It’s the end of September long weekend and to me – the official end of summer. Time just zipped on by! It is so important to write down what you want to accomplish and set some realistic deadlines – cue the summer bucket list!
Prior to May long weekend, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish this summer. Eighteen things in total. A lot! Here’s how I did:
Let’s get the fails out of the way first! These are the things that I wasn’t able to accomplish (3/18 – Hey! That’s not too bad!)
Practice Animal Flow 2x/week
I knew right away that I wasn’t going to hit this one because I failed right away lol! Oh well.
Landscape the front yard
I was so eager to take this project on but just couldn’t get it to come to light. This still might be something I work on moving into the fall but for now – no changes to the front yard.
Write an Ebook
A fail but just barely! I started writing an ebook, I plan to release in 2020 but didn’t get completely through the first draft. I’ll keep plugging away and keep you updated moving into the new year.
Now for the things I did check off! This is where the fun begins (15/18)
Grasslands National Park (more details on that trip here)
Attend an Outdoor Concert
We had a Surviv(her) meet up at the Saskatoon Jazz Festival and were able to enjoy some music along the river bank with some fabulous cancer fighters. More details about Surviv(her) here.
Max’s 1st Time Swimming
We ended up taking Max swimming lots this summer. He is completely indifferent to the entire process. He doesn’t hate it. He doesn’t love it.
Learn to BBQ Different Veggies
I’ve definitely ventured out in terms of grilling veggies this summer: romaine lettuce, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms. All so delish!
Beach Every Day for a Week
This was so much fun and so glad I put this on the list! Sitting by the water every day for a week really makes you feel like you are on summer vacation. The last day was so cold but I check it off!
Plus a few more I checked off early on in the summer:
Make a bon fire pit at the cabin
Get a tan
By the time August long weekend hit, I was growing concerned. Not going to lie – I was a bit panicked that I wouldn’t be getting most of my list done. So I started ramping up on some projects that would take a bit longer.
Finish a summer read
I originally planned on reading a pointless, fun summer read but came across an autobiography my Mom suggested so read that instead. Not really what I had in mind but definitely entertaining. I read the autobiography of Ty Murray, a famous American cowboy.
Squat 275 lbs
Being as strong and fit as I can be, will always be my goal moving forward. It helps so much from a cancer survivor perspective (e.g. improved recovery, improved body image, and most importantly - decrease risk of recurrence!). Wait - yes! Let me say that again. Exercise…decreases… your chance… of cancer…returning! A couple weeks ago, I squatted 275 lbs! Woop! But that’s not good enough - on September long, I squatted 300 lbs (my real goal)!
This last week has been jam packed with checking off the remaining items:
After a failed attempt at berry picking while visiting family in Ontario, I was concerned we had completely missed the berry picking season! I needed to find berries – ASAP. Luckily, when we went to the cabin over September long, there were chokecherries everywhere. There were chokecherries leading right up to the front door of the cabin. YAH! Another item off the list and excellent to know in future years.
Try SUP (again)
I was super nervous about this because my first attempt at stand up paddle board (SUP) did not go so well. For my birthday, the hubby got me a SUP. This board is 11.5 feet long so it’s super stable. Got a chance to take it out at the cabin and loved it! Can’t wait until next summer.
Go to a Sask Winery
Literally the last thing I checked off the list! There is a location just outside of Saskatoon that makes cider (not wine - but close enough) and it was soooo beautiful. Will definitely need to be a regular location moving forward.
Crooked Trees of Sask
I had been wanting to visit the crooked trees for a long time but it’s kind of off the beaten path. This is a group of trees that have branches that grow in odd, crooked ways. Don’t know why. Could be the minerals in the soil. Could be some cosmetic force. Definitely some Tim Burton inspired trees.
Last but not least …
Take a Photo Every Day
It’s not very challenging to take a photo every day when you have a newborn but the real goal here was to improve my photography skills. I did gain a fair bit of knowledge of my camera and my photos definitely improved. Still lots of work to do here and lots to learn.
That’s the 2019 Summer Bucket List wrap up! So much fun this year! Next up - my overall bucket list. Watch out soon for that!
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