By: Marley Kropp, Summer 2017 Intern
Memorial Day marked the unofficial kick-off of summer, and we just passed the actual summer solstice. Before summertime zips on by, let’s take a look at how to make the most of this rejuvenating season.
Head outside. Summer is the season of lounging in hammocks, hiking, and swimming. You can rise early to enjoy cool summer mornings or stay outside late to take advantage of long days. Or you can do both, of course! Whether you take advantage of the beach, a local park, and your own backyard, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.
Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced food. Farmers’ markets usually run from late spring to early fall, so that means that they’re active all summer. If you live in or near a town with a market, you can shop for fresh produce and countless other goodies while supporting local businesses. That’s a win-win situation.
Learn a new skill. Since summer is a season of growth, it’s the perfect time to learn something new. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at gardening or you want to learn to cook a new dish. Local colleges often offer classes during shortened summer semesters, and some offer online courses. You could enroll in a one-day workshop to get started.
Slow down. Summer is a season to learn, but it’s also a season to relax. Whether you’re taking a well-deserved vacation with loved ones or relaxing solo, summer is a good time to scale down on the busyness of everyday life. Soak in the sunshine and savor the summer while it’s here.