Happy June! Not exactly sure when the first official day of summer is, but to me, it kicks off with Memorial Day weekend and goes until Labor Day. To celebrate, I made another summer “bucket list” of all the amazing ways to celebrate my favorite season of the year, and added a few healthy living goals here and there. Hope you enjoy and send any other ideas you might have my way…I’m always looking for new experiences (and new friends to do them with too!).
1. MAKE YOGA PART OF MY WEEKLY ROUTINE
I’m not really sure why (since I loooooooove to get my stretch on), but I don’t go to yoga as much as I should. Even when it feels like I should be tackling my to do list or working on something else, the minute I hit the mat I fall in love with my yoga practice all over again. I’m lucky to have a few friends here in Austin that are yoga regulars themselves (Hi Keena!) and it’s just as good for my body as it is my sanity. Even if I can’t scramble out of work early enough to make a class, I’m setting an intention to start rolling out my mat at home and getting my flow on. Oh and to reference the above picture: don’t ever drink wine before going to a hot yoga class. Just trust me on this one.
2. HIKE ENCHANTED ROCK
Aside from yoga, I also have a huge place in my heart for taking my workouts outside – living in Corpus was great for long walks or runs on the beach (sounds so romantical…). Austin may not have a beach, but a few local friends have raved about taking a day trip to Enchanted Rock to go hiking, which is a huge ass pink granite rock a little south of town. I know absolutely nothing else about it, but based on some of the pictures I’ve seen that are absolutely stunning, what else do I need to know? Sign me up!
3. FIND A NEW FARMER’S MARKET
I’m embarrassed to say that in a town so hip on healthy living and eating local, I have yet to frequent a single farmer’s market. Time to change that and I’m kind of excited to let out my inner nutrition nerd and score some organic produce to play with at home.
4. STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
I’m pretty sure everyone else on the planet has gone and done this but me. Better late than never, right?
5. PERFECTING THE PERFECT HEALTHY (ISH) MARGARITA
If you haven’t ever checked out the Thug Kitchen blog, please do (but just not at work or around young children that can read…too many f-bombs). Then go home and make these amazing margs…my roommate introduced me to them and it was love at first sip. Since they’re all natural and low sugar (we don’t add any in and if I need it a little extra sweet, I go for stevia), they’re a great summer indulgence you won’t feel too badly about the next day. Your behavior after having a few is another story…
6. GROW SOMETHING
My roommates are landscaping rockstars and have recently put in some beds to plant some flowers, veggies, and whatever else their little green thumbs desire. I REALLY want an herb garden and I’m toying with the idea of convincing them to let me plant a little herb patch. Because there’s nothing better than fresh herbs when you’re cooking – store bought or dried herbs kind of taste like ass. You know it’s true.
7. PRACTICE SAFE SUN THIS YEAR
Ok I get it…everyone looks a little better/healthier/sexier/whatever with a tan. And for years I faithfully laid out with the best of them trying to convince my fair Polish skin to get a little color. But as a person who takes my health pretty seriously, I realize how idiotic that was. Skin cancer is no joke. And I’d rather be the whitest girl on the beach than have to get pieces of my skin removed. SO JUST WEAR YOUR DAMN SUNSCREEN ALREADY. Besides, premature wrinkles? Not so sexy.
Any other items I should add to my bucket list? Send them my way :)
Have an amazing summer!