It’s June 2nd! Although I know that by technical standards, summer does not officially begin until the 21st, I personally consider it summer as soon as the calendar rolls over into June. That being said, happy summer! A few short months ago, we were braving the polar vortex; now, here we are! We survived, and we can finally bask in the glory of flip flops and sunshine and revert back to complaining about how hot it is.
I love the summer, not just because of the weather, but because of what it means to me. Even though I’m no longer in school, and haven’t been for quite some time, summer still represents freedom. It means staying up later (because the sun does, so why shouldn’t I?) and spending more time in nature and less time holed-up indoors. I find inspiration to do more with myself (I suppose I really should go for that jog so I don’t look like Jabba the Hutt in my swimsuit), and most of all, I see it as a great time to redefine my goals for the upcoming year.
I know that most people set their goals for the year in January, but with me the only thing I’m motivated to accomplish in the winter is waking up early enough to account for the 15+ minutes it will take me to dig out and defrost my car without getting frostbite and a face-full of snow. Summer seems like a much better season to forge a better version of me.
So….. Here are my top ten goals for the remaining half of 2014 (in no particular order):
- Learn how to cook new recipes using better ingredients.
….It’s a great time of year for produce, so I’m working on loading up my dishes with fresh fruits and veggies.
- Redecorate my apartment.
….Already half-way done with that. An aesthetically pleasing home is a happy home.
- Re-Train my dog
….Because at 6 years and 70 pounds, having him curled up in my lap is just not what it used to be.
- Get a tan
….I no longer want people to look at me and immediately think, ‘I see dead people’…
- Finish one of my novels.
….I’m serious. It’s gonna happen this time.
- Begin strength training
….I was getting a gallon of milk out of the refrigerator case, and by the involuntary grunts you’d think I was bench-pressing an oak tree.
- Get my bike fixed.
….I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike….
- Learn to knit
- Write every day
….The most important goal of all
- Adopt a rabbit
….I’ll write more on this later.
So those are my aspirations for the rest of the year. I’m pretty confident that I can pull it off. Does anyone else set summer goals? I encourage you to share! I also added my e-mail address to my sidebar over there <== communication is welcome!