June Mood: Sunny Disposition

As a child, I used to look at summer as a break from my daily responsibilities. It was when I could be free to come and go as I pleased, eat ice cream handed out by people who probably shouldn’t have been allowed to operate ice cream trucks, and escape reality into movies and books. I have been, and always will be, a warm weather child looking for the safest place to nap under a tree. I’m still channeling that kid who ran around in a swimming suit most days, but now the freedom I’m chasing is a bit more intentional and focused on a goal. That might sound counter-intuitive, as freedom is supposed to be all about eschewing plans, but as I really start to marinate in my 30’s I have discovered the joys of acting with intention in all things.

For some of us, freedom is frightening. For me, it’s a recipe for disaster. Without a goal, a journey, a prize, I start to flounder, and inevitably become upset with myself. For a long time I was aimless, and as a result, truly joyless. I didn’t see a point to most things and my primary concern was instant gratification wherever I could get it. I’m only now realizing how trauma, and the fear it instilled in me at a young age, has hindered me from being able to do things with not only intention, but confidence.

Every day is an opportunity to grow, if we’re lucky. So, I’m looking at summer as a continuation of the work and growth, not a break from it all. And you know what? It’s been a joy.

Now, on to the only two things for this month’s moody post. First, a beautiful piece of art that is a reminder I need to see every day. This piece is by Tyler Feder of the Roaring Softly shop on Etsy.

Anxious Girls are Brave Print Hand-Illustrated by roaringsoftly

Last, but never least, is a great video by The School of Life on “How to Overcome Trauma”. I post their videos so much (I know), because I love the clarity of their advice. It’s been a helpful tool for me as I continue to move with intention through my days and goals. This particular video arrived literally right on time for me and I hope you feel the same after watching. You can read their blog post with the video’s transcript, and other related content, {here}. Enjoy!

 

June Mood Board

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For most of my life the coming of summer has signified a new beginning. Spring is regularly considered the rebirth of the Earth and our own return to living rather than surviving brutal cold, but summer is my time for jumping into action. The warmth is constant, you’re free of the confines of a classroom, and you could for a few months transform into a brand new person courtesy of a good tan and band-aids. I feel unstoppable in the sun, almost super-charged by the smell of flowers and the feel of warm grass.

This mood board – something I love to do when I make the time for myself – is in honor of the power and beauty of the first official month of summer, June. My brother and father are June babies, so it holds an especially close place in my heart. Each image represents an aspect of this month I adore: adventure, celebrations, boldness, renewed bravery, and energy.

I also wanted to make this board to remind myself and you to get out and claim the day for what it needs to be. Whether it be slaying a dragon, or simply laughing in the sun, this month is ours. How are you celebrating your June?