School Year Resolutions

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 24, 2009


If you are like me, you have probably noticed an increase in flyers, commercials, and radio advertisements lately…

It’s that time of the year once again…dun, dun, dun…




I find there are two main camps regarding Back To School:

Camp 1) No matter how old you are, simply hearing the words Back To School evokes fear, unease, apprehension, and a sudden breakout.

Camp 2) Back To School season (yes, it is a whole season) evokes joy, anticipation, shopping sprees, and a sudden urge to de-clutter, purchase new gadgets, notebooks, pens, and erasers. You are old school, and you love it.

Which camp are you?

Ok, I lied. There are more than 2 camps. I like to think of myself as part of the 3rd camp which is a combination of the first two.

Even though I am now entering my second year of ‘Back-To-School-without-actually-having-to-go-Back-To-School, all of the emotions still flood back to me during Back To School Season (BTSS).

In no particular order:

1) A strong urge to organize and de-clutter

Before:                                                   After:

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  • Closet cleaning
  • Donating unwanted clothing items to charity
  • Cleaning out my purse/wallet

2) A strong urge to organize and de-clutter my DESK area in particular

Before:                                                   After:

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  • Reading over every piece of paper and keeping what I truly need (i.e., 1% of the crap on my desk)
  • I organize all of my scattered notes and to-do’s onto one new piece of paper and recycle the rest
  • Clean desktop, keyboard, mouse, etc. Ewwwwwww. If you are like me, you wonder how you didn’t see that dust bunny in the back of your keyboard tray (seriously take a look at your own, you know you aren’t perfect either! lol)
  • Cleaning my virtual desktop. One of my tasks today. Can you just believe how out of control this has gotten? It got really bad over the weekend when I was coding and re-doing the website.


Yes, I have cat treats at my desk. I bribe Sketchie to lay in my office during the day. ;)

3) Schedule every aspect of my life.

  • I printed a new calendar for September. Ahhh, all fresh and ready to be filled in. I am making sure to write really ‘pretty’ so as to not ruin it like my current one.

Note: NOT pretty writing below:


4) Renew my healthy eating and fitness goals!

  • I am planning out my fitness goals for Fall. The biggest of which is training for my half marathon on Sept. 27th. I also am planning on signing up for something that is so uncharacteristic of me. Any guesses? ;)

5) Pack lunches/Prep food

  • Yesterday, Eric and I shopped for groceries and we bought him lots of lunch foods (sandwich stuff, fruit, etc) to pack his lunches (we slacked off a bit in the summer).
  • This week I am making a couple bulk orders of food to save money. I am making my Buck Ten Spelt Tortillas and my 50 cent hummus (note that I didn’t buy any store-bought hummus or tortillas this last grocery trip!!!)

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Personally, I see the Back To School Season as a fresh start. A time to re-organize and re-new our goals for the last part of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely hate seeing summer go, but nothing beats my favourite month of all- September. :)


Are you going back to school this fall? What are you doing?

How do you feel about Back To School Season? Do you make resolutions? What camp are you with?


Also, be sure to check out Green Monster Movement for the latest Green Monster recipes! Today’s bunch features a Peach Pie GM and a Green Colada GM- yum!

I’m really hoping my blender arrives today!!!!!


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Annie D. August 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I’m totally in both camps too. I work at a college, but not as a teacher so I’m here year-round. Even so, it’s still a change!!


Marian August 24, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Camp 2 for me! Love the new school supplies, etc. And I always seem to reach that point at the end of my summer job where I’d rather be in school than working still (I’m right at that point now!).


sarah (ghost world) August 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm

LOVE school supplies all year round, but ESPECIALLY back to school! this is my favorite time of year (though i also luuuuv the clean slate of jan 1).

my guess as to your signup: a triathlon? or, a bike race?


[email protected] August 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I may be taking some food and travel writing classes and will definitely be getting back into my Spanish studies. I LOVE back to school time of year; I feel like, even more than New Year’s that fun, new beginning type of feeling. Plus I just love autumn in New England!


Kerry August 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I love back to school time! Meeting new people, tackling new classes, it’s exciting. I am not totally organized yet though, I need to work on that.


Jolene August 24, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I went back to school today – because I am a teacher … I was not ready to go back!


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) August 25, 2009 at 10:12 am

I’m starting my final year of grad school! Yay! Classes started up yesterday, and I’m pretty excited . . . I just love organizing and the prospect of a new semester full of possibility. BUT I worry about feeling stressed and overwhelmed, since I have a lot going on this last year! I know I’ll pull through it though, and it’s just going to fly by!


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