back to school resolutions!
I LOVE back to school season.
I used to love getting a new backpack, school supplies, and of course, the teacher assignment postcard in the mail. I remember I'd get it and then spend the rest of the afternoon calling my friends (on our land line) asking which teacher and bus stop they received. That evolved into posting screenshots of our schedules on Facebook and comparing who had lunch together (ugh?! 4th lunch AGAIN?! I can't.) In college, it brought fun dorm supplies, a new place to live and so many new friends. Thinking about the college drop off STILL makes me emotional. The Modern Family episode when they drop Alex off makes me cry every time!
It does feel a little weird not be going back to school this time around. But it's also a little nice... no moving, no panic about the impending storm of assignments, exams, etc.
I feel like it's my turn to settle in somewhere.
But that doesn't mean I don't love a good recharge and establishment of routines. As the summer winds down, our number of visitors and lazy days will be much lower and my real "grown up" life will pick up.
I'm not a big New Year's Resolutions person, but I do think there's something to say about taking time to reflect and think of some real, achievable goals for the months to come.
Here are some of my "Back to School" Resolutions:
- BUDGETING I've made a few Excel sheets, have set up Mint, and now am really trying to maintain it and track my purchases, savings, 401K, etc. (My parents are probably raising their eyes in anticipation of this.)
- MEAL PLANNING I'm really disciplined about packing lunch but still struggle on the evenings/weekends discipline. My dinners have lately been random leftovers or weird combinations... like a piece of chicken apple sausage and one scrambled egg. Or a sad salad. Or minute rice and half a PB&J (not my best move.) Hopefully I'll find some good staples to rely on.
- DEVELOPING HOBBIES I've loved learning about my coworkers' hobbies, and am trying to get back into some of mine. This blog is one attempt to write regularly. I've also started doing some hand lettering/calligraphy here and there. (Anyone need invitations addressed or anything? #sidehustle? Kidding, unless you're serious). I also want to try to find unique things in the city - maybe a pottery class, a more regular volunteer opportunity, a book club.
- EXERCISING This summer I have actually been really good about being on my feet - not having a car here helps with that! While I do exercise at physical therapy (ICYMI, currently trying to heal a sprained ankle) I want to be better about doing at-home yoga, free weights, etc., in addition to my long walks by the river or in Central Park. When it hits winter though, I'll be joining a local gym or Class Pass ASAP.
- DOING THINGS ALONE When I left for college, I only knew two people on campus. When I interned each summer, I didn't know anyone my age in the new city. I've been spoiled here, living with one of my close friends from college, and having a pretty established group of friends from both college and high school. It's been soo nice to have during this season of transition, but also has been a little bit of a security blanket. I need to be better about going to meetings, networking events, speakers, etc. and branching out a little bit more.
I hope everyone in Tuscaloosa (and everywhere else!) has a WONDERFUL first day back to class. Take good notes and try not to take yourselves too seriously. :)