It’s no secret that summer is the most relaxing time of the year. The weather is warm, days are long and vacations are planned. But relaxation doesn’t have to mean sitting around and doing nothing. In fact, summer is the perfect time to make a list of things you want to do but wouldn’t have time for throughout the rest of the year – the ultimate summer bucket list if you will.
Rather than the traditional bucket list items – visit someplace new or run a marathon – get creative with your list. Bucket lists don’t need to be global or expensive. Think of things that would be important to you and then cross them off one by one. Maybe keep things simple and low key? That’s what I plan to do, what’s important to me is family time, and not dying from the heat. Being pregnant in summer isn’t my idea of fun and relaxing but that doesn’t mean I still can’t be apart of the memories to be had and enjoy the family time.
- Take a photo every day
We are attached to cameras these days. Most people spend 24/7 within an arm’s reach of their mobile phone. Make it a goal to take one photo every day that documents what you’ve done. Maybe it’s the landscape from a hike you took or the ice cream cone that you got with friends. At the end of the summer, put the photos into a slideshow or print them for an album and relive the best moments of your summer.
- Explore your own neighborhood
Bucket lists are usually about traveling somewhere new. But it’s surprising how many people have never even explored their hometown. Visit a museum or take a tour and learn something new about the place you call home.
- Unplug for a day
It’s hard to disconnect from technology in today’s times, but if there’s ever a time it can be done, it’s the summer. Forget about technology – cell phones, television, podcasts, etc. – and commit an entire day to going into “ghost mode.” Read a book, take a hike or have lunch with some friends. You can catch up on everything you missed on Facebook the next day.
My three year old is obsessed with all things animals and dinosaurs. I’m going to find new local things involving his love of these two area. Keeping things simple and focused more on quality over quantity is what I’m all about. After all, this is my last summer as a momma to one beautiful boy. I want to soak in every moment of it before we start the next chapter of our lives as a family of four.
Don’t let summer pass you by without making the most of it. Find some things that you’ve always wanted to do, or some things you never thought you could do, and make a plan to accomplish it this year.