Today I start back to work after a little more than 100 days of “summer break”. While I did many hours of work, did research, wrote, and lectured throughout the summer, I hard large amounts of free time to fill. Most of the summer was a surprise to me. When I walked out of my office on the last day of work in may, I had no idea how difficult and painful so much of the summer would be. I also had no idea of certain fun aspects and surprises as well. I love summer and I’m sad to see it go, but I’m hoping this burst of 90 degree weather (where was that weather when it was only 70 and I wanted to go to the pool?!) means a nice, long, and warmer fall! Summer was difficult, but I found ways to cope and stay healthy. Summer was lots of fun, too though. Here were some of the highlights and surprises:
- In May I got to hang out with my brother who is in the military for a few days! I’m excited for any time I can get!
- I got to spend hours every week gardening, pulling weeds, and working in the yard. I found being in nature really therapeutic, and it was definitely a favorite activity of my weeks.
- I spent time before bed reading a favorite book series of mine from elementary school! It was fun to remember all those positive memories!
- I found my new favorite bike trail and also hit a new 40 mile PDR on the bike!
- I celebrated my birthday with a lot of fun outdoor activities!
- One of the best surprises of the summer: I became a pilates barre instructor! When I started the summer I had no plans to do this training, but it was definitely an exciting part of my summer.
- I got to go on vacation to one of my favorite places on earth: Marco Island, Florida!
- I completed my 2nd sprint triathlon!
- I finished my first round of best body bootcamp.
- Beyond that I got to spend lots of fun hours with family and friends.
- I got to watch a calf be born! That was crazy and unexpected and disgusting and really awesome all at the same time.
Despite the difficulties I’ll miss the summer. I love getting to ease into the day a little more slowly, have a more relaxed schedule, get to do way more outdoor activities, eat meals outside, etc…
But now it’s time to start back into a routine, and with that comes more planning for meals, workouts, etc… I’m excited to get back into more structure but I’m sure going to miss all the sunshine (especially since my office is in a basement and has no windows!). I guess it’s a good thing I have a job that I really do love!
What was something exciting or surprising that happened this summer?