I’ve been reflecting on my summer goals ever since I realized I have an incredible amount of free time this summer. This summer is a lot different from other ones since I don’t have a “real” job with a set work schedule, which is hard to get used to, but also very freeing. I will be working for a nonprofit in my community, planning events and doing some grant writing along with overall communication management. This is exactly what I love to do–working with a variety of different projects and becoming involved in my community. I had my first meeting today to kick off things, and it is turning out to be a perfect fit for this summer.
Besides that work, which I can do on my own schedule, I have big plans for getting back in shape, blogging, exploring my own creativity and keeping in touch with friends and reaching out to new people. Welcome to my summer goals and plans for this year!
1. Save money and get organized financially.
Before heading into my senior year, I would like to be organized with my finances and see where I spend my money. I plan to get a notebook for this kind of things, and try to keep up with documenting it all.
2. Send postcards to my Spanish host family.
I bought a postcard from my college and I would love to send my host family something from Washington D.C., too since I live close to the city. I think this is a fun, easy way to keep in touch with them and to thank them for an amazing life experience.
3. Read 5 books.
I have already read two this summer, so I think five will be doable! I’m almost halfway done with my third, Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. My plan is to read the books I have bought over the past couple years that I haven’t read yet. Up next will probably be The Gift by Lewis Hyde or another book I have around my room. I’m also excited to catch up on the third books of The Hunger Games and Divergent series.
4. Try 3 recipes.
I’m thinking Pinterest for this one. I would love to learn to cook something new and easy for my apartment living next year!
5. Run, run, run!
Getting back in shape after my semester of eating my way through Europe is one of my priorities this summer. So far, I’ve been loving running in the evenings and doing some workout videos on Youtube. I also hope to sign up for a 5k this summer or fall.
6. Visit the farmers’ market.
I love farmers’ markets and finding local products. I’ve grown to be passionate about local and clean eating, so I’m looking forward to discovering some farmers’ markets around my hometown. In my college town, there are also some farmers’ markets that I’ve enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to keeping that up next fall too!
7. Make my study abroad scrapbook and/or wall art.
After collecting tickets, brochures, stickers and random things along the way during my tours and travels in Spain and other countries, I’m looking for a creative way to remember everything. I am also excited to take all these physical things and turn them into art. Turn them into something that tells a story. And maybe also make my walls look pretty? :)
8. Develop my blogging goals and plans.
I have so many different ideas for this space on the Internet, and I’m excited to have the summer to nurture this blog and figure out what I want to do as a blogger and storyteller. I’m in the process of brainstorming posts and getting organized. Right now, I have plans for posts about adventure and inspiration. I’m ready to push beyond my creative limits and see how I can make blogging more of a priority and more of a lifestyle.
What are your goals this summer? I can’t wait to hear about them!
Just remember to keep living in the sunshine and going for your dreams. Even when things can feel a little unbalanced or confusing, it’s good to know that going for the simple and living simply is always a good way.
Let the sunshine energize you, this summer. Make some goals, visualize the results and your dreams and know that anything is possible. Happy June, friends!