Summer Summary

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I know you’ve been dying to hear how my Summer Want To list worked out. I wasn’t exactly sure how it would go considering I gave up a long time ago on making New Year’s resolutions.*

*Way too cliche if you ask me!

Overall, I found it to be a beneficial practice, one I am going to attempt* to carry out every season. More people should make seasonal want to lists. While the list can include things you want to accomplish, it should also include simple things that you don’t want to forget to do.

*Keyword: attempt!

How many times does a season pass by and you realize, only when it’s over, that you never…went to the beach…ate any thing pumpkin…took a walk…went apple picking*…only to write it all off with a sigh and the thought of, ‘Oh well, next year’ even though you know full well you will most likely forget and continue in this same repetitive pattern forever?

*And on and on and on…the situations are endless.

My Summer Want To list turned out to be my Summer Fail Safe.* Having the list helped me to decide what to do when free time or moments of boredom presented themselves.

*There is a possibility that reporting back to you all also helped.

  1. Finish reading ‘Atlas Shrugged’. Done. There were moments I was certain it wouldn’t happen–I’m looking at you Part Three, VII: This is John Galt Speaking. But I finished and now I’m delving into a million other books at once.

2. Visit a different New Jersey beach every time I go to the beach. I thought this one would be easy, but it turned out that most weekends golf won out over beaching it. We did, however, visit two new-to-us beaches and are looking forward to more next summer!

3. Start a new writing project. Done. While starting is difficult in itself, pressing on can be just as taxing. Do you sense what one of my Fall Want To’s will be?

4. Work on my golf swing. I found myself at our local golf center at least once a week, to the point where one of the maintenance guys commented, “You guys must be getting pretty good.” Ah, if only.

5. Eat ice cream as often as possible. This is perhaps my happiest, proudest, sweetest, most favorite Summer Want to item. You can bet your ice cream cone covered in rainbow sprinkles that I’ve been eating ice cream as often as possible.

6. Have ‘Guavaberry Colada Fridays’ with Lance. We started summer strong, but many times a Friday night ice cream run won out over Guavaberry Colada.

7. Be more consistent in taking notes and observing things around me. I’m going to be straight up honest. This one didn’t happen. Nope. Not even a little bit. I did, however, create several notebooks in my Evernote app. Now when interesting observations present themselves I have a place ready to jot my thoughts down.

8. Take more walks. I’m not sure what I was thinking with this one. I must have forgotten the vicious humidity of New Jersey that many days made it feel as though all the oxygen had been sucked from the outside world. I took a few walks, but not many.

9. Make something from my ‘Duff Bakes’ and ‘Donuts’ books that Hubby bought me this year. Yes and no. I made a few recipes from Duff Bakes, but nothing from Donuts. I did, however, pick up the Donuts book with the intention of making something. It just didn’t work out.

10. Continue working towards making the perfect croissant. I’ve made at least one batch of croissants every week of summer. I’ve become best friends with flour and butter, especially with butter. I love that something I was terrified of making a few years ago is now something that I can do without aide of recipe, guidelines, or other people. (Though other people are always appreciated in my kitchen during croissant making time.)

What was the best part of your summer?

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