Summer To-Do List


With the Summer Solstice last Saturday, I thought it was only appropriate to share a few simple things I’ll be aspiring to do these next few months…

1. Paint. Just for Me.
Some of you may remember when I had a “Just My Type” column on this blog (readers would suggest quotes, lyrics, or names which I would illustrate and post in return). Unfortunately, as more and more lettering freelance poured in, I rarely found the time or energy to fill requests, and jobs slowly took the place of that series. What I’ve noticed without the column, is I truly miss just creating for me (and you obviously) but moreover, without the pressure of a client or art director. There’s something truly fulfilling about drawing what feels right and expressive to you and not taking the time to dwell on how it may be received by others.
2. Beach Time to Unwind
After a winter like this last one, all mid-westerners deserve a little sun and sand. Ey! And don’t you dare check that email.
3. Eat Local & Learn to Cook
I recently signed up for Fresh Fork Market, a foods subscription service of local produce, pasture raised meats and artisan cheese from farms around the area. It supports a cause I’m truly passionate about while eliminating grocery shopping almost entirely…but it’s a lot…and what is kohlrabi again? I have a lot of culinary catching up to do if I want to keep up with these deliveries.
4. Yoga or Meditation
Alright, I’ll be honest for a moment. I’m not a big yoga person…at least I wasn’t. It’s been so long since my last class, I’m not even sure where I stand on the topic anymore. Slowing down is a real issue for me, as I’m sure many of you other creative minds. Our thoughts are in a million places, our to-do lists are ever-growing, and here they want me to “clear my mind, focus on my breathing all while standing on my what?!” That was my yoga stream of consciousness in high school and college, but now I think it could be nice if someone forced me to pump the brakes instead of “go, go, GO.”
5. Read
Actual books. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…and probably again…and maybe one more time before it actually happens.
6. Cedar Point
Football and roller coasters, the few things Ohio does and does well. It’s been a friendly tradition for years and I’m not stopping now! No Max Air this year though. Woof.
7. Get My Health in Order
Teeth. Tummy. Eyes. Mind.
8. Dance
While art and design has always been my first love, I was a dance minor in college. Since, I haven’t really had too much opportunity to express myself in that creative form. If there is anything I have learned in my later years, it’s when you find a means of physical activity you actually enjoy, don’t ever let it go. This summer I plan to fit at least a few classes into my schedule or even find an available studio space all to myself. Any suggestions?
9. Find my Faith
Similar to many 20-somethings, I grew up with the church but no longer attend. I’m not really sure where I stand on this matter, I’m not really sure what I believe, but I would like to find out.
10. Open Shop
I have a few things in the works and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Surprises in store soon.
Those are just a few cues I would like to hit this summer. I’ll let you know how it goes and I would love to hear some of your aspirations! Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for a few days in NYC so once again, no Friday post (try not to cry I know it’s hard). Have a perfect rest of the week and I will see you next Wednesday!


  • June 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    That local shopping service sounds incredible. I try and hit up the farmers markets as much as I can, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. So yeah, that’s a great idea. Actually this whole post is wonderful and I hope you make headway on your goals this summer!

    • July 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm // Reply

      It’s super convenient Jessica, I highly recommend if they make stops around Akron. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

  • June 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm // Reply

    This is a fantastic list if you ask me! We have a very similar list of to-do’s. I need to read more and the beach is always a fabulous idea.


    • July 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm // Reply

      Amen. Let me know if you have any beachy summer read recommendations!

  • June 26, 2014 at 2:43 am // Reply

    such a good list. A lot of things on there I should try and do as well (except dance- I am hopeless :-P) have a lovely time in New York!

    • July 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm // Reply

      Thank you doll! It was a great time…exhausting, but a great time. :)

  • June 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm // Reply

    I love your to-do list. It’s honest and full of things that are really wholesome. I personally really like Yoga and started doing Bikram yoga. It’s pretty good although, it does get a bit sweaty!
    Good luck with the list and enjoy the summer! xox

    • July 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm // Reply

      Is Bikram like hot yoga? I’ve always heard of it but wasn’t exactly clear on the details. Would love to try it, I hear great things! :)

  • July 2, 2014 at 6:22 am // Reply

    I can’t believe I live in California and don’t visit the beach more often. Goal for Summer: do just that–visit more often.

    • July 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm // Reply

      Great goal Kate. My friends on the west coast always say the same thing. When you have unlimited accessibility it’s easy to take for granted. Regardless, I am whole-heartedly jealous. ;)

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