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Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer…

28/05/2012

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” John Lubbock

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… skinny dipping

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… stargazing

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date . . .
William Shakespeare – “Sonnet 18,” 1–4

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer? Every summer, we run around making complicated plans to be/see/do multitude things. If we’re not planing to go somewhere, we are doing something, and it can all get quite stressful; even exhausting. For this post, I thought I’d answer the Plinky question a bit differently. Instead of what we most wish to do, how about finding some simple pleasures to help us unwind this summer? Let’s simplify our lives so we can … relax, regroup, and rejuvenate.   For the rest of this post, I’ve added a few simple pleasures we can enjoy this summer. Add your ideas to the list below and have a relaxing, fun summer. Here goes, 20 simple pleasures/tips for a fun summer:
♥Lie in the grass & stargaze on a summer evening
♥sleep in and rest more on weekends
♥Go skinny dipping at dusk or dawn
♥Try a simple 2 day rejuvenating  juice cleanse

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Sam Keen

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… walk on the beach

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… Jacuzzi fun

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” Ada Louise Huxtable

♥Concoct & sip your own summer fruit cocktails in tall glasses
♥Take a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi or a bubble bath at home
♥Sit in the park and people watch
♥Take a leisurely walk on the beach

Do what we can, summer will have its flies. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… Hiking

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… Tai chi in Bryant Park

Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

♥Take a drive to the countryside
♥Hike/walk a new trail
♥Take an outdoor tai chi or yoga class
♥Learn a simple outdoor sport

There are more pleasures to indulge in below! Sending you love and light for the summer season. More below.

“Ah, summer – what power you have to make us suffer and like it” Russell Baker

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… outdoor breakfast

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… Barbeque

“It is summer, it is the solstice
the crowd is
cheering, the crowd is laughing
in detail
permanently, seriously
without thought.”
By William Carlos Williams

♥Share some laughs with friends at a humorous themed party
♥Invite friends to a potluck/summer salad recipe swap
♥Celebrate a sunny day with breakfast outside
♥Enjoy a healthy barbeque

“He was in love with life as an ant on a summer blade of grass” Ben Hecht

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasure For a Fun Summer… Picnic


Hollie CookBody Beat

Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… outdoor concert

I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
By John Vance Cheney

♥Go to an outdoor concert with family and friends
♥Go antique/bargain hunting
♥Organize a simple light and fun picnic
♥Organize a simple spa day with a few close friends

After we’ve simplified our summer by doing easy local fun stuff, let’s put our feet up and enjoy a cuppa tea and listen to our favorite relaxing music. Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What are you most looking forward to doing this summer? How do you simplify your life? What do you plan to do differently? Do share! Thank you. :-)
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)

Positive Motivation Tip: Take your time this summer to simplify your life… relax, regroup, rejuvenate.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos skinny dip, stargazing, beach walk, jacuzzi outdoors, hiking, barbeque, picnic, outdoor concert, via Wikipedia and/or outdoor breakfast from Carpet view via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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36 Comments leave one →
  1. 29/05/2012 2:19 am

    So good!

  2. 29/05/2012 2:25 am

    No plans; same old same old…

  3. 29/05/2012 2:54 am

    I want to be there. love it. ;)

  4. 29/05/2012 3:41 am

    Reblogged this on theholisticdirectory and commented:
    This is great so wanted to share :)

  5. 29/05/2012 5:51 am

    I want to do everything on this list!!! I love summer! My favorite time of year and you have captured most of the reasons in this post! xoxo

  6. 29/05/2012 7:05 am

    Great suggestions, Eliz! Love the photos and quotes also. We love eating brunch outside in our little patio…warm sun, birds singing, flowers blooming, quiet companionship…bliss. :)

    • 29/05/2012 7:59 pm

      Sounds like bliss… TY for sticking it out with me here. I still have tons of catching up to do and do some every day but it is not easy to read 3000 posts… I appreciate your faith in me and will catch up for sure. :-)

  7. 29/05/2012 8:05 am

    You already know I’m in my ‘happy place’. If we didn’t have winter would we appreciate summer as much?
    b

    • 29/05/2012 7:57 pm

      No winter, no appreciation of summer. True! Enjoy your happy place dear one. ;-)

  8. 29/05/2012 8:23 am

    Elizabeth, I was just thinking about what I want to do this summer. Thanks for some new ideas! :)

    • 29/05/2012 7:57 pm

      TY Karen and I look forwrad to your write up on what you do. :-)

  9. 29/05/2012 9:06 am

    I don’t know if it summer in my country now because some time it is raining :) But one thing for sure, it is school holiday now and I have to make some plans for the kids :) and the list that you write give me some ideas. Thank you eliz.. thinking to find some kids show for this school holiday

    • 29/05/2012 7:56 pm

      My kids are home too and just signed up at my gym for the summer. Maybe we’ll take a zumba class or two together… should be fun. :-)

  10. 29/05/2012 9:21 am

    The skinny dipping sure looks inviting. Otherwise we usually escape our summers to cooler climes :-) Lovely post as usual Elizabeth.

  11. Bree permalink
    29/05/2012 10:47 am

    I might try to skinny dip for a change this season. We only live once, right? ;-)
    B

  12. 29/05/2012 11:42 am

    Sitting outside on my deck on Sunday morning reading the NY Times.

  13. 29/05/2012 12:49 pm

    Oh, how lovely, Elizabeth. Summer’s such a beautiful time of year.

    • 29/05/2012 7:54 pm

      It sure is and that is when the blogging world slows down too. :lol:

  14. 29/05/2012 12:53 pm

    Unmissable reggae beat here. Lovely!

  15. 31/05/2012 4:07 pm

    Savoring the slower pace in the fullness of summer is absolutely never a waste! We must immerse ourselves in the high season of growth on this earth in order to gain any wisdom about how to respect and preserve the natural world.

  16. 31/05/2012 11:54 pm

    Inspiring post of Summer. All the photos are also what I look forward to this Summer. From the fun at the beach to exploring the countryside, Summer is the time to discover how wonderful the world is. Time to make great memories. Thanks. Have a great Summer my friend…

  17. 11/06/2012 6:44 am

    I love your summer ideas, but have to shelve any of them for another 6 or so months. I am sitting here with the heating on……..

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