Summer Vibin’

good morning, cyberspace!

Am I completely ignoring my current manuscript so that I can write a silly blog post about summer and all of its many happy vibes?

Yes. Yes, I am.

And let me tell you what, peasants–I have no regrets. None.

>>> SUMMER VIBIN’ <<<

IT’S SUMMER, PEASANTS! …okay, so technically it is still spring, and will continue to be spring until next month, HOWEVER. In my heart and soul and the sweat dripping down my left temple, it is most certainly summer, and y’all can’t tell me otherwise.

Summer has always been pretty hit or miss for me, actually. I’m not a huge fan of humidity. I’m not a huge fan of sweating. I’m also not a huge fan of staying cooped up inside in the air conditioning to avoid the aforementioned humidity and sweat. But in the realm of possibilities relentless, I have to admit that summer is, more often than not, the perfect time to do all of the things.

Writing. Reading. Lying comatose in the hammock out back. Sitting on the front porch with a notebook and a cat. Ice cream. Adventures with family and friends. The fact that the sun doesn’t set until approximately 9 in the afternoon. It’s just a really wonderful time of year, you know? I love the sun. I love feeling so alive after unexpectedly surviving yet another winter. I love the trees and the grass and the flowers. I just love all of it so very much.. (except for the allergies, of course. those could die in a hole and I’d be okay.)

Last year was a small collection of very sacred adventures for me. (a good recap of it all can be found in this post). And a lot of the milestones that I experienced happened during summertime, which might explain why this season now holds such a very dear place in my heart. But this summer–wild and hectic and crazy as it promises to be–is sure to be yet another huge adventure, and this time I am so ready for it.

>>> THE ADVENTURES <<<

There’s a lot happening over the next few months, folks. For one thing, my family is moving. Probably. hopefully? This has been in the works for quite a while now, but we’re finally nearing the point where it actually feels real, even if we don’t know where exactly we’re moving to yet. But it’s happening–slowly and surely–and it’s the most exciting and terrifying thing all at once. I’ve lived at the same address my entire life, and leaving this place behind will have its share of bitterness for sure. But I’m absolutely ready for what’s on the horizon. Of course, this now means that I have to find some sort of way to pack up all of my belongings and books, and I am… not really looking forward to that part of the process. I may end up having to unhaul a few of my precious children, and if that’s the case, be on the lookout for much screaming and potentially a post or two of existential dread in the coming months.

Also on the agenda for Summer, 2022 is continuing progress towards my main writing projects! My current manuscript is, of course, PROJECT SUNSET, but I’m also continuing to brainstorm THE WORST PROJECT. Aside from those, I’m trying to keep up with a consistent blog schedule and social media presence. Neither of these have necessarily stuck in the past, but eh. This time will be different, right? *insert awkward laughter here* (and we’re not even going to begin discussing all of the little side stories I want to write this year. PUMPKALAGOO has been staring at me silently from the corner for over a year now, and I’m still avoiding eye contact with it.)

What else, what else… Oh! Also happening this summer: I’m planning a small trip with two of my writing friends! As fate would have it, they’re both going to be relatively close by in my state soon, which naturally means we’re planning a road trip of sorts! I’m so excited to hug my friends again, guys. I’ve been thinking about last July a ton lately, and I desperately need that laugh-till-you-cry-as-your-friends-read-your-awful-first-draft-material sort of friendship right now.

This, of course, just barely manages to scratch the surface of all that I’d like to accomplish this summer, but as I said in my last post, my main goal for the next little while is to simply live. (or survive, as I’ve been telling myself lately.) Distinct goals and such have never been my truest of friends, though having aspirations definitely does help my motivation. But all in all, I plan on taking this summer one piece at a time, even if that means all of the aforementioned hopes are not so happily dashed. XD

>>> PLAYLISTS! <<<

Lately, I’ve been flipping through my Spotify playlists searching for the right summer vibe to listen to on my many early drives to work, and–unfortunately–I realized that I totally deleted my summer playlists from last year. #oops

After drying my single tear daintily on a napkin, I realized that this gave me the perfect excuse to start rooting through some of my old favorite songs in order to create the Ultimate Summer Vibe playlist! If you’re a music connoisseur such as myself, perhaps you will enjoy taking a listen to some of the songs I’ve compiled thus far that remind me of summertimes past. And–if you have any song recommendations for me–please link them down below! I absolutely love finding new music, and goodness knows that I need some more songs ’round here. Especially ones that scream summer. Because #vibes

Currently, I’ve got two playlists that I’m working on: one for soft summer mornings, and a second for more happy boppy summertime days. They’re both still under construction, but hopefully by the time this is posted, they’ll have a little bit more meat to them. XD

soft summer vibes to hum along with during those early morning drives to work
bright summer bops to jam to on your afternoons off!

