Weekend Projects

This Small Effort is the First Step to Having a Great Summer at Home

published Jun 18, 2021
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I love taking advantage of any opportunity for a fresh start. Sometimes, a beginning is a chance to release the past and move forward with a clean slate. Other times, new starts are a signal to do something I want or need to do — like when a fresh week or month arrives to remind me it’s time for meal planning or deep cleaning the kitchen.

Seasonal new beginnings are my favorite because they bring with them a whole three months of their own flavor, and usher in the traditions that simultaneously mark the passage of time and anchor me in the moment. For me, fall means pumpkin portraits, pie crusts, and gratitude; winter means hygge and giving; spring means filling my container gardens and long walks in temperate weather; and summer means swimming, family, and saying goodbye to busy school year schedules.

This summer, more than any other, means emerging from a year fraught with tension but, recently, tinged with hope. It means tentative plans to travel at long last and being able to do things you oh so naively took for granted. Maybe it means seeing faraway family and friends you haven’t seen for two years.

Without picking up any sense of pressure as you ease back into a different world, this summer might be sweeter than any other. Make sure to savor every bit of it.

This Weekend: Make a summer bucket list.

Drafting a bucket list is the perfect pause before the season gets away from you. Making one allows you to think about what’s important to you, gives you a chance to drop what’s not, and offers an opportunity for every family member to express what the season means to them — and to make sure that everyone gets to do what’s special to their hearts.

Your bucket list itself doesn’t have to be fancy (although a quick Google search will yield a bunch of cute printables if you want one). Do make your bucket list physical, though, so it can be displayed for everyone to see and to keep all your wishes visible.

Make the items you put on your list realistic. You want to be able to check them off. Making lemonade from scratch is doable. But your teenager going skydiving? That might not be in the cards. Putting simple activities on your bucket list helps you appreciate even the more mundane, typical summer fun, like eating popsicles in the grass or buying a new float for the pool. Adding a few activities that are a “reach” might give you the push you need to make them happen.

Whatever ends up on your summer bucket list, the act of making one marks the start of a new season and is the first step of making your summer dreams come true.

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