Summer Resolutions

photo of author and friend with camera superimposed on friend's face

Hey there! My name is Taryn and I’m so excited to be your Life @ U of T photoblogger this year! I’m going into my second year studying Sociology and Sexual Diversity Studies. I love photography, as you can probably tell, and I care a bit too much about Foucault, cats, and gardening.

I’m currently in the midst of finishing up my summer course, which means in one short week I’ll be FREE! After having it delayed for a few weeks, I’m more ready than ever to put a start to my summer.

To me, summer always feels like a fresh start. A time to shake off all the stress of the past year, come to terms with that mark you got on that exam, and work on a few areas that need improvement. Last year my summer resolution was to learn how to knit (that didn’t go too well), but this year I have a whole list!

Resolution One: Find an apartment! 



Apartment hunting is difficult. Apartment hunting in Toronto is even more so. It’s hard to balance being cautious enough to thoroughly check out a place and quick enough to sign the lease before someone else does. I’m still hunting for that perfect place, and as daunting as it might be I’m still positive that I’ll find it.

Resolution Two: Learn to cook 

photo of cook book, frying pan, bread, eggs, avacado, and cooking utensils

Since I’m moving off campus I’m going to have to start cooking for myself. No more Fung chicken nuggets, it’s grilled chicken breast from here on out. If you’re like me and just learning how to turn on an oven, pinterest is a great place to find easy cheap recipes!

Resolution Three: Get organized 

photo of: clock, writing utensils, bookmark, watch, and journal

As you might be able to tell by the above photo, I haven’t used my day planner since May. Yikes. The warm weather has made me lazy, and I’ve too often found myself losing notes and finishing assignments last minute. This summer I’m going to get back on track, one planner page at a time!

Resolution Four: Let myself be creative 

photo of: ukulele, journal, camera, paint brushes, and polaroids

I have a lot of trouble letting my creative juices flow. I get hung up on projects not being perfect and end up abandoning them halfway through. But this summer I’m going to start letting myself create, and stop seeing tiny mistakes as massive failures.

Resolution Five: Relax and enjoy the sun 

photo of: sunglasses, book, iphone, earphones, limes, and wine glass

Between school, work, and extracurriculars, I haven’t made much time for myself in a while. There’s only two short months until school picks up again, and I want to make sure I’m fully rested and ready to take my classes by storm. That means lots of basking in the sun and reading!

photo of cat, staring above camera and looking innocent
my cat, after walking all over my backdrop and ruining the shot

What are you hoping to get done this summer? Leave us a comment and let us know! 

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