Simply Sather

getting set for summer

June is the start of summer for me!

It’s still an adjustment to not have to squeeze all of the summer-related activities into three months since we don’t live in Wisconsin anymore, so this summer I’m taking a different approach.

I’m considering what I’ve put inside “my life pie” and asking myself whether I’ve added too many ingredients.

Do you recall those life pie charts that were designed to help you feel bad about focus on your work-life balance? Some even referred to them as “life balance wheels” – you can take a look here. I see why they’ve turned into memes (oh google them, there are actually some pretty funny ones out there). Instead of helping folks consider how best to prioritize the most important things, it became about making everything fit perfectly. Or maybe that was just me.

I don’t think it’s important that I bring back the life pie chart, but I do want to share what I’ve been working through and why it’s a tool that keeps coming to mind for me as we enter into the summer season.

June, July and August are months I’m eager to delve into this year because I’m expectant about what may come. Nothing magical about the months in and of themselves, but I know we have some exciting adventures planned (can you say The Sathers take on the Metroplex???) together in summer for the first time as husband and wife. I’m incredibly pumped about that.

But mostly, I am feeling some kind of way about this summer and what I think it may bring and I find myself…

Expectant. Hopeful. A little dreamy even.

It is my hope that when August ends, I’ll have a rhythm in my life that strengthens, stretches and grows me while creating margin for me to encourage, inspire and cheer others on in where they’re heading. I want to be closer to that thing I believe God is planning to reveal to/for me – leading me closer to purpose in service.

I’m not rushing summer though.

I really do want to enjoy it – even with the 100 plus degree temperatures – and rest in it. I want to prioritize rest + reading and quality time in my Bible. I want to keep learning my husband and coaching my son (while he still lives with us). I long to connect with and deepen relationships with women who let me carry weight for them but also willingly pick up and carry weight for me.

You may already have a sense, but the biggest things going into MY life pie are:

  • quality time with God in the Bible – know and live the Word daily
  • prayer + connect + travel + adventure + make memories + laugh with Mister
  • supporting my son as he navigates moving out on his own for the first time
  • reading (fun #reginareviews are over @readwithregina on Instagram – come see!)
  • taking good care of myself (hair, face, home, finances)
  • serving other people really, really, really well
  • savoring my gifts – gratitude, gratitude, gratitude

None of these deviate from my big goals for the year; here. My dreams are still big (and becoming more clear) but I do recognize that this is a season for slowing down. A season for me to enjoy the opportunity to relax and become even better at resting with the Lord.

There are also a few things that have come to light that may need to be removed from my life pie. Things I thought needed to be in my space, but no longer fit. In fact, they’re such a bad fit that they’re threatening to force the most important things away and are making a big ole mess.

I want to encourage you to join me.

Consider taking some time to re-evaluate what you’ve “always” been doing and see if it (or a part of it) needs to be removed and set to the side for this season. Ask yourself the hard questions. Or if your life is incredibly busy, ask about just one the things currently in your life pie. Turn it over and over and see what you hear about making room for rest, creating margin in your life in eager anticipation of what’s to come. Not sure where to start or which thing to prioritize, ask that one girlfriend who loves you fiercely but doesn’t play around with the truth, she’ll help you.

I for one am incredibly excited about this summer! I hope one of the things you’ll make time for is reading my posts because I’ll be sharing about many of the adventures, lessons and opportunities along the way.