Let’s face it, unfortunately not all of us get to enjoy a responsibility free summer break. I wish I still had the luxury of spending all day everyday at the beach baking in the sun, but there’s this thing called real life and being an adult that has taken over. If you have the same struggle, please know you are NOT alone and maybe one day a support group will be established for this agonizing reality.
However, if you are on that 9 to 5 grind through these next couple of months I am going to equip you with a few tips and suggestions on how to beat the heat of the cubicle life.
1. Fake a vacay: You don’t need a week’s stay at a grand luxury resort in order to have a vacation. Even if it’s one night out of your weekend plan a mini trip to somewhere close and get away. A day at the beach is even useful for your sanity or a spontaneous camping trip! Be creative and get out of the house to refresh your mind.
2. Use the PTO: If you are one of those people who accumulate all the PTO you can for a “rainy day,” don’t feel bad for using a couple of days. That’s what it’s there for so don’t feel guilty for using it. In all reality I just like to work, but this summer I might just actually take a couple days and have some fun with my free time.
3. Ballin’ on a budget: So you didn’t save for a summer vacation? Good news, FUN IS FREE! There are tons of resources and ideas for free and inexpensive summer activities and date ideas. Pinterest is always my go-to for planning and sites like Groupon are always offering awesome deals on fun stuff to do especially if you have kiddos. If all else fails, Google it. Don’t let your funds ruin your summer fun.
4. Girl’s Night: Chances are you are not going to be the only one working your life away during the hot summer months, so don’t make that an excuse to not have a Girl’s Night. Once in a while will NOT hurt so go out, have a drink, and have some fun! Just make sure you don’t show up to work the next morning in last night’s makeup.
5. Summer reading list: Ok, so call me crazy or whatever, but I have a summer reading list that I actually look forward to. I will take my book with me to the beach, the pool, or on a car ride. If anyone needs some recommendations please do yourself a favor and start with “Not That Kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham.. YOU ARE WELCOME!
If any of you ladies and gents have some more summer ideas please feel free to share them! Chances are I will continue to be a workaholic this summer, but I do plan to have a little bit of fun. Even on the days you want a refund on being tricked into adulthood, just remember that I am right there on that struggle bus with you.