Introducing ADR Summer School

Posted On: 06.03.13

summer schoolSummertime. It’s upon us. The big girls are in their last two weeks of school. The city is starting to feel empty and hot. And I am here, in my pajamas, at my kitchen island, drinking coffee, watching my girls play in the garden, pondering the months ahead. What will they be like? How will I spend them? What is my ideal Summer 2013?

I know certain things. The girls will all be in camp. Husband will be working. We will travel to Cape Cod for the 4th of July as we do every year. But, other than that, other than these things, there is no major plan. I have some freedom, some choices to make. That’s what this post is all about.

Yesterday, I had this fleeting idea that I would totally unplug for the entirety of the summer, that I would devote the next three months to working on my novel and soaking up time with the girls. This was an exciting, tempting thought. But then I realized something, something important: I do not want to do this. I love this blog. I love being plugged in. I love documenting my moments with images and words. To deprive myself of these things would not make me happy.

But. It is summer. And I do want to slow down and keep things light and get a lot of fiction writing done and enjoy these Popsicle Days with my babes. So I’ve been thinking about how to do this, to keep this place up and running, but my commitment to it the opposite of pressured and I’ve come up with this:

ADR Summer School.

Here’s the scoop: I will continue to post stuff. Pictures and words and questions from my days. Fun, sunny, happy, interesting things. Stuff I don’t want to forget. (This is one of my biggest hesitations about suspending the blog, namely that I have gotten so accustomed to documenting events in my life and I want to continue doing this. For instance, I am attending a Huffington Post conference this Thursday and my Columbia Law School 10th Reunion this weekend. It would be a crime not to write a bit about these things, no?) BUT. I do not want this blog to morph into a personal summer diary. I feel strongly that ADR continue to have purpose, that you guys reading take something away.

And so. I hope to derive little lessons or lists or questions from each experience and moment (or book or TV show or pair of sandals) I post about. Little pithy somethings to tuck in your pocket and carry with you on your summer day. I’m not sure what ADR Summer School will look like or be exactly, but I do know one thing: It will be summery and fun.

You ready to enroll? 🙂

(I’m excited!)

xoxo, ADR

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10 Comments for: "Introducing ADR Summer School"
  1. JHL

    Sign me up! Look forward to your light, summery posts.

  2. That sounds wonderful! I’ve been struggling with the balance of wanting to unplug and be more present in my real life as it’s happening as well, though also feeling a strong desire to share more on my blog and explore all of this “needing to BE plugged in” through my writing… Seems like these two things are somehow mutually exclusive, no?

  3. Work, work, work! So I can get myself to Jamaica in February. So sad I know! Have a wonderful summer!

  4. I think this will be great! And I also feel that even with your lighter posts, you always provide some little nugget of wisdom, lesson to be learned, or questions that your experiences have given to you.

    As for my summer, it is still very much up in the air. I know that I am going to take some time to relax and rest after this year. I am finally understanding why having summers off (even when most teachers work part time summer jobs) is so important for teachers.

    Can’t wait to continue reading.

  5. Oooh, me likey! This summer, I’m teaching my first online course — it’s about breaking bad habits and creating a fulfilled life. 🙂
    I owe you an email right now. Glad your newsletter popped into my inbox to remind me!

  6. I’m interested to see how this works out. I too find blogging and writing a great way to make sense of my life and tell the stories of my life that may help and amuse others. Good luck and hopefully we all learn something together at summer school.

  7. AG

    I love it! Let us know when you being accepting applications 🙂 I also love the idea of silly & fun questions to keep me entertained during pool days or lazy summer nights!

  8. Jacqueline

    Fun! I’ll be enjoying a break from teaching and playing with my three, and I’ll love checking in here to hear and see about your summer. Enjoy!

  9. Michelle

    Sign me up too!! I am so looking forward to staying in touch with ADR this summer and will happily be a part of your summer school. I would have been so disappointed to not have a place to come and read your thought provoking words during my own downtime this summer spent mostly at our trailer. I am always excited to see when you have posted fresh, exciting new words on your blog and quickly grab my coffee to sit and take it all in. Have a great summer with your girls and wishing you many happy memories to be made!!

  10. Julia Masi

    Small summer posts and pictures will be the sunshine of the blogesphere.

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