Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Slump

Every summer it's been the same. June starts out great! I wake up every morning with energy and excitement to tackle the day. The day starts quickly and productively. I'm always so pleased when I've made breakfast, exercised, showered for the day, and gotten ready by 10 a.m. 10 a.m. in June would be the time you'd find JaiseAnn and I out for a walk and then headed to water the garden and play outside until lunch/nap time.

June means lots of time outside, lots of time in the yard--putting my roses in vases all over my house, watering my garden, looking for weeds, etc. June means swimming lessons, exercise, and days spent outside all day long. June means energy.

And every August it's the same. 10 a.m. finds me just getting started with the day. I barely make an effort to get out to my garden, I haven't cut roses in ages, and the outdoors don't energize me--they drain me. Every single August. I'm tired of it. I'm tired of starting off so hopeful only to slowly run out of steam a few weeks later. I am calling it the Summer Slump and while I have a name for it, I still don't know what to do with it. 

The plan was to make this little space much cuter-you know to take pictures of JaiseAnn and enjoy looking at. I wanted to add some flower pots and maybe a bird feeder (I definitely wanted to add a birdfeeder) Clearly that didn't happen.  

Does anyone else have this problem? 

This summer I started so hopeful about things like finally putting my hummingbird and (regular-I guess) bird feeders out in the backyard, decorating with flowers, and really putting an effort into my yard. (True story, people tell me they've been doing yard work all day and I'm like, "What are you doing? How do you do it all day? How do you know what to do? And...most importantly...Can you do yard work all day without putting money into your yard--I really don't think so which is probably why I don't know what to do. I'm limited in funds so I'm limited in changes to be made). 

This summer I started out loving the work I was doing and finding a perfect balance between working from home and being a mom, wife, and homemaker. I was on fire and loving it. And it seemed as though the slump hit slowly, but it was like a domino affect. First I stopped caring about swim lessons, then about being outside all day in general, then I took out our afternoon walk, and before you know it--I'm low on energy and low on productivity. I had two nights this week where I needed to complete an assignment for a class and I didn't have work to do, but I opted instead to go to bed early one night and to just hang out with Zach the whole night the next. Where did my drive go? 

In the past, I could always be sure I'd revamp once the school year began, you know putting all of my energy into that outlet. This year, I'm sure I'll have my reasons to revamp (more on that later). I think that since the Fall always brings with me a fresh start, maybe my mind or body need to take some cool down time to unwind. I think I should tackle this by setting small weekly goals to get me through August and I think that next summer, I'll make small goals to have my big projects completed by August 1st--then I have August to slump and decompress. 

In the meantime, I'd love any suggestions. What do you do when the summer slump hits? Or do you manage to avoid it altogether?

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