Math is not my subject. I flunked it in high school. So you will have to forgive me if my calculation is off with these summer ideas for every – or just about – every woman. At the end of this Summer Ideas post, you can tell me whether I flunked at basic math as well.
Where I live, Edmonton, Alberta, summer is really short. Scientifically, summer ought to last for three months, however, here we would be extremely lucky if we got half of that. This explains why Edmontonians go – let us say nuts, once the sun comes out and heats up the city for longer than a day.
Weather in Canada is always up for discussion, especially this summer myth. These conversations are particularly interesting in Alberta – as people dash through the doors to get some sun before the 15-minutes is over and the weather changes.
It is always amusing to me, being from the tropics, to see how quickly the convertible cars come rolling out, the boots and coats are ditched for shorts and t-shirts and how fast the patio bar chairs fill up. Having lived in Canada for almost 13 years now, occasionally the summer fever catches me but for the most part it misses me as I am buried in other activities unrelated, necessarily, to the weather whatever it may be.
Whether you live in Alberta, anywhere in Canada or even in the tropics, the sunshine always calls us to bask and here are some of the ways that you might consider. Some of you might already be doing these and consider them run of the mill kind of activities. At least one of them is “way out there,” at least to the 40+ woman, who have lived a “normal” life so far might balk at – but if you do, maybe I will. How is that for a deal?
6 Ways To Transform Your Summer
The next six ideas are not mine. What you will notice, however, is that when done in a sequence and daily, they will most definitely transform summer for the usually overworked, tired and maybe even frustrated among us.
Found these ideas through my source, BlogsRelease. Chamilia is the contributor of this summer transformation and as you browse the website, you will find some very exquisite pieces to match every mood you will be in as you follow this sequence:
Starting tomorrow, the beginning of a new week here is what you can do to have great summer days:
Start a new morning ritual. The sun is rising by 5:30 a.m. these days, so if you wake up even 10 minutes earlier than usual, you can have a little time in the sun. Take a walk around the block, or enjoy your first cup of coffee on the patio.
Buy yourself flowers. Get a whole bouquet of your favorites and put them wherever you’ll enjoy them the most – or break them into smaller arrangements and leave them in each room of your home. Don’t have a favorite flower? Get yourself to the florist and start exploring!
Selfies! Show off your smile and your summer glow. Just look at how beautiful you are! Tag your Instagram photos with #ChamiliaSummer.
Create a reading habit. Walk to the library and check out a few great beach reads. When the dreaded winter comes, check out your favorite again and transport yourself back to this great summer.
Strike up a conversation. Introduce yourself to that neighbor you keep meaning to meet, say thanks to your mail carrier, or turn the tables on your cashier and ask him how his day is going.
Make time for you! Don’t overschedule yourself this summer. Leave time for the things you love to do most.
I am a big selfie taker. You can see some of my ‘work’ on my Facebook page and starting tomorrow, I will most definitely be tagging some with #ChamiliaSummer. Will you join me?
Reading Is Always An Option
I am big on books and so these 21 books will most definitely go on my list. Huff Post Women shared these books, giving every woman tons of summer reading ideas. Nina Bahadur, the author of the article, explains the selection of 21 books from the last 5 years that every woman should read:
“We’ve done a little bit of the hard work for you (or maybe just increased your book stress… sorry) by pulling together a list of incredible titles from the past few years that you should add to the pile on your bedside table. These books by women are just a few of the incredible titles published recently — an exhaustive list would be hundreds of books longer. Those listed here are some of the most-discussed, thought-provoking and life-changing books from a diverse group of women writers. They make you rethink what being a feminist means, offer life advice to women of all ages, and reinforce your long-held belief that Tina and Amy should be your best friends and life coaches forever. The novels are some of the finest writing from woman authors. From lighthearted memoirs to harrowing thrillers, there’s a genre here for everyone.”
Check out the article and check off what you have already read, want to read again and will read this summer.
Idea #3 is for the daring and the wanna-be daring woman. On that score, there are times that if you asked me, my response would be that I am the former. However, if you were to see the video of me getting my nose pierced three years ago, you might disagree.
A former colleague of mine got one of some strange fish on her ankle years ago. She was an older woman. If my memory serves me correctly, she got it for her 50th birthday. The location was chosen to ensure that her ‘tat’ would not be affected by “old age skin sagging.”
That has been one of the many ‘warnings’ about getting a tattoo, along with the health risks and other the notion that your employability is greatly reduced when you sport one. Those, however, have to now not been the deterrent for me. The pain is what holds me back.
Two things popped up this week that have caused me to be rethinking my decision not to get one. A story that I reposted on my Facebook page about suicide prevention awareness and the semicolon tattoo and today, I came across a poster about an event called “Ink In The Clink.”
As a big believer in signs, I am caught between a rock and an ink needle! This would be the “extraordinary” summer activity of 2015 for me. Mind-blowing decision!
Take part in this poll and share whether you have one or might seriously consider joining me on this adventure this summer.
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