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How to Make the Most of this Summer

I think we can all agree that this summer will be one for the books! While we are all still under quarantine and taking safety precautions, the nice weather that comes along with summertime has been extra crucial this year.

Now that we are well into August, I want to make sure that I’m taking advantage of this moment in time and making the most out of the rest of the summer! I thought I would share my 3 best ideas for creating a memorable summer with you! 🙂

3 Ways to Make the Most of this Summer

1) Get outside – The first way to make the most out of this summer is to get outside as much as possible! While you may not be able to take your typical summer vacation this year, there are still plenty of things that you can do to make your everyday life feel more like a vacation and enjoy having a staycation at home!

While many of us may be a little bit tired of being inside our homes after the long days of quarantining this spring, we can take steps to enjoy the change of scenery right outside our front door! Some ideas include: drinking your coffee on the front porch, having picnics in the yard, grilling out every night, getting a new firepit to enjoy nights out by the fire, or grabbing some new cushions to freshen up your outdoor living space.

Also, just because you aren’t traveling to a tropical location, doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere! Use this time to explore where you live! Take a road trip to a different part of your state. Check out all of the parks, beaches, mountains, or anything else that your area has to offer. You may end up finding some new favorite spots close to home!

2) Play! – Summertime is the perfect time to let your inner child out to play. Make the most of this summer by letting the easygoing and free spirited parts of your personality shine through and give yourself permission to act like a kid again.

Swim, run, swing, and splash in the water. Run through the sprinklers, blow bubbles outside, and catch fireflies in the evenings. Roast marshmallows on that new firepit you bought, have a campout and make some s’mores. Hint: these are all such fun activities to do with your kids! Angelo and I taught June how to catch fireflies this summer and the joy on her face the first time she caught one is something that I won’t forget! It’s the simple, playful moments that often make the best family memories! Enjoy more magical moments by having a sense of adventure and being more playful this summer.

3) Enjoy leisure time – Savor slow living this summer. Don’t let the rest of the summer go by without taking time to soak in some rest and relaxation.

Take some time out to read for fun, take a nap under a tree, or sip a cold beverage while you watch your kids play outside. Take long baths, flip through a magazine, and play soothing music. Enjoy lazy days and long conversations with friends. Take time to slow down, relax, and unwind. Do something just for you!

Are you ready to get outside, play, and enjoy some leisure time?! I hope these ideas help get the wheels turning and inspire you to have some adventures as you make the most out of the rest of this summer!

Be well,

World Peace Begins with Inner Peace

Hi friends,

There is a lot going on in our world right now… COVID-19, 3 months of quarantine, racial injustice. It’s a lot to take on.

I truly believe that all of these things are coming to a head right now to force us to change and evolve. If it feels heavy and uncomfortable, that’s because it is. Change is always tricky in our personal lives, so it makes sense that it would be even more challenging when it’s happening on a global scale. We are quite literally living through history right now. It’s heavy, it’s uncomfortable, and it’s scary, but it’s also necessary if we want to create a better world for the next generation.

If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that world change begins with inner change, and world peace begins with inner peace. This is not the time for us to shut down. It’s time for us to rise up.

Here’s what you can do to make the world a better place in your own unique way:

1. Support your mental health and wellbeing. Your mental health is more important than ever right now. Change has to begin with you, first and foremost. If you can’t help yourself, you can’t help anyone.

Take time for yourself each and every day. Create quiet space to be alone with your thoughts. By cultivating this daily habit, you will start to feel more tuned in to your own intuition, and that is what will lead you to the next right steps to take in every area of your life.

Pay attention to your energy and anxiety levels. If you notice that you are not feeling your best, try to notice what’s triggering you and take steps to correct it. You may be called to disconnect from social media for a while, turn off the news, get outside and spend time in nature, pray, meditate, or exercise.  Remember that taking care of yourself is always your #1 job.

2. Make changes at home. Once you’ve tackled your own wellbeing, you can start making changes at home, within your family unit.

Start having important conversations with your kids and family members. Get creative and think about how you can begin to make positive changes in your own special way. You may be called to read certain books, make posters to hang in your window, or have difficult conversations with relatives.

Remember that change begins at home and often the thing that matters most is what we do to raise the next generation to be better than the previous one was. It starts at home.

3. Choose one way to help. The last few weeks have been overwhelming. There have been an influx of resources, events, organizations, and calls for help. This is all amazing, but when we spread our energy out all over the place we end up making very little impact.

Choose one way to support racial injustice, global health, and/or any cause that feels most pressing to you. There is no right or wrong way to do this, what matters is that you follow what feels true in your heart.

Do your research, financially support an organization, volunteer in your community, get out and vote, or join a peaceful protest. Choose one thing and devote yourself to it. You can make a bigger impact when you focus on one right thing at a time.

I hope that you find these ideas helpful. I am by no means an expert at any of this, but this is what feels true to me, and I wanted to share it with you as part of taking my next right step.

Take good care of yourself, your family, and the world. We are all in this together.

Be well,

Hi, I’m Ambar.

I’m a mommy + me yoga instructor, writer, and life coach. I am here to help you decrease stress so that you can take good care of yourself and your family.

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