My sweet masked crusaders, it’s time for my summer 2020 bucket list update 07.2020. The first look at the progress I’ve made on this summer’s activities. Just scrolling down through this post, you’re bound to notice a whole lotta yellow = pending. Just haven’t been feelin’ it. Not bucket list activities, not wellness goals. Zip, zilch, nada. Seems like the only thing I am feelin’ lately is strawberry red licorice.
When I put together this list, we were well into the first wave of Covid. But that wave has turned into a tsunami of cases here in the Sun City. And today hospitalizations, patients in ICU, patients on ventilators and deaths are all on the increase as well. So that explains some of the yellow you see below in this update 07.2020
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Tried to keep my summer 2020 bucket list Covid-friendly in case things got worse and more limitations were put into place. Which has, unfortunately, been the case in El Paso and across the state of Texas. Always the pessimist. Or, I like to think, the realist.
GOOD FOR THE BODY
- Concentrate on improving arms and abs to earn midriff top and workout pants – PC wants me to buy a midriff top/active wear pants outfit but I want to tone up more before I do. But as you can read in my recent Wellness Weekend post, I have lost my workout mojo. Hope to begin to get it back this week. 🟨 Pending
- Return to working out at the gym – the gym is open but we are currently letting the germs settle. 🟨 Pending
- Ride scooters or trolley to explore downtown – something different we’ve never done before. 🟨 Pending
- Run 5 times a week – work on consistency rather than distance. We are running several days but not 5 times a week. Maybe this week I can begin to realize that goal. 🟨 Pending
GOOD FOR THE HEART
- Dress up date night once a month – we visited 2 restaurants in June but with our increasing Covid numbers, we are playing it safe and eating at home. So for now, there is no dressing up for date night. 🟨 Pending
- Kiss goodnight after gratitude journal – we are good about completing the gratitude journal every night but the kissing goodnight, not so much. Have begun doing better about this. And have my new gratitude journal ordered. ✔️
- Patio chats over smoothies – we are really enjoying this activity. ✔️
- Start A Year of Us – started completing this book on our anniversary. The first question was “What would be a perfect date with our spouse?” ✔️
GOOD FOR THE MIND
- Complete courses – those on blogging and morning and evening routines, want to investigate becoming a notary. Have begun the “Make Over Your Mornings” course with Crystal Paine. So far, there haven’t been any revelations or ah-ha moments in the course. But I have just begun. Have looked into becoming a notary, here. Now to start the process. 🟨 Pending
- Follow Dave Ramsey’s podcasts – want to leave some inheritance to my daughters and help build us a stronger retirement. Have begun listening to these podcasts. 🟨 Pending
- Mosaic class – registered in the spring, then Covid – want to learn what to do to finish my mosaic table. Have emailed Terry to see when I can take my mosaic class and work with her to finish a mosaic project I began shortly after I retired. 🟨 Pending
- Summer crafts – banner for the patio, patriotic projects, scrapping, water color and mosaic, of course. I did make a few patriotic crafts for my 4th of July decor. Will be linking up for Erlene’s July Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop with a craft or recipe. ✔️
GOOD FOR THE SOUL
- Begin new Bible study – I am doing Grace Changes Everything by Bonnie Hunter with my sister. It combines Bible journaling, writing, reflecting…something for everyone. Have also ordered my sweet friend Mary Clewley’s “Cultivate” series from her blog Hope Filled Living. I am going to complete the Grace study before I begin “Cultivate.” That way I can keep the 2 studies straight in my head! ✔️
- Find a new gratitude journal – finishing the last entries in my current gratitude journal, have just ordered Choose Gratitude: Blessings Journal by Crystal Paine, who also wrote the morning and evening routine courses above. Looking forward to starting this new journal. ✔️
- Help with food bank or other philanthropy – dropped off Walmart bags at the food bank and realized what a great service they are providing. Would like to volunteer at the food bank but worry about being around that many people right now. We did donate blood at Ft. Bliss for the soldiers in different theaters around the world. ✔️
- Incorporate Calm.com back into quiet time – have been listening to this app on my way over the mountain but want to use it the way it is intended, fully participating in a few moments of real meditation. 🟨 Pending
JUST PLAIN GOOD
- Birthday celebrations – we have 4 summer birthdays to celebrate in July. Had hoped Brennyn, Mustafa and Cady would be able to come to El Paso for birthday. But with the cases of Covid on the increase here and there, we have had to postpone our plans. So, sadly, this isn’t going to happen. ❌
- Make a new dessert – have the ingredients to make this delicious-sounding German sweet chocolate cream pie. Now to make it!! 🟨 Pending
- Try new grilling recipes – wanted to try new shish kabob recipes and they were a hit! On Sunday, I fixed these steak kabobs with sirloin steak, red peppers and red onions. Also fixed these shrimp and sausage kabobs. Mmmmm! ✔️
- Wear maxis at least twice a month – need to get over feeling like all maxis are formals! And I have done that. Have worn a maxi twice lately. Just for fun. And have this new maxi on order from Dress Barn. ✔️
While there is a lot of yellow, there are a few green check marks sprinkled in. By my count, I have completed 9 out of 20 activities. But you might want to check my math. Not too bad for my first update 07.2020.
How are you faring on your summer fun list activities? Is life returning to normal in your community? Is everyone still wearing a face mask where you live? Would love to hear about your summer accomplishments so far. And your plans for the last month of the season.
If you are new to the idea of bucket lists or activity lists, and have never made one for yourself, this article explains the benefits of doing so. Perhaps on a slightly grander scale – the author talks about walking the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago – PC and I are hiking the Franklin Mountains…well, not lately. But the benefits are the same!
So, let me invite you, encourage you to make a bucket list for the summer, if you haven’t already. It will keep you growing and moving forward during this difficult time when it is easy to become stagnant. When human nature has us just wanting to crawl under the covers until this virus passes.
If you have a bucket or activities list update 07.2020 post, please link up with me. We can cheer each other on toward a strong finish!
Hugs and kisses,