All around me, people are in summer vacation mode, heading out to the beach or the mountains, jetting off to Europe or the Caribbean. The closest I'll be coming to an exotic getaway this year is visiting the Wii Resort island when I exercise.
This summer, my version of a vacation is just to take it easy, and not let myself get overwhelmed. That doesn't mean I'm being lazy, necessarily--just being really picky about where I focus my energy.
So right now I'm not taking on any projects that are likely to stress me out (*cough*sewing*cough*). I'm still making something (of course), but with no set deadline, and only one project at a time, and currently a pretty mindless one at that. I'm reading a lot, but only one book at a time, even though my library queue is getting backed up (again).
I'm making plans with friends and going out to events, but also leaving empty space in my calendar so there is room to do something spontaneous if/when the opportunity arises. Or room to do nothing much of anything.
All this actually takes some effort for me. My natural impulse, well-documented on this blog, is to multi-task. There's just so much to DO, and MAKE, and LEARN, and TRY! But what I'm TRYing to DO right now is to LEARN to MAKE room in my summer for deeper enjoyment of things. To stretch out and listen to music, not just have it playing in the background while checking email and doing laundry and whatever else. To savor a meal with friends without anybody answering their phone or texting. To get lost in a good book and not keep checking the time to see how long I can keep reading before I have to do something else. To have fewer "have tos" in general.
Are you taking an actual vacation this summer? If not, what are you doing to relax?