I don’t know about you but it feels like my summer has just flown by! It feels like yesterday I was putting away my rain boots and parka for spring and taking out my sunglasses and flip-flops for the beaches. Currently, my Instagram is flooded with eager beavers waiting for those leaves to fall and change colours. Labour day may have passed but that still doesn’t mean that summer is over just yet. I know some of you may already be back in school but the weather is still nice and for the most part, the leaves have not even begun to change colours yet. If you are a beach bum and a summer lover then ‘phew‘, we are still in the clear. To keep your summer spirits up I have put together my top 8 things you need to do within the next few weeks to soak up the last true days of summer.
1. Go to the beach
First off, you need to get to the beach. Yes, that’s right you heard me. Don’t pack your swimsuit away just yet! Warm days are still upon us and that means that so are the beautiful beach days. If you don’t take advantage of the opportunity now, then once winter comes with its brutal snow storms (depending on where you live) you are going to be wishing and praying for that hot summer beach to come by.
2. Take a Last Minute Road Trip
Road trips are one of my most favourite things to do. This is a new thing for me, I used to hate doing road trips as a kid but as I get older and I get to plan my own trips and get excited for all the fun activities ahead. Look up local activities in your area where you can even make a day road trip out of. Check out a flower farm like I did here, or go visit some friends out of own or a winery for the day just to soak up the outdoors and beautiful sun.
3. Have a Picnic
There is nothing more relaxing than ending the summer off with a picnic. If you want to get romantic with it then make sure it’s a picnic at sunset! Grabbing a picnic blanket, some food, and friends is a super fun and easy activity to do with friends. The best part, it is super inexpensive and you are bound to have a great time!
4. Make a List of Goals
This is something I do annually. To keep up with my crazy schedule between, work, family, and blogging it is easy to lose track of what you want to accomplish during a specific time. In January I always set new attainable long term and short term goals for myself to help me stay focused and on task. I always use the end of summer as a benchmark to review what I have accomplished and what I need to focus on within the next 4 months of the year. I use the end of the summer as a benchmark because summer is usually crazy busy with activities and fall is busy with Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas. the first two weeks of September are usually a cool down point for me so I am able to handle things a lot easier. By making a new list of goals or refreshing your old ones you will feel a lot better and more refreshed heading on into the rest of the year.
5. “Summer Clean” – Fall Clean
Nothing feels better than a wardrobe clean. I believe everyone should start a season by cleaning out their wardrobe. There are so many benefits to it. First off you can see what you already have I your closet so you know what you don’t need to go shopping for. Secondly, you can see what you can donate. Clearing out your closet and making room by de-cluttering can be such a refreshing feeling. I clean my closet out 4 times a year because it feels like a fresh start and allows me to think and see my wardrobe more clearly.
6. Throw an Impromptu BBQ.
You never need an excuse to throw a BBQ with friends. Make sure it’s soon though. Soon enough you are going to need to wrap up that BBQ and put it away for the winter. So call up some friends, grab some burgers, and enjoy drinks together.
7. Visit a Theme Park
If you are an adrenaline junkie and looking for that one thing to get you through the last few days of summer then hit up your local amusement park and ride the roller coasters until you can’t ride no more!
8. Have a Drink on a Patio
It’s so sad to say but patio season is nearly over. I know, I am ugly crying over here as well. At the beginning of every summer season, Gavin and I run to the first patio that opens for business. We waste no time. It is the highlight of our summer days. there is nothing better than hanging out on a patio, grabbing some cold drinks, and enjoying a good platter of pub food. My favourite is nachos. I honestly can never get enough. So until they take that last patio chair away, you know where you will find Gavin and I.