I got the idea for this post from Ricci when I was stalking, well reading her blog the other night. As of right now I only have one week of vacation planned where I won't be working, but the majority of my goals can be accomplished while working full time.
The picture above is from last weekend when my husband and I visited my sister in law and niece in Stella, NC. My younger brother is stationed at Camp Legeune, which is conveniently located quite close to Emerald Isle. We spent a few hours on the beach chatting and enjoying 'adult Capri Suns,' before heading out to a delicious Iatlian restaurant with a picturesque dining patio and heading home to watch The Dictator. (Hilarious movie by the way...)
I am a list maker. I receive no greater satisfaction in life than to make a list and gradually cross things off it. At any given time I have a million thoughts, reminders, ideas, plans, etc going though my mind, and it adds clarity to my life to prioritize them in the form of a list. I recently saw an e-card on Pinterest that a woman's brain is like a browser with hundreds of windows open at any given time. So true, is it not? We have recently begun juicing (more to come on this,) and I can already say after a week I have gained clarity. I digress...
I feel like I get stuck in a routine a lot with my downtime, do you do the same? I get off of work at night between 5:30-7pm depending on the day, and come downstairs to forage for dinner and spend the rest of the night on the couch. I'll be honest with you, most days this is exactly what I need, I have a pretty high-stress job as a high-volume recruiter. But there are other nights that I don't want to veg out, I'd like to accomplish something. Until we determine if we're moving or not I don't want to invest any time much less finances into our home, but I need to invest in my hobbies. That being said, here is my summer bucket list.
1. Conquer the Canon. I have stated this as a goal numerous times, but I feel like I have the appropriate tools now. I bought my Canon T3 in February so 2012, and have yet to take it off Prgram mode. I am dying to take better shots, play with lighting, and finally make sense of photography jargon like aperture, ISO, f-stops, etc. I purchased the for dummies book, and look forward to sitting with my nook and my camera and starting at the very beginning.
2. Read a Book. Or, R-E-A-D A B-O-ok! (LOVE that video!) I cannot tell you the last time I read a book. Yes, seriously. It's been over a year I'm sure, and high time I pull myself away from the idiot box and engulfed my time elsewhere. I am setting a goal of 3 books, titles yet to be determined. I have easily 10-15 books purchased on my nook that are demanding my attention to start with.
3. Create and Initiate a Wellness Plan. I've been realizing lately that I can't get away with mistreating and neglecting my health like I did in my early to mid twenties. I don't wash my face daily, I don't floss like I should, hell-I'll be honest, I have been know to go more than a day without brushing my teeth. Also included will be my newfound love of juicing, walking in the morning, and upping my water intake.
Now seeing these 3 things in print makes it more of a goal list rather than a bucket list, but I plan on reporting back on Labor Day my progress!
What summer goals, if any have you set for yourself?