Jun 4, 2016

summer bucket list

What time is it?! Summertime, it's our vacation ~ ♫
Guess what guys? I just finished my first year of college! *happy dance* My grades are pretty cringeworthy, but I'm not letting that get in the way of staying positive about summer plans and beyond.

Reflecting on freshman year, I've come to the conclusion that setting realistic goals is so, so important. Don't keep your expectations floating high up in the air, because life just doesn't always go the way you perfectly organized it to be. This applies to everything, from friendships and jobs to academics and hobbies. I'm not trying to be pessimistic, but rather hoping to help you avoid unnecessary disappointment and discover smarter goal-setting techniques. Now, we've all got summer bucket lists one way or another. I'll share with y'all a few of my simple to-do things for the next few months and how I think you can efficiently check off your boxes during this vacation. It's time for some feel good, sunny summer days!

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D R I N K   C O C O N U T   W A T E R   S T R A I G H T   F R O M   T H E   F R U I T

Weird. Random. But why not! As you can judge by the photo, I have indeed completed this to-do already. It's all about starting off with small goals that you can fulfill easily. Keeping something as simple as drinking coconut water on your summer bucket list and being able to cross it off will still bring you satisfaction. The steps are itty-bitty, but you're all the more closer to finishing an entire list and you'll feel a push of motivation.

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F I L L   U P   A   D I S P O S A B L E   C A M E R A

Before my parents could trust me with a digital camera, they gifted me with a disposable one back when I was an elementary schooler. It was an exciting novelty. You snap dozens of pictures with it, but you have no idea how they're going to turn out until they're actually processed! Plus, disposable cameras are cheap and supplied at any local drugstore. I'll get back to you guys once I fill this baby up ~

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R E A D   F I V E   B O O K S

By read, I mean finish. Two books I definitely need to read:
1) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
2) Grit by Angela Duckworth (watch her TED talk, she's so inspirational)
If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

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M A K E   Y O U T U B E   V I D E O S

I want the creative juices in my brain to be flowing this break! Youtube has been an addiction for me for years. I attempted many videos in the past, but I always took them down in embarrassment. It's about time that I try again.

These smaller goals can be step towards achieving bigger, heavier ones. I know it's not a direct connection, but I want this video-making process to help me hone my public speaking skills. My videos are going to have an audience, and that will pressure me to articulate my thoughts well in front of the camera.

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G E T   M Y   D R I V E R ' S   L I C E N S E

The sad reality: I failed the written test on my first try. I'm late in the game; but once I'm licensed, I have another "bigger" goal to fulfill. There are so many places I want to visit in Los Angeles! By places, of course I mean food. From Zero Express to Commissary, I'm ready to overflow my Instagram feed with California delights.

I hope this list inspired you in some way. Before I sign off, here's one last tip: never give up! Don't let anything crack your determination to cross off everything on your list.