I write this list every year of things I’ll need to survive the summer, but this one is different from years’ past.
I’m usually bragging about the relief of just having turned in my grades, completing my academic year. I turned in this year’s grades, then I quit my job. If you want to know more about that, you can read Why I No Longer Work at the University I Used to Love.
Needless to say, this summer will be different from all of the others when I was still teaching and prepping classes. This summer will include a job search and a lot of family travel. We’re also preparing to send our daughter to college in the fall, so that will make this summer unique too.
My summer workload will consist of completing edits for a book I’m publishing in the fall and volunteering in my president-elect position with College Media Association.
But most of what I do will happen on my schedule, which also will be filled with lots of sun and swimming.
In this blog’s annual tradition, here are 5 Things I’ll Need to Survive the Summer:
I’m not teaching internationally this summer for the first time since I can remember. Instead, my family is planning a fun vacation. We don’t have the details nailed down yet, but I will be crossing London off of my bucket list.
My daughter and I also are taking her senior trip to Punta Cana in June. I’m super excited to celebrate her and have some relaxation time in a tropical locale. Hit me up with your tips if you’ve been!
We are FINALLY finishing our pool and pool house project just in time for summer. I see many summer days of water and sun in my near future. Don’t worry, I will always wear sunscreen.
3. Library app
I spend even more time than usual reading during the summer. I tend not to go to the physical library, but I use Overdrive to check out ebooks. I’m going to need a lot of them!
I’m also considering buying this Kindle Oasis because it’s waterproof. Does anyone have one? Do you like it?
I’ll finally have some time this summer to get my house in order, which means I’ll being doing a lot of shopping for home decor products. I love Wayfair for these types of items. I also like Joss & Main and Ballard Designs. I’m pretty sure all of these are versions of the same company, so that explains why I like them so much. Of course, there is no shortage of places to shop.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean I don’t still have things to do. My productivity system will be in place this summer, which means I’ll be writing daily “to do” lists in my journal.
This is the short list of things I’ll need to survive the summer. I’m sure there’s other things that I’ll come to love this summer, but this is what I know I’ll need for sure.