Here it is, July already, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that summer is half over. Do you ever have the feeling that something started without you? Despite the 95+ degree heat, it just doesn’t feel like summer….yet. So, I am slowing down to relax and kick back. For this Independence Day holiday week, my calendar is very light (by design). Besides a few coaching calls, it has many fun things sprinkled in. Relaxation has come in the form of exhilarating boat rides, watching the sunset from our pier, savoring a cup of coffee with an old friend, staying up late to enjoy a movie, making my famous Mojitos, lounging by the pool, interesting conversations, eating fresh corn on the cob, hitting the gym, going to the farmer’s produce stand, and lots of laughter. I can feel the stress slowly ebb away. This morning, I walked outside and just sat on a stump, feeling the breeze and listening to the birds. So soothing, so peaceful.
I am reflecting on what I want the rest of summer to look like, so that I can enjoy a summer that has fun woven in with work. Jim and I will talk about how to slow down when we are together, and be more present to one another. I will take a trip to Texas later this month to be with my family, and am thinking about how I can make the most of that precious time together. My coaching work brings me great joy and satisfaction, yet I also know that I must recharge frequently in order to be the best coach possible for my clients. My commitment is to be more intentional about taking care of myself.
My hope is that you also make time this week to think about how your summer is progressing. Are you taking time to relax, do things you enjoy, hang out with those folks you truly love being around? What do you notice about the quality of your work, when you are investing in your personal renewal on a regular basis? What commitments do you want to make to yourself and your family for the rest of the summer? I hope that you take time to savor summer. Enjoy!
Sharon Keys Seal