Summer To Do List

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Maybe it’s the tropical island native girl in me, but I love warm weather! I relish in the sun. Though this summer has not been so kind (we’ve had quite the rainy season in June – sorry, California), I’m hopeful that the last few days of sunshine we’ve been having is here to stay (even if it’s just for the season). While I will be quite busy this summer with work and personal passion projects, I have a few things I’d like to accomplish before Labor Day and the unofficial start to the fall season begins. Here is my summer wishlist. What’s on yours?

1. Take my dog to the dog beach. My labrador fur baby loves the water and is an excellent swimmer so I’m sure he will love it!

2. Spend some time at the beach (we live within walking distance to the lakefront) reading and soaking up the sun (with sunscreen, of course!). On my summer reading list is this book and this one (which I’m re-reading because it’s a must).

3. Enjoy alfresco dining on my balcony (Ah! City life!) and on our beautiful community deck.

4. Finish some small DIY home projects.

5. Spend a day at Navy Pier just chilling out and watching the fireworks.

6. Spend a weekend at a lake cottage relaxing and hanging out with my family. Also flexing my board game muscles with this and this.

7. Take a weekend trip to Vegas.

8. Begin my meditation practice (again).

9. Practice daily yoga (again).

10. Try one new thing a week (for the next 9 weeks left of summer).

Time and Tide by Christian Chaize

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This Sunday, March 8, is daylight savings time in which we will be springing forward. And, in a few weeks, spring will be here, which only means that summer can’t be too far behind. This gets me so excited even though my city is known for 2 seasons: winter and construction (or August). LolSob.

I don’t have any travel plans at least until end of May/ beginnning of June, but I do have the beach on my brain (probably because it is freezing cold here once again). I’ve always been a huge fan of Christian Chaize’s art. His beach photographs are simply stunning.┬áHis book, Time and Tide, documents 6 years that he spent photographing a beach in Portual. You should get a copy if you don’t have one already. I love mine! The pictures are absolutely stunning! I plan to tear some out (gasp!) and hang them in frames.

Here’s a sneak peek if you’d like to see what’s in the contents of the book. Are you a beach-goer? What kind of travel plans do you have coming up? I’d love to hear!

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{All photos from christianchaize.com}