Heym y’all! I am writing this blog posts from my dorm room at college, so that means that summer is over for me. Though I’ll miss my days of relaxation, I’m very content with the summer I had, and I truly had a great break from school. Here are a few of my highlights this summer, and things I did for myself:
I picked up an old hobby
When I was 11 years old, I started taking figure skating lessons. I’d admired figure skaters during the winter Olympics, and I wanted to try it for myself. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the sport, and crave the feeling of being on the ice. It’s truly one of the things I love the most. I was a figure skater for about seven years before I eventually stopped taking lessons, and then stopped going to the rink altogether. I didn’t live close enough to a rink anymore to keep up with it, and the distance combined with a few other things eventually led to me giving up skating.
This summer, a new rink opened up a few cities away from me, and I decided to lace up my skates, and step on the ice again after almost two years away. The feeling I get when I’m skating is unmatched, and I felt so fulfilled and just happy while skating. I was a little rusty and very sore the next day but it was so worth it. I went three more times that week, and it was an unexpected, but amazing highlight of my summer.
I went to a book convention
BookCon!!! I’ve talked about BookCon and my trip to New York City in a separate blog post (see: My Experience at BookCon 2019 + My Weekend Trip to NYC), so it’s quite obvious that going to the convention was not only a summer highlight, but I check off of my life’s Bucket List. New York City was a dream and BookCon was an overwhelming, but amazing experience. I met authors and Internet friends, and I felt just felt so in my element surrounded by other book lovers. I posted a haul of the books I got over on my BookTube channel (which leads me into my next summer 2019 highlight).
I revived my BookTube channel
After going to BookCon, I was determined to do more in the book community, and just put out more bookish content beyond my Bookstagram. YouTube had always been something I’d admired and watched avidly, but I was never a true creator on the platform. I didn’t have a posting schedule, and I didn’t really try and make one. I mostly used YouTube yearly to talk more in depth about my favorite reads of the year. But I never truly saw myself as a BookTuber, even though all of my videos were book-focused. That all changed this summer when I started reading Harry Potter for the first time, and I wanted to document my experience. I did reading vlogs for books two through seven, and I had the most fun I’d had in a long while. BookTube is completely different from Bookstagram, and I always shred away from the dedicated that it took to produce videos. But I stopped evading the challenge, and the pay off was amazing. I feel more connected to the online book community than ever before, and I feel proud of the content that I’ve put out. YouTube in general is scary, but the BookTube community is filled with people who just have a passion for reading and sharing bookish content, and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about. Check out my Harry Potter reading vlogs here!
And those are a few of my summer highlights!! I also got a library card for my town, and got hooked on audiobooks but I these were a few of the bigger moments I wanted to share. I hope you all had a great summer, and that you did something for yourself and your own personal growth ♡.