Find Some Summer Joy!


While I realize we aren’t still in the season of raising children there is still something magical about school letting out and the beginning of summer. I want you to think about some things you loved about summer as a child. Are there any that would still bring you joy?

-       Go to a local farmer’s market and buy some fresh produce- perhaps something you don’t usually cook
-       Sit on the porch and watch a summer thunder storm
-       Eat a popsicle, ice-cream cone, or snow cone (even better if you buy it from the ice-cream man) or drink a Slurpee
-       Walk barefoot in the grass
-       Have a tall glass of lemonade (Chick ‘filet sells their yummy diet lemonade by the gallon)
-       Go for a swim at the beach, lake, community pool, private pool
-       Sleep in
-       Lay somewhere cozy and read a good book
-       Roller skate or roller blade
-       Go for a bike ride
-       Go to the library and pick up a good book or audio book and begin!
-       Build a sand castle
-       Go on a picnic
-       Make the best ice cream sandwich ever (on your sugar day of course) I like gourmet ice-cream and home made cookies
-       Wash your car
-       Grab a blanket spread it out on the grass and cloud watch
-       Make a cute card and mail it to a friend
-       Take a nap under a shade tree (have a hammock? Even better!)
-       Play with water balloons
-       Soak in the bathtub with bubbles or essential oils added
-       Bury someone in the sand
-       Take at least one lovely photo each day
-       Go fishing
-       Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it (yes my summer memories are largely centered on reading!)
-       Sketch your pet
-       Paint your toe nails
-       Buy a new cute pair of flip flops
-       Watch the sunset
-       Grill (or get hubby to do it) your dinner
-       Go on a swing
-       Skip stones at a lake
-       Go to this summer’s blockbuster movie
-       Give your pet a bath outside
-       Go to a baseball game
-       Hula hoop (yes they still sell those)
-       Create some sidewalk chalk art
-       Organize your summer sandals and clothes

I know this challenge is a bit of an echo of last week’s but I guess I want to end our round of Wellness competition reminding you that there is joy in life THAT IS NOT EDIBLE. I think one of the reasons many of us comfort or self-medicate with food is that life is so rushed and pressure filled and stressful. It can seem much faster and easier to grab a chocolate muffin than to organize another method of quick joy getting. But I honestly believe that if we reach out for some of the joys of our childhood and fit them into our busy lives we can fill our souls so that we don’t feel a hunger there that can lead to unhealthy habits.

YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK IS TWO PART. FIRST, TO FIND ONE SUMMER JOY TO PARTICIPATE IN EACH DAY THIS WEEK TO EARN YOUR DAILY BONUS POINTS . It does not have to be something from this list, but find some way each day to fit some summer joy into your day.  THE SECOND THING YOU NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO EARN YOUR 35 BONUS POINTS FOR THE WEEK IS TO MAKE YOUR SUMMER PLAN FOR EXERCISE. EXERCISE DOES NOT END WHEN OUR COMPETITION ENDS SO MAKE A PLAN FOR YOUR ENTIRE SUMMER. DECIDE HOW YOU WILL CONTINUE TO EXERCISE THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS (take into account the change in weather, possible changes in your responsibilities or schedule etc.) AND POST IT ON THIS BLOG OR E-MAIL IT TO ME. 

Happy Summer ladies!
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