Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An Independent Summer

Although I'm not planning to be alone and hanging out with myself this summer, I do need to find activities I can do on my own if my friends are away on vacation. Two things I have already planned on doing: reading books for fun and watching movies I haven't seen. But if I don't feel like sitting in bed on a lonely day, then here's some other fun, independent activities you'll find me doing this summer:
  • Make a nice dinner for your parents - I never had time to do this during the school year, plus I'm going off to college in the next year. And I love cooking so why not do something thoughtful for my parents?
  • Have a one-girl (or guy) photoshoot - If you're like me and have a nice camera and a tripod sitting in the corner of your room waiting to be used, then go take pictures of things or even take self-portraits (not selfies).
  • Go people watching - Sounds sort of creepy, I know, but go read a book in the park and just observe your surroundings. It can be really interesting and you actually never know who you'll meet or talk to.
  • Find a workout or dance class to attend - Workout classes can be a good way to meet new friends as well as tone your body for bikini season!
  • Go to a store or restaurant you've never been to before - You never know what you will find!
  • Bake cookies and give them to family members - This would be so nice. Think about how happy this would make an aunt, uncle, cousin, grandma, grandpa, etc.
  • Shop at vintage stores - Vintage stores can be a gold mine for all things cute. Again: You never know what you will find.
  • Go shopping for gifts - Any upcoming birthdays? Well a lazy day is great for getting those gifts bought and out of the way! Personally I love giving people gifts more than I like receiving them.
  • Volunteer - I've always felt that volunteering is a way to give back but it also gives hope and life to those who volunteer. Whenever I'm sad or lonely I focus on others rather than myself. Doing volunteer work has allowed me to learn about others as well as myself and who I am.
  • Go see a play or musical - Any local or off-Broadway shows you can go see? I won tickets to "Catch Me If You Can" the musical last summer! 
  • Have a spa day - We all need some relaxation! So go visit a spa, or DIY at home. I promise you will feel so much better after.
  • Find a local festival or event - Even if it's some crazy, random festival you've never heard of, you should still go. You never know!
  • Perfect something - Have you always wanted to learn how to fishtail braid? Or perfect winged eyeliner? Well search up some YouTube videos and keep trying until you've got it right!
  • Go to the mall / online shop - Have a pay check you really want to spend? Go ahead, indulge a little. Stop at your favorite stores, buy a cute dress, and then plan a dinner with friends so you have somewhere to wear it! 
  • DIY - Search DIY blogs or Pinterest for some really cool ideas. Here's an idea: if you are going off to college this year make dorm decorations!
  • Visit the local farmer's market - You can always find quality, locally-grown foods and other items there. It's especially peaceful to just walk around on a nice, sunny day.
Before going to see the musical "Catch Me If You Can" last summer with my dad!

Hope you found this list helpful! I love reading comments so let me know what you're planning to do this summer!

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  1. This is actually SUCH a great list! I love the making dinner for the parents, volunteering, people watching...everything! It's such a breath of fresh air to see people writing on embracing alone time and just taking in and enjoying the small things in the world! Really, a beautiful post! xx

    <(') Hoda || JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

    1. Thank you so much: it means a lot! :)

  2. This list is great! I love your outfit at the end by the way, white lacy dresses are my favourite for this time of year. It's great that you have so many things already planned to do, or thinking about anyway! I'll be spending the summer writing a dissertation but I think i'll definitely be setting time aside to do things like this! :)

    Amylou x


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