Summertime can be nostalgic as it reminds us of our youth. As children, summer signified the end of the school year and marked the beginning of fun. Hot summer days spent outside with friends creating memories to be talked about all year long. Summer has always been our chance to recharge. A opportunity to break up the monotony. Sometimes life propels us so fast, we forget to take a moment to pause. The more responsibilities we have, the easier it is to be pulled away from the true meaning of summer.
With 6 more months left in the year and summer marking the halfway point, now is the perfect time to push the restart button. Invite yourself to see the warm weather as an indication of change, another opportunity to reevaluate, and the perfect setting to take care of YOU like you once did many years ago.
Here are 10 things you can do to recharge, get organized, and press pause on life:
1- Reevaluate and redefine your goals. If you aren’t where you want to be, it is not too late to make a shift. Here is where you can adjust goals by making them more measurable or extend the time frame.
2- Celebrate friendships old and new. Get your sister circle together as a way to thank them for their support. Behind every successful brown girl is several more brown girls cheering her on.
3- Take some time to recharge emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This may look different for everyone but as long is there is intention, you are on the right path.
4- Step out of your comfort zone. Do something you haven’t done before and give yourself a boost of energy. This can be as simple as changing your hairstyle. After all, summer has always brought out a new do.
5-Adjust your workout out routine. Working out increases our endorphins which gives you more energy and effects your mood.
6-Go on vacation and literally take a break from it all.
7-Say no! Take a look at toxic relationships that require you to give your energy. Your energy belongs to you so you must protect it.
8- Read a book and get lost in another world. Books have a way of allowing us to responsibly disconnect.
9- Reorganize your calendar. Make sure you are not overcommitting and doing activities against your will.
10- Organize your space. Decluttering allows us to cleanse not only our space but how we feel in it.
Summer is about reclaiming YOUR time and hitting the pause or restart button on life. Ready, set, go!
Thomishia Booker but you can call her "Mishi", is an outgoing, outspoken mama from California. You can find her on the dance floor with her girls, being silly with her son, at the Warrior's game with her husband, or volunteering as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Mishi works full time in Healthcare Administration, holding a Masters in Social Work and a Doctorate in Education Counseling Psychology. At 33, she feels "Everyday is an opportunity to challenge stereotypes as a young black female leader." After the birth of her son, her passion for writing was reignited and she published her first children's book called "My Brown Skin". Mishi believes "As Brown Girls we live by our own rules!" ,"As brown mothers we must make the best decisions for our family and not anyone else.", "Brown Girls Rock!"