Confession, I am writing this 2018 Summer Bucket List post 10 days before it will go live. Ten days before the official start of summer. Our west Texas temps have been screaming SUMMER, loud and clear, for about three weeks. With over 10 days of highs above 100*F/38*C. Meanwhile, though, I’ve been trying to finish up a few last minute things on my spring bucket list. So it was hard to set that aside in order to think about summer’s list. Instead, I’ve got that whole multi-tasking thing going on and I’ve risen to the occasion. Finishing up spring while jumping into summer. And I am here to reveal the…
15 Activities on my 2018 Summer Bucket List
Truth be told, a couple of these activities were already on the docket for summer, whether they made my 2018 Summer Bucket List or not. Brennyn’s wedding celebration, for example. It was going to happen. But I wanted to add it to my list because I wanted an excuse to be able to share photos of the big weekend here with you!
Here’s what else I have planned.
- Attend Brennyn and Mustafa’s wedding celebration – weekend of June 15-17, so actually a little before summer officially begins
- Buy colorful pots to set out in the rock gardens – need to add some color to our backyard
- Celebrate girls’ birthdays – July is a huge birthday month for us with 4 birthdays; not sure if the girls will be home but we will celebrate Cadence, Brennyn, Lauren and Francisco wherever they are
- Date hop downtown – maybe a pub ‘crawl’ or progressive dinner
- Family photo – at Brennyn and Mustafa’s wedding event
- Host summer book club – actually began the end of May but calling it a summer book club
- Movie at Alamo Drafthouse – for our inaugural visit
- Participate in summer style challenge – share 3 outfits
- Plan special anniversary celebration – not sure what but something extra-ordinary for our 10th
- Plant cactuses and succulents – have several empty pots to fill
- Take part in line dance classes, a 5K or some other physical activity – maybe dance class through the community college or run another 5K
- Try 3 new restaurants – not 3 different McDonald’s
- Visit a winery or attend Tap and Cork – we have several local wineries or could attend the second annual Tap and Cork that we enjoyed last year
- Watch sunset from Transmountain – actually park the car, and intentionally watch the sun drop
- Water activity in Ft. Worth – while there for the wedding
And there are a couple of things from my 2018 spring bucket list that I need to complete. Decided not to add those carry-overs to my new list, but will be trying to make them happen all the same.
2018 Spring Bucket List Carry-Overs
I have been out of town about as much as I’ve been home the first half of this year. That impeded my completing a few of the items on my spring bucket list. Check out my progress to this point, here.
Will be carrying over:
- Finishing my painting at Hobby Lobby; hard to paint when you aren’t at home to do it!
- Spring cleaning the downstairs. If I don’t hurry, by the time I get it clean, I’ll need to start on the upstairs again.
- Swimming 3X a week in our pool. Have begun doing that but that’s another activity I struggled to do while out of town.
- Writing on my book. No valid excuses for not finishing that except…yeah, here comes the excuse, I need to be home to have a writing routine.
- Completing 2 of the 3 library lesson plans and writing the third for our Teachers Pay Teachers store.
All of these activities are underway so not too shabby.
Last year’s summer bucket list was overly ambitious with 30 activities. What was I thinking? I remember learning a valuable lesson from that list. Not to over-commit. Got so wrapped up in marking things off that I forgot to take time to actually enjoy what we were doing.
So I’ve pared down the list this summer and will concentrate more on the living and less on the completing. Which goes hand in hand with a new graphic workout tank top I’ve been sporting. Its message reads, “Working on Strong, not Skinny”.
Whatcha got planned for the summer, girls? Feel free to add your list in a comment below and then each time we update, 07.21.2018 and 08.21.2018, you can update your progress, too! Or, if you blog, link-up your bucket list post below. Click that froggy to join us.
If you’ve never created a bucket list, try it. Not only is it a fun exercise but it is encouraging and inspirational. Here is a video clip I made about the benefits of bucket lists and setting goals.
Before we go, please allow me this quick plug for my Summer 2018 Virtual Book Club. We have just finished reading our first book and it was well received by all the club members. Voting has begun on our second book and I will announce that title in just a few days. If you are interested in joining us, please let me know in a comment below or shoot me a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to ask to join our closed Facebook group.
Thank you for cheering me on each season. I sure appreciate your support and love reading your comments. Happy summer, everyone!
Hugs and kisses,