We have entered into the time of year when the kids are out of school, vacation plans unfold, the temperature is hotter and we have a chance to slow down. Many call this season, the lazy days of summer. This is an instance when we have the opportunity to enjoy a slice of the American dream living in South Florida.
During the school year, there is so much hustle and bustle; driving the kids to school, practices, and events. We have had so much to do. In the summer, the pace of life slows down. Some kids are in summer camps, while others get to relax at home. We have an opportunity to focus on spending time with our loved ones and enjoy actually living.
We now have a break to splash around in the pool, play board games, visit the library, and catch up with our neighbors. It is a great occasion to invite friends over for a barbecue or enjoy a walk around the neighborhood in the early morning or late evening. We have to make sure to use sun block on our skin to avoid skin damage and stay hydrated by drinking more fluids than usual.
Now is the moment to have your air conditioner serviced to make sure you are not caught without air during the heat waves. To save on energy costs raise your thermostat to 78*, keep your shades closed when the air conditioner is on. Change air filters and run appliances late in the evening. Unplug equipment when not in use and turn off unused lights. Also use cold water to wash dishes and clothes.
The lazy days of summer allow us to slow down, rethink our priorities and set new goals. It gives us an opportunity to do something new; either physical or mental. A moment in time to study a new language, take dance lessons, kick boxing or create a better reality. It’s summertime and the living is easy, so push forward and make your dreams come true!
– Gloria De Jesus