Better (summer) habits + our weekending
One way or another, I've come to believe that I don't enjoy summer all that much. I think it's one tiny part that I'm Minnesotan-born, living in Texas, and multiple parts my attitude about that. I do truly enjoy all that summer is, with it's long days and sunshine and a-bit-more-carefree-feel, even as a working adult. I love the concerts in the park and dining al fresco. I love the trips to the pool. But if I let them, the temperatures can stifle me, making me feel a bit trapped in the A/C.
Learning and growth come from awareness, right?
So I'm looking for the good things, the green in the heat of summer during the growing season. I'm tempted to stay inside on my days off, holed up in the A/C, bemoaning the heat. And I'm sure I'll have days where that's what I do, but here are some alternatives:
- take more walks in the mornings (before peak heat) or afternoons (in peak heat, but right before taking shower)
- bring my water bottle along wherever I go
- notice fluffy clouds
- listen to worship music on walks, listening to worship music while I knit, etc.
- choose to worship while I go about my day
- spend time in the Word on my days off, first thing in the morning
- go to the pool
- venture out for smoothies, or make them at home
- pray to see the beauty in blue skies and the sticky heat and the Texas summer
For those of you that love the heat, what are your favorite ways to find joy in the summer?
At the top of my short list for this summer is a visit to Barton Springs Pool, since we've never officially been to the pool itself, and a water temperature of 68-70 degrees year-round sounds pretty amazing on a really hot day. As of July, we will have lived in Austin for four years, so I think it's time I have a visit.
Today, Nicholas and I got out and about for a bit of a midday date. He needed a haircut, so I went with him to the barber and knit, as is our usual. Then we went shopping for new jeans and a few shirts for him, since there was a sale. I tried on a linen top I didn't buy, and two cotton tanks we did buy. And then we had lunch at Honest Mary's. We ate outside, shared a kombucha, and he told me all about this YouTube channel, which sounds incredibly odd/interesting (he has 8 million subscribers, so apparently a lot of people find it the latter? If I watch some, I'll be sure to report back).
We came home, showered, and promptly took a nap on the couch, followed by some decaf coffee and a little Moonlighter, one of Nicholas' games, where I "manage the shop" and he tackles the monsters and looks for treasure in the dungeons, naturally. ;)
The best summer days are the ones with a mix of inside and out, I think? A mix of big things and little things, sunshine and breezes, but also naps in the A/C, conversation about jobs and life, and also conversations about YouTube channels and other little inconsequential things.
These are the days, because they are the days we have. I want to spend mine, even the hottest ones, acknowledging that every season has good things. So I'll look closer. I'll taste the peaches, hug Nicholas, darken my chaco tanline, drink the kombucha, feel the breeze, see that those clouds are slightly fluffier than yesterday's, and see His goodness in the heat, too.
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.