Monday, August 17, 2015

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I love to write about my feelings on the cusp of big changes. I've done it here and here when preparing to go back to school, and now that time is here again. Many of my readers are teachers, but even if you aren't, I know a lot of people who feel like September is one of those fresh start months.  In my world, everything is new: new routines, new school clothes, new classroom set ups, new levels of enthusiasm for the teacher life that has not stopped being a rollercoaster since I started in 2007.

To look forward I'm peeking back, and this summer was packed and full of soul searching. I spent time with my kids, with my friends, and with my family. I went on bachelorette weekends and college visits. I took the boys to beaches, play dates, and Davis Farmland 274 times. I read a ton of good books and wrote less than I wanted to. I changed my mind about my novel's plot and my own future. I bought some cute clothes and drank too much iced coffee.  I started using Spotify and grilling outside. I'm growing into my skin a little bit more every day, and I'm getting stupid excited for my future.

I've rearranged my classroom to make my library bigger and put my desk in a new place- this is the first time I've made changes like that since Milo was born. I'm setting up a reward system for myself to reinforce healthy habits. I'm making plans to celebrate my sister's wedding and an October visit from my parents. I'm reflecting on three decades of making big mistakes and figuring out what I've learned, so stay tuned for a "Now That I'm Thirty" post here. I have some big things in the works for my novel, as soon as I buckle down again. I have some interviews with some really terrific self-possessed ladies that I can't where to share. Good things are ahead.

There is so much to look forward to, and even though I've said it fifty times, I'll say it again: I'm lucky, lucky, lucky to have this cyclical routine of work and play.  My teacher life gives me plenty of time to get excited for each new season, and I am ready for a new school year, right on schedule.

Are you looking forward to a fresh September start? What rad things did you do this summer? Look back, look ahead, and stay lovely.

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At August 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM , Blogger caitlang said...

Love you! I'm so happy I got to be a part of your awesome summer ❤️

At August 30, 2015 at 5:55 AM , Blogger ashlie said...

Meeting up with you and Vedder is always the perfect summer kick off! <3

At September 21, 2017 at 9:14 AM , Blogger liza said...

nice post


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