Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.
When I sit back and think about it, I’m stunned that we’re five months into 2017: how is it June and summer time already? Things do move much more quickly as you get older. The days are slow, but the years are quick, and I just turned 33 and I still haven’t seen the Northern Lights, and I’m supposed to be a grownup now (?) but I think I’m very bad at it and wtf. Things seem a little slower in the summer. The sun hangs on a little longer and everything feels peaceful. I, for one, am ready for summer, and ready to enjoy this new house that we’ve spent a month trying to finish.
We don’t have any summer vacations planned (*yet!*), but we do have pool access through our golf membership (and my darling sister has a house with a pool as well). I’d like to plan a long weekend to a close beach, but we’ll see where we are in July/August. Even if a weekend can simply feel like vacation, I’ll take it. Naturally, I had to give myself some goals for June, so here we go!
Be a cheapskate for thirty days. I’ve spent a lot of money in the past few months, but that’s to be expected when you’re moving, especially when you’re going from an 830-square foot, one-bedroom apartment to a 1600-square foot, 3-bedroom house with a yard. We’re buying a grill this weekend, but that’s it for “big” purchases. I have a lot of stuff that I want — the doing of stuff, not the having of stuff — and I’m never going to be able to spontaneously jet away for a long weekend in Ireland if I have seven cents in my savings because I blew it all on sombreros and pinwheels. I’d like to be able to take a big vacation in early winter of next year, but I’ll never have a chance if I don’t start now.
Commit to making at least five dinners a week at the house. Our eating out fund is redonk. I’ve justified it by saying we’re young and social, but Lord. Even small-ish dinners turn into $40 tabs. Plus, we have both gotten pudgy in the last few months (you too, Matthew, sorry), and knowing what goes into your food is a great tool for getting healthy. I’ve gotten really into 100 Days of Real Food lately, and her recipes are bomb (okay, so I might spend the money to get her cookbook — or I’ll wait ’til July and just look at what’s online). What I’ve made so far hasn’t been super hard — cauliflower fried rice, eggrolls, quiche, refried beans, etc. — but they’re all things that I would have bought at a store instead of making them. Now I get the goodness of the nutrition and the pride of saying I handmade it. Win-win.
Take my lunch to work every day. This goes hand-in-hand with my dinners resolution. I spend too much for lunches. Period. Wal-Mart’s Home Office has a bomb cafeteria that makes dank salads and veggie burgers and Mexican food and Subway. I partake a few times a week, even when I have leftovers or something else in my fridge at home. I’ve actually started meal planning for things, and that’s kind of exciting!
Commit to walking 150 miles in June. Okay, so I borrowed this from Taralynn, and I’m hitching my wagon to her challenge. It’s basically this: you walk five miles a day in June. That’s it. Even in weekdays, when I spend 8-10 hours at my office, I walk around 2.5 miles in a day. I would just have to make the effort to get home and walk the other 2.5 miles on the trail. And y’all: I could throw a baseball from my front porch and hit the trail. For as many lame-ass excuses as I make not to go, I really have none. If you decide you wanna, take a ‘gram and tag her in it!
Spend at least one day at a pool. And not care that I haven’t reached my “goal weight,” because my body is badass for the simple fact that it works.
Read a book. Any book. Just stop being a dumbass that forgot how to read.