Monday kicked off the first official day of summer and I wanted to do a post about how you can get the most out of the season and feel your best!
Summer always feels like it’s the shortest season of the year, especially in the NW, and I know what it feels like to see the leaves change and think, “Wait! I haven’t done any of the summer things I wanted to do yet!”
In additions to this, summer is that time of year when a lot of people start to think negatively about themselves. This usually tends to couple with the fear of “bikini season” and we forget to love ourselves!
So to combat the feelings of negativity and being left behind summer can bring on, I wanted to suggest 10 things you can do to make the most of your summer and feel your best!
1- Read a book – I would recommend a classic novel that can transport you to another time or place. The Great Gatsby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or any Jane Austin novel would do.
2- Visit a local museum or historical site – I live in Portland, OR so for me, this is the Pittock Mansion. It is literally down the road from me (less than 3 miles!) and I haven’t been! I hear it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to see the view and maybe take a few pics…
3- Start a ‘Summer 2016’ Memories Jar – I love this idea! Have you ever tried to think back on all the fun things you have done in the past year and can’t really think of much? This would be the perfect way to remember all the things you did and you can go through them once the season ends!
4- Get some bath/beauty products and indulge – I love my me time y’all. I need time to myself to do beauty treatments, take a bath, read, play dress up, whatever, but it’s essential and you need to make time for yourself! You can read more about my love of me time here.
For me it’s Lush Beauty products. I love taking a bath with their bath bombs and then doing a face mask after. I feel relaxed, pampered, and the way the colorful water and oils swirl around my body makes me feel sexy and beautiful, and we could all use a little more of that!
5- Clean out your closet – I can’t stress this one enough but I am the opposite of a hoarder though. I hate clutter and I don’t like things I don’t love or use in my space. I also have to clean out my closet for new items as a blogger so I do this regularly. I probably go through and clean out things I don’t wear or love in my closet 2x a month and do a mega clean out 2x a year.
Purging makes me feel less weighted down and as a freedom loving Sagittarius I’m addicted to this feeling. I love looking in my closet and seeing only things I can’t wait to wear again. If it doesn’t make you feel good or look good, toss it, donate it, or swap with your friends. When it comes to clothes, the grass usually is greener on the other side, so don’t worry about not finding something else you will love even more.
6- Get outside everyday – Our neighbors have the cutest dog named Wally (and yes I hear the cute little Pixar robot every time I say his name) and since we don’t have a dog, and they are super sweet, they let me take him for walks! This gets me out of the house, gets me moving, and gets me lots of dog kisses! If you have a dog great! Use your dog as your excuse to get outside. If you don’t, maybe you have a nice neighbor or family member who’s dog you can walk? Or maybe you can volunteer and walk dogs at your local shelter!
7- Start a garden – This could mean tilling up your backyard and making epic planter boxes, or, as I did it, getting a few potted plants that you have to take care of. I got a few plants this year and a few are in the house for decoration. I love them. Live plants are another one of those things that make me feel relaxed and weightless because you are bringing the outside in. The ritual of caring for them and watching them grow is also therapeutic and can be very satisfying!
8- Go for a hike – In Portland, Forest Park is the biggest park in the city, and it is also just down the street from me. I love hiking, and going for walks in general, so this makes the perfect group, date or solo activity. It’s also great exercise and perfect for relieving stress or just enjoying nature!
9- Go somewhere special to watch the sunset – Circling back to the Pittock Mansion where I hear the sunsets are absolutely beautiful, this one would be perfect for a free date night!
10- Pick your own flowers or fruit – This summer I definitely want to go to a U-Pick and get the fruit to make a pie from scratch! This would also be a great date night or solo activity! Flowers always brighten up the home and make it feel more like summer so if you need a little cheer go pick some flowers!
Thanks so much for reading! I hope this helped you in some way, and if you try any of these things let me know! I’d love to hear how you made this summer the best one yet!
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