Summer

No school, sunshine, beach time, fresh fruit, long days.

Summer!

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year. Summer means a lot of different things to people. For me, it’s no more school (PTL!) and adventures.

I wanted to write a little something to inspire the summer spark in you with a few things to make the sunny times even brighter. It’s a mix of things I enjoy doing along with some things I know many other people enjoy.

  1. Take more time for yourself: do something you LOVE to do! For me, it’s baking and drawing. Perhaps for you it’s sleeping or going on a weekend road trip
  2. Travel: take a day trip to the mountains or downtown to walk around and experience new things you normally don’t.
  3. Shop local: I’m all about the natural stuff, not necessarily organic, but the home-grown sorta feels. I’m intentionally starting to buy my produce from local stands, because I know it’s natural and it’s supporting the beautiful place I live. Farmer’s markets are a great way to get in touch with the place you live!
  4. Exercise: which includes hiking, walking, biking, running, swimming, or a yoga class! Pick up something new or revamp your normal exercise routines. It’s good to get some fresh air and get your heart pumping.
  5. Love on others: Set up a coffee date or go over to that friend’s house that you don’t see so often during the rest of year and make a meal together. As much as eating well, exercising, and sleep are good, building friendships is important, too.
  6. Watch more movies: or listen to more music!
  7. Pamper yourself: Get a haircut, do your nails, take a bath with great bath salts, try a new diet, do a detox for your body, etc.
  8. Drink more iced drinks: either DIY iced tea or Starbucks iced coffee.
  9. Grow a plant: I’m currently growing mint, basil, pineapple strawberries, and tomatoes! You don’t have to have a big backyard to do this, just a jar or tin can and a few seeds.
  10. Be still: sometimes all you need is to sit in silence or on a park bench and breath a little extra.

What are some new things you want to do this summer? What does summer mean to you?

Enjoy this wonderful time of the year, friends!

//Catherine//

“Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, and having fun.” ~Brian Wilson

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