You know it’s summer when you are trying to book a last-minute campsite on Memorial Day weekend, wishing you prepped for that bikini body back in January (oh wait… you did… for like a week), finding new recipes for fresh and colorful dishes, stocking up on books to read by the pool, wondering how you are going to ration your allotted vacation time, shaving your legs three times a week instead of three times a month, and finding every possible excuse to be outside.
Summer always seems to pass in the blink of an eye, and next thing I know, I’m realizing I did not accomplish half of what I hoped to do during these precise months.
Not this summer. I am already in the midst of consciously making lifestyle changes to become more active in my personal life and community, and this summer will serve as a great opportunity to continue these efforts. We fall into comfortable routines far too easily and it is essential to hold ourselves accountable to go out there and do what we want to do.
When I look back on my first summer living with the boyfriend in Sacramento, I want to reflect on how much fun it was. I want to live in the moment. I want to challenge myself. I want to relax. I want to be surrounded by laughter. And this is how I’ll do it:
1. Hang out by the pool. I need to begin taking advantage of living somewhere with a pool, something I have been so bad about in every apartment complex thus far. We anticipate upgrading to a house after our lease is up, so this may be the last chance I get! Until we have our own pool, obviously.
2. Jog around the entire park. It is approximately three miles, which I know is an eye roll for you fitness people, but that is a really big deal for me. If I could jog even one mile without needing to gasp for air and walk, I’d be happy.
3. Take a trip to Southern California. When we first moved to Sacramento, Jake and I expected to travel down south about once every six weeks. Yeah, that clearly did not happen. Now that our weekend schedules are clear (in other words, not working!), we need to make at least one trip to see his family and lounge on the beach. I’m aiming for 4th of July!
4. Attend a brewery festival. I’ve been to far too few of these, even in Colorado. They’re great opportunities to check out what the local breweries have to offer and sample different types of beer. I haven’t found too many of these in the Sacramento area scheduled for this summer, but I’m sure they’re out there.
5. Go camping. I want wilderness adventure. I want to hike to a remote spot where a pack of girl scouts aren’t next door so I can loudly curse when I stub my toe dancing around the fire. I want to explore the surrounding area and find a breathtaking view. I truly miss camping and I’m so ready to make more memories in a new region.
6. Find an all-time favorite brunch spot. Brunch is my jam—weekends aren’t real weekends without going out to brunch or even making an extra delicious big breakfast at home. I will seek out the best brunch in Sacramento. The requirements are well-priced bottomless mimosas (duh), beautiful outdoor patio, shaved ham for the eggs benedict, easily accessible parking, chicken fried steak (for the boyfriend), and coffee that is frequently topped off. That’s not too much to ask, right?
7. Discover the best farmers’ market. When I think of farmers’ markets, I think of the Boulder Farmers’ Market back home—it’s essentially a weekly food festival, and I’ve recently learned it is ranked as one of the 50 best in the country. Sacramento boosts that it is the leader in the farm-to-fork movement, and this city is all about farmers’ markets. It is my task to find the best which rivals the Boulder Farmers’ Market (and hope it isn’t too far from where I live so I can regularly go in the mornings).
8. Create a beautiful patio space. I want an herb garden, hanging flowers, and shrubbery that blocks my patio from the neighbors in a classy way. I want cute and comfortable furniture so I can curl up outside with a good book and a glass of wine. I want a Pinterest-perfect patio!
9. Attend an outdoor concert. I may not have one of the world’s most beautiful venues in my backyard anymore, but I keep hearing about music festivals in this area and laid-back outdoor venues where some great musicians play. Wherever they are, I’ll find a few goodies and dance dance dance.
10. Go on the Placer County Wine Trail. Yes, we are all familiar with the Wine Wonderland called Napa. While I have every intention of visiting Napa in the fall, there are some really great vineyards a little closer (and less expensive) to Sacramento. Even better, there is a map of Placer County’s boutique wineries so all the hard part is done for you. Go on a wine trail composed of personable interactions with winemakers, tastes of local wine, and beautiful scenery along the way? Don’’t mind if I do.
11. Participate in the Sacramento Color Run. I think these color runs are so awesome and I’ve heard they are a lot of fun. The Tropicolor World Tour 2016 is coming to Sacramento on August 6, so this is the perfect opportunity!
What is on your summer bucket list? How do you strategize making these goals happen? If you’re in the Sacramento area, let me know if you have any advice to achieve the above!