It’s almost summer (anyone want to join me in happy dancing?)
This is my last real ‘summer holiday’ because I graduate Uni in a few months and then apparently I have to be an adult.
Whilst I want to have a lot of rest time after finishing my degree, I also want to use this time productively and learn some new skills.
If you have some time on your hands over the summer why not join me in being intentional with your time and try your hand at a few of these hobbies?
Here are 10 new skills to learn this summer:
I’m no chef (understatement!) but I’ve been growing my confidence in the kitchen and have had a go at treating my friends to some homemade baking. Why not have a look online for some recipes? The BBC good food website is packed with easy recipes. Or invest in a student cook book for some budget friendly ideas. Below is one of my more successful culinary endeavor, a yummy pineapple upside down cake.
Any fellow yarn lovers out there? I love creating with yarn but one thing I’ve been a bit intimidated by is knitting. I imagine the satisfaction of creating a piece of clothing or an accessory from scratch must be cool, I’d love to give it a go. Why not experiment with different colours with this set off 12 assorted yarn.
I’ve always dreamed of having my garden and filling it with plants of my choice. If you’re green fingered why not take some time to learn about different plant types and have a go at growing some. If you don’t have a garden, indoor plants are a fun way to freshen up your space.
For the rainy days- because who are we kidding, this is a British summer we’re talking about- why not have a go at learning an instrument? Impress your friends by taking lessons, or teaching yourself with youtube tutorials and performing for them.
Photos are a great way to capture the memories you’ll make this summer. Do you have a camera? Why not go to manual mode and experiment with some different settings? If you don’t own a camera, perhaps there’s someone in your family or friendship group who could loan you one. Or just head out with your phone and take some fun snaps, then download an editing app like VSCO (my app of choice but there are lots of others) and get creative.
Beautiful handwriting takes practice but learning the art of calligraphy is really rewarding, plus the process itself is screen-free and very relaxing. There are tons of tutorials online, but nib and ink is a great investment if you want something more tangible. To get started, why not check out my blog post on learning to letter.
Everyone has a story, and this summer might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to tell yours. Creative writing has always been a hobby of mine, and at Uni I’ve taken a module in it every year. It’s a great way to express yourself and share something on your heart in a meaningful way. Grab a note book and get brainstorming!
Fancy making some adventurous memories this summer? Why not have a go at some outdoor sports like surfing or paddle boarding. A cheaper ideal would be to go for a swim- there are lots of lakes you can swim in for free in the UK. Plus there’s always the sea.
Basic car repairs
I felt I had to put at least one very practical skill into this post, and knowing basic car repairs will always be handy. However, as I have absolutely no clue about cars myself, I’ll direct you to this youtube channel which has loads of great advice to help you. You’ll be changing your own tires in no time!
This one might just be the most life-changing skill you learn, to protect yourself and others in emergency situations. There are loads of first aid courses available throughout the UK, many workplaces offer them to their staff so look out for opportunities. Being equipped to perform first aid could save a life.
I hope you’re inspired to try out some new skills this summer. You might not be a pro at any of them but there’s value in just having a go, even if you find out that hobby it not for you.
What skills will you be practicing this summer?