10 Ways To Enjoy Summer In A Surburb

10 Ways To Enjoy Summer In A Surburb

It's summertime, baby!
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As the days are getting progressively warmer and nicer as summer is nearing, it's important to start enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. Even if you're staying close to home there are plenty of ways to enjoy the fleeting summer months. If you're like me and live in a small suburb, it may seem extra hard to find a place that is both exciting and accessible but if you look closely there are actually plenty of ways to enjoy summer even while living in a three-mile suburb.

1. Bike through a park.

There's no feeling like going for a relaxing bike ride in the fresh air.

2. Go for a hike.

You may be thinking "Isn't hiking intense and where would I find somewhere to go? I live in a suburb." But in actuality there are a lot of places that offer very low-intensity hikes with high-intensity views, AKA they're amazing.

3. Go for a walk at sunrise or sunset.

For some reason, I think things look better in early morning or early night. The lighting just makes everything look softer and the air feels fresher. That sounds annoying but try it and I promise you'll like it.

4. Have a BBQ.

Barbeques are an American tradition. Even if you're a vegetarian there are veggie burgers, grilled corn and mushrooms.

5. Sit outside with a glass of lemonade or iced tea.

Nothing tastes more refreshing than sitting outside in the warm sun and then drinking a glass of cool lemonade (or if you're like me, a glass of iced tea).

6. Camp out in your back yard.

If you aren't able to get out of town for a vacation, you could always have a staycation. Set up a sleeping bag or tent in your yard and spend the night in it. Star gazing is always great fun! Even if you live closer to the city and seeing stars is a little harder, staring at the night sky is always calming.

7. Plan a day trip.

Another way to get away without really getting away is to go on day trips. Even if you have a summer job, on your day off this could be a fun thing to do. If you're lucky enough to have friends home in the summer with you, together you could plan an awesome day trip!

8. Try new restaurants or recipes.

The summer is great time to try new things! If you're able, try that new restaurant or café you've been meaning to try all year but haven't had the time to. Or if you're without a mode of transportation or short on cash try to make a new recipe at home that would be equally as delicious as something at a restaurant.

9. Spend time with yourself.

Having time off in the summer is a great way to refocus and relax. Spending time with yourself to relax is just as important as spending time with your friends. Do something that makes you happy and puts you at peace. Read, watch a movie or order food––whatever makes you feel good and relaxed.

10. Make the most of it.

Whatever you end up doing this summer, make the most of it because as they say, summer is fleeting, and though three months seems like a long time it goes by so quickly you won't even realize it until it's over. Spend time enjoying the warmth and doing what makes you happy. Happy Summer!

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.

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I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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