September! As I have written before, I LOVE September. Even though I have not been on a typical “school schedule” for many years, it still feels the most like the “Fresh Start” opportunity of the year. This year is no exception. As September approaches every year, I feel energized and excited and I start planning things I want to do. I may have gone overboard this year. I won’t bore you with all the kids activities, those I have actually managed to keep to a manageable amount. But my plans for myself may be a tad overambitious.

My plans for this fall include the following:

1. 8 week online course on Whole Food cooking (so excited to become inspired again in the kitchen. That has fallen by the wayside this summer).
2. 8 week “real-time” course on Mindfulness for Healthcare workers. Tim is joining me on this one, so it is kind of like weekly dates for 8 weeks, right?
3. Exercise – I have signed up for a friend’s twice weekly morning “boot camp” type classes
4. Micah – we are going to do an 11 week program with him that focuses on learning to relax and worry less

Hmmm….I know that listing it like that should make me feel nervous, but I still just feel excited. My secret personal goal is to be kind with myself when I discover the reality that I cannot participate in each of the things as fully as I would like to. BUT it is better to try rather than nothing at all, right?

I am not totally insane this fall, though. Today my colleague asked me if I would like to learn to play bridge with her club. The answer to the question “Robyn, would you like to learn to _____” is pretty much always “yes”. But I did recognize that I simply could not add one more thing and I said “no thank you”. And I feel pretty proud of myself. Ha! I would like to learn to play bridge sometime, though.

Growing up, I was always involved in many things, there are just so many fun things to do and learn. And I would frequently get overwhelmed and stressed and tired. And my dad would say “Robyn, you have bitten off more than you can chew!”. Then I would pause, think, and reply “well, but I always manage to swallow the bite”.

And so Autumn 2013, here we go! Happy Autumn to you all – I hope you have many wonderful plans and dreams for the season.