Friendly Reminders Thanks to Summer

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Since this summer has been pretty low key, I’ve had a lot of  free time on my hands. Thanks to this newfound freedom in my schedule, I am finally getting back into things I love to do but never have enough time for and expanding new  interests.  There are also some activities I do purely because they calm me down and happen to bring me back to my childhood.

I forgot how much Pinterest had to offer and the large amount of time you can spend on it.  Pinning and browsing has been a lot of fun. I keep finding cool teacher tips or useful things for my future classroom. I keep finding yummy looking gluten free and non-gluten free recipes. Now, when I click on a suggested board I can be on Pinterest for hours. It’s a bad cycle but the good thing is, I don’t have much else I need to do this summer. At some point I need to try starting another personal statement for graduate school but it’s only July 3rd. Writing for me is a breeze.

I discovered how much of a drag Facebook and technology is. If I have a choice, I usually end up reading, writing, doing something outside, or on Pinterest. I don’t really count Pinterest as technology because it taps into my creative side. I also haven’t been watching much TV.  The only show I am caught up on is Orange Is The New Black.

I am spending a lot of time reading blogs. I discovered a lot of blogs written by teachers (thanks Pinterest!) and the blogs I see from the Her Campus Bloggers are really fun reads. It is a cool way for me to see things differently and get a lot of topics thrown at me in a short time. Reading blogs fall under my summer reading category since I don’t consider it a distraction, but something that adds to my summer.

I have also been very gung-ho on reading. Since our trip to Europe, I have picked up multiple books and finished them at a fast pace. I have always been a fast reader. My most recent book I  read was “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I was probably very late to the game, but I really want to see the movie. I have a strict rule of reading the book first and then watching the movie.

I really can’t complain so far about my summer. I’ve been playing tennis, relaxing and enjoying my time off to the fullest. I am very grateful that college summers start so early. I am expecting some shock once I start working and my summers get shorter. I will cross that bridge when I get to it, for now, I am going to enjoy.

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The Next and Final Destination

Now that we are back in Boston we are finally headed to our last and final destination, the Cape. I am very excited to get there and settle into one place for a while. There is something really beautiful about where we are located and how I spend my days. Being at the Cape means I can spend the time relaxing, playing tennis and working out. It will be a lot of fun once I get there.

All of the bags we ended up bringing, and there were a lot, went to the Cape earlier than me and my mom. I am excited to start this summer off already in shape. Usually, I end up taking a month to adjust to playing tennis and getting back into shape. Instead, since I’ve been working out and consistent with my exercise it will be a lot easier to jump into a routine. I have to keep reminding myself that waking up at 6:30 isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I have to be up that early for my tennis lessons.

Having time with just my mom and dad at the Cape and then alternating weekends with the whole family is a huge blessing. It can get hectic but the slow adjustment to the larger group will be a nice way to transition into what is going to be a great summer. My plans for this summer are the following: work on graduate school applications, swim, exercise, relax and write. All of these things have to get done and doing it when I am relaxed will make the quality of the things I do better. It’s just the way I work. I am also planning on getting sleep.

It is going to be a very busy upcoming school year. I can already see that and it’s June. I am sensing I am going to need to store up on sleep and put it in a box for next year. I think I am still a little sleep deprived from the large amount of traveling we did and the constant early wake-ups. The beauty of going to the Cape is I can unpack for more than a week and do the activities I love doing and find new ones. We have a grand plan of making a newsletter based off the one we got in Santorini. Thanks to that, we are finding a lot of cool new activities near our house we had never heard about.

What might be the best thing about being on the Cape instead of in Boston is the temperature difference. In Boston today it is in the 90’s and here it is only in the 80’s. While it is still arguably very warm, and the humidity doesn’t help with the temperature, it is a nice difference. I couldn’t feel the difference when I was on the court this morning and clearly it was warm because I have a new tan line from my top but it is all good. That is what summer is about: staying fit, being active, getting some sun and napping. A lot of napping.photo

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