The Arrival of the Summer Solstice

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For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer officially arrives on June 21! The Summer Solstice (June 21st) will be the longest day of 2018 for anyone living north of the equator. The Summer Solstice takes place in the Northern Hemisphere when “peak” sunlight occurs around (June 20, 21, or 22) of any given year. Many cultures and spiritual traditions all over the world have rituals surrounding the Summer Solstice, but even if you don't participate in rituals around this official shift of the season, it's still a great time to:

Enjoy the extra daylight! 

Honor the fiery energy of the season and be sure to soak up that Vitamin D and spend some time in the sunshine. Time flies when you're having fun and before you know it we'll be preparing for the seasonal shift to colder weather. Take a walk, visit a park, take care of a plant or garden, and appreciate simply the small joys of being alive. 

Check-in on personal goals for the year.

Now is also a great time to think about your goals and overall vision for the year. Think of how you want the second half of the year to unfold. If you are on track with your goals, give yourself a pat on the back! But if your goals have fallen by the wayside, recommit to them and take actionable steps toward your goals this summer! Open that savings account, have a friend review your resume for a job you want to apply for, start that hobby, take that class, check-in on a loved one in need...whatever you decide you want to reap the results from six months from now, start working toward it today. 

Start ticking things off of your summer bucket list. 

Summer is a fun season to create a bucket list of things you want to do and to start ticking items off the list! Whether your list include things like going to cookouts, spending a few weekends at the beach with friends, or trying all of the outdoor and rooftop happy hours you bookmarked but never try...create your bucket list and try to tick as many items off of it as possible before fall arrives.