Expectations, Success, & the Sun-streaked Possibility of Summer

I like the idea of summer. It really does feel like a new beginning. Or at least a chance to catch my breath.

Even though I’m not in school anymore, I’ve been anticipating the shift into this new season.

Yeah there may still be work to do (and troubles to deal with) but I’ve been looking forward toย longer days, sunnier days…days that somehow seem open for MORE.

Well, more of the things that seem to allow you the space to breathe.

Our days can be packed with obligation. Too many times I’ve ended a day staring up at the high bar of expectation feeling like I just missed it. Again.

There’s a lot of noise when it comes to the definition of success. Not only with work, but health, relationships, and life in general.

Not enough. Do more.

But there’s something about summer that leaves room for the good kind of more.

More color, more fun, more daylight, more possibility.

More space to be you.


every summer has a story



What do you love about summer?


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29 thoughts on “Expectations, Success, & the Sun-streaked Possibility of Summer

  1. I love summer! It’s a time to rest, relax, read, and restore after a year of teaching kids. It’s a time to enjoy the warmth of the sun, cook outdoors, and enjoy the world around me. Summer is a special time. Summertime goes to quickly.


  2. I love spring and summer. I can open doors and windows and allow the air to flow through the house. I love warm weather. I want to enjoy every day. I like relaxing, reading and eating all the fresh fruit and vegetables. And, this summer we have a granddaughter getting married in late August. Have a wonderful summer Coleen.


  3. Love summer time but hate the oppressive heat and humidity. That being said it’s a great time to enjoy weekend BBQ’s, jumping in the pool, and taking long three day weekend getaways to the shore. I do love all the outdoor things to do here in the NYC area too!


  4. what I love most is the ability to take a trip bac k in time and daydream about the joys of a misspent youth. When I’m caught I cop to doing “research” on a story. So far it’s worked.


  5. Oh, Coleen … great minds …
    I almost blogged about summer today.
    I almost used several of the quotes you used …
    Ah, summertime …
    I love the “Every summer has a story” photo …

    Thanks for talking “summer” today.


  6. I totally agree with you, Coleen, and think were in much of the same place. I love your approach. Summer is the perfect time to let some of it go and just “BE.”In the end, it’s the best medicine for the mind and body.


  7. Great post, Coleen. We just had the best weekend ever in the pool so I am definitely in summer mode. ;)Hope yours is a great one!


  8. I feel just the opposite. I feel like summer is a time when everything speeds up. Because the days are longer we have even more time to cram stuff in.

    For me summer means vacation or at the very least, planning my fall vacation. It also means icy adult beverages on the patio!

    I love the photos and the quotes.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


  9. Coleen, you write the coolest posts! Really, you do! And so refreshing! Yep, I love summer. Especially since I no longer live in Phoenix, Az. No, no, no. You would not like summer there. lol. I love the expanse of the day. It holds more room for opportunity. I think even breathing is easier. And then there is summer foods. The fruits and veggies of summer. And BBQ. Yum! I so hope you and your family enjoy your summer Coleen! ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. What do I love about summer? Everything! Fresh berries, long days full of sun, the family home more, adventure, exploration, less obligation, more of doing what I want instead of what I need, the list goes on and on! Mostly, though, I love having my son home all day with me. I miss the kids when they’re out of the house.


  11. I love watermelon, day lilies, ceiling fans, light-filled evenings, and water. It’s hot where I live, Coleen, so summer is no longer a favorite season, but I appreciate the chance to slow down. Oh, oh, and commute times are shorter because there are no school buses on the road, meaning I get to speed up, too.


  12. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons. I’m always sad when summer is ending. I love the smell of sunscreen and salty sea breezes. Love living in flip flops and jumping in a pool to cool off. (Ocean water’s too cold for me, unless it’s in a tropical climate!) Like Pat, I love watermelon, too. I could live on watermelon! So many wonderful things about summer, like Slip’N’Slides and tons of fun. I love this post, especially, “Every summer has a story.”


  13. I don’t know how I missed this post! But I do think summer is the perfect time to take it easy and lay off those ‘not enough, do more’ voices. We’re all entitled to breathe, to thaw, and feel the sun on our faces. Leave winter to all that indoors introspection ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, I hope you’re having a great time away.


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