4 ideas to keep you busy this summer.

*This is a collaborative post

So, what are you doing this summer? Several long weeks of beautiful weather mostly guaranteed, and a sense of freedom we just don't feel at any time of the year. With so many more hours in your day, it's the perfect time to try something new, whether that be trying a new holiday spot on for size or doing something different for yourself at home. Here to help inspire and motivate, check out these 4 ideas to rev up your summer and perhaps your whole year!

Learn a new language:
Okay, yes, the word “learn” conjures imagery of stuffy classrooms and hours spent trying to memorise important facts and figures—quite literally the complete opposite of what summer should be. It's pretty safe to assume that this suggestion is being met with a little mistrust and a lot of resistance. Not all learning has to be tedious though, and learning a language can be one of the most fun things you could do this summer! I mean, have you ever even played language games at Mind Snacks before? You don’t know what you’re missing!

But really, think about it. Is there a country you've always wanted to visit and are planning a trip for? How much more amazing would that trip be if you could speak the language of that country? To allow you to truly soak up the history and culture of this place you've been dreaming about for however long.

And the great thing about learning a language is that it isn't just a onetime deal! Team up with Listen and Learn and you can take online or in-person classes with native teachers year round. Once you become more fluent, there are international friends waiting to meet you, not to mention the books, films, and all sorts of music that are now available for you to enjoy! It is a skill that truly broadens your horizons, lets you think from an entirely new perspective by learning not only the language of a place besides your own but also how other people live!

Doesn't everything feel that much better when the sun is out? The world a little happier, and all the things you've toyed with the idea of trying a little bit more appealing? This is why summer is the perfect time to try out something you've been meaning to but haven't yet got around to. Summer workshops on crafting, a new form of exercise practised in the park, cooking classes catering for all those summer fruits that appear in abundance the moment we get past spring. As a starting point, check out Meetup and see what’s around you! The question is only which new thing do you want to try first?

Somewhere different:
Of course, when we think of the summer, the very next word we think of conjures imagery of far-off lands. Wherever you're considering taking your holiday this year, the summer always seems the best time for it. Whether it's on another continent teeming with rich experiences so very different from home, or it's somewhere more local that is a cherished favourite place you like to return to again and again, there is little that beats that feeling of going on our summer holidays. Where is your destination this year? 

New you?
Is it time for a wardrobe overhaul? A new hairstyle? A fresh new layout of your apartment? Summer is the perfect time to clear out the clutter and start over with something different. That could mean painting your walls a different colour, clearing out the makeup you never use in favour of a new brand you've been meaning to try or raiding your local thrift store for new clothes. Be bold, be different and be you!

Whatever plans you have this summer, we hope it is a great one for you!


  1. I've booked on to a few workshops this summer, it gives me time away from the kids which is priceless!

  2. I'd really like to learn a new language but I don't think I have the patience. I can half sort of speak French so might try and brush up on it! xo