Ever tried and probably fell through actually getting to your “summer bod” ? ( Even though I feel that term is loosely used by hyperhormone raging teenagers and college kids who have a designated timeline to dictate trends). Well I did fall for it, and no I did not acheive it. Between exorcising your weight off and casting out the winter hibernation clock out of your soul, there are a couple of things that I would be happy to share with you that won’t just physically strenghten your exterior, but stimulate and engage a more productive internal you. Holistic well being is key.
Disclaimer: I am in no way a life coach, fitness guru, or overeaching health fanatic. But I do like highlighting options that you can choose to incorporate in your own life ( or not, just keep reading).
- Detox: That summer body aint gon come by itself
I’m going to say it out right. PINTEREST IS YOUR FRIEND. With tools like boards that can give you a satisfying visualization of how you would want to handle any journey or hobby you put your mind to, Pinterest offers a wide variety of detox recipies ranging from organized smoothies to full blown meals that get results. I have tried a recipe that seems to take care of my breakfast needs, so one less meal to worry about during the day. Be sure to hydrate constantly and take out any soda and packed juices and you’ll feel more productive during the day.
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- Summer Reads: Pick out books to ease your mind
When was the last time you DID NOT spend an entire day binge watching your favorite shows even though you said you weren’t? ( Judging you… Judging me). It’s not easy to curb the the ominous technology addiction but it’s worthwhile to exercise your mind with literature and rekindle the element that enables all of us to wonder and ponder. Now I am guilty of not picking up the habit ( its been a while) but one thing we should all endeavor to do is read. Read from different genres, from different authors in different countries.
- Travel: Saved some coin? Go for it
Understand this: Traveling is essential to broadening your mind and is the deterrent to ignorance. The downside, cost. Now I would suggest that with extensive research on your part and dedication, trips can be planned well ahead with enough saving and deal hoardings. It doesn’t have to be someplace fancy initially but do try to go to places where you are WILLING to explore and not sit up in your hotel room the entire time. Follow travel blogs and Instagram pages that filter out into what your goal is. Discuss your plans with people who want to experience the same adventures as you that way you’ll be more focused in achieving your ideal summer vacation. Look for One Love Travel Club has to offer as well as Tripzapp , Nomadnesstribe etc. Apps that you can navigate for affordable tickets (but not limited to) on available on iOS and Android is skyscanner
- Internships: College experience and beyond
Believe me when I tell you when I say I’m
not a life coach. The grind and hustle is real. And internships opens doors. It doesn’t matter if it’s not something out of the textbook kind of internship you’re looking for, get whatever it is you can because they pay. A lot. Like really. A lot. In cash. And in connections. Look into interning at your home institutuion or better yet, other institutions if you need to use it as an opportunity to travel ( refer to the above point on traveling, your coinage will be supplied). This also allows you to investigate on their graduate programs if you intend to go that route. On the other hand if you get to work for corperations or government, make sure you’re getting academic credit for it ( every school has a course code that caters to it, just go to your advising office and ASK QUESTIONS).
For those in the STEM route like me (Biological Systems Engineering major thank you very much), go to websites that offer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) opportunities. Yes they are competitive, but don’t always look into the popular schools, it’s the quiet ones that have the most to offer. And your resume will look so much better.
- Journaling: Start a blog or go old fashion
Give yourself a timeout with typing on your devices, get a journal and write something. It could be inspirational, motivation quotes, recipes or ideas. A lot of us seem to be loosing our grip with pens and the result looks like figure skating roaches on some bad meds. Exercise the dexterity of your fingers. Find a nice spot where you can collect your thoughts and contemplate. If you feel you’d like to get on the blogsphere to blogquote and blogadvise and build up your own personal brand, WordPress seems to be a good place to start. As long as there is a space that can accomodate the flow of your thoughts, Journal It!
- Yoga: You don’t need the perfect body to do Yoga
As opposed to the perception that Yoga is only suited to certain people with certain means and certain presence *cough cough* be aware of the origin of Yoga and the different facets of it. Find out what it is you wish to strenghten and work towards it. Sure there are enough apps out there but if you live near a place that offers classes, there will be a rewarding benefit in communal observations.
- Wardrobe: Out with the donations and in with the realistics
Fast fashion and capitalism seems to be the bane of human existence. That doesn’t mean you have to feed into it uncontrollably. Whenever you’re about to make a wardrobe decision, sort out between statement and staple pieces. The affordability of your clothes and shoes should not turn you into an unnecessary hoarder. Whatever you buy new, donate in equal amounts. Some store like H&M have recycling programs where you can turn in clothes that aren’t from that brand and get paid in cash or store credit. Fashion should be affordable, use websites like UNiDAYS that offer a collection of discount codes from different brands across the board. Google browser extension Honey also provides personalized deals, trending sales, price drop notifications, and exclusive bonuses!
- Music festivals: Enough Said. Literally
At one point in your life, hopefully while you have the will and energy to experience a music festival. You should experience a music festival. Forget Coachella. Not that there is anything wrong with Coachella, but wouldn’t you want to be someplace where Firefly could take you to the open of Delaware or even experience the magic of Tomorrowland in Belgium? How about embracing your afrocentricfuturism through Afropunk or Voodoo Fest . Take a chance. Research, Plan and Save. There are so many out there waiting to be explored. Some could be really sh*tty but thats the whole point of reading this; having an idea of what’s not.