Summer is more than half way finished now. I am just at the start of my summer vacation; something I have been looking towards for quite a few weeks now. We all need downtime. Vacation doesn’t need to be the great family cross country adventure, although sometimes they are wonderful too. We did the big vacation last year, and my boys still tell me it was the best vacation and greatest memory of their lives to date.
This year, it is more relaxed. Spending time at home, exploring things to do in the neighbouring cities and here in our own, day trips to other locations, kayaking on the river and lakes, and the oh-so North American camping trip. I know that many things will likely slip away in favour of simple relaxation, and I am ok with that. More than ok, truth be told. Holidays are meant for relaxation and recharging. To let your mind be free is a truly precious thing. It has already boosted my creativity and given me encouragement to continue on with projects that have been waiting on the sidelines to carry forward. I still wake early and have the house to myself for hours before my young adolescents finally make their way from their beds in search of food. This gives me time to write or develop my upcoming website, purge unnecessary items that seem to find their way into our lives and weigh us down, or sit and be still, enjoying the fruits that meditation brings.
Whatever it is that summer vacation brings for you, be sure to keep a bank of memories from it. As I have said before, we only have 18 summers. Make memories before they are grown. Give your children the gift of fond childhood memories to look back on when they are grown up.