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Celebrating the Longest Day of the Year

It's SUMMERRRRR! The days are long, yet they still have only 24 hours. As a child, summer for me meant play all day into the evening, dancing around in the rain showers and just doing whatever.


When school would let out for the season I used to make a list of all the things I wanted to do and places I wanted to go before the dreaded return to classes in the fall. Yes, I was one of those kids who had a meltdown the eve before the 1st day back nearly every year.


Now things are a bit different. Of course, I eventually grew out of the meltdown thing and learned to enjoy the return to routine, but there's no major "I'm free!" moment every year with endless amounts of freedom when you're an adult with responsibilities like work, family and self-care (don't forget that one!).


It's still important to harness moments of freedom when you can, though. And what better time to do so than in summer? Even more so, I like to express gratitude for those moments. Cherishing the good instead of harping on the bad is a solid mentality to take in the pursuit of positivity and mindfulness (which is what we're trying to do here, right?).


Here's to a summer of freedom-filled moments and an abundance of gratitude. I'll leave you with some "summer list" activities to inspire your plans.


  • plant a vegetable garden

  • go to the beach

  • paint with watercolors

  • read a book, for fun

  • make lemonade

  • be a tourist in your own city

  • visit a farmer's market

  • start a journal

  • watch the clouds float by

  • take a swim

  • eat some fresh fruit

  • build a sandcastle

  • take in a free concert

  • go on a roadtrip

  • have a picnic

  • try yoga at dawn

  • skip some rocks

  • stargaze

  • take a nature walk

  • pick fresh flowers


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