One rarely talked about perk of having children is they help you get back in touch with the simple joys of summer. In my twenties and early thirties, I was guilty of letting time slip by, making plans last minute and only enjoying the spontaneity of living day to day. There have been summers I was so busy traveling and working, they would pass by in a blink.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized there are merits to balancing both ways of living—to intentionally work toward making plans a reality while leaving room to wing it as well. My hope is that the bucket list I put together here will allow for a little of both.
My 2022 Summer Bucket List
- Keep my herbs alive all summer.
- Host at least one proper outdoor party in our backyard.
- Throw a great birthday party for August.
- Host a collage party. Creating something new can be the primary reason for getting together.
- Visit some museums.
- Visit my parents in Chicago.
- Play tennis.
- Continue my morning routine, with alone time to start each day. (You can read my step-by-step morning routine here!)
- Star-gaze with August.
- Learn how to make ribs.
- Shop as much as possible at the farmers’ market.
- Spend as much time as possible at the pool.
- Camp with the kids in the backyard.
- Try out some of the new restaurants in town with Joe for date nights.
- Try something new-to-me outside like paddle boarding or kayaking.
- Make popsicles.
- Enjoy each and every thunderstorm.
- Write a little every day. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but it keeps getting put on the back burner.
- Plan how I spend my days, to have a better relationship with the passing of time.
- Take more photos. I’ve been off my phone more often because it tends to stress me out. The process of capturing photos used to be something I loved and I want to get back to that.
What’s on your summer bucket list this year?
Kate is the founder of Wit & Delight. She is currently learning how to play tennis and is forever testing the boundaries of her creative muscle. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.