Everyday Abundance: Summer Edition

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Now that Labor Day is behind us and the kids are back in school, summer has unofficially ended.

So, how did you spend your summer? Did you get a chance to celebrate the sun and heat that summer brings?

Part of living an abundant life is appreciating and making the most of the small joys we experience everyday. These small things make up our lives, so we might as well revel in them.

Each day is a gift and a reason in and of itself to celebrate. You are alive. That’s plenty to be happy about.

For some reason, we get so preoccupied with waiting for the big things. We wait for huge monumental things to happen in order to give ourselves permission to celebrate. We wait for big things because we think they are what make our life worth living.

But honestly that’s not very fun and furthermore, when we recognize and celebrate the small pleasures, we train ourselves to look for joy everyday. In short, we tap into our Everyday Abundance.

Here’s a snapshot of the abundance I experienced this summer:

1. Fruit Orchards

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Having fun in the fruit orchards.

I am definitely a bonafide city girl, born and raised in New York City. But if I could split myself in two and have one part of me live in the city, while the other part lives in the country, I would jump at the chance. I love the country and wish I had the chance to go out in nature more often. This summer, my bestie and I headed out to Pick Farms to do some fruit picking one bright, hot and clear August day.  I have been to some gigantic and sprawling orchards in the past, but this small quaint one was really nice too. Aside from the occasional fellow picker we ran into, we pretty much had the orchard all to ourselves.

Along with pear trees and blueberry bushes, this farm had

Chickens:

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And raspberries:

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And apples:

apples

But the true stars of the show, were these orange fuzzy PEACHES:

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peaches

I absolutely love peaches and they were everywhere. All ripe and big and beautiful.  We must have picked about 50 of them, as much as we could carry.

And what did I do with all those fresh juicy peaches?

You guessed it!

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An ooey gooey sweet peach pie. I can still smell and taste it. My kitchen smelled so delicious!

2.  Summer senses

One of the things I love best about the summer is that every single living thing seems to be out on display.

In the summer, everything in nature wants to be seen and noticed. So they whip out their most vibrant colors, loudest sounds, and most fragrant perfumes and put on shows for the world to see.

And for some reason, we seem more primed to notice them. Our senses become captivated. From the smell of cut grass to the feel of mosquitoes as they land on our skin, to the sounds of bees buzzing, we know the sights, sounds, smells and feels of summer.

And everything is so darn beautiful without even really trying.

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These beautiful delicate lilac wildflowers grow on their own in the alley behind my house.

 

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The tops of some very tall and unruly sunflowers that grow in my neighbor’s backyard.

Summer also has a sound all of its own. I spent countless afternoons listening to the cicadas in the trees right outside my living room window while working and reading. It’s such a peaceful sound. I have fallen asleep on my couch on many hot afternoons while the cicadas sang me to sleep. Here, listen:

 

3.  Spending time with family

Summertime is when we all relax a bit from our hectic rhythms that we adopt during the other seasons. In the summer, we tend to slow down and take time. In the summer, we have barbecues, and picnics with friends and family.

This July I went down to North Carolina to spend a few weeks  with my brother, sister, nieces, and nephews. And as always, I had such a good time.

I enjoyed my nature walks with my hilarious and beautiful niece. Good times!

 

These were a few ways that I appreciated the abundance that summer brought me. And I’m waiting blissfully as Autumn approaches. Autumn is my absolute favorite season, so I will be celebrating BIG TIME.

What about you? In what ways was your summer abundant? How did you celebrate the summer?

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