Oh, this summer is just shaping up to be delicious, don’t you think?
I’ve finally (finally) started embracing summer as a time to get excited about ideas and activities and being outdoors and trying new things, rather than dreading thigh sweat and frizzy hair. Everything’s a state of mind.
This year, we’re jumping in with both feet. I’m sucking the marrow out of this summer.
Slight tangent: I don’t know if you’re in to personality tests or anything, but I am. I love finding out more about how I work and how I can sort of… I don’ t know… hack the system. So, if I know my personality naturally leans in one direction, I can try to counterbalance and work harder to stand up straight.
In the Myers Briggs world I’m an ENFP, which means depending on which Buzzfeed quiz I take, I share personality traits with Ron Weasley, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Barney from the Simpsons.
In the real world, it means I like to start new projects, but I’m crap at finishing them. It’s been a long, intentional journey of mine to fight that tendency.
To that end, I’ve been making a concerted effort to do the following things when I take on a new project:
1) Ask myself whether it’s worth my time.
2) Take my time. This saves me so much time, in the end.
3) Do it well.
4) Complete it.
So far, results have been good.
One of these projects that I’ve taken on is a Podcast.
I’m so excited and proud of this partnership with my good friend Nik. Every other week, the two of us sit down (drinks in hand) and skype and talk about stuff that interests us. And maybe it interests other people, too.
(Back to the original topic, which was: summer.)
So, this week, we posted our latest ‘cast with each of our “Summer Aspirations” lists. We hated the term Summer Bucket List, so. We gave it a new name :)
You can see some of my summer aspirations on the podcast site where we post our show notes, but I wanted to share some of the things on my list that I didn’t mention on the ‘cast.
Nik and I will be tagging as many of these aspirations as we can on our Instagram feeds with the tag #tangentsummer14.
So, here we are. A hefty list for a hefty summer:
Ice Cream Maker – I want one.
Farmer’s Market – Thursdays in South Pasadena. Magic. I want to go as often as possible.
Make Ketchup – We subscribe to a farm box through Muir Ranch in Pasadena and last summer they had LOADS of extra tomatoes near the end of the summer. Last year, I made marinara. This year, I want to tackle ketchup.
Veggetti Linguine – We got a Vegetti, which NEVER gets un-funny to say. This year, I want to make my favorite summer linguine sauce and use zucchini for noodles.
Cinespia – We didn’t go last year and we need to make it happen this year. Though, with a toddler, we’ll see if this works out at all.
Rent bikes at the beach – Something I’ve always wanted to do and just… haven’t. Frownyface.
Griffith Observatory – I’ve never been. 9 years in LA and… not once. It’s shameful.
LACMA – Another LA thing I’ve not done.
Drive up the Coast of California – We did this on our way to our honeymoon and I would love to take a day and just drive up and down the coast again. So relaxing and beautiful.
Living Room Forts/Movie Nights/Backyard Camping – Our kiddo is getting to a really fun age where she gets that some experiences are outside of our norm, and that means they are special and fun. I want to create more special nights where we do fun things as a family.
Art – one of the new projects I’ve taken on is painting and drawing regularly. I forget how important a creative outlet is to me, and James and I have decided to carve out time in our week specifically for art time.
Business – A friend and I have an idea for a potential business. I’m excited to see where it leads and how it changes from where we are now. This summer, I want to focus on doing more of what I love, and hopefully get paid to do it someday.
I’m kind of giddy. Excited to see what we’ve been able to do this summer, what will have to wait until next summer, and what surprises us that’s not even on our list yet.