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With the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching (for those of us in the U.S.), it feels like summer is in full swing — and what a difference a year has made! 

For many of us, the vaccine rollout means we’re pretty much back to normal and enjoying summer BBQs, beach days, and catching up with friends. And we don’t know about you, but we’re vowing not to take any simple pleasures for granted again.

In fact, our wish for you this summer is to fully embrace the season, and make the most of every sun-filled day and warm, breezy night. Gather safely with friends, cook your favorite summer eats, enjoy a frozen sweet treat, take a dip in a pool, lake, ocean, or stream, and most importantly, take a moment to savor the season and appreciate where you are in life (wherever that may be). 

Even though things are ramping up and people are excited to be out and about, we also wish for you to take it easy. We’ve all been through a lot and for most of us, there’s still emotional unpacking to be done. Take as much time as you can to relax and process what you need to.

Keep in mind that you’re in control of how you want your life to be in this new post-vaccine world so be sure to create your own healthy boundaries and honor what feels right for you. You get to decide your new normal. 

Curious how the EveryDay Happy Team will be making the most of this summer? 

I’ll be working on Season Two of the EveryDay Happy Show podcast (I’m so excited to share it with you!), and also soaking up as much beach time as possible on Kauai. (Join me on Instagram for island pics and book recommendations.) And fingers crossed making a trip to the mainland to visit family and friends.

Sarah will be taking a vacation in Bend, Ore., getting together with friends and family (finally!) and celebrating her son’s first birthday — shoutout to all the other #pandemicbabies! 

Leslie will be sticking close to home in Munich, Germany, snuggling her new baby and waiting (not so patiently) for her vaccine.

Karrie just returned from a trip to California, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon and will be taking another to McAllen, Texas to see her Mom after 1-1/2 years (yeah!)

What are your summer plans? Tag us on Instagram @EveryDayHappy.Life so we can say hello and see what you’re most grateful for this summer. 

Twelve months ago the world looked very different. As you enjoy this new season, take a breath every once in a while to give thanks for all the wonderful things you get to experience and all the people you get to hug now.

Wishing you a safe and spectacular summer!

Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team


Quote du jour

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” — John Lubbock


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