Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.Al Bernstein
Summer is truly and officially here, and with it my Summer Bucket List. Last October, I announced that I would be completing a 60 before 60 Challenge in the year leading up to my 60th birthday and that the challenge would take the place of my typical seasonal bucket lists. Here’s how I’m doing eight months into the challenge.
Health and Fitness
Walk 60 miles on trails or roads I haven’t traveled yet. I’m making slow progress on this one…but progress none the less…18.25 miles to be exact. The 2021 hiking challenge for my office is in full swing, so that should help motivate me. So far, I’ve completed five beginner hikes and one easy hike on this year’s list, four of which were trails I haven’t previously traveled. This month’s only hike on new ground was three more miles on the other end of the beautiful Virgin River Trail.
Declutter 60 things. While I completed this portion of the challenge last month, I committed to continuing decluttering. Since last report, I gave away six items of exercise clothing and six colored towels that we no longer use. To be fair, these 12 items were replaced with 12 new items…I went on a little clothes shopping spree…so resulted in a net zero effect, meaning I will not add to the total count, which is holding steady at 70 items.
Learning and growth
Do 60 new things…that is 60 things I haven’t done in adulthood…if I haven’t done something since I was in high school, that counts as new. I’ve added seven things to the list since last report (those in bold below), putting me one shy of being on track to reach the goal of 60 things in a year.
- Started 52 lists for calm journal
- Tried Freddy’s (fast food)
- Tried brie and cherry honey
- Took a wine appreciation course
- Visited Red Cliffs Desert Garden
- Tried Dot’s Southwest Pretzels
- Tried pralines and cream cold brew
- Fixed a new potato pepper frittata recipe
- Listened to Ashley Campbell music on YouTube
- Downloaded PetFinder app
- Went through the pet adoption process
- Ate with my left hand
- Made a new friend: Buddy
- Tried online grocery shopping
- Drove a different route and took in my surroundings
- Tried Beans & Brew egg bits—not so good; I prefer Starbucks for egg bites.
- Cooked taco soup (new recipe)—loved it!
- Discovered two new blogs: Roughwighting and Annika Perry—loved them both!
- Tried a new beer: Uinta Brewing Co. Yard Sale Winter Lager—thumbs up!
- Meditated with eyes open—this just felt strange; I prefer eyes closed.
- Tried Zuppa Toscana soup—delicious!
- Learning to crochet—so far, I am enjoying it (though not yet good at it!)
- Tried Killer Pecans Smokin’ —They were good and, in fact, grew on me the more of them I ate…which was probably too many.
- Signed up for a virtual mixology class—I actually missed the class, but the kit arrived, and so far I have made two of the drinks. It is fun and delicious. Win win!
- Tried Shake Shack—it was good, especially the beer and the cookies ’n cream milkshake.
- Made Jamaican Jerk Chicken & Vegetables (new recipe)—yummy!
- Made glitter stress relief bottles with granddaughters—lots of fun and they turned out great!
- Built a swimming pool!—long process, but we love the finished product!
- Ate at Lonny Boys BBQ—delicious!
- Went to Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point—it was beautiful; a perfect day.
- Conducted a DNA test on my dog—easier than I thought; surprising results!
- Lavender cocktail at Oyster Bar—delicious and beautiful!
- Attended Meet the Universe Halfway (group coaching sessions) at Sacred Energy—loved it!
- Tried Handel’s homemade ice cream (Tin Lizzy, to be exact)—it was divine!
- Participated in a sound bath—absolutely loved it!
- Used TeleMed for the first time—they weren’t able to resolve the issue, but gave me some peace of mind.
- Learned some Portuguese phrases.
- Went to River Rock Roasting Company in La Verkin—beautiful scenery and the Cobb salad rocked my world!
- Met three new people—it felt a little strange to be on a business lunch again after so long, but it was such a pleasure getting out and connecting with new people.
- Downloaded Audible and listened to my first Audible book, Welcome to my Panic. It certainly made the four-hour road trip fly by.
Commit 60 intentional acts of kindness. This month I have committed eight acts of kindness specifically with this goal in mind, putting me at 59 total…just one away from reaching the goal. I choose not to share every act, but to give you an idea, this month’s list included picking up the balance for someone who was short on cash for their total purchase, giving the First Time Grandmother’s Journal to my sister (a first time grandmother-to-be), leaving some dollar bills in random places to be found by strangers, and making cookies to share with neighbors and family.
What about you? I’d love to hear what plans you have for summer (or winter for my Southern Hemisphere friends). If you have a bucket list, link up with us below. Otherwise, please share in the comments.
Christie is an author and professional communicator who blogs about life transitions, wellness, mindfulness, and anything else that answers the question “So what? Now what?”