Well, my friends: today is the day. As of 3 o’clock this afternoon, I am officially done with my junior year of high school. While I’ll still be on campus throughout most of the next week for meetings, prom, etc., it’s such a relief that classes are finally wrapping up! In honor of the three months’ vacation ahead, today I thought it’d be fun to share my summer bucket list. I did something similar last year, when I published my fall break “to-do list.” Not only was it fun to come up with goals for my time off, but I found that publishing them to the blog helped make me more motivated to follow through on my intentions! Because this summer is already shaping up to be pretty busy, I figured there was no better way to make sure my personal goals are taken care of than to share them all with you again!
So, without further ado, here’s what’s on my bucket list for #summer2k16 (sorry, I couldn’t resist…;))
// Do a natural beauty “spa night”
A couple weeks ago I finally got around to picking up Skin Cleanse, the book that made waves across both the beauty and wellness spheres about a year and a half ago. Aside from covering how your diet and product usage can impact your skin, author Adina Grigore of S.W. Basics also shares a bunch of DIY beauty remedies, from exfoliating oatmeal face masks to coconut oil hair treatments. This summer, I’m hoping to put my pink fluffy robe on and pamper myself with a few of these “recipes.” You can be sure that I’ll share all about it (face mask photos included!) on the blog, so watch for that post in the coming months!
// Read a book in French
Many of you might not know this, but I love French. I’ve been studying since seventh grade, but it’s only in the last couple years that I’ve been serious about learning it. My immersion experience last summer* not only showed me the potential of my own skills, but also just how amazing living in another language can be. This summer, I plan to continue my studies by reading a book in French. They say to start with a text you’re familiar with, so I’m excited to dive into La fille du train, the French translation of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which I read last year.
// Make a joy jar
Continuing on the subject of books, over the past couple weeks I’ve been exploring Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling by the amazing podcaster/blogger Katie Dalebout. One of the practices mentioned in the book is to create a “joy jar,” or a decorated jar in which you store small notes about joyful moments that happened to you throughout the day. In honor of my seventeenth birthday later this month, I’m hoping to start my own year-long joy jar project. Not only does this sound like a helpful practice in positivity, but it’ll also be a way for my record my last year of high school!
// Live tech-free for 24 hours
Because my school really embraces technology, most of my time during the is spent on my laptop in Google docs, downloading homework, and checking the next day’s lunch menu (#priorities). Within the next few weeks, I’m hoping to “cleanse” myself by ditching my computer, phone, television, etc. for a full 24 hours. At a glance this sounds like a pretty simple task, but I’m sure it’ll be much harder when I get down to it. Wish me luck…!
// Try a new workout class
My 100-day workout challenge is almost over! In that time, I’ve discovered a lot of fun new workouts via YouTube, from HIIT videos to boxing-inspired routines. As my schedule becomes a bit more flexible, I’m dying to get out of my basement and hit up a few new exercise classes. My mom’s been begging me to join her at Flywheel, but aside from that I’m open for suggestions! Drop any hints in the comments below.
// Live with a capsule wardrobe for 1 week
While cleaning my room over the weekend, it struck how much “stuff” I have. While I was able to get rid of most excess papers and useless odds and ends with one giant trash bag, my closet is still jam-packed. It’s honestly pretty ridiculous, given that during the summer I probably wear some variation of the same three outfits. In the next few months, I want to try narrowing down my selection to about ten key pieces and living from those for a week. Depending on how it goes, I might seriously consider selling/donating pieces that I simply don’t wear any more in favor of creating a more curated closet. Again, this experience will definitely be on the blog, so be on the look out for an “after” post!
Okay, that’s what’s on my plate this summer. Well, that and (hopefully) a couple jobs, plus prepping for tennis season and getting my summer homework done. All in all, though, I have a feeling I’m in for a great three months, and I cannot wait to see what they hold for both myself and A Style Study!
What’re your goals for this summer?