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Hello everybody! I’ve missed you.  I had to take an involuntary hiatus from the blog, because of computer issues at the worst possible time to have computer issues (that is, when you are in two operas at the same time and then moving hallway across the country immediately after) but I am back and so excited about it.

Gretchen Rubin recently posted something on her blog about the idea of September Resolutions.  As the traditional start of the school year, September is a great time to start fresh and work on forming new habits. It’s also a great time look at your January Resolutions and re-evaluate them.

Since I’m going back to school next week, I thought it would be good to share my resolutions with you. Since accountability is important when it comes to achieving your goals.

Rededicate Myself to the Blog
I had to take a break from blogging last month but if I am being honest with myself, there were things that I could have done to prevent such a long radio silence. This coming term is going to be busy for me, but I am determined to keep on schedule. I also have my DSLR with me again, so I can finally stop taking pictures with my less than stellar cellphone camera and have some nicer photos to share with you!

Spend More Time at the Library
Living in Halifax this summer meant that I got to spend time at one of the most beautiful libraries that I have ever been to, and it reminded me how much I love the library. I haven’t been to the library in London yet, but even if it isn’t as pretty it will still have everything that I love about libraries.

Develop Good Morning and Night Routines
I’ve read everywhere that having good routines helps you get to sleep faster and makes your mornings easier. Plus, living in a new a climate means that I need to get serious about my skin care, because I am tired of feeling like a teenager with these breakouts

Get Serious About My Finances
As I’ve mentioned in my personal finance posts, taking control of your budget is a process that requires constant re-evaluation. Sometimes I feel a little bit like a fraud, writing about effective budgeting when my budgets are often less than balanced.  Also, this is my last year of school, so I am going to have to start thinking about how I’m going to pay back all of my student loans and to be honest I’m a little worried about it.  Getting my finances under control this year will make the next few years so much easier.

Bike to School (weather permitting)
One of the things that London has going for it over Halifax is that the city is full of beautiful bike trails. Our new apartment is fairly close to a bike trail that runs along the river and deposits us right outside the music building at school. I plan to take advantage of this.

Be a Better Student
Isn’t this everyone’s goal at the beginning of a new school year? Originally I wanted this resolution to be more about my professional success, but I’m not so sure if “get a role in the opera” or “get into this young artist program” are reasonable goals because so much of that is out of my control.  Instead, I can resolve to be a better artist and a good student.  I can work hard in my classes, practice more often and more effectively, and prepare my auditions more fully so that I give myself the best chance to impress the people that have more control over whether or not I get those roles and or a place in those programs.

Make My House a Home
Moving to a new city is always hard, but it was especially hard for me this time because I love Halifax so much.  I’ve spent the past week wavering between loving my new place and wishing desperately that I could go back home to Halifax. Since I can’t do that, I’m going to work hard to make this place cozy and welcoming, so that I can love living here too.

So that’s what I’ll be working towards this year. Do you have September Resolutions? What are they? Let me know in the comments!

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