Friday, 17 August 2012

35 Ways to Make the Most of a Summer

In England, summer has gone before you've even realised it's arrived. Before long it's back to the seemingly perpetual drizzle and winter coats weather. However, today the sun is shining! Instead of moaning about it like I usually do (I'm ginger, what can I say?), I'm going to focus on making the most of the summer and our current good weather.

Here are some of my ideas:

  • Rise early - 5-7 am is such a lovely time of day during summer
  • Notice all that's beautiful around you
  • Stock up on all you need for Pimms: lemonade, pimms, mint, apple, strawberries, orange (or whatever your preferences are)
  • See the sun rise and set on a single day
  • Have a holiday or retreat at home
  • Notice when life improves
  • Don't make excuses to worry or criticise
  • Find a local wood or area of nature
  • Fill your freezer with ice creams
  • Reflect on what you're grateful for
  • Stretch
  • Write down the story of your life so far, or that of your parents or grandparents
  • Meditate
  • Let go of emotional pain
  • Daydream
  • Beautify your feet: exfoliate, moisturise, trim toenails then paint them
  • Find silence outdoors
  • Write letters
  • Don't forget the suncream
  • Memorise a poem
  • Barbecue
  • Pay attention to the stars
  • Visit a library for garden reading material
  • Care for yourself as you would a friend
  • Live slower
  • Get a language learning book
  • Journal
  • Get your pasty legs out
  • Care for plants
  • Invite family and friends over
  • Think of three goals for the next day, week, month, year, and ten years
  • Nap
  • Eat all of your meals outside
  • Make your own ice lollies
  • Drive to the beach

Summer afternoon...Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language. - Henry James


o said...

Such a lovely post :) Total agree between 5am and 7am is one of the best parts of the day: a shame I keep missing it!

Lucy said...

Thank you! I know what you mean - it takes some willpower, but once you get into the habit of waking early it becomes a lot easier. I'm definitely a morning person: I seem to get so much more work done if I'm up at unearthly hours.