What does summer mean to you?

Children Playing
“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” — Michelle Held
When you see children laughing and playing, be assured that joy is available to people of all ages. Have a little fun!

“You bring your own weather to the picnic.” — Harlan Coben
Every day of summer will not be perfect. A good attitude can greatly improve challenging circumstances. Remember, even the worst days are only twenty-four hours long.

Sleeping in
“May sleep envelop you as a bed sheet floating gently down, tickling your skin, and removing every worry [and] reminding you to consider only this moment.” — Jeb Dickerson
At the end of each day, do you find yourself worrying about future challenges? Keep a journal by your bed to record your concerns. A clear mind results in peaceful sleep.

“What would you attempt to barbecue if you knew you could not fail?” — Robert Schuller
Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you have a goal, this is the summer to start! You might be surprised at what you accomplish if you overcome the fear of failure.

The Ocean
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” — Kate Chopin
Schedule at least one day to visit a beach with family, friends, or a good book.

Independence Day
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Fourth of July is about more than fireworks and parades. Take a moment to reflect on past and present freedom fighters.

“If only mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.”
Unfortunately, they do not. Warm summer days are a great opportunity to exercise outdoors. Consult your doctor about a fitness regime that will work for you.

Baseball Games
“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.” — Jacques Barzun
Baseball is a favorite of many Americans. However, are there persons of different cultures living in your neighborhood? If you would like to get to know them, sports are a great way to connect.

Ice Cream Trucks
“Tomorrow we can eat broccoli, but today is for ice cream.” — Mallory Hobson ( age 9)
A balanced diet is important. Nevertheless, it is not wrong to treat yourself occasionally. You deserve it.

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I— I took the one less traveled by.” —Robert Frost
Do you have a summer tradition? Why not try something new? Make it a goal to meet a new friend, visit a new place, or learn a new skill.

Enjoy your season in the sun!