8:00 PM I love writing lists. I love being organized and planning things ahead. What a satisfying feeling getting things off a list and moving on to new things and projects. 
A feeling of happiness comes along and I feel less stressed. 

A couple of years ago, I started writing summer bucket lists to really make the best out of the short months of hot temperatures and ice cream cravings. 
I am not a big fan of summer, but I enjoy all the good food, summer workouts outside, and all the vitamin C that makes my mood chill and zen. 
Every summer, I felt summer was faster than my plans and ideas. So my lists were just perfect to remember myself to not sleep too much and just go outside and do plenty of stuff. 

I did pretty well with this. 
Until last year.
My first little summer blues - mood swings, a lot of summer sadness, and emotions I couldn't handle at first - I "won" over these vibes later, but it was scary for me to see how different my body and brain react to different seasons and situations. 

This year, I am actually enjoying summer. 
I chose to move to a new place during the hottest week and I am still in a huge chaos of boxes and miss-placed furniture. 
I am back in the big city and with this move, I automatically told myself to do as much as I can in my first 4 weeks. Not writing anything specific down, but just making sure that my body gets a lot of recovery and fun things to see when I'm off or doing something else than moving boxes and lifting heavy things. 

I went to the theater, ate ice cream, walked in the city center at night to enjoy the warm air and bright lights, played badminton, moved my body, took deep breaths, studied more about holistic health, jumped into my new kitchen and cooked happy meals for my happy being, ate tons of watermelon, watched classic movies, and fell in love with old Stevie Wonder songs. I took a lot of rest. Ignored social media for a little bit (I also could'nt do it so often...), I studied colors and dreamed of Hawaii. My business trip gave me an extra boost with plenty of nature and green vibes which I enhaled with pure smiles. 

Oh yeah, summer isn't over yet, and I feel pretty safe saying I don't need a list that guides me through this season. 

I take it slow.
Day by day.
I am enjoying this season, but I also listen closely to my body. 
Preparing my body for a colder season soon, making sure I get all the nutrients I need. 
Making sure I breathe right.
Making sure I am grateful every day, no matter what. 

I feel pretty good right now. 
I can't believe how my perspective and especially things change after a year. 
Read about my summer blues one more time here

How's your summer so far?
Enjoying it?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself to have the summer of your life. Also don't fomo - all is good. You go steady with your own pace! Be free ~