Well, it’s official. We have entered the dog days of summer. Store aisles that have been filled with coolers, beach towels, and gardening tools the last few months are now stocked with pencils, spiral notebooks, and other school supplies, ready for a school year that is quickly approaching. We know the pumpkins are next! With that said, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the long days of the season just yet, and here are a few things we’ve learned this summer.
It’s nice to take a vacation from healthy eating and our workout routine, but always a bit painful getting back on the wagon. Summer tends to lend itself to getting out of your eating and workout regime, so give yourself a bit of a break knowing that you will make up for it when the regular schedule of life resumes.
For those of us who are very structured with our schedule (May and June), it’s ok to take a break, re-evaluate, and try something new. Remember, change is healthy and can even open new doors.
If you’re not already in one, join a book club or start your own. You will get an opportunity to read something you wouldn’t ordinarily pick on your own, it’s a great place to cultivate new friendships, and of course there’s always great food and wine.
This is a difficult one, we know, but try to embrace adversity. Generally, when something difficult enters our world, it is a tap on the shoulder that a new road is waiting for us. Try to understand what that challenge is teaching us, and go with it. Change always results in growth, even if it is wearisome.
Similarly, stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that scares you shakes things up. It may be uncomfortable in the moment, but ultimately the feeling of pride overrules fear.
It is nice to have the house to yourself for a few days, and even better when your spouse comes home. Absence sometimes makes you remember how much you miss each other.
Chocolate makes everything better. Indulge (in moderation of course)!
Have a good weekend. –May and June
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi