Saturday, 29 August 2015

How to Summer List | A Re-do

At some point after my 'How to Summer' post and filling in the list, I misplaced the sheet. In the midst of my move it got lost among other papers and folders. At the very end of July, with just four weeks of summer left, I found it hiding in my craft box. And I felt a little heartbroken.

I started ticking off what I had achieved. Which seemed like very little. Sure I'd finished two of the bulky books that made my list. I'd Staycation-ed it up in Donegal. I'd gone to see two of my favourite bands.


But they were things I hadn't originally thought deserved a place on my list. They were easy to achieve. I'd already bought tickets to see The Libertines and The Gaslight Anthem. Why would I not make it?

And so I went into August with the cloud of 'what have I accomplished with my summer' hanging over me.

Here's what I can say I know about 'How To Summer':

- I got my festival on over 3 days at Longitude.

- I ate Thai food by the canal.

- I ate Thai food in a fancy restaurant.

- I had my first crafting tea party. In fact I had two.

- I caught up with so many of my friends, some I hadn't seen for ages.

- Walked everywhere.

- I made a Fairy Door, cards, and a Dreamcatcher.

- Caught up on my Scrapbooking.

- Gave my blog a subtle make-over that made me feel like a coding expert.

- Finished a ridiculous amount of books I'd always wanted to read.

- Got over my fear of cooking eggs.

- Enjoyed a Sunday treat at Yogism.

- Experienced eating out at loads of new places.

- Visited home a lot and got lots of family and pet time in.

- Treated myself with Ginos, mochas, Murphy's ice cream, and other lovely desserts.

- But balanced it with my own cooking and healthy eating.

- Experienced Dublin Zoo for the first time this decade.

- Went to the cinema a ridiculous 4 times, including being brave and going on my lonesome.

- Spent lots of time outdoors.

- Felt happier than I've ever felt. And that's what important. Who cares if I didn't tick off everything on a silly list. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, and I smiled a lot. That's How You Summer.


23 comments:

  1. That sounds like a perfect summer, I wonder would it have been the same had you not lost your list? Sometimes, things happen for a reason, I am so glad you're smiling (and you've gotten over your fear of cooking eggs!!)
    Nicola xx

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    1. That's a good point, I think if I'd had the list I would have felt much more pressured to complete everything on it, which isn't healthy either. :) x

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  2. I am happy for you, that your happier than ever! That is such a good feeling so well done, and it sounds like you had an amazing summer! I love the idea of this list! I have a post about 15 things I hope to do this summer, hopefully I can get most of them ticked off!

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    1. Oh I saw your list Sian and I think it's wonderful! Also loving your September goals. It's such a nice feeling of accomplishment when you achieve some of your goals :) x

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  3. Sounds like you've had a fab summer! I think writing a list like this is a really lovely idea; it makes you think about what you can do with your time. Having a 2 year old I'm limited to what I can do, but we can definitely write a list of things we'd like to do xx

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    1. Oh you should, I'd love to read that! xx

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  4. That sounds like an amazing summer Zoe, and a brilliant idea. It's lovely to have memories like that to look back on with the added bonus of a sense of achievement too! Great post x

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  5. Sounds like a really busy summer. Spending lots of time outside sounds like the best though. We love being outside where ever it is.

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    1. If only the weather had of been nicer for all my outdoors activities! We really missed the summer this year in Ireland

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  6. This is a great idea and you have some fab plans on yours. Definitely a good way to make sure you don't waste your summer! Xx

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  7. Sounds like a great summer. Lists are great, but life gets in the way, and as long as you enjoy what you do do, that's the important thing.

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    1. Oh I love your point Emma! So true, but I am a sucker for lists haha!

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  8. If i didn't have to work all week, I'd take this list and do it all myself! Don't half feel guilty that there's only so much we can do at weekends. X

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  9. If i didn't have to work all week, I'd take this list and do it all myself! Don't half feel guilty that there's only so much we can do at weekends. X

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    1. Oh I know Jo, wish I could have done so much more with my summer, but having only weekends off I did all I could! x

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  10. Felt happier than I've ever felt. And that's what important. Who cares if I didn't tick off everything on a silly list. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, and I smiled a lot. That's How You Summer.

    Absolutely love that line right there! Excellent stuff. Lists are fantastic and all, but it's the spontaneous little happy moments that make life a lovely thing. x

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    1. Oh thank you Mary! Every time I read that line back I do smile :) I really need to focus on happy moments more and lists less haha! xx

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  11. I'd say you've achieved LOADS this summer. And I like the list idea, I might do an autumn one.

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    1. Good plan Laura, I'm a list fiend too :) I'll be posting a little Autumn one at the weekend x

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  12. This sounds like an amazing summer! Looks like you've had such a good time and been way more productive then me! I'll have to consult your list in the future! xxx

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    1. Haha, as I said at the end, don't worry about being productive or ticking things off a list. The important thing is that you're happy :) x

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