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New | Back to Me Month

by Cindy Ratzlaff

Every September I have this overwhelming urge to buy new notebooks, pencils and of course, brand new school shoes. Now, frankly, it has been a very long time since I went back to school in September, but that urge for fresh new supplies persists.

I think we should honor that urge, to the best of our abilities, and give ourselves something new during Back to Me Month.  Here’s my personal Back to Me Month supply list, provided to me by “teacher,” me.

*  New pen (mine’s a pink ball point I got at the grocery store that fits in my purse and feels great in my hand) in a beautiful color that inspires me to write in my journal

*  New notebook to put next to my bed so that when I wake up in the middle of the night with a list of worries that won’t let me return to sleep, I can put my worries on paper…and leave them there.

*  New routine. I will create a new routine that encourages healthy sleep patterns and guard my sleep needs like a Mama bear. Lack of sleep is beating me down and I will make this a priority.

*  New shoes. Ok, some habits never die.  Only instead of new penny loafers, I’m getting a very supportive pair of walking shoes that will protect my knees and high arches and allow me to engage in moderate exercise without hurting my knees.

*  Brand new digital calendar that keeps track of my work and personal life, my husband’s schedule, my daughter’s important dates, lets me make chore lists and grocery lists and even gives me space for a personal blog where I can jot “do later” things and set them aside. I found a nifty, easy to use free online version called HomeLife and I’m loving it.

Is there something new that tugs at your heart every September?

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5 Responses to “New | Back to Me Month”

  1. Vertrice Martin says:

    I have a fresh attitude (God, please make it last!!!). Today I’m changing my eating habits with eating healthy smaller meals more times a day and exercising. I rescheduled the nursing exam to allow more time to study and I’ve created a study schedule for my other classes in order not to feel overwhelmed. I decided while I was still awake late last night that regardless of the past I owe it to myself and God to be happy. I’ve come through a lot. I was starting to feel beat down by life about the past and my current circumstances but God wouldn’t be too happy with that. So I counted my blessings and decided to take life by the horns and live. Do things that make me happy.

  2. Barbara Neary says:

    I also love that going back to school feeling. September also is my bith month and that makes it better.

  3. cindy says:

    That really does make September the beginning of the year for you Queen Barbara. Happy New Personal Year.

  4. Barbara Neary says:

    Thanks! I will do everything in my power to make the next one better.

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