I’ve always said that last summer was the best summer I’ll ever have but I have to say, this summer is definitely going to challenge 2016 for 1st place.
With 11 weeks of holiday which started yesterday, I have lots of plans and I’m so excited so let’s have a little look at 15 things I’m doing/looking forward to this summer.
If you want to have a look at what I was looking forward to this time last year, you can find my 2016 post HERE.
Some of these events are bigger or smaller than others but they’re all things I can’t wait for. I can’t believe I’ve got through all my exams (apart from Physics tomorrow) and that I’m finally about to experience the summer I’ve spent the last few weeks/months planning.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s talk about this summer!
I know that the main aim of Prom will end up being just to get nice photos to go on Instagram but oh well, I’m excited.
I finally found a dress in April (I was one of the last in my year to get one) and it will be very exciting. I’m not going all out like some of the other girls in my year, I’ll probably just do my hair and makeup myself, but I imagine it’ll be the first ‘ball-style’ event of many considering I’m aiming to go to University and I think there are lots of formal dinner style events there.
Not going to lie, I’m very excited for the dinner but especially pudding, although I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to eat it given how tight my dress is!
I’m also pretty chuffed that I’ve been nominated for the ‘Kindest Friend to all’ award at Prom. I don’t really care about the prom awards but that was the only ‘serious’ award and it means so much to be nominated. I won’t win but I honestly don’t care, the nomination is enough!
To row at Henley is one of any rower’s main goals in life and no, I’m not rowing there yet, I’m nowhere near that good!
Anyway, I’m just going to watch with my dad and my best friend but we’re going to one of the posh clubs and so it’s another event to dress up for! It’s a very formal dress code (i.e. the dress must cover the knees and no trousers are allowed for Ladies…) I’m still trying to find a dress but I will let you know when I find one!
I went to Henley (the town) last year while I was on holiday and the weather was lovely so I really hope it’s as nice weather this year. I’m also hoping it will sort of inspire me to work on my rowing technique so that one day I can go to Henley…
Again with my best friend, but Olly Murs is performing in our city and while we’re not his number 1 fans, we didn’t feel we could miss out on it as nobody ever comes to our city.
He’s also being supported by Louisa Johnson which we’re very excited for as we are big fans of her and that was just chance that she’s performing. It’s an outside performance so I really hope the weather’s good!
I’ve been spending the last few months listening to his songs so that I know them as I don’t know many of his songs since the ones from 2011 which is when I last saw him. I would hate to be stood them pretending I know the songs he’s singing while everyone else around me is dancing and singing along!
In case you can’t tell, I don’t really go to concerts so this is quite a new experience for me!
Spending lots of time with my friends
Last summer, I only met up with a friend once after the term ended. That’s once in 8 weeks! To be fair, I didn’t really have any close friends last year which not only shows me what a difference a year makes, but also makes me determined to have amazing memories with my friends this summer.
I feel like we don’t have much planned but I also know when we get around to it, it will actually be jam-packed full of things. There’s only one week where we all free of the whole 11 weeks so we have so much we want to do.
I also have lots of little things planned individually with them and it will be great to hang out without at least one of us stressing about school or exams.
A month after I turn 16, my best friends start to turn 17. I’m such a baby in comparison!! I can’t wait for my birthday, 16 seems such a big birthday. I mean I just can’t wait to buy a scratch card (that was sarcastic btw!)
So much has been waiting until I turn 16. No one will let me visit on work experience for example. I can’t watch a cat having its nails clipped when I’m 15 and 364 days but I can as soon as I turn 16. How weird is that?
Don’t people realise that a 16-year-old could be so much more immature than a 11-year-old. I know it’s all to do with insurance and stuff but I feel being 16 will bring so much more freedom, we’ll have to wait and see…
I have lots of plans for Shopping this summer as all my plans to shop since before Christmas have been ruined by a rowing event (I’m not really complaining) or revision (this I am complaining about!) and I can’t wait to shop shop shop with all £0 in my account!
I have a little shopping excursion (I called it that because it’s a bigger than a trip) planned with my best friend and hopefully there will be a few hauls on here this season. I never know if people enjoy hauls or not, I guess it depends what the haul is of…
I’m spending a few days in London with my aunt and her family as soon as my brother finishes school and we don’t have anything planned but I’m sure we’ll have lots to do once we get there.
I like London in small doses so I am looking forward to it however crowded it may be. I’m hoping there will be lots of opportunities to take photos and maybe a bit of time to shop (in case I have any money left over from everything else I’m doing!)
If you read my summer goals post and were a bit confused as to why I might be killed walking 10,000 steps a day, this is your answer.
