I always loved the start of a new school year as a student. I think I loved it even more as a teacher. Now as a mom I find myself absorbing my own children’s excitement as we shop for new backpacks and freshly sharpened pencils. The energy is so fresh and inspiring! I like to use this time of the year as a reset, a mini-new year, a reevaluation of my goals and take it as a jumpstart towards the end of the calendar year to accomplish some goals just for me.
My biggest intention upon entering into the new school year is to structure my health goals and habits more. This summer was fun, we were relaxed about dinners and meal planning. We indulged while on vacation. All things that summer should be! But now it’s time for the kids to go on new learning adventures and for this mama to dive into some lessons on self-care. This year I will have two out of three kiddos in full time school. It’s a little weird to realize that but it offers glimpse at some new pockets of time during the day when these goals can be achieved.
Back to School: Back to Me Goals
1. Meal Planning
I LOVE meal planning (if you follow my personal instagram account you know this!). It anchors my week and gives me a sense of stability knowing what we have in the fridge and what can be made. I don’t always stick to the exact schedule but knowing that I have a game plan going into the week has always made me feel good. I want to not only consistently plan dinners this fall (already a well established habit!) but I want to get into a routine for breakfast and lunch packing as well. Possibly add in a prep day on the weekend to batch bake some muffins or some sort of breakfast item that will make busy weekday mornings run smoother.
I have always been able to get in consistent movement throughout my days (chasing around little kids will do that!) but I want to take the time this fall to try some new workouts. There is a new gym being built in my neighborhood, back-to-school health challenges, or maybe even a 5k (or two?). I am a happier person, more intentional parent, and more productive with my days when I plan my workouts and stick to the plan. I want to add mapping out my workouts to my weekly planning time to make sure they are happening.
3. Mental Health
This is a goal because mental health is HEALTH. I typically go to therapy once a month which is a great check-in but I want to make sure I am journaling regularly (going to implement the use a habit tracker for this) and to dive into a few new non-fiction self-help books. On my nightstand I have Atomic Habits, Do Less, Try Softer, and What happened to you? All books I hope will be beneficial deep dives into self-care and self-help.
4. General Health
Dentist, doctor, annual exams, oh my! This is the time of year where all of the check-ins with my own health are necessary and important. I want to make sure I get them all on the calendar and stick to them. As moms, we make sure to schedule our kiddos well visits and we have to keep up with our own as well – as tempting as it may be to push them off the calendar (medical anxiety is real!). In addition to these appointments I want to get back on track with going to bed at a consistent time each night and tracking my water consumption throughout the day (I love this app!).
5. Spiritual health
It can be really hard to make time for prayers and practices in deepening my faith at the end of the day. So often I let my to-do list take precedence and then I find myself crawling in bed and falling asleep before I can utter a word of prayer or, more often than not, my brain would rather veg out than anything else. I would love to make it a habit to do some simple morning prayer time every day (5 minutes or less), visit my church’s chapel once a month, and attend a weekly bible study.
These goals seem lofty but I think writing them out and posting them for you all to read and see has already made me even more excited than daunted to try and accomplish them! Do you have any goals on your mind as we send our kids to school this fall? I would love to hear what you would like to accomplish to get back to yourself as your kids get back to the books!