There’s always room to be a better person. Always. – Sonya Teclai
Summer is the perfect time to get your shiz together, and I feel like this summer, in particular, holds a lotta potential. Many of us are pretty emotionally and physically drained from the end of the school year craze, myself included. My hope is this post will help you get back in the swing of things and inspire you all to make positive changes in your life this summer.
To start, set an intention for this summer. Here are some intentions that I’ll discuss in this post:
- Achieving long-term goals.
- Mindfulness and going where you feel called.
- Letting go of past mistakes and focusing on moving forward.
- Anything you’ve wanted to improve this year but haven’t gotten around to doing.
Now that you have an intention in place, it’s time to implement new habits into your life.
1. shifting from brick and mortar high school to online.
This is the biggest change I’ll be making this summer and I am beyond excited about it. I’ve been attending brick and mortar schools for my entire life, but this year I felt called in other directions, so here I am.
The main reason I made the switch was because I love how much freedom I have. One of my main goals is to start a consulting business during my high school years, and I feel that goal is so much more achievable ever since I made the decision to change my schooling.
This is a topic I will definitely cover more in-depth in future posts, but the reason I mentioned it is because there will always be other options to educate yourself that will allow you to move forward in your goals. You never know what will happen unless you try!
2. going wherever life takes me
This summer, I’m staying mindful of what I’m being called to do, whether that is to reach out to old friends, write a post on a certain topic, or even something as simple as joining my mom on errand runs. I’m keeping an open mind and allowing things to flow in and out of my life, and enjoying them while they last.
Not every day’s going to be perfect, but there is something perfect in every day. Know that this summer is going to be an amazing one, and start each day without expectations and a grateful heart. It’s key to making every day of your life a good one.
3. getting caught up on tasks
The last couple weeks of school threw me off my usual productive schedule, so I’m personally going through the steps I mentioned in one of my last posts, How to Crush Overwhelm & Get Your Life Back on Track.
I’m currently in the process of delegating time to get caught up, and so far I’ve successfully finished all of my school-related tasks. That being said, there is still so much to do. I know by the end of the summer it will be so rewarding to have everything done, and that motivates me to get to crackin’.
4. spending time in God’s beautiful creation
I personally find nature so rejuvenating and I absolutely love spending time in it, and what better time to do so than in summer! Whatever your summer intention is, try to also make it a goal to get outside. Here are some non-time consuming ways you can do so:
- Garden and start growing your own food.
- Walk to stores or the farmers’ market when you run errands.
- Sit outside when you eat or have a cookout.
- Walk your puppy-dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.
- Watch the sunset or sunrise.
- Work in the sunshine.
- Read a book outside.
- Go hiking or to the beach.
Whatever you decide to do to get outside more, you’ll notice how good it feels, especially because of the Vitamin-D rich summer sun.
To achieve my goals this summer, I’m going to need to make every day count. In The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey, the author mentions that the best way to set yourself up for success is to have three must-do tasks each day. These tasks must be doable and shouldn’t take more than an hour to complete. By the end of the day, you will have those tasks complete and over time, you’ll gradually chip away at your to-do list.
This “rule of three” principle can also apply on a weekly scale. On Sundays, list out three goals for your week. I follow an outline for my weekly goals that connects directly to my long-term goals of creativity in my writing, organizing my environment completely, and reading one book a week. They usually end up looking like this:
- Creativity: write and schedule however many blog posts.
- Organization: declutter _____ area of my house.
- Reading: finish _____ and return it to the library.
I’m growing to love this format because I’m able to focus on growing my blog/business, decluttering my life, and educating myself every single week. Once you get clear on your values, you can do the same thing.
6. (finally) achieving my fitness goals
I recently reconnected with one of my greatest friends, and she talked about how she grew to love working out. I’d already decided I was going to start working out this summer, but some of the things she mentioned really got me pumped up to finally make the change.
Through that friend, I found my motivation, which is so crucial to starting a new habit like fitness. For all of you out there who also want to make lifestyle changes, I encourage you to find your motivation, whether that’s through a friend who found success, articles/videos of people who’ve achieved their fitness goals, or even just being motivated by how bomb your future self will look and feel.
After you find your drive to make the change, do something that makes it feel real: Block out a chunk of time for that habit in your routine. I go more in-depth on how to “time block” in one of my last posts, How to Establish Effective Routines You Will Actually Want to Follow if you need some helpful tips and tricks.
7. kicking unhealthy perfectionism to the curb
For all of you who don’t know, unhealthy perfectionism is where people get so caught up in the idea of becoming “perfect,” that we don’t really progress in anything. This seems counterintuitive, but it’s the truth. Trying to reach perfection takes for damn ever.
Healthy perfectionism can be a good thing, though. It motivates me to constantly improve myself, not necessarily to become perfect, but to become better than the day before. My goal is to weed out the unhealthy perfectionism that’s causing me to procrastinate, and I challenge you all to do the same. It’s something we all have, some of us more than others.
8. letting go of past mistakes & doing my best to fix them
We’ve all done things in our past that we aren’t especially proud of, but holding on to that guilt can be harmful. If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that making things right isn’t hard, and it benefits you and the other person so much. What’s happened in the past should stay there, but it’s never too late to apologize and mend old relationships.
We also hold onto so much personal guilt, whether it’s the feeling of not being good enough, anxiety about past mistakes, or the feeling of not living your life to the fullest.
We’ve all been there at some point, but it’s crucial to remember where you are right now, at this moment, is exactly where you need to be. Once you realize that, it’s incredibly liberating. You can stop worrying about the past. What really counts is what you do now.
Know without any doubt that this summer will be one to remember. Take the time to improve yourself in any areas you struggled in throughout the year, and set a valuable intention you can always refer back too. I have faith that all of you who took initiative to read this post will end the summer a better person than before. I wish you all the best of luck!