A Time for Renewal


plum tree buds
As a kid, summer meant the season for plums and canning. Brings back good memories! Photo credit: caligula1995 on Flickr.

There is something about the middle of summer that makes me feel like it’s time to gear up for a new beginning of sorts.

In fact, when I was in college, I gave up the typical January New Year’s resolutions for several years and exchanged them for a similar ritual right before the start of the school year in September. It simply felt a lot more practical, and looking back on the school year as a whole was a lot more comprehensive than looking back at a semester. Plus, it seemed more difficult to form new habits when my routines became solidified for the year.

I might be out of school now, but being an orchestral musician, a music teacher, and a clerk at a local school still keep me strongly tied to the idea of seasons or years being defined as September through June.

There are several upcoming projects that I’m excited for this year, and I can’t wait to unveil them to you as they approach. In the meantime, I am reflecting on how to best set myself up to accomplish my goals in these new endeavors. I am asking myself, “How can I better cultivate my relationships along the way?” and “What do I really want to focus on instead of chasing after everything that comes my way?”

Will you join me in this reflective spirit?

How will you utilize the off-season to help you recharge for the coming year? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

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