Can you believe August is here already? Before the summer weather comes to end, get outdoors. Go for walks, go hiking, or go for a long drive. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. Are you looking for photo inspiration for August? Check out the list for August photo prompts.
A journal is a way to express your feelings, relive memories, or write out detail plans. Whether you use an inexpensive spiral notebook or a leather-bound journal, putting your most inner thoughts on paper is the main goal. Do you need an incentive to get you started? Check out the following list of journal prompts for August.
How was July for you, your family, your work, or your community? List at least 5 high and low points.
What to you hope to accomplish in August?
If you could be any type of animal (wild or domestic), what would you pick Why?
If given the chance, what advice would you give to today’s youth? Why is this important to you?
What is your personal guilty pleasure?
Describe yourself in 3-5 words. Why did you pick these words?
Use 3-5 words to describe yourself for another person’s point of view. Are they the same as you last entry? Why or why not?
Do you believe you have changed since the beginning of the pandemic? Why?
Describe your biggest weaknesses and strengths. Go into detail.
What are your core values?
How do you define success? What is your biggest success story from the last 6 months? Year? 5 years? Lifetime?
What do you want your next success story to be? What steps are you taking to achieve this goal?
Free write for 10 minutes. Remember to time yourself.
What is on the top of your to-do list before summer ends?
How do you currently feel about your physical health, mental health, and spiritual well-being? What are do you need to work on the most?
What went as planned today?
What hobbies would you like to learn? What is keeping you from trying this activity?
What would you do if you won a large sum of money?
Write a mantra for your life?
Do you believe you have a “calling”? What is it? Why do you think this is right for you?
Look at your phone. Pick your 7th image. Write about the photo. Use detail.
Write about your relationship status. Is this where you want to be? Why or why not?
What motivates you?
What is your to-go place to recharge from the daily grind? Why is this place important to you?
Ask yourself, “What steps do I need to take to be kinder to myself?” Make a list.
What can you do to help in your local community to make the world a better place?
Describe your day from the point of view of a stranger.
What adventure would you like to go on? (Yes, you can use a fictional place.)
What negative areas in your life do you need to re-prioritize?
What are your goals for the rest of the year? Why are they important?
When rainy days or hot summer days keep you inside, get creative. Crayons, markers, colored pencils, chalk, and pens are wonderful instruments for drawing. Do not limit your creativity. Apply your tool of choice to sandpaper, construction paper, material, and of course drawing paper. Each yields an individualized artistic base.
Are you looking for drawing inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for August.
Work schedules, family, and other commitments fill up your day quickly. Stepping back to take care of yourself is a necessity for your overall well-being. Do you need self-care ideas for August? Check out the following list.
Plan healthier meals. Consider going to your local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Commit to drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
Go to bed early.
Get some sun.
Practice saying no.
Try a new exercise routine.
Pray or meditate daily.
Create a vision board.
Join a support group or a church group.
Take a mental healthy day a do nothing.
Sip hot tea or coffee while watching the sunrise.
Get a new hair style.
Unplug from your devices for a day.
Avoid negativity. Try to maintain a positive outlook.
Call an old friend to chat.
Create a summer scrapbook.
Go for walks.
Try a new local restaurant.
Buy yourself something. Consider shopping on Etsy.
Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
Go out for ice cream.
Go for a bike ride.
Binge-watch your favorite series.
Dim the lights, safely light candles, and listen to your favorite music.
Take a long afternoon nap.
Take a class, seminar, or attend a conference.
Deep clean your living space.
Keep a journal.
Your choice. The only stipulation, the activity must be for you.
I live in a rural farming area. But I have always considered St. Johns, Michigan my hometown. When I was younger, I spent a lot of my childhood in town. Naturally, when the 4th of July celebration was announced I made plans to go. I am glad I did.
First, I must admit, I am a fan of community events, fairs, and festivals. The celebration in St. Johns did not disappoint. Before heading to the park, we (my cousin and I) stopped at Little Caesars for pizza. The young man that waited on me was polite and professional (a trait, I value in customer service).
My cousin and I met the rest of our family at St. Johns City Park. The Performance Shell area has plenty of room to watch concerts or other events. Many people bring blankets or lawn chairs along. The area also has a small pavilion.
Closer to the road leading into the park are picnic tables for public use. We were lucky enough to find one in the shade. Yes, the 4th of July was a hot day for us in Michigan. Luckily the area is close to restrooms and the playground.
The music, performed by Stone Street Revival, began around 7 pm. I enjoyed listening to the older songs. I found myself singing along to a few of the songs including Sweet Caroline. Yes, I am sorry for anyone who could hear my voice.
Prior to the start of the fireworks, our group moved toward the other end outside of the St. Johns Redwings football field. We had a perfect view of the fireworks display. I do not know if the show impressed me because I had not seen fireworks in years. Or I was simply happy to be out after everything was canceled in 2020. The Rotary Club of St. Johns hosted a wonderful family-friendly evening.
Will I Go Again?
In my opinion, if you can spend an evening with family, eat pizza, listen to music, and watch fireworks, do it. Yes, I plan on attending the 4th of July celebration in St. Johns again. In fact, The Clinton County Arts Council will host different music events throughout the summer at 7 pm on Wednesday nights. I am hoping to attend a few more concerts in the park.
Independence Day is about honoring our past and celebrating the hopes for the future. As Americans the time has come to push together for a better tomorrow. The use of quotes is inspirational and fun. Are you looking for patriotic sayings or quotes to celebrate the 4th of July?
“America is a tune. It must be sung together.” Gerald Stanley Lee
“Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy
“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” George Bernard Shaw
“Let’s not forget why we celebrate 4th of July, it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens.” Unknown
“The fact is, with every friendship you make and every bond you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world.” Michelle Obama
“You cannot separate peace and freedom. Because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” Abraham Lincoln
“People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other. But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That’s not our America. Our United States of America is not about us versus them. It’s about We the people!” Kamala Harris
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” Bill Clinton
“Laughter is America’s most important export.” Walt Disney
“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.” Barack Obama
“America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.” George W. Bush
“The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.” Condoleezza Rice
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln
Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is a wonderful day to take memorable photos. Celebrations, community events, family gatherings, and fireworks add to the magnificent holiday. Are you looking for photo inspiration for the 4th of July? Check out the following photo prompts for an unforgettable day.
Red, White, and Blue
United States Flag blowing in the breeze.
Holding the U.S. Flag.
God Bless America
Remember when taking photos, be safe! Have a great 4th of July.
Summer is in full swing. Restrictions from the pandemic are beginning to lift. The time is right to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather. Grab your camera and start snapping pictures before summer is over. Do you need some photo inspiration for July? Check out the following list of ideas.