I highly doubt that I’ll be able to walk 10,000 steps everyday while I’m on a safari, I think we’ll be spending most our time in a jeep or something. I might be wrong but that’s my expectation.
Anyway, this holiday has been designed as a ‘trip of a lifetime’ by my parents to celebrate the end of my GCSEs and we’ll be spending a week and a half visiting all sorts of places all over Tanzania.
We’re going during migration so I think the animals we see will be there in big numbers and I have my fingers crossed that it’ll provide some great photography possibilities as well as some great memories.
After a week and a half on safari, we’re heading to Zanzibar for a bit of relaxation.
From looking at the photos of the beaches I’m really excited as its beautiful! Do google it if you need something nice to look at.
I’m really not aiming to do much this week other than relax and tan. I know, I’m so fickle but oh well! Our packing limit for the combined trip of Tanzania and Zanzibar is tiny and so I imagine all I’ll be wearing in Zanzibar is bikinis and swimsuits. That suits me!
I love the idea of one day living within walking distance to a beach. We’ll have to wait and see if that ever happens…
This might sound a bit crazy but I’ve never been to a ‘theme park’ before other than LEGOLAND and I’m finally heading somewhere a bit more adventurous.
I’m going with my 7 close friends plus my parents as an early birthday trip and I can’t wait to go on all the rides. I really hope it doesn’t turn out that I’m scared of rollercoasters…
I also might try to visit CeeBeebies land because CeeBeebies was my childhood!! I really can’t wait but I do have no idea what it will be like.
All my friends went as a group last summer (It was before I was friends with them, they didn’t just leave me out!) and they were the ones who recommended we went back so it must be good!
As I was talking about above, nowhere was happy to take me on for work experience until I was 16 so literally the day after I turn 16, I’m off for a week of work experience with my local vets.
I really hope I get to be a part of everything as I know one of my friends just spent her week making cups of tea and stuff.
I spent some of Easter holidays in Cambridge visiting the vet school there and it really got me excited for becoming a vet not that I actually have any experience in the operation side of things so I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit nervous that I’ll discover that I’m squeamish or that veterinary isn’t for me because I’ve spent such a long time preparing to be a vet and I would hate it if it turned out I didn’t actually want to be one…
Spending time with my family
I know I talked above about how much I had planned to do with my friends but I also have a few big things planned with my family.
For example Tanzania and Zanzibar and then up to Scotland to visit other family members.
The last year, I feel like I haven’t seen my family much, I mean they’ve been there for hugs and encouragement but I haven’t really taken much interest in their lives as I’ve been revising or rowing or they’ve been working.
I can’t wait to basically catch up with them and let them know how grateful I am for them and all they do to help me.
I don’t think I let them know how much I appreciate them anywhere near enough.
Not going to lie, I think parties are going to play a prominent part of my summer.
I know, you read that right, I’m actually getting invited to parties. Not the popular popular parties but parties none the less!!
I’m very excited as so many of my friends had their birthdays during exams (I know, poor them!) so we have lots of parties to catch up on as my last proper party was in January and my last birthday ‘meet-up’ was in April. Exams have ruined the partying mood…
Don’t worry, we’re going to make up for the break in parties. The thing I dislike the most about parties is the fact we need to have nice clothes.
I don’t really have many clothes that I like/ are suitable but hopefully after all the shopping I have planned this will be a lot easier!
This is my aim at least.
I know I’ve been an awful blogger in the last few weeks so don’t worry I have lots of blog posts planned. I aim to publish a post everyday but to be honest, I’m not going to promise that as I want to focus on enjoying what I have planned for this summer and publish a post as much as I have one written.
I want to broaden my blog ideas so that some blog post might be long and impersonal while others might be short and more personal, if you know what I mean. I want to just write about what I like sometimes rather than a long, planned post.
There will be some of those too but I’d love my blog to feature more of my thoughts and opinions and stories of things I’ve done.
Hopefully, you’ll all enjoy what’s on it way. If anyone wants to collab at some point this summer, let me know down in the comments!
Boat club dinner
I’ve been rowing at my boat club for 3 years now and I’ve never been to Boat Club dinner for various reasons. Last year I was on my D of E expedition for example.
This year I can finally go and it requires another dress! This is more of a cocktail style event but it should be a lot of fun as all my friends also row so it’s another event of the 8 of us.
This is 2 days before Prom so it’s going to be a few great days! There will some great food, great opportunities to get photos with my friends and to celebrate the past year of rowing. Only the small matter of finding another dress before then!
I hope you enjoyed what hopefully is the first of many blog posts this summer. It’s really exciting to see everything big I have planned for this summer written out on one page. Ahhh, I can’t wait for all this!
What are you looking forward to this summer?
I’d love it if you shared this post with your friends so that they know that I’m back on the blogging roll!