✨Dana - Summer 2019.
had any big life changes happen this summer, but I definitely feel a shift in my energy. Like a lot of people, I tend to have more outward, extroverted energy in the summer, and I'm
grateful for the long, sunny days and the sense of play and ease that usually accompanies the season. It always feels like there's
an electric energy in the air, and I tend to be more social, stay up later, and give myself more permission to do what feels good. I'm
realizing that there's
a real threat of burnout if I live this way for too long without getting grounded or checking in with myself, but at the beginning of summer (which is when I took this photo), everything feels magical and alive with energy. The sun and warmth that summer brings feels so life-giving to me after months of cold and the unpredictable weather of spring. I could sit out in the sun all day, and I love how hot summer nights have such a magical, nostalgic feeling to them. Everything's
at its peak -- flowers are blooming, colors look brighter, everything feels lush and vibrant. And although I've
been out of school for a long time now, I think there's
this lingering sense of ‘summer break’ - that there are no rules in the summertime, and anything's
possible. I love that feeling. Summer often feels like a more carefree and less goal-oriented season for me, which is an accomplishment in itself! As someone who's
almost always focused on achievement and measurable growth, it feels important to have this moment of flow and guilt-free indulgence. The main area I have been seeing expansion in is around self-love and pleasure, in part because I just finished adrienne maree brown's
(shoutout to my book club buds at @energyandmyth
!) Summer was definitely the perfect time for that book to come into my life. I've
been connecting with nature more this year than ever, thanks to my job working at a plant & garden shop. I planted my first-ever garden this year, and watching it grow and transform has taught me lessons about expansion, patience, and abundance, among other things. I've
felt closer to nature over the past couple of years since...