02 Sep September Newsletter – A fresh start as education returns
Schools, colleges and universities finally reopened this month, which has been a huge relief and source of joy to many. And to some … a fresh start, maybe not so much ☺
Have you rejoined your class at school, college or university? What did the first day back feel like? Were you apprehensive or excited in the run up to walking through the education doors again? Or did you feel one emotion in the morning but by the end of the day you felt completely different? Everyone is still going through big changes and you’re completely entitled to feel uncertainty and thrilled about change or uniformity. You are a unique individual after all.
A fresh start comes in many forms
Learning, living a full life and socialising are essential to development and happiness and while the doors may open with anxiety for some, for many this is the moment they have been waiting for. Parents, children and teachers alike.
A prolonged break can help to focus the mind and it could well be with renewed energy that young people take up to the learning mantle – enthusiastic to get on in the direction that they want to go.
“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” Meister Eckhart.
Seize the last quarter of 2020 and own it!
A change is as good as a rest and here’s to wishing you a successful and inspired September 2020.
Take stock and refresh goals for a fresh start
September is always a time for renewal and a fresh perspective due to it being the start of the academic year. This is a great time to set in place commitments that have been thought out while at home and pursue career and learning paths that aid self-development and put goals in reach.
It may also be a challenging time for those left frustrated by the exam results turmoil – or concerned that virtual classes and a reduced social calendar may impact the chances of an exciting university experience.
Make the most of today
These are valid feelings, but it remains important to feel that life is making progress and moving forward. Making the most of what today brings will help to maintain positivity. This situation will pass and chances to socialise and build new friendships will remain and grow – focus on what you can control, rather than what you cannot.
Did you make a list of goals? If not, then stop reading for a moment and spend a few minutes writing done what you would like to achieve over the next 12-months.
Once you have a list, make sure it’s visible so that you can regularly check in on your progress. If you hide them away there will be much less chance you will achieve them. Stick them to your wall, save them in the front of your journal or save them as the background wallpaper on your mobile or computer.
Now is time to learn, rebuild and reconnect so enjoy the feeling of moving forward and find the support in challenges you may face – you will certainly not be alone.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Dates for your diary this September
At the start of each month now I’ll be looking ahead at some of the important campaigns, causes and celebrations that offer a change to support a much-needed charity or to take elements from the day as a way to nurture yourself or share an inspiring thought or activity with someone you appreciate.
“I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey – a journey that requires a plan.” Vivian Jokotade.
Choose the life you want to lead
Take a firm hold of the remaining quarter of 2020 and use the new academic year as a fresh start for whatever new purpose you feel is right for your future.
Please do share your thoughts and experiences of ‘the first day back’ and the plans that ignite your passion for life. Connect with me on social media:
Until next time, savour the fresh start, make new plans and put an end unhelpful stuff that might be holding you back.