Saturday is the first of June,my favorite month of the year, and it means that summer is here! Today I’m sharing three things I’m going to be doing to help me to have a mindful summer.
First, I’m starting a new thing called Macro Mondays. This came about when Vicki and I both realized we had missed Macro May and we chatted about what we could do instead and I came up with the idea of Macro Monday. So, for each Monday in June, July and August, I will be sharing a photo taken with my big camera using the macro lens. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons – one, because it will encourage me to use the big camera – and two – because it will make it easy to plan a Monday post in advance so that I can enjoy my weekend without thinking about processing photos and writing a blog post. If you’d like to join us that would be terrific
Second, I’m going to create a summer bucket list. This is not by any stretch of the imagination a to do list. There will be nothing on there about clearing clutter or home repairs, no plans for things I should do, no list of activities to hustle through and check off, it’s more of a list of ideas, of ways to truly enjoy summer. Things like eating lobster and ice cream, riding in the convertible, taking trips to the beach, spending lots of time on the deck, hosting gatherings under the pergola and around the firepit . . . you get the idea.
Third, I’m going to participate in Michelle’s A Tiny Bit of Quiet. There will be journaling prompts every Friday encompassing the themes of gratitude, intention, and self. I think it sounds wonderful and will be a great thing to look forward to each week.
What will you be doing this summer? I’d love to hear about your plans! I’d also love it if you share your Thursday post link below!
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I’m afraid my summer plans are a lot less fun and ambitious than yours! I’ll be having some surgery, and recovering for 6 weeks or so. That will be the perfect opportunity for lots of reading and maybe some knitting. Rest, recover, and read – not loads of fun, but necessary!
Lobster….even at 5:25 am, that sounds SO. Good! We spend the summer at our little cottage on Lake Erie, and I always reframe my brain before we get there (at least I try). This year, my list includes experimenting with sweet & savory homemade ice cream, cooking more dinners over a beach fire, and I’m sneaking away from my family to spend a week with a friend who lives in El Salvador. I have some not-as-fun things on the list, too, like deal with some IT issues and get bids for a new roof–but I’m not thinking about those things right now! Thanks for hosting, Carole! Sounds like a lovely summer ahead!
I’m still getting used to summer-all-year-long, but I am planning to enjoy our beautiful weather a bit more than we have lately. Go swimming more often, go to the beach to sit and rest at least once a month, watch the sunset…
Your list sounds great. I like the Macro Monday idea, but I don’t have a macro lens. Maybe I’ll join in every once in a while with a very close close-up. We’ll see.
I also love the tiny bit of quiet offering, but I’m not sure if I’ll post the things I write about on my blog or not. Hmn. Lots to think about. Thanks for the ideas!
Thank you for all the ideas for summer. One idea I would add would be a reunion of siblings and cousins (and of course husbands and wives).
What a wonderful plan!!
I think you have this summer nailed!!
I love the Macro Monday idea – I am not the best “macro photographer” but maybe with a summer of practice I might be better, lol! And, a “do-able” summer bucket list is also a great idea! I also am going to quietly participate with Michelle – I think it will be a wonderful way to spend the summer! Good things here!
I love all of it, Carole — and especially the summer bucket list. I, too, am planning to participate in Michelle’s Tiny Bit of Quiet. Here’s to a GREAT summer filled with all the things that make summer wonderful. XO
I love the idea of a summer bucket list. I feel like every year I start the summer with the intention of really enjoying it, but it always goes by so quickly and before I know it I’ve missed my chance.
Jeannie Gray says
Sounds like a great summer plan. I need to remind myself how much I used to love summer. As much as I love my job, working 55 – 60 hours a week in the summer heat has destroyed my attitude. I’m already anxiously awaiting fall.
This is my summer of healing, certainly quiet, and hopefully, sometime in late July, celebrating! I am not planning one thing as I don’t know how this story will go or how it will end. I’m hopeful it will be a wonderful ending.
I’m so excited for Macro Mondays!! I love the idea of a your bucket list… especially the lobster, beach, and convertible parts. 🙂
I have no list. Due to domestic circumstances, I have learned not to plan much, stay in the moment, and go with the flow. It has been a valuable lesson for me since I have always been the queen of to-do lists. It’s all good. Your list looks wonderful, and I hope you enjoy every moment.
Mary Ann Hentschell says
I signed up for the blog A Tiny Bit of Quiet. I don’t know if I will journal every Friday but will enjoy reading her blog each week……email@example.com
I do make a summer reading list which is a throw-back to my days as a teacher. I hope to do some sewing and travel to see my kids. I’ll also be tending a garden and enjoying the Farmer’s Market. Oh and maybe make some rhubarb jelly.