Summer has arrived! Woo-Hoo! I’m not a heat girl – give me 68 degrees any day and I am doing a happy happy joy joy dance – but I am a light girl. I love the long days. They bring energy and that brings more time outdoors, more happy dances, more late evening chats, more ideas and, best of all, more fun! In fact, I would say one of the best things about summer is it often is the season where people release their inner child more often. Want some help hurrying that along? Here are some of my easy peasy tips to amping up the fun!
Get out your calendar! Go on now, this minute, get out your calendar and block out vacation days on the calendar for June, July and August. At least one special day each month. Right now, decide those are for playing. They’re not for catching up on chores or errands or even on reading you’ve been meaning to do. They are for playing. You don’t have to decide this minute what you are going to do with them but block them out. (For those of you who struggle with blocking out time for something as light as “fun” please understand that the fact you are reading this is a sign from your angels/guides/higher self that you are not just encouraged but they really insist. 🙂 )
GO ADVENTURING! Next, start dreaming and scheming on what you want to do on your play days. It can be whatever you want as long as it involves big smiles and being happy. For me, I love planning so that is one of my favorite parts to fun days. I really enjoy adventure days that go somewhere and include lunch out at a new spot. I am big on visiting local places or events, perusing a farmers market, doing some pottery painting, walking the local lake, getting out the bikes. Hours at a library brings me joy. Whatever it is that puts pep in your step, do that.
TREAT THE DAY WITH IMPORTANCE! Sometimes, people who know – and love you even – will try to change or impact your special adventure day. So, treat it like you would a work day. It’s not up for grabs or even for discussion. If need be, schedule it and don’t share you have a special day scheduled. Just go, enjoy and smile, smile, smile. 🙂
SET YOUR INTENTIONS! When each of the play days arrive, remember to wake up and both ground yourself and reach out and share your intentions. In meditation, out loud if you like or through journaling. When the Universe knows you are looking and expecting wonderful, it flows with greater ease. Taking those few minutes will bring extra joy to the day.
NO TIME LIMITS! This is a HUGE one for me since I very often live an over-programmed life. Allowing myself permission to take my time and let life unfold slowly on these special days is often the very best part of the day. I don’t have to rush back to meet others, or do chores, or get dinner on or any of the other million and one normal stressors. Adventure days are “no clocks allowed” days.
EXPECTATIONS AND NO EXPECTATIONS! Yes, expect to have a wonderful day. Expect that miracles are going to happen and welcome the unexpected. No, do not insist ahead of time on how each part of the day will go. Set a course and then let the Universe surprise and delight you along the way and be prepared to flow with the gifts that come your way. Leaning in to surprises, instead of pushing back, is part of the secret to feeling joyous. We are lucky – we get to choose our response!
Lastly, my favorite, revel in the bliss of gratitude. Roll around in your beautiful thoughts of joy and happiness. Write – or at least think about — each happy thought, moment, conversation, smile, promise, idea, laugh-out-loud, childlike occurrence down and love it all. And then, while the sun is setting and joy is in your heart, step outside, open your arms and receive even more love and joy into your heart. It’s summer time, we’re beings of light and love, you deserve it and there is an unlimited supply to go around. So divine! So fun!