Summer should be a time for going to new places, trying new things, and accomplish all those things you’ve been thinking of doing for MONTHS.
So, I want this list to inspire me and whoever else reads it to get out there and do it all.
It’s the perfect opportunity to achieve anything (especially if you’re a student with no summer job plans – like a little someone up in Scotland). Without further ado, here is my list for 2015!
1. Take more photos.
I’ve always enjoyed photography, and I think I’ve been slacking recently. I seem to be saving the camera for special occasions instead of trying to remember all the little moments that usually mean the most.
Take your camera everywhere, who cares if you look like an awkward tourist in your little town where no one would actually be a tourist. Snap anything and everything, fill up that memory card and think about quality later.
2. Try a new outfit/makeup you never thought you’d wear.
I’m the girl who said she would never wear a playsuit because I may as well wear a dress. Who could be bothered with all the hassle of basically getting naked to have a pee? Well, I bought a playsuit. A snazzy white one with cute blue embroidery. And I love it. Haven’t actually worn it out yet but it looks fabulous in my bedroom mirror.
Buy that risky dress, wear that plum lipstick. Those cute sandals you just can’t decide on? Go for it! If it doesn’t work out, what have you really lost?
3. Go for more walks.
I live surrounded by beautiful fields and I try to spend as much time in them as I can with the dogs. I don’t think there’s anything nicer than walking with the grass just brushing your ankles, sun beating down on your shoulders, and seeing your dogs as happy as dogs can be.
Find a field, a park, a cute village, countryside, hills, or just go back to your favourite place. There’s something so relaxing about it, and take that camera along, everyone loves a good landscape shot!
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure I’m going to be able to do that this summer. But at the end of the day, travel doesn’t have to mean somewhere exotic.
If you already have something planned, awesome! Make it the time of your life. If not, look for something! If you can’t afford it, no worries! If you can go on an amazing trip across Europe, or America, or Asia, road-trip through a country, take a city break, relax on a beach – I’m mega jealous. If none of this is possible, take day trips. I think that’s what I’ll be doing, finally going to see the cities around the UK that are so close but I never think of going to.
5. Read a book.
I guessing this is kinda cheating for me, being an English student and all, but it’s here anyway.
I have have the longest list of books I want to read and every summer say I’m gonna read SO much and never do. BUT, this is the summer that I will do it and get through loads of books (fingers crossed). I think everyone should do this, even if it’s only one book. They pass the time so easily, grab your attention, start new reading addictions and let you fan girl over characters who are only in your imagination. YAY for literary crushes!
Now go find your perfect summer book.
Who wants to actually do that, right? Get even more sweaty than you were going to anyway in the sun. Well I’m here to say give it a shot. Admittedly, I have yet to start, but I know I will. I was super good with it last summer, but then winter made running outside all bleh and I just didn’t start again.
It’s one of the best ways to start your day. Makes you feel healthy, awake, active, and pumped for the day ahead. Just find the best one for you, whether it’s running, swimming, dancing, or some weird class you can take at the gym.
This one is mainly aimed at myself. I REALLY want to start because of all the mental health benefits it gives. I just bought a book about it, and it seems super helpful with general knowledge about meditation and tips/exercises to try yourself. I can’t wait to try it out and see myself slowly transform into a new, balanced, life-orientated person.
Give it a go, don’t give it a go. It’s up to you, but I think it’s something worth considering.
8. Bake something.
I don’t there’s anything more fun than baking something you’ve never baked before. Summer seems to be my go-to time for baking, and I love trying new recipes and seeing if I can pretend I’m as good as the people on masterchef. (FYI – I am).
You don’t have to go overly fancy and do something with brand new equipment. Even if you just make your favourite desert with a twist, or bake an awesome cake for someone’s birthday. Go forth and make your kitchen a floury mess, it’ll be worthwhile when you’re eating that sugary goodness in the sunshine.
9. Have a TV day.
Who doesn’t love a TV day? I know I will definitely be spending more than one day this summer doing this. Because even though I loooove the sunshine and ADORE everything that summer brings, sometimes you just get a bit tired of the heat and need a chill day in your PJs.
Binge a new series on Netflix, re-watch your favourite films, or just gorge on day time TV. Enjoy it. It might not feel productive, you might feel like you’re wasting your summer, but it’s good to have some rest once in a while.
10. Look at the sky.
By this I mean go star-gazing, or watch the sunrise/sunset. Find the perfect spot with a clear view, no noise, and not much street light and let the sky boggle your mind.
One of my highlights of last summer was sitting on a beach in Santorini and looking at the stars. You can actually make out the swirls of the galaxy which I didn’t even believe was possible to see with the naked eye. It’s amazing what you can see when you step back from the world of people and technology for a little while.
11. HAVE FUN!
It’s summer, make the most of it while it lasts!