I remember as a kid every summer would come and I would have such high aspirations for what I expected to happen. But the thing is, nothing ever happened, especially none of the things I thought would happen. Which was pretty disappointing. But now, as an adult, I’ve learned a few things. One, you need to set clear, realistic goals you want to accomplish and know you can accomplish. Two, make sure you set a reasonable amount of goals – don’t get crazy and wish for everything. And three, find a way to make things happen – if it’s something you really want, then go for it and find a way to get what you want. Be a go-getter! And this summer, I plan on getting what I want by working hard for it. No more laziness and no more disappointed summers.
So, for my goals this summer, I set out to accomplish 10 things. For me, I felt 10 was the magic number but choose whatever amount you know is reasonable for you. I figured 10 things in 12 weeks was enough time for me, so make sure you give yourself enough time to do whatever it is you want. And as you see, some of the things on my bucket list are already planned and have some grass roots already in place, which is a great way to make sure that you not only start your task, but you accomplish your goal as well.
- Travel to another city (I’ve got NYC and San Diego already planned and booked. But I’ve been saving for these trips since March.)
- Write another novel (Yes, another novel. Good thing I’ve already started writing Chapter 1)
- Go to a Writer’s Conference (NEW YORK, baby! Going to the Writer’s Digest Conference in August, got my ticket, flight, and hotel booked)
- Pitch My book to Agents (I do this weekly already by email, but at the conference I get to do this in person)
- Read 10 books (At least, 10. I’ve already read two since the beginning of this month)
- Learn how to cook some new dishes like a real chef (Not simply using Lifehacks as my recipes)
- Learn how to Make/Sew a new piece of clothing (making my husband his cosplay coat)
- Cosplay a character (Yep, I’m going to Comic Con in San Diego!)
- Enter some writing competitions (whether that be poetry or fiction)
- Visit a County/Country Fair (the last time I went to one of these was like 10 years ago)
So, that was my bucket list for this summer. Thank you, Kalynn Nicholson, for giving me this great idea to pen down my goals. Writing them down and putting my thoughts in order makes it clear to me what I need to do to make sure everything I want is accomplished. Now, try making your own bucket list. Let’s make this summer a great one!