Seventy days of summer begins today, y'all.

From June 1st until August 8th, school is out and it is officially summer. Woo-hoo!

The thought of summer just makes us happy, doesn't it? We daydream about it on cold winter days and grasp for it as the school year ends in May. Somewhere inside all of us, we identify summer as a time of rest, fun, and sun. It's like we think, "If only I can make it to summer, then I will get a break."

I was talking to a friend who is a school teacher the other day and she's was so ready for school to be out and to take a break from the classroom. I'm sure many of you other teachers can relate! But, she also shared with me how she just needs something different in her life. I encouraged her over the summer to explore what that might be, and pray about God giving her a better definition of what needs to change in her life.

Since she is a teacher, she actually gets a physical break from the classroom. Sure, she has reports and things to do to her room over the summer, but generally she has the best job ever because she actually gets time off from her routine for two whole months. But, if you aren't a teacher (like myself), how do we do something different during this season of summer?

For me, I'm going to attempt to carve out time during my week to explore.

This time might be writing before the kids wake up or a weekend writing trip to the lake. Or, it could be evenings spent after work at the pool with picnic dinners. On the weekends, I want to either be traveling and resting or having backyard parties with my friends. I want to try new recipes, decorate my house, and clean up my office. Last week, I bought a new sketchbook, colored pencils, markers, and pastels. It has been years since I made art on paper but this summer my soul is beckoning me to breathe, create, and enjoy simplicity.

This summer, I'm going to share our summer adventures via Instagram with the hashtag #70daysof summer.

Each day, I'm going to try to post something fun, inspiring, or just makes you think, "yep, it's summertime." In the meantime, I'm going to begin working on some new ideas that I'd like to share with you in the fall for the blog. But, if you'd like a sneak peak into what's coming up next on the blog (it's going to be different!) subscribe to our newsletter because I'll be sharing updates with those readers first. Also, each week on the blog I'll have some archived posts that I hope will be an encouragement to you over the summer break.

Discovering of self can be found when we take a break from our routines. Adventures await during the glory days of summer.

How will you spend your days of summer?

If you'd like to stay up-to-date with how we are spending our summer, I encourage you to follow along with us on Instagram @chris10price #70daysofsummer, where I'll be documenting how we are spending our summer break creating art, family time, and space to breathe.

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