Fresh Start September

I just got a brand new issue of Yoga Journal today and it reminded me of something: September is just as good a time as any to have a fresh start! I am not one for all or nothing thinking or saying “tomorrow I will change” but I am one for starting NOW and it just so happens that it’s pretty darn close to September 1 (90 minutes to go, to be exact). While Yoga Journal’s idea of a fresh start is more of a gentle detox, I always feel a sort of excitement and potential and possibility in the air come September (it’s usually accompanied by the smell of fresh books, the feel of new highlighters, and a back to school shopping spree!).

I was browsing Woman’s Day the other day and I read this article about fresh fall starts (the idea is everywhere, and yes I browse all kinds of magazines—don’t judge!). I like the author’s thoughts:

“September fills me with energy and optimism, big plans and bigger dreams…It’s paradoxical, I know. Fall represents the end of things: the summer, and the year drawing to a close. But for anyone who remembers that sensation of optimism and excitement—the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and new shoes, the terror and thrill of walking into a new classroom—September is when things really begin.”

The more I hear about people who are not going back to school, the more grateful I am to be.  I’m not actually ready for the next chapter but I am ready for taking a different approach.

I’ve got some goals for September:

  • complete the Olympic triathlon at Lakeside
  • host/enjoy my sister’s bachelorette/bridal shower-ish party
  • swim consistently (at least twice per week)
  • continue to work towards intuitive eating
  • get 7 hours of sleep each night
  • establish a routine with school and work
  • volunteer at the Gazette at least once per week
  • bike to Sarnia
  • bake cake pops
  • pitch a story to at least one new magazine
  • start to work on my journalism applications (contact references, maybe write an essay, etc.)

That’s not a bad place to start!

justcuz
Just cuz..

 

What are your goals for September?

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One response to “Fresh Start September

  1. Great post Cheryl! This will be the second year I’m not going back to school in September, and it seems like every year I miss it more. Your quote from Woman’s Day about September being a real start, is true even in the working world. Although I don’t get to start anew each September, I still feel like it’s a great time to really look at what’s important and set new goals. My main goal for September is to have a super-solid month of marathon training. Then October is taper time!

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