I admit that in years past, I haven’t embraced summer as much as I’d like to have. I really let my intentions slip last summer and I’m not going to end this summer with regrets.
As I tell my clients and my audiences, “Be grateful for the path you’ve traveled, acknowledge where you are today and be intentional going forward.” So that’s just what I’m doing. I’ve decided to embrace summer much more intentionally this year and here’s what I’m doing:
- I’m deleting my social media account apps from my phone. I’m not completely taking a break from them because I have some exciting stuff to share in the coming months but I’m only going to check them on my computer once a day. I never log into my social media accounts from my computer, so this will be a new routine, but I’m setting a time limit and focusing on getting through them quickly.
- I’m deleting my email accounts from my phone. I currently manage 6 email accounts, all of which I’ve always accessed primarily from my phone. I’m deleting all but one of those from my phone for the summer. As with social media, I’ll be checking them once, maybe twice a day from my computer and with time limits. It might take me a little longer to reply to your notes, but I hope you’ll use that extra time to enjoy your summer more, too.
- I’m traveling lighter. I admit, when I first simplified my life, I thought simple usually meant smaller. But every day I realize this is not the case for me and my family in MANY situations. (More on this in future posts!) That said, I’ve usually carried a big purse for a variety of reasons, but this summer, I’m going smaller and traveling lighter. I’m really liking this change so far…
- My kids are getting more limits on their device usage. This has slowly gotten to a point that we don’t like so we’re making changes. My husband and I are already being met with resistance on this, but we’re determined to find a solution that we feel good about.
- I’ll be reading more. I say this every year, but this year I’m going to be much more intentional and make time for reading. Instead of having the temptations of social media and email with me everywhere I go, I’ll always have a book with me. Our local library has youth and adult reading programs for the summer (with some great rewards) so I’m going to be reading right alongside my kids this year-for pleasure and for work as I create new speeches and workshops, plan next year’s retreats and continue writing my own book.
Overall, we’re choosing less of the things that frustrate us in favor of embracing summer and more of the real-life world. I’m hoping these changes enable me to simply embrace summer and arrive at Labor Day with no regrets.
How are you choosing less? And how are you embracing summer?
To Simplicity & Joy,