Celebrating what felt like the first real day of Summer with a picnic under a cherry blossom tree in Phoenix Park, Dublin, and as cliched as the whole thing sounds, it was absolutely perfect.
Getting that first real taste of the good weather that will (hopefully!) arrive here in Ireland soon, it got me thinking about the months ahead, and the small changes I’m making to ensure I get the most out of this often elusive “Irish Summer”.
1: I’m planning adventures
Planning little getaways both in Ireland and abroad is right up there among one of my favourite things to do. It needn’t be an expensive trip to a far-flung location, even traveling a few hours outside of your surroundings can be such an escape. We’re incredibly lucky to have so much beauty and adventure on our doorstep here in Ireland, and I for one plan to make the most out of it this Summer. Stay tuned to hear more about my Summer plans both in Ireland and overseas, I have a few trips planned that I can’t wait to share with you.
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top, €4.99, on sale 12th May | skirt, €7.99, on sale 12th May | sandals, €8.99, on sale 19th May | bag, €15.99, on sale 23rd May | Watch, €9.99, on sale 19th May
all from Esmara range available in Lidl Stores May through June while stocks last
2: I’m being smart with my money
I always find that with all these holidays and activities being planned, summer can be quite an expensive time, so I’m doing my best to save money where I can so I can splurge on the bigger things, like trips. When it comes to picking up those seasonal summer pieces however, there’s no point in breaking the bank for your warm-weather clothes, which is why I was so impressed when I discovered the new Esmara range, available in Lidl stores now. I’ve listed in the outfit description when each piece lands in shops and the price, can believe the value?! Perfect for sorting out your summer wardrobe, with funds to spare for that next holiday, right?
3: I’m getting up earlier
One of the most wonderful thing about Summertime are those bright and beautiful mornings, they make it easier than ever to start your day earlier. Slowly but surely, I’m settling into a routine of getting up as early as I can manage and hitting the gym before I start my day. That extra hour (or even 30 minutes) really makes a difference, so if you’re feeling up to it why not set tomorrow’s alarm earlier, and see how it affects your day.
4: I’m switching up my fitness routine
Its no secret that I’m a fitness newbie, but after only a few months in the game I’m already itching to switch up my daily routine. I’ve booked in an assessment with my local gym, and my trainer Ciara will no doubt have some fun workouts in mind that will keep my body guessing! With all the pressure of getting “Summer Ready” my advice is to ignore the scales and instead switch up your routine to something fun and challenging, and before you know it you’ll be seeing results. Fitness should be fun, after all!
5: I’m taking time out
I’ve spoken about this already in my latest personal article, but taking time out for myself was something I neglected for so long, and now I’m determined to make up for lost time. So when the Irish sun makes a rare appearance like it did for these photos, be sure to grab your picnic blanket and head for the park, the beach, or wherever the wind takes you! The rest of the world can wait for an hour or two, trust me.
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