What does summer mean to you?

This morning I was reading one of my favorite blogs called Mind Body Green, and came across an article about checking in with yourself during this first day of summer, and evaluating how your goals are going for the year.

I’ve had a lot of epiphanies lately, so I thought it would be a good time to check in, by answering the questions in the blog I read:

How has the start of summer made you thirsty for your greatest happiness?

I’m a warm weather, summer type of girl. It’s hotter and I wear less clothing, which makes me feel light. I want to feel “light” metaphorically as well. That idea of lightness coincides with me being happy.

What new steps are you taking that are really important to you?

Aside from better money management, I’m trying to be less serious and have more fun. As I said above, I’m trying to lighten up. I’m also continuing to focus on exercise and good health, and minimizing stress by doing yoga and meditation.

What are you nurturing that really matters to you?

I’m nurturing my health and well-being most of all. Without that, I don’t feel complete. That has always been first and foremost in my book.

What are you doing to stay creative? 

Well I have a creative job already, but I’m getting my business blog redesigned (by Andrea @ Nuts & Bolts Media), and doing a lot of writing of course. I’m also trying to find fun and creative ways to be social, yet frugal.

What are you excited about right now?

The possibility of a full- time job with my old boss at essentially my old company.

Where are you growing?

Emotionally I hope. (and hopefully my bank account soon-lol!) I want to move into this more confident, calm, soft, fun girl woman sexy goddess.

What 3 things are you fired up to do this summer?

I’m fired up to run longer distances, play better beach volleyball, and get a full-time job.

What role does imagination have in your life?

HUGE role! I’m very imaginative. Growing up my teachers used to complain to my parents that I was a daydreamer. I still am. That’s one of my favorite parts about myself. By the way that has a dark side too, as I have also sometimes imagined the worst in a situation without it necessarily being true or not.

For my mid year check up on my 2012 goals, visit my goals page!

Feel free to answer these questions here, or on your own blog, and let me know if you post it!

  • How has the start of summer made you thirsty for your greatest happiness?
  • What new steps are you taking that are really important to you?
  • What are you nurturing that really matters to you?
  • What are you doing to stay creative? 
  • What are you excited about right now?
  • Where are you growing?
  • What 3 things are you fired up to do this summer?
  • What role does imagination have in your life?

Tonya

Tonya is a video editor and writer living in Los Angeles who enjoys beach volleyball and running. To get the latest updates, be sure to subscribe. Check out her sister site Healthy, Fit, and Frugal.

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  • http://lbeeandthemoneytree.wordpress.com queenlbee

    I LOVE this! And I would have completely forgotten yesterday was the first day of summer had you not reminded me. #1 Clue that I need to slow down. Cute website!

    • http://budgetandthebeach.wordpress.com Budget & the Beach

      Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/frugalportland Frugal Portland (@frugalportland)

    Know what summer means to me? Bug bites. I got three yesterday so it must be summer!

    • http://budgetandthebeach.wordpress.com Budget & the Beach

      ha ha! In Portland? That’s one thing I love about the west coast vs the midwest where I grew up..no mosquitoes!

  • http://financialconfessionsofaformerbrat.wordpress.com Financial Confessions of a Former Brat

    Great questions. I answered them over on my blog.

  • http://www.jesscantcook.com Jess @JessCantCook

    This is great, thanks for the reminder that I need to check in on my goals for this year! I’ll work on this and post it next week :)

  • http://www.fromshoppingtosaving.com fromshoppingtosaving

    Very cool! I need to check my goals too to see what I’m doing well in and what I’m failing at :( lol

    I’m with you on nurturing my health.. it makes me happy! Onto the questions…
    How has the start of summer made you thirsty for your greatest happiness?
    It makes me want to take control of my life. I need to stay organized before school begins in August.

    What new steps are you taking that are really important to you?
    Moving back in with my family in August and starting a long distance relationship will be huge changes…so I’m taking steps to try to ease myself into that mindset. Also preparing others who will be affected.

    What are you nurturing that really matters to you?
    My relationship, my finances, and my health.

    What are you doing to stay creative?
    Blogging, reading, and helping the BF with his side business.

    What are you excited about right now?
    A lot of vacations this summer!

    Where are you growing?
    I’d like to say my mind…just being more open and cautious with my thinking.

    What 3 things are you fired up to do this summer?
    1) Blog 2) Workout 3) Enjoy life

    What role does imagination have in your life?
    A huge one!! Sometimes I get way too ahead of myself….

  • http://femmefrugality.blogspot.com femmefrugality

    Happy summer! It does seem like the best time to reassess your goals and progress. I’m with you…I’m way too serious about everything. It’s good in some areas of my life, but not for my sanity. I don’t set New Years Goals, but I’d like to set a goal right now to just enjoy life more and not take everything so seriously.