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Episode 42: A Little More Intentionality, A Little Less Chaos Please.

Description: Remember last summer break? Let's make this one a little better. This week, Dr. Boogren challenges the Self-Care Squad to be more intentional with our preparations in order to maximize that much needed, and much deserved, vacation.

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 42 of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren, and this week's invitation is about taking a little bit of time to start creating your summer bucket list. Oh. Summer is right around the corner. And, I know many of us are, are even busier in the summer than we are during the school year. But yet, there's something that just feels different. I think anytime we change seasons and welcome in ... just ushering in the new season, there's something very hopeful about that. And, if we can take a little bit of time to be intentional about how we want to feel this summer can be a game changer. I encourage you this week to just start brainstorming, and that can look whatever, whatever way feels the best for you.

So, some people like to literally sit down and create a list. Here are the things, the bucket list items, fun things, things that just need to get done, and everything in-between ... to even doing some sort of, kind of vision board, thinking about pulling together, what are those ... those pictures, the photographs that help represent your summer either how you want to feel, what you want to do, where you want to explore, food you want to eat ... There's, there's, you know, no right or wrong here, just being intentional. I'll go back to that word, intentional. We explored that word a couple of weeks ago, and I think there's something really powerful about being intentional about how we want to spend our summer, so that we don't wake up on the first day of school and think, Where did that time go? What did I do? I didn't get things done that I wanted to do, or it just didn't feel any different than the rest of the school year did.

I like the idea of thinking about how you want to feel this summer and then working backwards. So, do you want to feel a little bit more free? Do you want to feel more rested? Do you want to feel energized? Do you want to feel connected? If you kind of list those feelings, and then think backwards in terms of how can you then manifest those? So, if you want to feel more connected, how are you going to reach out to the people you want to be connected with? Maybe you plan some adventures with someone else. Maybe you decide you're going to once a week, have lunch with a different friend or family member. Maybe you're gonna explore a new hiking trail with a different person each week, or however you want to do it. You know, if you want to feel more energized, what are you going to do to make sure that you're going to bed at a decent time and staying on a schedule that helps you feel good?

How are you going to make sure that you are fueling your body and drink the stupid water and getting in the exercise and the sleep so that we feel good, physically able to be able to do the things we want to do. And, if we want to go somewhere, how are you making plans? You know, so many places we need reservations and we really need to plan ahead. So, how can we get some things maybe on the schedule book, some things get some things that we're kind of committed to so that we know that we will actually do them.

This is such a great thing to do individually. You can do this as a family. You can do this with friends. There's, you know, a gazillion different ways you can approach this. I think that the most important aspect of this is the intentionality. Really considering, you know, hopefully ... I hope, hope, hope, and keeping our fingers crossed that this summer feels a lot different than last summer. And, maybe part of our thinking is, how do we want to make sure that this summer does feel different than last summer? What is it .... Something that hopefully we can look forward to that we can go to, ...I'm hoping. So, ... I hope, hope, hope I'm able to go see some live music this summer. I'm hoping that I can get to a ... we can get to a baseball game this summer. There's just some things that, gosh, we all missed out on last year that I'm really looking forward to this year.

And, I think being intentional about that is going to help do that. So that's your, that's your invitation for the week. Start considering, how you want to move into the upcoming summer months. What do you want that to look like? How do you want to feel? What does it mean that you need to plan ahead for? What's your calendar going to look like, and just start daydreaming and planning and visualizing your glorious summer bucket list. Oh, I can't wait to hear, what's going to be on your list.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job I get to do. And above all, thank you to you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. I am so, so, so grateful for each and every one of you.

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