Summer is my season. I was meant for warm climates. My mom hails from Mexico; my dad, from Cuba. I shiver during three out of four seasons. So when the thermostat reads above 60, I am in heaven! And to me, the hotter the better. I seriously love sweating (one reason I’m a HUGE fan of Body & Soul Fitness classes) and when it’s in the 80°s and even the 90°s, while others are complaining, my lips are sealed. Because I am LOVING it. And my soul sings: bring on the shorts-t-shirt-swimsuit-flipflops-beach-watermelon-berry-sunshine bliss.
My only disappointment right now is that summer is only one of the four seasons. And as the pages of the calendar turn, and the unavoidable and inevitable back-to-school ads take over every possible media channel, I see the end in sight. September is coming and summer will soon be a thing of the past. While I can’t change the calendar, that’s not to say I am going down without a fight.
Personally, I plan on hanging onto summer with all I’ve got. So here are my lessons learned from each month this summer that I want to implement all year long to keep that summer vibe alive!
Have you had down time this summer? An opportunity to dance? Or to try something new? It’s not too late! Grab a book and take the afternoon off. Jump off the high dive at your pool. Take a Body & Soul dance blast class (even if you don’t think you can dance). Initiate a watermelon seed-spitting contest with your kids. Watch a sunrise. Do what it takes to make summer last—and if not the season, actually, at least we can preserve the vibe that comes with it!
Hilda Labrada Gore is the DC metro Regional Director and Director of Communications for Body & Soul Fitness and teaches classes in Washington, DC. She is also the host of the Wise Traditions podcast. For more encouragement from Hilda, go to holistichilda.com.