Four Ways You Can Use The Summer Months To Discover Your Passion
By now you’re probably soaking in the summer rays on your way to work, or a much needed vacation. It can be hard to concentrate with a casual work schedule and time you spending during the day dreaming. One thing that needs to stay at the forefront of your mind is your hustle.
I don’t know about you, but for me, summer is about relaxing and catching my breath. There’s something about long days and the chance to soak my feet in a pool that calms my nerves in a major way. Weekends I find myself leaving bed a little later than usual so I can journal and think about my future. Hey, when the chance presents itself, you take it.
The summer season can be the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with your desires and find your passion.
How many movies have we seen with the main character wandering aimlessly along a beach, or staring off into a sunset as the wind catches their hair? Now is the time to have your moment.
Hopefully your schedule allows for some downtime this summer. If so, now is the opportunity to think about your life and its direction. You’re a little more than halfway through the year which means you should reassess your goals. Are you still driven to achieve the things you want, or have you lost the spark? Has your free time opened your eyes to newly-discovered interests? There might be a hobby you’re doing right now because you have the time that will awaken a business idea.
Here are some ways you can use the summer months to re/introduce yourself to your passion.
Take a personal retreat. If you were already planning a vacation, you have even more of a reason to go. Take a “personal retreat” to a far away (or nearby destination). Most importantly, unplug from everything. Turn off your cell phone, stay away from your computer and use this chance to reconnect with yourself. We typically aren’t able to do this on the regular as there’s so much “noise” (e.g. work and personal life demands) that can take our attention.
Find an inspiring journal. I recently picked up the book 5: Where Will You Be Five Years From Today? that’s been thought-provoking to say the least. Technically it’s a journal that asks you various questions in efforts to help you discover your goals and personal mission statement. Whether you choose a blank journal or something with fill-in-the-blanks, start writing about your journey. It helps.
Try one new thing. There’s something special about the summer that makes it a unique time of year. Take advantage of the season by trying something new. If you never had the free time to discover things that interest you, now’s your chance. The more that captures your interest and makes you happy, the easier it will be to tune in to your passion. There are tons of affordable activities to try this summer.
Enjoy the smaller moments. One thing I’m trying to get into the habit of doing is waking up earlier to reflect on the day and my goals. Even though this is something you can do year round, I love sitting in the kitchen with my breakfast and gaze out the window. The house — for the time being — is quiet, which allows me to focus on my spirit. Sometimes I jot down notes and dreams, and other times, I just sit in silence. For those busy days, I wait until the evening when the sun sets. As silly as it might sound, the extra sunlight makes me feel as if there’s more hours in the day.
How will you use summer to find your passion?