“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ― Charles Bowden
The abundance of fresh food at the markets, long days full of sun and warmth, more flexible schedules for many and hope for what might possibly be expands.
As much as I truly enjoy setting resolutions when the new year begins, doing so and then digging in to make them a reality is a true test of desire. After all, the days are shorter, the weather colder and a year that may have been full of amazing memories and moments has wrapped up. I find it far easier to set resolutions when the summer season begins.
While I do have more time to play with at my disposable, more importantly, I don’t feel daunted by the task. Rather I am energized to establish new habits, learn new skills and progress positively somehow in my life. And since there is only 2- 3 months to indulge in the summer holiday, a limited time to accomplish any resolutions we set. As such, a limited time means mini resolutions, which by definition do not appear too daunting at all.
So what might you want to tweak, improve or enjoy more of this summer season? Perhaps a few of the ideas will tickle your curiosity . . .
1. Add a small addition or change to your workout routine: an additional day of strength exercises at home, a new walking route, sun salutations with the dawn each day, anything to fine how you care for your body.
2. Try cooking from the fresh ingredients found at the market to improve your cooking skills when the contents in your refrigerator are low during the cooler months. Challenge yourself to one attempt each week. Before you know it, you’ll be a true français femme!
3. Meditate each morning for 5-10 minutes before you begin your day.
4. Turn off or don’t engage with technology after a certain time each day.
5. Read a book you’ve been wanting to read but couldn’t find the time.
6. More time outside, less time watching television, even Netflix. Just less, you don’t have to eliminate. After all, the Tour de France is nearly upon us and Orange is the New Black has returned.
7. Give yourself 1-2 hours each day to do whatever you want without apology, explanation or guilt. A gift to yourself. Become a Curious George and discover what catches your attention, interest and imagination.
8. Plant a garden, no matter how small and watch it grow! Then enjoy what it produces.
9. Host a mini soiree just because.
10. Master one go-to meal so that no recipe is needed when you want to create it.
The beauty of summer resolutions is they should be fun, a treat, or something that you now have time for that upon successfully incorporating will make the quality of your life better when the busy schedule returns in the fall.
Currently, on my list of mini resolutions is #3 as a well as a few other personal plans and blog projects. Enjoy coming up with your own!
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