Maybe it’s because I was born in summer (July 3rd!) but it’s my favorite season. If you’ve been reading Impulses for awhile, you know I love the abundant sensuality and the chance to swim (skinny dip even!) outdoors.
Summer feels like a season of creative exuberance. I always want to enjoy every single drop of lemonade, garden time, picnics in the park and road trips around Colorado. The chance to get away from the computer and out of the office fills my creative self with joy and possibility. I often take my work projects to my summer ‘offices’ – the park and the Botanic Gardens.
Does summer light up your creative spirit, too?
What’s really great about summer is the chance to chill a little. We relax, we lower our expectations, we perhaps remove some projects from our already-laden work load to let life in more. Summer is the season of the child, released from school and given space to explore, play and discover.
Beyond the obvious fun, why is this so important to me? I believe that play and relaxation are vital to our creativity. When we are in busy mode all the time, there is no room for serendipity. We don’t leave a landing pad for insights and new ideas. Mental, emotional and physical space are essential to make new connections. We need room to let our insights and thoughts develop to their richness.
I want this for you – a season of play. A season where your creativity thrives and expands and fuels you deeply.
In the past I have hosted summer challenges like the Summer Thrills Scavenger Hunt and the Capture the Wow Summer Scavenger Hunt. Earlier this year, I asked myself what I wanted to host
for you this year. What kind of community challenge would help you enjoy summer more than ever?
Then I thought, hell no. The last thing we need is another challenge. We already pile so much onto our plates that it’s impossible to get everything done. What we really need is a chillenge.
That’s right. A Chillenge.
What if your summer had chiling as a priority? Time to relax without agenda. Time to play. Time to wander, to explore, to get lost and to discover. Time to doodle and sketch in your journal. To capture your dreams and ideas and to glean insights about how you want to live your life even more fully – without doing more.
This seemed like a good idea to me, to not incite you to do more but to chill more. Who’s in with me?
The Summer Chillenge 2018 begins officially on June 4th. It’s totally F*R*E*E to join and you can do it anyway, anytime. If you want to receive my Summer Chillenge Leap In Guide and get weekly Chill Tips from me,
jump in here.