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Summer Plans

Today it is hot, hot, hot here! I thought we could discuss summer plans, work procrastination, and ways to inspire and get motivated even when the sun is blazing. Sound good? As we talk I also want to share these stunning photos with you by Victoria Pearson, they are reminding me of some of my favorite bits about summer – leisurely breakfasts enjoyed by a sunny window, fresh cut flowers from the garden or market, and simple cabin or cottage getaways. It’s funny, I never thought of myself as a summer person while I lived in California; but now that I live on the east coast and must deal with the changing seasons, I have come to savor these long, hot summer days. We are planning a camping trip in the woods a few weeks from now, and perhaps some time at the beach or lakeside later this summer. What about you? Are you making any plans for the summer? I would love to hear.

Although it can be hard to focus on business and to-do lists when the sun and salt air is beckoning outside, it really helps if you allow the seasonal changes to inspire your work. Bring in a little posy and set it on your desk, write a silly postcard and mail it to a friend, dress in an outfit you love, pick up a special iced drink on your break, do something creative or energizing on your commute like listening to an inspiring podcast or sketching the view outside your train window. Try TED Talks (find the audio podcasts here) for podcasts, take an inspiring e-course (you know I love this one), or read a great book (I’m reading this one right now).

Obviously I did not finish the site redesign over the weekend as I had hoped, but I will be taking my own advice today by putting on some of my favorite music and pouring myself a big iced coffee…and then gluing myself to my desk for a solid chunk of work time. But I did have a wonderfully full weekend with baby swim lessons, a trip to the farmer’s market and craft fair, bookshop browsing, plenty of iced coffee, out to a really lovely dinner, and a visit with Bixby’s sweet Great Grandma, so it was well worth skipping screen time! :) And besides, it’s all about balancing the work + play, inspiration and creation, right?

Okay, now I’ve blathered on long enough. What about you? Are you hard at work or hard at play? Making any fun plans? Any tips on squeezing the most out of this beautiful season?

(images: Photographer Victoria Pearson)

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  • Nina July 18, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Hi Laura, your weekend sounds perfect. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had two summer holidays already. One was a camper-van trip around the French Alps and I only just got back from a week at the German North Sea Coast. Living in the middle of Germany makes it hard to escape to the sea on a hot day – something I greatly miss. We’re planning our return back to New Zealand at the end of this year so I’ll have two summers in a row AND beaches everywhere ;-) I am super excited to see your website update… Hope you have a lovely evening. Nina

  • Erin P. July 18, 2011, 2:20 pm

    Love your site! I am equally inspired by the farmers market and craft fairs in my area and find I come up with a lot of ideas from this as well. Ditto! I find I come up with my best ideas in the wee hours of the night as well…not sure why that is. Can’t wait to see the new site.

  • Anne July 18, 2011, 8:49 pm

    I love the fresh color combinations in today’s photos — garden colors are the best!

  • Simone @ Fresh*Paperie July 21, 2011, 1:23 am

    An inspiring post! My plans were to spend as many days as possible at a nearby beach with the kids, but unfortunately it’s been cool and wet here and the mosquito’s are nasty! Still waiting for summer to arrive – boohoo. :(

  • gaia• Illustration July 21, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I love the idea of letting the seasons guide your life a bit. These days I’m trying my best to enjoy these hot hot hot days (though it’s a bit much for me,) as I know they won’t be here forever. Beach on Saturday!

  • leslie June 13, 2012, 8:52 pm

    hi! i found you via pintrest! cute blog! i have to know where you got your tablecloth? I absolutely love it! want something similar for my girls room…
    thank you in advance!

  • Regina October 27, 2014, 7:51 am

    Hi Laura, I’ve just ‘found’ your blog, and I am enjoying it a lot. Somehow it feels like visiting someone I’ve been visiting for a while. Liked the posts I read, and love your photography.
    I’m going to subscribe to get your posts by email.

    Have a lovely week.

    • Lolalina October 29, 2014, 10:06 am

      Thank you so much, Regina! xo Laura

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