It’s that time of year again. First day of school for all the stages out there, Kindergarten to Graduate School. That’s where I come in. I took a first day of grad school selfie…
There’s something ironic about the newness of fall. Here, the change of season is connected with the end of Summer. It’s a time to prepare for the winter, gather one’s harvest and get set for hibernating. In there is a shift that makes us feel like reassessing what we’ve been up to this whole year.
I’ve been thinking back on my work at Columbia, and I’ve penned out a few “New School Year’s” resolutions…Like to read em? Here they go!
I know, I know. This is sooo typical. I had struggled with time this year, specifically with setting deadlines. I DID have a success experience tho. I had a HUGE piece of writing I needed to get done. I had no clue how, or when, or what, or…HOW. But you know what? I was really proud of myself. I set a deadline, sucked it up, and finished that baby. After that, something changed. I felt superheroine-ish. I decided that the only way I can keep my superwoman superpower is to keep giving myself deadlines. Might not be everyone’s cup o tea, but, hey, works for me.
Ok, so, I’m a single divorced mother working and going to grad school in the middle of a career change. Yeah, that’s a recipe for all types of unhealthiness. During the summer, I was reveling in my abundance of time for workouts, and sad about how my class schedule would be in conflict with my favorite workouts. I would just stop working out…but that would suck. I’d feel all lazy again, and lose that Summer energy we all get from all that heat and sun and daytime in our life. So I was talking to a friend who also seems to be really busy. He was talking about the fact that he HATES to workout, but he knows he just has to do it. Now, I could argue so many ways about how that doesn’t relate to me…but I really am taking what he said to heart for some reason. SO I’ve prepared myself for the fact that I’m not gonna feel like doing what I have to do. I have to be ok with that. One day, I actually tried it. I ABSOLUTELY did not feel like working out. But I KNEW it would happen. I KNEW I wouldn’t want to. For some reason it worked. I felt better, and excited to keep “not feeling like it”. Thanks buddy for the inadvertent advice. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but hey, works for me.
Last one. I Love decoding what’s going on with the stars. This time around, it looks like us Sag’s need to hunker down and get focused and in tune with ourselves…Dang. SO, shout out to all those meditations I’ve “tried”, all the visualizations I have recorded. I guess we’re gonna have to get acquainted. Bring on the “Zen” version of me, no gongs tho, my kid is still sleeping at the time I think I may be meditative. Might not…you get the picture.
There you have it folks, a few “new school years” resolutions for my final year of Grad school. May I set boundaries, push past not feeling like it, and zen out, like a BOSS!