The Summer Self Talk Begins

with the boys

Alex came home from school on Tuesday, so we are officially in summer mode in our house.

With summer mode comes inconsistent schedules, people home at different times during the day, baseball games, laundry – so much laundry, infinite runs to the grocery store, time with friends – all of which are things I absolutely love. I love that the boys are home more, that we do breakfast on Thursdays, and that they share random bits of their day as they walk in and out of the kitchen while I work at the counter.

And while I love it all – it throws me off my game. I find myself not working out in the morning because I was out late the night before, not making calls because I can’t get into a rhythm, not working on projects because …

You get the drift. I’m avoiding things and blaming it on everyone and everything else.

And while things are different, NOTHING is preventing me from doing what matters to ME.

I caught myself this week grumbling and feeling disjointed at how my day was going. I had a couple of appointments at times that created weird blocks of time in between. You know the ones where you can’t really seem to get anything done?

In my grumbling I realized that I was avoiding showing up for my own life and taking action on the things that matter most to me. I realized this is a record I play every summer, and perhaps it was time to sing a new tune.

Because when you tell yourself a story, the world around you shows up to support it.

And so I looked at how I book my appointments to see if I can either stack them closer or spread them out so that there isn’t as much awkward down time.

And got clear on what I want to create so that I can take action each and every day.

It’s only been a few days, but I can tell you –

  • I’ve gotten things done in the last 48 hours that have been on my list for weeks
  • I’m communicating with Gary and the boys more about what events I will be there for and those I won’t
  • We are all making time for each other to connect and be present
  • I’m getting more workouts in and better sleep, both of which have a huge effect on my energy
  • My attitude is infinitely better

Whether you have kids at home for the summer or not, it’s a good time to tune into your self talk. What are the stories you are telling yourself? Are they serving you? Do you need to adjust them?

To your success!

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