Summer Resolutions Are A Thing

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Hello, hello! I’m fired up for today’s post. Not only because I’m sharing this gorgeous ruffled mini but also sharing my summer resolutions!

Hold on, Olivia. Aren’t those supposed to start in January?  

Well, no. Not necessarily.  

Summer is a season in more ways than one. You have your tangible, physical seasons that move and produce things you can see and feel and hear. Then you have your inner seasons, the ones that change and transition in your heart and mind.  

For me, summer is an exciting season! It’s a season of trying new things and stepping out of your comfort zone and being bold.  

So this summer I’m pushing myself to do a lot of new things and adopt some new habits. Once we get out of the winter slump and the spring fever, I think we’re left buzzed and restless and ready for an adventure of some sort.  

During summer I have this mindset that I have more time to do things (reality check, I don’t) but I still love the idea of using up all my long days being productive and starting new things! I’m coming up on a year of starting my blog (ahhhhh!) so as you can see, the best things begin in summertime.  

This season I’ve set three goals:

  1. Read one new book a week. 

  2. Try a new recipe each week. 

  3. Do something I’ve never done before or learn how to do something new once a week. 

1. Sounds pretty simple and straightforward but it’s actually a little tougher than it seems on paper! Do you know how much discipline it takes to read one book a week? I can hardly find time some weeks to eat a healthy meal, get some exercise, work on the blog, socialize, and get enough sleep let alone read an entire novel. But I’m persevering this season because I really want to do it. I was an avid reader as a child/adolescent and I hate that I let that part of me die off in exchange for technology stimulation and general busyness. Reading is what instilled this extreme passion for writing in me, and I feel a special connection to books. I’m so excited to get back into one of my favorite hobbies! 

2. I’m not a cooker. At. All. Can’t stand the amount of time it takes, the prep, the clean up...all of it. I wish I was some great Rachel Ray but I’d rather pick something up for the sake of convenience. However, I think cooking is a real discipline and a real art that takes time to master. So I’m giving myself this summer to explore that creative side of me! I wrote my own cookbook as a child (I believe one of the recipes was for a Meat Mountain...Just hamburger meat, chopped tomatoes and onion, piled into a heap with cheese sauce poured over it). If I can write a cookbook certainly I can follow a few new recipes, right? I think taking an hour each night to listen to my favorite music, unwind from the night, and whip up something fresh will be just what this gal needs.

3. As far as “trying something new” goes, it seems a little vague. However, I wanted it to be just that: no constraints. It could be reading an article about molecular biology, learning a new song on the piano, trying to paint with oils, or taking a new workout class. Who knows! I love the endless possibilities. I'm not always one for trying new things...I'll eat an adventurous foreign dish or switch up my makeup routine like crazy, but I tend to shy away from things I'm afraid I won't be great at. SO, this summer is about challenging that!

I would love to hear from y'all about this topic of summer resolutions. What is something you were so afraid to try or do but then ended up loving it? Favorite recipes? Book recommendations? Send them my way! 

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obviously,

olive