So when finals hit, you couldn’t wait to lounge by the pool, never speak of homework again (for three months, at least) and have free time galore! But now it’s July…and if you were drawn to the title of this post, then the odds are that you’re bored. Admit it! You’ve already tackled all the typical summer to-dos and you’re fresh out of ideas to make this summer one for the books.
You came to the right spot, my friend. Here are 10 ideas to ensure that your summer is hashtag-worthy!
- Set a goal. Summer is an amazing time to accomplish something that you didn’t have time to do during the school year. Have you always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Speak a different language? Get in the habit of working out? Summer is the perfect time to do that! Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Then the Lord replied: ‘Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” I love this verse because it reminds us the power in writing things down and setting specific goals for ourselves. So, make a goal, write it down and then run toward it!
- Set up a lemonade stand. Yes, you read this right! And yes, I realize you aren’t eight years old anymore. But one summer in high school, my girlfriends and I had a neighborhood lemonade stand and it was one of my favorite moments of summer. Lemonade stands are a great way to create community and even meet new neighbors. Want to be even more cool? Pick a charity that you want to raise money for and make signs letting your customers know where their money is going! It raises awareness of issues you are passionate about, and you and your friends can sip on your merchandise all afternoon.
- Make a new bestie. That girl in English class you really got along with, but never had the chance to hang out with outside of school…shoot her a text! Summer is a season without cliques. How much fun would it be to go back to school with a new best friend all because you took the risk to get to know someone new! I did this with a friend in the summer going into the eighth grade, and she has been my bestie ever since AND was the maid of honor in my wedding! The payoff could be huge.
- Volunteer. Summer can be a selfish season: vacation, shopping, eating out, resting. All of these are fun, but it’s all too easy to make it all about you. Summer is also the season where you have more time than ever to give to those in need! You don’t have to go out of the country to live a life that is missional. Research local places where you could serve, invite your friends and spend the day blessing others! “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
- Try a new fashion statement. Now is the time to try that look you’ve always said you could never pull off. (Modest is hottest, though, ladies!) Before you have to brave the critics of the hallways, become confident in being more expressive in your outfits. Switch closets with a friend for a day, save up for a statement piece or go thrift-shop hunting…the opportunities are endless!
- Do a scavenger hunt with your friends. Want a night of free fun? Plan a scavenger hunt with your friends. Divide up into teams and create a checklist of things that you need to take pictures of your group doing or finding. Be creative and be random! Pick a spot that’s central in your town, and whichever team gets there first with everything checked off wins! A little team bonding, a little competition and a lot of giggles are ahead.
- Have intentional family time. During the school year it’s easy to get into a rhythm with your family where you are only around them when you’re eating, doing homework or if you need something. Summer is a great time to create memories with your siblings, parents, cousins or grandparents that will last a lifetime! Take the time to ask your parents questions about what it was like for them growing up. Surprise your little brother or sister with a day planned just for you two! Friends will come and go, but The Lord has put you in this specific family for a reason, even if they can drive you nuts at times. My biggest regret when I went to college far away from home was that I wasn’t more intentional with my time with my family when I had them around 24/7. Love starts in the home…so love your family well this summer!
- Read for fun. Crazy idea, right?! School reading assignments tend to suck the fun out of reading. But remember when you were little and you couldn’t wait to read a bedtime story at night?! Go to a local bookstore and find a book that you would never have time to read during the school year. Do you have a friend who loves to read? Ask him or her for recommendations and then dive into another world with each page.
- DIY your days away. All of those Pinterest projects you’ve pinned…actually do them. This is a great idea for a day out of the sun and to get your creative juices flowing! Grab a friend, head to a craft store and make a day of it!
- Daydream. One of my favorite things about summer is the potential for the year ahead. It’s probably the same reason I love New Year’s Eve, but when you are in school, it really feels like the first day of school is more like a new year than January 1st is! While you’re lying by the pool or walking the dogs, spend some time this summer dreaming about the year ahead (the next five years, your future). Invite God into those dreams and ask Him to plant His plans and His dreams for your life inside of you. Remember that God commands us to “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10), so there is nothing wrong with allowing boredom to motivate you to just be still before your Father and dream with Him!
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