1. Christie, I like your four bucket areas and focus on specifics! I’m working on my list now and looking to others for inspiration. But I actually think I need to narrow my list down versus add to it…. so I can have that feeling of accomplishment at the end of summer.

    • Thank you Pat. I also moved away from putting too much on my list, because I wanted my bucket lists to be joyful–a tool to help me accomplish things, yes, but mostly to help me live intentionally and make sure I was doing things I want to do. I look forward to seeing your list when it’s ready!

  2. Liz Kershisnik-Gwynn

    Great job! Every time I see your bucket list updates I mean to tell you this, but I’m finally taking a minute to actually do it:
    I don’t typically think much about my yearly goals much past March (ha!), but I think making them a bucket list vs resolution, as well as breaking them down by season is a great idea, and a way to actually make positive progress on your goals.
    I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration and the idea. Perhaps I’ll start mid year and make a little summer bucket list for myself.

    • Ah thanks Liz. I’m always happy when I can offer a little inspiration. I love the seasonal bucket list idea. I also try to focus on the joy of a bucket list by choosing things that I look forward to doing–for the most part. 🙂 It helps me to be intentional about doing things I really want to do and not just getting caught up in the everyday tasks. If you don’t mind sharing your summer bucket list items, I’d love to hear what they are! Happy first day of summer!

  3. Lots of really nice accomplishments! I like your categories and the fact that you don’t list too many items. I think it must help you focus. I hope you let us know about your BlogAid SEO course when you complete it!

  4. Love this update Christie and you certainly achieved so much during Spring. I particularly liked the idea of looking at your financial statements each month and auditing what is necessary and what you can stop spending. Your fitness goals area always of interest to me. I’m hoping to run a 34km in July and if that goes to plan I will try for my second marathon in August. I’m actually starting a life coach business (would love your feedback on that idea) as part of my winter plan – will see how that goes. Enjoy your Summer!

    • I am in awe, Sue, that you are considering another marathon. I am glad that I did one, but found the training to be all consuming. I love that you are starting a life coach business. I can definitely see you in that role, based on what I read on your blog, the conversations we’ve had, and your recent speaking opportunity. I have actually been considering coaching as a second career. That’s part of the reason I decided to hire a coach. While I’ve worked with coaches on two specific projects (a career coach when I was applying for a high-level position and a writing coach when I decided to try my hand at writing a novel), I thought it would make sense for me to have some first-hand experience with a life coach to see if I can envision myself in that role. Perhaps at some point, we could find a way to support each other, or even work together, in this common goal. In the meantime, I just signed a short-term contract with a coach. Depending on the direction that goes, I may be in the market in the future. I look forward to hearing more about your business, and I’d love to talk to you offline sometime about your experience going down this new road. Happy winter to you!

      • Well I’m giving it a shot Christie and so far my body is coping well with the extra distances we have been doing. If I get to the day and don’t have it in me I will cut back to the half. Yes, I’ve been thinking about the life coaching but that is as far as I’ve progressed at the moment. It would be great to run ideas by you offline. Enjoy your Summer and also the coaching experience. I will be interested to get your feedback.

  5. You’ve got me at ice cream 🙂 Well done with your Spring list, Christie! I’m sure you’ll ace your Summer bucket list, too. Have a fabulous summer!

  6. Congrats on doing so well on your spring list! Way to go! Looks like you have another great plan set up for summer! Our lists overlap a little bit. I’ll be doing some reading (as always) and lots of travel (mostly for work but some family fun stuff in there too). And I’m once again going to try to write some letters! Happy Summer!

    • Thanks for the encouragement Michael Ann. I love hearing what everyone else has planned–where we have common interests and where they inspire me to try new things. Happy summer to you too!

  7. Nicely organized lists!! We make a list for our family to accomplish during summer break. With our kids participating in cross country, the summer seems extra short. They start practicing on August 1st! We do have a lot of fun parks, activities, and things like mini golf on the list. And lots of ice cream eating. That’s always on my list 🙂

  8. Connie Devivic Nokes

    As you know, the last few years of bucket lists have narrowed down to “finish my dissertation,” which thankfully is done and my doctorate has been awarded! Wahoo! My summer bucket list is about reclaiming parts of my life I had to put aside in order to complete that goal…simple things that give me pleasure, like reading my wonderful sister’s blog. So, here I am. I also happen to be in Omaha right now, teaching as Guest Professor at a certification course in the Kodály method for music teachers at the University of Nebraska! My first higher-ed teaching as a PhD. That’s a summer bucket list item for sure!

    • Thank you dear sister and welcome back! It must feel good to have accomplished that major achievement and to now have some breathing room for other things you enjoy. Congratulations on your guest professorship. Good luck with the rest of your summer bucket list! I love you.

  9. Congratulations on such great accomplishment on your spring list. Well done! I am tying up a few odd activities on mine. But looking forward to getting started on summer.

    Have started a virtual book club (not sure how that happened) and we are going to start reading Before We Were Yours. Would love to have you join the club for this read or any of the others we try this summer. Let me know if you are interested and I will add you to our closed FB group where we discuss!

    How are you going to work on your French? I speak very improper Spanish but am losing it because I no longer speak to my bilingual babies at school everyday. I have tried several apps but they are a little more basic than I need. Good luck with your studies, and all of your other summer activities!

    • Thanks Leslie. Spring was a fun list, and I am looking forward to my summer activities. I recently read Before We Were Yours. I enjoyed it very much. I wouldn’t mind joining you for a future book. Thanks for the invitation. As far as my French study, right now I am reading French-language books, reviewing some notes I took during a French conversation class years ago, and spending some time on the Duolingo app. It’s a pretty basic level, and eventually I will move on to something more intense. It’s been awhile since I’ve read or spoken any French, so I thought I’d brush up on the basics a bit first. If you find a good language app or other option, I’d love to hear about it.

      Happy summer!

  10. Great job on your Spring bucket list – you knocked out almost all of them, so that’s awesome. I hope you have a fantastic summer – love that you included reading for pleasure. 🙂


    • Thanks Danielle. EMI Health is the company I work for. Each year they host a wellness challenge. The last couple of years it has been a hiking/biking challenge. We are given a list of hikes in the area in different categories of difficulty. We get cash prizes and raffle tickets based on how many hikes we complete in each category. There is a bike ride in each category, and this year they added some other alternate activities, like running a race or going to the zoo. It’s a lot of fun and encouraged me to hike some beautiful trails I’d never been on before.

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