Being nearly two months into summer I thought that today would be a good time to check in with my summer manifesto. I made the list as an experiment, which is why I never shared the list here. I'm a compulsive list maker as it is, and I already have a curated life list that I maintain, so I wasn't sure if adding another list to that plate would be a good idea. The idea of a seasonal manifesto is to set small, achievable goals with the intent of making the most of that season. I struggle with finding things to enjoy about the summer months so I thought this would be a good trial run and I must say that I am loving it! It's been a great way to find things to focus on and enjoy, and it makes a handy list for thinking up things to do on open afternoons. This is a habit that I plan to keep, and something I will definitely be sharing about more in the coming seasons.
Are you interested in starting a list for summer? It's not to late! Think about the next month and a half and jot down the things you want to be sure to experience before autumn rolls around. Here's where I'm at with my list...
1. Watch 10 new (or new to me) movies.
I'm normally a movie nut during the summer, if only to escape the heat. Generally I get stuck in a rut of re-watching old favorites, which is why I made this goal. This summer I'm running behind. On the bright side, the two I have watched have both been enjoyable. Burlesque (Such a fun movie! I loved the costume design.) and The Hundred-Foot Journey (This is a must see! The acting was fantastic and it was one of those movies that makes you want to chase after your dreams. Not to mention the visuals, gorgeous.).
2. Watch the World Cup final somewhere fun.
Check! My mom won tickets to watch the match at The Chelsea theater and it was absolutely worth the price to upgrade. A giant leather couch, good margaritas, and watching the final surrounded by other passionate fans. The World Cup will definitely be a highlight of my summer.
3. Make homemade ice cream and gelato.
I've gathered up the recipes, now all I need to do pick up a few ingredients and follow through.
4. Find the perfect sangria recipe.
I made an attempt with a white wine base featuring fresh cherries and blackberries, but it was definitely a flop. Do you have a favorite recipe?
5. Read 10 new (or new to me) books.
Another slow start on this goal. Now that I'm actually going to the library regularly again I should be back on track. I haven't been thrilled with the two I've read so far, but I'm hopeful.
6. Write something.
Ever since attempting Camp NaNoWriMo back in April my fingers have been itching to write again. I have several lists of prompts bookmarked, I just need to actually set aside some uninterrupted writing time.
7. Make 10 pretty things.
I've been bad about actually documenting my craft adventures so I'm not 100% sure where I stand on this goal. After a trip to the craft store over the weekend I am excited for some upcoming DIY projects.
8. Fill some pages in my sketchbook.
In general I want to be more intentional about taking time to create again. I'm looking forward to sharing some finished pages with you later this month.
9. Organize my space.
With the purchase of two giant new shelves this is going well. I purged a ton of books last week and now I have a better idea of how I want to organize things going forward. This is probably the goal I am most excited to complete.
10. Visit the Bellagio Conservatory and art museum.
The summer kites display is always one of my favorites and the museum is currently running an exhibit of women painters from the 1870's to the mid-twentieth century with a focus on impressionism. I'm looking forward to checking both out in a few weeks.
11. Try Giada's new recipe at the Cromwell.
Check! After getting lucky with being able to reserve a table I was able to cross this goal off of my list a few weeks ago. Giada herself even made a surprise visit that night! With so many delicious things on the menu I went with her seasonal tasting menu and it didn't disappoint. I will definitely be going back, with an in-depth blog post and photos to follow.
12. Make friendship bracelets.
I did this all the time as a kid and I thought it would be fun to revisit. I picked up the supplies over the weekend so this will be happening soon.
13. Have a picnic.
With the heat we've been having I'm thinking this will be a breakfast picnic, but still something to look forward to.
14. Take a class.
This summer I applied to go back to school, but due to some life circumstances I was unable to follow through with enrollment even though I was accepted. Looking at that experience I decided then and there that even if I won't formally be pursing studies again I can still decide to keep learning. Do you have any favorite online classes that you've taken?
15. Make a summer memory book. I've been saving concert tickets and little trinkets for as long as I can remember, but I almost always just end up putting them in a giant box. This summer I want that to be different! I want to put together a memory book of some kind when the season is over to commemorate it by.
What's on your summer manifesto? Are there any goals that you're trying to accomplish before autumn arrives?