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Summer Bucket List 2016

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For the last two years, I’ve made a summer bucket list with 25 things on it. Both years, I left many items undone. Last year, I counted the days in summer (95 days) and thought that it would be plenty of time to get 25 things done (average of one every 3-4 days), but I realized I’m not willing to eliminate all other summer activities just to do the things on this list by a certain time (too much pressure!). This year, I’m making a more realistic list of 15 items. Since there are 13 weeks (plus 3 days) this summer, I can do an average of just about one each week.

I tried to focus the majority of list items around free or very affordable activities, because I’m saving up for my road trip at the end of the summer. Same with last year, I’ve picked some items from my existing list and added some new items just for the summer, and I don’t include things I already know I’ll do. I’m also using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress; (hidden) = well, you get it.

Summer Bucket List 2016

  1. Volunteer for a non-profit organization
  2. Go geocaching
  3. Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
  4. Release a floating lantern (update – I probably won’t be able to do it, it’s illegal in most states)
  5. (hidden)
  6. Eat rabbit
  7. Participate in a flash mob
  8. Enter a recipe contest
  9. Help a local small business with a project
  10. (hidden)*
  11. Learn to do a magic trick
  12. Have someone buy a piece of artwork of mine
  13. (hidden)
  14. Write a letter to a stranger
  15. Write an article for publication


What’s on your summer bucket list?
Comment and let me know. Let’s do this together!

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Summer Bucket List 2015

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Yesterday I realized that there are 95 days in summer, which starts today (June 21) and ends on Sept 23. That’s plenty of time to get the majority of these things done (or even all of them), but last year I felt like I didn’t have time and actually only ended up doing 7 items. This year my plan is to do at least 20 of the 25 on this list.

Same with last year, I’ve picked some items from my existing list and added some new items just for the summer. I’m using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress; (hidden) = well, you get it.

Summer Bucket List 2015

  1. Eat rabbit
  2. Ride a motorcycle
  3. Ride in a convertible
  4. Participate in a flash mob
  5. Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
  6. Make an animated video
  7. Enter a recipe contest
  8. (hidden)
  9. Learn to do a magic trick
  10. Learn to flip/twirl a pen
  11. Write a letter to a stranger
  12. Leave motivational sticky notes in random places
  13. (hidden)
  14. Make a YouTube video
  15. Learn a new piano song*
  16. Go pedal boating
  17. Add 3 posts to each blog*
  18. (hidden)
  19. Get at least 1 list item sponsored (interested? Contact me)
  20. Have someone buy a piece of artwork of mine
  21. Help a local small business with a project
  22. (hidden)
  23. Finish my WSU scrapbook
  24. Go through all my clothes and give away what I don’t use*
  25. Attend a neighborhood festival


What’s on your summer bucket list?
Leave a comment, and let me know if I can help in any way.

Summer Bucket List 2014

Happy Sun by Nemo via Pixabay

Public Domain photo via Pixabay

It’s already a third of the way through summer, so I’m a little behind in getting this post out, but I’ve been working on this list for a month already, so no time lost there. Summer bucket lists have always seemed unnecessary and somehow kind of ugly. I think it’s because summer is my least favorite season and I already have a bucket list for my life as well as a subset list for each calendar year. Plus, 3 months seems like a short deadline for the traditionally 25 summer bucket list items. Because of this, I’ve never made one until now.

What changed? I saw a video by Alfie at PointlessBlog. The stand-out thing about his list was that it was similar to mine in the physical way it was structured. He has a journal with one item on each page, with space to add pictures about the item as he completes them. Mine is two per (larger journal) page, with space to write about each one. Until now, everyone who has heard about my list says “wow, that’s a great idea” but no one has had a similarly looking list. So the familiarity of it struck me and got me excited about giving the summer bucket list a try.

I’ve picked 25 things, some from my existing list and some new items just for the summer. Using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress; (hidden) = duh, read why I hide some.

Summer Bucket List 2014

  1. Stay in a hostel
  2. Give flowers to a stranger
  3. Look out the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
  4. Write 100 thank you notes in 100 days
  5. Eat a grasshopper
  6. Build a bottle rocket
  7. Ride on a motorcycle
  8. (hidden)
  9. Go see a drive-in movie
  10. (hidden)
  11. Get at least 1 list item sponsored (interested? Contact me)
  12. (hidden)
  13. Learn a magic trick
  14. Learn to use my sewing machine*
  15. Learn to flip/twirl a pen
  16. Pay for a stranger’s groceries
  17. (hidden)
  18. Leave motivational sticky notes in random places
  19. (hidden)
  20. Reread my favorite book
  21. Make a YouTube video*
  22. Walk around ___ [a lake near me]
  23. (hidden)
  24. Learn a new piano song*
  25. Write 3 posts for each of my 4 blogs*

Are you working on a summer bucket list? Let me know how it’s going, and if I can help in any way.

Resource: Alfie’s video, as mentioned earlier. Watch with patience, he gets a bit distracted.

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