New Term’s Resolutions

We have just one week left of Summer Holidays. Today is Sunday and this day next week, my girls will be making sure they have all they need for their return to school on the Monday. A new school year and both of them move on to new teachers and a new classroom. And as I will watch them walk into the yard on Monday week, I know I will think of how quickly years pass, of how summers come and go and how much older they look as they set their faces to new challenges that lie ahead.

And as I return home, I will, no doubt, relish to silence and the calm in the house as I once again reclaim it as my daytime territory. I will put on some coffee to brew and then I will begin to plan how I can achieve my new challenges – my new (school) year resolutions.

As we turn towards autumn and the days shorten and darkness arrives a little earlier, I am conscious of more time indoors and therefore more time to spend on things I wish to achieve. The reintroduction of routine also allows me to shape my time into ways that work for me. And perhaps I mirror the children’s progress through education by attempting to persue something not yet accomplished.

Since I retired from full time (paid) employment, I have been able to explore lots of things that catch my interest. I have become a Reiki Master, have discovered the joy of baking, can read acres more than I could in the past, got involved in volunteering within my community and have dabbled with writing. So my resolution this year is to attempt to narrow my focus and gather my energy back my varied interests and direct it to my writing. I am hoping to devote at least 3 mornings a week to writing and by Christmas will take stock on what I have accomplished. I am not expecting to have a book ready by then you understand…. but it would be nice to have perhaps a story or two achieved and maybe some clear ideas of how I can become the best writer I can be. Another step on the road to understanding who I am and to living my best life!!! (

So – are you making any new term’s resolutions? What are they?

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5 thoughts on “New Term’s Resolutions”

  1. I resolve to bridge the gap between resolving and doing

    I resolve to wait and observe before I make busy resolutions that go against the flow and cannot resonably be accomplished in the current situation

    I resolve to have the courage to be tenacious in following what I burn to do

  2. Yes, as the days start to grow shorter, it definitely feels the right time of year to be thinking of what we want to direct our attention toward in the dark months to come.

    It is a real positive to have some goal, some aspiration to point our energy at as the 'outward' time of year becomes an 'inward' time.

    I have a few projects still simmering on my 'maybe' pile 🙂 and am also thinking of writing too.

    Hopefully as we get to the time of day and night balance (autumn equinox) I will have a clear idea of what 'seeds' I will be germinating this autumn and winter.

    Another lovely post Barbara 🙂

  3. September means the start of evening classes and fired with the ambition of learning a language, taking dressmaking classes or perhaps a creative writing course we enrol at the nearest establishment offering such courses. Alas, as Alison in her comment says, there is often a gap between resolution and action so after a month or so, the thought of leaving a warm house and foregoing the latest episode of Coronation Street is not very enticing and alas, resolve has once again faltered. At least that's what always happens to me.

  4. Hi Barbara,

    Resolution would have to be do not not not stay in bed till the very last second or to be more positive 'I will get up 15 minutes earlier in order to start the day in a more relaxed manner and savour my toast and tea!!'

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