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Spark up your Summer


I decided at the beginning of this year to live the Best Year Ever.

What happened?

Decisions were made.

Priorities were formed.

Strategies were put into place.

Weight was lost. Forever! Yay me.

New friendships were formed.

Pause was introduced.

The Drift stopped.

God’s work was seen.

Now the sun is out.

Temperatures are slowly rising.

And Summer is here.

I don’t want to lose the momentum that I have achieved from my Best Year Ever mindset.

I want to Spark up my Summer.

So, I am giving myself a Summer Challenge and I invite you to join me.

Take a moment to breathe. Yes, I know that it is busy and you are probably running around the malls buying up your last remaining presents.

But before you know it, the Big Day will be here – Ham will be eaten. Crackers pulled. Desserts devoured.

Then summer will drift by.

Why don’t we decide and plan to have the Best Summer Ever?

What does that look like for you?

What would you like to see and experience this summer?

And at the end of the day

your feet should be dirty,

your hair messy

and your eyes sparkling

My Best Year Ever didn’t just happen to come along.

No, I had a dream.

I saw what was possible.

I planned how to make it happen.

I did the hard work.

I enjoyed the process.

We can have the Best Summer Ever – a time of fun, friends and fabulous food.

A time for reflection, rejuvenation and reconnecting with God.

What do you want to experience this summer?

Here are my 5 top things that I want to plan for this summer:

1. Beauty

I want to be blown away by beautiful things – beautiful landscapes, people, events, art, food.

I want this summer to be a feast for my eyes.

How am I going to achieve that?

I have to get out of the house and look for it.

Maybe even more than that – I have to recognise beauty and appreciate it.

2. “aha” Moments 

I am always on the lookout for “aha” moments. Summer time brings longer days and less work. More time to experience “aha” moments.

How do I plan for those?

  • Reading good books.
  • Reflecting on life through journaling.
  • Praying for “aha” moments.
  • Seeing life through God’s eyes.

3. Fun

I am such an organised person that sometimes I forget to have fun.

To enjoy the moment.

To let my hair down and just belly laugh.

I want a summer of belly laughs.

4. Stronger Ties

I want stronger ties with my family and friends.

I want the time that we spend together this summer to be fruitful.

Moments that produce stronger connections.

Where people are drawn to each other not shooed away.

Where conversation is fun and full – no shallow talk.

It can start with me.

It can start with you.

5. Vision for 2017

I need a new vision for a new year.

2016 vision was for 2016. It was ambitious, exciting and stretching. But I made it.

I want to be inspired with a new outlook and mindset.

You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world. – Oprah Winfrey

I want to Find my Fire in 2017. It starts with a Spark in Summer.

A tiny Spark can set a great forest on Fire.  – James 3:5

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