Happy (Jane’s) New Year!

While checking out other blogs, familiarizing myself with this new world (to me, anyway) I’ve noticed that many of you started your blogs in January. A New Years resolution kind of thing, perhaps? On top of your list? Right up there with eat less and move more?  Quit smoking? That sort of thing?

My deadlines or start up dates have always been the start of the school year. I still think of Aug/Sept as the start of a new year. I suppose after being a student for so long (elementary, middle, high school, college, and more college because I liked it so much and couldn’t get enough but not enough for another degree, apparently) and then teaching once I was finally “finished” (although, I dream of going back) and then getting the kids ready once I had them – you get the idea. I just fell into a routine.

My projects are always slated for “the school year” or “the summer.” I even get my new calendar in August – or July if Barnes and Noble has them in stock yet. I get the 18 month calendars and then only use it for 12 because of course another new “school” year is upon us again.

And since I’m not teaching anymore or going to school myself I find it a bit curious that I’ve never broken the cycle and celebrated the New Year with the rest of the world in January. I mean, we do the whole party hat, watch the ball drop, champagne toast sort of thing. But I don’t think of it as a time for a new calendar, what will the new year bring, gee I should start yoga again or I’ll begin my diet now sort of thing. That starts in September. 

My new year just started – minus the party hats and confetti.  My goals this year are: drink less sugar filled calories, do yoga at least 4 days a week, send out one snail mail note or card to someone I love once a week, make time for girlfriends at least twice a month and clean out all closets by the end of the “year.” With all the detours my life provides this list will be a challenge. But I’m up for it. After all, it’s a brand new year!

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10 responses to “Happy (Jane’s) New Year!

  1. Mine was to laugh at least once a day.

  2. doodleandmooch

    I agree about the school year cycle, I do the same thing. Always when September rolls around it’s a “new year”. Of course I also have an insane urge every year to stock up on cheap school supplies for no reason.

  3. This year, I was asleep before the ball dropped and I promised myself my only New Year’s Resolution would be not to make one!

    Great post!

  4. Well, September brings the Jewish New Year, and I was a teacher, so I tend to think about these things in the fall, too.

    (And I’m embarrassed to admit my January blog start was inspired by a Today Show segment featuring Dooce. *The shame.*)

  5. That’s so funny that you say that, because I just said on my blog that September feels like a second New Year, because when school starts again so does everything else! I always felt like that. It’s nice to have another chance to start anew, isn’t it?

  6. I always consider September the new year as well. The fact that when my kids return to school I celebrate with champagne and noise makers helps, too…

  7. It’s so comforting to see that I’m in good company! Cheers, everyone!

  8. LOL I used to feel the same way when I was in school. (Aside: I totally feel the same way about college. I could go forever.) But now I like starting in spring. It feels new.
    Happy New Year to you!

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