Grace Notes

a blog about life’s everyday magic

August 20, 2018

The Perfect Time for a Refresh

Words: Christen Hammons
Photo credit: Arnel Hasanovic

Every year when I spot the back-to-school sales at the local big box stores, I get a little jealous. I remember with fondness that extra-long day spent at the mall with my parents and siblings, picking out new outfits and just-right school supplies. It’s been many, many years since I’ve stepped foot inside a classroom, but I still miss the idea of a fresh start each September.

It’s taken me a long time to accept that you can have a fresh start whenever you need one. You don’t need to wait for a new school year or a new calendar year to trigger that change. At any point in your life you can decide to start things anew.

In two weeks, I’ll be moving into a new office. To mark the occasion, I’ve decided to take myself back-to-school shopping. Instead of new clothes and a super cool binder, I’ll be buying new file folders, a couple plants, and far too many cute notebooks and pens of all colors. I’m looking forward to being in a new-to-me space that I can fill with things that make me happy when I’m at work.

Is your life in need of a refresh or even a restart? Consider the new school as a time to start anew. Start a new hobby. Find a new workout you like. Liven-up your wardrobe. Why leave all the fun to the kids?


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