12 Ways to Spend a Summer

“How did you spend your summer?” The infamous prompt every K-12 student will inevitably find on their desk at some point during the first week of classes. The end of summer always feels a little bittersweet, but in the back of our heads we all know the return of a routine will do us good. We are creatures of habit, after all.

Besides working 9-5, here are twelve things I did this summer:

1. I moved into my own apartment

For the first time in my life, I am living alone. And I am loving it. I moved into my own apartment on May 1, and the months that have followed have been some of my best. I am learning a lot about myself, and learning how to make meaningful use of my time when no one is around to tell me to workout, go to bed, or cook an actual meal (as opposed to eating a bagel for dinner three nights in a row). I feel independent and mature, and I love that I get to walk to work!

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2. I read a lot of books


  • Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn)

  • Sounds Like Me (Sara Bareilles)

  • Parable of the Talents (Octavia Butler)

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Maria Semple)

  • Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg)

  • The Girls (Emma Cline)

3. I ate a lot of brunch

Anyone who knows me knows I love brunch. I have a list of the best brunch spots in and around the Twin Cities and I am always looking for more recommendations. My go-to meal? Eggs Benedict. And if they don’t have it… well, it’s probably not on the Best Brunch Spots list.


4. I spent a week Up North

Growing up, my parents made a point to spend a lot of time and money planning fun and unique family vacations. We hit up Disney World, San Diego, Montana, Mexico… the list goes on. Now that we’re older, though, it’s hard to get everyone together for a trip. Luckily, we were able to make it happen this summer. My parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece and I spent a week up north near Park Rapids, MN, and it was the one and only time this summer I actually got a decent tan.

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5. I went to the beach

This summer I made a point to go to the beach every so often. I bought a new swimsuit for the first time in years and I wanted to show it off. We may not border an ocean, but Minnesota’s 10,000+ lakes make beach days one of the most desirable parts of summer.

6. I jumped out of an airplane

When I was a toddler, I used to love watching skydivers parachute out of airplanes and gracefully float to the ground. I begged my mom to take me, and finally, she did! It was scary, thrilling, a little nauseating, and mostly exciting. We jumped out of a tiny little airplane 10,000 feet in the sky, and survived to tell the tale.

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7. I went to the Farmers Market

I’ve lived in Minneapolis for four years and somehow never made it to a farmers market until this year (I know, I’m embarrassed, too). This summer I hit up both the Northeast Minneapolis farmers market, as well as the Mill City Farmers Market (which just so happens to be within walking distance from my apartment!) There’s just something about fresh produce and handcrafted goods that fills your soul and sets your weekend on the right path.

8. I entered a new relationship

I could talk about this one all day. (But don’t worry, I won’t). I met Jake on a dating app, which is hard to believe because he is perfect for me. This relationship is the healthiest, most mature relationship I have ever been in, and I am incredibly excited to see where it goes from here.

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9. I was promoted

I started working at Olive & Company nearly 9 months ago—and they have completely flown by! A few months in, we had some turnover that resulted in me taking on more work than I ever anticipated I’d be responsible for so early on in my career. Because of the work I did, I was quickly promoted—AND I’m sitting in a new spot, complete with a swanky magnetic board for all my memos… and pictures of my niece, Eva.

10. I caught up with friends

Between my trip to Milwaukee and one of my friends trekking down to Minneapolis from Winnipeg, I spent a lot of time catching up with friends I don’t get to see very often. Drinks, laughs, and photos were shared during both the long weekends, filling my soul to the brim.

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11. I went to the State Fair

I’ve never been much of a Fair-goer, but when my friend suggested we hit up the MN State Fair last Friday night, I couldn’t say no. After all, the lights on the tall new Ferris Wheel are stunning in the dark, and who could possibly pass up Sweet Martha’s cookies, deep-fried Oreos, and hot, greasy cheese curds? Not this girl.

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12. I celebrated my niece’s first birthday

A year ago, the sassiest, funniest, smiliest little girl entered my life: my niece! I’ve never been big on kids, but there’s something about this little one that has changed my tune. Celebrating Eva’s birthday with the family was so much fun. The little stinker got 12 hours of sleep the night before, so she was ready to party! And that cupcake? I think she liked it.

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Summer 2017 was one for the books!

As much fun as I had, and as much as I love warm summer days and long summer nights, I am so excited for Fall.