Let's all stop being so shocked that it's July. At the beginning of every month, small talk about the weather is overtaken for a few days by discussions about the date. "I can't believe it's July already!". I've lost count of the number of people who have said this to me over the last few days, and I've found myself saying it too but I've made a conscious effort to stop. Why? Because I can believe it's July. Because the days of June counted down just like every month that's gone before it. Because it shouldn't be a surprise 12 times a year when the month changes. And if it is, then we need to start being more present.
When I say that I can't believe it's July already, what I'm really trying to say is that I've been so busy that I didn't notice June come and go. And there's a twinge of regret, as I wish I had accomplished more in June. But when this happens, it usually means that I've been lost in an unconscious daze of busy-ness. Not the sort of busy where I'm really achieving what I want to achieve and moving forward with my goals. But the sort of busy where I'm losing sight of what's important and am stuck on auto pilot, working through a never-ending to-do list of work and home chores.
I don't want to be saying how surprised I am every month for the next however-many years. I'm a firm believer that if you do what you always do, you'll get what you've always got. So I'm changing what I always do. I'm going to try and stay present throughout the month: set myself goals at the beginning, check in with myself in the middle, and celebrate achievements at the end.
If I'm shocked that it's July, then I'll no doubt be shocked when it's August, I'll be shocked when it's Christmas time, I'll be shocked when I turn 30, shocked when I have kids and when they reach 18, shocked when I turn 50, when I reach retirement age, shocked when I realise there aren't many more months to come. I don't want those milestones to come as a surprise. My life should not be one big surprise. Of course I want to be spontaneous, but I like to think that my life is carefully crafted and that I have the power to choose how I spend my time. Every day of June passed according to the decisions I made about how I wanted to spend my time. And the same will be true for July.
Next time I think to myself 'How is it July already?' I'm going to answer: It's July already because I spent two days in June adding the new Natural Deodorant Co range to Hello Wellness which I'm so proud of as it's already helping customers discover a way to reduce the number of chemicals they're putting on their bodies. It's July already because I went away glamping for a weekend at a beautiful hen party and then spent a couple of hours writing a blog post about it. I went to a stunningly perfect wedding and heard two people I care about declare their love for each other in front of all of their friends and family. I went to a friend's BBQ, I had friends over for dinner and showed them my favourite places to spend an evening in our town, I went for lunch at my father-in-law's and took a walk through the woods with our dog, I took takeaway over to my mum's and spent the evening with her, I booked flights to New Zealand for later in the year, I did 15 early morning workouts, and I went to a Food and Drink festival and had the most amazing Syrian falafel ever. That's how it's July already.