Live, Laugh and Love!

Michelle Graham

Sweet summer in Northern New York is short. What can you do to make every moment count? Being a gal from Watertown I feel like I have a little insight. As we approach those beautiful long warm days there are so many things that you can do and see to have your best summer. Set your summer plan in place; you still have time to make and have experiences that can last a lifetime. Where can you visit, what fun can you have, who can you do it with?

    Let’s start with Living it up. We all get caught in the same old day to day routine. Get out of your comfort level and really truly LIVE. We are close to many amazing things. Catch a summer concert – spur of the moment – at the Amphitheater in Syracuse; the list of artists to see is awesome. Catch a sunset on the water; better yet catch a sunrise, too. Set your priorities in order spend precious moments with your children. Blow bubbles, skip stones, paint rocks, go for a bike ride, or spend time at the beach jumping waves. There are a limited number of summer days that we can spend with our sweet kids before they run off to college and then things change. Take advantage of each moment. Try something new; go out to dinner at a new place. Our summer communities offer great places to eat and play. I recently tried DiPrinzio’s Kitchen in Clayton; it is excellent. If getting in touch with nature is what you crave check out the newly renovated nature center on Wellesley Island. Your whole family will enjoy this little adventure. Also, the Adirondack’s offers many great options for hiking for the entire family. There are plenty of hikes that the entire family can hike and conquer; Mount Joe and Cascade are easier hikes that a young family can enjoy near Lake Placid. Don’t be afraid to take that drive; your options for adventure within a two-three hour drive are endless.

    Laugh your way through summer. Find ways to surround yourself with people who make you feel good and understand you the best. Sometimes it is fun to sit back and laugh at life. Many of the things we do each day can be serious. Find time this summer to relax and enjoy all that summer has to offer. We celebrate many things in summer like graduations, weddings and reunions. You don’t have to be the best or look the best; find ways to have the best time at events this year and make memories with your friends and family that count and leave an indelible place on your heart. Catch a boat ride; the feeling of being on the water is amazing. The wind and water in your face can bring an instant smile. If you really want to laugh try YOGA on a stand-up paddle board in Sackets Harbor. This is a sure way to bring some out-of-the-box fun to your day.  Go to the drive-in and catch a funny movie. Find fun things to do and see and savor the sweetness. Don’t be in a hurry to rush from place to place; slow down, laugh and smile your way through summer.

    Love your surroundings this summer. I often hear people complaining about our area. I think that summers in Northern New York are pretty fabulous. Be grateful, practice gratitude this summer in all things. What living here requires is some initiative. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way and think outside the box. Get a map and see where this may lead you. Take a trip along the water and check out all the beauty. How lucky are we that we live so close to the Saint Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and Canada? The beauty that surrounds us is truly remarkable. What top 10 things can you do this summer to make it count? What adventures can you take? Where can summer 2018 lead you?

    To Live, Laugh and Love your way through summer 2018 is easy. It may require a little planning, a little out-of-the-box thinking and the ability to let go and simply find ways to have some fun. Enjoy this sweet summer and all that Northern New York has to offer. Carve your path and set your journey in motion. Don’t be a spectator this summer; be present and live – really live – your best summer life.