With meetings and networking events taking a break to cool off from the summer heat, your social calendar may seem empty, leaving you to wonder how to spend your summer days and nights. Here are some easy tips to make the most of the season in the city you call home.
Expand – Your Networks
The best way to know the city is to know the people. Make new connections. Throughout the year we find ourselves at various Young Professional events, networking with like-minded individuals, industry experts, and community leaders. Since these networking events are few and far in between one another during the summer, it’s a great time for you to meet other individuals in the city who may share the same hobbies and interests as you.
Do you like sports? Join a team/intramural club, or become a coach. Want to be more engaged in the community? Volunteer! Interested in learning something new? Sign up for community workshops or classes.
There are so many organizations to get involved with and so many ways to share your talent and hone your interests, all the while meeting new people in the community.
Expand – Your Waistline
Eat! Drink! Be merry! Make your way to that new hot spot, have a picnic in the park, explore the Farmers Market, order from a food truck, enjoy a food festival (or two), or get dolled up to enjoy the city’s 5 star eatery. Summer is a time when you can go to the places you have always wanted to dine in, or to finally make the recipes you have dog-eared in your recipe book for months.
Indulge in the delicacies of your city; trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it!
You may think you know your neighbourhood; but do you actually know your city?
Most of us are comfortable with our daily routines; we are creatures of habit after all. This repetitive action blinds us from uncovering the hidden gems that are certain to be in your city.
An easy way to discover new and interesting places, people, shops, etc is to simply get lost. Be a tourist in your own city. Put on your sneakers, or hop on a bike, or drive to purposely get lost, and just explore the little nooks and crannies of your community.
By getting off the beaten path that you are normally on in your 9-5 life, you will uncover so many great things.
With hardly any networking events or after work commitments in your calendar you are left with plenty of extra free time, use it by enjoying the many community events happening in your city. Be it a festival, concert, movie night under the stars in your local community park, dancing by the waterfront, or even trying an endurance obstacle course (like Tough Mudder or Spartan Race). There are so many way to enjoy the city through the events that it holds only in the summer.
This season is always a great time for everyone; but with these Easy tips, you will definitely be able to enjoy the summer a little bit more. So get out there and experience your city’s local culture!
Chair, Hamilton HIVE