Did you know that tomorrow is National Innergize Day*? Nope, me neither. 🎵The more you know🎵, right?
Apparently we're supposed to rest, reflect, retreat. My Simpler Life has some ideas for how to create a personal retreat. Some of them I can easily do, like the decluttering, natural light, aromatherapy, and - of course - books. Others, like nature? Well, I don't like air conditioning so my windows are always open.
But let's dive a little deeper: what does "innergizing" really mean? Leaving aside the problematic fake word, of course. If I'm being honest, the start of the school year is always complicated. Yes, there's all the fun of new clothes, new office supplies, seeing my friends again after the summer off. A fresh start of sorts. And then there's the Jewish New Year, another opportunity for a fresh start. This year, because of the timing, classes didn't actually start until after the Jewish New Year, later than we normally start the academic year. The following week, Yom Kippur created another day off classes.
In other words, in the space of one month (30 days), things went from days of loafing and relaxing to getting ready for the school year to start to getting the library up and running to starting classes. None of that was entirely smooth in terms of timing: a day off here... and day off there... another day off... Last week we worked Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. It felt like two Mondays with an extremely short weekend shoehorned in. I'm exhausted. Next week will be the first five day week of classes.
Spending tomorrow gathering my strength, resting and reflecting on the past month while pruning my life and to-do list for the upcoming month so that things are less stressful and mentally healthier is an excellent idea.
And now that I know about this day, it's going on my calendar next year. Of course, the start-of-year schedule will be entirely different, but knowing that there is a day dedicated to pausing and working on the inner stuff is something to look forward to after all the chaos.
* Apparently there's a discrepancy here: the day is the day after the autumnal equinox, which is September 22nd, so you'd think it's the 23rd but the National Day Calendar claims it's the 24th. Whatevs. It's the idea more than the actual date IMVHO