18 ways to simplify this summer

by

Sarah Welch

posted in Tips & Tricks

Summer is finally here. Wahoo!

Unfortunately for me, the chaos level has ramped UP, not down. I honestly did not think that was possible, but between day camps, end-of-year events, a wave of summer birthdays, a new job, and getting learning plans in place for both boys next year, my hair is officially on. fire.

I’m eeking by on a few hours of sleep each night and hoping and praying once we get past the end of June, I’ll be able to find a little more balance so I can enjoy the summer.

And yet, I have come to loathe that little word: balance. Balance schmalance.

It implies that if I could just push myself harder, I could “achieve” this mythical nirvana where personal and professional lives peacefully coexist and I have room to breathe. Whenever I hear it, it triggers the feeling that I should be doing a better job of juggling it all.

But in moments of lucidity I can see that is a big, fat logic trap. There’s just no such thing. Life is too busy for our days to be balanced. It’s an organic, ever-evolving changing thing that develops every minute, hour and day. Trying to make it balanced is asking too much.

But simplifying…well that’s another story. The very word does seem to create a peace within.

That’s why this summer, I am on a mission stop telling myself to find “balance” and instead to just “simplify.”

As a way of kicking off this “new outlook,” I came up with 18 ways to do just that:

What could you simplify this summer?

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