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Having Fun in the Sun

As a recent college graduate, I have been coming to terms with the fact that my “summers” from this point forward will look very different to how they did growing up. Throughout middle school, high school, and college, I kept myself extremely busy during the school year, barely ever taking a weekend to myself. I was able to do this every year because I always had eight weeks of summer as my rest and renewal time. I could find and take time for myself, my friends and of course, family. As I got older, even adding part-time work still provided me exponentially more time to still recover from the busyness of the school year. 

Now that full-time work has come into play, I am trying to find ways to navigate the transition from what summers used to look like, and what they look like now. Though I do love the consistency, I have made a promise to myself to keep up some of the fun traditions from my younger days and modify them a bit to fit my new schedule. If you are in the same boat, or just looking for things to keep you busy in general this summer, I’ve got you covered!

Cook a 4 course-meal with your friends/family

  • Pick a weeknight or weekend to cook some of your favorite recipes with the people in your life. Split the cost of groceries and spend some quality time together cooking and chatting while making a fancy (or maybe not so fancy) meal!

Set up a neighborhood scavenger hunt

  • Make a list of things to look for (make it challenging), partner up and go on an adventure trying to find as many of the things on the list. First group to make it back home wins!

Plan a road trip!

  • Whether you can actually go on this road trip or not, it can still be a bonding experience to plan what your ideal road trip would look like! Try to think about ALL the logistics: what would you drive, where would you go, what would you want to eat, what do you want to see? Check out our activity of the month for a fun and creative way to explore planning road trips!

Do a photoshoot

  • One of my favorite ways to remember things is with a good ol’ fashioned photoshoot. Dress up with your friends or family and go to an interesting location to snap some awesome shots! These pictures don’t have to be of yourself either! You can try to capture the beauty around you by taking pictures of trees, flowers, buildings, cars, the options are endless.

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*Meet the Author*


Kylie is entering her third year with Leadership Inspirations! She is currently a student at Chapman University, finishing up her B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies with a double minor in Psychology and Leadership. She is also in her first year of a Master’s program focused on Leadership Development at Chapman University.

Favorite Quote: “Take your time, don’t move too fast, troubles come and they will pass” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Fun Facts: 1) I grew up overseas in 7 different countries 2) I love music and love to sing 3) I can play 5 instruments!