Tomorrow is July 1st, and that means our Scotland trip is past the halfway mark. I’m keeping my July goals focused on making the most of summer vacation! I love this precious open-ended family time. I hope my children will have wonderful memories of family fun, self-discovery, and simple relaxation from our summer vacations. So far, we are enjoying a truly magical summer, and I love seeing the Scotland influence on my children’s play.
How I’m Making the Most of Summer Vacation with My July Goals
I intentionally set very simple June goals for 2016. We had a wonderful time at my brother’s wedding, and our trip to Scotland has been amazing. We got over jetlag in record time. If our strategy works as well on the way home, I’ll write it up in a blog post.
Setting Goals for July 2016
I know July is busy. Two too-short weeks of sight-seeing and meeting up with family and friends here in Edinburgh. Then two weeks to get over jetlag, un-pack, and re-adjust to life in California. August starts with half our family’s birthdays (Mike, Lily, and Anna). We have back to school shopping to do, and school starts mid-August. The three older kids each have a few days of gymnastics camp in there, too.
And so I’m focusing on making the most of summer vacation as I set my goals for July 2016.
July 2016 Goals: Making the Most of Summer Vacation
As always, goal focus areas are in italics
- Make the most of every moment of our final two weeks in Edinburgh. I know these weeks will fly by. I hope to balance educational outings with time with people we love and also downtime for the kids. I know from personal experience traveling as a child that there is a lot to learn from playing on local playgrounds, wandering local streets, and perusing local grocery stores. These casual encounters with a new place create the connection, setting the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Gratitude, learning, and mindful living.
- Get over jetlag as quickly as possible once we return home. Mindful living.
How are you making the most of summer vacation with your family?