When you think about summertime, does a big smile creep across your face? Summer is a season that evokes happy memories for many of us: the days are longer, the weather is inviting and it feels like opportunities for new adventures wait around every corner!
You don’t have to jet away on a luxury vacation to feel re-inspired and reinvigorated this season. Even if you have career or family obligations that keep you at home, you still have a chance to put the sparkle back into your step during the hottest months of the year.
Start by asking yourself these two questions… What can I do that will bring freshness to my life? What would I love?
Sometimes we forget how simple it can be to do things that we love. Bring some of your favorite aspects of summer to life by identifying what they are and planning to do them. A backyard BBQ, a special cake that your mother used to make every summer, a picnic at the park…
Imagine for a moment the first step you could take today to do something that really lights your fire.
Close your eyes and envision yourself taking this first step.
Maybe it’s as easy as opening up the paper to see what events are happening locally this weekend, or putting on some music that inspires you to jump up and get your groove on. Maybe you do something spontaneous like heading out of town for the week-end with no destination in mind other than “adventure”!
Spark your imagination by looking on Pinterest for playful ideas and create a summer bucket list of fun things to do. That’s what one of my savvy Sparkle clients recently did and now she has an abundance of exciting things for her family to do all summer long.
If you don’t spend a lot of time with your friends, make this part of your summer routine to get the energy moving. Many studies have shown that oxytocin, the “feel good” hormone, is released when girlfriends get together and engage in lots of connecting and bonding.
Whatever you feel will make your summer sparkle, do it as soon as you can, and do it with people who make your heart sing!