I posted this list last August, but I think it’s worth posting again beginning of summer, as a reminder that sometimes you need to put your to-do list aside and live in the moment, especially when the perfect time of year has arrived.
Summers fly by and if we don’t slow down to enjoy them, they’ll be over in no time. I’m also posting this as a reminder to myself. I’ve been busy sourcing materials and coordinating contractors for a summer renovation in Florida. But embedded between projects and productivity, there should be presence. There will be a lot to do, but also a lot to taste, see and feel.
I came up with this list of outdoor activities last year. I like to think of them as spontaneous, playful and good for the soul. Consider incorporating some of these outdoor activities into your summer this year. 🙂
1. Bring pillows and blankets outside for a private listen to nature as day turns to night.
2. Gather wildflowers and weave them into a wreath or crown.
3. Take a lantern or flashlight for a twilight walk, choosing dirt paths instead of city streets.
4. Line dry clothes outside so they are fresh and smell like sunshine.
5. Go berry picking or a farmer’s market to buy fruit and make dessert that night.
6. Set up a tent in the backyard to read books or take a nap.
7. Take off your shoes on grass, sand or dirt to feel the earth beneath your feet.
8. Visit a local botanical garden in bloom.
9. Go on a scavenger hunt with friends or family in nature. Prizes awarded!
10. On a weekday, meet up with friends at a local park for a potluck or picnic lunch.
11. Let your kids be the boss for a day and do what they want to do around town.
12. Take a last-second road trip and stay somewhere you’ve never explored.
13. Host a summery cocktail party on your porch or patio for your favorite people.
14. Try a local restaurant you’ve never been to and people-watch while sitting outdoors.
15. Drive away from the city lights on a clear night to watch the stars.
16. When it’s quiet, count sounds you hear in nature and list: birds, breezes, anything natural.
17. Set the dining table outside every night for a week.
18. Invite a friend over for an evening stroll where you share your summer highlights so far.
19. Find a nearby lake or river to swim in and look up at the clouds.
20. Watch a sunset from the highest point you can find nearby.
What outdoor activities do you make a part of your summer each year?