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June. One of the Northern Hemisphere’s most beautiful months. If you live here, you're likely psyched, as the joys of the season are just beginning. I love summer. Always have. I thrive on sunshine. I feel best in warm weather. I welcome the easier pace of no school for my kids. As a friend of mine wisely says, "Summer is when my inner girl comes out".
The trouble with summer is that it sometimes comes with big expectations. We often wait all year for this carefree month...anticipating all of the fun it will hold.
Big pressure. And like anything that comes with 'big expectations'...if we aren't careful, summer can end up letting us down
Social media can make summer a challenge.
Theodore Roosevelt was right...
Comparison is the thief of joy.
We scroll through Instagram and see hundreds of photos showing perfect summer days. Sparkling images of the ideal family outings. The stuff that our dreams are made of.
But, what if you have no plans for a spectacular summer getaway?
Or you return home and sink into a post-vacation funk?
Here are some ways to bring a little Summer Vacation into your life, even if you’re not leaving home.
I use the following 'hacks' to create a casual, laid-back summertime vibe when I'm staying put for the season...
Switch up your usual thirst quencher. My go-to? Sparkling water packed with ice and a splash of fruit-flavored Italian soda (think San Pellegrino) and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime. With a straw. In a glass you love.
Want something portable? Try Spindrift.
2. Glow, girl.
We all know that the sun (in anything but small doses) is super damaging to our skin. Yet, who doesn’t feel better with a little color? Or a savage tan? Give your skin a tropical boost. No skin damage, just a healthy "I've been basking" glow. Here's my favorite.
3. Fresh Face.
Try some new makeup. Light and easy for the warmer weather. Less is more.
4. Transport yourself.
Read a book or watch a movie that takes you away. Live vicariously through a cast of amazing characters. Get lost in a story that fills you up.
A couple of my 'escape' favorites (certainly not award-winning films, but embarrassingly captivating:-)...Summer Lovers. Little Darlings and Monte Carlo. Prefer a good read? The Sun Also Rises.
5. New menu.
Change what you eat. Strawberries, peaches, watermelon, tomatoes, leafy greens...devour what’s fresh in your area. Wow your taste buds with a bounty of summer flavors.
6. Al Fresco.
Eat outside. Picnic or patio. Move the meal outdoors. Plug in a string of white lights and feel your mood improve. I love Cooking Light magazine for easy seasonal meals.
5. Be a tourist.
Plan a day date or a family outing that rocks. See your town through the eyes of a visitor. Pick something new...do something you've never done before. A Live List is a super way to keep stretching yourself and your family.
6. Light a candle.
I'm not sure who figured out how to make a candle smell like the beach, but I'm forever grateful. My first and still favorite is the 'sea salt' candle is from St. Eval Candle Company. I'm not sure if it's still available in the U.S. I bought mine at Terrain many years ago. Terrain now seems to carry this one instead. My bet is it's a great option, I just haven't tried it yet.
7. Clear out some clutter.
Use your slower days and looser schedule to get rid of stuff! Make a plan and declutter your life. The rewards are better than any vacation! Ever.
8. Be present.
Now is now. Be right where you are. Find beauty and give thanks for what is.
Remember, this isn’t about pretending to get away.
It’s more about being happy where you are.
Make today special whether you're in an exotic locale or your own backyard.
And feel free to snap a cool pic and post it on social media. Loving your life as it is...is 100% enviable:-)
How do you celebrate summer?
I'd really love to know...please share below.
Have a very happy June!
And for those of you with kids at home...
Remember, Eighteen Summers: It's all we get. Warning- don't click that link without a few tissues in hand. There really are only 18 summers before they head out. Believe me, I know. I’m here already.
I’m working on me this month. It’s time to put the finishing touches on some personal changes. A few that are long overdue.
Anything you’d like me to explore here this summer? Just comment below and I’ll work it in.
Have an amazing week. Thank you for your presence in my life. This community is such a blessing.