Greetings!

September is a time of many new beginnings, be it a new academic year, the Jewish New Year, a new Fall season, and in 2021, a work scenario for many that is invoking back-to-school jitters after being out of the office for so long!

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, when so much changed in our city, country and world; if you were more directly impacted please make sure to be extra gentle with yourself around this time as so much has and will be brought up about it.

Two decades after such a life-altering event, and because we are at this accelerated transformational period in our history, it's a good time to reflect on what have we learned since then and how we want to live going forward. Are we repeating the same mistakes now, individually or collectively, 20 years later? In other words are we doing the "same boyfriend, different clothes" routine, as the saying goes, in our jobs, relationships, health, current events? Where in your life might you still be stuck in unhealthy or inauthentic patterns? Whether you are an official student or not, what do you want your new "school year" to feel like, how do you want it to end? Think about how you have grown both in the past year and the past 20 as it seems we are living in a different world (i.e. just think about all the technology and social media that was born since then and how it has changed your daily life, relationships. work, etc. and then all the 2020 changes by themselves....#mindblowing).

We are living in the School of Life, so it behooves us to become more aware of and appreciate the many classrooms we find ourselves. With the innate trials and tribulations inherent in such a set-up, instead of getting upset or being totally reactive - which is not always easy, especially these past several years - take a deep breath and try to see any given situation as the teacher, homework, quiz or exam that it is, and perhaps make a different or better choice. And trust there is no failure, only learning, even if we have to repeat grades until we finally graduate! Big lessons and massive growth abound in these extraordinary times, so let's all be the lifelong learners we are meant to be.

The PGG Video of the Week is a reminder to learn from your past and break the pattern; this week's Instagram post about how life is your teacher. And for the PGG Vibe of the Week, since she was mentioned in the essay, and over 20 years later the sentiment is even more apropos to these times, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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Big hug <3
Kristina

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