Breathe in, breathe out. Reset.

Just around the riverbend

Just around the riverbend

 

Sometimes we faulter, our goal takes the back seat and doesn't get to make the decisions for a while. It happens to all of us, it's human. In my case, the last month haven't gone according to my plans and my normal discipline. My world has been rushing past me, and struggling to keep up I've indulged myself in ways that I normally don't. I prepared for summer with some lovely shoes, bought my first new bra in over 2 years (well, two bras) and spent a good chunk on eating out and treats treats treats. But this is one month. Now, breathe in, breathe out. Reset.

It's time to focus more. Summer is here. We now wear less clothes (and thus create less wear and tear) and can indulge in free and super fun outdoor activities. The goal for the summer is to appreciate the moment. Enjoy it while it lasts. We spend so much time glued to our phones or multitasking missing what is really in front of us. Multitasking causes sensory overload, which leads to boredom.

In my childhood I spent all of my summers at my family country house at least one month each year with minimal TV (often only the public service channel, but sometimes 2 more!) no phones, internet wasn't a thing until later but no internet when I was older, no video games, no computers. Sometimes I hated that, being away from everything that was considered fun, when I was a teenager I spent lots of time walking out to the only spot where reception was to attempt to send texts. Then something happened. I started to appreciate the disconnection. I started to long to spend my days walking through the grass barefoot, chopping wood, clearing weeds in the garden. I longed to spend my evenings curled up with my family on the couch watching a movie with no distractions. Going to bed and waking up slowly to the smell off coffee. Grabbing a cup and drinking it on the front porch. Picking berries and eating them with my morning yogurt (or in my case filmjolk, a sort of thicker buttermilk).

I spent a lot of those summers broadening my mind. In part I think that my passion for reading was largely fuled by those times. My mum got me Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I read through the night in the dim light of my bed. I started tackling bigger books like Gajin and great Swedish book series that didn't really make it over the pond. Summers gave me the chance to explore that part of me, the part that doesn't need constant multi sensory stimulation. I see that month as a refresh and I constantly long for it. But here we are, summer is here and we can give ourselves a reset, a boost.

I challenge you to take some time just for you and focus on one thing each and every day. It can be going to the gym or for a run, maybe you're reading a book you've been meaning to read for a long time, maybe you'll finally take up baking, sewing, yoga, writing, flower arranging, wood working. There are so many things we can do with our bodies, brains and minds. Take a deep breath, breath out slowly. Reset. Summer is here, let's build some greatness!