How to: Summer 2019

fullsizeoutput_2364“Summer! Summer! Summer! ….{RING.}….School’s out! Scream and shout!”

The snow has melted. The rain has come. The daylight has lengthened. The Chacos have been purchased. The country playlist has been made. The grills have been fired up. The grass has been fertilized. I am T-5 more days away from that feeling of freedom that can only come from this special season!

This time of year is the only three months of the year that all I feel is free!

Free: able to act or be done as one wishes (adj.); without cost or payment (adverb).

My heart is free from obligations to others. My brain is free from a never-ending to do list that can never be organized. My energy is free from staying indoors. My learning is free from textbooks. My back is free from sitting in a desk for hours on end. My digestion is free from processed gogo-squeeze pouches and microwave rice. My eyes are free from dehydrating screens. But most of all my soul is free to fly.

This time of year is also the only three months of the year that all I do is have fun!

Fun: enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure (noun).

At home, I dance around my house with Bella (my dog). In my family, we bike ride around state parks. On road trips, I scream song lyrics with the windows down. On vacations, I talk to traveling strangers in the hotel hot tub. At campfires, I make gooey s’mores and share deep conversations. At the lake, I paddle board to chase the sunset. At camp, I play with kiddos like a….kiddo ๐Ÿ™‚

The feeling of freedom is a gift. The time to have fun isย a gift. For the season of which they are given may only last so long. The longest season I’ve ever had for these things is summer. As the school bell rings and the backpacks are hung with the freshness of summer, I encourage you to take the time to cherish these gifts. How might these two things come together you might ask? Allow me to enlighten you ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. CLOTHING SWAP: Go through your closet and tell friends to do the same. Trade the items that you no longer want anymore instead of donating and shopping for new clothes! Reduce, reuse recycle!
  2. FREE HUGS: Use poster board or recycled cardboard to make a sign that says “free hugs”. Stand on a busy sidewalk, hold it, smile. See what happens. Ya, I know this could get weird, but use your wisdom and take a chance! I dare you!
  3. PICNIC: Pack some food from home into a lunchbox or a picnic basket. Enjoy the outdoors at a local park! Enjoy quality time with someone close to your heart. suggestion eat dessert first so the Popsicles don’t melt ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. STARGAZE: Fluff out a blanket in a public or private patch of grass and allow God to speak to you through the crickets and the twinkles. Take time to imagine how God created the galaxy and how he placed you in it! Plus, you might just see a shooting star! (Psalm 147:4).
  5. BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Grab a volleyball or a beach ball from the back of your garage or closet and a team to get a tan and a workout with! Double whammy! But don’t forget what momma always said about sunscreen ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. HIDE AND SEEK: Drive to your nearest IKEA store and count for one person to hide and compete to see who seeks them first, OR everyone hides and wait for one person to seek. Warning: be subtle….or you’ll get kicked out…or so I’ve heard ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Ask each extended family member to either bring a homemade dish or a game to play. Mooch off of other’s food! Mooch off of other’s games! Catch up and laugh! Personal favorite: Apples to Apples
  8. TIME CAPSULE: Look through your favorite items from one or more stages of life. Gather a selection of the most special ones, put em in a box, label the date you’ll open it again, and bury in your yard or in your closet.
  9. VOLUNTEER: Gather your peeps and donate your time to serve those in need. My personal favorites: Feed My Starving Children or Sheridan Story. Tip: request them to play your favorite songs and dance while you work.
  10. CHRISTMAS IN JULY: If the heat makes you miss the snow, bring back the Christmas vibes on July 25th! Make iced cocoa instead of hot. Roll down a hill instead of sledding. Wear red and green! Sing the carols. Merry Christmas!
  11. WRITE NOTES: Take post-its or other forms of paper and write notes of encouragement and love for strangers. Leave them in library books, in local mailboxes, or around your local town…but try to stay anonymous.
  12. MAKE A FORT: On a rainy day, take the couch/table chairs of your living room, large blankets, and fluffy pillows to craft an indoor get away. Pretend to be a child…even if you think your youth is over!

Behold! The makings of a summer full of child-like adventures! I challenge you to complete this list all in one summer! ย Take a chance on trying new things, on making memories, and letting your soul fly!

“So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God”

~Ecclesiastes 3: 12-13

So my dear reader, as this well runs dry for today, I must ask you this: How do you define the feeling of free? When is the last time you felt it?


Sing a song for the soul:ย High School Musical Cast- What Time Is It?

Published by Allison Nicole

Hello people of wonder! My name is Allison and I thoroughly enjoy writing as a hobby to destress from the craziness of being a college student. Between studying for class, working out, Bible study, and working at a local coffee shop, ya girl needs time to just breathe and let the mind wonder.

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