Welcome to Summer Love Notes

I was the weird kid that always loved going to school. Yet, despite my thirst for learning, I welcomed the arrival of summer break.

debraanddad_lakemurry_1972Summer meant a week (or two) at my grandmother’s, where I spent hours nestled in the big oak tree in her front yard chain-reading books.

Summer meant chasing lightening bugs and drinking out of the hose.

Summer meant exploring the woods on my bike, picking wild blackberries, and running through the sprinklers.

It also meant family vacation! My thirst for knowledge along with my innate curiosity accompanied me on our vacations and I couldn’t wait to find out more about the caves in Missouri, Baby Doe and the Silver Rush, Pike’s Peak, the Alamo and the Painted Desert.

Most important for summer vacation, though? That the motel have a POOL!

Though at times I thought I’d die of boredom in the summer, looking back now I know that being “bored” stimulated my imagination, encouraged me to day dream, and motivated me to stop complaining and do something with my ideas to bust the monotony.

A few months ago, I ran across an old photo album at my father’s. Flipping through it, I realized that the photographs that portrayed the best stories took place during the long, hot summers. I wanted to dive headlong into the feelings the photos evoked and wondered how I could share that essence with others.

What would exploring the nostalgia of summer bring to me? How could I channel the carefree days into my busy adult life?

My first thought, of course, was to share prompts and stories since my go-to way of invitation is words and images. I wanted to create a content rich summer themed program – and I wanted it to be free.

Yet, I didn’t want my voice as the only voice of Summer Love Notes.

My memories are decidedly set in the 70’s with a healthy splash of the 80’s tossed in.

Long ago I began to understand that whatever we grow up with is “normal” until we get a chance to hear the stories of others to learn what their “normal” may have been. All those “normal” experiences combined allow us to see a rich and vibrant quilt of opportunities and possibilities.

So, I started inviting friends to join me. I reached out to acquaintances as an opportunity to get to know them better, too. Then, I asked a few friends to introduce me to their friends.

Over the next 59 days, more than twenty wise, witty, and totally cool people will join me as they share their sights, sounds, tastes, experiences, and personal views of Summer.

For subscribers (you can subscribe here if you haven’t yet), you can expect an email by By 7 AM EST each day thanks to the magic that is Mailchimp. The main Love Note will also be available on the Summer Love Notes website, however, subscribers will receive a peek at what’s coming tomorrow in the exclusive email missives.

You can also find out about new content in my social media feeds, including Twitter, Facebook, and sometimes Instagram.

I would be so honored if you would invite friends, family members, colleagues to join us.  And yes, please do share this Love Note in your social media circles.

Here’s to Summer Loving!

About the Author – Debra Smouse

debrasmouse200x300 I’m Debra Smouse, a self-admitted Tarnished Southern Belle. I can help you detangle all your clutter, fall in love with yourself and your life, and unleash your inner sex kitten.

My truth? In order to live life the way you were meant to, you must fall in love with the day-to-day activity of living.

I spend my days writing and working with people who want to change the world,  beginning with themselves.

A life coach and writer, me and my Gypsy Soul have stopped their constant roaming and have settled down in Dayton, OH where I share life’s adventures with the man of my dreams.

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