HOW TO ENJOY THE SIMPLE SIDE OF SUMMER

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Summer's here.

You’re ready to relax, right?


But when you think about all you have to do, it feels like a crazy three months, not a toes-dipped-in-the-water-listen-to-birds-chirp-while-lying-in-the grass kind of summer.


Last week, I lived out my entire summer in five minutes. Yep, it didn’t take long at all to return to buying school supplies and shopping for a new flannel at The Gap.  


Prep my house for summer visitors.

Run my business.

Drive my kids to and from summer camp.

Monitor video game usage.

Keep up with the weeds in my garden.


Don't get me wrong, individually, each task feels doable (and even fun). But when they all add up, I can't help but think that I waited ten long (cold) months for this season.  I want to have time to enjoy the simple side of summer.


If you're with me on this—maybe it's time for a mindset check.


You can stay in the space of resentment and frustration—thinking that life is too busy and summers aren’t like they used to be.


Or…


You can look at it differently. You can think about it differently.

You can make a conscious choice to live intentionally this summer.


HERE'S HOW:

Develop a morning ritual.

Before the day begins, make a commitment to spend 15 non-negotiable minutes on YOU.  Some ideas: writing in your journal, walking outside, meditating by your garden, drinking coffee in solitude.


Begin with a plan

Each morning, write out the 2 or 3 things you absolutely have to do and the 2 or 3 things you want to do. Don’t forget to schedule in time for yourself—even if it’s to take a half hour to finish your book club book or paint your last three toenails.  


Seek connection and support

Find other women who are on a mission to live fully this season. Commit to holding each other accountable with coffee dates, fireside chats or weekly check-ins.


Have power over your distractions

Set a specific time to scroll your Instagram and Facebook feed. Then stick to it.  


Be fully present

Make a point of listening to the crickets while weeding, mindfully breathing as you cut up the watermelon, and engaging in conversations with your son on the way to basketball camp.


Turn frustrations into gratitude

When your kids are screaming because you turned off Fortnight or your dishwasher has stopped working again—ask yourself, “What can I be grateful for in this moment?”


The summer is what you choose to make of it

Be spontaneous and ditch the long to-do lists but commit to creating your summer rather than letting the summer create you.   


And above all else—give yourself permission to recharge and rediscover yourself this season. September will be here before you know it and there’ll be plenty of time to go back to figuring it all out.