Have you found that all the anticipation and expectations of summer can lead to great disappointment as it so quickly ends without fulfilling all your wishes for having the best summer ever?
There is no doubt that summer is the most glorious season of the year! We look forward to it every year and dream about all the things we can’t wait to do and enjoy in the summer.
No matter what season of life you are in, summertime offers so many blessings and possibilities. The problem is that it passes so quickly and if you don’t practice intentional living, you will end up feeling like you missed out.
With a little extra planning, you can soak up every ray of sunshine both figuratively and in reality.
I have been using this planner myself and I am already surprised by how many things are coming together that I know wouldn’t happen without this little extra planning.
5 Steps to Guarantee the Best Summer Ever
1. Make a list of all the things you want to do, experience and accomplish in order to make it the best summer ever.
This step is a lot of fun because you just sit and do a little wishful thinking about all the things you have already been dreaming about and you get to brainstorm other ideas of things you may not have thought about before. My planner includes a space for listing out things I want to do, people I want to see, places I want to go, books I want to read, movies I want to watch and things I want to make.
- “Things I Want to Do” can include projects, health and wellness goals, experiences or any other things you want to do this summer. My list includes doing a Catawba River Float, going to a Lauren Daigle Concert at the Biltmore Hotel in Asheville, kayaking, hanging out at the pool, going to summer concerts in our local shopping centers, doing a summer online bible study with Proverbs 31 Ministries and going on a blogging retreat.
- “People I Want to See” can include family and friends you don’t usually have time to see during the busy year. It can also include people you have been wanting to get to know more. My list included wanting to see one of my lifelong friends grown up children and their kids. Now that they all have families of their own we don’t get a chance to see them, except on Facebook. I recently had dinner with my friend and told her that this was on my summer wish list and she said, “Hey, they are all coming over for Father’s Day, why don’t you guys come over.” Yay! If I hadn’t have thought of that and put it on my wishlist and then mentioned it to my friend, it might not have ever happened.
- “Places I Want to Go” can include vacation ideas, weekends away, restaurants you want to try or places nearby that you want to go. I have included on my list neighboring farmers markets I want to try and new health food markets I want to go check out.
- “Books I Want to Read” A fun idea for this one is to ask your friends on Facebook to share their favorite book recommendations for summer reading. I recently saw a post from a friend talking about reading a book from one of my favorite authors, Francine Rivers, who I didn’t even know had a new book out called The Masterpiece, … so guess what’s on my reading list?
- “Movies I Want to Watch” This is another one that is fun to ask your friends for their suggestions. I keep a list in Evernote of the suggestions I hear from friends about movies or different series on Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime.
- “Things I Want to Make” This can include craft projects, DIY health and beauty products, and recipes you want to try. I pin ideas on Pinterest all year long of things I’d like to do eventually so I can look over my boards to find the things I want to make happen this summer. This summer my list includes experimenting with ways to use up all my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) produce and enjoying all the benefits of eating seasonally.
2. Research ideas and details for your “best summer ever” wish list.
A necessary part of making my wish list included doing some online research. I looked online to see what was happening in my small town and the towns around me all summer. I hate hearing about things after the fact when it is too late to plan it into my schedule. I also looked online to see what movies were coming out this summer and noted the opening dates. As I mentioned, I looked over all my Pinterest boards for ideas. This also includes researching places to stay and healthy food options while on vacation or any road trips.
3. Share your “best summer ever” wish list with your friends and family.
Once you make your wish list, sit down with your family to share your ideas and get their suggestions. Then touch base with any other friends and family to express your intentions for the summer and start making plans with them.
4. Schedule everything into your “best summer ever” calendar.
Now all you have to do is schedule everything into your summer calendar. This involves more than just scheduling in events and dates, it also includes scheduling in when you plan to do the little things. For example, I want to make sure I spend time at our community pool this summer especially since it is only open for the summer season. I don’t have young kids, or any kids at home right now so I know I will have to make a concentrated effort to make this happen or summer will be over and I will be sad I didn’t enjoy our pool more. So I am scheduling in at least one time per week all summer that I go to the pool, even if it is just by myself. Hey, it is a good place to get lost in a good book as well. I will also make a point of inviting friends to the pool so I can also spend time with friends I don’t normally get to see throughout the year.
5. Practice mindfulness and savor every moment of your “best summer ever!”
You can make the best plans and be so busy that you go from one thing to the next all summer and before you know it, the summer will be over. So it is so important to slow down and savor every moment. Practice mindfulness in everything. Take time to notice all the little things in nature all around you. Living in the south, I love to sit and listen to the cicadas, look for fireflies on evening walks, and sit on my screened porch to enjoy the warm summer nights.
I hope these ideas help you take time to come up with your own summer wish list and plan for your best summer ever!
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Wishing you JOY in your journey!
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