its a fresh start for you too

All over the country parents are sending their kids back to school. A new grade, new classroom(s), new teachers, new lockers, maybe even a new school. We’re all gathering the items on the ENDLESS school supply list, and trying to replace an entire wardrobe of clothes that fit perfectly when school got out, but now stretch too tight and rise too high. However you look at it, it’s a kind of


fresh start.


While this time of year seems like it’s all about the kids, I think it’s the perfect time for us adults to get a fresh start, too. Back-to-school time is like a second New Year for parents. Along with the new school year come new commitments, extracurricular activities, and of course the beautiful change in seasons that’s just around the corner.

It’s good stuff, but busy stuff.

All these things culminate in a feeling of newness, a feeling of opportunities just around the bend. With the forced changes a new school year brings, it feels like the right time for a fresh start with new routines and habits for us, too. It puts me in the mood to reevaluate how things are going, personally, as a family, and in my business – then make the necessary course corrections before the holiday season turns my world upside-down. Because as you know, it will be Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and before I know it, Hello New Year! So before life completely gets away from me, here are a few of the things I like to reevaluate/prepare for at this time of year.

  • clean camera and lenses & prepare for holiday season
  • review my menu plan
  • make a holiday budget and gift list – start gathering gifts (I always try to make sure I’m done with Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, because personally, going out into those holiday crowds destroys my holiday spirit)
  • look at my volunteer commitments
  • adjust my fitness plan
  • plan down-time

Getting my act together after the relative freedom of summer can feel restrictive, but it also helps me feel like I’m regaining control.


I’d like to take a moment to point out the awesome prices available right now at all the back-to-school sales, why? Because all that stuff we need to get for our kids is the same stuff we adults need to get our lives organized too!  And the sales now are generally better than the New Year sales 😉 . If one of your goals for 2016 was to get organized, this is the perfect time to get started (or re-started). Go out and get the file folders, pens, calendars, planners…whatever you need to get yourself on the organization train.

What is it you are looking forward to most this fall? Are you doing something right now that has you enjoying this season? Do you have a new thing you’re gearing up for?

until next time,
play hard, and have fun,

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