Happy New Month, Happy September!!!
September for me always represents a new start.
It marks the end of summer and in education, the new academic year begins in September marking an opportunity to learn something new.
This September, I have been working on self love, self care, growth and new patterns of behaviour. My mindset is that the end of the year is 4 months away and so, I’m going to make it count for something.
The meaning of self love for me is layered. I want to allow myself to be myself, unapologetically. I want to love myself more than I love others. I want to be so secure in myself that my boat is not rocked by the waves of other people’s emotions, thoughts or opinions. I want to allow myself to enjoy and to be happy. I want to eradicate self sabotage and to not be so hard on myself.
The meaning of self care for me is looking after my mental health, my spirit and my body. This consists of weekly therapy sessions to get more insight into myself and to help unlearn poor patterns of behaviour. Self care also entails caring for myself in all areas of my life: work, family and other relationships. That said, I’ll be doing simple things such as not staying late at work every day. If I get in early, I’m leaving more or less on time. If I get in on time, I’ll stay behind if needed. I will not let work kill me because that we impact my teaching, and my relationship with students and colleagues. Staying consistent with the gym is also part of my self care plan: getting those lifts in, keep those weights heavy and my squats low.
Come through Meg the Stallion knees
The meaning of growth for me is not hindering my own progress – Self Sabotage. I’ve also started a new job this month and so, professional development is key. Not repeating the same mistakes in different areas in my life and learning how to do things better.
New Patterns of Behaviour
The meaning of new patterns for behaviour is similar to that of Self Care and Growth. By doing the work on self care, it will enable me to grow and thus learn new patterns of behaviour that are more healthy and positive in my life. So no more impulsive decisions which of recently been my thing, Normally, I am quite balanced and rational, calculated even. But this year, has shown me that making decisions on temporary emotions can be P-R-O-B-L-E-M-A-T-I-C. So, no more of that.
So that’s me.
These are some of the goals and the thoughts I have for this September and the rest of year. As the months transpire, I think I will be able to flesh out these thoughts more which will also help me with reflecting on myself as my birthday comes in and as 2019 eventually draws to a close
What are your goals, what are your thoughts?