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For me, summer is all about adventure. Even if it’s small, local adventures, I just love the idea of doing something fun and exciting while the days are long. This means different things for different people, but for me, it’s all about NEW. I want to go new places and try new things. I want to cook new recipes and eat at new restaurants. While I’m usually kind of a homebody, summer inspires my adventurous side. So here are a few ideas of things I think everyone needs to do before the summer ends!
Things to do Before the Summer Ends
Go on a new hike
Y’all. I love hiking. No, I’m not in the best shape. And no, I don’t go enough. But there’s just something about being out in nature, away from real life, that is so therapeutic for me. I tried a new hike with my mom on the Fourth of July and it reignited a spark in me. I want to use my minimum-symptom days to get out in nature, explore, and get a little sweat on. I mean, there’s literally no better way to exercise than hiking among the trees. Am I right?
Explore a new town
As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Santa Rosa, California. My sister lives up here and I just adore this town. While I’m here, I plan to go to one of the cute little wine country towns I’ve never been to nearby and do a little exploring. While this might not seem like the most exciting exploration to some, I find it utterly enjoyable. It’s so fun to go to a new place, eat where the locals eat, and see what the locals see every day. If you don’t have the ability to go to a new town, try exploring your own town. See what it’s like from the point of view of outsiders. Or go to a town you’ve been to before and live like a local. It allows you to see things from a new perspective, try new foods or restaurants, and maybe meet some new and exciting people!
Read a new book
While you’re in that new town, head into one of the local bookstores and pick up something new to read! I mean, is there anything more relaxing on a warm summer evening than sitting on the back porch and reading. It’s like a mini vacation right at home. Reading is a phenomenal way to go somewhere new without every leaving the comfort of your lounge chair. Find a genre you enjoy, start reading, and escape. It’s that simple. I know not everyone is super into reading, but I think that’s because you haven’t found anything that peaks your interest. And trust me when I say, there are books for everyone out there. You just might have to look. Reading something you’ve never read is a wonderful way to not only relax, but expand your mind. It gets those creative juices flowing and allows you to see things from the point of view of others. Even if those “others” are fictional, chances are you will learn something about the world and about yourself. And what’s better than that?
Try a new hobby
The other day in acupuncture, I brought up to my acupuncturist how I recently discovered I’m not half bad at drawing flowers. For some reason, I followed that up with something about not being the creative one in my family. My badass graphic designer sister is the one with the art degree, after all. But as we got to talking, my acupuncturist said something really inspiring to me. She said, “I think you’re creative, too. Just in a different way.” And you know what, I think she’s right! You have to be somewhat creative to develop new recipes and blog, right? She suggested I also try painting. She not only thinks it would help relieve some anxiety (a major trigger for my Fibro and IC flares), but she thinks I would really enjoy it. And I think she’s right. So, I think this summer, I’m going to try painting. Even if it’s only at one of those wine and paint (or in my case water and paint) nights. It’s something I really want to try. What hobby have you always wanted to try? Whatever it is, I think you should try it this summer! See how it goes!
Create a self-care routine
This one is huge for me. If you don’t already have some kind of self-care routine lined up, this is definitely something you need to do before summer ends. I cannot express enough how important self-care is. I’m not talking spending $50/week on a massage. I’m simply talking about taking a little time out of each day, or each week, to take care of you. For me, that means listening to podcasts or reading before I go to bed. It means waking up and making myself a Caffeine Free Herbal Mocha Latte (made with Rasa Adaptogenic Koffee and Further Food Collagen Peptides, click here for a discount on Rasa and use code “SIMPLYSHANNONAGINS10” for a discount at Further Food). It means that on Sunday nights, I exfoliate with my Soniclear Petite Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush and put on a face mask for 20 minutes. Self care for me simply means making a little time for myself every day. Whatever self care means to you, take the time to create a self-care routine for yourself before the summer ends.
Cook something new
I might be a little biased here but trying a new recipe is SO fun. Yes, of course there’s always the risk that it may not work out. But there’s that risk with literally everything in life. So a great place to try something new before the summer ends is in your own kitchen. Not much of a cook? Well, learn to make a staple dish like spaghetti or tacos. More of a baker? Great! Challenge yourself to try a new cookie recipe. It really doesn’t have to be anything crazy. You don’t have to go for a soufflé your first time using an oven. But try something. Find a recipe that sounds delicious, with accessible ingredients, and go for it. Even if it doesn’t work out, chances are you learned something. And who knows, maybe you can get it the next time. And if it does work out, you have yourself a delicious meal and a fun new skill!
Those are the 5 things I think everyone should do before the summer ends. They’re fun, slightly adventurous, and infinitely educational (in a good way!). What is something you absolutely MUST try before the summer ends? Let me know in the comments below! You might just inspire someone else to try it, too!