I've written about food and fun and family. As I sit on the edge of August, a week and a half into the start of school, now seems like the perfect time to write about the future -- but to do that I first have to look back.
|Notebook page with original list, June 2021|
About halfway through June, I wrote a Summer Fun List. I want to end my summer series by briefly touching on what I managed to cross off that list and what I may have to save for a future summer (or maybe just for fall).
Things I Accomplished: go for Loblolly Ice Cream, canoe or kayak trip, build a blanket fort, go out for breakfast, visit a lake, dance, paint, visit the ceramics place in town, mail cards.
I'm pretty pleased with the amount of times I got out and enjoyed nature -- especially considering how hot it gets here in the height of summer. This was my first time taking out a kayak and I fell in love pretty quickly. It makes me wish I had a place to store a kayak, but I guess for now I have to rely on occasional rentals.
I'm also happy that I got to enjoy creativity beyond writing. Don't get me wrong, I did my fair share of writing this summer (40,000 words and counting on a new novel project), but I love having the chance to explore other creative avenues. I should make time for dance, and paint, and baking, and all the rest more often.
Things Left Undone: take a miracle walk, blow bubbles, device free for a day, read-a-thon, wear an outfit you've been scared to, Yes Day!, visit an old friend, axe throwing, visit the Bark Bar.
Of course, I didn't get to everything on my list -- but many of the things left off are not limited by a season. Taking a walk is easier to do in the spring or fall around here when the weather isn't awful. And while I didn't do an official reading marathon, that doesn't mean reading didn't happen. I can return to these listed items or not and I'll be fine either way.
And, best of all, school may have started back but technically summer doesn't actually end until mid-September. There is still time to do some of these things, I just have to make the time for them.