“Hot Girl Summer” is a phrase created by Houston, Texas rapper Megan Thee Stallion as a way to encourage women to live their absolute best lives this summer. In an interview with the Root, Megan summed up the definition to this:
“It’s basically about women — and men — just being unapologetically them, just having a good time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody got to say about it.”
In other words, living out a Hot Girl Summer is all about what you want for yourself, which means it’s perfect for those of us who have put ourselves on the back-burner while tending to everyone else’s wants and needs. Sadly, we only have a little over a month left to step into this mentality and do the damn thing, but all hope is not lost! Here are 4 ways you can live it up for the final weeks of hot girl summer.
Treat Yaself, Don’t Cheat Yourself
How many times have you wanted something this summer and denied yourself the pleasure of having it? Whether it’s that cute purse you seen on Instagram, your favorite dessert after dieting all summer, or a full blown vacation, give yourself the permission to enjoy some of the things that you want the most.
Now, you don’t have to go broke flying yourself to Bali or Dubai, but you can show yourself a good time 2 or 3x a week. Having brunch with your girls, saving a little money every week so you can buy some guilt-free new clothes before summer ends, a much-needed spa day, and finally giving that cute guy at the gym your number are just some ways you can treat yourself.
Smash Some Goals
Yes, Hot Girl Summer is about having fun and enjoying your life, but it’s also about doing what’s best for you—in all ways. And what says “Hot Girl” more than bossin’ up and accomplishing some of your goals. Even if your goals are lofty and can’t be completely done by the time summer is over, you can still make some really great progress in the next 6 or 7 weeks.
Make a list of the things you want to accomplish for yourself and determine which ones you think you can knock out the park in just a few weeks or at least get a head-start on, and then completely kill it.
Break up with your boyfriend! Quit your job! Okay, I know those are extreme but relationships and careers are the two places where we as women often sell ourselves short. Look around you. What has been holding you back from living your best life and being your very best self?
Consider upgrading or cutting out the things that no longer serve you on your journey. A Hot Girl Summer is all about being unapologetically you, and you cannot do that with a lackluster job (or man!) holding you back and weighing you down.
Get Your Sexy Back
Often times, when people think about being “sexy” they think that you must look a certain way. And I can’t tell a lie, being sexy does sometimes mean updating your look to something more fab instead of drab. However, getting your sexy back is more about feeling confident and secure in your own skin.
Figure out what “sexy” looks and feels like to you and start doing things that fall in line with your definition. Try a salsa class, go to the gym, give yourself a makeover, go out clubbing more, do whatever is going to make you feel good about yourself, and do it to the fullest.