I am really on a writing roll right now. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post and I’ve really missed writing in this conversational style about things I’m actually interested in rather than all of the reports and essays I’ve been writing in school *sigh*.
Speaking of school, and speaking of not having to write reports and essays anymore, it’s SUMMERRR! Something I’ve been doing for a couple of years now is writing out my summer bucket list and making a cute ~aesthetic~ poster out of it to hang up in my room to get me pumped up for summer vacation and to remind me to keep having fun and trying new things while I’ve got the time!
I wanted to share my summer bucket list with you all, and you should definitely share YOURS with me as well. I just love hearing about how other students spend their summer break because it really inspires me to make the most of mine!
I wrote down tons of ideas to start, then I pared it down because I didn’t want the list to be overwhelming. So let us begin!
Dye my hair a lighter shade
I got highlights last summer, especially around the ends of my hair, and I absolutely LOVED it. However, hair grows (yes, that’s a thing that happens) and so eventually I got a haircut and all of the pretty highlights were gone :( I keep planning on going back to the hair salon to get it dyed again, but I’ve been putting it off. By this point, I feel like I’d be ready to do something even more drastic with my hair but… I’ll keep you updated on what I decide to do ;)
Go to a concert on the square
My city has these awesome free concerts downtown on Wednesday evenings and while I have been to a few with my family, I’d like to go with my friends since I have only recently started feeling comfortable enough with driving to go all the way downtown, hehe. Plus, it’s usually orchestra music, and I always feel so cultured when I listen to orchestras play.
Go thrift shopping
Lately I’ve been OBSESSED (I always spell that word wrong the first time) with Ashley’s YouTube channel, Best Dressed. She is an absolutely amazing video editor, thrifter, and all-around person. She always cracks me up with her videos at the same time that I’m drooling over the aesthetics of her outfits, her thumbnail designs, everything. She has inspired me to try thrift shopping, because I’m always amazed at the beautiful things she is able to find.
Watch the sunrise
This is always on my summer bucket list, just because there is no way I’m going to wake up early during the school year just to sit and watch the sunrise, so summer is basically the only time I’m going to be able to appreciate it :)
Drink bubble tea
I first had bubble tea approximately a year ago, and my life was changed. It’s sort of a special occasion drink for me because I only have it when I’m traveling or downtown (because you can’t get bubble tea in my neighborhood). Boba is freaking delicious, and I still have so many flavors I need to try, which is why I’m making bubble tea a priority this summer.
Visit the farmer’s market
Our city has an amazing farmer’s market, and even though it’s a bit of a drive downtown to get to it, it’s so worth it. There’s this little bakery that sells cheese bread on one corner of the market and I swear that crowds of people are drawn to it by the amazing smells. There’s also all the fruits and veggies you could ever want, honey in cute little containers, flowers, etc. etc.
Have a board game night
I had one this spring with my friends when we were all needing a mental break from school and it was SO much fun we vowed to do it again! So I’m just trying to keep that promise. Honestly, it’s amazing how much fun something as simple and low-tech as a board game night can be.
Lately I’ve been convincing my family to go hiking when we travel, and they’ve actually enjoyed it a lot! My influence on them is working, hehe. Hiking always makes me feel really accomplished, and it’s amazing to just spend some time outside, get a good sweat in, and enjoy the scenery. Plus, it usually costs nothing (or a few dollars for parking), which is an awesome bonus.
Visit an art museum
To be honest, I don’t quite understand much of the art at art museums, especially when I’m in the abstract/contemporary galleries, but it’s fun to look at, and there’s always some inspiration to be found. Plus, art museums tend to be amazing backdrops for photography!
Practice my Spanish
I finished my high school Spanish career this year with AP Spanish, and now my job is to make sure I don’t forget it. I’m going to start up Duolingo again, because it’s a good little bite-sized review that I can do daily. I also want to push myself to start experiencing real-life Spanish through podcasts, shows, movies, etc. I’m sure my family would agree to watching a Spanish movie with me if I put on English subtitles for them, hehe. If you have any recommendations for shows/podcasts, let me know!
Have a campfire
Okay my bucket list says “bonfire” but I feel like the image of a huge, blazing fire that the word reminds me of is far off from what I actually mean, which is setting a small fire in the fire pit in our yard and cooking s’mores over it or something.
Two summers ago I achieved my bucket list item of picking strawberries and last summer I picked blueberries, so this summer it’s a free choice! It’s really fun and the people who own the farm that we go to for berry picking let you eat as much as you want as you’re picking (so it’s actually quite hard to fill up your punnet, haha).
Start learning Korean
I’ve been debating what language I should spend my time learning now that I’m done with Spanish classes. I went back and forth a lot but I think what I’ve settled on is studying French in school for my senior year and Korean on my own time, especially during the summer. I’ve already found a few useful apps like Memrise and Duolingo, and I’m super excited to start. I feel like I chose Spanish and French mainly for their practicality and how widespread their use is, but Korean is kind of the “for fun” language that I’m letting myself enjoy learning. I definitely hope to visit South Korea someday, however, so it’s not for nothing!
Sell old clothes
I’ve definitely been noticing that a lot of the clothes in my closet get skipped over all the time because they either have gotten too small for me or they’re just not my style. It was hard to find time during the school year to sort those out and figure out what to do with them, so I’ve been saving that as a summer weekend project.
Bake a cake
This is one I got done yesterday! I baked a cake for Father’s Day :) Check!
Make a summer recap video
I was inspired to do this when we were doing our final critique in my Video 1 class recently and this one girl made a video that was a recap of her freshman year and what she’d learned. It was such a sweet memory and even though it’s too late for me to do that for my freshman year, I just loved the idea of making “recap” videos, so I want to make one about my summer break!
What’s on your summer bucket list? Let me know!
I’m going to challenge myself to share these items as I tick them off on Instagram using the hashtag #BlissBeanSummer2018.