Hey GIRL (that’s you, our Grace In the Race Ladies):
For moms, August is the calm before the storm; the weighty realization that September will be here before we know it. It’s the last hoorah of summer and the boot camp of preparation for what Amanda and I often refer to as The Mom New Year (a.k.a., Back-to-School)… because a mom’s world revolves around the school calendar.
There is a clear mental shift in August. We transition from the ease of summer to the more tightened up fall routine. Our minds naturally start to review our mental checklist of school supplies, fall wardrobes and ugh, packing lunches… but this year…
This year is going to look different. That much we know is true.
Most of us don’t have a clear cut understanding of what school will look like this fall or, for those who’ve been given the privilege/curse of a choice, what the right choice is. The important thing to remember is that the decisions surrounding the upcoming school year don’t have to unravel us. We will all make the decision that is right for our respective families and then give ourselves and each other grace to facilitate that decision.
Alas, many of us are not yet ready to go there, and that’s okay. After all, it’s only August 1st! The key, ALWAYS (we can’t say it enough), is to give yourself grace! Make the most of the weeks we have left! Enjoy every minute of the summer you managed to pull together for your family in the midst of a pandemic. Soak up the sun and the warm temps. Spend time in gratitude for the things that are going well and decide right now that you’re going to continue to make the most of whatever the fall will bring.
We’re in this together! Stick with us and stay tuned for the launch of our MotherHood community which will be our home-base for getting through this school year with grace (I told you we’re going to keep saying it)!
If you want to kick-start the conversation, we’re sure to be talking ‘back to school’ in our free productivity series which starts this Monday, August 3rd. Get a jump on your fall mindset by learning the “21 ways to avoid procrastination and get more done!” There are more details below (and I even made a video!). The Zoom discussions will take place on Fridays at 1pm ET throughout August – be sure to register before Monday.
Love & Grace,
Rachel (& Amanda)
Co-founders of Grace in the Race, LLC
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