Hope Among the Fall School Supplies

Hope Among the Fall School Supplies

I can hardly believe that it’s already mid-August. This summer has gone by so quickly at times and other times it has been agonizingly slow. As I walked out of work today, I noticed the first leaves changing color, and whether I’m ready or not the fall (and fall semester) is coming.

The beginning of the fall semester is actually one of my absolute favorite times of the year. I don’t know if it’s because I have been in school for so long that it reminds me of the annual pilgrimage with my parents to Walmart for fresh school supplies which was one of the highlights each summer. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a school supply list, and go shopping for back to school clothes. Besides New Year’s Day, in my book there is no greater time for reinvention then that first day back in school.

It’s a little different now since even though I am technically a student, I am no longer taking classes and instead doing full-time work each and every day in the lab. I will also be teaching for the first time this semester, and I am nervous and excited at what this new chapter will bring. I am keeping my fingers crossed that by the time it’s my turn at the front of the classroom, a lot of the issues that have been plaguing me these last few weeks will be largely in the rearview mirror.

This past weekend was by far one of the best ones I have had precisely because I felt like my normal self for most of it. I made it a point on Saturday morning when I woke up to live the day less like a patient and dive right into my regular routine. Three baskets of laundry later, I felt much better. It was incredibly effective, and kept me in fairly good spirits throughout the entire weekend, which did spill over to today.

I actually made it through an entire workday, even though for the second half of it, I was not feeling that great. I started the day with some guided meditation and since most of my work was on the computer, I listened to close to two hours of classical music to keep the relaxation vibes going as long as possible.

I was going to head straight home because I was struggling a bit, but I invoked my mindset from the weekend about doing as much of my regular routine as possible, and stopped at the store to get a card and a gift for my husband whose birthday is tomorrow. Once I got home, I tried to take a nap but was unsuccessful so I went ahead and made dinner and have been enjoying lounging ever since. I even packed lunches for tomorrow which I haven’t done in ages.

It’s amazing how these little things can really make such a huge difference, and I am looking forward not just to the beautiful foliage that fall will bring along with crisp air to breath, and Halloween; but to getting back to doing the small things that make me, me.

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