I know that most of us look at January 1st and the New Year as the time of year we start anew with plans and dreams and ideas – that time of year we organize and declutter and start a new diet. And I agree that January 1st is a good time for those things. But I have always felt that September and the typical start of the school year is when I like to plan for new beginnings.
I remember back to school every year and the excitement and joy of planning for the new year and all the possibilities that were ahead. No matter that each year seemed to be more of the same, I always knew there was a chance of something new and different for me.
We didn’t have much money so back-to-school shopping was pretty minimal, but I always loved my new spiral notebooks and #2 pencils and that fresh box of 16 crayons (I always wished for the box of 64 but that wasn’t in the cards)….and a new pair of shoes and white bobby socks. Not much, but still everything was new and I felt happy to start the new school year.
When my own kids started school, I was reminded of my love for back-to-school all over again. New clothes, new backpacks, new haircuts, new notebooks and pencils and crayons. The things that were needed changed each year, but the feeling remained the same. And when my kids grew up and moved on, I still wanted to enjoy that feeling every September.
Every year, I use the back-to-school sales to stock up on items I might use myself. New notebooks and folders, new pens and markers, paperclips and glue sticks, and cute sticky notes (we never had sticky notes when I was a kid!). I also use the time of year to do some planning and organizing for the year ahead. And I clean out some closets and cupboards and throw out some stuff, maybe move some furniture around, repot some plants, clean out the garage, buy new shoes, etc. I find that I am not so good at Spring cleaning in the Spring – but I can do it in the Fall. Weird I know, but that’s the way I am!
Do you enjoy back-to-school and the new possibilities ahead? Do you plan out your year now? Do you think about the new beginnings? Or is September just another month to you?