What do YOU want to make happen this summer?

The first day of summer is just over a week away (Sunday, June 21) and I have to ask…what do YOU want to make happen this summer?

Plan out our summer dreams to make them happen!

Here’s a quirky fact about me…I LOVE beginnings and I loathe endings.  I feel like there’s something so sad about things coming to an end, but I absolutely love when things begin.  

Beginnings are exciting to me…it’s a blank slate and I find that refreshing and exciting.  My mind fills with possibilities of what I want to happen! 

Case in point…I hate New Years Eve.  Yep, I said it.  I absolutely hate it and I dread the week leading up to it with all the ‘year in review’ crap.  It just makes me sad. 

But, while I always feel a little sad on New Years Eve, I wake up the next morning on New Years Day a whole new person!  I bounce out of bed and can’t wait to get started.  I love New Years Day!  It’s the first day of a whole new year and it makes me excited to know that I can make it what I want! 

I also go through this every weekend. Friday nights are magical…the entire weekend lays before me and I love that feeling.  Same thing each day…I love mornings and how a brand new day and all it’s possibilities stretches before me (although I don’t necessarily feel sad at the end of each day, lol…but I’m definitely more energized first thing in the morning and I’m not even a morning person!)

So, when a new season is upon me, I feel the exact same way…excited about everything I want to do to squeeze the most I can out of the season (the one exception here is the first day of winter, where I just want it to get through it as fast as possible!).

As I’m gearing up for the official start of summer, here are a few things on my must-do list!
  • Eat an ice cream cone from my favorite ice cream shop in my town
  • Go on at least 3 hikes
  • Plan and go on a quick weekend getaway (ideally, last minute for some spontaneous fun!)
  • Take a walk around a local beach
  • Go to the Bronx Zoo
  • Go to a BBQ
  • Take a walk through Central Park, NYC
  • Make homemade sorbet (my favorite is cherry!)
  • Pick strawberries and blueberries and make a yummy, healthy dessert
  • Do yoga outside

You’ll notice I don’t have chores or regular to-do’s on my list.  That isn’t what this is about!  This is about identifying fun things you want to do, so you make time to enjoy the summer!

With that said, I did sneak in one of my ongoing goals, but I disguised it as something fun.  Get more activity and fitness in my life is always a goal, but instead of writing ‘work out more’ on my list (because that doesn’t sound like much fun), I reworked it as hiking, going for a walk in Central Park, and doing yoga outside.

But, here’s the thing, if I want these things to happen…I have to make them happen!  How many times do we get to the end of a season, or a week, or even a year, look back and realize we didn’t do nearly as much as we wanted?  We feel a little let down in ourselves and a tad bit regretful.  

Well…stop that craziness now, by taking a quiet hour to sit down and just plan it all out!

And to make it easy for you…I’ve created a fun worksheet that you can fill out to do just that.

Plan out our summer dreams to make them happen!

On this sheet, you can list out everything you want to make happen this summer.  Then, for activities that you know will happen in specific months, I’ve given you 3 boxes – one each for June, July, and August – to go ahead and jot those down!  Finally, there’s a big brainstorming area at the bottom where you can think about what you will do to make these happen (my favorite one that I came up with is to schedule some ‘summer fun’ time every weekend and then pick something from my list!).

Plan out our summer dreams to make them happen!

The idea is that by thinking through what you want to do, planning some of it out now, and actively figuring out ways to make your plans happen, you’ll be MUCH more likely to stick with it.

My plan is to put this sheet on my fridge so I can see it everyday so I don’t forget to make time for these things.

Dream it…plan it…do it!  That’s my motto :)


So friends…what fun things do YOU want to do this summer?  Leave me a comment and share some ideas!


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    First – LOVE your summer list of things to do! Very fun… very attainable….very summer! Your planning sheet is SO helpful to make it happen! I will definitely be printing this out to help me reach my summer goals! I’m in the middle of a few different things now, including my blog’s transformation and planning a trip! Cant wait to get the summer fun started!! xx, Karen // Glam Karen

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      Thanks, Karen! Sounds like you have some fun things on your plate! Can’t wait to see your new/updated site and hear about your trip!!! Here’s to planning for the best summer ever :).

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    I am cracking up at the NYE comment. I never really thought about it but I guess it is sort of sad. In my mind New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are sort of one in the same. I don’t spend a lot of time reflecting on the previous year, only enough to figure out what I want to tackle in the coming year. That being said, I do love beginnings, just like you. I love new seasons, fresh starts, all of it. I just put together my summer bucket list and this summer I decided to keep it really simple. I want to have a relaxing, fun summer. No stress…

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      Sounds like you have a great summer planned…it really is the perfect season to plan to kick back and relax. That way you can just enjoy the nice weather and everything without rushing from here to there to everywhere!! Enjoy!!

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    Thanks for this printable Vicky! I am definitely going to use it to help make sure I do some fun things this summer along with the un-fun stuff.

    Have a great weekend!!

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    Your to-do list sounds so fun! *-* I don’t get a summer, but I’m gonna see what I can do about squeezing in a little bit of fun every here and there when possible! <3 I like your motto! ;P

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      So sorry you don’t get a summer, Farrah!! That’s no fun, but hopefully you can manage to squeeze in some summer fun here and there spontaneously in between your rotations and school work!!

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      Thanks Shannon! Definitely write down a few things you want to do….for some reason that just seems to make it more ‘real’ and do-able!! Here’s to a great summer and lots of fun :)…

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    judy says

    I have way too much on my bucket list…lol But looking forward to it. Not sure if you have been here before but you can visit Ferris Acres Creamery, in Newton. YUMMY! Let’s make a date!

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      I know the feeling, lol. Yes! I went to that ice cream place a couple of summers ago and it is yummy! My fave is the one across from West Conn, but I think I need to try Ferris Acres again for a more recent comparison. So, yes! Let’s make a date to hit it up soon! :)

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