saddle-419745_1280This week marks the end of summer vacation for our family. School supplies are stacking up on the dining room table. Class schedules are posted. Middle school orientation is on Thursday and the first day of school arrives on Friday.

No more sleeping in until ten. No more video game marathons with friends.

Welcome back to alarm clocks, backpacks, and homework.

This week’s cliché (unoriginal thought) wraps up the summer: back in the saddle.

There was a time when cattle drives were common. When ranchers had to inspect fence lines. When cowboys spent hours riding across vast acres of rangeland to round up the stragglers. At the end of a long day, they gathered at the chuckwagon and then circled around the campfire to swap stories and rest.

Until daybreak when they climbed back in the saddle again and got back to work.

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So, since it’s time for us to get back in the saddle after our semi-relaxing summer, I’m refocusing on my personal and professional goals to make a strong push toward the end of the year. With my special-needs daughter in a transition program three days a week, I’m planning to pound out a multitude of words while she’s gone. Then I can shift all of my errands and the odds-and-ends of marketing to the days she’s home and likely to interrupt my worktime. It’s also time for her to establish new routines after thirteen-plus years of school.

Saddle up and let’s get back to work.

What about you? Have you been in a season of resting or working? What does it mean for you to get back in the saddle?

Back In The Saddle Again
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