In the meantime, here are some tips for making this your most glorious summer:
1.) Stop trying to have it all, do it all, be it all. You can’t. You’re going to have to decide what you want the most and really go for it. Know what’s really important to you. Let go of the rest. You can’t be the world’s greatest mother, wife, and businesswoman. Choose one, give it your best.
2.) Stop comparing yourself to others. This is a losing battle. There will always be someone who has more of something than you do; who is younger, richer, smarter – whatever. People will be hitting the beach soon – will you be having fun or worrying about how much skinner the girl in the red bikini is? Who cares? Are you ever going to see those people again? And guess what? You’ll never be younger than you are now – better enjoy it today!
3.) Celebrate what you have. Be glad you can go to the beach. Some people don’t have the money, time or physical ability. Some people can’t see the sun sparkling on the water, they are blind. Some are deaf and will never hear the waves. Some are (GASP) allergic to chocolate! Celebrate all you have – being sad about what you don’t have is a waste of time.
4.) Give yourself permission. It's okay to just blow off a day - to waste a whole day - or even a week - frolicking or lounging. The world won't end. You won't go to Hell. You might even find yourself more productive afterward. Stop being so hard on yourself.
More tips to come!!! Then back to the shortbread showdown and more coconut!!
Will you LIVE this summer?