Coming up with 30 ideas to make June magical may seem like a lot, especially since it’s already the middle of the month, but trust me, there’s still time to dream!I live on a small lake in the middle of the beautiful boreal forests of Central Alberta, Canada, and I draw inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds me. As I type this post I’m listening to loons, geese, crows, and robins as they begin their day. It’s a regular cacophony!
It’s also pouring rain (again) for which I am always thankful! When you hear me say I’ve had enough rain, it will be time to get on the Ark ;)
For the last few years, I’ve primarily been a still life photographer, but there’s this other side of me that swoons over the dreamy, the impromptu, the unexpected.
Artful images that make my heart skip a beat when the light hits a subject a certain way, and reveals the magic in a seemingly ordinary moment.… or leads my eyes (and my thoughts) into the distance …
One of the things I want to see this month is fireflies flitting through the aspens. Little sparkles that, when you first see them, defy comprehension. The first time I saw these little miracles, I was incredulous. I stared into the darkness and laughed and pointed in amazement until I realized how many there were, then I fell silent and simply watched. And I want to see them again.
So here’s my list of ideas to make my June magical:
30 Ideas to Make June Magical
- Watch fireflies on a warm evening.
- Wear comfortable clothes that flatter and flow (maybe even a skirt)!
- Explore the beautiful countryside where I live.
- Photograph it’s beauty.
- Spend an afternoon on a blanket spread out on the lawn, with only a stack of magazines and a cup of tea to keep me company.
- Find a great used book store.
- Take photos of fences, and barns, and cows.
- Visit the Devonian Botanical Gardens. It’s a half hour drive from my home and I haven’t visited in years and years.
- Spend as much time as I can in my garden. Maybe even stay out until dusk, coming inside just in time for a soak in the tub, and then to bed.
- Photograph my garden in creative ways.
- Have a campfire. Roast marshmallows.
- Pick and arrange tiny bouquets from my back yard and garden.
- Press flowers.
- Snip a few peonies before they open and place them in a bag in the fridge to be brought out and enjoyed a few weeks later.
- Use fresh herbs in all my cooking (I have tons of them growing in pots on my deck).
- Eat extra fresh fruits and veggies.
- Try a new recipe from one of my many beautiful cookbooks.
- Sit on the dock early in the morning with a hot coffee and muffin (and maybe my hubby ;)
- Take a slow boat ride around the lake, again with hot coffee and a muffin, and definitely hubby!
- Say “no” to extra commitments.
- Go to the local town garage sale (this weekend – woot)!
- Keep my home clean and clutter-free (now that’s a dream).
- Sit at the kitchen table one afternoon with tea and a beautiful magazine. Watch the leaves on the aspens shiver in a light breeze.
- Have a pedicure.
- Get a haircut.
- Dream about a few classes I want to take this fall. Actual “in-person” classes. Maybe even book one or two.
- Sleep in as much as I can. I’m such an early riser, so a lazy morning is truly special.
- Have the occasional glass of wine … preferably red.
- Eat dinner outside.
- Put up patio lights.
I invite you to make a list of 30 things you want to experience this June. They don’t have to be big, earth shattering moments … keep it simple, and think magical.
Imagine … if you dream of 30 things, and 15 or even 10 come true … what will that feel like when the calendar turns to July? Pretty fabulous I’m betting!
*This post was inspired by my Bella Grace Instagram takeover earlier this month.