Summer bucket list

My summer bucket list

I like the idea of a bucket list.  Always have.  I love the thought of having these big dreams and goals, the excitement that comes with finally getting to check one of them off of your list.
Of course I am well aware that many people, if they have a “bucket list” at all, really have more of a “pipe dream list” – things that they’ve always wanted to do, but in their hearts know will probably never happen.
That’s why I like to make mini bucket lists as well, things that I want to do every season that are fun and easily doable.
It helps keep me focused. It reminds me of all the seasonal activities that I like to do every year, like strawberry picking in the spring or pumpkin carving in the fall.  It’s also a great way to keep those bigger bucket list items in mind, a reminder to keep working towards them if I want to actually make them a reality.
With summer already in full swing in most cities, I thought I would share with you my summer bucket list.  Hopefully it will inspire you to make your own!
Bucket lists don’t have to be expensive or complicated or hard to complete to be fun.  Won’t you join me this summer in letting loose and making the most of your time off?
If you have a summer bucket list this year, let me know what made the cut in the comments!

Local getaway: Cloudland Canyon

Summer is upon us!

For some, summer means travel and vacations.  For those of us who aren’t teachers, however, many people can’t afford to take off a lot of work, even in the summers.

To that effect, I’m introducing a 3-part series of great getaways within 1.5-2 hours of Atlanta.  Even if you have to work over the summer, make sure you plan time to escape and recharge!

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Fun and meaningful ways to celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial day is just a few days away!  

Many people spend the day grilling out and spending time with friends and family.  But there are plenty of other ways to occupy the day, as well!  I’ve compiled a list of activities that you can do with your family to celebrate the holiday together.  

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Hand-blown glass ornaments

How to bend solids – a lesson in glassblowing

I love Groupon.  From time to time I scan their deals, looking for a cheap opportunity to try something new.

The most recent time I’ve done this was on a glassblowing date with my husband.

What a blast! (And, when I say blast, I mean more than just the blast from the furnace that hit me like a ton of bricks every time the furnace door was opened.  Ba dum-da.)

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Famous Blue Denver Bear

Denver inside and out

This entry marks the last of my scavenger hunt series.  Previously I’ve talked about Stray Boots, Munzees, and local Atlanta hunts that center on landmarks like Oakland Cemetery.  What all of those had in common was that they were self-guided tours.  

The difference between those and this last entry is that Denver: Inside and Out actually has live actors take you back in time and experience living history first-hand!

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Cemetery fence

Who says cemeteries have to be boring?

I have always loved cemeteries.

Many people say I’m morbid because of that, but I don’t think so.  I don’t love funerals, of course.  Cemeteries, though…there’s something peaceful and ethereal about cemeteries.  I love walking around the tombstones and drinking in the tranquility.  As I read the tombstone headers, I try to imagine the lives of the people who lived before me.  

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Race around the golden city

I’m excited to announce the beginning of a new series. Scavenger Hunts and Walking Tours that can be done pretty much anywhere you find yourself.  Read on for the first installment.  Enjoy, and keep forging your significance!

Perhaps it’s a result of my life-long obsession with The Amazing Race, but I’ve always loved scavenger hunts.  

Enter Stray Boots, a company that offers self-paced walking tours around major cities with challenges to complete sprinkled among the various stops.  I first discovered Stray Boots several years ago, and was instantly hooked.  I’ve done their tours in several cities now, the most recent being San Francisco.

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