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Beat the Summer Blues

Summertime is a wonderful time of the year, the kids are out of school, teachers are on break, the sun is shining, and there is always so much to do. The downside is if you work full time, you can feel like your summer is passing you by! The summertime blues are a real thing, but luckily, I’ve got some tips to help you beat the summer blues, even when you work a full time job and don’t have a lot of vacation time.

Let’s face it, seeing everyone living their best life on a tropical island while you’re in the office can be downright depressing. Seeing kids at theme parks while you can barely afford a walk in the park isn’t fun either. But, before you stay down about it the rest of the summer, check out these options for beating the summer blues.

  • Schedule a “me” day. This involves no friends, unless you want to try coordinating with someone you’re close with, and it’s focus is everything you want to do. Take a sick day, we’ll call it mental health day, and go out for a manicure or pedicure, get a massage, sit in the tub for a while, whatever it is you want to do and enjoy to do, make time for it. This is a perfect tip for those working a full week or moms or dads running around doing everything for their kids and not having much time for themselves. Make “me” time and chase those summer blues away.
  • Create a new tradition. Plan ahead and set a weekend, maybe Labor Day weekend, to create a new tradition with your friends or family. It can be a family BBQ or one last pool party to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall.
  • Get outside. We all need Vitamin D to stay happy and healthy, so make sure you’re getting some of it, even if you work all day. Take a bit of time during lunch to head out or take a walk in the evening or morning before you head in. You’d be amazed what a good walk can do for your mood.
  • Make plans with friends. Yes, I know, I know, you’re super busy with catching up on everything on the weekends, but trust me, those chores can wait. If you can plan a day during the weekend with your friends to head out to a water park or check out a local waterfall, DO IT! Have some outdoor fun, and enjoy the season.
  • Look ahead to fall. If you love fall weather and are just trying to get through the summer, don’t fret, it’s almost there. Plan ahead your fall decorations and maybe start putting together some fun fall activities for you and the family to participate in.
  • Try a stay-cation. I wish we all could afford to jet off to Bermuda for a week in the summer, but if like me, that’s just not financially possible for you right now, then try something a little bit cheaper. A stay-cation is a great way to get away for the night, while not leaving your town or only going an hour or two away. You won’t have to buy a plane ticket, and you can likely get a deal for being a local. If you don’t belong to a reward program with a hotel, now would be the time to start, those points can add up and help you with your stay-cation for next year.
  • Take yourself out for ice cream. It’s a simple thing, but nothing says summer like fresh ice cream. Whether you prefer the rolled kind, the fro yo filled with toppings or a fancy artisanal flavor that you can only get at this little hole-in-the-wall place, go ahead and treat yo self! You deserve it, and even if you’re focused on health goals and keeping up with your beach body, one ice cream cone isn’t going to hurt. Enjoy the summer vibes.
  • Spend a day at the beach. Nothing says summer like the beach, and if you’ve been struggling to get that summer time feeling, go out to the water. The beach is one of my happy places, and there’s nothing better than hearing the sound of the waves. Everything is so much clearer out near the water.

I hope these tips on how to beat the summer blues help, and that you can find some fun activities to help get your spirits up. Don’t forget, a fun activity can be seeing a movie or reading a good book. My suggestions for a good movie are Spiderman: Far From Home and the Art of Racing in the Rain comes out in a few weeks, it has Milo Ventimiglia and dogs, why wouldn’t you go see it? As for a good book, I’ll be putting out a list of my favorite summertime reads that I’ve gone through this summer in a couple of days, keep an eye out for it!

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A Parisian New Year

This past weekend, I was in Paris to ring in the New Year, and celebrate with family. From delicious food to stunning architecture, there was plenty to see and do on this trip. We spent a total of 4 days there, and most of it was a winter wonderland.

Day 1

Flying in to Paris was a bit less fun than expected, though I will say, business class flights are AMAZING. I never sleep on planes, but on the 7 hour flight from DC to Germany, I slept, in a bed, and it was so helpful, especially since the end of the flying day didn’t go quite as well as the beginning. Unfortunately, during a plane change, our luggage got lost in Germany, and we had to wait several hours for our luggage to be delivered to Paris. That put a bit of a delay on our trip, so by the time we got checked in to the hotel and settled, there wasn’t much time for exploring, and instead we met up with the rest of the family for dinner and drinks.

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My little area in business class

Day 2

On this day, Sunday, we wandered around Paris seeing the main sights, like the Eiffel Tower and some Christmas markets. The Eiffel Tower is one of those landmarks that you just have to go to every time you go to Paris, so despite having been once, we hiked over again, and it was a beautiful hike in glorious cold weather. Along the way, we got to see some beautiful architecture that unfortunately you just don’t see anywhere. The old columns and the way that buildings are so modern on the inside, but still remain the same outside, is a beautiful tribute to the history of the city, without falling behind in the times.

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Day 3

New Years Eve, this day was spent touring the Louvre, as well as seeing Notre Dame. The Louvre was packed, with lines everywhere, it honestly reminded me of Disney, but even more people. However, despite that, I was able to push forward and get a picture of the Mona Lisa. There are so many beautiful pieces of art, and you can literally wander that museum for hours and still not see it all. They even have the original castle walls in some areas from when it was a castle, and let me tell you, that’s really cool to see.

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Original wall of the castle

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Day 4

New Years Day, the final full day in Paris, one spent wandering around, seeing the Arc de Triomphe and wandering different parts of the city, looking at the architecture and buildings. Unfortunately, there were protests occuring in Paris over the past couple of weeks, and we saw some of the damage from it. Shattered ATM machines, graffiti over boarded up windows. While this is the Paris that I so enjoy visiting, seeing the shops in that state was very sad, and very unfortunate for those workers who came into work to find every window cracked and smashed, in some cases, a door nearly pried open and shattered glass littering the street.

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Of course, the food was amazing, and my favorites would be the macaroons. I definitely have a soft spot for those sweet treats, and no matter what, they just aren’t the same when I order them in the U.S., so I had to stop for them not once, but twice! I ate several each day on the trip, and have several here for myself for a week.

It was cold, but beautiful, and there is nothing like wandering a Christmas marketplace in nearly freezing weather. I was happy to see they still had Christmas lights and decor up, it added something special to it, and really lit up what could have been a dreary winter day. Instead, it made it a winter wonderland with beautiful foliage, and adorable little shops set up here and there.

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However, no matter how beautiful and great all of it was, the best part was undoubtedly spending time with family. There is nothing like ringing in the New Year, and discussing resolutions with those that you love, and cherish spending time with, even if they can get on your nerves at some points during the trip. All in all, it was a great way to start 2019 fresh, and with a bang.

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