About this time each year, I start getting antsy for fall. The relentless heat starts to get to me and I start daydreaming about sweet, sweet fall with it’s cooler temperatures and blanket scarves and pumpkin everything.
It’s still summer!
We still have a whole month of it left! (Or two or three for some of us.)
As much as I love getting excited about what’s next — whether it be a season of life, an actual season, a vacation, or just the next episode of Stranger Things — I also love being excited about exactly where I am right now.
So, in the name of honoring the present, here are three ways we can enjoy summer pt. 2.
GET INTO THE OLYMPICS
I still remember that day in 1996. I was perching on the edge of my parent’s floral bedspread, eyes wide, watching Kerri Strug stick her final vault, and then catapulting off the bed, screaming and running through the house, while my parents curiously looked on.
My enthusiasm level about the Olympics hasn’t changed much since then.
I don’t know what it is, oh wait, yes I do.
It’s seeing laser focus pay off.
It’s seeing a heart wrenching defeat … then watching as the “get up, try again” attitude takes over.
As a person who’s never been that athletic or competitive, it’s fascinating to watch how athletes deal with victory and defeat. It’s human psychology at play.
SHOW SOME SKIN + WEAR YOUR MOST SUMMERY OUTFITS
Remember in my Summer Style Series post when I talked about how excited I was to wear summer clothes? Summer is where my style hits it’s stride and this year I’ve loved it more than ever.
On the other hand, I always get excited about the idea of dressing for fall … the reality, however, isn’t so golden. Truth be told, I’m still figuring out how to layer, pick the right fabrics for the temperature, and most importantly how to feel like myself while bundled up.
But I don’t have to deal with that right now, do I?
Nope. Right now it’s all shorts and tank tops and straw hats, just like the outfit above.
Soon enough, the chill will kick in, and we’ll all be covered head to toe. So right now, showing some skin sounds pretty great to me.
JAM TO SOME HAPPY SUMMER TUNES
Exploring new music and creating playlists is one of my favorite hobbies. In fact, Aaron and I have this running joke that if “making playlists” was a job, I’d be the first to apply.
Here are a few of my favorite summery playlists right now. Feel free to jam when you need a boost of the summer feels.
- Patio Dinners / When it’s time to cook dinner, I grab a glass of wine and put on this playlist. It’s a mix of 60’s and 70’s soul mixed with some modern R&B and indie. The vibe is happy and a little nostalgic.
- Indie Poolside Chill / Ideal for both poolside hangs and afternoon slumps at work. It’s indie pop with a chill, beachy sound.
- Night Drives / Moody and a little emo, this playlist is great for nighttime, when you want tunes that are chill and quiet, but still have a driving beat.
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Remember how the beginning of summer feels?
So happy, so carefree.
I’m channeling that energy into these last couple of months of heat. Here’s to living in the moment and enjoying the rest of summer. Fall will get here soon enough.
How are you planning to enjoy summer pt. 2?
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