Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Summer

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    Bre

    It’s summer time and I’m really happy! I can’t wait for the cruise that I’m going on before I go back to school. But I need somethings to do while I’m waiting for it. All I’ve been doing is laying around the house all day and on my phone. I just need some fun but simple stuff to do in the house just so I can be more active. Any suggestions?

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    Helen

    Learn how to sew, knit or crochet. Refurbish a piece of furniture. Grow herbs, veggies or flowers. Volunteer somewhere

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    Helen

    My son recently learned how to speed solve a rubik’s cube using YouTube videos

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    Kate
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    How about some exercise on like the Daily Burn or something? 30 minutes a day to keep in shape.

    Learn to code! Find an online class for kids to learn coding.

    And read books. Get into some big juicy novels.

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    Mel

    I miss empty summers so much! Some ideas:
    – spend more time with friends. If you don’t have many, make some.
    – volunteer (active things: something with kids, gardening, park cleanups, walk dogs at the shelter)
    – join a sports league, and even if you weren’t into sports in school, there are different adult sports like ultimate frisbee, beach volleyball, dodgeball, or softball leagues depending on where you live.
    – get a part time job (I used to catsit which required me to walk or bike to neighbors houses and babysit which was lots of chasing kids around).
    – go hiking or just walks around the neighborhood while you listen to music and podcasts
    – less active activities, but if I had a free summer I’d also: start a book club, learn a language, do some cooking/baking, maybe learn an instrument.

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    ktfran
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    What I did during the summers… rode bikes with friends. We’d get ice cream, or go to the video store and pick up a movie or just rode bikes around town. Go to the pool. Once I could drive, a friend and I went to the pool a lot. Worked… before I could drive I babysat. After, I worked part time at a car dealership. I also read a lot of books.

    I wasn’t into sports, but if I were, I probably would have joined a league or something. Volunteering is also a great idea.

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    Kate
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    She said indoors… idk why it needs to be indoors, maybe those are the rules.

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    ktfran
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    I missed that.

    So yeah, read! Or learn something on-line.

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    Read. If I had zero responsibilities I’d spend a lot more time reading. And working out. There are a ton of great videos with workouts you can do at home. Do chores. Learn how to cook. Call your friends or family.

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    Essie
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    There are so many crafts you can learn that don’t cost a lot. And you can make some really nice things for yourself and others. Is there a bead store nearby? Most have jewelry-crafting classes. Or you can teach yourself, there are a zillion tutorials online.

    As @helen mentioned, knitting, sewing, crochet.

    How about photography? If you’ve got a phone, you’ve got a pretty good camera. Check out sites like Udemy, they have inexpensive photography classes.

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    SpaceySteph
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    Definitely read. When I started on maternity leave a couple years ago I was on my phone all the time because I was breastfeeding all the time so there wasn’t much I could do. Only it was terrible for my soul. So much negativity and stress out there. I started reading (thank goodness for the Kindle so I could read with one hand and in low light conditions) and it was so good for my mental health. Also I signed up with my local library and they have a big eBook collection so it was mostly free too (occasionally I bought a book) and I didn’t even have to leave the house to get new books.

    Also agree with exercise. You can find videos on youtube for yoga or other at-home workouts that don’t need a lot of equipment. If you have enough $ to buy a cheap resistance band (under $10 on Amazon) then you could get a lot of home workout for cheap.

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    ktfran
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    Also, just so you’re not alone all day every day in the summer, can you see if a friend can come over one day a week? Or you go to a friend’s house? There could be a tradeoff like, like this week, I’ll spend a day at so and so house and the next, he or she can come to mine for a day. Or grandparents if they live close by?

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