Summer Goals 2019

Hey, friends! Happy Memorial Day! โค

Summer doesn’t “officially” begin until the end of June, but I think we can all agree that it’s arrived, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ Today, I’ll be sharing some of what I hope to do this summer. I’d love to hear your plans in the comments below!

my summer goals

writing

  • Make progress on the first draft of my novel – I’m currently writing a historical fiction novel set in my hometown. I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish the first draft this summer, but I’m going to consistently work on it and see how much I can complete.
  • Participate in July Camp NaNo – This will be some good writing inspiration!
  • Write in my journal every night – I’d like to preferably write in it before 1 AM, which has been a trend as of late. ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Continue writing poetry regularly – I recently got back into writing poetry, and I’m hoping to keep up the habit throughout the summer. Do you guys enjoy reading my poetry? I might share more of it in future posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

reading

  • Write to my favorite authors – After my successful experience writing a letter to Kate DiCamillo, I’d like to try writing to some of my other favorite authors. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Keep up with my Goodreads reading goal – I’m a little behind on my goal of 100 books in 2019, but hopefully I’ll be able to catch up over the summer! I have a huge TBR, I just need to get reading. XD
  • Pre-order anticipated book releases – There are four books coming out in the late summer/fall that I’m super excited for! They are The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart, Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo, The Toll by Neal Shusterman, and Legacy by Shannon Messenger. I want to pre-order all of them, much to the dismay of my wallet and my poor overstuffed bookshelf. *sigh*

photography

  • Learn video making/editing – Ellington, my new-ish camera, takes excellent video, and this summer I want to learn how to use all the video settings and try to make some short films. If I succeed in making anything good, I shall be sure to share it on here!
  • Improve my portrait photography and learn how to pose people – I’m working on a project/idea that I don’t really want to explain at the moment, but it involves portrait photography which I am not very good at. I’m going to find some courses/video lessons on posing people and learn as much as I can while using my unwilling siblings as models. XD
  • Take my camera everywhere – I often arrive somewhere and regret not having my camera, so I’ve started taking it everywhere that I can. Photography opportunities often appear when I least expect them, and I don’t want to miss anything! Ellington is going to be a very well-traveled camera. ๐Ÿ˜€

music

  • Learn to play the banjo – A banjo recently joined our family of musical instruments, and I’m going to try to learn how to play it! It looks like such a fun, happy instrument and I love the way it sounds. It also needs a good name. Any suggestions?
  • Write/compose more of my own music – I wrote a few songs a little while ago, and it was super fun. I’m going to try to write some more songs and possibly perform them at a local open mic if I’m confident enough. ๐Ÿ˜›
  • Go to a concert – We might be going to one in a few months! I really hope we can see some live music this summer. ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Find more artists to listen to – I tend to “wear out” music pretty quickly by listening to the same artists over and over again, so I’m always looking for new music to listen to. Suggestions would be much appreciated – I’ll listen to pretty much anything as long as it’s clean!

blogging

  • Co-host the Summer Bored Games 2019 – More info on this will be coming soon! ๐Ÿ˜€ (If you don’t know what SBG is, click here.) Who’s excited??
  • Reach 500 followers – This is a slightly ambitious goal, but we’ll see! A giveaway is in store when I reach 500, so be on the lookout for that. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Consistently post once a week – I’ve actually been keeping up with this so far! Keeping my posts a little shorter has helped a lot. Are you guys enjoying my current posting schedule?
  • Stay active in the blogging community – I’m kind of awful at keeping up with all the blogs that I follow – the fact that I follow almost 700 blogs probably doesn’t help. XD This summer, I want to consistently comment on the posts that I read. I immensely enjoy all of your posts, even if I don’t always comment!

school

  • Despite the fact that I don’t get a summer break, no one wants to think about school in the summer. Let’s just move right along. ๐Ÿ˜€

random

  • Get my learner’s license – Ha, this was on my list of goals last year. This year, though, I’m really going to do it! I actually know how to drive now, and I’ve been studying for the test I have to take. Wish me luck!
  • See Toy Story 4 and Lion King in theaters – I’M SO EXCITED FOR THESE MOVIES. Especially Toy Story 4. It’s going to be amazing because Pixar. EEP, it’s less than a month away now!
  • Celebrate summer birthdays – There are five birthdays for me to celebrate this summer. YAY! I love coming up with fun gifts and decorating and all the other birthday things. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Keep my succulents alive – This was also on my list of goals last year. One poor succulent survived. *weak smile* Let’s hope for better luck this year, eh?

