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style / mindset / simplicity
In the U.S. we’ve just passed Independence Day. We celebrated the Fourth of July with parades and picnics, Popsicles and fireworks. We’ve now entered ‘the sweet spot’. This is the beautiful stretch of summer when we finally let out a deep exhale and rejoice in the splendor of this long-awaited season.
For the next few weeks, we find ourselves in the pure prime of summertime!
I don’t know about you, but I always head into summer thinking that I’m going to accomplish GREAT THINGS with all of my ‘free’ time. I ambitiously contemplate the projects I will surely tackle in this school-free, slow-paced zone. I trick myself into thinking that more daylight will mean more productivity.
Yet summer after summer, I don’t seem to make much serious progress.
I usually lack a plan and thus fail to take any real action that could lead to being or doing or having all that’s on my list.
Instead, sometime in early August (since my kids go back to school on August 13th), I face reality and begin making new lists for all the things I’ll accomplish once they’re back in school!
Only September is then quickly followed by the ‘holiday season’ and so I throw in the towel and decide to wait until January!
Maybe like me, you’ve finally discovered that this genius method doesn’t work.
No real surprise there, huh? Doing the same thing and expecting different results… crazy, for sure!
Does your to-do list read like a broken record?
Do you carefully rewrite desired tasks, personal changes, dreams, wants, wishes, etc... over and over, but never actually do or be or have any of them?
Then I have a proposition for you…
What if you spent the rest of July focusing on that ONE thing
you keep saying you want to do or be or have?
Depending on when you’re reading this, that could be 26 whole days!
Does the big stuff seem too scary?
You could start small and focus on a seemingly insignificant (= easy) thing you keep saying you want to do, be or have.
We spend so much time making excuses for why we can’t be or do or have something we truly want.
We’re so sure that we don’t have what it takes.
We're sure that we don't have enough to make it happen.
What's in your blank?
What if we simply shut our mouths, ignored our discouraging minds and went for it?!
What could it hurt to swing for the bleachers?
What if we took the freaking leap and truly trusted that the net would appear?
Side note: If you’re a mom of littles you’re probably struggling just to make it through the month of July!
Your days are packed full of applying sunscreen to sweaty, squirmy bodies - wiping sticky fingers - trying to get kids to play outside when it’s 95 degrees in the shade - and cursing the longer daylight because it leads to later bedtimes!
I get it. I’ve been there!!
If this is merely the season of survival for you, accept that and rock it! Be ‘all in’ with your kids, because as my daughter turns 19 this summer… I see the speed of childhood more clearly now. Know that I’m rooting for you! And your turn for different, deliberate action will come:-)
For the rest of us, I’m tossing a few ideas out there… (these may or may not be some of my actual ideas:-)
Purchase a high-power blender
Pay off some old debts
Promote my business
Learn to speak actual French
Declutter my home a bit more
Develop a regular yoga practice
What do you say? Are you in?
What ‘goal’ has been hanging around on your list (and in your mind) for far too long?
Can you even imagine what would happen if you made a commitment to spend a chunk of time EVERY DAY for the rest of July on accomplishing that goal?
What I’m proposing is flexible.
It’s simply a way to see what we’re truly capable of when we stop whining and get to work.
How much time you spend on your ‘be, do or have’ is up to you. It can be as little as 10-15 minutes each morning or as much as several hours every damn day.
Decide what’s realistic in your life and go from there.
Wondering what kind of impact you can make on improving your life in just 10 minutes a day?
I believe you can!
If you honestly don’t know where to even begin, my suggestion is to start meditating.
Daily meditation changes EVERYTHING.
Download the Headspace app onto you phone. The first 10 days are free. After that, if you don't want to upgrade to become a paid member, you can just repeat the first 10 days again until August and beyond.
Or you could...
Be nicer to your kids
Offer to help someone
Get together with friends
Organize your home
Learn a new skill
Read more books
What's possible if we simply commit to taking deliberate action?
Let’s find out…
I’ve already begun. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. It’s only 26 days. Join me?
As always, please comment below or email me with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. It might take me a few days, but I answer every question personally and happily:-)
Thanks for being here! Have an amazing weekend.