Summer is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some fun. So far, 2015 – WHOA.
Each year I write three lists I call my Summer of Intentionality. I totally stole this idea from Rosie. She explains the background of this awesome tradition here. If you have older kids definitely go read the background post because you can get them started on their own Summers of Intentionality and never hear how they are bored again.
I started making Summer of Intentionality lists when I was still a classroom teacher because I found nothing feels worse than getting to the end of summer break and having nothing to show for it, except a lot of time having fallen down internet rabbit holes.
Spending my time in an intentional way helps me not only to be more productive than I ever thought possible, but puts fun and personal development right at the forefront of my life.
Plus who doesn’t want a To Do list full of things you actually want to do?
Without further ado, I present: The Summer of Intentionality aka How To Make the Most of Your Summer
2015 Summer of Intentionality
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
The Power of Receiving by Amanda Owen
True Refuge by Tara Brach
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons
The Bright Side of Disaster: a novel by Katherine Center
Everyone is Beautiful: a novel by Katherine Center
Get Lucky: a novel by Katherine Center
The Lost Husband: a novel by Katherine Center
Editor’s note: I read a lot. I get my books from the library. I make time several times a day to read for a few minutes. I get most of my reading done in 15 minute increments. Yes, I schedule my reading time because if I didn’t, even though it is my absolute favorite thing to do and has been my favorite hobby since I was a young child, I wouldn’t do it.
Strength train (want to join me?)
To Do List of AWESOME:
Eat breakfast outside
Read in the hammock
Bake a pie
Make coconut milk ice cream
Picnic dinner in the park with other families
See Rhett Miller and Old97s
Stand up paddle boarding
Visit Bay Area grandparents
Visit Minnesota grandparents
Visit Mendocino County grandparents
Tahoe with college friends (x 2)
Hike in San Francisco
Hike in Oakland
Take a photo on or near the Golden Gate Bridge
Visit at least one new to me Bay Area beach
Beach days at Stinson
Ride steam train in Tilden Park
Grief Retreat in Portland (yes, a grief retreat…more on that later)
Hug huge redwood trees to celebrate our 20th anniversary
Take a restorative yoga class (or five) at It’s All Yoga.
What about you, friend? Want to have a summer of intentionality?
With lots of self-kindness and love,
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Summer of Intentionality of the past