Summer of Dreams

Summer of Dreams

The summer has come–at least for most of us. To some this may only mean a change in weather. For others it means kid are out of school. Others still will face the reality of a few months of a break before classes start again. No matter where you are or what stage of life you’re in, the start of a new season can be just the thing to start a new chapter in your life.

When I transitioned from college into “the real world” I approached summer with the oblivious notion that things some how changed in summer. It was time for a break–right? Then reality hit. Most jobs don’t take the summer off and there is no extra time off to go to the beach or spend time by the pool. What a wake up call.

I have noticed though that, despite the fact I don’t get a break during the summer, my natural tendency is to see it as a relaxed time. Maybe it’s the sunny days, or children playing outside during the day, or maybe even my desire for life to be like it once was…a little easier in the summer.

Summer of Dreams by Emilie Hendryx | Putting on the NewI want this summer to be different though. I want this summer to be a summer of dreams. What exactly do I mean by that? Well, I think that we can tend to allow all things to relax in the summer. You may not find this to be true, but I know I do. I think: Take a break, Emilie, it’s summer. All right–so rest can be part of it and that’s good, but what about my walk with the Lord?

Last week I was visiting my parents church and their pastor encouraged his congregation to make sure they didn’t let their faith take a break during the summer months. It struck me and made me think of how true that is for me. I know when fall rolls around and NaNoWriMo comes up, I am in an all-fire hurry to do everything! Plus, fall weather energizes me where as summer just makes me want to do nothing (hehe).

But I want to challenge myself this summer. I’m personally thinking through these areas:

  • My walk with the Lord
  • Health
  • Personal goals
  • Friendships
  • Relaxation

My walk with the Lord needs to be my number one priority. No slacking off on connecting with Him! I also want to focus on my personal health–to be active and prepare healthy foods. For personal goals some of those look like word counts I want to reach on the novels I’m writing. With friendships, summer can be the best time to reconnect or deepen my friendships with friends who are moms and who will have a little extra time during this season.

Lastly, I also want to focus on relaxation. Wait, you say! Relaxation? But you’re telling us not to slack off. Well, I am and I’m not 😉 In reality, summer is a great time to relax because of the very things I’ve mentioned. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy yourself. It’s a balance. If you are busy the rest of the year and only have summer as a time to rest, then it should definitely be a priority, but don’t allow it to be the only priority.

So who’s with me? What’s your dream for this summer? Iced tea by the pool and a new devotional? Picking up a new outdoor activity and reconnecting with friends? Let me know in the comments below!
Emilie Hendryx About Emilie Hendryx

Emilie is a freelance writer, photographer, and graphic designer living in Dayton, Ohio. She’s a member of ACFW and writes Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, you can find her designing fun bookish items for her Etsy and Society6 shops all while drinking too much coffee.
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Comments

  1. Great words, Emilie. I really stink on that relaxation thing. Never thought about setting it as a goal. Now I have a dream for the summer along with all the promotion and writing that must be done. Thank you, Jesus, for quiet time to relax & God bless my sister for reminding me it’s okay.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your great goals, Emilie! One of my summer goals is to find balance between my time with the Lord, my family, responsibilities, and my writing. It’s so hard to find enough hours in the day to accomplish what I need to, so thanks for the relaxation reminder! God bless!

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