Starter Guide: How to Make the Most of Summer 2015

I don’t know about you ladies out there, but I have high hopes for summer 2015.

I will be at home this summer, beginning my post-grad life, and I have done some thinking about how I can make the most of the upcoming time off of school and find that balance between resting like a boss (because we earned it after a long school year, can I get an amen?!) and also not wasting the time and still making moves.

Whether you are gallivanting around Europe, working at the local grocery store and living at home saving dollars, doing summer school, having major surgery, doing mission work in another country or doing a semi-boring internship to bolster that resume, I believe that these are things that we can all do to dig in deep and squeeze every drop of goodness out of the summer time.

Following are 7 ideas for how to make the most of this summer:

1.     Listen to these songs on repeat:

“Summer Candy” and “Thank God It’s Summer Time” – both by the one and only Ben Rector. Basically put the windows down, blast some jams, sing your heart out, and just take a moment. Or a few.

2.     Remember that God moves in the mundane. Everyday won’t be a monumental, instagrammable day, so don’t be taken captive by FOMO. Find the joys that the Lord has laid out for you: ask for spiritual eyes! Make spending time with Him a daily priority.

 3.     Read a book you’ve never read.

I tend to pick a nonfiction and fiction book to read at the same time so I can get either smarter or more of a mushy brain depending on what mood I am in. For those of you who don’t like to read: challenge yourself! Or listen to a book on tape (yes, those are still a thing) or read a wholesome magazine like Darling or Deeply Rooted.

4.     Get outside and get moving!

This is so, so important. God made us to enjoy His creation, so let’s do that while its warm and oh-so-inviting. Also, I aim to get moving at least once a day. Whether it be a brief walk around the block or a bona fide sweat-sesh complete with weights and side aches, every day is different. Just get moving somehow, some way! You’ll be glad you did.

5.     Go to the farmers market as much as you possibly can.

I love love love the farmers market. Something about it makes me feel hopeful – like in that moment, life is a little more the way it was meant to be. It is so cool to see people chasing their dreams and selling you goods that they have personally worked hard for. Try a new recipe with the local produce and handmade items that you find! (tag me @margegunn if you decide to Instagram your creation because it’ll inspire me)

6.     Meet someone new // dive in deep with someone. Use this time to make an entirely new friend. Perhaps it’s the old lady down the street, a teenager in your home church, or someone your own age. OR dive deeper with someone you know but don’t really know ya know what I mean? Good. Go get ice cream, talk about life, find out what makes them tick. Life is richer together.

“I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light.” // Anne Morrow Lindbergh

7.     Work towards one of your goals.

I always have a long list of lofty goals for all of the things that I want to get done in the summer, but I typically look up in August, scratch my head and wonder what I did all summer. Oops. Well, this year, I am trying to take one or two major, yet attainable, goals that I have and work steadily towards them. That way you can know you’re getting things done, not wasting time, and working hard for things you want to do but maybe have not made time for in the past! Go, team go.

This is not a formula guaranteeing a summer full of only rainbows, flowers, and unicorns (none of us really want a summer full of unicorns anyway), but I think that the Lord has fullness and abundance for each of you this summer and these are some ways that I think we can press in and try to live in that abundance!

What other ideas do you have that you’re going to try this summer? I would love to hear!

Here’s to summer 2015, a summer lived to the fullest for the glory of the Lord. 

- Mary Margaret // @ margegunn