I cannot believe it, summer is half over. How did this happen?! The warm weather is sooo fleeting in my part of the world that lately all I can think about is how to best enjoy it and how to relax in the last half of summer. So I’ve started a list of my favourite ways to enjoy the season, and I hope to do as much of it as possible over the next few weeks.
1. Morning Walks
One of my favourite ways to start the day is to go for a short walk around the block with a mug of tea just as the sun is coming up. This is totally a carryover from my high school days. My best friend Jen and I would quietly walk around town, wiping the sleep from our eyes, and dreaming about the day to come. Deep breaths of fresh air and a few minutes to get my thoughts (and agenda) in order for the day.
2. Beach Time
What’s more relaxing than a day at the beach? An evening on the beach. Think lounging in the sand, picnic dinner, then floating in the calm water as the sun sets. Such a dreamy way to refresh and relax at the end of a warm day.
Summer is the best time of year to unplug, isn’t it? Maybe it’s because it’s sooo much easier than unplugging in the winter. I’ve drastically cut down on my screen time on Sundays, and I’ve been skipping Netflix a few evenings a week in favour of getting outside or just enjoying good conversation with Darren. And it’s such a nice break, especially if I’ve been staring at a screen all day.
I know. Reading seems like a winter activity doesn’t it? But I love reading in the summer. If I’ve got a good book on the go it’s one of my favourite things to do after dinner, and a quiet way to get ready for a good night’s sleep. This time of year you’ll often find me stretched out on the porch, book in hand, reading until the light has faded and I can see the page no longer. I need lots more warm evenings like this…
5. Drinks on a patio
Whether it’s sparkling lemonade on our porch on a Sunday afternoon, or rosé under the twinkle lights of a restaurant patio, I’m sooo in. It’s about connecting with people I love. Catching up, laughing, and dreaming. I’ll take as much of those as I can get.
Now it’s your turn, how are you planning to relax in August? What are your favourite ways to unwind in the warm weather? And, more importantly, how are you making time to live the good life?