I’ve lived in Michigan my entire life and I really, really, really love this state. Four seasons to relish in, some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet and beautiful lakes. People who haven’t been to the mitten state are missing out on something spectacular! Admittedly, the winters around here are tough, but the payoff of spring, summer and fall are well worth it. Of course, if I were forced to pick a season, summer would be the winner. This. Is. My. Time. Of. Year. Summer takes on a different meaning as an adult. As a child, summer meant sleeping in a bit later, adventures with your friends until just before the street lights came on and being carefree. If I told you I didn’t miss those days, I wouldn’t be telling the truth. Despite the responsibility that goes along with being a grown up, summer is still pretty darn amazing. There is something cool and exhilarating about the sun rising at 6 a.m. and setting close to 10 p.m. This is our time to soak up the warmth and beauty and store it for those long winter nights. My kids are getting older, which means it opens up a new world of opportunities for summer fun. We’re looking forward to our annual days of fun at Michigan’s Adventure and Cedar Point. We’re adding some new experiences and are excited about having so much time to spend together. I’m not sure where all of our travels will take us, but it’s sure to be memorable. No matter what we do and where we go, we’ll be sure to follow some pretty basic rules to take care of ourselves. Wear sunscreen I didn’t wear sunscreen as a kid — was it even a “thing” back then? Fortunately, that does not seem to have impacted me too negatively, but I’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to me and my smallies. I admit that my personal reason for wearing sunscreen is motivated by vanity — sun exposure speeds the aging process and I’m trying to hold onto a youthful glow for as long as possible. For my kids, I’m concerned with the increasing rates of skin cancer and will do anything to decrease their odds of getting it. Eat fresh food Michigan is so fortunate to produce an amazing variety of crops throughout the summer. Corn on the cob, asparagus, strawberries, blueberries … my list of favorites goes on and on. There is no reason not to eat fresh, local food during the summer. It supports the community and it tastes delicious. If you really want to have fun and store up for the winter, go pick your own stuff at local farms. My kids absolutely love being involved in the process of picking produce, and it makes them more likely to eat it. If you have freezer space, you can store extras to have on hand throughout the year when availability is low and prices are high. Stay hydrated Staying hydrated is important year round, but we lose a lot more water in the summer than we do in the winter. I have a hang up about drinking calories — it’s such a waste! Carbonation is my thing, so my go-to drink is coconut flavored La Croix water. It has no sugar and it tastes great. I keep a case in my car and several at home, which makes getting at least 64 ounces of water per day very easy. Keeping hydrated will give you the energy you need to make the most of this summer. Plan ahead by keeping a water bottle on you at all times — your skin and your body will thank you. I hope you enjoy this glorious season as much as I plan on doing! Get out, have fun and create some Pure Michigan memories.
Shelley Davis Mielock
Shelley Davis Mielock is a certified business image coach and the founder of Mieshel Image Consulting, a Lansing-based firm that specializes in image development for individuals and businesses. She is also a co-host of In Her Shoes, a a weekly women’s talk radio show. To ask Shelley an image question, please e-mail her.