Last year I created a summer bucket list for the first time. It was really fun to sit down and think of things I wanted to be sure and accomplish during the summer season. Last summer I was very ambitious and was in one of those moods to tackle the world. At the end of the summer, I revisited the bucket list and evaluated myself. That was also a good exercise in self-reflection.
I’ve decided to make bucket lists a summer tradition. For me, it’s less about checking off all of the items on the list and more about really digging deep within myself and figuring out what it is that makes me happy, relaxed or challenged.
Over the past three years, I’ve been burning the candle on the career end and the mommying end and some things have fallen through the cracks in the meantime. My mood has been compromised from taking on entirely too much and from lack of sleep. I also feel like at times over the past two years, I haven’t made my marriage a priority. Work and the kiddos were always pushed to the forefront. The hubs and I are at a really good place, but that’s the result of intentional conversations and making time to be together. I’ve got to put my marriage first because when we’re strong, the other issues seem less daunting.
I’ve been reading some articles by Michael Hyatt who gives amazing advice on getting the most out of life and work. He talks about putting one’s health and happiness first and foremost because when our bodies and minds our struggling, it’s pretty much hard to do anything else well. He also talks about having sacred work hours, exercising the “no” muscle and sharpening one’s focus. All goals that are perfect for me.
My summer bucket list this year is meant to help me focus on being happy and healthy so I can then be more productive and successful in the other areas of my life. Here goes:
1. Read before bed every night (even if it’s only a couple of pages).
2. Play in the sand with the boys.
3. Reconnect with friends, both old and new (in the physical sense, not the social media sense).
4. Rely on Michael Hyatt’s advice.
5. Watch all of Downton Abbey with the hubs.
6. Get my Fitbit out of the package and utilize it.
7. Jar tomato sauce and salsa with tomatoes from our garden.
8. Hike a new trail.
9. Visit a nearby small town that the boys have never been to.
10. Read with Brooks every day and work on Case’s letter/number recognition.
11. Find 10 minutes of complete quiet each day for reflection/meditation.
12. Go on at least 3 dates with my husband.
13. Bike on the Biltmore Estate as much as possible.
14. Start composting.
15. Unplug on the weekends.
So here’s my bucket list. What’s yours?