A Productively Snoozy Summer

As I mentioned in my latest post, it is officially summer and I could not be more excited about it! I mean, who doesn't just love summer? After a long year of hard work in school, the ability to sleep in, not have constant homework, and just have a little more freedom is much appreciated.

Although I love a good lazy summer day, I think these three months of no school should certainly not go to waste. Today I will be sharing with you a few of my personal summer 2018 goals that you can use to occupy yourselves. I will also provide some ways you can have a wonderfully relaxed summer vacay while also being productive. 

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List of Goals

First things first. At the beginning of your summer, take 10 or 15 minutes to sit down and actually write out your goals for the summer. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to improve? Write these things down in a journal or pin a note onto your wall. Your goals also don’t have to be anything too complicated, but they do serve as nice motivation for yourself. You can also refer back to your list whenever you may find yourself bored out of your mind on a July afternoon. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here are a few things I want to tackle this summer: 

  • run more

  • read more

  • improve my flexibility

  • get into some dance classes

  • drink lots of water

  • finish driver's ed (and get my license!)

  • post every Tuesday and Thursday on the blog.

Read

In all honesty, I am not one to read a book for hours on end, but with that being said, I love a good read. Being a high school student, I am also required to read various books over the summer as I am sure many of you are as well. This year, I am reading The Age of Innocence as my summer reading book for school as I will spend the majority of my fall semester doing a major research project over it. However, this summer my family and I are actually having a 10 book reading challenge, so I figured it would be an excellent time to do some research and make a killer list of 15 books I hope to read this summer which you can check out below. If you have read any of these or have heard of them, let me know your thoughts! P.S. if you want to read any of these yourself, just click the link :).

  1. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

  2. Between Shades of Gray by Ruda Sepetys

  3. Always Pack A Party Dress by Amanda Brooks

  4. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  5. Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story by Melissa de la Cruz

  6. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

  7. Ohio by Stephen Markley

  8. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

  9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  11. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

  12. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

  13. Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

  14. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

  15. Salt to the Sea by Ruda Sepetys

Get Fit

During the school year, we are all very busy people which is one of the reasons why summer is so amazing. This lack of time is often an excuse for many people to not eat right and not workout regularly. If you are someone who is hoping to get in shape mentally and physically, take advantage of the time you have during the summer. Make yourself healthy homecooked meals and develop a regular workout routine. Personally, I take the short and sweet approach. I typically run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and sometimes Saturdays for 2 miles around my neighborhood and then follow that with a 30-minute strength training session and a quick stretch. If you are interested in a more in-depth fitness/health routine, let me know! 

Organize

Generally, I would call myself a fairly organized person, however, I will say, during the school year (especially at the end of the year) my closet, drawers, and bedroom can get a little messy. Whenever I stumble upon a lazy summer afternoon, I like to set up my laptop with a good movie and start organizing my space. I know it may not be the most riveting activity, but it is refreshing and productive. And let's be real here, it is sooo nice to start a new school year feeling totally organized and put together. 

Good Company

Sometimes, the most memorable and most fun nights of summer aren't the ones where you are at some crazy wild event. These are sometimes the nights you may spend with some of your favorite people. Whether this be your best friends, some distant cousins, or even your siblings that you see every day, take some time to wind down with people that make you happy. It may sound strange, but maybe consider jotting down a list of people you enjoy being around and try to spend time with them all during your summer. This could be a potential summer goal of yours.

Check off To-Dos

To-do lists are a fantastic way to pour out your thoughts and make sure you get your stuff done, but I bet we all have those few tasks that never quite get done and have a way of lingering around. If you have some extra time on your hands, put on your big boy pants and GET IT DONE! This may be something like organizing your closet or reading a new book. Whatever it is, summer is the time to take care of it. 

Invest in Your Imagination

Do any of you have a little dream that you want to achieve one day? Maybe it's getting into a college or getting a specific job. Or maybe it is something like starting a blog (hint. hint.). If you do, why not start working towards that goal in the summer when you don't have too much going on? Last summer, I found myself kind of bored. After following a handful of fashion bloggers on Instagram and seeing Karlie Kloss's YouTube ad for the website builder Wix, I decided to start a blog of my own (aka the blog your reading right this second). If you have a little fire inside of you, act on it while you have the time. Say you are really wanting to get into a specific college. Perhaps consider looking into their application process online or dates you could tour the campus. You could also look into the possibility of starting online classes to get ahead start. 

Explore Your City

It is absolutely crazy how much you probably haven't seen and don't know about your city. Houston is a huge city but for as familiar as I feel with it, I can explore new nooks and crannies on the daily. Whether you are in a new city for the summer or your childhood hometown, grab a few friends and see what your city has to offer. 

Intern Not only are internships and jobs great ways to make a little dough, but they are good building blocks for your resumes and ways for you to receive that much more experience. Try to find jobs in fields and areas that you hold an interest in, even if it isn't exactly what you plan to do as an adult. You may surprise yourself more than you think. The jobs you thought would perfect may not be your cup of tea or you may discover a new passion. I guess you never know until you try! Although it may be too late to apply for some jobs this summer, you can always consider some of these jobs as options for upcoming summers. Here are some great articles and ideas for summer jobs:

For anyone in Houston, I am currently on the search for some photographers to have on hand this summer and upcoming fall. If you are interested, please please please contact me via email or direct message. 

Allow Yourself Downtime

Afterall, summer is summer. It is important to be productive and to make sure you aren't wasting your time, but also allow yourself to relax and take a breather. If you feel like your summer is getting too chaotic and crazy, set aside daily downtime. Growing up, my mom had assigned us all our own individual quiet time from 1:30-3:00 every afternoon. You can also relax by allowing yourself to sleep in which probably won't be too difficult for most of you. Most of all, make sure to have a fun and chill summer.