The last day of finals on June 7, I eagerly started writing up a list of things to do this summer. I have done this just about every summer since I was in junior high. It all started one summer when my mom sat my older sister and me down and told us to right down what we wanted to do that summer, so that we wouldn’t be complaining of being bored. I vaguely remember my list from that summer. I was probably about 11 years old. Having a water balloon fight with all the neighborhood kids involved was my top priority. My priorities and goals have certainly changed since then, but my main focus is not altogether that different.
Ever since I was a kid, I have been loved getting people together and having fun. I have also always loved reading and writing from a very young age. My summer goal list reflects that. It is all about getting people together, having fun and setting aside time to focus on my creative endeavors. Although I seemingly have all the time in the world without a job, I am trying not to be lazy by setting certain goals and going after what I want. I am trying to get one or do some freelance work and besides that I have projects that I plan to work on. Planning is an integral part of making things happen and getting stuff done, which is why I wrote this summer to do list.
I take comfort in making long to do lists of plans and breaking them down into goals that can be crossed off. That is most likely another things I learned from my mom. She has always been a big fan of writing lists, including chore lists that I dreaded as a kid. I made sure this summer list is not something I will dread, but things that I will love doing and will learn from. It’s not just a summer list of things to do, but also a way of getting started on big goals like learning the art of blogging and teaching myself how to make a multimedia slideshow.
I will be adding to my list, crossing things off as I go and writing about the journey it takes me on through this blog. Check out the list below. I hope it inspires others to make goals of their own, follow big dreams and have little adventures.
- Email people about internships and line one up for this summer or the future
- Make a spreadsheet of internship opportunities
- Ride bike to places you need to go
- Make a mini movie out of pictures, audio and video to play at Grandpa’s birthday party
- Make a mini movie out of pictures, audio and video from Grandpa’s birthday party
- Contribute two at least two publications (ex: The Poly Post, ten57, USAtodaycollege, San Gabriel Valley Music Magazine, The Courier, HelloGiggles and more)
- Make cds for The MixChange (accomplished! Look.)
- Make dinner weekly
- Babysit cousin Jason and watch sports with Uncle Paul O.
- Go on fun dates to places you have never been before
- Keep in touch with friends who graduated
- Borrow books from the library and return them on time
- Fix tan boots with super glue
- Make tea bags for a garden party http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/09/loose-leaf-tea-make-your-own-tea-bags-.html
- Make margarita popsicles http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/6454
- Laptop sleeve and sash http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/12/holiday-diy-projects-continued.html
- Put heart elbow patches on sweater or cardigan http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-elbow-patch/
- Make a bleach writing shirt http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/03/bleach-painting-on-textiles-diy.html
- Make an inspiration corkboard out of wine corks
- Make a clock with Grandpa Andy http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/09/how-to_make_your_own_clock.html
- Decorate a coffee mug http://pinterest.com/pin/117797346473871351/
- Make a pretty quote book