Like most teachers, I look forward to summer break with the passion of a thousand burning suns. Free time, precious free time – to think, read, travel, plan for my next school year, do some professional development, basically restore my body and my brain.
Or fall down the internet rabbit hole and wonder where all my free time went.
Does that ever happen to you? Has summer break slipped by without learning anything new, reading anything interesting or doing anything fun (or at least productive)?
So in order to combat summer break regret, I’ve started following Rosie’s lead by writing a Summer of Intentionality List that includes things I want to learn, books I want to read and things I want to do.
My husband is also a teacher, so I get the pleasure of spending my break with my sweetheart and two year old in tow.
Without further ado, here’s my list.
Summer of Intentionality 2013:
Things I Want to Learn:
Skype – This has been on my list the last few years. And yes, this is the summer to make it happen. Want to chat? Hold my hand?
Hootsuite – I love me some social media and I love me some being away from my computer. Enter Hootsuite, the perfect way to make sure I’m giving you the posts you are looking for and while still playing at the pool. I’ll definitely still be on social media, I just need a strategy and a plan.
Movie Maker – shooting and editing video have been completely out of my comfort zone and yet it is time. (I’ve already started – check out my very first video ever.)
Student Motivation – I am curious to do some research how kids learn and what motivates some to work really hard. See below for one of the books I want to read to help me figure this out.
Things I Want to Do:
Manicure – I haven’t painted my nails in years because I simply don’t think about it and I spend a lot of time on the playground. Sometimes I see other women with pretty nails and think I would like some of that too. Gift card for my birthday? And now I’ll have fancy nails too.
Pedicure – Get one. You know how I know I’m taking good care of myself? By how well I’m taking care of my feet. At home foot massage, daily moisturizing, rolling on a tennis ball, wearing shoes that aren’t flip flops plus a professional pedicure will help me have happy feet.
Foot massage – I am still unclear how I feel about this. Self-care or self-punishment? Jury is still out.
90 Minute full body massage each month. I’ve already done June and can’t wait for July.
Road trip to see Rhett Miller with friends.
Ride my bike for errands. Sacramento is super bike friendly in my neighborhood.
Nap in a hammock. I bought a hammock! I bought a hammock! Now I just need someone to put it together.
Make pie. Good god, I love pie.
Visit Minnesota grandparents.
Visit Bay Area grandparents.
Visit Mendo County grandparents.
Visit Portland friends.
Visit the swimming pool several times a week as a family.
Ride bikes as a family.
Go to the farmer’s market together.
Cook outside at the pool and eat dinner there.
Fruit picking – DONE!
Things I Want to Read:
Complete the summer reading program at the library.
What would you like to learn, do and read this summer?