Summer is one of my favorite seasons. It can be sunny, or cloudy, or even raining, and yet everyone is still excited. What other season do children (and college students) run outside to play in the rain? When school’s out, and the textbooks are put away at least for the time being, what can we do to keep ourselves busy? The options are seemingly endless. You can read, head to the pool, workout, travel, or relax. You can bake, or pick up a new hobby! Here are a few suggestions to fill your time this summer.
Hold a garage sale or clothing swap! Whenever I get home from school I like to reorganize and go through my room. I sort through my closet and drawers and make piles of things to keep and things I want to get rid of. Some how I always end up with tons of stuff to donate! Make a whole event out of it. You can do a couple of things. You can get your friends and family to do the same. Get rid of items—clothing or furniture—and have a garage sale. You can price everything really cheap just to get rid of it, and donate what’s left. Plus, you might make enough to take everyone out for dinner! Make a night of it!
Another option to consider, if you’re only looking to get rid of clothes, would be to hold a clothing swap! Tell your friends to go through their closets too and then set a date for everyone to come over and Swap! You can have food and drinks and make it a real party. Have everyone count his or her items and then make a big pile to swap through. You can organize by clothing type, or just make one big free for all pile! It’s a great way to revamp your wardrobe and walk away with something new!
Looking for something to do every week? Why not start a book club, or cooking group? If you’re always telling yourself you want to read more over the summer, a book club could be a great excuse! Get a group of your friends together and make a list of books you want to read over the next few months. Have a weekly meeting time, and rotate who brings snacks or drinks each week. It’s a great way to make sure you still see your friends, even though everyone gets busy! Before you know it you will have read 3 or 4 books and caught up with everything that happened over the semester!
If you would rather cook then read, why not do a cooking group? Search online, or find a fun recipe book that you want to try a few things from and a gather a group. Each week you can make something new. You can start with appetizers, and then move on to entrees and desserts. At the end of the summer, have a big “foodie” party and show off all your skills to the rest of your friends and family!
And last but not least, if you’re looking for something fun to do this summer but aren’t sure exactly what you’d like to sink your teeth into, here’s an idea. Why not try to learn a new language? Studies have shown that learning a language is not only fun and challenging, but it also stimulates your brain. You will be doing yourself a favor by trying something new. I just got back from a school trip to China and the first thing I added to my bucket list when I got home was learning Chinese! You can start small—watch a few videos, or by a book on the language or your choice. Either way, it could be a fun way to pass the time. Plus, think of how you could impress your friends with just a few sentences!
Summer will fly by—whether the sun is shining, or you see a few a raindrops—but either way, we always have a blast. Over the next few months try to broaden your horizons and try something new—whether it’s picking up a new hobby, or just reading a book, do something that will keep you busy and interest you all at the same time!
– Ring Queen