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Summer 2016 in Review: The "Things I Did" Edition

Summer In Review: “The Things I Did” Edition

This is officially the WEEK OF REVIEWS. And yes, I did plan it this way. 

As summer has now officially (though not “technically”) come to an end, I feel it is important to pay tribute to everything I did and everything I accomplished. And most importantly, to all the moments that made me happy. This way I can look back and remember, “hey… it was a really good summer.” On Monday I reviewed my week of getting back to Toronto, on Wednesday I reviewed my massive summer foodie bucketlist and recovery goals, so finally I’d like to wrap everything up by reviewing the things I did

I’ve learned/am learning to not hold too much pressure on myself to get to everything on my “to do list” because life always happens but I think having a list also helped me use my time – each day – to its fullest and make use of the rare time of sun and family that I had.  I’m pretty satisfied to say I think I did basically everything I had hoped I’d do this summer, without even too much cramming. I can’t really think of any notable thing that I missed out on or didn’t get in, and I am not ending the summer with a sense of it being unfinished or wishing I had done more… which is cool.

Since I can’t possibly get everything down, this is a list of my favorite memories from this Summer. And this list is completely separate from anything to do with goal foods and recovery. Because I have a life outside of that other stuff.

A real life. And I am blessed with many, many things. 

And even though it’s not Monday, I can’t make a review post without a shout out to Meg, the review headmistress. Also linking up with Kate and Heather for friday favorites. 

 

My 2016 Summer Review. This Summer I…

Spent many mornings and evenings at home with my parents, taking in as much quality time with them as I could.

summer-dinner   

Went to Folk Fest for the entire weekend, camped by myself, and volunteered for the first time. 

folkfestsunset

Sold my baking for the first time. Created and baked literally hundreds of balls, loaves and brownies for a table at the local Farmers Market. 

alltheballs

Spent a night at Rushing River with my parents in their R-pod trailer. 

rushing-river-dock

Went fishing on the big lake with my Dad. Even caught a fish. 

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Took a few shots for some upcoming music schtuff. Started a new performer website. 

meguitar

Took both my parents out for one-on-one breakfast dates.

A&W coffees

Made a bunch of kombucha, kept my stash going all summer, and gave away babies to a couple close friends #sharethescobylove  

kombucha double

Had my first giveaway on the blog

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Had my first recipe shared on someone else’s blog

baked pancake

Found and figured out a book making program my Dad has been struggling with for years now and left him with – what I hope are clear – instructions, so he can get his project finally up and running. I think I feel best about this one. 

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Attended both weddings – my cousins’ and our dear family friends’

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Took three singing lessons and sang for one of the above mentioned weddings

Watched a handful of movies with my Dad. Star Trek and James Bond seeming to be the choice of the summer.

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….which were accompanied by many McFlurry runs

Went on a number of hikes, including one with the family, checking off all the main destinations. Rushing River: check. Tunnel Island: Check. McKenzie Portage: Check. Norman Damn: Check

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Had many outdoor picnics by myself, mostly on the grass. Where they belong. 

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Went on many ice cream dates 

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Recorded a song and shared it with you for a first time

Finished a number of books and plays: The Alchemist, Pema Chodron: Living Beautifully, The Transit of Venus, The Real World, the first half of Strange Interlude (again), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Calvacade, Stitches by Anne Lamott

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Jumped in the water…three times. Even once in my own lake

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Went on an overnight canoe trip with my girl-power-danger-nanny BFF

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Wrote and did a lot of work on my one-woman Script for school. Did a lot of research and collected different sources and now have  a solid, full beginning backbone. 

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Did my research for my first play and learned my lines. 

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Worked a lot. More than what I have been paid for, more than was fair, and more than what may have been good for my happiness or health. Worked in not very enjoyable conditions and plowed through some really uncomfortable and hurtful scenarios. But I did it. And I was able to save some money, which was kind of one of the main objectives of this summer.  

And of course….. spent two weeks touring beautiful Scotland with my entire family. 

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No matter what else may have happened, now I can look back at this post and see all the fond memories from this summer. All the things that make me remember home, relaxation and family. 

Tell me,

How do you feel when you think back to your summer?

What was your favorite thing you did?

