Cultivating an Intentional Summer

When you choose to be intentional, you show yourself you are more powerful than you think.

It’s here! What so many of us have been waiting for—summer. Whether you have a summer ahead of working, travel, or just good ol’ summer spontaneity, we all have the opportunity to ensure this summer is an intentional one. Especially after another unpredictable, highly emotional school year.

Cultivating an intentional summer is quite simple. As well as shockingly empowering. When you choose to be intentional, you show yourself you are more powerful than you think as you let your ideas in your mind manifest into your real-life. Being intentional proves you are always able to be the co-creator of your reality.

So, ready to create a summer you’ll never forget? Here’s how you can get started:

1. Pick an intention. 

Take a seat. Get quiet. And envision yourself on the first day of school next fall. I know, I know. It’s likely the last thing you want to think about, but stay with me. See yourself packing your backpack, pulling into school, walking through the doors, seeing your friends scattered through the halls once again.

Then, ask yourself: how do I want to feel come fall?

Connect to your heart. Listen to your body.

How do you want to feel?

Maybe it’s as simple as feeling well-rested. Or maybe it’s as strong as wanting to feel bold or confident.

Cast this vision for yourself because when you do, you’ll have created an intention around what your soul is asking from you—and you’ll have a guiding light to support your choices for how you spend your time this season.

For instance, say you want to head into school feeling peaceful. What could you include in your life to support this intention? Maybe it’s taking up a new yoga practice or meditation habit. Or as subtle as cleaning up your spaces at home to ensure they don’t feel so overwhelming.

Whatever the intention, you can use your time to support its fruition into your heart and life.

2. Make memories offline.

It may sound cheesy, but it’s true that you’ll want to look back on your summer knowing you lived it out fully. That means engaging with your real life more than your screens.

Think about your best memories. For many they are so great because they include moments of trying new things or spending time with people we love. Whatever brings you deep joy, be intentional to do a lot of it this summer!

Some ideas to get you started:

  • Try a new, fun workout class

  • Cook fun recipes

  • Have a picnic with your best friends

  • Pick up a new hobby

  • Roadtrip to a new city

Let your life be memorable for your own sake. You deserve it.

3. Let yourself be. 

Overall, you can let yourself rest this summer. It’s been a crazy year! Let yourself feel the hard things you maybe didn’t have time to process in the moment. Don’t put pressure on yourself to do, do, do. Be like a young kid again and just let the day take you how it will instead of perfectly planning it all out.

This summer could be your best one yet. All it might take is a bit of intention.

What is your best summer memory?

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