Hi everyone! Summer is here and I am so excited. I, like many others, love sleeping in, tanning all day, and having no schedule. However, this summer I am going to try to be more intentional. Since I am a high school student, the summers are basically a time where I can do whatever I want. I am definitely big on spending time resting and relaxing, but I am going to try to be more balanced. I am going to be sharing with you today a few of my goals this summer so you can maybe get some inspiration and consider how you can be more intentional with your summer, too.
- Have a balanced sleep schedule
Some people talk about how in the summer, they go to bed around four in the morning and then wake up at like one o’ clock the next afternoon. This totally messes up your sleeping schedule and it takes away your entire morning that you could be spending doing other things! My personal goal for the summer is to go to sleep before 12 and then wake up at nine in the morning. This provides plenty of rest and gives you plenty of time in the morning to do things you need to get done.
- Read like crazy
Reading is a passion of mine and is something that has taught me many things as I read more and more books. This summer, I am making the goal to read 50 books. Reading is one of the best hobbies/ habits you can invest in. Plus, when you are outside tanning or anywhere in the sun, it is nearly impossible to see a screen anyways. The time you spend scrolling on your phone or watching Netflix could be spent in so many other ways. If you want to read a lot of books this summer like me, make sure to read a wide variety of books instead of just one genre. This enables you to become a well-read person and also allows you to learn so many things about different cultures or educational topics. As I read, I will write a couple blog posts summarizing the best books I have read. Let me know if there are any good books I should be reading this summer in the comments down below!
- Drink water
This seems sort of obvious, but a lot of people do not drink enough water. I remember when I was in seventh grade, I got really sick because I was not drinking enough water. Drinking water has so many benefits. Yes, it will be a great aid in weight loss but that isn’t why I am going to try to drink it more. Drinking water can do great things like aid in digestion, clear your skin, and it will hydrate your body like it is supposed to be hydrated! Try it for a week and see all of the great benefits it has to offer!
- Eat healthily
Once again, even though this has physical benefits, I am pursuing the internal and mental benefits eating healthy can bring to your life! Personally, I enjoy eating breakfasts consisting of eggs, bacon, and fruit! Having a great, healthy breakfast really helps your body wake up and helps avoid being hungry for a long time. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and don’t snack just because you get bored or are having a craving. I used to try to eat mostly vegetarian or vegan, but that didn’t really work for me. Adding eggs, bacon, and other proteins to my diet have helped me thrive and feel full, which is so important! The most important thing about having a healthy diet is feeling your beast. It is easy to try to lose weight or avoid eating when you are hungry but do not fall into this trap! Eating junk food always makes me feel so gross and my stomach doesn’t like it very much either! I enjoy feeling energized and full, so I avoid eating junk foods as often as possible. However, don’t get too strict with yourself because you should be enjoying your summer too! If your family goes out for ice cream, get some too! Don’t say no to a s’more or a dinner out with friends because you are trying to eat healthily. Enjoy your life, and enjoy your health journey.
- Blog at least twice a week
Since I started school in August 2018, I totally slacked on my blog posts. It was mainly because I was super busy with my college classes and I couldn’t really find the time. I also didn’t have very much motivation to post, so I didn’t want to be putting out content that didn’t have any passion behind it. However, I have a ton of new post ideas; and I am so excited to get my blog going again. So stay tuned for some new posts every week!
- Read my Bible and spend more time in prayer
Summer means having a lot more time on my hands, and I really want to spend some time gearing up spiritually for my last year of high school. Senior year is commonly filled with added stress because of trying to figure out what you are going to do with your future. So, I want to be able to spend intentional time with God and pray about what direction my life should head towards. I want to use a lot of my free time to spend time with God and learn more about Him.
I hope my list inspired you to live intentionally this summer! Remember to take some time to relax and enjoy the sunshine as well. – Cami