New (School) Year, New You

Working on a university campus means I work on a bit of a different calendar. September, the beginning of the academic year, almost feels like January all over again. Students are back on campus, there’s a bit of a chill in the air, the leaves are slowly beginning to change, and there’s a sense of newness and excitement. I love this time of year. Ever since I was a student, it has always felt like a fresh beginning; the exhilarating start to something new and exciting. That feeling hasn’t gone away. Now, as September approaches, I become more reflective and start to re-evaluate where I’m at in my life. I think this is an important process, and one that should happen many times throughout the year. But, for me, it just comes easier around this time.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the things I want to accomplish before I turn 30 (I’ve still got 4 years and 4 months left!) and how I can start positioning myself to be successful. Travel is a big one; I have a “30 Countries to Visit Before I’m 30” list … only 16 more to go! Career is another. And, as always, there are my health goals. It was pretty discouraging when I found my 2016 Goals list the other day and was reminded that I haven’t come any closer to achieving some of them. But that’s why they say to keep that list of goals where you can see them, and not tucked away in your journal….

I’m thankful that September has brought about these feelings of discomfort because it finally feels like I have that push that I need to makes strides toward those goals. There are still 4 months left in this year to adopt some good habits and make positive changes.

Let’s go!

Today’s Reflection: What changes can I make to my daily routine to help me achieve my remaining goals for 2016?

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