Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hello Summer and the Transition, {Slice of Life}

Hello Summer,

You've started off just right and in full swing.  I came home Friday night and packed my busy bag for an hour and fifteen minute car ride for a day of three softball games.  In that bag, I packed; my kindle with a book to finish, my knitting project, a craft magazine, walking shoes, an early reader chapter book, bullet journal and pens, walking shoes, and socks.  We arrived at the ballpark and I began my summer softball rhythm.  During warm ups, I walk anywhere from one to two miles.  I return for some reading time and once the game starts I have to put away my reading.  It's hard to read and watch the game.  I brought out my knitting - a simple dishcloth pattern that goes back and forth with a couple of stitch variations.  I watch.  I cheer.  I might question something.  I soak up the sun and sitting.  We had three games and this routine becomes a pattern for the day.  

I finished my book.  I finished off two dishcloths and started a third one.  I read my magazine and felt crafty inspired.  I connected with people and might have gotten a small sunburn.  I logged 20,000 steps which is a small miracle - softball for me is a lot of sitting.  It's all good.  I discovered a day like this snaps the hello summer transition phase.  It thrust me into a different schedule.  It forced me to do different things and preplan those different things.  It reminded me to sit and allow for space to be in the moment.  

I find the transition to summer can be tricky and take a few days to let go of that go, go, go pace of life.  I find taking a vacation right away or now even a day trip can speed up the process and let my body and mind rest more.  I hope you enjoy your transition to summer - it's here or it's coming.  

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6 comments :

  1. While the news thinks Summer, I am still in spring mode, Mandy. Enjoy your transition because I did enjoy hearing how you will be spending quality time enjoying what you love.

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  2. Excellent advice on transitioning into summer. Much truth in that it takes a few days to decompress from the daily grind - might as well channel that energy into something celebratory! This line particularly draws me: "It reminded me to sit and allow for space to be in the moment." Here's to a joyous and different-kind-of-productive summer!

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  3. A day away at the ball park is a perfect transition into the summer pace. You certainly accomplished a lot during this day!

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  4. You've captured that transition so perfectly in your slice. Going from the go go go go go pace to the extra breaths of summertime living is not easy - thank you for shedding a little light! It's coming...

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  5. Being a baseball mom ... I totally relate! I am not in summer mode yet so I am a bit jealous. Looking forward to slowing down soon. Thanks for the reminder.

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  6. I enjoyed reading your post and thinking about beginning that transition to summer. You are so right that it takes a few days to transition into summer routines and starting early sounds like a wonderful way to get that transition in place!

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