I’ve never been much of a planner – I love living with intention, yet organization and planning are not so much my jam. But since I aspire toward more purposeful living, for the first time, I did make a bucket list for the year. I love the intentionality that making a bucket list inspires! Especially a summer bucket list – we all know how fast summer seems to fly by and before we know it, it’s over for another year. That’s why this year, I’m getting intentional to also write up a summer bucket list both for my personal goals and for family time. This one is for me and I’ll be sharing our family bucket list next week.

– Make sun tea and fruit-infused water like this often. In fact, take the extra time to make a bunch of light summer drinks and smoothies
– Exercise 4-5 times per week
– Take a swing dancing class
– Get back into tennis
– Reconnect with my love for rollerblading
– Try oil pulling
– Try oil-cleansing (face)
– Complete a cleanse and actually stick to it
– Host a monthly cookout for friends (June, July, and August)
– Read at least five full books (doesn’t sound like much, but somehow I find it hard to find time to complete one full book)
– Get creative – for instance, I’m planning on writing a blog series about getting ready for a beach trip as well as a follow-up on our own experience.
– Host a local blogger meet-up
– Go canoeing at least once, just my husband and me
– Take my husband hiking – just the two of us, at least once a month
– Kidnap the hubby for a surprise weekend away somewhere magical for some grown-up adventures and bonding time
– Send the kids off with my husband for at least one camping overnight away at a park with their dad, and one in the backyard at home
– Spread out on a blanket or the trampoline for cloud-watching & daydreaming all by myself at least once a month all summer long
– Reconnect with a long-distance friend with a long telephone call, at least once a month through the summer
– Attend an outdoor concert
– Hit up at least one outdoor festival a month through the summer
– Start learning to play the ukulele or guitar
– Organize family photos with this tutorial
– Scrapbook family photos
– Clean up my inbox with unroll me
– Send more frequent “just because” cards to my Cancer Hope prayer partner
– Make a day-trip to Louisville to visit our rental house and some of our very favorite friends in the world
– Write my first children’s book

There you have it – what will probably be a work in progress list of my biggest hopes to accomplish over this summer! Check back next week if you could use some ideas on making a family summer bucket list – my next post will be all about what I hope to do with my kids this summer!

Have you started thinking about your summer yet? Are you making a summer bucket list too? If so, share the link here and we can have some fun checking out each other’s ideas!

Guest contributor Sybil Brun is a part-time foster care worker and full-time homeschooling mom, wife, and student of life. She believes in choosing joy, looking for the good in life, and seizing opportunities to give and live abundantly!  Find more from Sybil at She Lives Free, where she shares on faith, DIY ideas, marriage and parenting, and her passion for all things good.