Today, for me, marks my first official day of summer. It is Monday morning and rather than running around the house to make it out the door in time, I’m snuggled up with a cup of joe, basking in the sunlight on my patio. This is summer.
However there is also a darker, more foreboding side of summer that, consequently, comes unwelcome this time of year. With summer “vacation” comes the increasing pressure to get it all done so to speak. As a teacher you’re often bombarded with comments regarding summer vacation and just how lucky you are. Yes, we are lucky, but it is also mandatory to our survival. This morning marks the beginning of a much-needed recharge in order for me to avoid burnout and continue to be a better, more effective teacher next year.
Summer breaks afford me the opportunity to get everything done that have otherwise been neglected throughout the school year. You know, the exciting things, like getting your oil changed, resealing the countertops, finally going through the motions to legally change your name after 9 months of wedded bliss… gasp! You get the idea… Add on top of that the curriculum writing I need to accomplish this summer and the professional development workshops I will be attending and my summer break disappears as quickly as it came. But as a creative, this time of year has put on an even heavier load of expectations than years past. This is the time of year when I get to have a head start on creating, writing, learning, designing, and making goods for my creative business. How can you possibly get it all done!?
My summer to-do list has grown exponentially over the past few years and quite frankly, I haven’t accomplished all that I want to accomplish, nor have I come even close to doing so. I have however come up with tips, habits, and systems that have helped me over the years in balancing my time off. So with the unofficial start of summer begins my Conquering Summer Vacation Series. While it may seem daunting at times, summer vacation is the perfect time to recharge your batteries by checking things off the proverbial checklist. If you’re like me you get excited and energized each time you accomplish something else, big or small, that can be checked off your list, but sometimes staying on track can be the hardest part.
In order to help us all to make this summer one of the best yet, I have been working on a comprehensive series to ensure that you can in fact conquer this year’s summer vacation. I hope you’ll join me over the next two weeks as we map out our plan of attack and take on this summer vacation step by step! Check back over the next few weeks for updates. I can’t wait to get started!