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Summer, Solstice, Sunshine, & Strawberries

This year, the June solstice occurs on Sunday, June 20, marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere*. The summer solstice— also known as the longest day of the year is also Father’s Day this year!

It's known as the "longest" day of the year because it has longest period of sunlight hours which is such a beautiful gift! How are you celebrating this weekend?

Between Memorial Day Weekend a couple of weeks ago & this Sunday's solstice, there's no doubt that summer is HERE!

So many things to celebrate about this Sunday & this season. Here are a few ways we can soak it up!

* Checkout the full article from The Old Farmer's Almanac here.

*Photo: The Old Farmer's Almanac

CELEBRATING THE SOLSTICE

Go strawberry picking. Enjoy a big bowl of strawberries and cream on the solstice.

There are many people—like the Swedes—who celebrate the beginning of summer by eating the first strawberries of the season. Indulging in some strawberries and cream is the perfect way to celebrate the June solstice, since June’s full Moon is also known as the Strawberry Moon. It typically coincided with the ripening of strawberries in what is now the northeastern and midwestern United States. In fact, in many states, this is the perfect time to go strawberry picking! Look up pick-your-own-strawberry farms in your area!

🍓 Checkout a yummy strawberry protein shake recipe below!

 

Have a solstice evening bonfire.

Many northern people also celebrate a solstice holiday known as Midsummer’s Day on June 24, which is one of the four ancient quarter days of the year. The eve prior is called Midsummer’s Eve, marking the shortest night of the year. A common way to celebrate is to have a bonfire party! After all, these northern people have emerged from some long, dark winters! In the Austrian state of Tyrol, torches and bonfires are lit up on mountainsides, which is a stunningly beautiful sight.

According to ancient Latvian legend, Midsummer’s Eve (St. John’s Eve) on June 23 is spent awake by the glow of a bonfire and in pursuit of a magical fern flower—said to bring good luck—before cleansing one’s face in the morning dew. Read more about fern folklore. 

 

Enjoy a slow sunset.

Did you know that the Sun actually sets more slowly around the time of a solstice, in that it takes longer to set below the horizon? This is related to the angle of the setting Sun. The farther the Sun sets from due west along the horizon, the shallower the angle of the setting Sun. (Conversely, it’s faster at or near the equinoxes.) Bottom-line, enjoy those long romantic summertime sunsets at or near the solstice!

 

Need a last-minute gift idea for Father's Day? Checkout this list of the 42 best ideas from The Strategist!

 
 

*Photo: mindbodygreen

Energizing Strawberry Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries 
  • 1 serving vanilla whey protein powder (or protein powder of choice)
  • 15 grams raw cashews (or nut of choice)
  • ¼ to ½ a lemon peel, pith included
  • Raw coconut water to desired thickness 

Directions

  • Blend until the ingredients are incorporated and the texture is creamy.
  • Put on your warm-weather clothes and ease into the spring, or summer, mindset.
 

*Photo: The Old Farmer's Almanac

There's nothing quite like the summer with it's laid-back mood, cool nights, & oh so yummy fruits & nibbles.

I have no doubt that everything will taste just a little sweeter this year too...

Soak it up!

~ Coach D. & the FIERCE Team!

 
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