These monthly agenda posts were always my favorite to write—especially in the summer. But this summer, I feel like I am far from living my best life. After a double ear infection in early June that lasted most of the month, I was sidelined again. This time, with COVID. Despite taking every precaution imaginable (including wearing a mask since March 2020, being vaccinated and boosted, and limiting group activities 2.5 years later), I still somehow ended up with a positive test. So, let’s just say that July is not exactly starting off with the bang I thought it would (and, sadly, there were no fireworks for me this year).
As I hopefully end my quarantine soon, here are a few things on my agenda for the remainder of the month:
Go: I have yet to take a trip out east this summer. If you are a regular reader, you might be surprised by this, given how much time I spent out there the last two summers. But I’m hoping to make my way out there later this month. One thing on my itinerary for the past couple of summers has been visiting LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY. These majestic gardens and sculpture collections are open to the public, and after seeing them make quite a few appearances on Instagram, I think it’s time I explore them myself.
Read: I have fallen off the reading bandwagon and am really hoping to find some fun summer reads. The last few books I read and loved were People We Meet on Vacation, The Last Thing He Told Me, and We Were Never Here. So, if you have any book recommendations in a similar genre to these, please send them my way.
Do: One thing that got me through the early days of the pandemic (and that I still regularly do) is take a #sanitystroll. I do my best to put my phone away and schedule a few minutes in my day to take a walk and enjoy the sounds of nature (or the beach). Whether it’s a work day and I carve out time at lunch or I head out after dinner and watch the sunset as I walk, I have found these strolls to be beneficial to my mental and physical health.
Workout: No shock here, but I have also gotten a little lax with my workout routine. A few months ago, I signed up for The Ness digital so I can do their cardio sculpt workout on demand at home. Or, I can visit The Ness at their summer pop-up out east at Topping Rose and take one of their Bounce classes on a trampoline. I took a few in-person classes with them last summer, and let me tell you, Bounce is such a fun workout.
What’s on your agenda this month?