Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps
Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
This week’s theme is “This summer, I will….”. Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!
When the post topic came up, I decided didn’t want to set new goals for the summer; I’ve got plenty in process already. So here is a bit of summer focus on goals or intentions I’ve already chosen.
This summer, I will…
- Train smart and hard for my fall/winter races, keeping my eye on Boston – this includes cutting myself some slack if needed. There’s a lot in this one bullet: the running, the ancillary work, improvements to eating, sleeping. Like everything, this is a process and journey, and I know there will be adjustments.
- Spend lots of quality time on the porch – you all know I love it on weekend afternoons. I’m finding that I enjoy reading a book out there in the evenings after dinner if the weather is tolerable, or just sitting and listening to the birds. It keeps me from spending 14 hours a day on a computer and helps me wind down differently than other activities. Some nights I’ll need to keep an eye on the time though. I like to listen to the birds as the sky darkens and the last one doesn’t stop singing till after 9pm, which is a bit late for me to be coming inside for the rest of my bedtime ritual. (train smart/hard means I need to get more sleep!)
- Indulge in the abundance of fresh produce in stores and at local farmers markets – last year I got lucky and found a sale on organic blueberries at Whole Foods, bought multiple flats, froze the berries and enjoyed them for months! I hope to have that opportunity again. I can eat a LOT of fruits and veggies, and in the summer, I let myself go wild. We’ll probably grow another pot of basil (it gets TALL) and maybe container strawberries.
- Take relaxing strolls with my DH – after dinner walks to the library or even walking to do errands on the weekend is a pleasant way to connect. Something about the movement and being outside creates a different headspace and different conversations.
- Look for and create opportunities to have fun even for just a few minutes – I’ve put focus on this once or twice before and it’s worth it. I’ve written sayings on our steps and drawn pictures with sidewalk chalk, blown soap bubbles off the porch, put up whimsical decorations, and made popsicles. Laughing, being goofy, and doing things that bring a smile are underrated. The small moments and little pleasures can be some of the fondest memories.
What are your “I Will”s for this summer?