Ah, Summer! I love your long days, relaxed pace, and the opportunities you provide to do most of my living outdoors. With your arrival, my schedule loosens up, travel adventures commence, and I can reconnect with my family over campfires and hikes in the woods. You are the long-awaited, extended vacation of my overly-ordered, hectic year.
Each summer I make a list of fun goals I’d like to accomplish and activities I’d like to experience during the season. Having a bit of a plan protects me from waking up one morning in September, realizing that summer has slipped away and I missed its unique opportunities because I was too caught up in the minutiae of living. This summer, my bucket list touches on a few bigger, long term goals but is mostly light-hearted and fun. I can’t wait to get started.
Summer 2016 Mini-Bucket List
- Visit a historical site I’ve never been to before. Poplar Forest (Thomas Jefferson’s vacation home) and Fort Ticonderoga are possibilities based on vacation plans.
- Spend a day with each of my children doing whatever their hearts desire. I have a feeling there’s a lot of fishing in my future.
- Offer three different invites for dinner on the patio to friends we would like to get to know better. I’ve been convicted of my stinginess with my time and this is a small way for me to practice generosity and hospitality.
- Try a new homemade ice cream recipe. Strawberry, maybe? Or peach? Or salted caramel?
- Go to a major league baseball game. It’s been a few years and the Phillies are actually playing pretty well so far this season.
- Take a road trip. Is it cheating to put this on my list when I already have the road trips planned? My husband and I will be driving the Blue ridge Parkway at the end of June and in August the family will cruise to the Adirondacks.
- Enjoy some time in my kayak. My husband bought me a kayak two years ago and I have yet to use it. It’s about time I took the opportunity to enjoy a float down the Conestoga.
- Swim in a lake. I haven’t done this in years and I think the Adirondacks will be the perfect place to jump in.
- Participate in a service project with my family. I’m not sure what form this activity will take but it should be a great bonding experience for us that also benefits others.
- Read or listen to 12 books. That’s about 4 books a month. Piece of cake! I want to keeping plugging away at the Popsugar Reading Challenge and also read some books just for the fun of it. It is summer, after all, and summer reading should never be a chore.
- Walk 108 miles (3 miles, 3 times a week for 12 weeks). My health and well-being are worth this little bit of time investment. Besides, I often listen to books when I walk – more story time for me.
- Sit on the porch or patio late in the evening with Jay as many nights as possible, listening to nature’s music and talking over our little and big dreams.
Welcome, Summer! Stay as long as you like.
Do you have any goals you’d like to accomplish this summer?