Beach, Please.

There's something about that Vitamin D

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Summer is around the corner (or maybe it feel like it’s already here) and there’s something about that Vitamin D that makes us be more adventurous, open to trying new things, and most importantly, optimistic about the things to come. What we focus on grows, and in the season of growing, it’s easy to #GROWtheGood. 

Creativity | Connect and Create.

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Summer weather means there’s just more options for getting around. You might even choose to take the long way around. Test out the old roller skates, check out the new bike path and hit the streets. Now’s the time to get creative with your transportation, even if it’s just walking to the restaurant with the best outdoor seating.

Fun | It Makes for Easy Lifting

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That big vacation you’ve been looking forward to is within your reach. You’ve saved up your vacation time, the office is slowing down. Your mind is wandering to sandy beaches. Whether a long weekend, or taking time to really enjoy the Fourth. There’s something about summer vacation fun that makes you feel like a kid again. Go head, have no worries, no stress and unplug. Enjoy your time away and take it slow. You’ve earned it.

Authenticity | Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, there’s nostalgic about spending a summer night in the bleachers under the lights. It’s one of the most authentic, summertime things one can do. So grab a cheap ticket (that’s were all your comrades are anyways), a beverage, and a hotdog. You know the words already, so take yourself out to a ball game.

Compassion | Think Small

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Summer we all seem to have more time to live in the moment and yes to relax, but more importantly to get out and help. As Bert and John like to say, takers make eat well, but givers sleep well. Summer is a great time to go through your winter clothes and donate to Good Will. Join a beach clean up or get your hands dirty helping Habitat for Humanity. Mow your neighbors lawn. Lemonade stands are on every street corner, providing refreshments for neighborhoods around America. There’s no limit to the good you can do.

Love | Do What You Love. Love What You Do

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Long hot days and cool nights, means more time to do the things you love. Go for that extra mile on your favorite running route, or plan a kayaking trip down a near by river with your friends. Whatever you love to do, you have more time and daylight to do it. Take advantage, before the leaves start to fall.

Gratitude | The Keys to Happiness are All Around Us

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The best part about summer is we have more daylight to appreciate it. Take advantage of it and take in the fresh air. Gratitude for what we have, and not what we don’t is better realized when we stop and take a moment look around. Take stock in what we have, you really do have a lot to be thankful for.

Courage | Hike. Bike. Swim.

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And more. Summer is a great time to try something new. Whether it’s something you’ve always dreamed of trying or something you never thought you could do. Everything is new. There’s sense of adventure in the air you just don’t have when it’s 32 degrees out. Climb that mountain or swing from that rope in to the lake or just plain try something new. Summer is the season of everything is new.

Humor | What’s Your Story?

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Around the camp fire a story can be anything you want it to be, and it’s great for a good laugh for years to come. Scary or funny, or maybe you just let that marshmallow sit in the flames too long. A summer camp fire will bring you nothing but laughs and good vibes, and oh, s’mores.

Simplicity | Reduce the Amount of Stuff in Our Lives

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Also known as less layers – With the temperature rising you can throw that bulky jacket in the closet for a while (or realize it might serve someone better… see earlier note about thinking small.) Like a bear coming out of hibernation, summer allows us to shed our winter layer and stop hiding under hats and big coats. It an opportunity to keep it simple.

Openness | A Fresh Perspective

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Everyones schedule gets a little more open —-Old friends and new friends alike. Take the time to try new things together, or make plans with those you haven’t seen in a while. Summer is a great time to plan a connection and make things happen. Be open to last minute plans, and stretch extra time with old friends. You won’t regret it.

Summer is about new and all things exciting. Enjoy the ride and stay on the sunny side, and let’s head to the beach.