Hey there friend!
Can you believe we are half-way through July? Seriously though. Where in the world has the time gone? It may feel like the first half of summer has been a whirlwind of bbqs, weddings, graduation parties, vacations, social gatherings, events, obligations, expectations, and on and on.
You may not have had the chance to actually experience the slowness that summer can bring. The long lazy days, strolling in the warm summer nights, getting lost in a good beach read, spending time with your children being home from school, and maybe just having a little bit of space to do that ‘thing’ you’ve been wanting to do but keep putting off.
I know it can feel impossible to slow down and really enjoy this season intentionally, but with a few tips and tricks, I’m here to tell you it’s possible.
Here are a few things I discussed with a lovely group of women at my meet-up in Malaga this morning about how we can go into the second half of summer with more joy and intentionality and really take the control back on how we spend our days in this gorgeous season.
1. Journal. How would you like to experience the rest of the summer? Really get into it. How do you feel? How are you spending your days? Who are you with? What’s your weekly rhythm?
2. Create a summer bucket list. What do you REALLY want to do this summer? Some of those things on my BL is spend some time at Lake Michigan (one of my favorite places in the world!), attend an outdoor concert, and start playing padel (check ✔️just started last week and LOVE it. For those of you who don’t know it’s an extremely popular sport in Spain that is very similar, but much easier than tennis). Any fun adventures you want to take, creative projects you want to start, or activities you want to try out, you still have time to carve out space for them!
3. Align your summer days to your priorities and slooooow down. Make a list of what you love to do and value in this season. How can you MAKE time for these? Key word is ‘make’ here.
4. Make a list of everything you have on your schedule, your obligations, responsibilities, including housework and chores, etc. Go ahead and circle or underline the things you can only do. Then circle/underline the things you want to do or you really enjoy doing. Looking at the rest, which can you quit, let go of, limit your time with, or outsource? You really need to be ruthless here and examine WHY you are creating space for those things.
5. Create a margin within your summer days. How can you carve out “white space” in your day to enjoy your time with your family, to siesta, to play, to create, or just be?
Feel free to answer all or any of the questions above and send them my way. I’d love to hear from you!