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Do’s and Do Nots of Summer

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The Do’s and Do Nots of Summer

It has been a strange start to summer but it’s finally summer nonetheless! Warmer weather paired with sunshiny breezes is enough to make anyone forget our cold Chicago winters. Or at least until the first frost comes again. But before that happens (and before you come get me for talking about winter on a beautiful day like today), here are some do’s and do nots of summer:

DO spend time outdoors.

Hiking, walking, running, fishing, skipping, dancing, singing, swimming, and maybe even a taking a nap on the deck can all be done is that beautiful sunshine. Getting fresh air and a dose of vitamin D does the mind, body, and soul some good. But remember:

DO NOT forget the sunscreen, even on days that are not super sunny.

Your skin will thank you. Getting sunburn even just once every two years can can triple your chances of getting skin cancer. If you’re wondering when to put it on while applying your makeup, don’t worry; I have the answer! It’s the last step of your skincare routine, after moisturizer and before primer. I know, as if you didn’t already have 1,093,283 steps to follow! But this step can reduce the risk of cancer, so let’s do it!

DO stay up a little later.

Especially if you’re in a profession that has summers off, why not? Grab a glass of wine or bubbly water like me and binge the latest Netflix/Hulu/Disney+/Amazon/Youtube series after those kids go to bed. I love my son. He’s witty and kind and funny and absolutely exhausting. I cherish that extra two (or five) hours that are just for me.

DO NOT totally abandon your schedule, though.

Remember that little boy I love so much who went to bed early while I binged half the night? Yes, well he’s now wide-awake at 5:00 A.M. SCT (Standard Child Time) and his “tummy’s so grumbly.” So while I do love my late nights here and there, it’s not a habit I want to form. I don’t want my son to wake to an angry mom because I’ve missed countless nights of sleep. On those mornings I just make sure to put on another pot of coffee.

DO plant a garden!

This has been my favorite part of the summer. Watching my herb and flower garden grow from little babies into towering stalks of petals and edible plants brings a sense of accomplishment! I made taco bowls for dinner one night and it was kind of awesome walking on my deck and sniping off what I needed. But you know what?

DO NOT forget to water your plants during the correct times!

I made the mistake of watering in the middle of a hot day after forgetting to water early in the morning. It took a few days for my plants to recover from their wilted state. I couldn’t understand why a few hours made such a difference so I turned to my girl google and asked. As it turns out, watering plants in direct sunlight isn’t super efficient; evaporation occurs before the water enters the soil. When I would water between 6:00 and 7:00 A.M. the plants had plenty of time to soak up the water and get ready for the sun.

Now my do’s and do nots might be really different from yours.

Except the sunscreen one. Seriously put it on, okay? Anyways, whether you have similar ideas about summer or not, this is all about balance. And while learning to balance isn’t easy, the journey to get there is full of valuable lessons if we’re ready to learn.


The Do's and Do Nots of Summer

Summer is now!

FULL TRANSCRIPT.(The following is the full transcript of this episode of The Be Seen and Heard Journey. Please note that this episode, like all BSH Journey episodes, features Victor speaking extemporaneously–he is unscripted and unedited.)

The Do’s and Do Nots of Summer

Hey, it’s Victor. Welcome to the Be Seen and Heard journey. Thank you so much for taking the time to be with me today. The topic is the “do’s and the do nots of summer.” And what I want to talk about today for me personally, as a father is to balance the time that I’m with my kids and my work schedule.

Now I’m an entrepreneur. I have my own business and I can do pretty much whatever I want to do. And so what I find sometimes is that when I’m with my kids, I have a tendency to work a little bit too much. Thinking that I have so much to do, which I do, but then I sometimes catch myself and say,

“Wait a second. This is the summer. I have the right to have fun and to relax and to take time. To put the computer away, put the emails away, and just be present with my kids.”

So something I’m working on as a dad and a business owner is to balance more of being with my kids and working. Again, you know a lot of my story. I’ve been divorced for two years now. I don’t always see my kids every single day. I really want to maximize that time.

Something else that I really take time to be grateful about during summer is my deck. We never took advantage of our deck before. I know this sounds silly, but it’s true. We never sat on the deck and stopped and just talked about life and just chilled out. We were always on the go and it was always kind of an issue for me personally.

I like to stop and I like to breathe and to relax and unwind on a deck with a glass of wine. Just being honest here!

And so now I have the opportunity to do that. Whether I’m by myself, with friends or family, I think it’s so important to take a break. I deserve to sit on my deck and to relax. And I’m being very honest here. There has been many times when I’ve been really hard on myself and have just kept going and kept thinking, “I have to get this done, get this done.”

You know what? It will be there tomorrow. The older I get, the more I realize that this is our life and we only have one that we know of. So it’s really important to know what those do’s and do nots are. So take some time, read the blog, share the blog and let’s keep the messages going. I want to say this. We all deserve to have a great summer. We all deserve to Be Seen and Heard. Thank you so much. Have a great day. Talk to you soon.