Time for a Fresh Start

I love the changes of the seasons, both in nature and in our lives. The beginning of summer is exciting when the kids end the school year with the anticipation of summer vacations. It is equally exciting when the school year starts back up with the plans of a new year, new classrooms, and re-establishing a routine. Even without children, I love the feeling that the beginning of a new school year brings. It is a great time for a fresh start.

red-school-blur-factory croppedI loved shopping for school supplies as a child. I would bring everything home and get it  organized. I would write the name of each subject on my notebooks,  fill my new case with pencils, pens and markers. It was all new, organized and ready for whatever was to come. I loved it!

What areas do you want to feel new, organized and ready for the great things to come? Here are 3 questions to help us move towards a fresh start as the new school year begins and the beauty of fall approaches.

Is it best for me and my family? As we begin new things in our lives there are always expectations that we need to consider. Schools, church, family, friends, and work all have expectations of what we should do and how we should be involved. These are all potentially wonderful things, but also realize that it is ok to say “no” to them if it is not right for you and your family. We love to be involved, contribute and help others, but, at the end of the day, we have to make sure it is right for us and our loved ones.

What is most important? Take a moment to think about and even write down what is most important to you. Maybe prioritizing a family meal together is important. Maybe physical activity is a priority. Having fun and scheduling something fun together would be great. These things do not tend to happen by themselves. Many times life gets hectic and what we have decided is most important gets pushed to the side. Determine what is most important to you, put it on your calendar, and make it happen.

What can I remove? Take a look around and ask yourself if there is anything that you should removed from your life. This could be physical possessions, items on your calendar, bad habits, time wasters or even unhealthy relationships. Our lives become cluttered with “stuff” before our very eyes. Taking time to de-clutter and simplify can feel so good! It frees up time and energy for the important things, and allows me to give some of my possessions to people who are in desperate need of them.

Are you ready for a fresh start? What do you feel you can do to start fresh in the next few weeks?

Here’s to new and fresh starts!

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