It’s June. Wait, what?? How on earth did that happen? Wasn’t it just March? If you’re like me, then you cannot believe that literally half of 2010 is already over and in the history books. There is so, so much that I want to get accomplished for 2010 and I can’t help but feel a little antsy that I only have six months left to get things done.
With the coming of any season I find myself writing goals and to-do’s, but even more so during the summertime. Firstly because of the reason listed above, but also because it’s my favorite season of the year and there’s so much I want to really soak up the summer months. I’m constantly trying to find that perfect work-life balance, as well as finding my footing on my creative freelance feet, and it’s been challenging with so much happening in day-to-day life. Lately there has been much happening in my personal life that has been affecting me accomplishing it all, but I’m hoping to make the small and the large things happen this summer, while enjoying my favorite part of the year to it’s fullest as well. Here’s a few things on my goal list: personal, creative, large and small…
1. Go to the beach. At least once (unlike last year, which was zero) but preferably a few times a month. I love the beach.
2. Have lots of picnics. Lunchtime, dinnertime, anytime I can squeeze them in.
3. Finally, oh-dear-lordy-lord get my website up. YES, I’ve been working on it, and yes it will happen (I’m pretty much saying this to myself here).
4. Read more. I have a long list of books saved on my Amazon wishlist (from non-fiction to fiction to biographies to memoirs). Find time to just sit and read (and not before bed when I always fall asleep). This may sound weird, but I often feel guilty for taking the time to just sit and read… I always feel like I should be busy doing something or working on a project. I’d like to just relax and read and enjoy it.
5. Hike on the weekends with the hubby. Accomplish a few long hikes, 6-10 miles at a time. We’re walking a charity marathon in September so I’ve gotta get used to the long distances! Plus, I absolutely love hiking.
6. Design a few letterpress items and open an Etsy shop… Or Big Cartel. Figuring out the pros and cons between the two.
7. Go camping. Camp with some friends. Camp for at least 5 days (hoping for a straight 7) with my husband for my birthday and our anniversary in Acadia.
8. Run and keep training for a 10K in the late summer or early fall. Don’t stop exercising the way I normally do in years past (I typically stop during the summer months for some reason).
9. Plan on doing at least one small craft fair this fall or winter, but I’ve GOT to have numbers 3 & 6 done for this one to happen. Stop dreaming about it, make it happen!
10. Bake more often. This one may sound silly, but I used to bake often and I’ve missed that practice. I find the methodical measuring and sifting to be very calming and relaxing for me.
11. Prepare a budget and have a money game plan. Ugh, this one stresses me out so this is why it continues to sit and wait. This one is really a priority.
12. Take that sewing class I’ve for years wanted to take.
13. Take a digital SLR photography class to better understand my camera and how to use it better. Wish I could take this one, if only I were closer (or could sneak away for a night to stay in DC and take it).
14. Start planning and making Christmas gifts now. No more stressing and last minute gift making during the holiday season this year!
15. Have summer tea parties. Eat fresh fruit, ice tea, fresh lemonade, and enjoy yummy treats with friends and family.
16. Enjoy the smallest of summertime moments, even during a typical boring work day. A bird at the feeder, a new flower blooming in the garden, a spur-of-the-minute ice cream cone, a gorgeous sunset or breeze.
What would you like to focus on this summer or for the rest of 2010?