summer goals

Summer Bucket List


Everyone says that the wedding planning is going to get crazy closer to the date. Our date is mid-September. It has felt very abstract and far away to me. I don’t know if it was just because it was a long engagement but it didn’t really feel “real.” It still feels too far away and it’s about 3 months away.

So far the wedding planning has been okay. There were a few minor blips (basically I got annoyed at how overpriced everything was) but overall it’s been pretty easy going. There were even several months this year that I had absolutely nothing to do wedding-planning-wise. I felt a little lost–like, Shouldn’t I be doing something right now?

I really don’t want my summer to turn into stressful, crazy, bridezilla crap. I’d like to enjoy the summer and have fun with Bella. Expose her to some new things. I’m sure that no matter how much I fight against the whole bridezilla stereotype, some of it is bound to creep in. I know nothing is perfect and things will go wrong–but that’s why we have a wedding coordinator! I’m hoping they can deal with the messes.

So this summer I’m going to focus on relaxing, doing some fun little day trips with Michael and Bella; I’ve booked some fun weekend events with friends; and I really want to try some new things! A few of the things on my summer bucket list are things I vow to do every summer and then never do. I don’t know why–I guess things just get busy.

Summer Bucket List

1. Going kayaking somewhere here in Portland. 

I did this for the first time last summer when I was visiting a friend in Seattle. We went down to Puget Sound and borrowed a friend’s kayak and set out! It was hard work but exhilarating and really wanted to try it again when I got home…and then didn’t. I see Groupon specials periodically for kayaking tours here in Portland and I’m going to do it!

2. Go fishing. 

My dad brought down my fishing pole from when I was a kid last summer. Talking to a friend of mine she suggested a few local places that stock fish and are fun to go to. It would be so much fun if I actually caught something!

3. See a Shakespeare play in the park (they are free!).

4. Go to a movie in the park (also free!).

5. Take a day trip to the beach so Bella can play in the sand again.

Taking Bella to the beach for my birthday this year was a BLAST! It was crazy fun to see her rolling around in the sand. I’d really like to go back when the weather is a little nicer and warmer! It’s nice that it’s just a 90 minute drive from Portland. We don’t go nearly often enough.


6. Run my first 5k in years!

I’ve been training for months. I’m really excited for the 5k race in July that I signed up for with my friend Robyn. It will feel really good to run a race after such a long break. I’m trying not to put high expectations on myself and allow myself to walk if I need to. It’s not really about racing or time anymore–it’s just about being able to DO IT.

7. Hang out at Kelley Point Park so Bella can learn how to swim!

We discovered this park last year and wondered why it took us so long to visit. It’s a great park–humongous–and with a sandy beach. I’m really really looking forward to picnics and dipping in the river on hot days!


I think my list will be a good distraction from wedding “to do” lists. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the wedding. I’m just over the planning aspect! It’s been a lot of stuff. The next “big” thing I have to do is the invitations. They are all printed up and in a box awaiting addressing. The bridesmaids are coming over soon to help me address them. I’m actually really excited about that. I think it will be fun!

Do you have anything on your bucket list for this summer?

August Goals

I can’t believe it’s already August. It seems like summer has just started here in Portland. The weather is finally consistently nice enough to enjoy outdoor activities and I love it!

I set the bar pretty low for July because I knew that I’d be really busy with a few vacations. How did I do for July?

July Goals

1. Commute to work by bike whenever I can. YES!

2. Practice getting in long rides on weekends. Yes, most weekends did include bike rides.

3. Incorporate more free weights in my workouts. Yes, that’s part of my normal routine now.

4. Enjoy the summer! Most definitely.

5. Read more books (I already read like 3 a week but I’m hungry for more!).  I’ve read some really great ones lately.

July was a challenge for a lot of reasons. The biggest challenge was the food. Between birthdays, parties, out of town guests, festivals, camping, road trips and family reunions it was like everything revolved around food. Potlucks. BBQs. Brewfest. I believe I made good choices, splurging on things that I really wanted– but within moderation. I don’t think I really went overboard on any of the food or drink choices I made other than the frequency of the indulgences.

Summer is a challenge time because of all these temptations. The weather is nice. I want to hang out with friends and family and food is always going to be the focus of those events. The biggest gift I can give myself each summer is the permission to enjoy it. That does NOT mean bingeing on everything in sight. That does not mean avoiding all the “fun food” and only eating the “diet” food. Fun food can be healthy too.

So I balance the indulgences with the exercise choices I make. I go for long bike rides and strenuous hikes that challenge my body. I challenge myself by swimming and lifting weights. And after I indulge (like at weekend trips and BBQs) I get right back on track when I get home. Back to “normal” eating. Like grilled chicken thighs and corn on the cob with butter and chili pepper:

Or how about my absolute favorite steak dinner with fresh zucchini from our garden:

All good meals! And they taste good without being high in calories.

August Goals

1. Continue the Scale-Free Summer. There have been a few times where I was tempted to weigh myself. Going scale-free was a struggle at first but sometime in July I seemed to find a comfortable oblivion to the scale. I stopped thinking about it all the time and stopped feeling anxious about whether or not I gained weight.

2. Go on long bike rides training for the Portland Century.

3. Relax more. I tend to go-go-go and never really have any downtime. I want to enjoy my summer!

I think that’s doable.

QUESTION: What is your biggest challenge in the summertime? What are your August Goals?