June has always been a month of completion and looking ahead for me.  My years were always determined by the school years.  Beginnings in September, and endings in June.  Of course that continued while in University.  September was new beginnings and April was completion.  Then I became a teacher and it was back to fresh starts in September, new students, new subjects, new curriculum, new, new, new and completion in June with  exams, essays, report cards and then July.  For a time as a mom, while my kids were pre-school aged there was no beginning and no end.  I found that very difficult.  But now we are back to that routine.  Fresh start Septembers for them and completion in June.  But it’s not really my fresh start or my end in June, its theirs.

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My mom says to me all the time and maybe you have heard it as well – “once they start school the years will just fly by”.  Another year has flown by and now my youngest will be a full fledged elementary student in September.  This year is different.  My baby, my youngest.  It’s too fast, it’s too soon.  Already she runs ahead of me at school drop off time and doesn’t want me to take her to the door.  Instead I hang back watching through the window where I can at least wave and blow a kiss.  She is becoming fiercely independent.  Okay, that makes me a bit proud.  Mainly because as a young girl I was not.

I wrote a post last summer titled The Monotony of Motherhood  as I also had the same reflections of a year too quickly gone as my kids dumped their years’ worth of school work and supplies in my living room to sort through. I’m reminded that we only have them for a short time which leads me to my latest Freebie Friday printable.

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I have decided to start a #100daychallenge working on my hand lettering of quotes I like. I begin with this quote by Mahatma Gandhi:

“In a gentle way you can shake the world”

It got me thinking of all the little/simple ways I/we can teach my/our children to impact/take care of their world and the people in it.  We have 2 months for summer vacation, and they are only young for a very short time. So as a part of my summer planning of activities of which was a part of a Freebie Friday post last week I have decided to come up with a list that we could try to tackle this summer to shake the world in gentle/simple ways.

Here is the start to our SIMPLE WAYS TO SHAKE THE WORLD LIST

  1. Lemonade Stand and donate money to charity.
  2. On a park day take gloves and garbage bags and clean up the park.
  3. Composting our organic materials from the kitchen (we have a composter in our backyard)
  4. Create kindness notes and place them around the city.
  5. Clear out toys/books/clothes and donate.
  6. Hold the door open and smile when out and about doing errands.

This will just be the start of our summer list and I hope to grow it and add on to it.  If you have any other ideas please feel free to share in the comments.

Here is the Quote I hand lettered and created that I’m offering as a free printable this week to help inspire my family and maybe yours.  Click the picture and you will be taken to a watermark free jpeg that you should be able to print off at home.  Quality and colours may vary depending on your printer and ink and the type of paper you print it off on.  I usually print my on white card stock. *PERSONAL USE ONLY*


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Go out there in the world and shake it up in simple ways,

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Bonnie Dani

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