I get so jealous and resentful when I see the posts from students and stay at home parents on my social media; “It’s summer! Time to Relax!” “So excited for summer days by the pool with the kiddos” or worse “I’m bored, someone text me!”

Oh if only! I didn't appreciate summer break enough as a teen!!

Oh if only! I didn’t appreciate summer break enough as a teen!!

I would kill to be bored in the summer, to relax in the backyard with a book, or hang out with my friends at the pool. No one tells you when you graduate to kiss the lazy days of summer goodbye because once you’re in an office environment, summer is pretty much the same as winter. Same work, same computer, same desk, same walls, same people.

How I spend most of my summer

How I spend most of my summer

*deep breath* I’m working on being more positive and stop taking life so seriously and I want to actually enjoy this summer. I have a whole week off next month with my family all coming up for a wedding and some hiking. I can’t wait!

Besides that week, I want to make sure I enjoy summer a little, but rather than spit out a check list of things like I do every year,  I’m going to set one summer goal:


Photo found on http://theprimalchallenge.wordpress.com/

Photo found on http://theprimalchallenge.wordpress.com/

This is not easy for me. As a social media manager, blogger, and human being I am always tapped into my social media accounts. But I figure since I’m stuck inside Monday- Friday, I can do all my blogging, posting and networking then. I am going to reserve weekends for avoiding these distractions. I’ll have my cell for photos, calls and texts but I’m going to move my social media folder to the second screen so it’s out of sight, out of mind!

This also applies to my obsession with blogs! I have several on Feedly that I read every morning with my coffee. Those can wait until the work week too. I want to live my life more, not read about everyone else’s.

I’m going to start unplugging this weekend. I have a four day weekend, it’s dragon boat weekend, and I’m in the midst of triathlon training- the perfect time to eliminate this distraction.

Side note: I  just realized ONE caveat to this. I still haven’t finished our wedding album and I really want to get it done this summer. I guess I’ll use the computer for wedding album creation- only!


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  • Running Betty June 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    That’s an awesome idea! I agree with you! Office jobs are a drag during the summer! I try to take at least a few half days to go play in the sun!

    • Betty LIVIN June 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      If only there were a few more holidays in the summer! Why can’t we celebrate Christmas in July? Ha ha !

  • Jeff Dawkins June 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I was in my late 20’s before I spent a summer in an office – and it was in Michigan … I had to let myself ‘go crazy’ to survive :{ … keep having adventures . and keep posting !

    • Betty LIVIN June 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

      It is tough! And worse, so far this summer, it’s been nice during the weak and rainy on weekends! >:(

  • Kristin June 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Awwww, I’m sorry you can’t have more fun in the sun, especially during the work week!! In summers, I coach so I have lots of sweaty summer days in the sun filled with horsefly bites and all!! Haha!! I think it’s important to take time away from social media and live life, so I love this post!! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  • Jenn June 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    In every office that I have worked in, my desk was nowhere near a window. I would know that summer was going on outside, but I only got to see it when I went on breaks. I look forward to the day when I finally have a desk with a view of the outside, but I also kinda don’t. 😉

    • Betty LIVIN June 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

      It is really tough., My husband is a tradesman and he always tells me I have it easy because he has to work in unfinished buildings in the cold and heat but it really is hard being stuck on your butt all day!


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