Summer Solstice is here with the longest daylight hours of the year. Here at our beach cottage, that means we are often at the beach till early evening, as the sun remains high in the sky! Summer solstice also signals the midpoint of the year (how am I doing on yearly plans?) as well as the season change (spring bucket list review and summer bucket list creation).
This spring I explored balancing the choices in mind/cerebral, body/physical, and soul/spiritual for my seasonal bucket list. My Spring Bucket List areas were:
- Out & About Mini-adventures with Friends to combining the physical + tourist in own town. While I didn’t hit everything on the list, a few highlights were a super fun local Food Tour, an Axe Throwing evening, a long walk at the Cincinnati Zoo for Zoo Blooms, and seeing the Burning Man exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
- Explore a new “Big Project” for a balance of the cerebral/physical also had only about a 50% hit index. I did some work on my book promotion, took a real dance lesson (not going to continue), finally did some creative Wire Wrap crafts, and finally joined a book club. The last two items were on my to-do lists for over 2 years! Nothing is feeling like the next big project; maybe it’s not time for a next big thing?
However, in continuing the Book Promotion: my Retirement Transition book is available on-line through Amazon (link). If you haven’t already, please check it out.
- Continue to explore Personal Spirituality was probably the closest I came to a big project with time spent in exploration of meditation experiences (link) and books (link), as well as doing regular yoga and journaling. This is an area that will continue and I modified my life vision statement to support this component of my life.
- Daily Living was busy with spring gardening, spring-cleaning, household repairs scheduled and done, cooking new recipes (including recipe file organization!), finishing taxes (every spring), and self-care including a number of physical therapy sessions (an achy knee which is actually a hip issue!).
My word this year is journey as in:
Create the Vision. Plan the Path. Live the Journey.
It reflects where I am in my retirement transition. I created the vision. I plan the paths (yearly action plans, seasonal bucket lists) and then I try and live every day. As a mid-year review, I think this is working for me!
Part of the Retirement Transition process I talk about in my book is the fifth phase: Refine. I created a life vision for my retirement lifestyle and have recently simplified and modified it to:
Active. Connected. Creative. Contemplative.
So for my summer bucket list, I am going to follow that vision statement:
- Active – Plan & execute Out & About Mini-adventures (track with new things list; plan Mammoth Cave!); Movement (almost) every day (track with FitBit, make strength training a habit!)
- Connected – Time with Friends (plan BBQ, FCC game); Blogging
- Creative – Take class in Grant Writing; continue Wire Crafting
- Contemplative – Continue Spiritual Exploration (including explore new church); spend more Time Outdoors
This is a shorter seasonal bucket list than in the past with more broad areas and less details. My challenge will be in the creativity space.
Is your seasonal bucket list (if you do one) more specific or broader?
Picture Credit: Florida Sunset by me