It's time to dream about summer fun in the sun. We have been more intentional about planning our summer outings this year and have several camping trips planned. I keep a running list of places I'd like to go, things I'd like to see, or stuff to put on my bucket list. It's all posted on Pinterest.
Pinterest: Places I want to visit
Half the fun of vacationing is the dreaming. Because let's face it, the other half--the doing it--takes work. Sometimes you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. Some things I think about while planning for our summer:
1. Take the Monday off. It's important after your vacation to unpack, do the laundry, write the bills, check the emails, and roll back into real life. If you can't take the Monday off, lighten the morning schedule at work, or go in an hour or two later if you can.
2. Plan your budget. Make a special vacation account that you put very small amounts in every week or two. We have an automatic deposit of about $25 a pay period--about the cost of dinner out. Once the account is up to speed, put the vacation on the calendar! This avoids dreadful vacation guilt. Don't forget, you don't have to spend a lot to have a great time. Be patient and let your savings grow if you have a big dream to plan!
3. Dream together. A few years ago my husband and I sat down after an argument about vacations and we both drew up our bucket lists and posted them on the fridge with a magnet. That was before "bucket list" was a catchphrase. I love the mountains. He loves the sun and the beach. So we take turns.
Seven Lighthouses you can sleep in...
5. Drive away. You don't have to go far or spend a lot to get away. I love that feeling of pulling out of the drive. We have a tradition in our family, we stop at the end of the drive, hold hands and pray. We thank God for jobs, health, and a time of restoration. Then, we simply drive away and try to leave worries behind for the week. Take your own sabbatical!
6. Laugh and rest your souls. You don't have to spend money to laugh together. But laughing, telling stories, reading, meditating, are all great ways to let your soul loose. Daily life has a way to tying you up. Laugh and let God take your soul on vacation this summer!
Readers & Coffeeshop friends: tell us what you've planned for fun this summer. Please share your dreams, ideas, and vacations with us!
Also, I shared it late, so I'll re-share the winner of Pepper Basham's Giveaway: Tammy Cordery!
AND the winner of Carla Laureano's "Five Days in Skye" is: Jolene Soerfass!
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.