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40 Best Things To Do In Summer

40 Best Things To Do In Summer

1. Run barefoot through tall grass.
2. Treat yourself to a Mr. Whippy, two flakes, unashamedly.
3. Bury your friends in the sand.
4. Watch the sunset from a rooftop, any rooftop.
5. Make your own Pimms, stuffed with fruit, for the main course of your picnic.
6. Dip your feet in the sea, a river, anything wet.
7. Take a long walk in the country and have deep and absurd conversations about being trees. Don’t forget snacks.
8. Drive a convertible, top down, speakers blaring One Direction, Missy Elliot, or (insert-other-cheesy-music-hit.)
9. Dance on a hilltop at sunset.
10. Dance on a hilltop at sunrise.
11. Dance on a hilltop in the middle of the night.
12. Just make sure you dance on a hilltop.
13. Take creative photos of tiny monuments balanced on your head.
14. Skinny dip with new friends.
15. Lie perfectly still in the grass and make conversations out of clouds.
16. Rifle through those books on the shelf that you haven’t gotten around to yet.
17. Put handfuls of sand in your housemate’s pockets and watch their reaction when you ask for a mint.
18. Choose a hot day and jump straight into an ice cold outdoor swimming pool, eyes shut, legs tucked.
19. Enjoy the cinema from a rooftop or a drive in — no need to shut yourself away from the sun and stars.
20. Don’t miss out on a summer fair if there is one — eat drink ride.
21. Stock your freezer with Jubblies and fight the brain freeze as you eat all of them in one sitting.
22. Discover the beauties of the ocean floor with a bit of snorkeling.
23. Swim alone in an empty freshwater lake in the early morning sunlight.
24. Get lost in a foreign city and spend the day finding new things.
25. Play volleyball on the beach.
26. Throw a BBQ and invite everyone – not just the usual crowd. Get the world to mingle with your Pringles.
27. Have a good old-fashioned water fight while the sun’s out and you’re feeling silly.
28. Go for a long cycle and enjoy fast-paced breezy moments in the hot weather.
29. Have a brunch that turns into lunch that turns into dinner and let your day blow in the wind like a leaf.
30. Stand with your feet in the sea and feel the water dragging the sand away from your toes.
31. Have a jamming session in a field at noon and let out your inner hipster with some acoustic guitar or a throaty song.
32. Enjoy the simple fact that the sun is shining and choose a walk over that taxi — think of that happy vitamin D.
33. Enjoy a dose of outdoor theatre and let the outside world dissolve around you as a whole new host of quality entertainment whisks you away, while you tan effortlessly in the summer rays.
34. Sleep outside beneath the stars (or the sun, depending on how demanding your daily routine is…)
35. Indulge yourself in the magic of fondue. Dip ALL THE THINGS in a chocolate fountain — strawberries, short -breads, chocolate. Dip chocolate in chocolate. Don’t think, just do.
36. Walk around, freely, unencumbered by winter coats, layers, or wooly accessories. Living that light life.
37. Invest in a hammock or befriend someone who has, because there’s nothing like hovering in the warm fresh air on the most comfortable bed there is, staring up at that beautiful blue sky.
38. Enjoy your chance to picnic — scoff your favourite finger foods: that’s right, cocktail sausages, strawberries, carrot sticks, and hummus, all the very best of fresh summer food. And don’t forget that checkered blanket on the grass. It just isn’t a picnic without it.                                                                                   39. Notice how different the world looks through sunglasses and then through your own eyes.
40. Appreciate a breeze when it blows.

Featured photo credit: Flikr – Thomas Mues via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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