SUMMER 2015 BUCKET LIST

A few summers ago (in 2011, to be exact) I created “The Ultimate Summer Bucket List. There must’ve been over 100 things on the list and it probably took me week to write. But do you know how many I was able to cross off as the first day of school rolled around? Probably about 10. The list consisted of absolutely ridiculous goals and completely unrealistic expectations. Go bungee jumping? I don’t think so… Read 50 books in 3 months? No. Just no. After creating this insane list and watching it be a huge fail, I vowed to never create another bucket list ever again for as long as I live. But now here I am, ready to break that promise and make a new list…

However, this list is going to be completely different. These are going to be things I actually really want to do. I’m not just going to add things for the sake of adding them. So, with that little disclaimer, here are a few things I plan on doing this summer.

1. Go to a waterpark

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Ever since I can remember, I have absolutely hated hated HATED roller coasters. I used to be so embarrassed of this little fear of mine, but now I completely embrace it. There is just nothing I find fun about being thrust in all different directions, spun upside down, and dropped hundreds of feet. But waterparks are a completely different story.

I’ve actually only gone to waterparks a few times in my life, but the times I did go were so much fun. Waterslides don’t scare me the way roller coasters do and are so.much.fun. The main complaint amongst anti-waterpark people is that it’s “dirty.” Honestly, all I have to say about that is take a shower when you get home and you’ll be fine. It’s not the end of the world and more likely than not, you won’t contract a rare disease…

2. Re-read To Kill a Mockingbird 

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The first and only time I ever read this book was in 8th grade, if you can even call what I did “reading.” It was a book assigned for school and as a 13-year-old, I had absolutely no respect for the novel, nor did I fully comprehend its importance. Since then, I’ve seen the movie and have an entirely new perspective, one that can only be given through age and experience. I really want to re-read this classic.

3. Try at least one new food

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Not necessarily healthy. Not necessarily unhealthy. Just new. I’m very stuck in my ways, especially when it comes to food. This is mainly because when I do decide to try something new at restaurants, I almost always regret it and spend my entire dinner fantasizing about the meal I normally get. So…this summer I want to try something new at least once. It can’t hurt to try.

4. Attend a concert

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To be honest, there is absolutely nothing appeasing about concerts to me. When I’m there, I actually always have such a good time, but for whatever reason, whenever people ask me to go, I couldn’t be bothered. I just hate having something so set in stone so far away. 3 months from now? Who knows if I’ll even still like that band. But this summer I want to just suck it up and buy a ticket because I know I’ll have a good time.

5. Improve my stamina 

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I actually haven’t gone running in quite some time due to a toe injury, but this summer I want to be a “runner.” I don’t really have any specific goals in mind. When I do ab and arm workouts, all I’m thinking about and envisioning is a six-pack and nicely toned muscles. But with running, it’s all about how it makes me feel right then and there. I just absolutely love the high you immediately get and how great you feel. Even just a quick sprint around the block can improve my mood tenfold.

6. Buy a car

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I need a car. Enough said.

7. Frequent trips to the beach 

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I live about 20 minutes away from the beach, yet every summer I only end up going a few times. I don’t know how or why! This summer I definitely want to make it a point to go more often. I’m not saying I’ll go twice every single week, but definitely more than usual.

8. Get outside and be active

I don’t want to just go to a bunch of bars/parties this summer and stay out until all hours of the night. I want to do fun things and enjoy beautiful summer days. Tossing a football around or even playing handball are perfect examples.

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9. Take my dog on walks 

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The main reason I don’t take Molly on walks is because an average walk looks a lot like the picture above. It takes some serious muscle to control my dog when going on a walk and isn’t the most pleasant experience. However, she enjoys it so much and I love seeing her happy.

10. Go to the movies

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I absolutely LOVE going to the movies. I have no idea why, but over the past year or two I developed an absolute obsession with the movies. The whole experience is just so much fun and so relaxing and ugh – I just love the movies and plan on going at least once or twice this summer.

11. NYC Karaoke

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I’ve gone karaoke-ing at a couple of places in NYC before, and it is so. much. fun. You gather a bunch of friends, take a train into the city (less than an hour away for me), and rent out a room at one of these places where you sing at the top of your lungs for a couple of hours. I would never be the type to karaoke in front of a bunch of strangers, but if I’m with close friends you bet I’ll be standing on the tables, belting out every word to I Will Survive.

12. Film a Bunch of YouTube Videos

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Lastly, and most importantly, I want to continue making YouTube videos! I took a bit of a break toward the end of the school year, as things got really hectic, but I want to take advantage of having some extra time and put out great content. I absolutely love YouTube and never want to stop!

And….that’s my list. Obviously I plan on doing a lot more this summer, but these are just 12 random things that popped into my mind first. If I can cross at least 10 of these off my list come September, I will be satisfied. 🙂

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