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A Summer Manifesto

Posted on the 03 July 2013 by Hersunday @hersunday

I know what you're thinking. "Isn't it a little late?" I mean, we are already into July. But that's the point. When I looked at the calendar and realized that June was gone, it spurred me to write this up.
I had so many intentions for this summer and it's already slipping past me too quickly. To be fair to myself, grad school is eating up a lot of my free time right now, but...I still spend a lot of time wasting time and not making the most of my summer.
So here are all the things I really wanted to do this summer:
Zumba, Pilates, Yoga
Whatever it is, I want to be physically active this summer. And not just a couple of times. Every day I want to do something that makes me feel really good. Sitting is the new smoking, didn't you know?
Read Something I Want to Read
Let me clarify. I get to choose 99% of the books I read for class, but they're always within certain parameters. Many of the books sitting on my shelf do not meet these parameters, but I'm dying to read them. I'm going to allow myself to read one this summer- even if it means putting off school work for a little bit to do it. My brain needs this. My sanity needs this.
Send a Friend a Fun Package
I've been thinking about this for months. I love sending people things but rarely do. Life is busy and most of summer is taken up by family events. I've been thinking a package is in order just to say, "I'm thinking about you and hoping your summer is rockin' so far."
Watch Some Shows
Yep. I want to watch TV this summer. I never watch TV. I feel guilty when I watch TV and I have so many other things I need to do. But... I miss it. Last night I put an old SNL episode on just for the heck of it and I remembered how much fun it is to keep up with some of your favorite shows. I'm making a list of a few that I want to get reacquainted with.
Sign Up for Some ECourses
There are a couple of ecourses that I want to participate in simply because they look like fun. One is a photography course and another is a drawing (actually it's doodling) course. I think they look fun. I don't need to take these ecourses for any reason other than I want to, which means that I can do it without any stress over deadlines or outcome.
Create (For Me) Not Consume
I spend a lot of time on the internet consuming information. It's a never ending clicking cycle and although I come across a lot of great inspiration, rarely does it result in anything concrete. Also, I get stuck in the mind frame that I shouldn't create something if it wouldn't turn out good enough to share on the blog. Stupid, I know. So I want to create things this summer just for me- things that I don't worry about sharing. And I want to stop away from the screen a lot more.
What's on your Summer Manifesto?

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