation centered around their upcoming school year. As a high school sophomore and senior both are no longer the new kids on the block. They know the drill and are comfortable in their surroundings. Yet, there’s still a level of excitement and anticipation. They were diligently planning their back-to-school outfits and eager to see old friends. Their summer reading assignments even sparked discussion as one had to read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and the other “Anthem” by Ayn Rand. Quite the variety, and I appreciated their curiosity as they grappled with the weighty content.
They got me thinking: Why should back-to-school only apply to the classroom?
For those of us whose back-to-school days are a distant memory, can we still glean opportunities to spark a little change in our daily routines? I most definitely think so.
- Go to bed one hour earlier so you can wake rested and ready to start a new day.
- Promise yourself you are not going to skip breakfast. Ever again.
- Instead of eating lunch at your desk, meet up with a girlfriend.
- Get that long talked about girls-night-out finally on the calendar.
- Limit sugars and refined food in preparation for cold and flu season.
- Read a book outside your typical genre. Do you typically read fiction? If so, consider an autobiography or a classic.
- Subscribe to a magazine you’ve not yet read.
- Create new work habits.
- Set certain times during the day to check and respond to email versus doing so habitually.
- Institute a “no working past 8pm” rule.
- Treat yourself to a new outfit. Or a personal shopper. Or a new haircut with a sassy new color. Schedule a monthly mani and pedi.
- What electives did you love but haven’t thought of in years? Photography? Cooking? Sign up for a class. You just might find a new hobby or passion.
- Have some health related goals? Try acupuncture. Consider a nutritionist, naturopath or therapist.
Back-to-school doesn’t just have be about the classroom. It can, however, be about seeking new ways to continue forward on our paths of happiness, wellness and personal growth.
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