What marks the beginning of summer for you?
For me, it’s the reappearance of the dandelions. The other day, while taking my morning soul stroll with Tula, we came across a field of dandelions…
I called it a “field of wishes” because that’s what dandelions make me think of.
Most of us—as children and sometimes as adults—have clasped the thin stem of a dandelion in our hands, blown gently upon the silky fluff, and made a wish. We marveled as those seeds attached to the fluff drifted away on the breeze to new places.
Places where they—in time—would flourish again.
From the dandelions we can learn that falling apart is a wish—an opportunity—to begin again. Isn’t it amazing that anyone can ever look at dandelions and see weeds?
I like to do a reflection exercise every season, but I find it particularly helpful in the summer when the days are long and we all move a little more leisurely.
This is a good time to get out your journal and reflect on your HEART-based career goals, specifically, what is and isn’t working. Ask yourself:
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” —Henry David Thoreau
My morning routine changes with the seasons. In the summertime, I wake up a little after 5 a.m. and begin by setting an intention for how I want the day to go.
A good morning routine can mean the difference between a good day and a great day, it’s also an essential element of my Nourish to Flourish philosophy.
Want to learn how to craft your own morning routine (AND see my full morning routine)? Check out my newest blog post: “How To Make The Most Of Your Mornings.”
Pivot Podcast with Jenny Blake In Episode #280, Jenny interviews Simon Alexander Ong, author of the new book Energize: Make the Most of Every Moment. Jenny and Simon discuss energy management—specifically noticing, protecting, and recharging your energy. I especially loved their discussion about strategies for recognizing energizers and drainers in your career and why slowing down is a superpower.
14 Free Personality Tests to Help You Figure Yourself Out, The Muse Personality tests are more than fun. They can provide valuable insight into who we are, how we act, what our potential is, and where our ambition might take us. The more you know and understand about yourself, the more likely you are to find a career path you’ll love.
10 Signs It’s Time For A Career Change, Blog Post This blog post includes the story of my first career pivot, as well as a recipe for personalized + proactive career change. If you missed it, be sure to check it out!
If you’re feeling less breezy right now, I encourage you to spend some time in reflection this summer. Like the dandelion, you’ll find the place where you can flourish again.
May all your wishes come true,
P.S. Don’t forget to scope my morning routine in “How to Make the Most of Your Mornings”