Plans for my 18th Summer

Plans for my 18th Summer

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Hi there! Hey! You there! Yes, you.

Listen up because I’ve got some stuff you want to hear.

First of all, despite the fact that today marks 268 days after I last posted (YIKES!), I’m not in the mood of leaving things unfinished (especially this blog), so be ready for some regular updates! *cheers*

So many great things have happened in my life since we’ve last communicated. For one, I’ve graduated high school! I’m also going off to college in three months (like four hours away, going off) and I want to make the most of my summer before then.

What follows is how I plan to do so.

This is my second point. For those of you who have stuck with me through thick and thin, remember when I made that summer goals post for last year?

For those of you who don’t know about it, I basically wrote out ten major goals I wanted to reach that summer. None of them were something I could accomplish in one day, but I had to work towards all of them over time. You can check it out here if you’re interested.

And if you’re wondering how many of those goals I actually accomplished, well, the number was quite paltry . . . only half :/ I wrote about the exact ones I reached here.

But alas, it is a new year and you’d probably much rather be reading about what I hope to accomplish this summer than my goals from last year, because that was the past and this is now.

So without further ado, here is how I plan to make my last summer before college memorable as well as productive.

1. Earn over 2.5K

College is expensive. ’nuff said. This number pans out to about forty dollars every weekday.

2. Apply for 2 scholarships a week

I have to be specific or I probably wouldn’t do this one. Honestly, I’ve applied for a few scholarships thus far, but since I can’t see the immediate results, I’ve kinda lost all faith in doing so. Nevertheless, if I can manage to snag a few this summer, it will help a lot with college costs.

3. Keep up with Bible reading plan

I got this really cool journaling Bible last Christmas, and in the back there’s a reading plan for the entire year. I made it through February, then kinda gave up. So I definitely need to get back on track with that.

4. Finish “The Day Hope was Murdered”

I started this novel on Wattpad in April of last year and um . . . I don’t think I’m even ten chapters in. But I will finish it this summer! Right here, right now, I’m committed to updating twice a week. Friday and Tuesday.

5. Declutter & Organize

Over the past month, I’ve slowly but surely been going through my clothes (I got rid of 5 big garbage bags full of them so far!). But I still have so much crap I’ve collected over the years that must go. In addition to material things, I have over 2000 photos on my phone and way too many apps taking up space.

6. Craft Crap

Tying into the last one, I have this huge container of yarn as well as tons of fabric, jewelry making supplies, and other craft stuff that I definitely DO NOT have room for in  a college dorm. My sister and I are going to make stuff out of it and either sell them locally or on a site like Etsy. I think this will be a great opportunity to grow closer to her as well as learn a lot more about crafting.

7. Exercise twice a week

About a month ago, I finished 90 days of torture called P90 X. I was working out for nearly an hour (sometimes more) six days a week and was following a strict diet that consisted of a LOT of protein. Since that ended, I haven’t worked out once, and am losing the muscles I obtained during the torture. Needless to say, I need to get back into the habit of working out.

8. Spend time with those I love

Rather than wasting away the summer with people I honestly don’t care about or spending all of it holed up in my room, I am going to work towards spending time with my family and friends more. It was really hard to do so during the school year, but as I will be over 4 hours away in three months, I should probably learn to appreciate what I have before I go.

9. Play a musical instrument every day

For years, I took piano lessons. Then a few years ago, I quit taking lessons. Since then, I have played, but not much. Therefore, right here, right now, I’m committing to playing a musical instrument (either piano or guitar) for at least 30 minutes a day.

10. Blog every week

I was thinking of making it every other day, but I don’t think I can commit to that, so once a week seems plausible, right? As of now, I have no idea what I’ll write about, but as I always do, I’ll figure it out.

So there you have it! My top 10 goals for this summer. Of course, I do have smaller things I’m hoping to do this summer, but instead of having them on this list, perhaps I’ll make a bucket-type list with the small things. What do you think?

Why do I write out my goals like this?

If you’re wondering why I have done this for the past two years, keep reading.

Without this list, I never really know what to do during the summer and by the time summer ends, I usually feel that I have accomplished absolutely nothing. By writing the most important things out and sharing it with you guys, as well as hanging it on my wall, I find that I’m a lot more motivated and excited during these months off of school.

I encourage you to make your own list of things you want to accomplish this summer. You only have so many summers in your life. It’s important you make them worth it. If you do commit to a list, let me know, and maybe we can keep each other accountable.

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A Letter to You

A Letter to You

Dear Reader,

I am writing this letter to you to remind you of who you really are. That you are you and not anyone else. That you’re young and have many years ahead of you. What you do with this time God has granted to you is ultimately your decision. You can waste it away getting in trouble, frowning, and ignoring people. Or you can waste it away being happy, happy with who you are, with where you’re going, and happy with who you hang out with. It’s your choice. In this letter, I have quite a few suggestions on how to live your life, a few reminders, and a few words of encouragement. Whether you heed it or not is again, your choice.

First off, don’t forget that life is short. While you have thousands and thousands of days ahead of you, these days go by fast. It’s as if you’re a car on a highway and you’re destination is determined by what you do when you’re on this road. Will you continue in one straight line? Or will you deviate from the path? I dare you to be different. To not be some identical twin and morph into what society determines you to be, or rather, who society determines you to be. There’s billions and billions of people who have been down this road, and still many who have yet to go down it. Out of all of these people, you’re just one of them. You may seem insignificant at times, but that doesn’t mean you are. If every one of these billions of people gave up and didn’t try, everything would be a mess. You can impact the people around you by daring to be different. You won’t meet everyone in the world, but it’s essential that you treat those you do meet with kindness. Be an example.

