Summer Goals: Light on the Extras, Heavy on the Recharge

Summer Goals

Hope you've been enjoying your summer as much as I have been! I've been taking advantage of all the sun this year (even though I would gladly welcome rain no problem!). I've been trying to do as much stuff outdoors as possible which the photo above perfectly depicts! Andrew and I recently took a quick canoe trip down the Speed River in Guelph after visiting The Boathouse for icecream of course. Most summer nights, you can find me bike-riding around Guelph or taking walks to try and do more gym-type activities outside to take advantage of the long nights and warm air. So amazing for the mind and body.

Wishing For More Time in the Outdoors 

Access to the outdoors is definitely something I miss about not living in the country. The quick access to nature and the outdoors and the privacy that the country offers is something I often wish I could get back. I always appreciate heading home to the family farm that much more in the summer time because the views are that much more spectacular and lush and green; the smells are the best mixture of fresh cut hay on the farm, BBQ-ing and cow manure (sorry, too much?); and with our family's cottage being right on the water, the views from the shoreline put me right at home with relaxation.

What Are Your Summer's For?

This summer, while busy with weddings and milestone events, its been a welcomed time for rest, relaxation and recharging. With how busy the fall/winter/spring are in my line of work, its nice that even though summers are busy, there are less expected demands and asks. I appreciate that boards that I'm involved with don't have as many meetings to accommodate people's holidays and that late night meetings aren't the norm during the summer months.

Summer for some, depending on what industries, are extremely busy and others use summer as a way to travel, explore and see as much as possible. What am I trying to do this summer? Do as little as possible. You probably see my travels and adventures through my Instagram or Twitter accounts, but what I'm aiming to do this summer is strike a balance that I've been really trying to hold myself to this year. I'm trying to keep busy doing the things I love and keep it 'light' on all the extras, especially relating to work, meetings, stuff that isn't urgent, etc. I've kept these boundaries in mind that I blogged about a month ago. I'm trying to do the stuff that only summertime allows you to do in a non-guilty way compared to all the other months in the calendar year - spend time reading on our deck, enjoy outdoor BBQs with friends, try new hobbies, yoga in the park, camping (or glaming for some!), take day trips to explore and discover new places across Ontario, and maybe drink a beer (or two!)  - because hey, that is what summer is for!