Summer is on. It’s time to make the most of the sunshine and warmth and green grass.

In my house we are committing to getting back to basics, to living more primal lives, to simplifying and culling and embracing the essential.

The days are long. Make an art of crafting days worth remembering this summer.

Walk barefoot in the grass. Jump into the water. Eat real food. Dream in a hammock. Read books. Take walks. Gaze at the stars.

Have real conversations where you listen deeply without even considering what you might say.

Get stronger and leaner. Physically and mentally. Shed your shoes and discard your clutter.

Embrace a crazy idea. Encourage a discouraged friend. Start something audacious.

Shine in the sun. Live now. Have a story worth telling when the chill of autumn blows in.

“‘Cause a little bit of summer’s what the whole year’s all about.” –John Mayer