Since it has officially been summer since the 21st June here in the UK, I thought it was about time I posted my summer bucket list. I really love bucket lists and I have a life-long bucket list that helps keep me motivated and helps me layout my goals in life clearly by getting them out onto paper. My life-long bucket list is my main bucket list and I always try and tick off as many things as possible every year especially in the summer when I have lots of free time, but a summer bucket list is more general things that I hope to achieve and it’s also a much smaller and more manageable list than my main bucket list which is currently 400+ items long!
So here’s the things I hope to do over the summer:
1. Workout often including yoga and running – I am always trying to find the time to keep on top of my physical fitness but when I was at school it was a massive struggle because I was so mentally and physically exhausted all of the time. When I do have the time to focus on my physical fitness I notice the difference almost immediately, my body is less tense, my skin is better, I feel more energetic and motivated, my body feels lighter and more free meaning I fidget less and it is easier for me to get comfortable and I sleep better at night, so I definitely want to be focusing on my physical fitness as much as possible over the summer although it’s difficult when it’s so hot!
2. Save money/find money-making opportunities – With university starting in only a couple of months, I know the time will go much faster than I think and I’ll have a bigger need for money than I ever have before. I currently have a part-time job which I am picking up lots of extra shifts for but I also hope to find other money making opportunities over the summer and save as much money as I can. Something I’m definitely going to incorporate to help me with this is a budget. I have a notebook with a pre-existing budget planner in it which I have used a couple of times but unfortunately became too busy to focus on anymore, but the times I did use it were so helpful and it really shed some light at the end of every month how much money I had wasted on things I didn’t need and how I could change my spending habits in the months to come to save more money.
3. Explore vegan cafes – Over the last few months I have learnt about so many vegan cafes, mainly through instagram that I really want to go to and the summer seems like the perfect time to do so. I have never been that excited about food and am often indifferent to food, however, I cannot deny the excitement I feel at finding a new vegan cafe and exploring what new foods they offer that I would struggle to find anywhere else. I will keep you updated on my vegan cafe journey mostly through instagram @aninspiredteen (I haven’t posted in ages but that is something I hope to change over the summer!).
4. Cook more – Having said I am indifferent to food, I want to expand my cooking repertoire especially as I am going off to university and generally starting adult life. It would be nice to get more confident with cooking while I still have my mum in the house to help me if I get stuck and it would be nice to go to university with a few recipes already under my belt that I know how to cook. Additionally, if I ever host guests for the evening whilst at university I want to be able to cook them a decent meal even if it is only my family or my boyfriend, rather than cooking them pasta with a basic shop bought sauce. I got a couple of vegan recipe books for Christmas that I’ve hardly had the chance to look at yet which I am going to go to for some inspiration during the summer.
5. Spend more time in the sun – Something I’ve noticed about myself over the past couple of years is that when the sun comes out and it’s the summer holidays and I’ve finally gotten a break from school I spend most of my time in bed binge-watching TV shows or scrolling through instagram or watching YouTube videos that really aren’t adding anything to my life and then, before I know it, summer’s over and it’s time to wear jumpers and raincoats again and I never spend enough time just appreciating the good weather. So this year, I’m trying to make extra effort to truly enjoy the outdoors while it’s sunny and making me happy. I often feel so much happier in the summer if I actually go out and enjoy the outdoors rather than staying in bed all day. I have already started incorporating spending more time in the sun into my daily life by going out exploring my new area as I have just moved house, sitting in the sunshine during my lunch breaks at work and also sitting outside in my new garden while eating dinner and I’m going to start sitting outside and reading as well. Which brings me onto the next bucket list item…
6. Read more – I have loved reading basically my entire life but over the last couple of years, again because of school, I’ve hardly had the time to do so. Recently, I started reading on the kindle app on my phone during journeys home from school as I missed reading so much and it was the only way I could read as I physically couldn’t fit a book into my school rucksack! Reading on my phone certainly wasn’t the same as having a real book in your hand so I look forward to being able to read more in the summer time – there are quite a few books I want to re-read over the summer as well because I just love them so much.
7. Focus on learning Spanish – I am currently in the process of learning Spanish and I have been learning it in dribs and drabs over the last couple of years now since meeting my boyfriend who has some Spanish-speaking family members. I’ve always wanted to learn another language and originally started learning Italian but with no purpose for learning Italian other than for fun and with no way to practice it with others I lost all motivation and gave up. However, my motivation for learning Spanish is to be able to talk to members of my boyfriend’s family and I can practice by talking in Spanish with him so I really want to focus on that over the summer.
8. See my friends a lot – Another thing I’ve noticed is typical of my summer holidays is that I fantasise about all these plans I’m going to make and all the things I’m going to do and all the friends I’m going to see and then again, I end up doing none of it. So this summer I really want to make an effort to see my friends more and to actually plan to go out and do stuff rather than just to “hang out” and then the hanging out never even happens. Obviously, being able to do this also depends on my friends actually having the time to plan to go out but I already have some plans being made so it’s looking promising!
I think I’ll leave it at that for now, short and sweet, as often I get over-ambitious with summer bucket lists which makes it even harder to complete them!
I hope you liked this post, let me know in the comments below what your plans for the summer time are and whether you have any of the same goals as me!
An inspired teen 🙂
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