Summertime and the Living’s Easy

A question for you:

How easy is the Summertime for you?

Do you take the heat, the humidity and the summer storms in stride?

Or are you just one ball of nerves over the rising mercury, the bad hair days and the seemingly never-ending steaminess?

Whether you do it or not, there are some ways to make the summertime flow as smoothly as possible.

The question remains, though, do you do it?

How do you handle food preparation and cooking over the summer?

Do you fight it and put the oven on more nights than not?

Do you just say forget it and head out to a restaurant or order take-out?

How do you handle the extra heat and humidity?

Do you constantly feel like you’re melting or that you’ve stepped outside your door and into a sauna?

Do you feel your temper become shorter and shorter and if just one more person gets in your way…!

How do you handle the extra sunlight?

Are you still at work?

Are you just glad to be able to get home while the sun is still up but haven’t yet gotten the hang of enjoying it?

Taking the summertime in stride sometimes takes a little more doing than it would seem.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the summertime and the opportunities to be outside more, to slow down a little or to even play hooky from work for a few hours.

What I don’t get is how so many of us have yet to take advantage of everything this season has to offer.

Each season is special and unique in it’s own way.

(Just like my mom used to tell me and my brothers whenever we’d ask who her favorite was.)

My main point being this:  Summer comes and goes so quickly. There are many ways to enjoy it and many ways to wonder what happened to your summer when September 1st rolls around.

Whatever you do, make the most of these few remaining weeks of August.

Even if you’ve missed out on some of the “best” days of the season, you have plenty of time to catch up now!

Not sure what to do?  Check out your challenge below!

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Your Challenge, if you choose to Accept it!

1.  Cook less and enjoy the seasonal foods more.  Farmer’s markets are popping up everywhere.  Who says that you food always needs to be cooked?  Try some raw veggies and maybe some hummus or peanut butter.  Try some tomatoes with a little olive oil and some salt.  Experiment with No-Oven-No-Stove cooking.

2.  Find reasons to get out of the office during your lunch break, that is, unless it’s really oppressively hot outside.  Getting some fresh air and the reminder that it’s summer outside could be the push you need to get yourself out of the office and into some daylight.

3.  Remember what it was that you liked best about summer when you were a kid.  Can you find a way and do that?  If not, how close can you get?

4.  What is one thing that you can do during the summer that you cannot do any other time of the year?  Find out what it is and do it!  Now!

5.  If you find that you have less patience now more so than any other time of the year, don’t worry.  You’re not alone.  The heat does a lot to aggravate the body and there are ways to help.  Cool water over the pulse points in the wrist can help to take your body temperature down.  Remain well-hydrated and eat plenty of foods that have a high water content- like watermelon, celery and berries!  Even better, find some time alone in a quiet place where you can collect your thoughts.

If you have more questions or would like some help, shoot me an email at

If you owe it to yourself, then don’t hesitate, just do it.
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