When I think of summer, I dream of booking a retreat, some place secluded, serene and life changing. If there was a season that could inspire change, summer would be it. Its carefree breezes, temperate conditions and longer days invite hope and possibility.

You may be like me and dream of a summer getaway, but your finances, work, kids, or your life in general, prevents you from doing so. Here’s the thing. You can give your life a makeover no matter where you are. Use every situation, circumstance and moment as an opportunity to do something different.

You may not be lounging around poolside sipping on a tropical drink or working on your problems with a celebrity coach at a fancy schmancy retreat, but you can still do something good for yourself. Use this time to reflect on your current life and what you want to accomplish at this age, as a parent, with the special circumstances, obstacles and personality that you have. Then make a decision to say, “Yes” to all the things that will bring you closer to what you truly want. That’s how you transform an ordinary summer into an extraordinary one.

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