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Be Intentional this Summer with the #ETHANproject Challenge

School is finally out and the summer sun beckons. This is usually the time of year when the nerd in me likes to sit down with a copy of the South Florida Parenting Magazine, my library’s summer program schedule and other city and regional calendars I’ve collected. Then, over a cup of coffee, I intently review these, jotting down in my planner all the fun and exciting things we’re going to do over the next few months. (Please tell me I’m not the only who does this!) Somehow, life usually ends up happening, and next thing you know, it’s September, summer has come and gone in a blink of an eye, and I’m scrambling to get ready for the beginning of school, wondering what happened to all my grand plans.

That is why I’m excited to team up with a lovely group of moms to challenge each other to ENJOY the HERE and NOW. To not get caught up with the To Do’s and responsibilities, but to make the most of our summer. ETHANproject Schedule Image (for your readers)During the 10-week ETHAN Project, we’ll have a different challenge to complete each week with the goal of reminding ourselves to focus on the things that truly matter. If you also want to be intentional with your summer, please join us! All you have to do is follow the weekly schedule on the left, and for each challenge, post on the ETHAN Project Facebook Group what you did. You can also share pictures and posts with the #ETHANproject hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The idea is to encourage and give each other ideas on how to slow down, and once a week, do something to make it a memorable summer for you and the kids.

You can click here to download an overview of the challenge.

Challenge 1 GraphicWeek 1 Challenge: Enjoy Friendship Once you have kids, making and keeping friends becomes difficult. It’s not that most moms don’t want to have friends, it’s just that there never seems to be enough time. Even when you plan a play date, you end up spending a considerable amount of time chasing after little ones who want to explore all the dangerous things around them. Or, just when you think you have a few minutes to call a friend, your kids decide this is the best time to get into an argument the way only siblings can (“I didn’t!” “Yes, you did.” “No, I didn’t!” “Yes, you did.” “NO I DIDN’T!!!!!!!”) And still, friends help us stay grounded and put together when we feel like we just might crumble under the pressures of motherhood. We need friends, and that’s why I’m glad that the #ETHANproject kicks off with this challenge.

It couldn’t have come at a better time because I’ve been planning the details of my upcoming Birthday Weekend Getaway Extravaganza with two of my best friends since my college years. With the exception of a women’s retreat at church, I’ve never had a girls weekend AC (after children), so I’m beyond excited. Plus, after my first year of homeschooling and being with my kids all day, every day, I can use some time to recharge – vegetate by a beach somewhere, have some fancy uninterrupted meals and stay up all night talking, not because of a feverish kid. And, what better time to celebrate than my birthday? We’ve been talking this week about what we’ll do, and I’m quickly learning that we can’t cram all the things we ever wanted to do together into one weekend. (Maybe we shouldn’t bring our sewing machines so she can finally teach me to sew cute little dresses for my daughter.) We have one more week to go before our little adventure, and whatever we end up doing, I know we’ll have a blast.

I hope you join us in the #ETHANproject 10-week challenge, and let me know how you choose to Enjoy Friendship this week. Leave a comment below or join us in the ETHAN Project Facebook Group.  You can also visit the Grounded and Surrounded blog each Friday for a recap of the favorite stories from the week and a blogger link-up. ETHAN Project Challenge-1-Enjoy Friendship Description

 

Are you interested in becoming an #ETHANproject BloggerClick here for more information.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Becky B

    YAY for a birthday weekend extravaganza! Have an amazing time!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thanks Becky! I am super excited – by this time next week I’ll be out and my friends 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

      June 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Rosie

    I love this idea! I was thinking of planning something extra fun for my 30th this year and you’ve totally inspired me. Also, your header image is adorable. 🙂

    June 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Ricky

    Did I read #10 correctly? Enjoy the mess???

    June 5, 2015 at 11:03 pm
  • Reply laura longville

    Some of my greatest memories are my girl getaway! We have been creative and gone to Las Vegas (none of us gamble) and Phoenix to hang out in the sun, horse back ride and spa days. We even had a local stay vacation at my home that was so ,such fun!

    As a former home schooling mom, I too so needed my weekends away. Enjoy your time with your girlfriends and can’t wait to hear the highlights!

    June 5, 2015 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Little Bits of Granola

    I must admit, I’ve never had a girls’ weekend. It sounds like a fabulous way to celebrate and connect with your best friends! Enjoy your time!

    June 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thanks Laura! This will be my first, and hoping it’s the beginning of many more to come. Thanks for stopping by!

      June 7, 2015 at 2:21 am
  • Reply Cynthia

    What an awesome way to spend the summer, intentionally!
    Cynthia @ craftoflaughter

    June 8, 2015 at 10:14 am
    • Reply Nermarí

      It sure is. A simple way to be more meaningful on the journey.

      June 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Jackie

    I was looking for something fun like this! I always try to utilize the summer as much as possible, but this will help me stay focused. Plus, how awesome to read what everyone else is doing and get ideas from one another. Yeah!

    June 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      I know! Having accountability helps me to stay focused! Can’t wait to read what you’ll be doing too!

      June 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    Something must be in the summer air! I too am planning a weekend away with some close friends in October to get away and recharge from the maniacs that I raise 🙂 I look forward to reading about your trip away!

    June 12, 2015 at 7:55 am
    • Reply Nermarí

      Brooke, it was an AMAZING time this past weekend with my friend. I feel so rested and refreshed. 🙂

      June 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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