Slowing Down For Summer

June 17, 2019

Slowing Down for the Summer
I’m coming out of a busy period and preparing to slow down for the summer. As much as I advocate slow and simple living sometimes it’s OK to admit your busy. Hopefully, it’s the kind of busy you choose but even if it isn’t then hopefully it will end soon.

My recent busy period has been a mix of work and life, unfortunately, I haven’t been busy through choice. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to simplify and live at a slower pace again. Life always seems to slow down and relax in the summer. Which is so welcome after a busy spring.

This summer I want to focus on myself and create a summer of self-care. So lots of reading, podcasts and being creative. Plus hopefully taking the time to blog a little more regularly again. Sitting down to write this post really made me realise how much I love blogging. Warning this post may get a little rambly but I wanted to have a quick chat sharing my summer plans.

Reading: I started the year feeling so enthusiastic about reading but as life slowly got busier there was less time for a cup of tea and a good book. But with the summer break, I’m looking forward to lazy days in the garden with a cold drink and a good book. I’ve just downloaded The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker for seeing it pop up as a recommendation on Goodreads. I quite enjoy a good mystery book and always love a good romance so happy to receive any recommendations.

Listening: I’m a little late with this one but I’ve started listening to The Little Chapters podcast by Jessica Rose Williams and Kayte Ferris. I’ve followed both of them on Instagram for a while and it feels like having a cuppa with a couple of friends. I find myself nodding along as I listen, it’s so refreshing to hear people discuss slowing down and rejecting the hustle culture. I’ve also been listening to The Dream Podcast which delves into the world of MLMs and pyramid schemes. I’ve found it so interesting but also makes me a little angry about how these companies prey on vulnerable people promising them great opportunities.

Watching: My Netflix list is currently very empty. I guess I’m not feeling very inspired about sitting watching TV right now. But I have heard good reviews for Dead to Me so that’s on my list for those rainy summer evenings (which let’s face it are very common in Scotland). I’m always open to recommendations for a good TV series if you have any.

Making: I recently brought myself a sewing machine with the intention of learning how to do my own alterations. At only 5,2 it’s about time I learnt how to hem my own trousers. I have a couple of things that need to be hemmed so this summer I will be teaching myself how to do this. Making my own clothes might be a bit advanced right now but it’s definitely something for the long term.

Do and See: We recently got a puppy so I’m hoping for lots of fun walks and days out this summer. I’m thinking day trips to cute villages and lots of pub lunches (hopefully out in the beer garden). I’m also hoping the weather will improve so I can get out in the garden with either a good book or a podcast. 

Summer Style: Since we chat style here a lot I may as well share some thoughts on my summer style. I’m leaning towards more practical, casual style this year. The new puppy is probably the reason for this but also life feels more casual in the summer so it makes sense that my style would reflect. Think back to basics like jeans and t-shirts nothing fussy just simple clothes.

What about you do you have any plans to slow down and relax this summer?

4 responses to “Slowing Down For Summer”

  1. Amanda S. says:

    Hi! Lots of book and show recommendations for ya:

    -Rotten: short series on where our food comes from & the drama (re: corruption, danger, & waste) that comes with it. Interesting format – each episode focuses on one food (ie: honey, peanuts)
    -foreign high school drama/mysteries: Dark (the German version of Stranger Things), Elite (the Spanish version of Riverdale), les revenants/the returned (French mystery/supernatural), Baby (Italian h.s. drama based on a true story)
    -American h.s. drama/mysteries: Riverdale, Sex Education, Sabrina

    -Romance: Normal people, American spy
    -Mystery: white elephant, The Witch Elm (so good!), the goldfinch

    Enjoy! -AS

  2. Caroline says:

    Sounds manic, but hope you get some time to yourself soon.
    I think it’s great start to be aware of how you’ve been, but also that you’re due to r&r and how you’re going to go about that. 🙂

    A new puppy sounds exciting!

    Good luck!


  3. Krystal says:

    I didn’t have a list going for summer, but now I do!

    You just reminded me that I have some fabric scraps waiting to be transformed into something usable – they’ve been tucked away for too long (out of sight, out of mind) and are ready for life!

    I hope you find time to accomplish everything you set out to do.

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