Summer is riiiight around the corner. You can totally smell it if you live in Portland. The sun is out a lot more, flowers are blooming, and some men are even pulling out sandals out of their closets. Don't worry, no one is going to get a cold or sick, because they are still wearing socks (and probably will always be worn with sandals by some if not most men I see on my commute).
With summer, there comes an unlimited amount of time. Especially if you are graduating (like us) and there is no job waiting for you yet -fingers crossed though. In order to not to spend most of my time wallowing in sadness of unemployment, I'd like to be proactive and have a few things to do this summer, which will most likely be the last carefree summer for the next few years. I'm bound to get a real job some time riiiight? ;)
Here are a few of our ideas on how to make the most out of summer days:
1. Read books
2. Go on a picnic
3. Go to the beach
4. Road trip
5. Do a cartwheel
7. New coffee shop/bar
8. Go to a barbecue
9. Visit a friend you haven't seen in awhile
10. Go to a farmer's market
11. Find a great local band
Everyone has a list of books or shows or movies that they haven't had a chance to get to throughout the year and summer is the perfect time to catch up on that. I'll share my list in some other post because it's quite extensive.
Points 2&3 are similar. I'm looking forward to wearing summer clothes, grabbing some friends and going to beautiful places of Portland to enjoy some sun and great company.
Road trip. Clara and I have been talking about taking a trip to California for ages now. This summer seems like the perfect time to do it. I've never been there which is quite a shame since it's so close!
Learn how to do a cartwheel. Now this little item has been on my bucket list ever since I remember. I honestly think that cartwheels are the epitome of a carefree summer.
Volunteer. Share your time with others. There are so many amazing organizations that need helpers. You have quite a lot of time on your hands this summer, why not help some one?Plus it'll look great on your resume.
Discover a new coffee shop/bar. How fun is it to find a new place that no one knows about. One that has a fantastic atmosphere. You can read your books here or chat with a friend. Plus you might meet someone cute -- you never know where the geek chic boys hang out.
Go to a barbecue. Barbecues are essential to a great summer in my opinion. So go to one. Wear a fabulous outfit and have fun. What would make a barbecue even better? A theme. Everyone dress up!
See a friend you haven't seen in awhile. We all get busy. Summer days are longer or it seems like they are. So catch up with an old friend. You really do not know how much you've missed them until you talk with them for an hour and rediscover all your inside jokes.
Go to a farmers market. You know what tastes like summer? Watermelon. Strawberries. Blackberries. Ok. You get the point. Go to your local farmer's market and buy fresh and delicious fruit and vegetables. Look at all the cute little trinkets that local artists are selling. Listen to some music. Walk around. Wear a floppy hat and strappy sandals and release your bohemian chic goddess. ;)
Discover a cool local band. Portland has one of the greatest music scenes there are in my humble opinion. At any night of the week there is a band playing somewhere near you. Make a point to go see as many shows as you can. Finding musicians that speak to you is one of the greatest feelings. Some of the concerts are outside so you can work on your tan as well.
And most importantly continue the job search. An awesome opportunity is bound to arise so try and make a goal to send out a resume and a CV to at least two places a week.
What are your plans for the summer? Do you like any of our ideas?