Here’s to Summer!

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Summer is here! Huzzah!

I don’t know what it’s like where you live but in Colorado, summer is in full-swing. Thank you, planet Earth!

With Memorial Day behind us, it’s officially summer in my book. Side Note: uhm … now that it’s warm out, can we slow this year down a bit?? We spent our Memorial Day weekend doing most of my favorite warm-weather activities: running, bbq-ing, concert-going and back-porch-beer-sipping-with-best-friends. I already feel like I had a whole summer in just three days!

And that’s just the start of it … June is shaping up to be an exceptional month and I am really looking forward ridiculously excited about it.

I feel like I have way to much to share to even attempt to discuss it all in one post so I’ll save all the plans and details for the weeks ahead. In the meantime, I hope you’ve already found a summer brew to enjoy and have plans to get outside in the coming months.

It’s summer!! Have fun!!!!

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The Simple Summer List

Happy Friday!

I hope you’re all enjoying this fabulous Friday, this lovely July, this wonderful Summer! As per usual, summer is passing by faster than I’d like it to and before we know it, it’ll be fall. (Proof: I was pinning Christmas ideas this morning. I’m sorry I can’t help it…I’m addicted to sugar plums and holly!).

Anyway, every September I look back on the summer that just zipped on by and wish I would have ______. There’s always something. “It was too fast and I didn’t get to go on a bike ride.” “I didn’t eat a popsicle!” “I never went to the pool!” Whatever it may be, not a summer passes where I don’t have just a teensy bit of regret for not doing something. And the kicker, it’s always the simplest things…like the examples above. (BTW – I’ve had, like, a million popsicles this summer. Popsicles will not be on the list.)

So, this summer is the exception! Not only have the spouse and I been enjoying our long summer days with BBQ competitions, gardening, and hosting mini-parties on our deck (and eating popsicles), but I’m committed to doing all the summer activities that I deeply enjoy for the next couple of months.

So, I present to you, The Simple Summer List. If you want to join me for any of the activities below, I’d love the company!  Leave a comment or contact me via Twitter!

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Slowing Down for Summer

I think I’m one of those people who is addicted to being busy.

Uh, ya think?

Yes. Seriously. About a week ago, I got off a plane from Atlanta, GA ending a month-long whirlwind of activity. Between family coming to visit, a baptism, a crazy May, the Garden Tour, returning to work, and my first work trip….life hasn’t slowed down at all. (Oh, there was another BBQ competition somewhere in there and the spouse took 1ST PLACE in ribs! Wowsa!)

So, why do I tell you this? Here’s why: I just read this article (thanks to lovely Andi at Polish My Crown) and it was this sentence that stopped me in my tracks. “It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint.

Well, son of a……that’s me.

See that sentence up there….a list of all the stuff I’m SOOO busy with. Uh..more like a list of fun stuff. It’s a list of things I signed up for and love to do. As a result, I’ve skipped out on other things I love to do, like reading and running. And, oh yeah, blogging. When is the last time I posted a blog? Like, a month ago? Why? Because I created an insane amount of busy out of some desire to impress….someone. The world? Myself? Bloggers? My friends? Who knows.

I got up early this morning because I read another article about being productive before breakfast. Something along the lines of ‘successful people get a bunch of stuff done before most of us eat breakfast.’ Seemed like a good idea, let’s squeeze more busy into the day when I could be sleeping!

They fooled me with the word ‘productive.’ It’s kind of a fancy, type-A way to say ‘busy.’ But I did it, except I ate breakfast immediately because I was ravenous and Cheerios were calling my name. So, instead of being productive before breakfast, I was busy before work.

But, here’s the aha moment. By busy or productive, I mean I read my favorite blogs, made my bed, enjoyed my coffee, and started this post. Meanwhile, my little dude was playing under his play gym (and he fell asleep while playing…soooo cute!) So, wait a minute, that sounds like a nice morning. That’s the kind of busy I want to be. But why the heck did I have to get up early to do something I enjoy? What the heck am I doing with the rest of my time?

So, I’m done with being busy. I’m not ‘scheduling’ time to enjoy myself. Pssshh. I’m sick of feeling required to have a list of activities to complain boast about to make me feel relevant. I’m sad that when I hear about a friend whose schedule is so packed full of appointments and meetings, that I get jealous (what’s wrong with me?). I’m tired of busy-work, of making plans, of needing to fill my days with activities because I have some ingrained need to ‘do it all.’

I don’t even know what ‘it all’ means anymore (but I thought this was an interesting take on the concept). Lately, I just want to do a good job at work. I want to spend time with my little guy. I want to be able to run without losing my breath and write when I feel like I have something to say. I want to sit in the summer sun, be careless about housework, read books I enjoy, and drink wine. I don’t want to schedule appointments with my friends, I want to enjoy spending time with them. I never again want to utter the words….‘I was going to but I didn’t have enough time.’

