What’s Your Happy Summer Action Plan? I’ll Show You Mine…

I swear this happens at the start of every summer: as soon as the flowers bloom and the temperature rises, my life spins out of control.

Maybe it’s a mom thing; having the boys home 24/7 is a big adjustment and requires serious strategic planning to ensure they have a great time AND mama gets her shit done.

Maybe it’s an entrepreneur thing; for whatever reason, new projects and opportunities seem to pop up in abundance this time of year. And 2012 is crazier than ever, filled with blessings that I feel like a total heel for complaining about.

Maybe it’s an expectation thing; every magazine and catalog I see features tan people in flip-flops with fruity drinks, looking care-free and well-rested. That looks like summer. Running from meeting to kid activity to meeting does not.

And yet, that is my summer reality. There’s no magic robot {remember Rosey on The Jetsons!?} to seamlessly coordinate schedules, pick up the cleaning, scrub the floors and hand me a strawberry margarita. But that doesn’t mean I can’t squeeze some pure joy out of this season. So, I give you….


My Happy Summer Action Plan {H.S.A.P.}

I’ve decided to create a Happy Summer Action Plan of four simple, doable tasks designed to help me focus on the sweet stuff this summer. Here’s my plan:


Work outside when possible.

That picture above of the cherry-in-the-spoon was taken after spending an hour sitting on a bench with my laptop at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden. I had an hour in between meetings, so rather than plunk down at a coffee shop, I went there – and it was wonderful. I’ll be on the lookout for these outdoor opportunities throughout the summer.


Photograph beauty daily.

That’s how this blog originally started, back in 2006 – with me taking photos and writing my reflections every day for a year. That daily practice was transformative for me, training me to be aware of the beauty in my midst. I love the idea of having a whole collection of beauty shots at the end of the summer – proof I was present each day to the goodness around me {like this darling chipmunk, who was my friendly co-worker at the Sculpture Garden!}.


Create a Summer Fun Board

It’s easy to reach the end of summer and wonder where in the world it went…and what in the world we did. So, I have a big piece of cork board for the kids to post tickets, photos and notes about their favorite outings and experiences. By the end of August, I imagine it’ll be loaded up with souvenirs of a fun summer, which will be a great reflection tool for them and will put my mind at ease {look at that! they are having fun!}.


Enjoy Guiltless Pleasures

Time to stop sweating more small stuff. I’ve done quite well letting go of some things, but I can think of countless others that still drive me crazy for no good reason. Maybe I’ll take a business trip without worrying about every little detail happening at home. Maybe I’ll choose not freak out about having guests when my house is a mess. Maybe I’ll go to bed earlier – even if it means I don’t get everything done. Joy with underlying guilt isn’t true joy; I must continually remind myself of this.


My H.S.A.P. won’t eliminate the chaos in my life, but I think it will ease my stress and help me make the most of summer, even a few minutes at a time. Wanna create one, too? I’d love to know what you think needs to be on yours so we can all know true joy this season!




Liv Lane

Liv Lane

As an intuitive adviser, author & teacher, I help brave-hearted women illuminate their paths to purpose through powerful classes, individual readings, workshops and writings. This blog, started in 2006, chronicles my journey and offers light for yours. Thrilled you're here!
Liv Lane