5 Ways to have an AWESOME summer

I am the QUEEN of having all of these great ideas of things I want to get done over the summer, but then during the last two weeks of summer, I realize that not only did I have a super lazy summer, but I didn’t get anything done that I had hoped to! Here is a list of five ways to have an awesome summer, that includes getting your summer projects done!


how to have an awesome summer

#1. Unplug.

Seriously. Turn off the TV, get off facebook, and go DO something. Last summer I had a problem with just laying around and watching TV, because I deserved it. You deserve it too, but at the end of your summer, you’ll realize you wasted a lot of opportune time!

#2. Plan things with your friends and family.

Go on a trip together, whether it is someplace new, or just down the road to a campground. Just do something together 🙂 No one ever regrets a trip with friends or family, because it is sure to be a lot of fun! Unless your friends aren’t awesome, then you have my sympathy :p

#3. Stay active.

Finding a sport or hobby that keeps you moving will most likely help keep you energized and positive throughout the summer! I plan to keep going to yoga classes, and climb outdoors this summer. And running! I’m going to take up running.

#4. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself.

I am the master of creating this big long list of things I want to get done over the summer. In reality, there is no way I can get it all done because there simply is not enough time. Do the projects you’ve been wanting to do for a long time first because those will bring a lot of relief when they are done! One way to help with this is to set one big project for each month.

#5. Go to the beach.

If you’re a beachgoer, there is nothing more relaxing than going to the beach and laying out with a good book. I am so excited to do this more this summer!


#6. Explore your town!

There is still a lot to Portland that I haven’t seen yet. It is a lot of fun to be a tourist in your own town/city and find new things! I’m looking forward to trying more local restaurants 🙂


Most of all, just keep living life this summer. Go with the flow and do what feels right. Have fun! It’s going to be here before you know it!


If you have some ideas of how to make this summer a rockin’ one, please comment below!

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