Happy summer! Summer is my favorite season (fall is a close second) mostly because I have a lot of free time and I hate being cold. Below is my bucket list for the summer, I’m going to push myself to get A LOT done because if not now, when?!
Read 5 books
Have a picnic
Visit Longwood Gardens
Travel out of state 5 times
Go to a concert
Go to the beach at least once a month
Reach 1,200 Twitter followers
Reach 6,800 Instagram followers
Reach 2,900 WordPress followers
Reach 650 Facebook likes
Finish my photo album
Meet up with friends at least twice a month
Host a game night
Eat vegan once a week
Go to the gym at least twice a week
Plan a trip for 2 year anniversary
Change my hair
Put more money into savings
Make a wreath
Make better choices when it comes to accepting sponsored posts
The way I approach social media is the following: do it for the gram, but also do it because you love it. I find nothing wrong with people sharing their adventures, selfies, and accomplishments on social media. I find nothing wrong with people traveling just because they want a great photo. I find nothing wrong with people hopping on certain trends like books, movies, or becoming more aware of what’s going on in the world just so they can chime in on social media conversation. Because it may all be for this little internet world, but there are many real life experiences coming from it.
It’s not always the case though. Sometimes our social media lives take over our real lives. And I hate to admit it, but it’s happening to me right now.
If you were to go on my Instagram right now, you’d see fun travel shots from the past. You’d see that I spent my weekend loving life and going to farmer’s markets and getting coffee. You’d see all my friends commenting and liking my photos.
But my real life is just nothing like that right now.
I’m pretty bored and the occasional coffee run doesn’t change that. Work is stressful, life is mundane, and I’m tired. So I’ve dug myself deep into the social media hole just to escape life.
Nothing really should be used to escape life. Alcohol, traveling, social media – are all things you can enjoy, but shouldn’t be used to just forget your life. And that’s what it feels like for now and I’m honestly sharing it with the world because I know other people get sucked up in it too.
I get home from work, put on netflix, and scroll through my phone until it’s time to sleep and that’s no way to live.
Sometimes social media just takes over our lives, but we have to recognize it and get ourselves out and do something for ourselves. Because social media is not going to do it for us.
Fall is hereeeee, especially now because the weather isn’t 80 degrees anymore. I love Tim Burton movies and Halloween and flannels and beanies and concert season so I’m pretty excited about this. Here is what I’m planning to get done and what I’ve done so far, I made a few changes because some of the goals I set ended up being wayyyyyyyy out of reach so here’s a new, improved, and updated fall bucket list! Did you know winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st? That seems so weird to me. What’s one thing you want to do this fall?
I took advantage of the three day Labor Day Weekend by visiting Vermont. I had a feeling Vermont would be one of my favorite states and it did not disappoint. It reminded me a lot of Portland, Maine – but better.
Things we did:
Hiked Elmore State Park – a little tough, but a decent hike for beginners. I took a lot of breaks going up because I suck at steep hikes.
Saw the World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet – and it was awesome.
Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour – ice cream, need I say more?
Hiked Mount Philo – an easy and scenic loop!
Places we ate:
Penny Cluse – prepare for a long wait, but good breakfast!
Chubby Muffin – we stopped here for some takeaway breakfast before a hike and loved it.
Red Onion – tasty sandwiches for lunch!
Our House – omg sooo many mac n cheese options
Sweet Waters – one of the better places that didn’t have a long wait!
We stayed at an Airbnb in Burlington and college was back in session so it was a little busy, but never really too chaotic. Everyone is very eco-friendly and the scenery was just amazing. Mountains are everywhere and we were lucky to be staying close to Lake Champlain where we watched the sunset. This was one of my favorite weekend trips and I would be so happy to take another trip to Vermont!
I’m headed out on vacation tomorrow until Tuesday! I haven’t traveled in a while so I am so excited to be going to Burlington, Vermont for a couple of days 🙂 While I’m gone, you should definitely check out these amazing and supportive bloggers!
Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took the 7 hour drive up through the border to Montreal. Last year, I did the same thing but went to Toronto. Both times were for an early birthday celebration and both times didn’t disappoint!
We were sort of in Montreal during the off season, so some places weren’t serving brunch yet and the Olympic Tower was closed. But the city was beautiful and there were still plenty of things to do!
Things we did:
Mount Royal – ummmmmm no one told me this was a legitimate uphill hike so we attempted it the first day and then just drove to the top on the last day because I was not having it lol. The view of the city from the top is totally worth it though.
Olympic Park and the Biodome – the park was kind of empty and creepy, but I had never been to a biodome before and thought it was awesome.
Bonseccours Market – didn’t think this was super impressive, just an indoor market.
Visited the Port – which is in the coolest and most European looking part of the city, the views were beautiful!
Notre Dame Basilica – very beautiful! One of the coolest things about Montreal is that there will be an amazing cathedral and sky scraper next to each other.
Underground city – which is just a mall really.
Places we ate (I would recommend all of them!):
Deville Diner – omg the food and drinks here are amazing
Allo Mon Coco
Tim Horton’s for coffee and a donut because duh!
Le Bistro Magasin General du VIeux-Montreal – yummiest brunch and cronuts!!
Montreal was really cool because you could get every aspect of a city. There’s a Times Square/shopping NYC feel on St. Catherine’s Street, a Central Park kind of feel on Mont Royal, and then you can be transported into Rome where there are cobble stone streets and bistros on every corner!
Seriously, you can see an amazing sky scraper and right next door will be a historic cathedral. It’s amazing!
The primary language is French, but everyone speaks English. And money-wise, using my American credit card was the best bet but we had some American money and Canadian money in our pockets just in case. Montreal was a great little getaway, I would highly recommend going if you are looking for a little bit of history, fun, Europe, Canada, and modern city all rolled into one! 🙂
At the end of the month I will be heading to Montreal and seriously can’t wait!! I have a loose itinerary of what we will be doing, but I’d love to get some suggestions from anyone who has ever been there or lives there!
We will be staying in downtown Montreal. I would love suggestions for things to do as well as your favorite bars and restaurants.