As soon as the weather starts to warm up even slightly, I start itching to be outside and looking for fun activities to do. I used to work in settings where I was stuck in one place 8 hours a day, but now that my schedule is much more flexible, I can break up my days when needed to fit in all types of fun activities (and document them for this here blog, too!) My style of photography allows me to be outside weather permitting, but I also enjoy putting it down to indulge in other things; life is for living, right?
The Spring Equinox is truly the marker for new beginnings, so I feel like it’s the perfect time to try new hobbies, explore new places and just flat out have fun. If the change in seasons has you ready to switch your day to day up, here are 10 things to do this Spring, no matter where you live!
Take a Floral Workshop Class
It’s easy to grab a simple bouquet from the market, but learning about different floral combinations that you could try (with a friend or 2) seems like fun. There are so many amazing floral designers in the world, so I suggest finding one that has a design style that fits your aesthetic and booking a class with them.
Take a Cooking Class
Nothing connects people like food does. Learning how to cook classic dishes or even taking a class that specializes in an ethnic cuisine (is there one out there for Mediterranean??) would be amazing.
Host Friends for Brunch
Sundays were MADE for brunch…but what if you hosted at home? Think about the drinks (and conversations!) you could have in the comfort of your own home. Test out those new recipes you learned!
Play a Tourist in your City
A few weeks ago, I worked on a special project that had us playing tourists for a few days and you know what? It was AWESOME. Even if you don’t live in the most metropolitan city, there are so many gems in everyone’s hometown. Just pick a lazy day to put on some comfortable shoes, grab your camera, and explore.
Have Lunch in the Park
This is a no-brainer. If it’s warm and sunny, grab your lunch and head to the nearest park bench. Bring your headphones and listen t your favorite podcast or music while you people watch and nosh on your meal.
Do a Digital Detox at a Coffee Shop
When’s the last time you went to a coffee shop with a book? No laptop, tablet, or scrolling on your phone- just you, a book or magazine, and a comfy seat at your favorite java place. I suggest doing this on a slightly rainy day so that you can really zone out and enjoy yourself.
Create a Signature Spring Cocktail to Enjoy During the Summer
White Sangria is so delicious this time of year, but I’ve never actually made it at home. I want to create something so that in the event friends or family decide to pop-in (or I’m having a lazy day at home), libations will always be on deck.
Get Up Early and Go To a Local Farmer’s Market.
There’s nothing like the produce you can get from a farmer’s market. The freshness is unmatched. You can also find beautiful flowers, pastries, and other cool treats each week. We have a few here that take place throughout the city, but my favorite one to go to (if I get up early enough) is the one Downtown.
Spend an Afternoon at the Lake or River
I cannot swim well (so I wouldn’t be too quick to jump in), but being by the water is sooooo calming. I wish I lived closer to the ocean, but a trip to a lake or river will do. Pack a bag with magazines, light snacks and a blanket to stretch out on and head to the closest one near you for a chill afternoon. Sundays are good for these trips because they help you recharge and clear your mind for the week ahead.
Watch Movies Outside with a Projector
A movie night under the stars with cocktails, good friends and yummy food? Count me in. Preferably on a rooftop near the river so that we can also get a gentle breeze from the water. You can make it romantic or silly depending on what you watch (and who you watch it with), but either way, it’s sure to be a good time.