Summer In the City

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Hot damn!  It’s summer (soon)!

If you’re anything like us, summertime changes everything… meetings are held on sunny patios instead of stuffy boardrooms, days are full of new opportunity for adventure and nights hold a magic that entices even the most scheduled professional.  But with all this potential fun to be had, it can be a huge challenge to fit everything in.

Work doesn’t stop for summer.  In some cases – like ours – it can get even busier!

Event & festival calendars fill up, while social gatherings simultaneously increase as well. Friends, relatives and guests to the city seem to appear on your doorstep at every turn, and before you know it, your tan is deep, your house is full, your wine rack is empty and you’re left wondering when on earth you’re going to sleep!  The pressure to fit everything in these seemingly short months can become fanatic, but with the right attitude, survival is within reach.

Here my top 5 tips for enjoying your summer in the city:

1. Get out of the city. 

Anywhere, go anywhere.  Go camping, take a road trip or visit a friend out of town.  Go for a day, go for a week.  If you simply can’t schedule a short trip- take a few hours and go for a hike, a bike ride, a walk… anything!  Our city is great, but we are surrounded by an amazing world!  Work may be there, but let’s be honest, it will still be there when you get back.  Use this opportunity to go on an adventure, however short – it may change everything.

2. Make a List. 

This may seem counter-intuitive, but I think you should approach your ‘funtime’ with as much discipline as your work schedule.  Make a short list of some of things you want to make sure to do, or fit in, during the summer months- and schedule them just like appointments – trust me, you won’t regret it once the rain begins to fall.

3.  Pretend to be a Tourist. 

Staying in the city can be fun too!  So often, we forget to see all the fabulous things going on right in front of us… Pretend you’re a tourist in Vancouver for the first time, or do something you would take a visitor to do:  Try a new restaurant, buy tickets to an event, or just take a new route home and see what you can find.  You never know what’s just around the corner when you take the time to explore!

4. Stick your face in the sun and your toes in the water. 

Stop.  For a moment.  Have your coffee on your balcony in the morning instead of on the run, take your lunch outside and away from your desk.  Sit on a beach, a patio, a piece of grass and stick your face in the sunshine.  Same goes for water.  Just do it.

5. Get some perspective. 

This is your life.  This is your summer.  Unless you happen to be a brain surgeon (and if so, I salute you,) or an ambassador for the UN (and even then…) – the world will not end because you decided to go for a beer.  Stay out later than usual.  Be spontaneous. let the summer sun infuse your soul.  Know the difference between what you have to do and what’s really important… taking a moment for a little perspective will help you to find the balance you need to truly enjoy this beautiful season.  (I would argue that this should apply all year long.)

See you at the beach!

And always remember:

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