Monday, April 11, 2011

Summer goals


In about two and a half weeks I have a SUPER AWESOME feature series coming to Sometimes Sweet that I am oh-so excited about...and in the spirit of that feature I thought I would share some of my summer goals. I make summer goals every year, and I think that these goals are always my favorite. In the past I've always had summers free of any responsibility. I was either a student or a teacher, so three months of my life were strictly all about me, and all about fun. In our younger years Hank didn't have much responsibility either, so we would travel all over the place between his summer touring, stay up until all hours of the night (and sometimes morning), I'd read a million books, and do a whole lot of beautiful nothing.

Now though, things are a bit different. Little Henry is my boss, but although I have a lot more responsibility, I am lucky enough to be able to stay home with him, which allows me the freedom to still do a lot of fun things. Now, it may only be April 11th, and it may have snowed on Saturday...but I do consider May the first official start of summer, and that's next month..so, I thought I would share my summer goals with all of you today. Maybe this is jumping the gun a little but I need a little summertime sunshine motivation in my life!

Also: feel free to grab either image and use it on your blog to announce your summer goals too. I took the above photo last summer while on the Jersey Shore. Yes, that (beautiful, lovely) Jersey shore. But like I said, if you'd like to share your goals, please do! And link me in the comments so I can check yours out as well.

summer2011goals

1. Compile a summer reading list and complete it by the end of August. I will be sharing this list in an upcoming post.

2. Workout more outside than I do inside. This means: hikes, biking, swimming, long walks at dusk with my boys and Madeline.

3. Bring my D-SLR everywhere. I really need to get back into the habit of using our camera, and what better excuse than capturing all of summer's beautiful moments? I'm envisioning snapping photographs of ice cream, snow cones, beach days, and the lazy afternoons on the square.

4. Start working on our backyard. Our new home has a huge backyard...but unfortunately it's completely unlandscaped. I already have a plan for what I'd like to do, but now it's just putting that plan into motion. By Summer 2012 I am hoping to have it close to completed- extended patio, comfortable and relaxing lounging/seating, green green grass, trees, flowers, and vegetable gardens. So, getting started is a huge goal. And seeing that I have NO experience in gardening or landscaping, I will definitely need my parents' help.

5. Start a family summertime tradition. This will probably happen naturally, but I'm hoping it's a weekly trip to the ice cream parlor followed by a stroll around the square.

6.  Make a movie of our East Coast trip this summer. What this means is that I'll have to be sure to keep my Flip Cam out for the entire trip, but it will be totally worth it in the end.

7. Do not get one sunburn or get remotely tan. Sounds weird maybe, but to me this is IDEAL. I like being pale but I tan very easily, and I don't want to damage my skin whatsoever. Big floppy hats and sunscreen are (and will be) my best friend this summer.

8. Get my other thigh tattooed. I'm definitely looking forward to tattooing the front of my left thigh and maybe the backs as well. We'll see.

9. Try a new summer-fresh recipe every week. Grilled veggies, light salads, glazed tofu, berry tarts, anything with pineapple. I'd like to branch out and treat Hank to some delicious meals and desserts.

10. Visit the farmer's market once a week.

So, that's it! Those are my 10 summer goals. I have a few more along the lines of furniture re-finishing projects and around the house to-dos, but those are ongoing and not so much summer-oriented. I am REALLY excited about the above goals though and just writing them out has got me really pumped that summer is so close.

And now, what are yours?

xoxo

89 comments:

  1. i was just thinking about all my plans for the summer. This is a great way to get it all down.

    http://candilandadventures.blogspot.com/2011/04/planning-ahead.html

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  2. I LooooVE #5...

    ...and #2 is my go-to Summer goal... ♥ biking ♥...

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  3. Oh, how fun! I will definitely participate and post a link. Thanks for the inspiration!

    xo,

    Sarah

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  4. Well, the things I'll be doing this summer are hanging out at a couple of music festivals, participating in a parade of local charities and co-ordinating a summer fayre... but for the rest of the time, I'm looking forward to NOT having anything specific I intend to do. I've just got to the end of two years of scheduling and budgeting for and dealing with home renovations so I'm going to enjoy having weekends and a little money to myself - that's all!

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  5. We just had two gorgeous days here near Chicago, so this is perfect for right now. I love your summer goals.

    Here are mine:

    http://kelsterjean.blogspot.com/2011/04/2011-summer-goals.html

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  6. good luck achieving these goals! :)

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  7. Aaaaawwwww, I love the idea of a summer list.

    Here's mine:

    http://mel-lifesalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/04/dani-has-great-idea-to-make-summer.html

    xo, Mel

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  8. This gets me all excited for summer!
    Our farmers market starts soon and I cannot wait!

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  9. East coast trip?! If you come so far as Maine, I'd love to meet you! :D

    I am on my second-to-last day of vacation in Florida right now, and I somehow managed to not get even the slightest sunburn, and I'm as pale as you are! We were at the beach for two days, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for two days, and hanging out at our aunt's for the last two. Definitely lots of sunscreen, breaks in the shade, lots of water, and a hat helped.

    I am not so great with meeting long term goals but maybe I'll make a mini summer goals list and share it! Thanks Danielle!

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  10. Those goals are amazing! Mine are mostly working =[ & hanging with my ladies & the boyfriend on the weekends probably going to the beach & the local amusement park.

    Good luck in acheiving them!

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  11. Wow! I thought I was the only "weird" who didn't liked to get tanned! And man, I live in Rio! It's summer all year! Haha! So glad to know I'm not alone!
    Great goals! I may have "borrowed" s(everal)ome of them... ;D

    xoxo
    Duda

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  13. Thank you for this interesting prompt! I'm also hoping to get a thigh tattoo this summer. :) I love the idea of the Farmer's Market, I wish we had a decent one near us.

