May 10, 2010

The summer of me

Mandy from Knowing the Difference has inspired me. See, last year she declared a summer of me. She decided to unapologetically embrace herself - she lived life instead of planning it. She rekindled friendships that meant the world to her, and let go of those that were dragging her down.

This year she's declared the summer of me part two and I'm joining her.

If I want to saturate myself by reading books I'm going to. If I want to not read anything I'm going to. If that means going into D.C. by myself to see a museum or just to explore the city, I'm going to do it. If it means having a hard conversation with a friend I'm going to do it. And the trips the mister and I have planned I will enjoy to the fullest extent possible.

I've never been a huge fan of summer - there are definitely perks (flip flops, cool evenings, the kind of sleep you get after being in the sun all day) - but I'm more of a cool weather kind of girl. However, I'm excited about this challenge and anything it might bring.

Have you ever done something like this? Anyone else want to join me? Happy Monday!

(Photo: jamieann dot net)


Alison Kinsey said...

Aww I love this!
It's always good to live life unapologetically and shamelessly.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I love how Mandy has created this "Summer of Me" movement. So cool! Last year was definitely the summer of me - but it's something I continued well past the end of summer. I feel less guilty when turning down plans to stay in when I need a night alone. I give myself permission to sleep in on the occasional Saturday. It's a great feeling to give yourself permission to live unapologetically!

Here's to a fabulous summer!

Kyla Roma said...

Many has totally inspired me too! My post today is about looking back, but my birthday post is definitely going to be about looking forward to a summer of me =)

Emily Jane said...

Summer 2009 - Summer 2010 has been my year of "me", and realising the truth in that quote of yours is incredibly empowering. It's so true - nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent, and learning to stand up for ourselves (even TO ourselves) is a wonderful thing :) Here's to a great summer for you!

Anonymous said...

I will so join you on this venture! I too would like a summer of me, full of relaxation, writing and good books! I want some new sights as well!


Hannah Katy

Mandy said...

Somehow I missed this and I'm glad that you linked up to it. Hooray for declaring this summer the summer of you! Its amazing what happens when you live life for you and make yourself a priority.

Lisa said...

This is such a great idea. (I just clicked through on your link to read about this!) I actually had to have a really hard conversation with a friend recently because they consistently made me feel bad & anxious. But even though it was hard to tell the truth and pretty much end things...I feel a lot better because I know I am doing something for myself and my own peace of mind...and that's what really matters. This is such a lovely idea...I think I might join you! <3

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