September is the New January: Setting Intentions for the New School Year 

A few weeks ago, I heard bestselling author Gretchen Rubin declare that September is the new January; a great time for fresh starts. This resonated with me as I thought about how like the month of December, with the summer months come indulgence: many lattes, ice cream cones, and meals out to name a few. So September naturally feels like a good time to set an intention for better eating and more consistent workout routines. As an educator, stepping into a new school year, it is also a time to set intentions for my professional life. 

New School Year Intentions

While on this topic, I feel the need to restate the difference between an intention and the more common New Year’s resolution. While a resolution has more to do with goals, an intention is an ongoing wish. For more on this topic see my January 15th post. When considering my new school year intentions, I thought about my wishes for my own professional growth and what I hope to offer to my colleagues and students.

Dreaming about my New School Year Intentions!

I considered the following questions: 

  • What will bring joy and happiness to my work this year?
  • How can I best contribute to a positive and meaningful learning environment? 

On the eve of our first day of school, this is what I have come up with so far…

This school year, I will: 

  • Listen with an open heart.
  • Strive to see possibility in every challenge.
  • Practice gratitude daily.
  • Say yes to things that I love. 

What are your New School Year Intentions? Please share!


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