Celebrate the month of July and fill your heart with joy

Celebrate the month of July and fill your heart with joy

July is a month that holds the promise of celebration. With Summer in full swing, and the days getting lighter and longer, there is more time to relax and enjoy the simple, celebratory things in life: backyard BBQ’s, day trips to the beach, sparklers and firework displays on Independence Day, and the list goes on. In addition to the traditional, fun-in the sun activities, there are a host of lesser-known holidays worth celebrating and honoring over the next 30 days. Read on for a few of the fun and festive observances you won’t want to miss this month!

  • July 1st is Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day! Beat the heat and celebrate this silly holiday with a sweet treat. If you usually go for traditional flavors like strawberry, vanilla or chocolate, this is your official excuse to go wild testing out new combinations at your local ice cream parlor, picking up a pint or two of that salted caramel, double packed whatever you’ve been meaning to try at the grocery store, or whipping up a batch from scratch if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
  • July 6th is Play Outside Day! As if we needed another excuse to get outside and enjoy all the fun, summertime activities the Pacific NW has to offer, this day makes it official. Grab a beach towel, a good book, and some sunscreen to enjoy some downtime in your backyard or at a local park, take the kids on a fun nature walk, or check the outdoor activities offered through your local neighborhood parks and recreation center.
  • July 20th is “Throw Away the Could Have’s and the Should Have’s Day!” We absolutely love that this day exists. It is so important to leave the cares and worries of the past in the past, and to fully step into the present (and the future)! To celebrate in a tangible way, make a list of all the “could haves” and the “should haves” that have been weighing you down. When you are done, simply throw the list away. This simple act serves as a visual reminder that you are giving up the things you cannot change and making space to grab hold of and enjoy your life in the here and now.

Whatever the reason to celebrate, we hope you can find a little something each day that makes you smile and fills your heart with joy all month long!


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