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Your Summer Vacation To-Do List

Don’t let the title fool you. This isn’t your typical to-do list. Whether you’re planning a big getaway or a series of mini staycations, Summer is the perfect opportunity to intimately connect to your surroundings and have a conversation with nature. Here are three nature-based practices you can easily integrate into your favorite vacation activities.


Let’s Get Personal About Sustainability

Our ability to maintain an even or positive balance of personal energy is a critical starting point for making a difference in the world. Are your personal resources are in alignment with your values and goals? This activity will help you uncover how you’re currently using your precious and finite resources. It’s guaranteed to get you thinking about ways you can increase your own sustainability and effectiveness!

The Bold Truth of Being A Change Agent

Telling the truth keeps us in rooted in our own power, keeps us connected to others, and allows us to create the future we want to see. Generative Council member, Kendall Youngblood, challenges us to more frequently tell the truth about who we are, what we want and what the world we want to live in looks like. Are you a soothsayer?

Changing The World From Right Where You’re Standing

We spend the majority of our time focused on the future, on what is to come. But we don’t have to wait for the future to arrive. This first-hand account from the earthquake in Nepal reminds us that we’re positioned to change the world from right where we’re standing.

Acting Now from the Emerging Future

How do we lead from the emerging future in the midst of present day challenges? Karl Weick calls this future-perfect thinking. But can we really act as though the future we imagine has already been realized? Acting from the emerging future not only strengthens one of the four ways of knowing, but counteracts despair and disappointment about the current state of our surroundings. This practice empowers us to act strongly now from a place of personal vision and bring the future into our present reality. Try it now with this guided practice from Darcy Winslow!