WHAT IS INVINCIBLE SUMMER?
During the summer of 2017, I decided I needed a break.
Like many of my friends and former colleagues in Washington, D.C., I needed to slow down after several years of a fast-paced job and lots of life changes. That summer, as I worked to reset and create a new vision for my future, I shared my struggles and successes with friends – in person and via text – through quotes, questions and writing prompts. When my friends asked me to re-create that experience for them, I decided to put pen to paper. That is how Invincible Summer came to be.
Invincible Summer: A 30-day Reflectional on the Power of Kindness was designed to mirror the way I spent those summer days – focusing on what I was grateful for, reflecting on different aspects of my life and doing something good for myself and others. I love quotes, so each day includes a quote and an accompanying Bible verse that has inspired me.
While the idea of journaling can seem overwhelming, the prompts in Invincible Summer are designed for you to enjoy quiet time for however long you have it. Whether you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes, I hope you step out of the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and enjoy some quiet time to reflect and refocus.
May this 30-day journey help you to live more fully in the moment, celebrate the blessings in your everyday life and move closer to the person you hope to be.
I look forward to hearing about your Invincible Summer.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,
within me, there's something stronger -- something better, pushing right back."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AFTER FAST-PACED YEARS WORKING IN health care policy in the Obama administration, it was only when Sherice Perry slowed down that she finally achieved an elusive goal: renewal and rediscovery.
For Sherice, working at the Department of Health and Human Services on health care wasn’t just a dream job – it was a journey of a lifetime. Her own lupus diagnosis underscored just how much millions of Americans depended on affordable, reliable care, especially the low-income families, women, and communities of color for whom she had spent a decade as an advocate.
By summer 2017, Sherice arrived at a realization dramatically different from most Washingtonians in a hurry: She needed to hit pause for the sake of her own health – physically, mentally and spiritually. Over the summer months, journaling became Sherice’s gateway to self-reflection. Putting pen to paper restored her confidence in herself and helped her regain a vision for her future. In this 30-day reflectional, Sherice lays out the path she took on this journey of rediscovery in the hopes that others can navigate their own way forward.
A native New Yorker and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Sherice holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and studied at Oxford University. Today, she is a communications strategist in Washington, D.C., where she advises nonprofits and community-based organizations that are fighting for the greater good. Recognizing the influence youth sports had on her life, Sherice also loves delving into projects that explore the power of sport to change individuals, communities and society.
Invincible Summer: A 30-Day Reflectional on the Power of Kindness is Sherice’s first book.