After reading this post, I decided what I needed was a summer bucket list. The best way I know to make things happen is to write them down to focus attention on them. Start with a thoughtful intention, build in adventures and leisure time to support it and start checking items off the list! Yes, its that easy :)
My intention for summer is to make it "challenging fun" which means trying new and interesting things whenever I have a choice. Here's my summer bucket list:
Enjoy the lemon-basil gelato at Fior Di Latte as often as possible
Roast farmer's market veggies and fruit on the barbecue
Attend an outdoor concert or two - there are many free ones around here
Invent new dolls and toys - push myself to try new techniques and materials
Walk among the wildflowers, breathe deep the fresh summer air
Drink a salad via delicious drinks from Boulder's the Pressery - my favorite is their Kale-Pear drink. These healthy beverages are available both at the farmer's market and in our local Whole Food stores. If you don't have access to them, you could try making smoothies inspired by their ingredients.
Wander the Pearl Street Mall, dip into the Boulder Bookstore, Fabricate and Two Hands Paperie for summer treats.
Go to garage sales, flea markets and art shows. The Firefly Handmade Market is up next on July 25 + 26.
Hang out with friends in person instead of just texting or emailing them
Organize my craft closet and donate excess materials to charity thrift shops
Leave a secret art piece somewhere for a stranger to find
Test my pattern for my Pocket Kitties trio so I can offer it for sale
Open an Etsy shop to sell my toys online
Revamp this blog so its more responsive for iPad, phone and laptop viewing
Read in the garden at lunchtime (like my doll Lisel is doing, above)
Upgrade my summer wardrobe: more pretty tops and shoes, a summer dress perhaps?
Make "Arnold Palmer's tea" with blueberry ice tea and homemade lemonade (1/2 tea, 1/2 lemonade mixture)
Paint another flower canvas like the one I did from Carrie Schmitt's Painted Blossoms book
Visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary again (we did that last week!)
Wild Animal Sanctuary - African lions and Lily, the white tiger, enjoying the sunshine
Hike with camera in hand (CU South Boulder campus trail above)
Take photo walks and participate in social photo events like Colours Week by Poppytalk on Instagram
Go somewhere new, get lost someplace interesting, try a different road out of town
Take in a movie in the theater on a super hot day ( The Minions?)
My list is long but that makes it a fun challenge. How about you? What's on your bucket list this summer?