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Summer is blowing by and today I am sitting and wondering where it has gone. Have I made memories? Have I made progress? Have I lived on my purpose? …or have I just been on my own version of a hamster wheel? I’m starting a journal to share with you, but I really want to make it as close as I can to you and I sitting down over a tea, a coffee, or a glass of wine. (You know mine will be tea with a dash of stevia.) My hope is that you might actually decide to write back to me! I believe some of the best inspiration, ideas, and support comes from others and I look forward to seeing you pop into my inbox to share some of your greatness, challenges, suggestions or ideas with me.

Before I go any further I have to say if you are a stickler for punctuation, spelling, and all things grammar then you can either save yourself the frustration and close this now or have a great time printing this off and seeing how many errors you can identify! I kind of type the way I think. My friends say I use a lot of “!!!” and “…” so I’ll try to watch it…but no promises!

So what’s really on my heart today is wondering what in the world I have done with my summer. Can you relate at all? I tend to question things like “am I doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing”, “am I doing something that is really going to matter to me, my family, and others”, and “am I completely fulfilled or do I need to shift somewhere”. (See, I don’t even know where the question mark goes, but I hope you get what I’m saying!)

You might be wondering why you’re coming to a website where I formulate and produce organic skin and body care products and get such deep, probing life questions like these. Honestly, I have no idea, but hang with me and I think we will both find out why eventually. Spoiler alert though, I probably don’t have a lot of the answers to the questions I am asking so if you continue to read on, let’s just decide now to be best friends, okay?

So back to my laundry list of questions. Have you found yourself sitting and wondering any of these same things? Wouldn’t it be great if there was some stamped guarantee that you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing? Don’t you wish there was a score card with a check mark to make sure you’re making enough memories and enjoying life as much as you’re supposed to? I wish it were that simple! It’s no secret that I am 52 right now and I’m not sure if it is because I reached that half-century mark (say that outload and you will have the taste of rotten egg in your mouth – ISH!) that I am wondering if I slow down enough to enjoy life this side of Heaven the way that I am supposed to.

Now, because we are best friends, I am also going to share with you that usually about this time of year I start already penciling in a notebook what I want my Christmas season to be like. Yes, I am old school and have a serious addiction to journals, notebooks and pens that probably should be addressed by a therapist. Oddly, sometimes I buy them because they are beautiful… but I can’t tell you how many of them don’t even have the first marks in them. Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is, I find myself planning how to have a beautiful, relaxed and memorable season. Please tell me I’m not frying this French toast alone. Do you do this too? Is it because we watch too many Hallmark movies? (Fact: if my TV is on, it’s probably on Hallmark or Magnolia Network).

Well, I decided that we are not going to do this season alone this year. I’m going to share my journal with you (unless you want to meet for coffee or tea) and there is no telling where this little journal is going to take us. You are just getting whatever is on my mind and I do hope that you will even drop me a line and tell me what’s up with you. (P.S. I am the best secret keeper and anything you share with me is 100% confidential. Ask my husband. The problem is, he doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know. HA!)

SQUIRREL! Just kidding, I’m going to get back to my point. So in all of my “wondering” and wanting to create a beautiful season, the Christmas season being the current focus… and a little bit on fall because I freakin’ love fall, I am going to make a list of my priorities. Just guessing, it might be things like 1) don’t drive my family crazy with insisting they enjoy a list of seasonal activities a block long and demanding that they have fun, dang it! 2) I will try not to run myself ragged trying to create my Hallmark Christmas. If I have a “Hallmark Christmas” is will certainly be my version and probably one that is not movie worthy. And 3) I will not volunteer for everything under the sun this year and pack my calendar so tight that one more line item would make it bust. Again, those are just my guesses.

I know it’s only July, but for real, hang out with me and I promise I won’t be rushing you to Christmas before every retailer. It may come up a time or two, but really I just want to get a few thing straight so I kind of enjoy every day or week and don’t wonder if my head is buried in the sand and I don’t even realize it that another day has slipped away. If you’re along for this ride, or even just want to hang out a bit with no strings attached, drop me a line and let me know you’re here! I’ll catch you next week (or before if I can’t wait).

Catch me at: therese@reseandco.com

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  • Therese Thull
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  • Beth Smith
    Beth Smith

    I love it, Therese!! Thanks for including me!!

  • Kristy Groves
    Kristy Groves

    Therese: I relate to it all. The summer is flying at record speed. The same question haunts me at times – am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing? Right now, I can say, Yes! This has been a season of pinpointed focus on family. And I’m grateful. Time and effort invested with lifelong returns. Journals and notebooks and pens – oh yes! Bring them on. Lists and notes and plans on paper – these are my jam. And Christmas planning … mine started a couple of months ago!! So good to know that there are others like me. Thanks for sharing! And a coffee/tea date would be lovely! 🥰

  • Candia M Iracheta
    Candia M Iracheta

    I know we’re related!! Pens and journals or notebooks!! And as you can tell…..!!!!!
    Anyway, I was just sitting and thinking earlier today that it was almost the end of July, but wait, hadn’t it really just started yesterday.
    I’ll come along for the ride but I can’t promise anything Christmasy. Love ya! :) <3

  • Lola
    Lola

    What a wonderful idea! Love the letter and yes I too wonder where summer is going. Maybe I should take a page from you and start my own journal. For me the next three months are packed with D of I meetings and installation of officers. My head just spins when I think about it. Thanks for your thoughts and look forward to the next letter. Thanks

  • Althea Barrett
    Althea Barrett

    Absolutely love this! I am also along for the ride. I’ll catch you at NW 💒 and we should totally put a fall ride 🍁 on that list 🗒️ of yours. Hugs 🤗

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