August 2013: Back to School, Back to You

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Summer is coming to a close and I can’t help but feel in the back to school spirit.  It’s better than New Year’s Day; a new school year opens the door to reinventing yourself- the ultimate fresh start.  The first day of school meant a new you on so many levels.  A new grade. Spiffy new clothing. New friends.  New interests.  New teachers.  Newness all around.

Even though I don’t have a first day of school for myself any more, I do get to live vicariously through my children.  One of the coolest things about having school-aged kids, and yes, I’m using the word “cool” very loosely, is getting back to the school calendar.

Personally, one of the hardest things I had to adjust to once I became a legitimate-full-time-working-adult was not being on the school calendar.  Am I right?  Am I right?

I still find it difficult to project time outside of the scope of the school calendar; my brain structures the year around Spring Break, Summer Vacation, and Winter Break even though I haven’t personally experienced a “break” in over a decade.

As much as I love (and simultaneously hate) Summer vacation, you can’t deny that it’s magical.  I am a type-a nutcase, so of course I made summer goals.

I said goals, people.  Goals.  Goals to have fun.

It was going to be glorious.  Me, the girls, endless adventure, no reason to wake-up at the crack of dawn- I was convinced this summer was going to be awesomesauce and it was…for about 4 weeks.

Reality set in rather quickly thanks to a little thing the meteorologists call “rain”.   It rained and rained and rained and rained.  Do you know what it’s like to be trapped in a house with children who can’t go outside and burn-off energy?  It’s MADNESS, people!  Madness!

We painted.  We crafted. We cooked. We made pizza dough and cookies and play dough and other crafty-like things you’re forced to do when it’s so humid, hot, rainy, mosquito-y and miserable that you pray for the arrival of the impending doom of the ice-age brought on by rampant global warming.  Woosah.  Sorry for that.

I digress.  Obviously.

We’re about 19 days out from the first day of school (it’s not like I’m counting or anything…stop judging me) and it’s time.   It’s time for my children to go back to school.

Don’t pass go. Don’t collect $200.  Go directly to school.  Now.

It’s time for school supply shopping…new backpacks and school uniforms.  New friends and homework.  Sports and arts.

And it’s time for me to set goals for me.  With my girls getting their learn on at school, now is the perfect time for me to concentrate on how I can best use the time I have to concentrate on ways I can be the very best version of me.

How about you?  Are you ready to set new school year goals for you?

Here at NextGen MilSpouse we’ll be discussing how you can use the school year as the perfect catalyst to get you geared up on your personal goals.  We’re gonna talk going back to school for you and your children (if you have them), upping your professional-development game, how-to set a killer daily routine to make the most of each day, and more.

Here are some great articles from our archive to get you started:

The Cost of Putting Yourself Last

Get the Damn Massage

Flush the Stress: Find Balance in Your Life

“So You Work ‘Outside’ The Home?” Having a Life Outside of the Military

Remember Who You Are

Who’s ready for the school year to start?  What are you going to do or change to make this the best school year ever?

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