Summer is supposed to be a time to chill and enjoy life – at least that’s the illusion they try to ‘sell us’ in the summer TV ads.
I don’t know about you – but there is nothing “lazy or hazy” about summer time for me – Fact is – my life gets “cr-aaa-zzzeee” in the summer. It’s absolutely the busiest time of the year for my business (as reflected in the lack of blog posts recently) ?
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do in my ‘day job’ and the fact that it makes such a difference in the lives of my clients spurs me on – even when I’m exhausted, but I also don’t want to end up feeling ‘cheated’ when Labor Day rolls around and I realize the summer is over.
So, if you’re like me and you’re feeling like summers have become so busy you don’t really enjoy them – this post is for you!
First, I know from past experiences that my summer is going to be “crazy – busy” so I don’t wait until the busy gets here to make plans – I make them in advance. (deep down, you probably knew yours would be busy too – but, you’ve been telling yourself “this summer is going to be different”) Trust me – this summer won’t be any different from previous ones, unless — you do something differently!!
The ‘magic-bus’ isn’t going to show up on your doorstep and take you to some dream land where life is perfect, you’ve got to create your own magic by ‘making plans.’
I know – that’s NOT what you want to hear – but it’s still the truth.
Here are a few ‘tricks’ to help you deal with your ‘busy’ – they have certainly helped me ?
- Create menus! I’m on my feet for 8 hours straight in a ‘normal work day’ and I couldn’t survive if I had to come home and then figure out “what’s for dinner?” Even worse is having to make an unexpected trip to the store when you’re already tired and dirty (because – it always takes longer and costs more than you intended for it to!) Talk about ruining a lazy evening …Ugg!!
- Use your crock pot. Prepare meals that can be started early in the day. Defrost the meat the night before (in the fridge) throw in some veggies and dinner will be ready when you arrive home.
- Stick to something light and refreshing for dessert. For example: Serve pudding, jello, fruit or even a simple bowl of ice-cream.
- Do a load of laundry before bed. Then throw your clothes in the dryer first thing the next morning – they can be drying while you do other things. Recruit help to put away.
- Designate a different color towel for each family member. If you go to the pool often assign everyone a different color towel and have them hang it up to dry so it can be used a couple of times before washing.
- Pack your bags the night before. If your plans include a trip to the pool, the zoo or just the neighborhood park —Pack everything you can the night before–including non- perishable foods. If possible prep all perishable foods and place in the refrigerator ready to grab and place in the cooler before you leave.
- Take a look at your city through different eyes. Plan short trips that are both fun and educational — places like the public library, local museums and public parks.
- Close your blinds or drapes during your time away to keep the sun out. The house will stay cooler – the air conditioner will run less – and you won’t get ‘lazy’ while waiting for things to cool down once you get home.
- Scale down your decor. Summer is a great time to scale back on your accessories. 1- You don’t want to waste time dusting in the summer and 2- With less things to dust and maintain you will have more time to play. Who knows you may decide you like the scaled back look so you keep it year round.
- Savor the moments. You may not have a full week or even a full day to chill, so you’ve got learn how to savor the moments instead. During this time of year, I rarely get a day I can call my own but I’ve learned not to waste the moments I do have. 10 to 15 minutes of downtime is all it takes to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. (Try it – you’ll be surprised at what 15 minutes with a tall glass of tea and a good book can do to lift your spirits)
- Make plans to not make plans. I know that sounds like an oxymoron but have a few days where you make no plans at all! Sleep a little later, read or work on a craft project you’ve been putting off.
- Learn to RELAX without having to leave town. Listen, if you knew me – you would realize I am talking to the choir – of all the things on my list – this is the HARDEST one for me to practice!!
I tend to be a ‘work-a-holic’ so I depend on Hubby to keep me grounded in this area – Maybe, I’m not alone – if you need an accountability partner to accomplish some of the things mentioned above then by all means find one – it will be worth it (pinkie promise)!
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Until next post – God Bless you and yours!