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Summer bucket list

So, summer is basically here. And for the first time ever, I don't have the responsibility of summer homework looming over my head every hour of everyday. Currently, I'm in the.. midwest? south? uh.. Oklahoma. But when I get home, I'll have a month of complete and utter freedom until I go to college. And I intend to use it.
Something you should know about me is that I love to be productive in my periods of relaxation. It doesn't always happen (like, never), but I always dream of vacations in which I do something creative, or pick up a new skill, or read piles of books. So, without further ado, here is today's quick, little post: my summer 2016 bucket list.
Inspiration for this post came from a balancing peach, find her summer to-do list here!!

Read many books 

During high school I only ever had time to read books that were required for English. Done with that. 

Included in those many books, read some classics 

I really want to read Beloved and the Color Purple. 

Buy a camera! 

I've been using my mom's Nikon d3100, but she (understandably) needs it back before I go to college. So I've saved up for my own!

Take lots and lots and lots of photos 

I desperately want to get better at photography. 

Go to pretty outdoors locations (and take more photos) 

I live in a state with many cool places, and now that I'll have a (brief) period of time in which I won't constantly be stuck in a ballet studio, I want to go visit some of them!

Bake something really pretty 

Like any of this. Whenever I come home from ballet summer programs (aka: a month and a half of cafeteria food) I get really inspired to bake things for, like, a week. 

Cook something really healthy 

To balance out the pretty (albeit, unhealthy) baking.

Practice sewing

It is one of my dreams to someday become a person who can sew dresses and skirts for myself. Like I cannot even express how happy I would be if I got to that point with my sewing abilities. Now, though, I'm very much a beginner. 

Go thrift shopping 


Buckle down on social media 

This is by far my biggest challenge when it comes to blogging. I know that in order to move forward with my blog I need to be more active on social media. But as someone with few (okay, very few) followers and what can only be described as social-media-induced anxiety, I've been avoiding it. But hopefully this summer I'll work on it more!

Learn more blogging stuff 

I posted my first blog about a month and a half ago (wow?!?) and while I'm pretty happy with how things have started out, I sure do have a lot to learn! :)

What are your plans for the summer? 
♡ Julia 


  1. Make sure you take lots of photos with your new camera, then you've done 2 in 1 ;). Such a perfect list. I just love being outside, reading, taking walks & having picnics! :)

    Katie // Words By Katie

    1. Haha, right! And yes, I love walks and picnics too! I'd love to do more of those this summer. Thanks for reading, Katie :)

  2. A great summer bucket list, Julia!

    I recently read the Book Thief and loved it. If you like legal thriller, some John Grishams would be great. Now, we're reading Outlander and these Kindle first free book, "We're All Damaged" by Matthew Norman. I read multiple books at once! Fortunately, it hasn't been all confusing for me.

    I too would like to learn more about photography. We just go our DSLR working and would like to learn more photography techniques and discover new things to photograph.

    Wishing you a great summer! Are you looking forward to college?

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

    1. Thanks for reading, Ron! I'll have to check out those books. Good luck with your photography! And yes, I am looking forward to college :)

  3. I love summer bucket lists, and I enjoyed reading yours! We have a lot of overlap; I'm trying to read 5 books for fun, and 5 classics this summer, as well as sew something to wear!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

    1. That's funny! Those are all wonderful things to do during the summer, for sure :) Thanks for reading, angelina!

  4. Such a lovely post hun, I always really love these because it makes me think about what I want to do. So can't wait for summer to arrive in the UK so I can read books, explore the outdoors etc. Gorgeous post!


  5. I'd love to read more as well, I feel like I haven't sat down and just read a good book in too long! I'd also love to start taking more photos regularly as well, I think it's such a good way to improve your photography skills.

    1. I know it's been a while since I've read a good book for fun. And yes, I suppose the best way to improve is through practice!

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  7. There are so many things here I want to do this summer too, definitely want to read more and take more photos. Your blog is really pretty! :)

    Sadiya | Sadiya Hearts

  8. Good bucket list! I always make REALLY unachieveable goals haha


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