The most glorious jewel in the crown. It’s the first official month of summer, it’s my birthday month, it’s Summer Solstice! It’s the time of year when everything is laid out before us – we have all of the summer months ahead of us.
As a kid, I was always playing music in my room, and my brother Rick gave me the Beach Boys Endless Summer LP. I played it relentlessly, my most favorite tune was “In My Room.” The album came with a poster of an airplane carrying a banner that said “Endless Summer,” which I promptly hung on my wall. I can still remember the jittery excitement I felt every time the radio DJ would say, “The summer of 77 is just beginning.” Yes, anticipation is sometimes better than the actual experience. Bring on the coconut Hawaiian Tropic!
Each month here on the blog I will list out some of the things I’m really diggin’. Plenty of bloggers do this, and I always love getting that pinhole peek into other’s favorites. Hopefully, you will enjoy hearing my list, so let’s go:
You guys, after owning three homes in 25 years, I now live in a two bedroom apartment in quiet suburbia. It’s freaking delightful. I’m on the top floor and have a decent sized patio that I’ve decked (pun!) out with all of my plants, chairs, a small table, gas grill and white lights. The best time is dusk when the lights glow and the green of the plants adds to a jungle-like atmosphere. Even better, there are several trees right outside my place, so I can barely even see the other apartment building across the way. It’s like living in a treehouse. All winter I looked forlornly at the barren trees out my window and impatiently waited for them to leaf out in April. I sit out there all the time: drinking my morning coffee and journaling, dinner al fresco (fancy, no?), late evening as I ponder my life. Having a patio is akin to a whole other room to hang out.
I read year ‘round, a lifelong habit & my most favorite hobby. Yet there’s something about summer, where you can sit anywhere outside and read that adds a layer of delight. Plus we have the distinct pleasure of alllllll that extra daylight. My goal is to read 52 books this year and I’m definitely on track. I did recently decide to put a hold on borrowing books from the library and instead am going through the many piles of unread books I already own. Anyone else do this? I keep accumulating books and then, because I’m in the middle of a couple ones already, I set the new ones aside. A few examples of books I cannot wait to tear into include Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Start and Do Over by Jon Acuff, You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero, The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. So many books, so little time could not be truer for this girl.
Papermate Ink Joy gel pens 0.7m
Oh, what a simple pleasure these pens are. I bought a huge 20 pack in a rainbow of colors and use them every single day to journal, make lists. They write smoother than Bruno Mars’ sweet voice. Whenever I use them I feel a bit like I’m winning at life.
I am a faithful club-goer for Zumba and yoga. I love my city’s rec center and have my own community of friends there. It’s what keeps me going all winter long. But in summer, I dial back on the classes and instead take to the trails and parks of my city to hike, bike, swim and get this – rollerblade! I stumbled upon my rollerblades while cleaning out a closet and I got super excited at the thought of taking the sport back up. I mean, it’s been 20 years since I’ve bladed, what could go wrong Kidding! To be honest, strapping them on and actually doing it absolutely scares me – which is exactly why I’m riding my book to the nearby high school this afternoon to test out my rollerblading skills in the huge parking lot. I will be the gawky middle-aged woman donned in full-on protective gear wobbling around. It’s gonna be great!
Cleaning up social media
I try to get to this every year or so. I go through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I update my profile and cover pics, tweak my bio, edit my list of followers/friends/contacts. Recently I looked at my hundreds of pins on Pinterest and had to laugh. Not once have I gone back to my Incredible Edibles board to try a recipe. I definitely got carried away when I started using that site. Pin all the food! The clothes! The landscaping! And then…nothing.
Just like reading, listening to podcasts is a complete joyful pastime. I listen just about everywhere – driving, folding laundry, cleaning, exercising. Some of my faves include: Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Real Talk with Nicole Antoinette, The Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo, Making of Oprah, This American Life.
What about you, friend? What are you into this month? Do tell…!