May has a lot to offer. May Day of course – a celebration of flowers blooming and the summer to come. And Mother’s Day – a celebration to honor our moms and all those women we know who are mothers. And Memorial Day – a time to reflect upon and honor those who serve our country and to remember those we’ve lost. And my anniversary – a time to remember my wedding day and to remind myself how lucky I am to have my husband in my life and to tell him that I love him. What other days are important to you in May? And what do you do to celebrate those days?
May is also a time to be getting outdoors more, planning for graduations and weddings and family BBQs, thinking about vacations and camping and travel. What are the summer plans for the kids or grandkids? Who will you be visiting? May is an optimistic month, full of hopes and plans!
For your May challenge I think it would be great to plan a stay-cation. Explore your own neck of the woods a bit more. We always think we want to ‘get away’ for a vacation, but maybe we just need to appreciate what we have right in our own backyards!
Actually, you can start with your own backyard. Maybe plan a BBQ or a picnic or pitch the tent and sleep out under the stars. Then branch out into your city. How about checking out that new Museum exhibit? Or trying a new restaurant or nightclub? When was the last time you went dancing? I’ll bet when you go on vacation you always check out the tourist guides to see what is recommended. Do that in your own city. There are probably some places you haven’t been to before, or maybe even some places that you didn’t know were there. Take a weekend and go exploring around your state. Find a new area to hike or camp. What about a bed and breakfast? They are everywhere and a great way to experience a local place. This time of year there are starting to be street fairs and carnivals and music festivals. Go and enjoy them. Check out some cute little boutiques and art galleries. Walk around the downtown area, sit on a park bench, shop for postcards and souvenirs, take lots of photos.
All those things you love to do when you are on vacation, you can do them at home or close to home. It’s a great way to support your local economy, but also it is important to experience and understand where you live. To appreciate where you live. A stay-cation is perfect for May!