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How to get to September without saying, “Oh, crap, I never got a chance to _____”
Don’t worry, I'm not going to guilt you into doing extra writing this summer, taking on yet another book club or making a promise to finish your manuscript before September.
By "count" what I really mean is "live."
I was listening to an interesting podcast the other day on Hopologie and the topic was none other than changing one's rhythm for summer.
This got me thinking: how can I make sure that I don't miss out on the things I love most about summer, while still producing well-written articles for clients and work on my next novel?
I thought about this as I kneaded a batch of bread dough. I love making bread for my family--a recipe and skill learned at my mother's elbow when I was five. But I haven't made any in months. Why? Because it's "too much work," and I'm "too busy," and besides, isn't it easier to just toss a loaf into the cart every week while getting the other groceries?
But here's an important lesson that this particular warm, yeasty ball of dough taught me: sometimes it’s worth the extra time and effort to do something that brings you joy.
Is it easier to grab a loaf of bread at the store? Yes. But I miss out on the creative magic of putting together five simple ingredients and watching them transform into crusted, golden loaves.
5 gentle suggestions to make your summer count
What did I miss? What items are “must do’s” on your summer list?
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