Second, make the most of your short life. This doesn’t mean you should try to visit every place on the planet or be filthy rich. I can promise you that material possessions will not bring you happiness. No matter how many things you accumulate over the years, they will never bring you satisfaction. What I mean when I say make the most of your life, is that you should hold back. Step out of your comfort zone once in a while, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Build relationships with people. I believe that the only way to long-lasting happiness and satisfaction is through a relationship with God. While relationships with people, friendly or otherwise will bring happiness, there will always be that feeling that something is missing if you don’t have God as one of these relationships. That feeling that you need something more.

Third and most important, is be yourself. Or in the words of Sadie Robertson, live original. I can guarantee you that society will tell you who you should be. Don’t listen to society. Don’t be afraid of what people think. I have found that if someone is stunningly gorgeous and yet, incredibly rude, she is in fact the most lonely of them all. It’s okay to only have a few good friends. And also, don’t be afraid to trust people. Don’t put up so many walls that they’re impossible to break down.

That’s all I have for you at this time. Write me back and let me know if this helped at all. Who knows? Maybe our exchanges of letters will become a regular occurence.

With love,
Yourself

Plans for the Summer

Plans for the Summer

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Satisfaction of a List.”


I finished school for the summer last Friday, so alas, I will be on break for three whole months! *cheers* In past summers, I’ve often found myself sitting around on my butt all day wasting the time away. But I do not want that to happen this year. I want to make the most of my summer, and here’s a list of exactly what I hope to accomplish this summer. Kind of like a summer bucket list, you could say.

1. Earn over $2k and put most of it in savings

I have two jobs currently. I caddy at a country club that is literally 2 minutes from my house and I work for my dad’s computer business. At both of these, I make a pretty decent amount of money and this goal is a bit unrealistic. Heck, I’ll be lucky if I make $1k, but according to Minho in the Mazerunner, it’s better to shoot higher.

2. Write my college essay and perfect it

Pretty self-explanatory, but my friend told me that she planned to write her essay for appying to colleges in the fall, and that set off a spark inside of me. It’ll be 500 words that’ll make all the difference for my future.

3. Learn a cool talent

I’m thinking maybe I’ll learn how to baton. I’m decent at it now, but my mom was a majorette in high school. You know, one with the fire and all. Although I’ll never be that good, I want to be better. Or maybe I’ll do a back flip on the ground. That’d be pretty sick. Or maybe become skilled at writing right-handed (I’m a lefty). Idk, if you have any ideas for me, comment them!

4. Attend a pre-college program

Back in February, I applied for a scholarship to a summer program at Smith College and Harvard University in Massachusetts. I got into both of the colleges, and received $3000 from the scholarship. I’ve decided to attend Smith’s Young Woman’s Writing Workshop and I’m psyched! I’ll be staying there, in a dorm, for two weeks!

5. Volunteer

To be honest, I haven’t volunteered much in high school, and I’ve been told that colleges really look at that and extracurricular activities. Ever since I heard that, I’ve been trying to find places to volunteer! Currently, I volunteer at a local Boys and Girls Club, and I’ve found the experience highly valuable and quite fun. This summer, I’m volunteering at a Christian summer camp for a few weeks. I’ll be a photographer and I’ll take videos of the campers. Only downside is no electronics, no phones, and that means I won’t be able to update this blog. Eh, hopefully I’ll survive and hopefully you will too.

6. Keep up this blog

Perhaps this is one of the easiest things on my list. Or at least, it seems to be the case now. But my goal is to write a new post every day in June, and if I have time at Smith, to update while I’m there. It’s just so freeing to write what’s on my mind and I know if I continue this, I’ll be an overall better person.

7. Finish a novel

I’m writing a story right now called “The Day Hope was Murdered” and I definitely want to finish it by the time school starts back up again.

8. Keep playing guitar and piano

I’ve played piano for years and years, however, I just recently started teaching myself guitar. With all my schoolwork, I didn’t have much time to spend on playing instruments this year and that makes me sad. I definitely want to start playing a lot more this summer now.

9. Narrow down my college list

As of now, I have no idea where I want to attend college. You’ll know a bit more about this if you read my post from yesterday “What Scares the Crap out of Me.” My mom wants me to start applying in the fall, so I need to figure out some potential candidates.

10. Expand my vocabulary

My vocabulary isn’t that hot right now, and ever since I read John Green’s novel “The Fault in our Stars,” I’ve been obsessed with unique words. Also, when I took the SAT, my vocab section was one of the lowest. So, I have taken upon the challenge of learning not only one vocabulary word a day, but two. We’ll see how it goes.

As you can tell, I have a lot planned for this summer. I’ll be gone, away from home, for an entire month. It’ll be jam-packed and I’m happy about that. Most people want a calm, relaxing summer, and don’t get me wrong, I want that too. But sometimes, it can be too calm. And that’s not what I want. This is a lot and even I’m doubting myself right now, but I’ll let you know in August how much of this I accomplish.

What are your plans for the summer?
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