1. EXPLORE A MUSEUM / EXHIBIT
This is obviously a bit easier if you live in a metropolitan area, but even in smaller towns, there's always something to explore a bit further! I always find I leave exhibits/museums with a renewed sense of inspiration, and feeling wonderfully full of new knowledge.
2. BAKE SOMETHING (WITH A BUDDY)
I absolutely love a cosy baking session on a rainy summer afternoon! Most days it's too hot to want to run the oven, but the cooler temperatures rain brings make for the perfect outlet. Grab a sister, a friend, a mum - and spend a couple hours dirtying dishes and unravelling the mind. Bonus points if you have a tea party afterwards with your spoils... Currently on my to-bake list: these amazing-looking berry breakfast bars!
Ever a fan of cleaning out, it probably comes as no surprise to you that I like cleaning out on rainy summer days. What can I say? I'm all about that neat + tidy lifestyle. Plus, nobody wants to be cooped up in the house cleaning on the sunny days, so get this out of the way on a day when poolside lunches aren't a tantalizing alternative.
4. [ACTUALLY] READ A BOOK / POETRY
I think most of us have at least once had idyllic mental pictures of sitting by a window in the rain, reading a thick novel and sipping a tea that magically stays at the perfect temperature. It's a lovely vision, but at least in my case, it never seems to really come true, mostly because I'm distracted by my phone/computer. Try instead to put yourself in a room without any gadgets, get a book or some poetry you're truly interested in reading, put everything else out of your mind and allow yourself to sink in the words. It's hard to turn off from the technological world sometimes, but we need that separation - it's so good for the spirit.
5. MAKE ART
Get together a girlfriend or two, put out all your paintbrushes and paints and paper and have an impromptu art session. I try to keep basic painting supplies around for this purpose, even if I don't use them as much as I'd like for most of the time, because they always come in handy. Don't forget coffee and a mellow playlist. This is one of my favorite things to do, at any time of the year really!
How do you spend rainy summer afternoons?