Happy Summer Solstice: Feel the inspiring energy of summer

Sunrise, North Cascade Mountains, © Curt Given/Given Photography 2016I love summer. The season always feels so sweet, uplifting and, best of all, FUN. And for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it's just beginning. 

Late night walks and talks, backyard barbecues and fires, early morning light with coffee on the deck, abundant flowers, patio dates, summer concerts, last minute getaways, outdoor workouts and so much more.

The inspiring energy of this season is heightened by spending time in nature. Open up to it and you will find that summer is filled with new light and beauty.

As you tap into the energy of the summer months, know that it's not as much about what you do, as it is about how you FEEL when you are doing it. Decide how you want to feel FIRST, then choose an activity or project that will bring about that good feeling. Do you want to feel... 

  • Adventuresome
  • Accomplished
  • Creative
  • Energized
  • Joyful
  • Soulful
  • Strong
  • Abundant
  • Productive
  • Playful
  • Connected
  • Relaxed 
  • Confident
  • Inventive
  • Loved
  • Inspired
  • Light-hearted

Here are 20 ideas to get you going and remember to think about how you want to FEEL before you decide what to do. It's a wonderful approach to life. Make this a regular practice and you will be amazed at how rich your life will feel when you base your actions on good feelings that suit you! 

  1. Plant a shade garden
  2. Organize a backyard barbecue
  3. Take a hike
  4. Swim in the ocean
  5. Find a riverbed to explore
  6. Wine taste outside with friends
  7. Go tent camping
  8. Install a new backyard water feature
  9. Take an early morning walk
  10. Photograph some wild flowers 
  11. Learn how to paddle board
  12. Go bird watching
  13. Visit a national park
  14. Take a pelagic boat trip
  15. Start a nature journal
  16. Take a nap outside
  17. Play mini-golf 
  18. Meditate in your backyard
  19. Sleep outside
  20. Explore a scenic byway 

Happy Summer Solstice everyone!

Share your ideas with us. What kind of activities do you love to do in the summer? And how do they make you feel? And if you feel so inclined, please share with the button below.

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