If you’re a warm weather person like me, then every Spring you probably make a mental checklist of activities to get done. A sort of Spring bucket list if you will, for your ‘I’m so over winter’ self. Am I right? The weather’s warmer, flowers are blooming, and a wave of motivation hits you like a ton of bricks.
Also, if you’re like me, you probably never really get around to doing most of the things on that list. Right? Well, I have a confession…besides being a tad bit lazy, I’m a huge procrastinator. So honestly, the list goes from season to season without much of it getting checked off.
Something has changed for me though. I lost a loved one last year. And along with the sadness and anxiety that came with the sudden news, were thoughts about life, and how fragile it is. How in the blink of an eye the rug can be pulled from under your feet without warning. It was a huge wake up call for me. See, I spend a lot of time putting things off for when I have more money, more energy, better weather, less work… the list goes on. But I’ve never really thought about the possibility of those days never making an appearance. It was a serious reality check.
So I’ve made a list of 15 things I want to try and get done this spring/summer season, and I’m sharing it with you because I know I’m not the only procrastinator out there. We all have our own reasons for not living in the moment…I mean really living in the moment. But I’m urging you to try at least 2-3 activities on this list, they are all totally doable. Let’s live a little. Let’s do it together.
Spring Bucket List
1. Take a weekend trip – to anywhere.
Close to home, far from home, a tropical island, a nature trail…it doesn’t matter. Change your environment for a few days. Grab a girlfriend for company, or venture out of your comfort zone and do a solo trip.
2. Start a new fitness regimen.
Now is the perfect time to get your body ready for the summer. No more heavy jackets and scarves, so you should feel extra motivated. Sign up with your local gym, or create your own at-home workouts and just get moving.
3. Take an outdoor yoga class.
If you’re not ready to start a whole new regimen, why not try a class. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and feel good in the process. Check Eventbrite for free outdoor classes in your area.
4. Try a new coffee shop.
Look close to home. Sometimes you can miss a hidden gem right in your own neighborhood. Find a new spot to brunch, try a new cuisine, you might actually find yourself meeting fun, new people in the process.
5. Go rollerblading.
If you already know how to rollerblade then great! Grab your blades and head to the park. If you’re rusty or have never tried it, then take some lessons, it’s all in the fun. Grab your girls or your hunni and go feel the wind in your face.
6. Adopt a new outdoor hobby.
Notice most of this list consists of outdoor activities. That’s because you’ve spent most of the winter indoors, under the covers doing Netflix marathons. There are so many things to choose from, archery, hiking, cycling, rollerskating (see above rollerblading). The point is to get outside and get active.
Add some color, rearrange your bookshelves, put up new drapes. No matter how you choose to ‘springify’ your home, make sure it’s giving off good energy. Smudge with some sage after all your hard work to clear the air and purify your space.
8. Take a photography class.
I’ve been trying to teach myself how to properly use my camera for about five years now. I think the time has come to take an actual class. Groupon is a great place to find some good deals on weekend classes. It beats trying to figure stuff out yourself, plus you get to learn some neat tricks with other cool amateur photographers like yourself.
9. Plant a window box garden.
For years, I’ve wanted to grow a little vegetable garden on my fire escape. Honestly, I’m not sure about the legal aspect of this, but I do know many people do it. The key would be to use a corner, where you’re not blocking access to the actual escape route should you ever need to use it. For those of you who don’t live in NYC, and actually have space in your window…you are so lucky.
10. Have a picnic in the park.
Pack some sandwiches, fruity beverages, and a blanket. Grab the family, some friends, the dog, or go solo. Choose a sunny, warm day so you can truly enjoy just being outside. Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the beauty of nature and just relax.
11. Host a tea party.
It doesn’t even have to be at your house. Find a cute little Coffee Shop or Tea Room, plan your menu, and invite your girls. It’s a great way to have a little girls get-together and catch up. Have everyone dress up and wear their snazziest hat.
12. Attend an outdoor concert.
Okay, so technically you might want to do this one in the summer. But if you can find a mini concert in the spring, that’s great too. Listening to your favorite artist out in the open with hundreds of other fans…totally priceless.
Spruce up your spring basics with some of the more current trends. Shop for some new looks, and invest in pieces that will last you a few seasons. If you’re known for your love of darker colors, add some brights to your closet. Dare to add a piece that you’ve never considered wearing before. Invest in some bold accessories to enhance your outfits.
14. Visit a museum.
When I was in college, I would head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lose myself in history for hours. I always learned something new every time I went. Museums are a great way to not just learn new things, but to see some truly fabulous pieces of art.
15. Bake a cake from scratch.
Head to the kitchen and get your hands dirty. I’ve heard baking can be therapeutic, but honestly…I just want to be able to say I baked a cake from scratch. When you’re done, indulge in the sweet deliciousness that you just created because you definitely deserve it.