Summer isn’t my jive. I find myself slower to start and a bit more tired. However, I know I can work with the season, not against it. Learning to look at the blossoming flowers or cracks of sunlight at the coming of dusk. Learning to change my rhythm and expectations with this season.
I am practicing thankfulness and calming my inner child who so desperately longs for autumn and the magic that comes with it, however I am nipping my anticipation in the bud and silencing my pace to consider and reflect what I should be investing my time in, what will further my growth? We can be so easily distracted and I ask myself: how many times have I chosen in dwell in doubt instead of seeking inspiration instead? So here is my list for Summer:
✖sketching + drawing
✖normal sleep hours
✖frolicking with nature
✖writing it all down
✖tune in • stress less
✖revel in hazy days with reckless abandon (sort of)
✖Love yourself first. I believe we can be our first and perhaps worst critic. We think we must constantly be on the move, on the go, we set so many expectations on ourselves that hinder our ability to thrive. We believe that our lives must be a specific way or pattern and that others must also align with our expectations.
Whether you wish to put the pen to paper, or search for new adventures through the camera lens, or build roots + stability beneath your soles and peace of mind, you must trust in yourself first, and then invest in yourself, and then build upon yourself. Schedule your happiness in. Dance to the beat of your heart. Cook yourself a nourishing meal. Run through the nearest green grass you can find. Savor in life. Understand that life is not perfect, perhaps it was never meant consistently be so, therefore you must make everyday count. Imbue it with hope, joy, laughter, whatever you wish to integrate in your life.
Remember: Don’t focus on the curated lifestyle of others’. Instead, chose to curate your life + bliss.
When summer comes, I’m not exactly thrilled. High temperatures, redirecting my attention to summer skin care, and the unwelcome return of certain insects that like to bite kind of ruin my vibe. But there are positives! The abundance of produce, a legit reason to get out of my home to travel to another city with more desirable temperatures (here’s looking at you, Santa Barbara)
Summer also gives us a reason to spend more time outdoors. Think porch picnics, watching the sunset, post-dusk walks when the temperatures drop and you can escape the heat at the end of the day.
It’s already July and the advent of summer is right upon us. As the sun looms longer and the temperature is beginning to rise with each week, I am reminded of the value and intention of living seasonally. A change in selection when it comes to imbibing (lush iced coconut cream coffees, floral overnight oats, crispy & bright salads) has been in rotation. While summer isn’t exactly my preferred season, that doesn’t stop the flurry of inspiration. Whether its the local produce to select from, bright afterglow of sunlight
Bread hasn’t been on my radar for quite a while. Because most gluten-free breads are not vegan, and others don’t have the same taste or texture. Finally, most breads come in plastic packaging which I try to avoid. Lo and behold Bread Srsly exists to fulfill our fermented-dough-dreams.
Leaving Cambria was hard y’all, a girl can get used to a beautiful ocean view & lush green flower fields pretty fast. But I was incredibly excited for our next adventure. We made our way to San Francisco, to embark on the Alcatraz tour (which I documented on my Instagram Stories so follow me on there!) Back in the city I must say it was quite bustling but the trolleys were quite fun! We had to drive on to the next city of Santa Rosa to check in to our hotel. The next day we had breakfast at Jeffrey’s Hillside Cafe that was absolutely remarkable. We let the waitress know that I have Celiac, so she very thoughtfully and diligently took care of my order and made sure my breakfast didn’t come into any contact with allergens. They also serve a damn fine cup of vegan coffee. They do have several plant-based & vegan options for y’all! Nick & I loved our meal and with full bellies, we went up on out north.