Boredom is not an option.

I have two goals for the summer: don’t let boredom set in and live my best life.  To do that, though, I gotta hold myself accountable.  What better way to do so than with a published list I can refer back to?  Without further ado, here’s my Summer To-Do List, 2017 Edition.

  1. The beach!
  2. Playland…because I’m a helpless nostalgic, and the last time I went to Playland I was watching a bunch of tween campers, and I’d really like to re-do that last memory…
  3. Finish editing the first draft of my novel and get started on the second draft.
  4. All the photo shoots ever…everywhere! Knowing me, this’ll probs be me with a bunch of trees.
  5. Possibly get at least one more tattoo! Yay! 

    My first tattoo!
  6. Read more books, of course! My summer goal is to read 12 books before I head back to Purchase for RA training.
  7. Work on the drafts of my original plays, and complete the performance script for my senior project.
  8. Start my Senior Project research paper…because graduating would be nice.
  9. Go see art shows, especially ones done by people of color.
  10. Maybe see a comedy show or two — I saw one during Culture Shock by the Improv group at my school and it sparked a new interest!
  11. I bought a beautiful ukulele and named her Marbaline Veronica (Marby V. for short), and I plan on learning how to play her and at least two songs.
  12. Go to a bunch of free and inexpensive festivals, especially the cultural ones! Afro-Latina Festival NYC (July 8th), The Greatest Day Ever, Curl Fest, and NYC Caribbean Food Fest (all July 15th) come to mind. 
  13. I’m going to Coney Island because I, a native New Yorker and daughter of a Brooklynite, have never been in my memory (my mom says she took me once when she was pregnant with my brother, but I was like three and have no memory of that, so yeah).
  14. Explore the realm of new podcasts.  I did some research and found three already (Another Round, Black Girls Talking, & 2 Brown Girls).
  15. Try some new foods and explore more of the vegetarian options in foods from other cultures.
  16. I’ll definitely be seeing some shows — I already have tickest to Venus at the Signature Theatre, Bella: An American Story at Playwrights Horizons, and Pipeline at the Lincoln Center Theatre.  Here’s to more art!
  17. Watch more shows on Netflix and Hulu (look out for a blog article about this in the near future)!
  18. Start vlogging again, like I did the summer of 2015!
  19. Go to more museums (The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Bario…), and this also includes doing the Museum Mile Festival on June 13th.
  20. Check out Avocaderia in Brooklyn! Yum!
  21. And above all, have fun and make a lot of memories!

I will probably be adding to this list as the summer continues, so check back for more updates!

What’s on your Summer To-Do List for 2017?  Let me know in the comments section below!

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