This summer at my house we have no vacations planned and no “staycations” planned…we don’t even have a bucket list written.
And that’s ok.
I love vacations, staycations, summer bucket lists, etc. and there is a time and place for all of them…but this year is not our year for those things. This summer we are doing something different.
Over the past few weeks I have had a heightened awareness that my family needs a different kind of summer and as I’ve thought about the needs of myself, my husband, and my children the last 4 words of an old saying keep playing in my mind:
The saying, that I’m sure you all know is “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” But it’s the last four words that I keep thinking about….
We’ve had a hard year…aside from the issues with my blood (which has turned out to be no small feat to tackle and will be an ongoing battle) we’ve had everything from walking pneumonia to bronchitis to countless bouts of the flu. Then we discovered that Grace (my six year old) has some serious struggles with reading and decoding…and we have continued on with our journey with Ruth (my three year old) and her delays in the area of speech and communication….along with other of life’s many surprises, struggles, and bumps in the road.
Not that this year has been all bad…because it surely hasn’t. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite…but when I start to combine all the wonderful with all the struggle I can see clearly the need for rest and reorganization….which is what this summer is going to be all about.
So my summer mantra is “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” and throughout the summer I will be sharing what we are doing to improve our physical, mental, and emotional health, what we are doing to reduce, reuse, and recycle to save money, and what we are doing to help all of us learn, grow, and get closer to reaching our various potentials.
I have a plan in place…and we’ve already started. It began with one little step…the first part of the saying actually: early to bed, early to rise.
For the past several months if I have gone to bed before 1 am I call it a good night…and that’s not so great. Not so great at all. So I set a fast 11:30 PM bedtime for myself. And no matter what is going on I need to be in bed by that time…so by 11 I need to be headed toward bed…no matter what.
And as far as mornings go…I’m not a morning person. At all. But, we are all up dressed, fed, and ready for the day by 8:15 now..even though it’s summer…and I would always rather still be in bed until at least 8:15 🙂 .
It’s only one small change….but I know that the small changes will add up..hopefully to something great. That is what I am counting on.
Over the next few months, here and on our Facebook page I will be sharing what we are doing. It won’t be anything ginormous or dramatic…just small changes, how we are doing, and the results as we work through my summer plan to become healthier, wealthier, and wiser.
Wish us luck!