One of the things that I really miss about being in school is summer. Being in school programs us to long for summer. When May rolls around I would always start getting that itch. Adulthood slapped me in the face HARD the first summer after I graduated from college. I graduated in December, and started working a big kid job in January. When May came I started feeling it, that summer excitement. Then came the first Monday after "summer" had started and I realized I still had to go in to work at 8:00 like normal and summer break was meaningless to me.
It was a big bummer.
While summer doesn't mean the same thing it used to for me I still can't shake my old summer tendencies. For me summer means resetting. Every year since as long as I can remember I set summer goals for myself. I didn't have school to occupy my time and distract me from what I wanted to accomplish. Every year I would make a list of what I wanted to do over the summer and that's how I would spend my days.
I definitely don't get the summer "off". If anything, I work MORE in the summer. But I'm still me, which means I've still got my list of summer goals. I thought I would share them with you today.
1. SPEND TIME OUTSIDE VERY DAY. For most people this comes naturally, especially in the summer. Not me. I'd basically always rather be inside. However, I can see a huge difference in how I feel if I make an effort to actually see the sun at least once a day. What can I say, I'm a homebody. I like Netflix and naps.
2. READ AT LEAST 10 BOOKS. I'll be taking suggestions for this one.
3. DO SOMETHING SPONTANEOUS. Finally dying my hair? A random vacation? We'll see.
4. REDEDICATE TO MY HEALTH. It's become clear to me how important eating well and exercising is not only to my physical health, but my mental health. I just don't like how I feel when I'm not doing these things. However, life happens and I get distracted. Summer is rededication time!
5. BE MORE MINDFUL OF MY WORDS. I am making a commitment to be more careful about what I say. I want my words to matter and carry weight. If it's not necessary or uplifting, I'm going to try not to say it.