Now that summer is finally here and you are settling into your summer job and Netflix schedule, don’t forget to fill your days with activities that will make this summer unforgettable. Use the list of activities below to jumpstart a productive and enjoyable summer. Each of the activities is linked to a Pinterest Board we have created to help you get started. Just remember to have fun and enjoy this wonderful season because before you know it we’ll be buying textbooks and starting another semester. Now get out there, and make this summer a great one.
- Lexington Local
- Do fun summer things (ice cream dates, shopping trips, exploring new locations) with different people. Don’t do the same things with the same people each week; mix and mingle with different people! Downtown Lexington has so much to offer: The Kentucky Theatre, the Explorium of Lexington, the Lexington Opera House, Old Kentucky Chocolates, The Arboretum, Triangle Park, and Whitaker Bank Ballpark, are just some of your options.
- Volunteer! Find a new organization to volunteer your time to. There are so many organizations in Lexington who would love any extra help, and being able to serve others is a great reminder of how great your summer actually ends up being. You could try the Catholic Action Center, the Salvation Army, the Village Branch Library, or Meals on Wheels
- Catch the Travel Bug
- Visit somewhere new! Take a road trip, take a bike ride, take a walk, or take a hike—whatever you want to do. Bring your camera and discover new places! (And make everyone jealous of your Instagram posts!)
- Work Up a Sweat
- Put $1 in a jar every time you work out. Set a goal (try $100!) and once you reach it, buy yourself something special.
- Healthy Summer Meals
- Shop at the local farmers market! Lexington’s largest location is at Cheapside Park on Saturday mornings. Stop by to get locally grown, fresh produce from 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. each week. If you aren’t in Lexington for the summer, ask around for information on your local farmers markets!
- Fall in love with a new book or reread an old favorite. Sitting on a blanket or porch swing in the sunshine with a glass of lemonade is the perfect way to spend a lazy summer afternoon. Set a specific goal for your own reading pace. This could be one book a month, one book a week, or one book for the summer, but setting a goal keeps you motivated to read and provides a sense of accomplishment when you reach it. Summer is also the perfect time to start a series of books: with the extra time you have, you can finish the entire series and keep all of the details straight. Check out this list of books the marketing interns recommend for your perfect summer read.
- Get Inspired!
- A vision board can be described as a place to display images or quotes that represent what you want to be, do, or have in your life. Make a vision board with your favorite quotes, pictures, future goals, or whatever you want to keep you happy, motivated, and inspired!
- Meditation, or repeating a mantra, improves your concentration, gives you numerous health benefits, and a deeper understanding of your inner self. Try meditating once a day to get all the benefits!
- Get Organized!
- Remove clutter from your life! Get rid of old clothes, extra junk, and anything you don’t use. It will make moving between apartments, residence halls, and houses easier if you know what you have. Plus, an organized and de-cluttered space helps you be more productive. You can then sell your gently used clothes to Plato’s Closet or donate them to Goodwill!
Learn something new!
- DIY Discover a new skill that you have always wanted to learn, such as sewing, baking, or a new craft. After you become a master, you can then teach your friends or get a head start on gifts for the holidays!
- Try a New Recipe!
- Summer is the perfect time to try a new recipe, and why not try a new dessert out? These recipes are the perfect way to cool off after a day at the pool or spend some time making your roommates or family happy!
Regardless of the other goals you set, use your summer to branch out: challenge yourself to make five new friends. Summer can be a time for a lot changes (new apartment, new job, new roommates) so use this time to expand your horizons and try as many new things as possible. Whenever I go somewhere where there are a lot of people I don’t know, I ask them what their favorite thing is to eat at the restaurant, or their favorite piece at the museum. This way I can meet new people with similar interests and learn new things. By starting conversations with people who have the same interests as me, I can start friendships, and you never know which friends will become the connections that will last past my college days.
Enjoy your summer and take some of these goals into consideration. My favorite schedule to keep in the summer is Make Something Monday, Time to Read Tuesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Be Thoughtful Thursday, and Somewhere Fun Friday. By having the set activity of the day I don’t waste any time deciding what I want to do and just go out and do it. Take these tips and make this your best summer yet!