Since I need no reason to make a list, here goes my pledge for summer 2018!
The weather so far this summer has been unexpectedly great in Manchester so touch wood it continues because I love nothing more than a good old picnic in the park.
I’ve already had a few spur of the moment picnics so here’s me pledging to continue making the most of the opportunity to grab a blanket, snacks and entertainment when the sun is out. Maximum relaxation and zero planning? I’m a big fan.
Last summer I did this a few times in a few local bars, but this year I want to find something bigger and more organised; whether that is a drive-in-cinema or a larger park with bean bags and blankets. Or in a jacuzzi anyone?!
I’m annoyed at myself that I’m not doing anywhere enough reading at the moment. It’s not even a time thing; I’m just being lazy. Each summer I love to find an easy to read page turner that’s light and fun and usually set in a destination that I want to travel to. I still remember the summer I discovered the I heart series by Lindsey Kelk. It completely made me yearn to visit New York, and so I did a few years later (read my New York post here).
Staycation/explore the UK
A new one for me I want to actually try to maximise the time I spend in the UK over the next few months. Whilst I’ll definitely travel outside of the UK this summer, and lets face it I’ve already travelled a fair amount this year, I tend to spend the most time in the UK in autumn/winter when its coldest and then grumble at UK weather. This summer the weather has already been sunny & warm so I plan to make the most of my home country whilst it’s at its best. The UK has some amazing places. I want to explore and experience much more here over the summer so I’m thinking new cities, lakes and mini breaks. I welcome any recommendations please 🙂
Dining al fresco
I need no excuses for a BBQ but I want to dine al fresco as much as possible this summer. The weather is completely unpredictable making it hard to plan so in theory this will mean spontaneously buying disposable BBQs whenever possible ❤
One thing I’ve been doing differently this month is avoiding making too many plans. I’ve felt sort of strange but quite freeing when I’ve got to the weekend and have no idea what I’m going to be doing. I know it’s only mid month but I’m already noticing how relaxed I’ve felt. Although admittedly at times I’ve felt a little uncomfortable as it’s very alien to me to have an open diary, but I have to say it’s also been pleasant to wake up and think what do I want to do today? Last weekend I spontaneously went trampolining & had such a laugh & has made me want to have more time to be spontaneous. Sometimes I need to allow myself moments to get bored to become creative.
I love learning and want to try as many classes as possible. I’ve already tried a few new things this year, such as a Thai cooking class this winter, trampolining and bike rides and loved both planning new things as well as the spontaneity. Spontaneous living is becoming a bit of a theme of mine lately! I am now committing to a summer full of new experiences. My first new activity will be aerial yoga; I’ve signed up to a four week class starting at the end of the month. Other things I think I’d like to try: chocolate tasting, clay pigeon shooting, perfume making. Maybe some outdoor sports too. Do you any fun recommendations?!
I will update on how these things go 😎
What are your plans for the summer? Let me know!
Thanks for reading,