Read the books you’ve always wanted to read
Throughout the school year, I created lists and lists of books I want to read! The struggle was finding the time and motivation to read those books. I used to identify myself as “not a big reader” but that has changed over the year and I am so glad it did! Rather than overwhelming myself with loads of books I wanted to read, and feeling like a failure because I never would get to them…I decided to start small. I set a small goal of trying to read 2 whole books over the course of the spring semester. Yes, that sounds small but it kept me from becoming overwhelmed. I finished my two books…then I picked up another, and another, and another! Now I LOVE to read. So, set a small goal for yourself. Make a list of 3-5 books you want to read this summer and read them! Then set a new goal! Remember to relax…reading should be fun!
Create a Healthy Balance & Routine
Summer is a time for healing. Whether that is mentally, physically, or emotionally, summertime is a season for internal healing. Take time this summer to find your balance. Maybe that is the balance between work and relaxation, relationships, eating and exercising, etc. Give yourself time to set your mind free, maybe through meditation, doing something you love, listening to music, anything to free your mind and get the weights off your shoulder. Create a steady sleeping & eating schedule. This will do wonders to your emotional, physical, and mental health! Trust me!
Go to that place you have been wanting to go to
This doesn’t have to be some foreign country or beach vacation. If you are on a budget this summer, great, I am too! But I am sure you have some places, not too far from where you are that you have been dying to go to! For me, it’s a beautiful park! There is one just an hour from where I live. I have been wanting to go for years but I have continuously put it off. But this summer I said the heck with it! I’m going! So a friend and I are going next week! Make a small list of a few places you want to go, maybe a restaurant, a park, a store, or even a friend’s house…anything! Stop putting it off and just GO!!! You will be so happy you did! 🙂
Find a new hobby
Ah, summer is the perfect time to discover new things you love. I guarantee you have skills, abilities, and strengths you don’t even know you have! I feel like people think that unless you start as a child you shouldn’t start at all. That is so false! Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to ride horses, but I didn’t grow up doing it, so I thought it was just something I would never get to do. This summer I said the heck with that! I have a horseback riding lesson this afternoon, and I am almost 20 years old! It is never too late to start doing something NEW! So that thing you have always wanted to do…do it! Try painting, running, reading, sewing, blogging, photography, hiking, ..the list is endless. There is no day better than TODAY!
Reconnect with old friends
Summer is such a great time to reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while. One thing I realized after my freshman year of college is that you don’t need to have a million friends. It can be hard to keep up with so many! Focus and invest your time in the friends who are life-giving, encouraging, uplifting, and push you to be the person you want to be. I believe that true, lifelong friends are the ones where any amount of time can pass, but the moment you see each other again, you pick up where you left of. There is no worry about whether you are still friends or not. You know you are. That is true friendship. Surround yourself with those life-long friends. I believe it is more important to have fewer, strong, uplifting friendships than having too many that don’t benefit your life. Remember summer is a time for healing and reconnecting. Maybe it’s time to peacefully let go of some unhealthy friendships, and focus on the ones that give you life!