Confession: I’m not the biggest fan of summer.
I know; it’s a terribly unpopular opinion to have. But I’m a Seattleite at heart, forever and always, which means that I thrive on 50 degrees and cloudy with a chance of showers.
This wouldn’t be too much of a problem, except for the fact that summer in NYC pretty much lasts five months: May through September. And while my summertime strategy has often been to hide out and hope for cooler temperatures, I don’t want to be hiding for half the year. Plus, there are summertime activities that I’ve been known to enjoy, on those clear, 70 degree July days in the Pacific Northwest, blissfully free of humidity.
So. This is my list for making the most of my summer. Even if I’m a little reticent to embrace it. Because there are quite a few summertime activities that I’m actually looking forward to (instead of dreading), and I want to remember that. I’m planning to work my way through as many of these as I can, and update you on how they go.
My Somewhat-Big List of Summer Fun
Have a backyard barbecue in a Brooklyn backyard March in Pride (Already did this one! Go me!) Swim in a lake
- Go to an outdoor concert
- Go to Puddin’
- Walk a doggy from the shelter
Go for a hike Meditate with a sangha (Did this one, too!)
- Go to Governer’s Island (I’ve never been!) for the Jazz Age Lawn Party
Sit in our community garden
- Try a new yoga class
- Sample a Shiatsu massage
Go to Culture
- Try reflexology
- Use that one gift card to buy a colorful piece of clothing that makes me feel happy when I wear it
- Host a sleepover!
- Go to Providence, RI and see WaterFire
Read the second and third Hunger Games books
- Have friends over for dinner. Make pie (or crisp, perhaps?) for dessert.
- Make this salad
- See a modern dance or ballet performance
- Make coffee ice cubes
- Play a board game
- Hang out on our stoop (with plenty of bug spray slathered on)
Celebrate Bastille Day on Smith Street in Brooklyn Record a short video
- Pick fruit
- Create a signature drink. Name it something awesome.
I could clearly have listed tons more options of things to do. But like I say to my coaching clients, I’d rather keep things manageable and do-able than epic and overwhelming. I can always add to my list if I happen to get to the end before summer’s over.
Comments: I would LOVE to know if you have any summertime activities you’re aiming to do. Feel free to share here, or share a link to a list you post somewhere else.