Motivational Moments: Don’t let this summer go to waste

stockvault-myrtle-beach-south-carolina138214The start of summer means so many different things to many people. For me, it means vacation time and also work time. During the summer months I do my most intense writing. I work on goals all year, but during this time I am truly focused on the goals I set around my writing.

Summer time is also a time where some people take off to spend time with their families and go on family adventures. I have a friend who works all year for the school system and during the summer months she spends her time on a beach with her family. Her goal is to not be interrupted and spend time doing things that bring them together and things that make them feel happy. She is so at peace during this time, that I often wonder how I can develop this kind of behavior for myself. I would love to block everything out for a while and just spend time doing things that make me feel nothing but peace.

Another thing I like to do during the summer months is take long walks and think about my plans and goals for my future. During my long walks I find myself being so grateful for all of my blessings and the fact that I am able to work toward the things that make me happy. I also think about the things I need to do to make others around me happy. I know I am not responsible for the happiness of the ones I love, but I do think it is important that I am doing the something that can help them along their journey. Everyone needs someone in their corner to help them along the way.

So this summer, take a long walk and think about where you’re at on your journey. Be thankful and appreciate that there is greatness waiting for you around the corner. You just have to believe and take the steps to get there. Sometimes the answers come to us when we are alone with nature and soaking in all of the miracles around us.

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

July 7, 2015
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