Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Your Summer Manifesto: a giveaway

Does this happen to you?  This time of year, you have all kinds of ambitious summer plans and lofty ideas about all that you want to do for yourself, things you want to get done around the house, exercise plans, cooking and baking ideas, maybe even something crafty.  You have a pile of books you want to read.  You want to learn to paint, or write in your journal, or start a quilt you've imagined in your head.  Then comes the end of August, you realize you've spent your summer running around like crazy, meeting the needs of your kids, and you stand there scratching your head and shouting:  WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SUMMER?

This happens to me every summer.  I always run out of time.  I certainly have a lot of fun with my kids, but I also feel a certain stress from the lack of the schedule and structure, and I feel cheated at the end of it that I didn't spend it the way I'd intended.

And so I think it's extra brilliant that my amazing friend Kelly Dahl, former social worker and teacher and now personal life coach, developed an e-course (an online opportunity for growth and reflection) to help you claim your summer for yourself and be sure you don't fall into the trap that I fall into every year.  It's called Your Summer Manifesto.

An e-course is part class, part opportunity for reflection, where Kelly will lead you through prompts and activities to define what you want out of your summer and then guide you in how to make that happen.  There will be regular emails and videos from Kelly to inspire you, questions for you to ask yourself and reflect on, and a private facebook group to connect with the other women in the e-course.  The course starts on June 11th and goes for 3 weeks.

Watch this adorable video that Kelly made to get more info and inspiration about the course.

Watch this even adorabler video where Kelly (with help from her 3-year old daughter Ellery) answers some questions about the e-course.

Leave a comment here if you are interested in signing up for Kelly's course.  This is NOT just another thing on your to-do list.  It will give you ideas on how to claim your time and space and meet your own needs.  It's a present to yourself.

On Sunday night the 10th, I will pick one commenter at random and register you for her class.   That will still give time for the rest of you to sign up before it starts on the 11th.

Comment away!  Make your summer your own!


13 comments:

Zoe K said...

Sounds perfect! I'm going to be in Scotland during this time for some self-reflection and -discovery anyway, why not make it structured and organized? :)

Elizabeth Wise said...

Oh, how perfect this would be, and how grateful I would be...

Angela said...

Love, love, love this!!! Consider me entered. :)

Liz said...

I was just thinking about this the other day. As one school year ends and I look to changes I want to make for the next, I never quit find the balance in my summers that allows for both thoughtful work and meaningful relaxation (the kind that doesn't involve falling asleep on the couch after watching too much Real Housewives).

Heather said...

What a fabulous idea! Love the structure - and getting what you want out of summer!

Grace said...

Wow- this happens to me about every summer. Somehow I plan for lots of things, forgetting that I still have a full time job, and a fabulous, fun 5 year old daughter. Oh, and my husband is pretty busy as a camp director at a resident camp. Minor details.

However, summer is still glorious with the same amount of time that actually feels and seems like extra time. So, every year I plan and hope, with some success, that this will be the summer it all happens. No matter what - somehow it does - even if it really didn't. Maybe some extra focus would help....

Katie Reynolds said...

Been reading your blog since last summer but never commented! What an incredible opportunity...I have a habit of panicking that summer is practically over after the 4th of July, it always seems to just slip away. I would love to partake in Summer Manifesto!

Yo Momma Runs said...

This sounds really cool. We already have our lofty summer goals just waiting not to be met.

Natalie said...

I don't have kids of my own (just a Nana to care for) and I NEVER accomplish all of the things I want to in the summer. This is a fabulous idea!

Heather said...

I'm at the stage of just assuming we will waste the summer away so why bother even planning? And I don't even work! 4 kids of varying ages and interests make it hard to please anyone never mind everyone! Last summer we spent 7 weeks camping and traveling the coast of california. They complained. This summer we'll stay home. They complain! We could use a manifesto.

love is written here said...

I think this is an awesome idea and perhaps I really and truly need it because I don't really ever make any plans for my summer (other than camp and the beach). Summer for me means full on mommy mode so I don't really aim to achieve any goals of my own except to still be able to exercise!

Great thinking Kelly! I'm all for taking charge of your time and getting what you want out of life while juggling the needs of those you're responsible for.

mamacolby said...

Love this. Pick me!

mountainkait.com said...

I would love this! What a great opportunity!