Planning a successful conscious summer – 2018 edition

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day. It really starts to feel like summer here with the sunshine coming out more and lovely 20 degrees. You probably don’t know this about me but I normally don’t plan things very well. I start with great ideas, the best intentions and what I feel like a full proof plan but the execution part is never there, meaning it never happens like planned, take longer, life happens, etc. But, despite all this about me, I love to plan and organize things. I just need to work around “myself habits”. So this year I decided to write down all of the things I want to do during the summer and pick at the list one weekend at a time. Brillant right?! Well, not quite. I also want to make sure I do things consciously and responsibly. I’ll explain exactly what I mean by that.

Finding alternatives

One thing I love about Nova Scotia is the beautiful outdoors and many hiking trails available. It is a great activity for all ages and very cost effective since you can use what you have and it is mostly free to hike. One thing I changed in my “hiking kit” is the amount of paper wrapped snacks I bring and water bottles. There are so many options available now to reduce the garbage we produce and leave behind on the trail (garbage canes can only contain so much and let’s just mention wildlife). So we try as much as possible to keep our garbage in our bags until we get home, use glass or plastic containers, reusable water bottle and be mindful of where we put our feet. Nature can use a little help when it comes to letting things grow. I only learned this a few months ago but in national parks and hiking spots there often are endangered species (especially plants). They are not always labelled as sanctuary or reforestation so I just try to be mindful of the ground under my feet and stay on the path.

Discover local artisan, business owner and craftsmanship

When you look for things to do, you can discover talents in your city you didn’t even know was there. Farmers’ markets are a great place to meet local artisan and farmers which support local work. In addition, local food tastes so much better and reduce CO2 emission from the transportation. I like to discover new vegetables and fruits. You should ask them how to prepare it and spices to use and you might just find a new summer favourite. If farmers’ market is not your thing, they are lots of craft fairs, exposition, festivals and local events showcasing what your region has to offer. You need to do some research to find all the details. Some might even be free. We went to a beer festival a few weeks back and discovered some amazing local breweries we had no idea existed and now can’t wait to visit.

Chasing moments not things

This summer, I want to build memories and remember great moments with the people that matter to me. Often those don’t even cost you money or very little; like camping, picnic, strawberry picking, hiking, walking downtown, biking, bird watching, board game nights, potluck BBQ, play charades, water balloon fight, geocaching, city scavenger hunt, community cooking, watch fireworks, star gaze, visit the zoo, festivals, historical sites, beach, museum, amusement park, bowling, etc. Be creative with what you like to do and invite your friends and family to join. Cooking together is a great way to try new recipes, share the cost and have a little of everything to take with you for the week; you separate the food you made between all the participants – community cooking. Even inviting friends and family over to stay in and watch Netflix can be so much fun.

I am curious to see what do you have a plan for the summer. Are you going camping? Do you have some vacation plans? Anything you do every summer? Let me know in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please don’t forget to let and subscribe to know when I release a new post. Also, join us on Facebook via the link at the top right. I wish you a wonderful weekend and hope to see you back on the blog soon.

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