Inspiration July 31, 2018
Adventure is calling!
Make this August terrific! Be happier, bolder and more productive with these 31 things you must do before summer ends.
Skim through our list below and then download the printable version at the bottom to physically check them off. From now until summer ends, let ENTITY help you live your life to the fullest and broaden your horizons.
What can be better than laughing and crying over “Dirty Dancing” with your girls under the starry sky?
Then write down what needs to be done to make them come true.
Pack iced tea and head to a secluded spot with good sky visibility. In-the-sky.org predicts the Perseid meteor shower in 2018 will reach “its maximum rate of activity” on August 13th.
Make a wish!
Skinny dip or not, a sunset swim with your partner sounds super sexy!
Sign up for a local creative writing workshop, or take a macaron baking class. Or perfect your French. Get scuba-diving certified. Learn underwater welding. Really, the sky is the limit.
Art inspires, intrigues and heals us.
British philosopher Alain de Botton told BBC that “Art is a therapy.” In his book, the philosopher explains that art helps us to exist with greater equanimity and self-understanding. He then talks about how observing art objects helps us express our personalities and provide mental escape from depression and melancholia.
So go to that art exhibit and observe, express and thrive.
Like waking up every morning at sunrise, or meditating at your lunch break for 15 minutes.
Make your own pizza! It can be healthier and more entertaining. Try traditional toppings, or have fun with these super weird ones.
Unsubscribing from promotional emails not only makes you more organized but also quells anxiety. Having a “clean” mailbox will make you feel more accomplished and less overwhelmed.
Imagine yourself surrounded by greenery while snacking on peach pies, fresh veggie salads, sandwiches and lemonade. Summer picnics are one of the most easiest activities to plan, but they’re also one of the most rewarding!
For an even more relaxing experience, leave your phone at home and bring something to read under the tree. You’ll feel like a Jane Austen novel heroine.
Sell and donate pieces that don’t make you happy anymore. Try Project 333. Pick 33 of your favorite pieces of clothing, jewelry and shoes, then only wear those items for a month. And because you can’t buy anything new, this challenge is fun as well as money-saving!
Use the “reverse” rule. If you’re really into memoirs , read the latest fiction piece on The New Yorker Fiction web page. If you’re a sci-fi fanatic, read a romantic short story or novella, like Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or Alice Munro’s “Dear Life.”
We know it’s hard, but please try. Disconnecting from the virtual world could be cleansing and empowering! Besides giving us poor posture and Fear of Missing Out syndrome, smartphone addiction affects our brain chemistry and causes anxiety, according to Science Daily.
Also, learn about how deleting social media makes you happier!
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that hearing your mother’s voice helps lower stress. If you live close to your parents, plan a fun family activity. If you live far, schedule a Skype conversation or simply call them on the phone.
This might seem a little anticipatory, but coming up with exciting adventures to experience in autumn can be fun! We suggest including a search for the best croissants in town, a day of shopping for fall-scented candles and a collage made out of your prettiest summer photos.
Almost no one uses snail mail anymore. So bring back the romance and surprise a friend or a loved one with a good, old-fashioned letter!
You can even turn it into an experience. Write drafts. Spend hours choosing a postcard. Use your favorite elegant pen and watch a few calligraphy tutorials on YouTube. Who knew mail could be so fun?
Eating healthy is important, but treating yourself from time to time is also crucial to our well-being.
“When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for, and contented, which boosts our self-command—and self-command helps us maintain our healthy habits,” says “happiness expert” Gretchen Rubin, in her book “Better Than Before.”
So practice self-compassion, and have fun with your ice cream!
Russian blintzes with caviar, Swedish Princess cake, Thai Butternut Squash, Korean Beef Kabobs… Seriously, the options are endless. What sounds good to you?
Find some extra bucks in your budget to buy a cute and interactive journal specifically for this purpose.
Unleash your creativity and write a flash fiction story! Create your piece in the form of a recipe, or write about your old shoes, or describe what happened at 3:04 am in the year 1856.
A new research study conducted by University of Glasgow found that people who cycle to work have a significantly lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease than “non-active commuters”. You don’t have to bike to work, but you can improve your health and mood with a few rides this month.
Laze around with a cold drink and a tablet. Maybe you can even read some of the latest ENTITY Mag articles!
Even if you don’t, you’ll get plenty of fresh air.
No electric lights allowed! If you’d like to spice it up even more, invite friends or your bae to a dark-dining restaurant.
But first, find out which summer cocktail you are based on your zodiac sign.
Your window sills, kitchen floor or patio will do just fine. Invite your mom or grandma for useful tips and spend quality time together.
To avoid “Bridget Jones’ convertible hair,” pony up or bun your hair. Then drive off into the sunset.
How about an Italian, French, Australian or California-themed wine tasting with some awesome gourmet snacks?
Download the checklist here.
When you’re finished with these activities, don’t be sad that summer ends. You made a Fall To-Do list, so there’s even more to look forward to in autumn!
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