I don’t know about you, but I feel like it should still be January 1st?! I mean, how is it even possible that we are rounding the corner to SUMMER already? I guess it’s really because time flies when you’re having fun!! I also know that this time of year can be stressful because it gets warm and kids get out of school, we have to really have our days and weekends planned out! Family cook outs, birthday parties, pool parties, gradation parties and vacations are just a few things that we will all be adding to our calendars, that is why it is so important to remember stress only happens when we allow it– and we can only control the controllable!
So-, what will I be doing starting NOW to make sure that my summer is fun, adventurous and full of memory making? Here are a few tips for you!
#1- Plan ahead as much as possible! So last night my hubby and I sat down with our calendars and we started to plug in dates on the calendar! We know when a few vacations are happening, we have a couple of work retreats, our daughter’s birthday is next month and so on. We wrote in the dates and that’s how we start! We also know that we love to entertain, so we put 2x a month to have friends over for BBQ’s and good times! And as things pop up, we will decide TOGETHER if it is something that we want or need to attend and then decide if they are getting written out on the calendar. We focus on PRIORITIES FIRST! Family comes first, and if it is an event that feels more like an obligation than something that will make us better, then we will politely decline. It’s okay to say no if it’s not on your priority list!!
#2- Thankfully for my husband and I, we own our own business and we are both blessed to be home full time! So we do not have to worry about finding childcare for our kids during the summer! They get both mommy and daddy everyday! But if you are someone who works full time and needs help, my tips for you are to start looking into local day camps and bible schools as well as a trustable nanny to help care for your children. I know our local children’s museum is notorious for great day camps! Drama theater, art week, sports week, dance, etc! You name it, they provide it and the kids love to have fun!
#3- If you’re anything like me- I have to make sure that my body is in check before I pull out the shorts, tanks and swim suits! I exercise 6 days a week and really keep on point with my nutrition most of the time, because when I don’t feel comfortable and confident with myself, then I’m surely not going to feel comfortable and confident in a swim suit! So it’s time to take action NOW in order to feel your best in 6 weeks! There is no way in heck that I am going to let a few extra pounds stick around when I know that if I lose them now and get my metabolism going, stick to good food choices- then I will be okay to have ice cream with the kids once a week and I won’t feel guilty for drinking that mojito by the pool! I am all about balance!! I live by an 80/20 rule with my nutrition and that is what I teach my clients to do as well. NO WAY am I going to turn down my favorite treats once or twice a week! It’s a lifestyle! BUT, I will not allow myself to indulge too much! I FIRST always focus on getting the 10 pounds off and then being a little more lenient. It’s all about moderation! We want to feel AMAZING in our own skin and of course- in that bikini by the pool!!
#4- Do not throw care to the wind on your life goals just because the sun is out and parties are starting up! Sure it’s easy to say “I will do it tomorrow,” but remember- we can only give 100%. There is no 50% today and 150% tomorrow. It is all 100% everyday. Do you own your own business? Do you work full time? Are you a full time stay at home mommy? Do not lose sight on what matters most to you! Keep momentum driving forward and live everyday to make yourself and your family happy! And that means remember WHY you set the goals and what is going to get you to achieving them!
Let’s do summer together! It’s all about finding our own balance and moderation and doing what works!! And sometimes- we just need to have fun little cocktail too!! Here’s a yummy recipe below:
- 1 Lime
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- 2 tbsp Simple syrup
- 1 Sparkling water
- Handful of Ice
- 1/4 cup white Rum
- 1 cup Coconut water
- SHAKE AND ENJOY!!!!
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