How To Make and Keep Your Summer Goals

We made it ya’ll! I don’t know about you, but I sure am glad not to be tucked away in Starbucks all day studying. (Though I wouldn’t mind an iced soy latte right about now!)

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I’m so happy to be home with my family — it’s been almost two months since I’ve seen them! And, as I announced on snapchat (cristina.snaps), I’m interning for my dad this summer and working out of the home office. He jokes that it’s an easy commute and a casual dress code – definitely had to take him up on the job offer. πŸ™‚ A desk job means time to reach my summer blogging goals and to have time to reflect on the personal ones I’ve also set for myself.



To kick off all the fun summer blog posts coming your way, I thought we would chit chat today about how to make and keep your summer goals. I know you’ve either got a running list in your head or a note of your phone, so let’s talk about how to make it happen.

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Write it downΒ 

(Duh, right?) But seriously, if taking notes by hand in class helped you remember the topics, then writing down your goals for this summer will help you stick to them. I like to keep a note on my phone (I do this with my New Years Resolution’s as well), and I’ll run across it every time I go to make a grocery list or a reminder.

If you’re a canvas painter, try this: turn your goals into a cutesy-quote and paint it on a canvas for a fun summer project. This Pinterest-worthy reminder is going to look amazing hanging in your room and will remind you of your hopes for the season.

Have an accountability buddy

I feel like accountability partners are only ever talked about when it comes to working out or doing Whole 30, but you can have someone to check in with no matter what your goals are. Rachel and I will often text each other our goals unknowingly as we blab about random things in our day. One of us will express an interest in starting a Facebook group for our Gal Pal group (and we did!) to the other via text or call and since we’ve now said it out loud, we have the other person to check in with us.

A text from your friend saying,Β “Hey, how’s your summer reading list coming?” or a call from one of your gal pals saying “Hey, I heard you wanted to do yoga this summer! Wanna go with me this week?” can be just what you need to push you towards reaching your goals.

Give a little, get a lot. Be sure to do this for your friends, too! If I ever hear someone wants to start working out I’m like YES – COME TO ZUMBA WITH ME! Haha.

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Attack with intention

There’s a difference between having a direction with your goals and setting deadlines. I think deadlines are normally seen in a negative light since they tend to stress us out. For example, my friend and I are working on co-writing a film script this summer, and while we don’t have a deadline, (can’t rush creativity!) we do have weekly goals.

After we talk, we’ll set up a goal of something we want to have done by our next chat.Β It helps to ensure that we are taking steps in the right direction and making good progress!

You can do this with your goals, too. Lets say you want to make a trip out to visit your friend. (Rachel is coming to visit the first week of June and I am dying of excitement!) Set a date of when you would like to have your tickets purchased so that you actually get around to it and getting them for a good price. Also, figure out how much money you need to save and by when.

Your dreams for this summer will become a reality if you really attack them with intention.

Prep yourself with the necessary supplies

Saying you want to eat healthy this summer is one thing, but actually acting upon it is something different in itself. Prep yourself with the necessary supplies you might need – a cute planner for meal planning, a reusable tote bag for your grocery store trips, and maybe one of those cool spiralizers for zucchini noodles!

Go easy on yourself

I’m an over-achiever and I like everything perfect (which is totally impossible). Over the summer, I always set goals for myself and I can definitely get stressed out if things don’t go totally according to plan. Just remind yourself that the world will not end if you only make it out on a run twice a week and not every day. The world will not end if you aren’t completely fluent in French by August. If you don’t make all A’s in your summer classes, your life won’t be over. Enjoy your summer no matter what your plans are and always take it one day at a time!


What are your goals for this summer? Writing them out in a comment below will help you stick to them!Β 




  • I’ve had a goal to go more easy on myself too. I over-commit and run myself thin, but have been working on it! Your summer looks like it’ll be a fun one! Xoxo Mindy

  • My goal is to train for my next race without getting off track. It’s difficult in the summer because there’s so much going on and I tend to skip workouts. Good luck with your summer goals!


  • These are such great tips, Cristina! I think having an accountability buddy works the best for me because if I don’t stick to my goal I feel like I’m not only letting myself down, but my buddy down as well!

    Rachel /

  • I recently made a list of summer goals, so these are all really great tips that will help me stay on track! A few of the goals I wrote down are to take yoga classes, learn more recipes and practice my photography skills.

    Lauren |

    • cristina

      Wow – those sound exactly like my summer goals! I practically made the same dish over and over again this school year, so I want to try out some new dishes haha πŸ™‚ Gotta perfect the Instagram and my headstand, too! πŸ™‚

  • I always make goals, but forget to follow through! These are great tips.

    Alix |

  • I need an accountability buddy in my town, for sure. I mean I’m cool with working out alone haha but it would make it more fun.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • cristina

      Totally agree! 98% of the time I fly solo when working out, but a buddy every now and then is super fun πŸ™‚

  • These are all fabulous ways to keep any goal! My goals for the summer are to have a fun time studying abroad in London and learning lots of stuff!
    -Anna |

    • cristina

      Oh my gosh you are going to have the best time! When my boyfriend studied abroad in Ireland he visited London for a couple days and LOVED it. So jealous!! πŸ™‚

  • hello, your graphics are so cute…as well as your blogging message!
    Happy Monday =)
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    • cristina

      Thank you so much! Have an amazing week, Katelyn!

  • Elana

    These are great goals and I absolutely love the graphic you made!

  • Ashley

    Ah! The graphics in the post are the CUTEST. This was a perfect read for me! I have so many goals this summer that I want to accomplish!

    xo Ashley

  • Your goals sound awesome. πŸ™‚ Hope that your summer and job are off to a fantastic start!

    xoxo A

  • this is an awesome post. I have began to realize that it is tough to get things done without writing them done! My goals for this summer are to redo my room and get rid of the clothes that I no longer wear!

    • cristina

      I’m redoing my room, too! I need a new bedspread stat. Good luck with your goals πŸ™‚

  • Amy

    Such great tips! I’m in the process of trying to put together some summer goals to keep me busy this summer. Hope you have a wonderful day!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • cristina

      Thank you so much! Good luck planning out those goals, girl!

  • Susan

    Awesome tips thanks!!! Love, Mom

  • I am not one to make goals, but I see so many other people rocking their goals. I may need to give it a try.

  • Love this post Cristina! Also the history nerd in me loves that you used a Ben Franklin quote (he’s my fave! haha). I’m still in school, but I can’t wait to start making my summer goals list!


  • Bringing lunch and fresh flowers to lunch are great ideas! I haven’t thought to bring flowers before but I’m sure they would brighten up my day ((and cubicle! haha))

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  • Love this! I love to make goals, but I don’t always (or almost never) stick to them. I always end up giving up at some point during the summer. These tips will definitely help me out!

  • that’s such a pretty graphic you have!! i love the balloons and your goals are really lovely.



    Hannah from HMS Jewels

  • I really like the idea of keeping them in your phone notes! I access them all the time so that would be an easy way to see them. Thanks Cristina!

  • Writing it down really does help tremendously!

  • Emily

    My goals are to 1. Get in shape, 2. Learn some new makeup and hair styles, 3. Tidy my room ( You don’t even KNOW how bad its gotten this past winter!) and 4. Just be happier/chill and peaceful. Im working on getting my real inner stoner girl to finally blossom! Haha, hope youre having fun with Rachel. Much love darling <3