I don’t know about you but the weather wasn’t the only harsh thing about this past winter. It just seemed like a long depressing season for a lot of people, myself included. In December I witnessed a scary and devastating fire in my condominium complex which shook me in many ways. After that, some anxiety issues began to surface along with a continuing season of stress from not being able to sleep well. It seemed like a vicious cycle of stress, anxiety and lack of rest. I am definitely ready to put this winter behind me and keep moving forward!
A New Season
All that said, I have so much to be thankful for! One huge praise for my family is that after a full year of working through a temp agency, my husband was finally offered a regular position!! We are beyond blessed but also learning not to take it for granted. I don’t want to forget about how God always provides even when it seems impossible. I have a photo with the words from the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness above my desk. The words remind me that no matter what my situation is, God is faithful.
I want to take on this next season with renewed sense of hope and joy. God has been showing me a lot over the past few months and I really feel like it’s time to get back to writing more. I also have realized how much I thoroughly enjoy nature so I am planning to be more intentional about soaking it in this summer. As a way to do that I came up with a bucket list of sorts with my goals for the summer.
My Summer Bucket List
- Get outside for at least 15-30 minutes a day: I’ve been getting stir crazy being stuck inside for so long, so even a few minutes a day sitting on the deck to soak in some fresh air is rejuvenating for me. I don’t do this as often as I should though so that’s why it’s on my list.
- Go to the beach at least three times: My husband and I live less than an hour from Lake Michigan which if you didn’t know is one of the most gorgeous fresh water lakes there is. As a born and raised Michigan girl, I may be a bit biased, but that’s besides the point. Anyway…We finally made a couple of trips there last summer and I can’t wait to venture back and enjoy the beach town, the sun and the waves. Watching the summer sun set on the lake is one of my favorite things.
- Go berry picking: I haven’t been berry picking since I was a kid but I’ve been wanting to go again. I’ve been dreaming of all the recipes I could make with my fresh picked blueberries and strawberries!
- Go hiking: I like going on walks around our neighborhood with my husband but we haven’t done much actual hiking. I know there are some good trails we could use so I am hoping to make use of them this summer.
- Go bike riding more than once: Another activity my husband and I don’t do often enough is bike riding. I think we’ve gone out on our bikes once or twice a year at most. This year, I am hoping to break that sad record and get out on our bikes more than a few times. We also both need to get in better shape which is why I am putting lots of activity goals like this on my list.
- Go camping: Growing up, my family went camping just about every summer but it’s been years since I’ve gone. My husband and I even have a tent and other supplies that we got for wedding gifts that we have never used. It’s been almost four years since we got married, so I think it’s about time we make use of them and actually go on a camping trip this summer!
- Go on a vacation: My husband and I haven’t taken an actual vacation in almost three years. Now that he finally has some vacation time again, we are planning to make good use of it. I could definitely use some time away from home to refresh and spend good quality time with my husband. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast for our first anniversary so I am hoping to go back there again.
- Go to a baseball game: I am not much of a sports fan. I honestly don’t understand football. Basketball isn’t that interesting to me. Golf is just plain boring. However, one sport I can get into is baseball. My husband and I don’t get any sport channels but we’ve started listening to the games on the radio more often. We’ve been talking about catching a game for years now so hopefully this summer we can get it into our schedule. Go Tigers!
- Read at least four books: I am terrible at actually finishing a book for some reason so I am making a goal of reading at least four books this summer. Here’s my list: You Were Made For a God Sized Dream by Holley Gerth, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine, Getting Things Done by David Allen and The Help by Katherine Stockett.
- Journal through at least one psalm: I did this as a bible study with an English professor when I was in college and I loved it so I am not sure why I never tried it again. I could definitely use some good quality quiet time this summer and I know this practice will be a great way to do that. I can see myself using my outside time to dig in and write my heart out into my journal. I hope that it’s as therapeutic as I imagine it to be.
I am looking forward to what this summer will bring! I’m going to do my best to be more intentional about how I use my time and make sure I enjoy being outside and spending quality time with my husband. I also hope to be able to update more consistently and get back into a better routine with writing as well.
What are your summer goals or bucket list activities?
How do you plan to be intentional this summer?