Summer solstice is finally here—the official start of the summer season, though many of us have been unofficially celebrating the warm weather these past few weeks. Marking the longest day of the year, June 21st serves as the perfect time to take a minute and envision your best summer yet. Far too often summer time slips through our fingers and sooner than we know (or want), Fall has arrived and our dreams of beachside BBQs and flag football are replaced with itchy sweaters and a demanding workload. While everyone’s definition of a ‘perfect summer’ may vary, here are some suggestions to get you moving in the right direction.
Get out there!
Staying active this time of year can seem like a drag when you could be lounging at the beach with friends, but why not do both? Water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and especially paddle boarding are great ways to get in shape with friends, while soaking up some rays (after proper application of SPF, of course). If your friends aren’t the outdoors-y type, websites like Meetup.com offer a way for you to join pre-planned group activities and also give you the ability to create meet ups of your own. Don’t forget to check out local gym schedules for fun water workout… And no, we’re not talking about your grandmother’s swim cap and synchronized swimming days, many gyms offer rigorous pool workouts and other outdoor activities.
Make It a Picnic.
Food always tastes better when enjoyed outdoors, so pick your favorite spot and sprawl out. If you’re flying solo or looking for something casual, pack a simple sandwich in a grocery bag, grab some headphones or speakers, and you’ll be on your way to a relaxing meal. If you’re looking to add a few friends to the mix, don’t assume you’ll need to plan days in advance. Picnics are supposed to be stress-free, so keep it that way. Hit up your favorite local sandwich shop and ask to have a few of their best sellers cut-up into smaller portions to share. Grab a big comfy blanket, a few bottles of your favorite beverage, and plenty of snacks. Other than that, all you need to enjoy a summer picnic worth remembering is some decent weather and good company. (Oh and some napkins, definitely bring some napkins.)
Cross it off the list.
It’s always great to hear all of your friend’s amazing summer stories, but it’s about time you start making some of those memories on your own. Making a ‘bucket list’ is the perfect way to gather your lifelong goals, as well as the things you want to accomplish before the summer’s end– all in one convenient checklist. Just to give you an idea, here’s our sample summer bucket list:
- Learn how to scuba dive
- Teach myself Spanish
- Learn to play the guitar
- Clean my closet that I’ve been avoiding for months
- Get more involved in my community
- Start exercising
Make an effort to complete one list item a week and make your precious summer hours not just unforgettable, but also productive!
Hostess with the Mostest.
People tend to lose touch with one another the long winter, so why not throw a to reconnect with friends. The amount of times we’ve said to someone “we should definitely get together more often, it’s been way too long!” are countless, so step up to the plate and play host for an evening. Whether you send out a formal invite in the mail or shoot friends a text that very morning for a more lax gathering, everyone will appreciate your effort and arrive ready to have a great time. Never hosted a get together before? No need to fret, these articles and blogs offer simple yet useful advice on how to be a great host.
Summer goes by quickly, so turn those “wish I could have” statements into “so glad I did” memories. Hopefully this has inspired you to make the most of it, now get out there and enjoy it!