Hello there bloggies! Welcome to Wishful Wednesday, where I write about my random selection of current life goals and my attempts to reach them. Today’s Wishful Wednesday is going to be a little different though.

Recently in my life, I have been running around like a crazy person, barely spending a full week at home. I’ve had to attend a few research conferences including my first foray into Canada (Toronto was such a lovely city! Highly recommend). I went on a few excursions with friends around New England. Some of these were to cities I know and love like Boston and New Haven as well as new places like Portland (Maine), Portsmouth, and Newport. All of this travel culminated in my Scandinavian adventure to Denmark and Sweden (which you can read in far much more detail here and here). Here are some picture highlights 🙂

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Even when I have been home, life has been mental. This summer has been an endless stream of events and activities. My brother got married (and I gave a fantastic best man’s speech…hehe). I’ve written 2 papers, given a conference talk, and done countless amount of analyses for work. I’m on the cusp of submitting my first novel to agents/publishers and finishing my second novel (Stay tuned for updates and samples! Check out the first sample here). I’ve even gone to 3 Red Sox games, even though they aren’t too great this year.

I can honestly say this has been one of the craziest and best summers I’ve had recently. That being said I am exhausted. I am getting too old to routinely sleep on couches and air mattresses. I miss my room and my bed. I also miss devoting chunks of my time to my favorite hobbies. It has been incredibly difficult to continue making progress in my book writing. It’s even been hard to stay with my fitness goals of eating healthy and exercising regularly.

With all of that being said, I need a little break from all of this excitement. Now don’t get me wrong; I have so glad that I have made it a point to do so many things this summer. I’m so lucky to have all of these opportunities come my way. Nonetheless, I need a few days to recuperate and take a breath. This weekend is the 3-day Labor Day Weekend in the US. I’ve conscientiously decided to stay home and not do anything this weekend. All I want to do is sleep in my bed, watch some sports (US Open and college football starts!), workout, and work on my novels. It’s going to be the perfect way to recuperate/reflect on such a ridiculous summer and to prepare for the new academic year.

Thank you for stopping by Wishful Wednesday! What exciting things have you done this summer? How are you winding down from all the excitement? Let me know below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

See you all later!

-Dr. F