It may only be a whisper in the air, but summer is on it’s way, and with it the promise of not only lighter evenings and warmer days, but freedom, happiness and self-improvement. In this age of Instagram competition and social media comparison envy, it can be easy to forget what living your best life is all about – making connections with people, travelling and exploring the world, continuing to develop your education, and making unforgettable memories.
Perhaps you feel like you’ve managed to lose touch with the things that truly make you happy. Summer is your chance to get things back in balance, connect with yourself again and live your best life.
Instead of letting the time drift past, focus on setting some intentions for how you want to spend your optimal summer. It could be finally booking that trip around Asia you have always dreamed of, or signing up for some distance learning courses that will enhance your knowledge in a field you’re passionate about. It could even be to take time to slow down, enjoying things like watercolour painting or losing yourself in a great book.
There’s no limit to what these intentions have to be. Make time for what matter to you – if it’s important to have professional hair treatment, then book into that salon. If you want to finally learn how to play tennis, book those lessons. Use the summer to escape the normal limitations day-to-day life puts on you and fulfill some long-standing ambitions. Sometimes it works best to use a bullet journal to write down those intentions and start turning them into reality.
Once you have them mapped out, you can work out what steps you need to take in order to make your dreams a reality. Take things one step at a time, visualise your future self but remember to live in the present – and life becomes much more rewarding.
See The World
When you’re an adult, there are many barrier to travelling – finances, family arrangements and work. But it is still possible to see some of the world. Travelling has so many benefits, from expanding our horizons to finding us new friends – even showing us what our true purpose in life is.
It doesn’t have to be a three-month long trek around Europe – the process of discovery can be as simple as taking a road trip two cities over to somewhere you’ve always been too busy to visit, or flying away for a long weekend. Stepping outside of your comfort zone a little can have a dramatic transformational effect on your life at any age.
Keep On Learning
Even when you’re done with formal education, keeping on learning new things is the key to staying young at heart. Self-directed study like reading up and seeking information on your passions is hugely important. Instead of just scrolling through your phone before bed, challenge yourself to read a biography, or some history. Line up some TED Talks to watch while you’re cooking. Continue to challenge your view of the world and your life is bound to improve.