Thanks for sticking around to the end of my goals! I shall leave you with these photos of Maude, because they’re adorable and they make me smile. ๐Ÿ˜€

ISN’T SHE CUTE? Maude hopes that you have the best summer ever, and I do too! โ˜€๏ธ

What are your goals for the summer?

56 thoughts on “Summer Goals 2019

    1. THOSE ARE BOTH EXCELLENT QUESTIONS. I have school in the summer because my mom wanted me to, and I’m not excited for the Aladdin movie because I never even saw the original version. XD THANKS!

      -Clara โค

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  1. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SUMMMMERRRRR and hiway! SBG is coming back! ๐Ÿ˜€ Also yes keep your poor succulents alive, poor things. AND YAY YOU’S WRITING A NOVEL! Hurrah! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thus ends this comment of me being happy about a bunch of things xD BUT YAYYYYY!

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    1. MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY! I KNOW, I’m so excited for SBG! I’m glad you’re excited too!
      Yes ma’am. salutes YES INDEED! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you for this happy comment! HAPPY SUMMER JO!

      -Clara โค

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  2. Hey! Great post, Clara! ๐Ÿ‘ I have a huge TBR list as well, haha, and it’s only getting bigger! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Nice blogging goals, too, I hope you get to 500! I bet you can. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I love, love, all your goals and good luck!๐Ÿ˜

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  3. Great goals! It’s fun to read others’ goals, and to be inspired for my own.
    I had no idea that there is going to be a 4th MBS…!!!!! !!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ I must read it โ˜บ
    Looking forward to the Summer Bored Games!
    Have a great summer, and I hope you have fun and achieve your goals!
    ~Gracie

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  4. 700… Blogs?!?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Wow…I would have a very hard time keeping up with that many… I admire you for finding and following so many. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    AND YAYYY!! I’m so glad SBG IS COMING BACK… oh whoops… I forgot to take my caps lock off… Oh well. It matches my enthusiasm!! ๐Ÿ˜†

    Also, after your post about receiving a reply to your letter to Kate DiCamillo, you inspired me to start writing letters to authors! So far, I’ve wrote to Trenton Lee Stewart and Nadine Brandes!

    My biggest plan for the summer is going to Washington DC and parts of Virginia with my Grandma!! It’s my first time (for a lot of things… A long plane ride, being to the East Coast, meeting my great aunt, and lots of other things too.) And I’m super excited!!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    Wonderful post, Clara!! It was fun writing a long comment! ๐Ÿ˜†

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    1. BE AMAZED. Just kidding. XD I follow pretty much everyone who follows me plus many more, so it adds up quickly! Thank you, thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€
      YAY SBG! I’m glad you’re excited!!
      Ooh, yay! I hope you get some replies. ๐Ÿ™‚
      gasp Yay for traveling! That sounds like a wonderful summer indeed. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Liz!

      -Clara โค

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  5. “Despite the fact that I donโ€™t get a summer break, no one wants to think about school in the summer. Letโ€™s just move right along. ๐Ÿ˜€” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    Your summer goals sound SO GOOD! I hope you accomplish all of them! And you should totally post more of your poetry!

    THANK YOU FOR THE BEST SUMMER EVER WISH MAUDE! I shall have a great summer now that I’ve seen those cute photos ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Well, it’s true. ๐Ÿ˜€ XD
      THANK YE! If I happen to write any more, I shall be sure to post it!
      Maude says she’s very welcome! Yes, it’s impossible to have a bad summer after seeing that cute face. ๐Ÿ˜€

      -Clara โค

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  6. These are some fantastic goals, Clara! I wish you all the bestest. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ I have two dance intensives I’m going to, a Shawn Mendes concert, and a beach vacation. I’d also love to finish my historical fiction fantasy and get at least half way through my contemporary. Summer is perfect for contemporaries. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m very ambitious, but what else is new? XD

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    1. Thank you so much, Charis! ๐Ÿ˜€ OOH, those sound like some epic summer plans. I hope you accomplish all of your goals and have the best summer ever! ๐Ÿ˜€

      -Clara โค

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  7. Yay! Happy Summer! I also want to work on making short films / videos this summer. I’ve started carrying around my camera more often, and I find so many unique opportunities! I also wear out of music so quickly. lol! Aww, how sweet, Maude is so adorable!

