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.
Spent many mornings and evenings at home with my parents, taking in as much quality time with them as I could.
Went to Folk Fest for the entire weekend, camped by myself, and volunteered for the first time.
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.
Spent a night at Rushing River with my parents in their R-pod trailer.
Went fishing on the big lake with my Dad. Even caught a fish.
Took a few shots for some upcoming music schtuff. Started a new performer website.
Took both my parents out for one-on-one breakfast dates.
Made a bunch of kombucha, kept my stash going all summer, and gave away babies to a couple close friends #sharethescobylove
Had my first giveaway on the blog
Had my first recipe shared on someone else’s blog
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.
Attended both weddings – my cousins’ and our dear family friends’
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.
….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
Had many outdoor picnics by myself, mostly on the grass. Where they belong.
Went on many ice cream dates
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
Jumped in the water…three times. Even once in my own lake
Went on an overnight canoe trip with my girl-power-danger-nanny BFF
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.
Did my research for my first play and learned my lines.
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.Summer 2016 Review. All the the things I did! #summer #family #home Click To Tweet
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.
How do you feel when you think back to your summer?
What was your favorite thing you did?
Not a hugely exciting week. But I did get a few nice things…