For those of you living in the U.S. — I hope you had a spectacular 4th of July last Tuesday!
As did we.
Although Wednesday felt like Monday — and I’ve yet to decide what day today feels like!
But I’m catching up!
For me, and this might seem a bit weird, but summer never seems to begin until after the 4th of July. I might blame that on late school releases in my neck of the woods, or uncooperative weather notorious in the Pacific Northwest.
But the 4th has passed, the skies in Seattle “are the bluest you’ve ever seen,” and the summer sun glints off our amazing waterways.
Marvelous, beautiful, sunny, warm, delightful… summer… at last!
Days of endless beauty stretch before us.
Yet while I loathe to think of it… this incredible season won’t last forever.
These long days of pure beauty can breeze past like a whirlwind.
Let’s make it last. Let’s ring every last ounce of joy from this oh-so-wonderful season.
Here are some ideas.
5 Ways to Get the Most out of Summer!
1. Embrace the Schedule
Whether you have kids in school or not. Whether your work schedule stays the same or not. Summer can bring a delightful casualness to life. While my calendar squares are neatly organized during 3 seasons of the year, I try to keep many white blank squares in the summer. Take the time to float just a bit. Relax, take a breather. Be spontaneous. Keep your options open.
2. Get Outside
So much of life is spent in enclosures — work, home, commutes, gyms. Take time this summer to get outside. Remember those endless summer days as a kid? Climbing trees, building forts, catching fireflies, or grasshoppers? Remember how tired you were at the end of a day well spent? Revive those days. Be intentional about spending time in our beautiful world. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
• Eat as often as you can outside.
• Be a tourist and visit historical and significant locations where you live.
• Go on a hike or nature walk.
• Plant a garden or container of summer blooms.
• Visit your farmers market or farm stand.
• Plan an outdoor picnic.
• Attend a concert in the park.
• Host a family reunion.
• Plan a block party.
3. Curb the Devices
While it’s impossible for most of us to completely unplug from our devices, perhaps we can find some distance. Quiet the incessant dinging, pinging, and ringing. Set aside times during your day when you can put them out of site. Out of site, out of mind? Right? Invest in face-to-face encounters as much as possible.
Take time this summer to invest in church, people, and organizations dear to your heart. It may be as simple as volunteering for a church camp, or hosting a dinner. Perhaps while mowing your own lawn, you can also mow an elderly neighbors as well. Volunteer at your local food bank, or community garden.
Take some time to watch the clouds float past… and dream. Take time to journal, read a book, take a nap, listen to the night sounds. Find a hobby. Do a craft. Build something. Enjoy your family, take a deep breath… and thank God for this beautiful summer.
“That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
And the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Hug your loved ones’ extra tight and–
Have a beautiful week!
P.S. — Last week I mentioned my surprise!
At that time, all who had responded to our survey answered one question exactly the same. That has altered only slightly.
“What is your favorite cooking tool?”
I’ll reveal your answers to that question next week! The tool makes my heart happy!
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