I am so ready for autumn. As much as I have enjoyed the light, long days, iced teas and coffees that come with summer, I can't wait to get my head down ready for the next academic year. September-December is my absolute favourite time of year.
OK, I left school four years ago, but from Monday I'll be going back to work after my lovely long break and starting some hardcore revision for my journalism exams in November. How exciting/terrifying.
I like the idea of revision – I get all set up at my desk with new stationery, books and motivation – only to end up cramming a couple of weeks before the dreaded deadlines. But preparing helps put my mind at ease. I remember writing revision timetables in school just to reassure myself that it will all be OK in the end. And it was.
Unlike when I was in school, however, I'm getting paid to do these exams(!), and a pay rise is on the cards, too(!!) So, I compiled a little collage of bits and bobs I'll try not to pick up this weekend when I go shopping... but I have had my eye on those loafers for soooo long, and when all the A/W stock comes into the shops I am unstoppable. It doesn't even matter that last week I was wearing shorts. It's an annual ritual to buy new stationery, shoes and a coat for the new school year. You know it's true.
What are your back to school essentials? I love reading posts like this so please link me to your favourites. You can never have too many pens and notebooks – that's a fact.