>>> talk to me, peasants! <<<

Well, folks, that’s all I’ve got for ya today! Short. Sweet. Very very simple. I’m definitely way too excited about summer this year, but ya know what? It’s been a while since I’ve been truly excited about something, so let’s make this season the best one yet!

So tell me something GOOD happening in your life lately, friends! For me, I’m enjoying this beautiful Saturday morning (the time of me writing this) curled up in a chair with my earbuds in, music up, and my happy baby bird staring a hole through me from his perch. XD It’s my day off, and I plan on eating ice cream, poking at PROJECT SUNSET, and simply enjoying this beautiful day that God has given me.

What’s YOUR happy thought, friend? As always, let’s talk about ALL OF THE THINGS down in the comments below! And until next time…

* flings cookies in the air and disappears *

8 thoughts on “Summer Vibin’

  1. Summer is just such a magical time, honestly. :D It feels like life REALLY just happens in the summer months, especially where I live, which is cold pretty much all year. XD Love the summer playlists! <3

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  2. Okay this whole post was just a happy drop of sunshine that made me smile so much. <333

    I am definitely in the huddle-in-the-air-conditioning-until-October camp. Alas, alas, humidity and I do NOT get along and usually I dread summer. BUT, at the same time, there is SOMETHING about this season that beckons for excitement and magic and happy times, and this whole post is reminding me of that. So THANK YOU! I definitely need to remember to embrace the season instead of fight against it.

    That's so exciting you're moving!!! Although, boy, do I sympathize with the books. Oh man, last time we moved I had so many boxes of books, it was ridiculous. *hides face* But I was NOT leaving a single one of my babies behind. Who cares if there isn't room for the furniture??? THE BOOKS MUST COME.

    And EEP. That'd be so exciting if you'd get to go on a road trip with your writing buddies! I so, so hope that works out for you!!!

    I hope you have a MOST magical summer all around, my dear Kenzie! <3

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    • Oh, dude, I totally understand that! XD October is one of my favorite months ever, and I’m definitely one for beckoning its arrival. XD However! I really am enjoying this summer. I don’t know what shifted or why, but I love it!

      Okay but this is very dangerous thinking for me, because now I’m thinking perhaps I should just….take all the books….regardless of their heftiness and bulk… *rethinks everything*

      Oh my goodness! Thank you so very much, Christine!!! You are literally the sunshiniest person, I can’t 🤣🤣🤣

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  3. Good luck with moving, I hope everything goes okay! I’ve never really liked summer, because me and heat do NOT get along. It saps all my energy somehow?? And I have the bad luck to live in the SOUTH, it’s terrible. But I’m really happy to see others enjoying the season! You honestly make summer sound absolutely lovely, it’s almost enough for me to start liking the season.

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    • Meep! Thank you so much, Becky!! And honestly I can understand that. 🤣 The heat of summer is almost unbearable at times! But overall I just love the season so much. (Though I live more towards the Midwest, so I can’t even imagine Southern weather!)

      Aww! Perhaps this summer will be a beautiful one! I hope you’re able to accomplish all of the things!

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  4. Girl, I love this so much!!! Summer is my favorite season – it’s young love, ice cream, lemonade, ice tea, fireworks, lake trips, sleepovers, cherry limeades, hiking, star gazing, and all good things.

    Also, you asked for music, so here’s a handful of recommendations:
    • Saturday – Twenty One Pilots
    • We Don’t Believe What’s On TV – Twenty One Pilots
    • Glad You Exist – Dan and Shay
    • Sand In My Shoes – Dido
    • Fireflies – Owl City
    • Ready or Not – Bridget Mendler (really, her whole Hello My Name Is album feels like summer)
    • Silly People – Blanks
    • Best Day of My Life – American Authors
    • Heat Waves – Glass Animals
    • Safe and Sound – Capital Cities

    By the way, I absolutely adore your playlists.

    My happy thought is my two black kittens that terrorize our front porch.

    Good luck with moving, and have a wonderful, magical, summer!!!

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    • Oh my goodness this comment brought such a smile to my face!! I adore every single thing you mentioned here! (Oh goodness, star gazing. I ADORE stargazing!)

      Ohhhhh! I’m gonna have to take a listen to all of these! I’m recognizing quite a few of them, but there are definitely some here that I’ve never heard before! Thank you so much for the recs! (And oh my goodness thank you! I’m so glad you like my playlists!!)

      AWWWW!!! BLACK KITTENS!!! Dude those are my favorite!

      Meep! Thank you so very much! I’m so excited to go on all these wacky adventures. It’s gonna be incredible…!

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