This summer isn't over yet

 

Weeks ago now, I was sitting in an airport lounge waiting to board my 10 hour flight to Los Angeles. It was the beginning of summer, I had butterflies inside me.

Fluttering, beautiful, colourful, delicate butterflies.

It was the beginning of summer, and I had so many plans.

I would write my next book, roam the world, spend hours and hours reading novels, walk around new cities with no direction or purpose, I would dance, swim in the sea, drink rosé, get lots of writing done, learn new things, make lots of new friends… and did I mention I would write?

Then I arrived, and I was suddenly in the middle of it.

And I’ve had a magical time roaming the pacific northwest. I’ve made lots of new and amazing friends, I’ve picked fresh plums, I’ve walked barefoot, attended drum circles, gone to ecstatic dance events, read a few books, met up with old friends, and travelled more freely than I have ever done before. It has been absolutely amazing!

But a few days ago, a thought fell into my head.

I started thinking about fall, and going home to Norway.

I started thinking about all the things I wanted to do this summer that I haven’t done yet. And I felt a little pang of regret. What I really wanted to do this summer was to write and to invest time and energy into my business. What I really wanted was to invest time and energy into myself.

For a moment, I felt really sad. I had been sidetracked (again!) by shiny things, and lost focus on what really mattered to me. And it’s not like it was a one-time thing. It happens every so often that I think “this coming summer… I’ll write.” or “when I’m back in Norway… I’ll write.” or “after this exam is done… I’ll write”. But there is always a new excuse. There is always a new shiny thing distracting me. And I never end up doing the work that I really would like to do.

And then it hit me.

This summer isn’t over yet. 

And a tiny revolution happened in my mind.

Thinking way into the future, and even anticipating regret, is a pattern that I recognize across different areas of my life. It’s like I time travel into the future, assuming that I am already there and that I’ve already wasted my time. I’ll think that the summer is over. I’ll think that I’m back in Norway, that I’m back in my regular routine. I’ll think that my adventure is over.

What really hit me is that it isn’t.

This summer isn’t over yet.

There is still time.

And then I started thinking about what I wanted to get out of this summer.

There’s still time to write. There’s still time to invest in my business and in myself. There’s still time to wander aimlessly. There’s still time to read novels. There’s still time to make more friends.

This summer isn’t over yet. 

There’s still time to make this the most magical summer ever. There’s still time to take it to the next level. There’s still time to go all in and devout myself to my work.

There is still time!

If you are feeling the same way, I made a little list to keep us both inspired:

This summer isn’t over yet. There’s still time to…

Invest in yourself and your business. I’m joining this 3-day life workshop with Ellen Ercolini on How to Grow a Profitable Creative Business. Want to join too? If you do, let me know! I’d love to lead a (free) mini-mastermind accountability group!

Visit a local festival or event this weekend. Chances are, there are lots of things happening in your city still. Do a little research and savour the summer vibes of a festival, outdoor concert or local happening.

Stay up late and sleep in in the mornings. I don’t think I need to say more… But this Pinterest board may inspire you to chill out.

Start writing that book/short story/screenplay/essay/you name it. I don’t think I need to say more here. Just do it.

Do awesome inspiring things. Maybe create a vision board or sleep under the stars? Go hiking? People watch? This post’s got you covered.

Read all of the books. I’m planning to read Essentialism by Greg McKeown, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld and Roadmap: The Get-it-Togethe​r Guide to Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life by Roadtrip Nation. Plus I just finished reading The Big Tiny by Dee Williams and it was so inspiring!

Go on a mini-adventure. Go on a little road trip, go camping, visit a friend in another town, or have a little staycation where you live.

Be wild. Skinny dip, walk barefoot, host a bonfire night, swim in the ocean, pick wild flowers, garden, hike, climb a mountain. Get out there!

Figure out what to do with your life. I recommend this bundle from my coaching mentor extraordinaire Martha Beck: “TAKE YOUR PASSION AND MAKE IT HAPPEN” COLLECTION.

Do something you have always wanted to do. Join a choir, learn yoga, visit a new restaurant, learn to hula hoop, learn how to play the guitar, volunteer – the possibilities are endless!

Be creative. I recommend making this awesome wall hanging, take up painting, or just gather all your craft supplies and create a mixed media collage!

Meet new people and make friends. I’ve written about how to meet like-minded people here.

 

This list is just a start. Make your own! What did you want to do at the beginning of summer that you haven’t done yet? What did you plan to focus on? What did you want to create? What did you want to learn?

This summer isn’t over yet. 

There is still time. 

Make it happen. 

 

I’d love to hear from you! What do you plan to do with the rest of your summer days?

 

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