Every year right before school starts, I get “school days” nostalgia, especially when I’m being inundated with back to school ads and news segments. Then immediately after, I get a feeling of grief when I remember that summer is almost over.
The last days of summer used to be filled with eager anticipation — that perhaps there were new friends to be made, new teachers to annoy, and most definitely, new adventures to be had.
What could be better than a fresh notebook (in my days) or a newly unwrapped iPad waiting to be customized? Thinking about it fills me with a sense of adventure, like the unmarked notebook that represents a fresh start.
I miss that feeling. Why do kids get to have all the fun?
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So, I am making it my personal mission to get that sense of adventure back.
Here’s my “Back to Work” list:
- Buy a new notebook and promptly name it “Caroline’s New Adventure.”
- Register for a course that will enhance my talent.
- Meet and connect with at least five (5) inspiring people. They don’t have to be work related. They could be people who will inspire me to volunteer. I have spent years building my professional network, and one day while I was at a professional conference having a unrelated personal conversation, it dawned on me: I can be inspired by people from all backgrounds, so why limit myself?
What will be on your “Back to Work” List?