7/9/15: Summer List

Hello again,

Sorry for the prolonged leave of absence yet again. I’ve been traveling with my boyfriend, which I will discuss later if I feel like it. I’ve decided that I shouldn’t force myself to write about things I’m not in the mood for, because it’s the quickest path to burnout.

I wanted to share my summer list with you all, a genius idea inspired by Dillon, the boyfriend. If any of you have a summer vacation or at least some time off of work, I encourage you to make a summer list: a list of things you want to do, see, and accomplish that take too much time to do during the rest of the year. My list focuses on relaxing activities that I can immerse myself in, because I find that I’m only truly happy when I’m totally engaged in the activities I do and living in the present. Basically, I’m trying to find activities to do that are meditative for me. Enter cooking into my world (and we will see how that goes) and a lot more art.


COOKING/BAKING: Loaf of Gluten Free Bread, Oatmeal with Nut Butter (already tried it, and it tasted pretty good!), Beef Noodle Soup for Mom, Healthy(ish) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pulled BBQ Chicken, Chicken Pesto, Rice and Beans Dish, Lasagna, Quality Quinoa Salad, Carrot Cake, Veggie and Chicken Soup

If any of you have recipes for any of the above that you adore, please, PLEASE feel free to share. I’m really starting at square one here.

BOOKS/MOVIES: Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, Bridesmaids (I have to), Star Wars again, The Goldfinch, 1984, Oliver Sacks book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ulysses (if I can get through it), Pride and Prejudice

SKILLS/ART: Take photos in Encinitas, Learn to use Photoshop better, Write and record guitar songs on Garage Band, Create an artistic journal/scrapbook, Wear some great outfits, Decorate wall above bed, Work on book idea (and I have a totally new one. I have trouble sticking to an idea), Practice sketching, Go sailing, Learn some cool and easy hairstyles/braids

PLACES TO GO: Local Art Fair, Gaslamp District, Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Balboa Park, Mission Beach, Somewhere to speak Spanish, More Music Events

So there you have it, and I hope it didn’t bore you to death. Essentially, these are the things I’ve been wanting to do for months or years that I can never seem to find the time for, and I’m done waiting. Hopefully I’ll find some inspiration and passion in it, and I hope you find a new hobby/passion this summer yourself. It’s never too late to try something out.

No more going MIA, I promise. I’ll be writing at least once a week and sticking to it.

6 thoughts on “7/9/15: Summer List

  1. Good to have you back! 🙂
    Awesome that you guys are celebrating Summer over there it’s our coldest Winter down under in 17 years apparently, which actually doesn’t sound that bad haha

    Great idea & good to see you and your boyfriend are on similar wavelengths, important for a long-term relationship!

    Enjoy 🙂


    1. Wow, I completely forgot that half the globe is currently in the winter months! It’s so strange to think of July as winter. I personally have never crossed the equator, so the flip-flop of seasons rarely occurs to me. Sorry for my seasonal insensitivity.
      Thank you, and I’m glad to be back too!

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      1. That’s okay, you’re still a youngster and the Aussie summer/spring is beautiful so more than happy to have another part of the world enjoying it 🙂

        Hopefully you’ll get to the southern hemisphere one of these days!


  2. This is such a great idea! I’m on summer holidays at the moment and I’ve created something similar to myself. The only problem was that mine was wayyy too long 🙂
    I hope you were able to accomplish everything on this list over the summer xx


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