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    1. Happy summer, Hannah! I know, it’s amazing how many photo opportunities there are when we’re paying attention and looking for them. I agree about Maude! ๐Ÿ˜›
      Have a wonderful summer!

      -Clara โค

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  8. I, too, do school in summer! Homeschoolers… for the win?? Are we winning here? Idk. Anyways, you have so many great goals!!! Also, did you name your camera because I love that because I name everything but I havenโ€™t named my camera and like dude. Maude is so cute.

    Also I recommend you listen to some Barenaked Ladiesโ€”theyโ€™ve been a band since โ€˜88 so they have lots of songs, a bunch of their stuff is clean, and they tend to cross over into a couple of genres… their acoustics are #goals ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also
    Iโ€™ll be cheering for you to keep your succulents alive ๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. Wow, I don’t know many people who do! Sad summer-schooling homeschoolers unite. XD Thank you! Yep, I named my camera and also pretty much everything else I own. Naming things is fun. And yep, Maude is indeed adorable. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks for the recommendation! I listened to five or six of their songs yesterday, and they were weird, but I enjoyed them. ๐Ÿ˜›
      Why thanks! I need all the cheering I can get. glances nervously at succulents

      -Clara โค

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ United we… do homework. Joy.
        I name purses and backpacks ๐Ÿ˜‚ naming things is the best!
        They are certainly weird, probably why I like them. If I may be nosy, which songs? ๐Ÿ™ƒ
        You got this! Those succulents will be finnnneeee

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        1. Can’t think of a better way to spend the summer. ๐Ÿ˜€
          My ukulele, my plants, and all of my lenses/camera gear have names – I’ve never even thought about naming my backpack! That’s an excellent idea. ๐Ÿ™‚
          I might have listened to more, but these are the four I remember – One Week, Pinch Me, If I Had $1,000,000 (this was one was my favorite), and Brian Wilson. I just played them in order of popularity. What are your favorite songs of theirs?

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          1. Yep!

            Those are their hits!! If I Had $1,000,000 is ICONIC. Brian Wilson is a def favorite of mine, but Iโ€™m also into Too Little Too Late (which I think might have one mild cuss word, just a warning…)… another postcard (acoustic) is THE BOMB. Odds Are (one mild cuss word in this one too sadly)… and, ooh, man, Some Fantastic. I also like Everybody Get In Line.

            And many more. But those come to mind at the moment. Theyโ€™re incredibly talented, and theyโ€™ve been a band for over 30 years now so thereโ€™s A LOT.

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  9. Ahh, I love this post! I have exactly two and a half more days of school but I’m already in summer mode. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Clara, I SCREAMED when I saw there’s a new Mysterious Benedict Society!! It’s one of my most favorite series ever and I’m actually currently rereading it. I’m so, so excited, oh my gosh! Well this made my night, haha. Good luck with all your goals this summer! โค

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  10. WELCOME BACK SUMMER!!!!! Eep, a new Mysterious Benedict Society?? I must read it!!
    Tbh, I’m not at all excited for the new Toy Story hides I’ve never liked them ๐Ÿ˜› I AM excited to see the new Aladdin though!! I wish I could have seen it in theaters…
    I love your poetry! Post lots!
    Here are a few suggestions ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Joe (ha. ha.)
    Mister Robert
    Emmett
    Bilbo
    Sir Earl

    I just realized that those are all male names… I always think of them as boys XD
    I’m supercalifragilisticexpialidociously excited for SBG!!
    Awesome post! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. YAY SUMMER! Yep, I’m so excited for the new MBS book!
      That is a very sad fact. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope you get to see Aladdin soon!
      Aww, thank you – I shall try to do that!
      Thanks for the name suggestions! I love them. XD
      YAY SBG! I’m so glad you’re excited!
      Thank you for the comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Clara โค

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  11. Those are great goals!! Ooh, learning the banjo sounds fun! And I definitely think you should write your own music…I mean, your poetry was AMAZING! Hmm, music suggestions…I really recommend ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ – Switchfoot, ‘Trees’ – Twenty-One Pilots and ‘Burning Bridges’ – OneRepublic (all clean). Oh, and the very best of luck with your driving test!๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Thank you, Sarah!! Aww, that means a lot – thanks so much! โค
      Ooh yes, I love Switchfoot and Twenty One Pilots. Thanks so much for the comment, Sarah!

