If you really know me, then you know that I’ve never really been a big fan of FUN. I’m not the one to plan summer vacations or road trips. I don’t do girl’s night out, or spa parties. Truth be told, I’ve never even enjoyed going outside, or being close to large bodies of water. I’ve generally ran my own business from home or worked flexible jobs so I can be home. One day, I decided I would face my fear, one summer at a time. I faced my fear of hiking, fear of outdoors, fear of snakes, large bodies of water, and most of all, my fear of FUN! I’m still struggling in the “fun” department, but I’m hanging in there.
For the month of June, my goal is to plan FUN! One of the best ways to do that is to create a Summer Fun Bucket List.
Here are a few tips to creating your summer bucket list:
Start with childhood. You had a lot of great ideas when you were a child. You’ve forgotten many of them or dismiss them as silly childhood dreams. Now is the time to dust them off and reconsider. What did you want to do and see as a child?
Check out other bucket lists on the internet. You’ll be amazed at some of the things you’ll find that you’ve never considered. Get inspiration from others.
Take an evening to work on your list. Turn off all your electronic devices and allow your imagination to run wild. Write down everything that comes to mind without judging it. You can evaluate your list at another time. It might be easier to come up with ideas if you consider particular categories one at a time.
Where have you always wanted to visit? Consider places near and far. Maybe there’s a famous burger joint in the next town or a state park you’d like to visit. Remember that the world is big, but largely accessible. In one day, you can find yourself anywhere on Earth.
- Have you ever wanted to try hang gliding or learn how to ice skate backwards? Run a marathon or try deep sea diving?
- Ride a camel across the desert? Fly in a helicopter? Try your hand at zip lining? Ride across the US or Canada on a motorcycle? Swim with dolphins?
- Maybe you’ve always wanted to attend a Super Bowl or watch the Rolling Stones live. Do you have a favorite comedian you’d like to see? Watch the northern lights? Watch a famous opera or ballet?
- Write a book or song? Learn to play the banjo? Take salsa dance lessons?
- These are just a few ideas. What other categories come to mind?
Give yourself a week to continue adding to your list. You’ll find that new ideas pop into your mind at random moments. Keep adding to your list and don’t worry about the length. You can pare it down to size later.
Ask your friends for ideas. Find out what your friends would put on their bucket lists. You’ll get a few more good ideas, as well as a few suggestions.
Prioritize your list. Rank your big list from most desirable to least.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
- Attend a small-town parade
- Bake an apple pie or peach cobbler
- Camp out in the backyard
- Go fishing
- Go for a bike ride
- Go sailing
- Go swimming
- Go to a water park
- Go to the drive-in theatre
- Go to the zoo
- Have a bon fire
- Have a family BBQ
- Have a movie marathon
- Have a picnic at the park
- Have a water balloon fight
- Have a yard sale
- Host a family game night
- Make a sand castle at the beach
- Make and fly a kite
- Make fruit smoothies
- Make homemade ice cream
- Make homemade pizza
- Make s’mores
- Paint a picture
- Ride the city bus to a movie
- See a 4th of July fireworks show
- See Mount Rushmore
- Serve food to the homeless on Skid Row
- Sleep under the stars
- Spend the day at the beach
- Take a family road trip
- Visit the library
- Visit the museum
- Watch the sunrise
- Watch the sunset
You can also check out my Summer Bucket List on Pinterest @ http://ow.ly/MEJM30kDG2t
Now that you have a good bucket list, get busy crossing off items from your list! Making a bucket list is valuable because it requires you to think and prioritize. There’s not enough time to get it all done, so think carefully and rank your list items.
Sheréa VéJauan is the author of the 2018 Goals Journal, as well as several other titles, including, My Goals Journal, Realistically Speaking: Speaking What’s Real, Keeping What’s Holy, 7 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Business Goals, 3 Simple Steps to Creating a Powerful Vision Board, 52 Mondays Companion Journal, and many others.
Sheréa resides in Southern California, devoted wife of twenty-six years to her husband Brian, and mother to their three children, Reginald, Jasmyn and Kennedy. Store: http://VeJauan.com Blog: https://shereavejauan.com/