“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 from The Great Gatsby
Ahhh… summer is (just about) here. School is out in Colorado. Memorial Day celebrated. Once again, a new stage of life begins with summer. I recently started reading The Great Gatsby again and this quote immediately jumped out at me. It describes perfectly what I am feeling these days as my son completed kindergarten and embarks on his first ever summer vacation. I have visions of days at the beach, hikes in the mountains, camping, reading lists from the library, bike rides and more.
There’s some fear on my part that the summer will fly by and we won’t have played in all the ways I envision for us. I know myself well enough by now to recognize how fear drives me to make lists and plan. Sometimes it works against me as I focus too much on what I want and not on what I have. But other times the planning simplifies the moment and allows me to do or get exactly what I want. From the practical of a list for grocery shopping to the more introspective visioning of my future, planning clarifies for me what I want and makes it all the more likely that I will get there. I come to appreciate my planning and goal setting ways and thank my fears for bringing out in me structure that helps me to create what I want.
This summer I want to have a real Summer Break-through! I want to find joy in the outdoors again, in the freedom of long days and lazy mornings. Although I still have to work and I’ll still be packing lunches for my son to take to camp most days, I already feel freer than I did in the school year.
I am excited to feed myself the summer’s bounty of fruits and vegetables. I am ready to indulge in desserts of berries and home-made popsicles. I got myself a new bike – finally! and I am looking forward to long bike rides with a picnic lunch in my backpack to enjoy along the creek. I’m ready to take care of my body and soul, with pedicures and homemade lotions to nourish my skin, with good books for me and reading aloud with my son.
My summer break-through will be around loving my life, bringing joy and fun to my days. I’ve got it all planned out!
Do you have visions of a Summer Break-through too? Join me in an intimate online group coaching program this summer. We will be exploring joyous ways to feed ourselves, move our bodies and care for our spirits. Space is limited. Sign up with a friend for more fun (and a discounted cost). More details here!