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Keeping Up With A Journal And 9 Other Summer Goals You've Probably Already Given Up On

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We all go into the summer with goals. We set them based on all of the things we wish we could've done during the semester, but didn't have time for. Now, we have nothing but time... but we still never seem to have enough to do these 11 things?

1. Journaling

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You always say you're going to form this habit, write in it for a few months at best, stop doing it for some reason, forget about it, find it months or years later, and convince yourself to try again. It's a vicious cycle.

2. Exercise

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Let's be real, you probably went to the gym maybe two times before you decided that you'd just wait until next year to have a beach body.

3. Your reading list

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You probably had big dreams of getting ahead on all of the reading you'll inevitably have to do next summer, but here you are either just reading whatever the heck you want or watching Netflix.

4. Eating healthy

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I mean, you probably tried to eat a salad every day, but honestly fries are just so much better.

5. Saving money

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You thought about it, and you might've even tried it for a little while, but honestly, the only life for you is the broke life while you're in college. Cheers to eating crappy dining hall food between paychecks!

6. Researching grad schools

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Aren't we supposed to be relaxing this summer? Yeah, trying to decide what I'm going to do with myself after graduation doesn't exactly fall into that category.

7. Keeping in touch with your friends daily

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I love you guys, but the odds of me actually texting you every single day were small from the start.

8. Learning to cook

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We all say that we're going to do it because, darn it, this year we will be able to make ourselves more than just pasta, sandwiches, and cereal! Lol yeah, right.

9. Drinking more water

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I really do try to stay hydrated, but then every other drink just tastes so much better.

10. Organizing your life

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You see those people out who seem to have everything in order and you think to yourself "their life seems so much easier than mine. I want that. I want to be like that person. I'm going to organize my life," but then you start actually trying to do it and realize that maybe you just aren't meant to be that type of person.

If you've given up on any or all of the above, know that you aren't alone and we're all doing it. Maybe we can manage to get ourselves back to doing just one before the summer is over?

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.

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I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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