Summer of Intentionality: How To Make the Most of Your Summer

Dear Friend,

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

summer of intentionality

2015 Summer of Intentionality

To Read:

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.

To Learn:

Website redo.

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

Marin Headlands

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,

Tami xox

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Other posts you might enjoy:

Summer of Intentionality of the past

Minimalist Parenting (good ideas – NOT just for parents!)

People Say the Nicest Things

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