Fallin’ into a New Season

Mums.

The crisp air has arrived.  The darker mornings, the cool breezes, and the warm sweaters have reappeared.

With the back to school theme running rampant throughout the city, it always makes me reminisce about being a student.  I remember my first day of school outfits, the new pencils, a new locker, new classrooms (ok, I was a bit of a geek).  As I got to be a more “mature” student, September also came with new goals and aspirations.  I joined a gym, I ate more home-cooked meals, and I made a better effort to get together with friends, with whom over the summer I had lost touch.

These days, little has changed, other than a different job, a different city, and different goals.  Ok, so a lot has changed, actually!

With a wonderful Labour Day weekend spent at the cottage, I was able to breathe in some fresh air, have a chance to catch up properly with my family, and kiss my little niece every minute I could.

Upon returning to the city, I smiled a little more when Edwin and I relaxed in our cozy apartment.  As wonderful as a weekend away is, coming “home” always feel spectacular.

Within that very week, despite my lack of a new back-to-school outfit, I started setting my September goals all over again.

1. Stop stressing about every detail of every week.  Write things down so I don’t have to keep them in my head.

2. Be more mindful of the moments I experience.  There are too many things around me to be overwhelmed with inner dialogue.

3. Get my butt back to the Yoga Sanctuary, a beautiful yoga studio where I had enjoyed great yoga classes that helped me stretch, strengthen and relax, not only my body, but also my mind.

4. Read. Take time out of each day to learn something new, be it from a fictitious story or from a newspaper.

5. Keep friendships close.  I am not allowed to be too busy to send an email, make a phone call, or have a date with friends.  I have realized that we all grow up, and some of us move to different parts of the world; however, I still think about the friends who have come to be a crucial part of my life.  No excuses for not keeping in touch.

6. Enjoy my time in the classroom.  Work can always be stressful, but I love the time I get to spend with these incredible international learners.  A lot of them have become friends who have opened my eyes to something new and interesting.  I need to focus on the positive aspects and allow myself to thoroughly enjoy and continue to grow as a teacher.

I look at these goals and can happily say I have taken a step toward each one:

I have bought a day planner. I smelled the air and heard the birds as I biked to work.  I attended a yoga class.  I sent a card to a friend. I went to an ESL workshop and found a new activity that I am excited to try with my students.

With the cool air setting in, I find myself warming up to the fresh opportunities that come with Fall.  I am excited to pull out my wool sweaters and sip on hot cups of tea as I embrace the new season.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Liesl ♥

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Fallin’ into a New Season

Mums.

The crisp air has arrived.  The darker mornings, the cool breezes, and the warm sweaters have reappeared.

With the back to school theme running rampant throughout the city, it always makes me reminisce about being a student.  I remember my first day of school outfits, the new pencils, a new locker, new classrooms (ok, I was a bit of a geek).  As I got to be a more “mature” student, September also came with new goals and aspirations.  I joined a gym, I ate more home-cooked meals, and I made a better effort to get together with friends, with whom over the summer I had lost touch.

These days, little has changed, other than a different job, a different city, and different goals.  Ok, so a lot has changed, actually!

With a wonderful Labour Day weekend spent at the cottage, I was able to breathe in some fresh air, have a chance to catch up properly with my family, and kiss my little niece every minute I could.

Upon returning to the city, I smiled a little more when Edwin and I relaxed in our cozy apartment.  As wonderful as a weekend away is, coming “home” always feel spectacular.

Within that very week, despite my lack of a new back-to-school outfit, I started setting my September goals all over again.

1. Stop stressing about every detail of every week.  Write things down so I don’t have to keep them in my head.

2. Be more mindful of the moments I experience.  There are too many things around me to be overwhelmed with inner dialogue.

3. Get my butt back to the Yoga Sanctuary, a beautiful yoga studio where I had enjoyed great yoga classes that helped me stretch, strengthen and relax, not only my body, but also my mind.

4. Read. Take time out of each day to learn something new, be it from a fictitious story or from a newspaper.

5. Keep friendships close.  I am not allowed to be too busy to send an email, make a phone call, or have a date with friends.  I have realized that we all grow up, and some of us move to different parts of the world; however, I still think about the friends who have come to be a crucial part of my life.  No excuses for not keeping in touch.

6. Enjoy my time in the classroom.  Work can always be stressful, but I love the time I get to spend with these incredible international learners.  A lot of them have become friends who have opened my eyes to something new and interesting.  I need to focus on the positive aspects and allow myself to thoroughly enjoy and continue to grow as a teacher.

I look at these goals and can happily say I have taken a step toward each one:

I have bought a day planner. I smelled the air and heard the birds as I biked to work.  I attended a yoga class.  I sent a card to a friend. I went to an ESL workshop and found a new activity that I am excited to try with my students.

With the cool air setting in, I find myself warming up to the fresh opportunities that come with Fall.  I am excited to pull out my wool sweaters and sip on hot cups of tea as I embrace the new season.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Liesl ♥

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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