    Here are my 10 summer goals:

    http://tomakelovestay.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals.html

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  14. ooh! I admire your ambition!

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  15. Great goals! The reading list is a GREAT idea!

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  16. Your goals are fabulous!

    Here are mine - http://themommyhoodmemoirs.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals.html

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  17. Thank you thank you thank you for being the one person I've ever heard say they want to stay pale. I am also incredibly pale (I joke that my skin is like Casper the ghost's) and I've always felt bad for not being as tan as all my friends. As I grow older though, I realize that I need to not worry about getting some sun on my skin because a) trying to change what I actually am is silly b) it's healthier that way. What a great goal!

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  18. Those are some great goals! I try to go to the farmers market a lot too and then I try and make a new recipe with the different foods I find at the market.

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  19. Great idea! I'm going to post this on my blog.

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  20. Those are really great goals! I want to get outside more often this summer too.. I even started blogging on the front porch while drinking iced coffee. It's so nice!

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  21. I absolutely ADORE that one of your goals is to stay pale. That rocks.

    xo.

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  22. http://thedailylifeofmeg.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals.html

    thanks for the idea

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  23. glad you posted this! my husband and i were just talking about some summer goals last night!!

    here's mine

    http://tedandmelinda-tmehly.blogspot.com/2011/04/10-summer-goals.html

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  24. Do you have any information about getting tattooed while breastfeeding? I went in to get a new peice and was told they weren't comfortable with it since I was breastfeeding. Ahhh.... the wait while pregnant was long enough : )

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  25. Such a great idea! (I totally bought a big, floppy hat last week to go with the sunblock I'm constantly carrying.) I love making lists, so I posted one on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://www.myowleyes.net/2011/04/are-you-list-maker.html

    xo
    toridawn

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  26. hmmm... what a great post! I really need to put some thought into this... and then I'll blog about it.
    I LOVE your list! Especially getting outside to exercise more than indoors... love that!

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  27. Great goals! Looking forward to seeing your up-coming reading list. Exercising outdoors is pretty high on my summer to-do list too. x

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  28. awww so fun!!! i should do summer goals too ;)
    love
    xoxo
    Roberta

    http://www.momokoplush.com/

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  29. I love all of your goals, especially the idea of going to the farmer's market and taking more pictures.

    These are my top 10 summer goals:
    http://amandacaitlin.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals-2011.html

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  30. I love summer goals can't wait to see your summery photos as we're going into winter!

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  31. great idea! not getting sunburned is one of mine too. i get sunburned sitting in my car on the way to work so i'm really going to have to work on it!

    here is my list: http://raesock.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-2011-goals.html

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  32. love these. I am not sure what my summer goals are. I want to read and have fun outside. Do lots of yoga and get a job.

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  33. delurking here! ha, you've pretty much read my mind. i've been thinking of making a list of to do's for this summer for ever now. i finally got it done now!

    http://ramblesandranting.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals.html

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  34. Love this!! These are wonderful summer goals. :]

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  35. What a cute idea! Love your goals ma'am. Here is my post:

    http://darlingvictoria.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-2011-goals.html

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  36. Here's my list! Thanks, Danielle!

    http://zazazu.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/summer-2011-goals-a-list/

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  37. Ooh can't wait to do a Summer Goals post! This is going to be fun...

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  38. I always do a list of summer goals as well. I've started mine. The reading list will be long. Backyard improvements also on the list. And this summer, getting a tattoo is definitely on my list as well! Look forward to hearing about what you read.

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  39. Love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration! I keep tons of lists, but I will probably hold myself more accountable if they are out there for the world to see and people checking in on them. :D

    http://somidcentury.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals.html

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  40. Here's my list! Can't wait!

    http://shawnadammit.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals.html

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  41. I'm going to try and give this a go! Thanks for the awesome idea.

    http://birdsvsme.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals.html

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  42. what a sweet idea! to me, summer is my 'lazy time' with zero goals, but yours seem pretty fun! :)

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  43. I just wrote mine up! You can check them out here:

    http://bit.ly/hGGGNM

    Thank you for the great idea : )

    xo,

    Sarah

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  44. What a lovely idea and a great way to don't loose track this summer!

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  45. Point Pleasant Beach! I've lived in or around this town my entire life! :)
    I love #7
    Jilly

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  46. I love this post. I'm a teacher, so I'm going to make a bunch of goals for this summer as well. I'll let you know when I do it and credit your image!

    Thanks!

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  47. Loved this post and wrote one of my own!
    new follower also and LOVE your blog!

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  48. I loved this post, I went ahead and blogged my own too! - http://rachelinaustin.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals-2011.html

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  49. This is a really great idea! It rains all the time here in the Northwest so it really brightened my day to think of the lovely summer ahead. Thanks for this little ray of sunshine!

    http://delightfulneat.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals-and-day-72.html

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  50. love it, great idea, blogged it!

    http://maplebaconbeavertails.blogspot.com/2011/04/thursday-thoughts-summer-goals.html

    Stacey @ Maple Bacon & Beavertails

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  51. I love this idea, and I love your goals. I cannot wait to read what your summer reading list is.

    I also did a summer goals post, thanks for the idea! You can see mine here: http://porcelainheartivorytooth.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals-2011_14.html

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  52. Thanks for a great idea!!!

    Here are mine:


    http://peacocksndahlias.blogspot.com/2011/04/this-is-my-summer.html

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  53. super plans! can't to start crossing off my list.

    http://rollingintheleaves.blogspot.com/

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  55. LOVE this idea! I am a big fan of to do lists, especially ones that can involve mimosas and dinners with friends!

    Here is my summer list:
    http://thefarmily.blogspot.com/2011/04/summer-goals-2011.html

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