Summer has arrived! It’s time for sunbathing, mid-day swims, bubbly drinks and shady walks in nature. Check out our guide to summer below, we’ve got lots of ideas to make this the best yet!
If you’re anything like us, you love a new season. I always get a hit of inspiration and I find that it’s a great time to reflect on the season that has passed and set goals for the one which has arrived. 3 months is a great length of time to keep you motivated and inspired by your goals. I would encourage you to set more 3 month goals than long term ones!
As we hit the warmest season, one of my biggest goals is to spend more time outdoors and to focus on connecting with nature. I’ve recently discussed this in a blog post but I think it’s really vital. In the warmer seasons we don’t often have the excuse of, ‘oh but it’s cold outside’ or ‘it’s raining!’. We need to get outside in our gardens, water our plants and make the most of the summer sun!
Setting new goals is the first step I like to take to help transition my body into the new season. Another one is to transition my diet!
We’re all about eating seasonally, so transitioning our diets is the best way to shift our bodies according to the new season. Check out our seasonal produce printable here! Stick it to your fridge and be sure to feature some of your seasonal favourites in your meals!
Summer Bucket List:
I saw that one of my favourite Instagramers had a large piece of kraft paper hung up in her kitchen with ‘Fall Bucket List’ on the top. I really love this idea of writing a short but meaningful list of things you want to experience during the current season. While I’m all about achieving your goals, listing ‘experiences’ like this is a wonderful way to encourage you to take time off and really be present. All of the things on your seasonal bucket list are designed to help you feel aligned with the seasons. For example, check out my summer bucket list below:
Habits We’re Focusing on:
If you’re planning on writing some seasonal goals, daily habits are a great way of breaking these goals down into manageable and easily trackable components. Your habits could also be weekly! I like to track my habits in a planner, this helps me ensure that I’m actually scheduling my habits into my day. I like to use the month of December to practice and plan the important habits I want to take into the new year. So start thinking about what your goals might be for 2020 and plan them for this season so you can get ahead and start 2020 off well!
Here are some of the habits we’re focusing on for summer:
Christmas: playlist and traditions -
One of my favourite things about summer is that it means Christmas is nearly here! If you haven’t got your tree up already, get it up and get in the spirit! Each evening I go into our second lounge (which has turned into the Christmas lounge) and turn on the Christmas lights, light the candles, play our Christmas playlist and even put the fire on the TV (there is a netflix movie which it literally a fire which you can put up in your lounge LIFECHANGING).
If you haven’t checked out our Christmas playlist yet, please do so! We’d also love some recommendations and any feedback. Our playlist is called, ‘A Lively Christmas’ and is available on both spotify and apple music by clicking on the links below or simply searching for our playlist in the search bar on those music applications.
This year we’re also trying a new Christmas tradition! We found a Christmas movie advent calendar which we’re planning on trying to stick to. But we’ve never really been a very traditional Christmas family so I’m really curious to hear about your Christmas traditions! Share them with us below in the comment section. Ps. I love this personalised family tradition advent calendar idea below:
What’s Coming Up This Month:
Here are some upcoming events for the Cambridge locals!
29th November - 17th December - Cambridge Christmas Festival
1st December - New World Cambridge Christmas Parade
6-7th December - Cambridge Carols by Candlelight
12th December - Christmas Craft Making at the Waipa District Libraries
14th December - Bloom Collective Twilight Christmas Market
17th December - Christmas Card Making at the Waipa District Libraries
18th January - Tamahere Antique and Collectors Fair
18th January - Tamahere Country Market
24th - 27th January - Festival One
Be sure to pop to the Cambridge Farmer’s Market on the Saturday’s before Christmas to pick up your ingredients for your Christmas menu!
Happy Summer to all our lovely readers and I hope you have a wonderful season!
From our home to yours,
Hi there! Thanks for checking out the Live Lively blog. I am so excited to share my passion for productivity, personal growth and wellbeing!