I love summer. Longer days, lots of sunshine, lighter clothes, brighter colours. Everything seems easier to me in the summer. I have more energy, I need less sleep, and I seem to have a more relaxed attitude to pretty much everything. I feel more spontaneous, and well, just more fun.
But the eternal student in me also loves the fall, and the beginning of a school year.Â September feels like more of a new year to me than January 1st. Fresh starts, fresh notebooks, new experiences. This year, more than ever though, Iâ€™m realizing that I could really benefit from taking my summer attitude into the school year with me. And Iâ€™m sure my husband and kids could benefit too.
So, Iâ€™ve come up with three things that I can do to mix a little summer into my back-to-school mindset.
Stay Open And Adventurous
Thereâ€™s less structure in our household in the summer. My workload changes, the kids have fewer activities, and we have extra long weekends. As a result, I do more things on a whim, say yes more, and make more last-minute plans. This year, come fall, Iâ€™m determined not to get bogged down by our schedules. I might not be able to do half or full-day excursions with the kids like we can do in the summer, but we can have spontaneous playdates or dinner parties, I can throw our meal plan out the window every so often, and I can embrace new adventures with the kids.
Be Outside As Much As Possible
I love the outdoors. And so do my kids. Weâ€™re all happiest when weâ€™re out of the house, in the backyard, the park, in nature, or doing something active. A simple bike ride around the neighbourhood is our family go-to for antsy kids, sibling fighting, or general summer lethargy. This fall, Iâ€™m resolving to take every opportunity to get outside. Fresh air and activity are good for the body but are just as important for the mind.
Take Things Less Seriously
I think everyone has a more laissez-faire attitude in the summer. I know that Iâ€™m more relaxed in most situations, whether itâ€™s driving in the city, worrying about being on time for things, or simply getting the laundry done. Yet everything that needs to be done gets done. So, this September Iâ€™m still going to pick my kids up on time, see my clients, file my articles, take care of the house etc etc. Iâ€™m just aiming to keep this relaxed summer attitude, to not worry about silly stuff, and to take everything a little less seriously.
Whoâ€™s with me? Is there anything from your summer mindset that youâ€™re taking with you into fall?