Make this the summer you have fun, experience adventure, and feel good in your body.
I’m going to be honest, I find working to be complete torture during the summer. And now that I work my regular full-time job, run my health coaching business, teach fitness classes and represent a nutrition line, work takes up so much of my time.
It must be connected to childhood, but when I think about summer I think about having freedom. Freedom to soak up the sun, play, go on adventures, get dirty, swim, travel, eat outside and more.
As I’ve been thinking about summer this year, I’ve had a feelings of disappointment and sadness. I keep picturing myself sitting in a windowless office for eight hours a day, then going home and working on my computer as I hear the sounds of summer happiness in the distance through my windows.
I’m being dramatic, but I’ve been on a bit of a negative spiral ever since I watched the movie Joe vs. the Volcano. Watch it if you haven’t seen it. The movie will make you want to quit your job, chase your dreams, love more deeply and seek adventure.
I realized that if I think I’m going to have a miserable summer, then I will. So I decided to change my mind about summer and make my summer what I want it to be. You can do this too!
- Free up some time. Having a summer full of adventures and freedom means that I may work less on my business. I’ve decided to be ok with that. What are some things that you could give up for the summer to create more time for fun?
- Choose words that describe your ideal summer. This photo, taken a few years ago, is one of my favorite photos. When I look at it, I can feel what I felt in that moment…joyful, free, adventurous, beautiful, comfortable, loved. That is how I want to feel this summer. When you think about how you want to feel, you will be able to create opportunities that bring up those feelings. Maybe you want to feel adventurous, so you plan a trip to a state park. Maybe you want to feel relaxed, so you spend time reading in your backyard.
- Plan ahead. As I get older, I’ve realized that I have to plan ahead for fun. The BF and I want to go camping this summer, so I’ll research state parks, find weekends that work for us and book campsites. If you want to go on a few road trips during the summer, plan for them so they actually happen!
- Be spontaneous. I’m definitely more of a planner, but the BF has taught me that the most fun happens when you just let go.
- Have fun on weeknights. We often get into a routine during the work week and it isn’t very much fun. I had a rough day yesterday, so the BF suggested that we go on a bike ride after I got off work. We ended up near one of our favorite restaurants so we stopped and ate dinner and enjoyed milk shakes. It was an unexpected, fun date night on a Wednesday.
- Let go of your expectations for your body. One of the things that has held me back from having joyful summers in the past, is feeling like my body wasn’t “summer ready.” There were summers that I never even put on a swimsuit! Even if you haven’t reached your weight loss goals, remember that you deserve to have happiness and you deserve to have joyful experiences. You will only regret the things that you didn’t do!
How will you have your best summer?
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