20 COMMENTS

  1. Kristy from Southern In Law | 9th Sep 16

    Girl, you made so many incredible memories this summer – and experienced so many things! I can only hope my summer is half as great as yours!
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    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      Thanks girl. Yours is coming up so soon!!! I have a feeling you’ll have no problem making it spectacular.

  2. Casey the College Celiac | 9th Sep 16

    I feel proud when I look back at my summer. I packed so much into those months – submitting writing for publication, doing an internship, studying for and taking the GRE, doing freelance editing and moving to Colorado Springs from California – and it was stressful and crazy and awesome all at the same time.
    Casey the College Celiac recently posted…21 Reasons to Love Living in the MomentMy Profile

    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      Damn right you should feel HELLA proud. You had a crazy summer. Like… I don’t know if anyone could have fit anything more into one summer than you did. You worked so hard, both leading up to the summer and during it, so all your achievements are not to be taken lightly. I think this is one you’ll be able to look back for years to come.

  3. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 9th Sep 16

    I love looking through these lists because it really puts into perspective the variety of things we do over time, when in the moment, we may not see the whole scope. From exploring, to relaxing with picnics and ice cream, to breakfast dates, to selling your baked goods (that is SO exciting!), to promoting your singing, girllll – you are a renaissance woman!
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy recently posted…Fudgey Coconut Chocolate Peanut Butter BitesMy Profile

    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      Exactly. Its fun to make lists and do things in the moment, but I think to look back and actually see what you’ve done is really important.

  4. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood | 9th Sep 16

    You did SO MUCH this summer! Go you. I love how much quality time you spent with your dad – it’s very clear that you have a very special relationship with him!
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    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      I do I do. He’s my ultimate favorite 🙂

  5. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 9th Sep 16

    Wow you had quite a summer! I cant believe how fast it went! I think my favorite thing I did this summer was spending time at the beach with family.
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    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      It always goes so fast when you look back. I didn’t get much beach time in this summer actually… so I’m glad you got in some for the both of us!!

  6. Lyss | 9th Sep 16

    I wanna go on an outdoor picnic with you!! That sounds like a blast 🙂 Fav thing I did this summer was go on a yoga retreat!
    Lyss recently posted…Top 3 Friday 9/9/16My Profile

    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      I would LOVE our picnic date. It would be marvelous.
      So jealous of your yoga retreat. SO glad you gave this to yourself. And what an accomplishment.

  7. Emily Swanson | 9th Sep 16

    Looking back at your summer you did so much and you didn’t stay back from all the recovery challenges, soaking in the outdoors, catching fish, spending time with family, and most of all, you just LIVED an amazing summer. <3 It was absolutely amazing and I'm so grateful for the way you took us along on your summer.
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    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      Thank you Emily. I hope you are looking back and relishing in the goodness of your summer.

  8. Ellie Pell | 10th Sep 16

    I have enjoyed reading about your summer Cora. Didn’t you also attend a music festival? My summer seemed to fly and I am really happy with all the things I did, even if it doesn’t sound exciting. I connected with many bloggers, got a few new job opportunities and learn more about myself. Onward and upward!
    Ellie Pell recently posted…When Self Acceptance Prevents You From Living Your LifeMy Profile

    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      I did! It was the folk festival I mentioned. Such a wonderful weekend.
      It doesn’t have to “sound” exciting to anyone (even though it does to me). All that matters is that there were new things that made you excited and happy. You made HUGE strides with your blog, and just from reading I have been able to tell how much you’ve grown and learned about yourself even over the last few months. You’ve had some big experiences, which lead to big personal learnings. That, my friend, is a big and awesome summer if you ask me.

  9. chasetheredgrape | 12th Sep 16

    Oh I love this list Cora, really makes me smile and reminds me of all the stories you have told us from over the summer!
    That picture at the end of you and your family – so beautiful!

    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      Thanks, Jen! Your summer is coming so soon!!

  10. Stephanie Leduc | 13th Sep 16

    It’s so nice to make these types of posts, it must be awesome for you to look back and see all the things you did!
    You’ve got one good looking fam!!!
    Stephanie Leduc recently posted…Top 3 Friday #9: The Goodbye to Summer EditionMy Profile

    • Cora | 13th Sep 16

      It is. I think everyone should make some sort of “post” or journal about things they’ve done. It really helps you remember the good things. Ha – Thanks girl!

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