Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quoteworthy: Renewal

My long-time friends Krista and Kelsey and I used to say that May felt more appropriate than January for a "New Years'" celebration. In grad school, we'd throw Spring Thaw parties (always looking for a reason to break out the vodka...) and toast to new beginnings. I still love that idea, but now that I'm out of school, I feel like fall needs its own type of renewal celebration.
Renew: (v) to make new, fresh, or strong again; to make a vow or promise again; to begin again with more force or enthusiasm
Renew: (v) to resume after an interruption
Synonyms: regenerate, revive, resume, replace, replenish, reestablish
I've seen about 100 first day of school photos on Facebook, and along with wondering how in the hell so many of my friends suddenly have five-year-old PEOPLE for children, I've been harnessing the feeling that came with "back to school" as a child.

Back to routine, back to basics, back to learning. Realigning with your priorities. A fresh start for all.

"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone."
 --Audrey Hepburn

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
 --F. Scott Fitzgerald

"You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."
--Mary Pickford

"Close some doors. Not because of pride, or arrogance, or incapacity, but simply because they no longer lead anywhere."

"Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others."
--H.  Jackson Brown Jr.

"As you think, as you travel, as you love, you attract."
 --James Allen

Summer, you were the most beautiful interruption.