Get your own Back To School feeling with new organizational goals, fun office supplies, sign up to learn a new skill + more
With your kids heading back to school, some parents, like me, wish they could have that same feeling of a new beginning, new supplies and new opportunities to learn. Whether you declutter your home, start a reading list or start a new fitness routine, this is a great time to try something new. Here are some Back To School ideas for grown ups!
With all the craziness of Summer, I really crave organization by now. Back to school time is like my Mom New Year! I love decluttering my home and organizing it in a way that will be beneficial for our family this season. My husband and I look at the next few months and plan out any activities we would like to accomplish by the end of the year – if we wait to plan, those fun activities usually don’t happen. Organize your schedule so you don’t over commit yourself or plan too many after school activities or sports for the kids.
BUY YOURSELF NEW OFFICE SUPPLIES
I loved getting new school supplies when I was growing up and I get to share in that with my kids now. There is something exciting for me when I treat myself to new office supplies. I love picking out a new stationary, grocery list pad, new pens, a pretty letter tray or a new binder. Last week, I treated myself to a new leather mouse pad…it’s the little things that excite me!
DO SOMETHING CREATIVE
Work work work can get boring and really drain your soul. Do something creative and get some of your spirit back. Make time for your hobby that you might have put down for the Summer or think of a new hobby that you will enjoy. Let your imagination run free and see where it takes you.
SIGN UP FOR AN ONLINE CLASS
There are several online sites that offer free or low cost classes to learn a new skill. One of my favorites is Brit + Co. They offer a ton of creative online courses that range from photography, business, lettering, design and more. Be sure to check out their free classes as well. This is a great time to learn a new language – whether by listening to audio books while you are driving, online courses or sign up for a class at your local college.
CREATE A FALL READING LIST
Were there books that you wish you had read over the summer or have one in mind for the Fall? Well, let’s read them now! I pick one book at the beginning of the school year and read while my daughter completes her reading homework. That way, I know I have about 30 minutes a night to get a little reading time in. It also encourages her and builds on her love of reading. For this Fall, Lioness Arising: Wake Up And Change Your World by Lisa Bevere is on my reading list.
TRY SOMETHING NEW IN THE KITCHEN
In no way do I consider myself a cook! I have to follow a recipe word for word and even then it might not turn out right. But, I still have cooking goals and I want to learn new skills in the kitchen. I keep trying and some meals actually turn out pretty darn good! These small victories help me gain confidence and continue to try new things. This week, I managed to cook a really good Hibachi style meal and Crockpot Chicken Tacos! If you are a good cook, maybe try a new food that you haven’t worked with before or challenge yourself to make a recipe healthier.
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
With Fall right around the corner, go ahead and pull out your Fall and Winter wardrobe to see if you still like the pieces and if they still fit. If not, add them to your donate/sell box. Make sure you have your staple pieces and make a list of the items you need for this season. Organize your closet to make sure it functions best for you so you can get dressed quickly on school mornings.
ESTABLISH A FITNESS ROUTINE
If you are like me, your fitness routine went right out the window over the Summer. With the inconsistent schedule and better, more fun activities to do, I slacked on my fitness goals. This is a good time to establish your fitness routine to fit your current schedule. This can include making sure you are drinking enough water, scheduling at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, playing outside with the kids, taking a walk after dinner or any physical activity you enjoy doing. Just do something!
SCHEDULE TIME FOR SELF CARE
It can be easy to forget about ourselves when this time is focused so much on getting our kids ready for school, making sure they eat healthy and get enough rest so they can do their best at school. Don’t forget that you need this same attention to make sure you are at your best. Self care is so important for making sure you can handle the stressful times, have the energy to make it through the day and still be present with your family. Find something that helps you feel centered, grounded and gives you life. Find time to read self improvement books, practice yoga in your living room or at a studio, write in a daily gratitude journal, treat yourself to a mani + pedi or find out if coloring books are therapeutic for you. Whatever it is, make sure you schedule time in your week for yourself.
I hope you take time out for yourself this season and create that Back To School feeling for yourself. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried one or more of these ideas or share your own ideas with us!
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