It is hard to think about the end of summer when the temperature is still 101F (38C). But August is winding down; school pick up lines and school busses are a thing to deal with when driving anywhere; and the rainy season is in full swing (thunderstorms almost every day including waterspouts). One of my tenets of Putting Positive Psychology Into Practice (link here to my post on Pat’s tenets) is about experiences:
“Invest in Experiences, not things – 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.”
So it is time for a bit of positive reminisce on Summer 2022. My “What I Did This Summer” report!
This summer I had a whole list of activities planned. In my mid-summer blog post (link here – berate or celebrate), I attempted to shift my mindset to that list being not plans, but possibilities. That is a challenging mindset shift to a list-checker. In fact, I still did check-offs. But I modified a few items along the way, and added in other fun activities. I could view those new activities as substitutions, if I really want a % complete! The list began with 72 items. I added 9 new things through the summer. 20 are still unchecked. Some finagling with math could mean 80+% success, if I was one to like numbers. I do have a few days of summer left; can I boost that percentage?
The more important thing however is the positive reminiscing!
- Fun Tribe activities continued this summer, despite many of the Tribe heading north to avoid the heat. There were some new experiences: Rays baseball game, Rowdies soccer game, a distillery tour, a girl’s day trip. There were some repeat fun experiences: girls mid-day movie outing, museum visit with dinner after, two dinner & theater evenings. There were two attempts at shuffleboard but were both rained out!
- Hubby Dates. Not as many as hoped, but we did a bike ride to a local park, had a fun day trip to Weekie Watchi, visited the Tampa waterfront (on my to do list for a year!), went on a bioluminescent kayak evening, and had multiple theater dates. We also had a wonderful family visit, our first time on a plane in 3 years!
- Lots of Friend Connects happened. From multiple long distance connects (some as beach walks on my end) to meeting up with some new people (get acquainted lunches) to local friend connects (book club, lunch dates), my Intentional Connection approaches seem to be working.
- On the Foodie Front, I created a new summer cocktail for myself, had a bunch of the must-have summer foods (corn on the cob, fresh summer fruit, iced coffee, peach smoothies), went blueberry picking, and even tried a new-to-me food (soft shell crab).
- I got into crafting – playing with corks, shells, and glass beads. And now I’m starting some up-cycling glass crafting (see picture on this blog – my first attempt at glass flowers).
- Pineapples. In a summer activities for personality quiz I took, an add-on to my summer things was eating pineapple. It spent most of the summer on the to-do list, but I finally bought one, hubby cut it up, and yum. I also planted the top, and maybe will be growing my own pineapple next year! Plus, I had pineapple soft serve ice cream at a summer festival. A multi-hit on the summer possibilities list.
- I volunteered at my Garden Club’s kid’s summer camp, began a summer study program (still in progress), and turned cardio drumming into a habit. I also did a number of things solo – from a farmers market visit to shelling walks to thrift store shopping; solo activities are an out-of-comfort-zone growth area for me.
Looking back at my summer plan blog post (link here: summer plans; my blog post is a bigger commitment than the list of 72!) a big miss, once again, is not getting out on the SUP or trying the surf-ski (a type of kayak). I really do not know what is preventing me from doing this activity! Any ideas from you?
While some folks might think my seasonal list would create a negative vibe for not checking off everything, I actually found it inspirational. Throughout the summer, it reminded me of some fun things I like to do in the season, encouraged me to try new things, and now has allowed me to look back and reminisce about a lovely few months. I’ll be creating a Fall Possibilities list next!
What fun thing did you do this summer? Do you have any recommendations for my fall list?