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'Instead of making New Year's resolutions you know you can't keep, try a summer resolution'

PMG FILE PHOTO - Tate EricsonWhen you think about resolutions for self improvement, it is usually around New Year's. But as some people know, New Year's resolutions are almost never kept.

It might be the fact that people are already busy with other things or maybe it's because of the dark and dreary weather. But if kept, resolutions for self-improvement can have a positive impact on your life.

Because of this, I think summer is the best time for resolutions. The sun is out and you're probably less busy, especially teens.

Reading books or novels might not be a common activity for many people, but if you want to improve your mental strength or reading skills, summer is the best time. You can read on your porch or in your backyard because of the nice weather.

Many people have more time on their hands. It's best to make a list of books you've heard about or have been wanting to read, and work down the list throughout summer. Pick a "beach book" to keep it light, but also think about something from next year's reading list or even a self-improvement book on how to be more productive. Vacation is a great time to do this if you're somewhere relaxing.

Many people make exercise-related resolutions for New Year's, however, summer is the best time for physical activity. You can run around your town or neighborhood in the fresh air, rather than on a boring treadmill at the crowded gym. Oregon is one of the greatest places for hiking, so there's plenty of trails to check out. If your workplace is close enough, try biking to work once in a while. You'll save money on gas and get in your exercise.

Summer is a good time for teens to finally do some helping around the house, which will make your parents happy. While they're at work, you can walk your dog or do some yard work. Many people do "spring cleaning," but if you have the time, why not do some during the summer as well?

Summer also is an opportune time to practice your cooking skills. Your parents will be happy if dinner is ready when they get home. Summer is the ideal time to barbeque, which is always a crowd pleaser.

If you're a teenager, summer is the best time to work. Being free of schoolwork leaves a lot of time open. And, if you work during the summer, you'll have plenty of spending money by the time school rolls around. I hear many of my peers complain about being bored around mid-August and this can be alleviated if you put in work hours throughout the summer. You should focus on saving money, too, so you can go on a trip somewhere with friends.

Summer often is seen as a time for fun and relaxation, but it's easy to weave opportunities for self-improvement throughout. Instead of binge watching another season of "The Office," maybe try reading the latest bestselling novel or learning a new skill.

Putting some self-improvement time or having an increased work schedule during the summer can make it easier to get back into school. Instead of making New Year's resolutions you know you can't keep, try a summer resolution.

Tate Ericson is a senior at Wilsonville High School.

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