Summer officially arrives 3 weeks from today!*
Not that I am trying to rush spring along, but I am certainly percolating ideas on how to best maximize the upcoming season of sunshine. And by June 21st I hope to be spending those warm, endless, summer evenings enveloped by the beauty of my new homestead.
As I look ahead to the most precious season (with the 4th of July, my birthday, and much more nestled within), I have been inspired by two of my favorite bloggers (Shutterbean + Joy the Baker) to put together a list of goals. A bucket list of sorts, with the personal genesis being my pre-existing-but-now-put-on-hold summer placeholder: the garden (retired due to the move).
This bittersweet loss means taking advantage of a different kind of summer.
My Top 9 Summer Goals:
- Low-Key Leisure
You won’t find any items on my list that are high intensity. I aim to drink in summer slowly, with drawn out days detached from technology, a book in hand, and a sweaty glass clinking with ice nearby.
- Movement al fresco
You know what I mean… exploring in the woods, yoga in the grass, splashing in the water – anywhere but inside, and anything that feels like play.
- Floral Crafts
I hope to extend and stretch the fleeting magic of flowers as much as possible, so I see a lot of arranging, pressing, drying, garlanding, and crowning in my future.
- Art al fresco
There’s definitely a theme here. With my new homestead of acreage comes a very small house, which I’m viewing as a sign to grab my easel and supplies and get outside for some en plain air painting.
- Long + Multiple Exposure Photography
Back when I taught digital photography classes to teenagers (usually in the summer) we used to do a lot assignments like this. I miss it. “Painting with light” is a technique so full of potential, with some of the most fascinating results.
- Host a Plant-Powered Party
I did this last summer and am eager to give it another shot. Hosting is something I really enjoy, and putting together a bountiful spread from all of the fresh summer fruit and veg makes it easy.
- Sleep Outside
At least once. In the winter I do a great job of jiving with my circadian-rhythm, but the summer can be tough with all those late sunsets and sometimes unbearable heat.
- Explore My New Community
Even though I am only moving about 25 minutes from my current home, there is a brand new community nearby that I am looking forward to scoping out. You know… joining the library, checking out restaurants and local shops, and getting involved.
- Visit a Fair
I’m talking old school county fair, for pure nostalgia. There’s something dreamy about a hazy summer night wrapped up in the smell of cotton candy and the festive noises of communal celebration.
The countdown is on! So here’s to the last 3 weeks of spring (a glorious time in its own right), as we look ahead to dreamier days.
See you soon, summer.