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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Summer Resolutions

     My third year of college is over, my lease is almost up and an empty-looking summer lies ahead. Maybe it's because I spent most of my summers as a child at various ballet workshops and dance competitions, or maybe it's because summers are like little pockets of unexplored potential that mark a change in school years, but I've always felt like our summers help define us. How we choose to spend our summers reveals what we believe is most important to explore. As such, I think now is an appropriate time to begin blogging again regularly.
     This is my final summer holiday as a student and, as of yet, I have no idea what lies ahead for Graham (the husband) and I this summer or the months beyond. It's a little bit exciting, but also incredibly nerve-wrecking for someone like me whose had their life planned out meticulously since they were four years old. I intend to make this summer a purposeful expression of what matters most to me; my actions now will, hopefully, plant seeds that will yield harvest in upcoming years. (Excuse me for sounding like a Farmer's Almanac.) In addition to mundane, but important things like finding a new apartment in Manhattan, this summer will be full of. . .

  1. Dancing. I never get to dance as much as I need to and should during the school year. Dancing is such an integral part of my identity that when I can't train and take class very often, part of me feels purposeless. Also, like, I need a job when I graduate and ideally, that job would involve dancing. 
  2. Writing. I did some freelance editing and copywriting last summer and I'd like to continue in some fashion. I'm incredibly scared of pitching story ideas and unsolicited pieces to magazines, but this summer I will STOP being afraid and just do it. After years in the dance world, I'm used to hearing "no" over and over again.  No big deal.
  3. Serve. God's grown my heart for service over the last few years, especially. Graham and I just began attending a new church and I'd love to serve in the children's ministry or find opportunities for volunteer work there. I was initially looking to do an urban ministries internship program this summer but had to change my plans due to lack of funds. 
  4. Learn to be more organized. I'm pretty sure this one my New Year's Resolutions, Summer Resolutions and Back-to-School Resolutions every year, but it never happens. Who wants to give me organization lessons? 
    How are you planning to spend your summer? Are there any goals or milestones you hope to accomplish? 

1 comment:

  1. I'll be spending my summer doing the following:

    1. Adapting, both to living with Justine all the time and to living in a new country.
    2. Preparing for my wedding.
    3. Writing and planning. I'll be finishing off the planning for my novel and starting to write it.
    4. Going to Infinitus.
    5. Catching up with a few friends I've neglected lately.
    6. Making the occasional YouTube video (...maybe).

    That's the plan anyway. Life tends to do strange things sometimes though. I definitely need to find a church over on that side of the pond, but I would put that under adapting. My faith isn't really the focus of my summer (as much as maybe it should be) if only because of all the organisational stuff happening.