When I do my yearly deep-cleaning of my bedroom, I always come across coloring books from my childhood filled with hideous drawings I was evidently proud of enough to keep until now. The scary thing is, I haven't gotten much better! If you're in the same boat, why not work on refining your artistic skills this summer? You don't have to be naturally talented to be a skilled artist, so go purchase some grown-up drawing books and give it a go!
2. An Instrument
Does your family have instruments lying around your house collecting dust? Put them to good use and learn how to play one this summer! It's a great way to pass the time and find a new way to express yourself. Plus, you'll be able to impress all of your friends next school year.
3. A New Language
This summer is the year you finally learn a language you never thought you'd learn. Maybe it's something your school doesn't offer, the language of a country you dream of visiting but never have, or something challenging you'll need a lot of time for. There are plenty of free programs online as well as apps like DuoLingo to help get you started. As you advance, you can consider buying a program like Rosetta Stone to help improve your skills.
4. Nail Art
Are you tired of spending money on getting your nails done? Or maybe you never had the money to do so and you're fed up with plain nails. If that's the case, try to master nail art this summer! This is a great skill because all you need is two hands and nail polish, and you can even watch Netflix while you practice!
Another skill great for Netflix-multitasking is embroidery. Embroidery is somewhat of a lost art, but there's no reason it should go out of style. You can get training kits for a pretty affordable price online then get started creating right away! It's such a unique skill with an intimate community, I'm certain it is a great way to spend your time.
If you think about it, weightlifting is a skill, too. It requires specific form and takes lots of practice, time, and effort. Weightlifting is a great way to kill two birds with one stone; you can get in shape and avoid boredom at the same time! Maybe you'll even meet some cuties in the gym while you workout...
No matter what cooking means to you—learning how to make an omelet or mastering haute cuisine—try refining your skill this summer. It's great practice for college and beyond. Not to mention you'll get tons of mouthwatering Instagram photos out of it!
Here's a hobby you can actually turn into a business. Practice over the summer and maybe by fall you'll have a new career. Take pictures of friends, strangers, go to a national park and take pictures of wildlife. Whatever you do, make sure you put passion into it to truly capture a beautiful image.
9. A Sport
Summer is a great time to get outside and play a sport! Whether you go outside and Learn yourself, or you join a community team to try to teach you along the way, be sure you have fun with whatever you choose.
Were you the little girl that always dreamed of being a ballerina? Well now you can be! Take a dance class wherever you can or watch videos on how to learn to dance. Grab a partner and practice your hearts out. That way, when everyone starts having their rustic fall weddings again, you'll be set to tear up the dance floor with your new moves. There's never an excuse for boredom when there are so many skills you could be learning! If you aren't mastering one of these skills this summer, what are you learning instead?