Maybe I’m finally prioritizing. I keep going back to this post wondering how to squeeze everything in and I’m realizing that squeezing it all in isn’t what I want. The things I want are getting overlooked; the important stuff isn’t front and center. So, I’m shaking off my need to be busy and am slowing life way, way down.

So, here’s to a lovely, lazy summer! I think I’m gonna drag the ol’ hammock out of the garage after work today and take a nap.

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Thankful Thursday: Long Days & Link Love

Happy Thursday!

Yesterday, the longest day of the year, was glorious!

Okay, ‘glorious’ is a bit strong for a day in the office, followed by running errands and a frozen lasagna dinner. Side Note: I hate to admit I eat things like ‘frozen lasagna’…makes me feel like Garfield…. but it was a busy day and we needed fast, fast, fast. We can’t be all gourmet meals all the time, now can we? But still, I should probably get on a more healthy fast, fast, fast plan and cook my own lasagna to freeze, etc. We’re working on things…we’re working on them.

Anyway, I digress. It was clearly a busy (kind of exhausting) day but when I woke up at 5am to baby cries, it was light outside. And when I put the sleepy, little angel down for the night, it was still light outside.

What the What?! Sleeping baby and it’s LIGHT OUT! Horray!! I considered drinking…but thought better of it as today doesn’t look any less busy. Instead, mama had some time to relax before bed so I decided to revisit all the bloggers that I used to follow on a daily basis. Now, that was glorious.

And I learned some shtuff that I thought you might like:

Plumb Shabby goes thrift shopping every Saturday and shares her finds here. (She’s AWESOME!)

Yes and Yes is looking for writers for her Mini Travel Guide Series. Get the deets here.

Cup of Joe taught me that Peach is IN this summer. (Planning on peachy hue during my pedicure later today).

Also, somehow my friend Jesse already knew peach was the thing this summer and has been sportin’ peachy-peach toesies all summer. There aren’t any pics of her feet online but you can be impressed by her gorgeous photoblog  here to get a sense of how cool she is.

You Are My Fave gave me a great idea for an upcoming birthday. (I’m putting my own spin on it and, if successful, I’ll boast/blog about it later.)

Caitlin is keeping it real (with regard to weight loss and mindset) post-baby on Healthy Tipping Point.

Found a super-cute spin on a veggie tray over at Oh Happy Day.

What I Wore showed off an adorable outfit that I can’t wait to copy whenever we finally get a cool day and RAIN in CO.

One Sydney Road is doing an awesome, Paris-inspired, online pop-up shop. Check it out!

On today’s Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the quiet, restful time last night and the oodles of inspiration I pulled from the lovely bloggers above (and many more who I haven’t listed).

Hope you enjoy the links above and long days of summer as much as I have! Happy Thankful Thursday!

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer Solstice!

It has been hot, hot, hot in Colorado. But, despite our raging temps, I couldn’t be happier that my favorite season has arrived!

This summer is extra special because I get to share it with my little guy….it’s his first summer ever! That means his first camping trip (hopefully), his first day at the pool, his first 4th of July, his first picnic, his first Labor Day, his first pair of sunglasses, his first time in swim trunks…..

The list goes on and on! I am thrilled to share these special moments with the little dude and am looking forward to a summer full of fun, sunshine, and memories. There are so many things to do in the summer months….I’m thinking a Summer List might be in order!

But, Stacey, shouldn’t you finish your Baby List and 30 Before 30 List first?

Meh.

Okay. You’re right. I do have a few updates on the Baby List that I never shared which I promise to post soon. And I’m working on those Classic books and flat abs I never finished before 30. I think adding a few summer-inspired ‘to do’s’ will be just the thing we need to get this blog in full swing again (oh yeah…sorry for my absence…being a mom is time-consuming).

So, the Summer List is on its way….. In the meantime, bust out your sunnies, unwrap a frozen treat, and enjoy the summer sun!

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Thankful Thursday

Today is a GORGEOUS day in Colorado!

The skies are a striking blue and the summer sun is just a-blazin’ down on us! It makes me so very thankful for sunshine! Our bright sun couldn’t have chosen a better week to really warm up – being that we’re just a couple of days into my favorite season, summer.

I’m staring out my office window today (at the Rocky Mountains…it does not suck), wistfully daydreaming about floatin’ in a pool and soakin’ up the sun while sipping on a cool, summer drink. Ahhhh, sounds nice, huh?

Daydream as I will, I have to wait until the weekend to get out and about in this perfect weather so, for now, pretty images will have to suffice.

Hope you’re out enjoying the sun today!

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