Design your summer

School's out, sun's shining!  We all look forward to the summer holidays.  It's a time for sun, sea and sand!  In New Zealand, summer falls between December and February with daytime temperatures between 20-25'C.  Schools close just before Christmas and only reopen in early February.  There's a general feeling of laid back happiness throughout the period.

But if we don't think about what we want to do in the summer and plan in advance, it can just pass by and leave a feeling of unfulfilment in the autumn.

In the Happier podcast by Gretchen Rubin, she invites us to 'Design Your Summer'.  The idea is that by being intentional with our time we can choose how to spend our summer.  Planning activities and thinking of goals can take a bit of effort but the reward is a heightened sense of anticipation and excitement.   Let's face it, even relaxing can require some forethought.

Here's what I have on my list so far!

- a trip to the Coromandel which will hopefully include another visit to Hot Water Beach
- exploring more of Auckland's beautiful beaches
- al fresco meals in our garden (we've been working hard on our lawn since March!)
- visit a weekend farmers market
- eat lunch outside as much as possible
- read one book a week
- have lots of naps
- watch a tennis match at the Australian Open in Melbourne


Muriwai Beach
Photo Credit: Krishan Mistry

How will you 
Design Your Summer?    Please leave us a comment below and let us know!

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