Updated: Jan 9
Although summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, it’s unofficially summer here in Houston, Texas. It’s hot and the school year is on its final stretch.
During the summer, some of us have time off from college or graduate school, some of us spend time with our kids while we juggle our own pursuits, and some of us take vacations and enjoy ourselves - or a combination of any or these!
My question for you is:
What do you want the next three months to look like?
What do you envision for yourself, for your family, your language learning, and your creative endeavors?
The more you can visualize your perfect summer, the better chance you have of actually living it.
I know from experience that if I don’t have a plan, my summer will be over in the blink of an eye with nothing to show for it. I don’t want that to happen to me or to you, so I’ve brainstormed a couple ways to make our summers crystal clear in our minds AND in reality.
My first idea is to journal.
I know what you’re thinking:
Who has time to journal?
But trust me on this one. It makes a world of difference when you set your intentions down on paper. Don’t overthink it. Just take a pen and a sheet of paper and write. This is not a grammar exercise, so write in your native language or whichever language speaks to your heart’s desires in the best way.
Just do it for 10 minutes. You can do almost anything for 10 minutes. Set aside the time to write freely or make a list of the things that are most important for you to accomplish or enjoy this summer.
Here are some prompts to get you going:
What would you like to accomplish by September 1?
What would you enjoy doing more of this summer?
What language learning goals have you been putting off because you have been so busy getting through the school year (as a student or a parent)?
What skill or hobby would you like to improve upon or pursue?
What places would you like to visit?
For example, I’ve been traveling a lot lately, but I realize that there are so many cool places close to home that I would like to visit this summer. My summer is going to be the “Summer of the Day Trip.” My family and I can explore small towns and activities that are within an hour drive of my home.
For my language learning, I have decided to enjoy my favorite language this summer by watching several of the best German movies of all time. I might even have a German movie night at my house. I know you will be waiting for my invitation, right?
These things sound fun to me, and that’s what summer is all about!
But perhaps you don’t like writing and are more of a visual person. If so, may I recommend that you...
Create a vision board.
It is a phenomenal way to create a tangible picture of your dream for the summer.
Are you new to the concept of a vision board? No worries.
A vision board is usually a large piece of poster board or any type of bulletin board used to display images that represent activities, feelings, and goals that you would like to bring into your life.
You might be more familiar with the virtual version of this in the form of Pinterest. It's the same idea. In my opinion, however, the physical act of sifting through magazines and cutting out images has a more powerful effect on the mind and its ability to create.
You see, the idea of of creating a vision board is rooted in the idea of the The Law of Attraction and if you believe in this concept, it can be quite powerful. You've probably heard the adage, "Where your attention goes, energy flows." Many writers and philosophies have a version of this powerful concept.
Author Elizabeth Rider of Huffington Post continues this sentiment about vision boards when she writes:
Creating a sacred space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands.
In other words, don't keep your goals locked up like a secret in your mind. Give them the space to breathe!
So, with that in mind, if you would like to learn a new language, learn to play a song on your guitar, or take a road trip this summer, then talk about it, write about, or put it on your vision board.
When September rolls around this year, I want you to be bragging about all of the awesome things you did and experienced!