Want productive fun? Intentionally create Your Best Summer Ever!

This T-Shirt says it all "Best Summer Ever!"

“I will get outside when I get this project done.”  Sound familiar? What if you truly enjoyed summer like you did when you were a kid? Unfortunately most of the time we are moving at such a busy, frantic 24/7 pace to get things done, that we feel we are always behind and are too overwhelmed to notice the little stuff.  “I will get outside tomorrow after I get this stuff done.”  

Remember your carefree fun filled summer days and afternoons hanging out with your friends running around outside and begging your mom to stay outside longer and not come in for dinner? You are in luck. You can enjoy this again because the way to predict your future is to create it. You are invited to join the Best Summer of Your Life Club. Club membership involves five rules.

First, make the decision that this will be the best summer of your life.

Your to do list will never be done and your house will never be perfect. You own the power to decide; the choice is yours.

Second, create your summer wish list of activities, places you wish to visit and people you want to hang out with.

An easy way to start is with the end in mind. Remember when you were a kid and the first week of school you had to write a report on how you spent your summer vacation. Pretend it is Labor Day and someone is asking you how you spent your summer vacation. What would you want to include? What have you done every single summer for the “sake of tradition” and do not want to include?

Chere's family in the water, dragging each other in a line behind a boat
I want to swim every chance I can and drag again on Sugar Lake with the Mullaneys.

Third, narrow your list down to 14 activities as there are 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

It does not have to be big stuff. This summer I want to decide if I want to learn to play the ukulele.  I want to kayak 10 lakes, and hike 2 state parks.  I want to create 2 totally unscheduled weekends (this is called planned spontaneity) when I am in Minneapolis.  I want to camp once in Gary’s baby camper. And we can’t forget Raspberry Truffle custard on Sunday nights at Adele’s Frozen Custard Stand.

Fourth, print your list and post it on your fridge.

Without a visual reminder we tend to forget our best intentions.

Fifth, share your list with your spouse, partner or friend. Better yet, create your lists with them.

Tell them you are intentionally living the best summer of your life.

Summer is the time to enjoy the little things. Every year as I get older I realize the little things in life were really the big things. Who and what is important in YOUR life today? How do you honor that today?  How lucky you are a grown up and no one has to tell you to come in when the street lights come on. You are in charge of your free time. You can predict your best summer of your life by creating it!

I encourage you to reflect on what you need this summer to refresh your spirit and energize your soul. Let me know if you want to join the 2018 Best Summer Ever Club.  Encouragement will be sent out the first of June, July and August to help you create your best summer ever!

Clare is loving her summer by the sea
Clare Ann savoring the summer

Mary Oliver reminds us, “Tell me what is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life!” Life is shorter than we think!

Need Ideas? We got you covered!

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Shoot me an email if you are in the Best Summer Club.

Eating ice cream is part of savoring the best summer ever
How will you intentionally create your best summer with memories and no regrets?

 

Better get busy!