As much as I don’t love summer, I’m really looking forward to this upcoming summer! I know that these next few months are going to be hectic and stressful, but there are also a lot of really exciting things happening that I’m very excited to be documenting on the blog. I’m going to write a post more on this later, but I feel as though this summer also marks a big transition point for me. Last summer I graduated college, and have been very open about the fact that the transition from being a student to being a working adult has been more challenging than I ever imagined. While I’m still not fully through the transition, I feel as though I have learned so much about myself and what I want out of life. Having it be a year since graduation feels like a big milestone and I’m excited to throw myself fully into being a working adult more than ever.
One of the things I’m looking forward to most this summer is moving in with my boyfriend, Brad. I’m incredibly lucky that I’m originally from San Francisco and could have the safety net of moving back in with my parents post-college. However, it has been tough sometimes to feel fully settled moving back into my childhood home. That house will always be my home, but I’m also incredibly excited that Brad and I get to start making a home together in whatever apartment we settle into. We’ve been together for almost two years and I think both of us feel eager to move onto this next chapter in our relationship. On a more superficial level, both Brad and I are really looking forward to putting our apartment together. Neither of us are in a rush to buy everything at once for the apartment, and I think that will make for a really great oportunity to document our interiors process on the blog.
I think for a lot of people summer is synonymous with festival season. I took a break from Outside Lands last summer, mainly because the lineup wasn’t worth the money, but I’m so looking forward to going back this August! This will be my fourth Outside Lands and I think I’m looking forward to this year’s festival more than any other than I’ve been to in the past. I'm not only incredibly excited about the lineup but most of our friends will be going, which always the experience that much more enjoyable.
One of the things I loved about summer growing up was that my parents would take advantage of mine and my sister's homework-free schedules and do small little staycation-like weekend trips. With a jam-packed schedule, both in terms of work and moving, my boyfriend and I don't have a lot of time to be jetting off on a long-haul vacation, but we've been trying to brainstorm a few quick trips we can make over the summer to relax and recharge.
Even though I'm moving out in a couple of months I'm really looking forward to having more family time as well this summer. I'm very close to a lot of my family and it's been hard trying to strike a balance since I've moved back to see them as much as I want between work, seeing friends, and spending time with my boyfriend. Especially since my sister will be leaving for college in the fall, I want to get in as much family time as possible. Hopefully, we'll also get to do some family weekend trips as well.
I guess this should fall under the category of moving in, but I'm really looking forward to hosting people in our new place and having friends and family over for dinner parties. My parents were always very into dinner parties, and some of those parties are some of the fondest memories I have growing up. It's really exciting to get to play the host and it also makes me feel like a fully-fledged adult. Brad and I have also been getting more and more into cooking and I think it'll be nice to expand our horizons a bit and cook for other people.