Nothing feels more like a beginning than a clean stack of paper and a freshly sharpened pencil.
I love the fresh start afforded by the beginning of a new school year. It brings a craziness (and needs a budget) all its own, makes everyone tired, and lengthens all the to-do lists considerably – but it’s so good to start again! August felt like a big month for our family: we sent our oldest daughter off to college, another daughter turned 13, we celebrated our wedding anniversary, our youngest turned 8, we got our first taste of watching our daughter play college soccer, our high school athletes survived tryouts and made their teams, school started, homework has begun, and sports schedules now reign. Life is good.
My #1 focus right now is routines – creating systems that will support our family throughout the school year, and meet needs without thinking about it once they’re habits. Every year this process is a little bit different as our children grow, change, and move from one school to another. I am doing the same with my personal time – developing more efficient systems to assist me in reaching my goals and supporting my family. It’s exciting and challenging, a time for questions and careful listening, and LOTS of revising.
Much as I love that clean stack of paper, a real beginning requires putting the pencil to work, knowing mistakes will come and bring true learning with them. I’ve never had a good relationship with mistakes; I’ve used them to sling criticism at myself and let them drag me down. I’m trying to change that, to quit fearing failure and welcome opportunity no matter the learning curve, and to make peace with the past. I have a great deal to learn, and I’m excited to be working.