How does this time of year feel for you? Is it lovely? is it mayhem? Or is there another word that comes to mind?
On my side, it’s almost the end of another school year of grades 6 and 7. I am feeling pretty proud we all made it! I am also feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. The year was a long one with a LOT of firsts … the first piano recital, the first rugby tournament, the first musical, the first play, the first in person birthdays, the year end gifts.
I am glad that we are finally connecting with life again outside our four walls. But the thought of a full calendar depletes me. The pandemic taught me how much I love to be home, the quietness, the simplicity of less noise. If you are an extrovert, I am seriously happy for YOU, as I know getting out is where you thrive!
None the less, there is a transition happening right now, whether it be the end of a school year or moving into the summer months. Even if your head is spinning, this is a good time to pause and check in with yourself. Acknowledge where you are at. Take a breath and ask yourself - what do YOU want your summer too look like? Do you want to rest more, go to loads of social bbq’s, go on mini weekend trips, spend more time with family and friends?
Take 5 minutes and jot down things you would like for your summer ‘With people’ and ‘On My Own’. If we do not jot things down, often they will not happen. You can continue to add to this page, so put it where you can see it. Also, it will help you say ‘yes’ to the things that matter to you, or ‘no’ to those that don’t.
The purpose is not to add a million things to your plate (unless this excites you), but to take time to connect with the things you would really like to do because, in a blink of an eye summer goes by.
Take time to be intentional and plan what will be a great summer ahead for you.
Quote for the week
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
PS: If you ever need a little more support, here are a couple ways I can help you: