As we all know, this summer has definitely been quite the interesting season! Masks are taking over the fashion world and sweat shirts/shorts have become the new norm for any, and all, activities. However, I urge you to not let your summer be wasted inside of your house - you can still do tons of fun summer activities while still social distancing!
1. Have a Picnic
Never underestimate the joy you will feel by having a picnic! Picnics are always fun because you get to enjoy a nice summer breeze while eating your favorite foods and watching nature.
2. Watch The Sun Rise/Set
For those of us who tend to be more on the night owl side on society, I definitely encourage you to stay up just a couple more hours to see the beautiful sunrise a few times this summer! And if you're trying to catch the sunset, ask Google what time the sun will set today and get outside to capture the moment!
3. Redecorate Your Home
Redecorating the inside and/or outside of your home will leave you feeling refreshed and will most likely increase your productivity because of your better surroundings. Besides, I'm sure there's something about your home that you've been meaning to update, so get on it!
4. Try Out New Bakeries/Baked Goods
One of God's gifts to mankind was definitely baked goods. Whether you try out a new bakery in your town or you try out new recipes, you'll be glad you indulged on one of the finer things in life - even if you had to stray from your diet just this once.
5. Make Fresh Juices
'Tis the season for the freshest fruits! Summer is the time where the best fruits are their ripest, so I recommend taking advantage of all of the fruit you can get your hands on. There are even the best deals on fruit during the summer because most of it is in season so markets are trying to get rid of their stock!
6. Make a 5 Course Meal
Many of us have taken up cooking (or Postmating) during this unprecedented time - so, I encourage you to put your new cooking skills to the test and whip yourself up a delicious five course meal!
7. Make Natural Popsicles
Popsicles are one of the most exciting things about summer. Just imagine, you're going for a walk, or a hike, and you pull out a popsicle made of fresh strawberry, orange, and mango juices, instead of fruit juice syrup - sounds incredible, right?
8. Paint Something
If you have a balcony, I highly recommend sitting outside on it and having a relaxing time painting - it'll make you feel like you're on that trip to Italy that you had to cancel for this summer.
9. Have a Bonfire
Bonfires, with or without your closest friends, are still one of summer's best activities. If you've gone a single summer without taking a seat by the bonfire, you've missed out! S'mores, stories, and cozy sweatshirts/blankets are what bonfire dreams are made of.
10. Take a Cabin Trip
If you or one of your friends/family members owns a cabin outside of your town, I suggest asking to visit it this summer - you could go solo or take a couple close friends or family members with you to have a cool, relaxing time away from the scorching temperatures.
If you don't know anyone with a cabin, there are plenty of cheap AirBnb options available to you!
11. Visit the Farmer's Market
... with a mask, of course. If you're looking for the freshest fruits and vegetables this summer, go check out your nearest farmer's market - they usually have the best deals on produce anyways! Going to the farmer's market is such a refreshing experience and your body will definitely thank you for it later.
12. Try Out New Fruits
As I mentioned before, fruit is at its peak ripeness during the summer months - so, I recommend trying out some new fruits that you haven't even heard of before; I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by at least one of them!
13. Camp in Your Yard
Camping is always a fun summer activity - however, as I'm sure that many camping grounds are probably closed for the public, it's always a cool idea to camp in your yard. (you'll get to have a real bathroom anyways)
14. Start a New Book
For the days when it's just too hot to even think about stepping outside, you can always catch up on your summer book list. I'm sure that your "to read" list has been begging you to start reading the whole summer!
15. Take a Morning/Evening Hike
Hiking is a great activity to do solo because it gives you a chance to clear your head away from external influences. I highly recommend going on a solo hike during the morning or evening before the summer ends to just take a deep breath, clear your mind, and move your body.
Have fun things do you have planned for the end of summer?
Until next time,
"For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."