Summer Bucket List (& Other Plans)

summer bucket list 2017

I’ve just put on my summer playlist and for once the sun is shining here in the UK. Yep, it’s summertime again! AKA the time where I celebrate not having to do schoolwork only to end up being bored. I wish I was someone who could really take this time to relax and do nothing but unfortunately doing that just makes me feel TERRIBLE. By the end of the holidays I actually miss the structure and purpose that school gave me.

But, I am determined that I’m going to do FUN STUFF this summer and NOT MOOCH AROUND. I might be starting off with too high aspirations, but I’ve printed out a calendar and I’m hoping to get back into using my bullet journal as that really helped me structure my day.

I’ve made a to do list of all the stuff that I want or need to do — ranging LL from homework to visiting museums — so I thought I’d share the most interesting here with you. (Trust me, if I just shared my actual word document with the list it would be pretty incomprehensible.)

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activities

There are so many great museums in London & I don’t think I make enough use of them! I’m hoping to visit the Queer Art exhibition at Tate Britain, the LGBTQ+ history thing at the British Museum, maybe visit the V&A or the Science Museum. I have’t been there since I was about 8 so I’d love to see how it’s changed.

I’d also like to take some day trips for example to Brighton, since it’s pretty easy to get a train ticket places, and also I don’t think I’ve ever been to Brighton. SO I’D LIKE TO DO THAT. I’m still working on convincing my friends to come with me haha.

personal

For personal activities, I am hoping to dye my hair blue tomorrow. I actually dyed it blue earlier but it was a semi-permanent dye so washed out basically immediately. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages so fingers crossed it works out!

I am also trying to practice more self-care at the moment. I think I’m doing a better job, and currently I feel…fairly good in terms of mental health? Which is nice for once? I’m using the app Smiling Mind to do short daily (or almost daily haha) meditations, and my mum & I are doing some yoga from youtube videos my aunt recommended us. (She’s recently got super into yoga.) And it’s nice to do something together! Especially a physical activity since I don’t really do much in summer and it does make me feel better. I HOPE to go swimming at my local pool but to be honest I’ll probably end up forgetting. I do use my bike to cycle places though, since my parents can’t take me.

Finally, I’m using Duolingo to learn Japanese. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might know that I’ve been trying to learn Japanese for a while — I also did a bunch last summer. However, as I predicted school got in the way, so I am hoping to use Duolingo as an easy way to learn some stuff for my school trip (!!!) in autumn. I find I’m quite motivated since I don’t want to lose my streak haha.

online

I’m pretty sure I say this every single holiday, but I’m going to try and write a whole bunch of blog posts so that I can have some buffer posts when school/life gets busy. (BECAUSE GCSE YEAR AAAAH I’M FINE.) We’ll see how that turns out.

I’ve also been considering rejigging my blog a bit in terms of design and the way I post. I do quite like my current theme, but I’m sort of feeling like it’s time for a change? And that I could make something which both looks nicer and has more consistent content. (Not that this is necessary for an amazing blog. Just something I’ve been thinking about.)

I’m vaguely considering doing some podfic — if you don’t know what it is, it’s like an audiobook except for fanfiction — since a) I love listening to podfic and b) now I have a mildly better microphone to record with but we shall seeee.

writing

In the last few months I’ve done basicallyย noย writing. I’d like to say school just took up all my time, but whilst that’s true to some extent, I also haven’t been feeling very motivated to write anything. This is the first year where I haven’t really got any new poems by the summer. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ However, I do have a new idea that I’m working on so I hope to do some of that!

One of my big problems with writing is that I get so worked up over THE NOVEL and how it has to be perfect. I find it a lot easier to view any writing projects from a different way — like, what would I do with this if it were a fanfiction? For me writing fic is really all about enjoyment ย so that often gives me a way to feel excited about my story again. Or: what if this were a collection of short stories? a podfic? a webcomic? Obviously different stories work better in different mediums, but that’s just a weird thing I do.

media

As all my friends know, I’m terrible at following up on the stuff they recommend me.ย So,ย I’m planning to use this time to watch a bunch of different TV shows (Steven Universe, Brooklyn 99, Jane the Virgin, Carmilla probably others I’ve forgotten) as well as various books, webcomics, and other things. I also want to watch some musicals like Heathers, A Very Potter Sequel and Spring Awakening. (I’M SORRY. I feel bad watching bootlegs but the production is done and I don’t know how else I’m going to see it.)

