A few weeks ago, my three month summer vacation started and since then I’ve been doing very little of anything. I caught up on some TV shows and hung out with my friends, but I haven’t really done many of the things I planned on doing this summer. Three months is long, and I just figure “ah, I can do that later”, but it’s turning into a bit of a thing in my mind. I’m starting to resent the doing nothing, which has somehow led to doing even less. I haven’t posted a blogpost in over a week, for instance. What’s that about?
I know, I know, first world problems. You’re all probably resenting me for complaining about a three month vacation, and to be fair, you should. This post is pretty whiny so far.
So let’s change that!
Instead of whining, I’m going to make a list of things I want to do in these coming two months so that I can refer back to it and actually start doing things instead of thinking about doing things and watching YouTube videos in the meantime. Time to get off my ass and start being productive (while also having fun), yay!
1. Write a book
Okay, so this one’s pretty ambitious and I know already that it’s not going to happen. What a great way to start… But! I want to start writing a book and that’s really the main thing here.
I’ve been having this idea for a fantasy story going round my brain for ages now and I need to actually start working on it.
I’ve never written fantasy before, so it’s going to be a fun challenge, which will take lots of planning and outlining. My plan for the plan is “start tomorrow”, but that’s been the plan for about two weeks now, so yeah.
I think I’ve got this subconscious thing going on of being afraid to actually start working on a story again because it’s been so long. I just need to do it, though. It doesn’t have to be good right away. So! That’s one thing I’m going to do. And who knows, maybe I’ll actually start tomorrow.
2. Bake stuff!
There are so many cool baked goods I have wanted to bake for forever, but have never tried because they’re daunting to me, so I decided at the start of the year that I wanted to bake more challenging things. Didn’t happen. So, here’s a list of stuff I want to bake this summer:
- Macarons (still haven’t mastered these tiny buggers!)
- Bread sticks (I want to bake more savoury things in general, and this is first thing that popped into my head)
- Cake with multiple layers
- Swiss roll
- Maybe a chocolate soufflé or something of the like?
These are just some of the things that first came to mind and I probably won’t bake them all, or find something else that I’d rather bake. The main thing is that I need to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to baking, and these free months are the perfect time to do that!
3. Update the Recipe Index
This has been on my to do list for ages now. I want to change the Recipe Index into a drop-down menu with different categories, and show a picture for every recipe instead of only the name. A bit of a project, but definitely doable so this is just something I need to actually start doing.
Here’s a list of 11 books I want to read this summer. I think I’m setting my goal at 15, though. I also want to participate in a read-a-thon, because that’s always fun.
This post was mostly inspired by me not posting a blogpost for over a week. You’d think that now I have time again I’d actually blog more, but apparently not. For some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it all, which made me feel guilty, which made me even less inclined to write a post. So, I’ve decided that I’m just going to have to sit down and write a few posts in advance, or brainstorm some cool post ideas and then get to it. Blogging is fun! It shouldn’t feel like homework.
6. Do nothing
“Yeah, but, wasn’t this exactly the thing you wanted to stop doing?”
Well, yes, imaginary person inside of my head, it was. That is to say – I want to stop doing nothing all the time. I should still be able to do nothing without feeling guilty some of the time. It is my vacation, after all. I’ve earned it fair and square.
So, that is my list of things I want to do this summer. I’m going to start tomorrow right away! One thing that isn’t on the list but I do plan on doing a lot is hanging out with my friends, but I figured that goes without saying.
What are some things you want to do this summer? Do you have time off as well or do you have to work or study for the coming months? Let me know!
11 thoughts on “Things I Want To Do This Summer”
Good luck with everything. I thought summer break was too long when I was in the school. Now, I miss it!
Thank you! Yes, this will probably be my last summer break as a student so I definitely feel like I should enjoy it while I can.
You should thinking about doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July! It’s a more relaxed version of regular NaNo and you can set your own word count goal, so there’s no stress about reaching 50,000 words. Happy Summer! 🙂
Yes, I’ve been thinking about doing that! If I manage to have my outline done (or at least close to done) I’ll definitely try 🙂 And thank you, you too!
If you can write a thesis, you can do a book! Remember the amazing number of words you did in a week? You go girl!
(I will now stop procrastinating and go back to my own thesis 😥 )
Thanks Emmie! ❤ You can do it too! 😀
Great list, Anne! (And I love your choice of gifs.)
My summer will be spent in preparation of Baby #2, which means lots of work to tackle as many unfinished tasks as possible (because I know the months after will be crazy busy anyway).
But I also just created a list of books I want to read this summer, I want to spend time with my family, have drinks with friends in the city center and pretend I’m a tourist, go on day trips … I think it’ll be a good summer, don’t you? 🙂
Also: baking is an activity I usually reserve for autumn and winter because of the hot weather. 😀 But I’ll be following your successes and bookmarking the recipes. 😉
Thanks, Kaja! 😀
Oh, that’s so exciting, congrats 🙂 Good luck with all the preparations and the work. Sounds like you have loads of good things planned too – a good summer indeed!
Hmm, that’s very sensible, haha. I don’t bake when it’s too hot either, but we’ve been having a lousy summer so far in the Netherlands.
This is how I feel most weekends haha. I like relaxing and catching up with tv/books, but I want to do stuff too and then… weekend’s over I’m so with you on the writing. My mental block is about finishing my first draft. I’ve been working on it on and off for years and I’ve never finished one…. I need to power through, know it’s allowed to be bad, and just finish! Good luck starting yours :))) I want to bake more too! I’ve never baked a cake from scratch. And I’d like to find more dinner recipes to cook. I think these all sound like great goals, and a great list. It’s getting that balance between fun lazy and feeling guilty right haha.
I know right! It’s such a cliche, but time does certainly fly… I can’t believe we’re already half way through July – there are so many more things I want to do! I’m still working on the background stuff for my story and am not even close yet to starting the actual writing. Good luck finishing your first draft! It can be scary, but in the end there is no such thing as a bad first draft – you just have to get the story out! 🙂
Exactly! Being lazy can be fun, but it shouldn’t take up the whole summer. Thanks for your lovely comment, Morgan!