14 Things To Do To Squeeze The Last Precious Drops Out Of Summer
Updated: Aug 1
Do you remember long, hot, sweet summer days as a kid? The feeling of warm, wet grass on your feet, as you get back in line to run through the sprinkler again.
Flying to find your mom for some money after you hear the faint, familiar jingle of the ice cream truck in the distance.
The excited flutter, when you hear that the boy you’ve been crushing on, will be at the local pool today!
Fireflies. Stars. The scent of charcoal and wood smoke, wafting in the wind from your neighbors BBQ down the street. The smell of chlorine. All bring on a sense of nostalgia. A sentimental longing for those times long past.
When I was a kid, it seemed like summer lasted forever! We went to a big 4th of July picnic every year, and it seemed to take an eternity for July to roll around.
Now, as an adult, it seems we have just begun to settle into the dog days of summer... and it’s over!
With August swiftly approaching, we’re met with a mixture of melancholy and anticipation. Thoughts fast forward to buying children’s school clothes, meetings, fall decor, pumpkins, apples, and preparing for the new season to come. Missing out on now.
I’m here to tell you, that it’s not over til it’s over! We CAN stay present and mindful of the enticing fruits of summer. And I personally plan to relish in these last few precious weeks.
I’ve compiled a list of 14 things you can do to cherish those final, sweet summer days.
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Go to a park and see how high you can swing
Not many things bring out your inner child as much as swinging high. Haven’t been on a swing in 30 years? Guess what? It still feels the same. It feels like freedom! Try it out!
Find a local swimming hole
Pools are great, but there’s something about walking down a beautiful, tree lined path in woods, that opens up onto a magical, God created, aquatic paradise...that just screams summer!
Invite a few friends over for an old fashioned “porch” night
Call up your best girls. Light some candles. Throw on your favorite summer playlist. Make a pitcher of sun tea , lemonade, or your adult beverage of choice, and relish in the warm summer nights.
Have a bonfire
There’s something so mesmerizing and meditative about the orange and blue glow and dancing flames of a fire. Sending sparks flying high up into the dark summer night. Gather close around the warmth with your besties, make smores, and lose yourself in the present moment of a magical summer night.
Take a spontaneous day trip with no destination in mind. With GPS at our fingertips, it’s kinda hard to get lost nowadays. But give it your best shot! There’s something so freeing in releasing control to the universe and surrendering to the moment. You never know where it might take you!
Laying out under the stars has always filled me with a sense of awe and wonder.
I feel tiny and humbled under the blanket of stars in this big universe. Take a
blanket and go somewhere as far away from the city lights as possible for the
best view. Lay on your back, allow your eyes to adjust to darkness, and just be.
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The Perseid Meteor Shower has been noted to be one of THE BEST meteor
Showers of the year. It has been said that you can expect to see up to 60
Shooting stars per hour! That’s one shooting star every minute! That’s a lot
If you’re interested in the dates other astronomical happenings this year, you can
get more info about those dates here
Make a Summer Playlist
Drop a mixtape ( showing my age here) of all of the songs that take you back to
‘ those good ole’ days’, and make your spirit soar!
Another word that you may hear is grounding. Connecting to the energy of the
earth through standing or walking barefoot outside. You might be shocked by the
stress, muscle relaxation and more. Walking barefoot also slows down your
Steps, and helps you become more present and mindful.
Plus...when we were kids, things like shoes never mattered! Unlock that inner
Go Skinny - Dipping
I seriously haven’t done this in 20+ years, but the thrill and freedom you feel is something that sticks with you for a lifetime. You should definitely skinny dip at least once in your lifetime. This may be one that I need to revisit this summer...
*Always make safety a #1 priority when enjoying water activities*
Play a Game of Hide and Seek
Just because you may have aged a few years, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy
childhood pleasures. Gather up your friends, kids, and neighbors for a good old
fashion game of hide and seek, release, freeze tag, or any other favorite
childhood games. Only rules...Have fun and make memories!
Ready to feel happier and more connected to life? All in under 2 minutes a day!
Take a Nap in a Hammock
To float weightless, under a canopy of trees , as a soft breeze gently rocks you
back and forth, HAS to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. I have 2 daughters
who travel a lot, and they NEVER leave home without one. You never know when
you’ll find a great spot to hammock.
Run In The Rain
Just because it’s fun!
I love the energy right before a summer thunderstorm! Take a run down your
street and “ get caught “ in the rain.
PRO TIP: Watch out for cars and lightning!
Go To The Drive-In
There's nothing like sitting out under the stars, eating popcorn and watching a great double feature to give you that summer vibe. If you don't have a drive-in near your home, you can create your own. Hang a white sheet up on the porch or garage wall, pull out the projector, make a bag of popcorn, and snuggle up for a great flic.
Last up, but maybe one of the most important on the list, is to unplug from your
electronics. You aren’t going to savor the last moments of summer with your
face buried in your phone. You aren’t going to find that present moment
happiness on the internet. It’s right here, right now. Get out there and enjoy it!
Saying goodbye to summer can be a real downer. But if you stay present and mindful, and let
your inner child run the show for awhile, you can be sure to create summer memories that last a lifetime.
What kinds of things have you done to make the most of those beloved final days of summer? Let us know in the comment section below.
As Always, Light, Love, and Happiness,