Along with all this there’s schoolwork, reading/buying books for YALC, read a bunch of watching movies like Star Wars. I adore Star Wars but my family doesn’t enjoy sci-fi so I haven’t seen them all. And I’m seeing the Angels in America at the National Theatre Live thing in the cinema over the next two weeks which I am SO EXCITED FOR. AAH. Hopefully I’ll write a post about it.

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I’ve probably left out some other stuff I want to do, as I always do, but this post has somehow reached 1,000 words and it’s getting hot in this room so I shall end here. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you like you can check out my summer bucket list from 2015 (I didn’t do one last year); I just did and woAH what a throwback. I do hope my writing style has developed a bit since then ahaha.

what are your plans for the next two months? doing anything nice? what do you think of the ink squiggles??(it’s an experiment)

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18 thoughts on “Summer Bucket List (& Other Plans)

  1. I have been on summer break since May: college finals were the week of May 13th. On May 20th, I went to a Les Mis party where I dressed up as Eponine. I did a lot of reading over break and I tend to read at least one classic and that classic was Oliver Twist, which took me two weeks. I am now on my eighth book: boy that’s a lot of reading. I have been trying to gain a bigger following on my blog because I am hoping to have 500 followers on my blog by the end of the year. One thing I did with my family was to head over to Asheville, which is an artsy city and that was fun. In about two weeks I believe my family might go to Florida for vacation and we might go to a wedding.

  2. Loved this post!! I hope you get around to doing everything you want to do! Oh noooo you’re going into Year 11 in September?? I’m wishing you good luck in advance because I’ve heard so much about how much Y11 sucks๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ I’m going into Year 10 – the much calmer year of GCSE! I’m excited for some reason, should I be or should I be freaking out?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thank you so much! Haha yep I am, hopefully I’ll survive. I was really excited to go into Y10 actually & I enjoyed it a lot! It might seem scary but also I’m trying to trust other people’s advice and chill a bit ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. oh wow! you’re getting out to school and I go back on the 31! all of your summer plans sound amazing, though- good luck with learning Japanese & your hair is going to look FANTASTIC omg!

    1. Oh wow of July? THAT’S SO WEIRD TO ME. Here in England most schools break up mid-July and go back at the start of September. Thank you! My hair is a little blue at the moment but I think I’m going to have to lighten it to get a more vibrant colour haha.

  4. Sounds like you’ve got lots ahead of you this summer! I did my GCSEs this year, so I started holidays a month ago . . . and am dying of boredom by now. I did go to Brighton a few weeks ago, and that was v fun so definitely make your friends go (and please tweet a picture of your hair once you’ve died it)!!

    1. Yep haha! Although we all look forward to the holidays they do get a bit boring after a while. Nice! I actually went to Brighton on Friday & it was super fun *nods*. I think I’m going to have to redo my hair plus blonde to make it more vibrant but I will do! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sounds like you’ll be very busy this Summer! Did you end up dying your hair blue?

    ALSO YES WATCH B99 AND JANE THE VIRGIN THEY’RE AMAZING AHHHH

    I hope you’ll be able to get some writing done, and do all the other stuff you want to do of course! But don’t pressure yourself too much! I made a to do list last Summer and it stressed me out too much. It’s okay if you don’t get to do all the things on your list! โค

    1. Yep I currently have a blue fringe! It didn’t work as well as I’d hoped though so I think I’m going to have to dye it blonde & try again
      I’M ENJOYING THEM SO MUCH SO FAR
      I’m actually writing a post now about how I’ve been a bit stressed haha so thank you โค

      1. Aww hopefully it will work out the way you want it too the next time! A blue fringe sounds awesome though! ๐Ÿ˜€
        YAY I’M SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT!
        Aww no don’t be stressed! โค

  6. Blue hair OMG YES! It’d look stunning – it’s a stunning colour. Also, I agree Brighton looks like a great place to visit! I’ve been once before and I try and might go again sometime soon (my friends and I tend to just potter into Central London now). But ah the weather lately!

      1. A little to me is the same as a lot – the fact is we have ze blue!!!
        The weather ack it’s so temperamental right now! I’m always running back and forth saving the clothes out on the washing line!

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