      -Clara โค

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  12. Those are pretty great goals! As far as music suggestions Iโ€™ve recently been listening to The Girl and the Dreamcatcher, Sabrina Carpenter, and Taylor Swiftโ€™s new(ish) song: ME!
    I have a lot of popular music too, but Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve heard that. Iโ€™m hosting a summer camp on my blog this summer, and as far as movies, I want to go see Spider-Man far from home in theaters.

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    1. Ah, a fellow member of the clique! Vessel is my fav…Blurryface used to be, but pretty much my entire family are TOP fans and they had Blurryface on repeat XD! We actully saw them live not too long ago! ||-//

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      1. That’s so cool, friend! Vessel used to be my favorite but now Blurryface is XD.
        My sister and my mom looove TOP but my dad and my brother hate them ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

        You’re so lucky to have seen them. I was begging my mom to let me go to the concert on Halloween last year in DC but it 1, was her birthday, and 2, was pretty shady in DC, especially on Halloween.

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        1. Haha! My Dad looooves them and is constantly quoting them allll the time, and all my other sibs love them, meanwhile my Mom doesn’t really care.
          Aww, I’m so sorry! โ˜น๏ธ I remember back in 2016 I wasn’t able to see them, I was so sad. I’m sure you’ll be able to see them someday! ๐Ÿคžโค๏ธ

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  13. I love this!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I really like your poetry and writing in general, so I would love to see more. โค There’s going to be a new MBS book?!? I need to read it! I love those books. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooh, yes, I would love to see any short films you make. ๐Ÿ™‚ Dream Small by Josh Wilson, Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells, Steal My Show by TobyMac and Reckless Love by Cory Asbury are all very good songs (also Christian and clean ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Ooh, yayyy, you guys are doing the Summer Bored Games again?? I can’t wait. ๐Ÿ˜€ Maude is SO CUTE! โค โค โค

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    1. Thank you so much, Sara!! โค Yay MBS! Ooh, thanks so much for the music suggestions – I shall check those out. YAY SBG – it’s coming soon! ๐Ÿ˜€ AGREED. Thank you for the comment!

      -Clara โค

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  14. Lovely goals! ๐Ÿ˜€ God bless you!

    Saame, I gotta take more pictures. And find an aesthetic for my Instagram: I tried dark photos with pretty little lights but my camera HATED THAT, lol!

    Some clean bands you could try:

    Elevation Worship
    Bethel Music
    Twenty One Pilots
    for King And Country
    NF (he’s rap but it is clean and some are about Jesus)
    Owl City

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    1. Thanks so much, Angela!
      I hope you can figure out an aesthetic for your Instagram! ๐Ÿ˜›
      Thank you for the music suggestions! I love Twenty One Pilots and Owl City. ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Clara โค

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  15. Awesome goals, Clara! Our goals are actually pretty similar. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait for the new Mysterious Benedict Society book to come out! However, I first need to read the previous books (I’ve only read not even half of the first book ๐Ÿ˜…). Over the summer, I’m going to try complete reading 20 books, participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in July, purchase photography gear to make my photos look more professional, and whatever else comes up. ๐Ÿ˜„ Artists to check out: Jamie Grace, Tori Harper, The Young Escape, Worship Central, Bright City, & Bright Ones (all of their music is pretty upbeat)!!

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    1. Thank you, Heaven! MBS is great – you should totally finish the series. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Those sound like some wonderful summer plans! Thanks so much for the music suggestions. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great summer!

      -Clara โค

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  16. OH MY GOODNESS. I am woefully behind on my Reader. facepalm But anyway, I absolutely loved this post, dear!
    – Ooh, how exciting about your novel! I do hope it goes well so I can read it. XD
    – OF COURSE I WANT TO SEE MORE OF YOUR POETRY!
    – I’m sooo excited for the next MBS! Oh yeah, and I almost forgot about KOTLC. XD
    – I can’t WAIT to see the videos you make, dear! If your SBG video was any indication, they are going to be amazing!
    – Best wishes for getting your learner’s this year! SO EXCITING.
    – Also Maude. โค โค โค

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