Hey Harmony: Summer Boredom


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Hey Harmony,

School is going to be over in just a few weeks, and I’m starting to realize I have no plans for summer. In the past, I would go to day camp and hang out with my BFFs. This year, I’m too old for that camp and my best friends are doing their own thing (one is practicing with her swim team, and the other is going to North Carolina to see her dad). My mom said if I can’t find something to do with my time, I’ll be stuck at home babysitting my little brother, which will be the most boring thing in the world. Please help me find something to do for the next two months!!

Sincerely,

Summertime Sadness

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Harmony:

Don’t be sad! Cheer, up it’s summer! Seriously, even if you’re feeling bored right now, you deserve to celebrate the end of another year and the fact that you're about to have months away from school. No homework, no tests, no teachers...I think that’s definitely worthy of some happiness. Also, don’t worry, because I’m here to fill your summer calendar with amazing ideas. Here we go...

Idea #1: Try a new camp.

You may have outgrown your day camp, but that just means the world is open to you! There are a million camps, programs, and adventures out there for every interest (and type of person) under the sun. Love theater? Try an acting camp or join the cast of a community production. (You could even be on a TV show - like me - in no time.) If sports are your thing, try out for a local team or head to an athletic camp to improve your skills. If you’re just looking to get away, search for an overnight camp or a program that takes teens on trips. You’ll make new friends, get out of your comfort zone, and have memories to last a lifetime. It’s cheesy, but it’s true!

Idea #2: Expand your crew.

Even though your two besties are busy, there’s no reason that you can’t find some new members of your tribe. If camp’s not your jam, you can stay close to home and still find plenty to do. Check out a public pool near your town and drag your little brother for the day, or invite a girl in your grade to spend the day doing DIYs at your house. Say hi to kids your age when you see them around town, or use social media to connect with potential pals. Your new BFFs may be bored for the summer, too - you just haven’t met them yet!

Idea #3: Start a business.

You mentioned you babysit your little brother, so that means you’ve got some babysitting experience. Use that as the foundation to get out of your house and start a business! I am always a fan of taking charge of your future as a #girlboss. If babysitting is just too blah, you could do chores for your neighbors, help an older relative with technology, or tutor elementary schoolers in your area. The world is yours to take over, and once you do, you’ll have plenty of cash for adventures with your BFFs once they’re home. You go, girl!

Summer doesn’t have to be sad, so turn that frown upside down and make it one to remember. I’ll be doing the same!

Hugs,

Harmony