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Things we’ll do this month: August

by Carly-Ann

It has been hot here lately. So hot. When it’s at its worst, I do this little thing where I try to think about how great it feels to be hot in other situations: after a snowshoeing trip, at the end of a soggy run, on a blustery walk home from work, getting under the covers on a winter night. (At those actual times, I imagine these days and how good it sometimes feels to be cold.) This morning it cooled off a little, but it’s heating up again. They say we’ll get some rain on Friday, but I’m not convinced that isn’t just a cruel promise.

My job and career situation has been changing a lot and that’s been a perfect combination of motivating and exhausting. I’ve been reading some really good books lately and that’s definitely been a highlight of my summer so far. That and gardening. Also, Bulletproof Coffee.

Lacrosse season is over as far as any commitment goes. Now, all of our lacrosse-ing will be as fans. The Presidents Cup is coming up in Nanaimo and it’s a tournament I always love. If you plan it right, it becomes lacrosse literally morning until night for an entire week. I haven’t been to one of these events since it was held in Coquitlam in 2014 and I don’t know how much time I’ll get to spend there this year, but it’s provided some of the best lacrosse I’ve witnessed at the most grueling quest for a championship in all of men’s lacrosse.

After taking a break through the sunshine and the heat, we’re heading back into full on training and our runs will again get longer and more frequent. We’ve got at least five races on our cards this fall so we need to get a little more serious than we were leading up to our last one.

That’s basically the Coles Notes on my world. Slow, quiet, low-key summer days. And now it’s already August.


Goal setting is fun. It’s great motivation to sit down and hash out the things we want to do and fantasize about the roads that will take us there. When we talk about goals, we talk about money and career and real estate and competition, but we rarely talk about good, old-fashioned leisure. What I’ve found is that having some fun and light-hearted goals is a nice way to interrupt the monotony and drudgery of obligation. Month to month, I will publish a list of things I would like to do during the month ahead. Of course, this list doesn’t take the place of all of my standard goals related to health, wellness, money and spirituality, but I reserve the right to, in some cases, blur the lines.

  • Can some fruit. I haven’t decided what kind or how, but I’m confident it’ll make itself known to me sometime soon.
  • Make some jam. Again, undecided about what kind.
  • Write some letters. This is something that I love to do, but that I often put off for things I need to do instead. Want one? Let me know.
  • Plan some travel. Fall is when my travel schedule is often overbooked – this is by no means a complaint. It is, however a little complex. I’ll need to spend some time organizing the details. (FUN!)
  • Start some crafts. I have decided that I would like to give many more homemade gifts around the holidays this year. This requires great planning and preparation. First step: begin.
  • Bake some cake. My brother and my pseudo-nephew had birthdays last month, but we never really got to celebrate because their travel plans didn’t really mesh with work schedules which didn’t really mesh with lacrosse obligations. We need to catch up and I’m going to be the one to serve up the
  • Shop some back to school. I don’t like to shop, but if there is one time I make an exception, it’s back to school.
  • Swim some place. Lake, ocean, pool, doesn’t matter.

How is your summer shaping up? How do you deal with the heat? What fun and fabulous goals do you have for the month ahead? 

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