-Do not wish to be anything
but what you are and try to be that perfectly. –St. Francis De
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O thou who
passest through our valleys in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils!
Thou, O Summer,
Oft pitchest here thy golden
tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks
hast slept, while we beheld
joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.
- William Blake To Summer
you do on your health goals last month?
Why is it
that by late August we are saying, “Where did the summer go? I
wanted to get to the beach…go on a picnic…visit my grandparents.”
This year let’s try to plan our summer beforehand and mark days
in the calendar so we will remember them. Picture the best summer
you’ve had in your head. Now let’s plan for another great summer.
Here are some questions to get you started; they won’t apply to
everyone, just use what works for you:
When do you want to plan for your week or two of vacation? If
you can’t take a whole week off can you find a few long weekend
trips you can take?
Is there anything you would like to teach your kids this summer?
What do the kids want to do this summer?
What types of outdoor activity do you enjoy that can serve as
exercise? Do you like skating, hiking, beach walking or tennis?
Are there any home improvement projects you want to work on
now that it is warm enough to open the windows?
Did you plan a day at the beach or an afternoon picnic?
Who do you want to make a point of visiting this summer? When
would you like to go?
Do you have any gardening or landscaping plans?
Is there a good weekend to have a romantic getaway with your
What are you planning for the holidays: Memorial Day, Father’s
Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, birthdays and anniversaries?
If you are a scrapbooker, are there any pictures you want to
be sure to take this summer?
Did you want to plan any visits to Grandma and Grandpa’s for
Do you have all the summer gear you need? Swimsuits, picnic
supplies, sunblock? Target has some really cute summer supplies
this year called I Scream for Summer. I got a cute red picnic
blanket with polka dots and a pinwheel to scare of the birds in
Were there any classes or camps your kids wanted to go to?
Are there any outdoor concerts, festival or art shows nearby?
Check your local paper.
What obligations will you drop this summer to make room for
Now list the 10 things that would make this your best summer
yet? Have fun!
Take an hour in the next two weeks to plan your best summer
Tips for May:
Get a colorful watch, purse or hat for
Check out the local farmer’s market
Get rid of one bag of junk
Give yourself a pampered pedicure to get
ready for sandals
I should like to enjoy
this summer flower by flower
Ideas for May:
Take the kids to the zoo or park
Take someone and go through model homes
Go garage saling with a friend
Get tickets with your parents to a show
To see the summer sky is poetry
you this month to enjoy your summer, to be thankful for the gifts
of nature and to let loose!
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