4 Ways To Attempt A Productive Summer Day Off

4 Ways To Attempt A Productive Summer Day Off

Assuming you're willing to wake up before noon, that is.

It’s finally summer: the season of supposed relaxation and ample time to get things done that you didn’t quite have time for in the school year. However, summer is also the time when mornings effortlessly breeze their way into evenings, and days promised to be spent in productivity melt into the warm laziness and lack of obligation that come with the summer sun.

Days of relaxation are definitely necessary from time to time, but if you’re looking for a way to stave off the elusiveness of summer months and days off of work, this is for you!

1. Get moving.

Whether you walk your dog, go for a run or water the plants, if you get your body moving first thing in the morning, your mind will often follow. From my experience, walking your dog (or cat, lizard, imaginary friend, whatever) can be one of the most therapeutic, uplifting activities out there.

2. Make a to-do list.

Just the action of naming and prioritizing the things you want to accomplish can not only motivate you, but it can also help you recognize how much time you actually have to get things done, and reasonably plan accordingly.

You may not be able to read an entire book by 7 p.m. when you also have to go grocery shopping, clean your room and go to Lake Calhoun with your buds. However, setting a timed agenda for the day can reveal a couple hidden free hours that you can spend chipping away at that 600-page novel you plan on finishing this summer.

And honestly, making a list just makes you feel like you have your life together even when you don’t. See, I’m making a list right now and I feel great!

3. Read the news.

You don’t need to spend hours sifting through the complexity of every issue that’s going on in our world, but simply checking what’s on the front page can be enough to expand your consciousness beyond your small town or the worries that are bound by self-interest.

However, don’t let melancholy dominate your mood if some of the stories aren’t exactly the cheeriest of tales. Yes, there is heartbreak, tragedy and hate that takes action every day, and that is something to be felt deeply and taken seriously. But what’s just as important to remember is that there is so much good in this world, and so many efforts driven by hope, and every day you’ve been given is an opportunity to bring your own goodness into the world.

4. Write down what you’re thankful for.

Okay, okay, I know this sounds dorky… but this can truly go a long way, I promise! Being grateful has such a powerful effect on your attitude, and if you simply give thanks for the possibility within any given day and your ability to reach your potential, you are much more likely to seize the opportunities that are presented to you.

Alright, hopefully at this point you’re geared up enough to do something productive or at the very least have a somewhat enjoyable summer day! Now get out of bed and go make a list or somethin’!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!


Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:

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"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

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For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

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"The Days" by Avicii

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"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

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"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

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"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

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"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

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We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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