Are you preparing for a sizzling summer? I am.
There is something about summer that makes me want to get out and see the world. I guess it’s because I don’t like to be cold. As much as I dislike being hot, I still brave the summer heat to explore and live out loud.
The older I get, the more I enjoy summer. Below are the things I started practicing to have sizzling summers.
How to Have a Sizzling Summer
Plan ahead. Planning ahead is the most important item on the list. Planning ahead will not only save you money, but it will assist in keeping you from being stressed out.
Know your budget (and stick to it). Knowing your budget will help you plan ahead while being financially responsible. The memory of your trip won’t be clouded by the struggle to pay your electric bill because you didn’t keep track of your spending.
Keep it kid friendly (if you have children). As a child, one of the most frustrating things is traveling with adults who don’t include things you like during vacation time. Every item won’t be something they want to do but considering their entertainment and explorations needs will make it that much easier to enjoy a quick museum exhibit at The High today if they know they’re going to The World of Coca-Cola tomorrow.
Do something you like. As I mom I use to feel guilty about taking time and doing things for me. I noticed that everyone else in my house was happy and fulfilled but I wasn’t. Now, when I plan my summers I make sure there is something–a few things–on the agenda fo me.
Do something he likes. Your spouse or significant other works as hard as you do. Why not make part of your summer plans all about him. If he likes fishing spend a Saturday morning at the lake with the family. You can even plan a steamy date night or an overnight hotel stay without the kids.
Do good. Lately, I’ve been revisiting some of the values instilled in me by my mother. I use to volunteer and mentor others before marriage and children. As the boys get older, I find myself open to more service projects because it is easier to bring them along than it was when they were younger. Seeing me do good they will grow up not only appreciating the life they have but know the importance of being good citizens by lending a helping hand to others.
Try something new (or revisit an old hobby). A few summers ago, I picked up a paint brush for the first time in almost twenty years. Since then my work has been in an art show, and I have a few creative projects coming up as a result. After our move to Statesboro, we started going fishing every other weekend. I hadn’t gone fishing since childhood. And, it has been delightful to see my youngest son overcome his fear of worms while watching my oldest son take an interest in something other than video games and rubrics cubes.
Learn something new. If you’re not learning, you’re dying. In the age of the Internet, there are so many resources out there to learn. You can take online college courses or subscribe to websites like SkillShare. Groupon often has discounts on online classes as well as opportunities for in-person, instructor-based learning.
Dress appropriately. The best way to ruin an outing is by wearing the wrong clothes or shoes. Choose lightweight clothing to run errands and to visit parks and museums. You can always keep a sweatshirt or light jacket in your tote to use when you’re spending time in air-conditioned buildings. If you visit the beach often, consider investing in beachwear that has SPF protection.
Spend time with the people you love. Spending more time with the people I love is at the top of my priority list. I didn’t write family because I have friends that due to travel, work, and financial constraints I haven’t seen in years.
Did I miss anything? Share what you do to have sizzling summers.
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