Despite it being almost 100 degrees outside this entire month, today is the first official day of summer! The lake days, pool parties and barbecues are in full swing. Not to mention, summer internships, study abroad programs and for us who have been adulting for some time now, long days of work where you can’t wait to escape outside for warm summer nights and margaritas galore.
That being said, most of my summers have had a purpose… interning as an Elf at Elf on the Shelf in Atlanta one summer, taking summer classes to make sure I could have an easy senior year of college or trying to hit the ground running learning my new job. However, in all the hustle and bustle, I’ve realized that my last few summers have been so-so. I’m so tired after work I spend a lot of time lounging around and not pushing myself to live more. As year 25 encroaches upon me, I realize there’s a lot of things I still want to do and see, but as a short-term goal, I really want to make the most of this summer. That being said, here are my 5 #goals for summer 2016.
- Travel – Although I sit behind my desk and scroll through Instagram dreaming of escapades in Europe and the beaches of Bali, my bank account gives me a quick reality check. These are things I want to do and eventually will be able to, but for now, small trips will have to suffice. There are lots of things I want to see and even though I won’t be climbing Kilimanjaro any time soon, I can make a day trip to Charleston to visit my sister. I can make the trek to North Georgia and hike mountains to find the prettiest waterfalls, I can even make a weekend trip to a city I’ve never been. These are all attainable if I just scale back on eating out and make myself get up from the couch on a Saturday instead of binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix and eating a whole bag of Skinny Pop.
- Learn Something – You only have so much time in life, even more so, only so much time to focus on yourself. Five years from now, I’ll likely be having my first child and I’ll no longer get to be this selfish. That being said, I need to learn. Truthfully, since I’ve been out of school, all I’ve really learned is marketing and there are so many things out there to know and experience. This summer I want to push myself to learn something, whether that be to visit a new museum and learn all there is to know about art or a historic event, take classes or lessons… I’d love to learn more about photography or try my hand at playing the piano, or working on a new hobby like learning calligraphy. Other than in my career, I haven’t pushed myself lately and I feel like it’s time to do so.
- Make relationships a priority – In the last year, my attention has been pretty laser focused on planning my wedding, finding a new home, starting out my marriage to the point that I haven’t made as much time for my friends as I would like. There are people that I probably haven’t seen in over a year and get togethers I haven’t had because they’re just too much work. I don’t want to do that anymore though. Of course it’s not ideal that many of my friends live out of town, but if I don’t make the effort to go see them, they could end up being friendships lost. I hope to make a point to see each of my out of town friend’s this summer, at least once and for my in-town friends, I could use some work there too. They’re my favorite people, so they deserve my time and to be a priority in my life.
- Test my palate – There are so many delicious foods out there that I haven’t tried or maybe even heard of. My husband is really adventurous when it comes to food, ordering swordfish and ox tail on our honeymoon and willing to try anything once. I, on the other hand, stick to any and all types of chicken, plus my normal starches and vegetables. I’ll never know if I don’t try though, so this summer I want to push myself to either try 5 new foods, new restaurants or new ethnicity’s foods. This one is going to be really hard, but who knows what I might find out I love?
- Take moments and enjoy them – We are all in such a rush that sometimes we forget to stop and enjoy life. I can’t remember the last time I just sat outside enjoying the sunshine and eating watermelon at its peak or laid outside and looked at the stars. I’m going to try my best not to take a moment for granted this summer, whether that means sitting on the patio sipping blackberry wine and talking for hours or lying on the beach at night listening to the waves come in and out. Life is so beautiful and it deserves to be appreciated as such.
So there you have it… my 5 goals for the summer. I’ll be sure to update you come Fall on if I succeeded at these. 🙂 So, tell me! What are your goals for this summer?
C’est la vie,