Last year my family planned 2 bigger vacations so this summer we are spending it a little closer to home. That doesn’t mean I don’t intend on enjoying every last minute. I am actually pretty excited about having a “low key” summer but have learned the lessons many time over of how “time flies when you are having fun”. It does fly and with Canadian summers seeming so short, we should enjoy the sun and the relaxation.
That’s why this summer I have consciously detailed my expectations for summer. I have created a summer bucket list. Here are some simple steps that helped guide me on my thought process.
- Take a look at your calendar. You will know when most of the big events are scheduled: weddings, birthdays, cottage vacations and time away from work. Get a good grasp of what time is left over.
- Create a bucket list of all the things that you would like to experience or accomplish this summer. I did this myself first and then asked for input from my kids. Take some time to compare. You might notice that your children are over-joyed by the simple things leaving you more time to breathe. For example, I am envisioning multiple trips to the beach (and then the time to vacuum all the sand out of the car) but my kids are more excited to go to the local splash pad. What a win for me!!
- Pencil it in. I literally used a pencil and estimated what I thought would be a good day or time to do that activity or meet that friend for lunch. Pencil erases and leaves lots of flexibility for rain delays and changes. This is also a great way to have ideas for things to do on those rain days when they happen.
- Lastly, don’t be afraid to say NO. You are not obliged to attend all social functions if they are not in alignment with your summer goals.
Enjoy your summer! The sunshine is beautiful and there is so much to appreciate all around us.