It feels like a bit of return to normalcy. Even though COVID has not gone away locally, the numbers of cases are significantly down. The Red Tide (algae bloom) is also significantly dissipated. There’s also been an intentional resurgence of my own Out & About planning and execution!
The third tenet of my Putting Positive Psychology into Practice is Invest in Experiences. (link here to original posting.) This means when planning activities, think about them with pleasurable Anticipation; when doing activities, be Attentive in the present moment; and when they are over, Reminisce about positive past.
I’m combining getting to know people (intentional connections) with some of my favorite things to do (be active & invest in new and/or fun experiences). In keeping with “PPPP Tenet #3”, here’s a positive reminisce on some of the fun things I’ve done this Fall:
- Helped to set up local Garden Club plant sale – a morning of outdoor physical activity plus I’m starting to recognize local flora and some folks at the club.
- Visited a Palm Arboretum and then hubby snagged an arborist doing work next door – we learned what the palms on our property are (so cool – we have 11 different types!) and which are not doing well (6 need to be removed – oh dear. 4 of those are one type – Washingtonia– but that will still leave us 10 of that type. Yes, we have a lot of palm trees!)
- Joined a monthly Bunko group – mostly new people to me (new friends?) plus an evening of fun.
- Went to an outdoor night concert – not our usual thing and not sure how often we will do this (free concert – you get what you pay for.)
- Joined in on the Taste of the Beach event – this is our usual thing and we were invited to join by a new friend!
- Returned to attending live theater (yes, masked) – I adore this activity and the first show of the season at our (new to us) local theater was delightful!
- Hosted Book Club – my first gathering on our patio; thanks hubby for the string lights!
- Donated books from my book club to local Little Library sponsors – a feel good activity and explored a new area of town.
- Did both St Pete Mural Tour & Fairgrounds.Art Exhibit – both were plans I initiated with hubby and others. Both were fun, especially as we combined each with dining out after. Have more plans like this upcoming.
- Biking to the local OctoberFest – Oops, not the 4 miles distance anticipated; it was 7.5 miles one way (other end of town versus where I expected). I made it there and back only a bit sore.
- Lunches, brunches and dinners out – thankfully Florida has lots of outdoor dining places and my tracking shows I’ve tried 11 new places this Fall so far (so cool!). Of course, my New Recipes Tried tracking has slackened off considerably.
- Walk at local state park – saw alligators (my first in the wild spotting here in this part of Florida) and an armadillo (first ever outside the zoo.)
- Spontaneous lunch date which included beer – it was a Tiki Hut! Does this make me finally a Florida retiree?
I’m learning that summer in Florida is the “slow season”. This year it overlapped with a COVID surge, a severe Red Tide, and our Big Move upheaval – quite the trifecta of hurdles that resulted in nothing on the calendar for weeks on end. (Or it felt like that at least!). The jump in activities the past few weeks and all the things I’m joining have me slightly concerned that I’m in a reactive, frantic, do-do-do mode. But I have hope that things will settle down into a good blend of doing and being.
This type of reminisce helps me stay in a positive mind-space. Any fun things you can reminisce about from your Fall activities?
Photo Credit: Me: A glorious sunrise this week!