Design Your Summer 2023

Kara Monroe
4 min readJun 18
Photo by Raphaël Biscaldi on Unsplash

We are approaching the beginning of the third quarter of 2023. I’ll be announcing some exciting changes and new opportunities as I’m completely redesigning my Quarterly Review Workbook and Workshop — and moving it to a new platform between now and July 1.

Use code SUMMER2023 now to get in on all the fun by purchasing my 2023 Quarterly Review Workshop or Quarterly Review Workshop Annual Pass for 50% off. You’ll get access to all the new community events and benefits as soon as they are released later in June 2023. Clicking the link in the article should automatically apply the coupon for you.

We are also approaching the Summer Solstice and while not formerly the starting point of a new quarter, I love to overlap the third quarter of the year with a “design your summer” activity. If you’re a long-time reader, it will be no surprise this is taken from one of my favorite writers and podcasters — Gretchen Rubin. Rubin was inspired to discuss the idea behind “Design Your Summer” based on a quote from Robertson Davies:

Every man makes his own summer. The season has no character of its own, unless one is a farmer with a professional concern for the weather. Circumstances have not allowed me to make a good summer for myself this year…My summer has been overcast by my own heaviness of spirit. I have not had any adventures, and adventures are what make a summer.

— Robertson Davies, “Three Worlds, Three Summers,” The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies

I’ve taken this concept as a good nudge to do a little pre-planning to get more out of an experience — whether it be a season, a vacation, or even a book I want to read. Thinking about what you want the experience to be by designing it really can enhance that experience a great deal.

So, without further ado, here is how I’m approaching designing my summer.

Items from my 23 for 2023 list

I’ll do a full check in on my 23 for 2023 list on halfway day (July 2 — the actual midpoint of the year). That said, I try to review it each quarter, so this seemed like as good a time as any. From that list, these are the things that I am planning for the summer:

Item 4: Host friends at least twice. I’ll be cohosting a celebration of life for…

Kara Monroe

I am a world traveler, part-time road warrior, and home body all wrapped up in one gadget-loving package. Writer, photographer, chef, and aspiring artist.