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What’s on your learning list?

I walked into Target this weekend and was welcomed by a barrage of Back To School ‘stuff’. Everything from freshly pressed notebooks, bright cheerful backpacks, colorful lunch boxes, crayons, pencils, pens, clothes, shoes. You get the idea.

And then it hit me. For the first time in 27 years I won’t be going ‘back to school’.

I’ve spent every year from the time I was in Kindergarten until now enjoying this time of year and the fresh start it offers. I went through grade school, middle school, and high school. I immediately left for four amazing college years, and then entered into ten years working for the public school system where I graduated.

My brain has been hard wired to work in terms of school years. My internal calendar does not reset in January, it resets in September.

I love the fresh start the school year brings — reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones, opening a fresh composition book, breaking in the brand new box of Crayola 64, and reorganizing a brand new desk of books and supplies.

‘Back to school’ has been a HUGE part of my identity and I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me one bit that I won’t be going back with all the teachers and students later this month.

I think deep down I’ve realized that I’m losing a part of who I’ve been for such a long time, and I’m starting to re-emerge and rediscover who I am outside of ‘school’.

photo(1)This summer I’ve been cooking yummy healthy meals (mostly vegetarian), doing art projects I loved as a kid, reading books that have been on my list for ages, and taking LOTS of photos too.

This process is teaching me that we all have an opportunity to explore who we truly are each and every day.

We certainly don’t need a special time frame to push a reset button in our self-discovery process, and since the start of a new school year is so important to me, this fall I’ve vowed not to shut out that part of me that wants to reset in September.

I’m going to embrace the beginning of a new school year and use it as an opportunity to kick off this new chapter of my life with a fresh start.

Want to join me?

I’ll be picking up my own brand new pack of Crayola 64’s tomorrow and writing out the 5 things I want to learn ‘this school year’.

Here’s what will be going on my list:

  1. Learn to sew (at the beautiful Finch Sewing Studio)
  2. Learn how to cook tofu so it doesn’t taste horrific (any vegetarians out there who can point me in the right direction – I’d love you for it!)
  3. Learn how to develop my own film (I’ve never been in a dark room…)
  4. Learn 5 new bands to add to my iTunes library (I know EpicDanger’s Tuesday Tunes will help me with this!)
  5. Learn some tips from an interior decorator so I can design an amazing new home office that makes me feel inspired.

What’s going on your ‘learning list’ this school year?

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  • Tara - I too love the back to school season – although, as a teacher of 14 yrs, that does wear off rather quickly … ๐Ÿ™‚ BUT I do plan on always learning something new!
    -how to make more of my business during the school year (and not just summers and break sessions!)
    -teach more teen mindfulness through the lens classes (LOVE these!)
    -take my 6 yr old on LOTS more adventure trips throughout the year
    -the art of jarring and preserving food from our garden – I need it to STAY around with us longer!!!
    -how to refinish and paint an old wooden floor in our porch – should be quite a task (and I have this awesome “painted rug” for it too ! ๐Ÿ™‚
    thanks for the inspiration!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki B. - This will be my 6th year homeschooling our four kiddos. I have learned more with my kids and actually retained it than I ever did in high school/college. This year I want to continue to learn alongside my kids and go on more field trips.
    Continue to learn about photography!;)
    Learn about one new plant/herb per month and it’s uses/benefits.
    Start using my sewing machine on a regular basis. It just sits there!
    Learn more about blogging and writing for my new blog.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - When I got out of school, I remember my mom asking me, “but how will you know when to buy new underwear?” It is interesting how we mark time more by the school year than by the actual year change. ๐Ÿ™‚ And don’t worry, I still manage to buy new underwear!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda T - I’m going back into the workforce after being self-employed for the past 8 years…so I’m nervous! And I plan to go back to school next year! As for whats on my learning list–better time management and brushing up on my math (lack of) skills!ReplyCancel

  • Marnie - I loved this post Beryl. “Back to School” is such a refreshing time for me. I really like your idea of making this the “new year”, a time for reflection and goal setting. I try to spend the first day of school by myself just taking a breath, maybe this year I will get my journal (and my camera!) out too:) Thanks for sharing. xoxoReplyCancel

  • cheli - hi beryl
    welcome, new part time all time just trying vegetarian! i love tofu. i poach or saute tofu “steaks”. it s delicious grilled! dipped in anything. marinated…
    these awesome ladies have great recipes, do you know them:

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