September is one of my favourite times of the year. The weather is still glorious. I feel ready to wind down vacation-mode (aka eating too much, drinking too much and doing a whole lot of nothing too much) and get back into some old routines. Plus there is that wonderful back-to-school feeling in the air.

I love it. All of it.

There is also this realization that the last third of the year is here and in this first week of September I always dust off my goals that have mostly been neglected all summer and have a look at them.

And I mean have a look. I do not automatically jump back into pursuing them. In fact, I get a bit ruthless here. I look at all the things I intended, wrote down on actual paper or out definitely meant to do and ask myself these questions:

Is this STILL a goal of mine?

If yes, then I re-commit and schedule time in my calendar to work on it.

If no, I let it go. No shame. No guilt. No self-flagellation. Just a notice it didn’t mean as much to me as I thought and I cross it off my list. Maybe I will re-visit it in January or maybe I will never pretend to care about it again. Either way, I let myself off the hook for not doing a thing about it the past eight months.

And then I move on.

Do you have any good you are working on this fall (or summer if you are reading this in Australia!)?

Love to hear yours!

b

ps

The not so awesome thing about September is that our daughter has moved away to attend school in another city. Of course, from an intellectual stand point it is a great opportunity for her. From an emotional-mother stand point however our little family equilibrium feels off. Not ready for empty nest over here at all…

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