Summertime Dreaming

Posted by suevenman on Jun 6, 2013  

Summertime … and the livin’ is easy. ~ Porgy and Bess

Each year, it takes me until mid-June before I’m willing to put away my turtle necks and switch out my flannel sheets for percale. Yes, I live in Vermont where it’s not unusual to have a wood stove burning in May. But mostly, I have trouble letting go of the rigor of the cold months and relaxing into the spaciousness of summer living.

To help me make that transition, I tried a fun exercise. If the spring to summer shift (or, in Vermont, the mudseason to blackfly-season shift) has got you down, I encourage you to give it a try.

Go into your stash of postcards which you bought while on vacation but never sent (don’t try to tell me you don’t have one of these) and choose one of a particularly luscious, “I wish you were here” variety. Address it to yourself, date it September 2, 2013, Labor Day, and list all the things you accomplished this summer. Include both fun escapades (class reunion at an amusement park) and practical projects (painting a side of the house). Be realistic (notice I wrote “a side” rather than the whole house), but stretch your imagination a bit to include a couple out-of-the-box adventures.

Now go to your calendar and match events to dates. Inevitably you’ll need to defer some events to next summer (jot them down on the last page of your calendar so you can include them in your summer 2014 plans) and some will fall into the, “great idea, but … really???” category. But, “Failing to plan is planning to fail,” and you’ll have a greater chance of sending that postcard in September if you take the time in June to shift some of your summertime dreaming to summertime doing.

What are your top three adventures or projects that you want to include in your Labor Day postcard? Share them below. At the end of the summer you can let us know how they turned out … by postcard!

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