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It’s Okay NOT to Have a Summer To-do or Bucket List

Posted By Prerna On June 4, 2014 @ 7:47 pm In Family Fun,Summertime | 6 Comments

Some summers call for structure. Others call for something different. Life as MOM Contributor Prerna [4] shows us a different way to plan the summer.

It's Okay NOT to Have a Summer Bucket List - Some summers call for structure. Others call for something different. Consider this different way to plan the summer.

Summer. Ahh, the sweetness. There’s something about the warmth of the sun, the flowers blooming out in the gardens and on the trees, the sounds of kids laughing as they play and ride their cycles that just fills our hearts with… the desire to relax and kick back [insert jarring buzzer sound] do more!

I’m a massive list maker and planner. I thrive when I have a list of items to tackle but one of the things I really wanted to do this year was to nourish our life at home with more spontaneity, more fluidity, more slowness.

So, one of the ways we’ll be doing that is by NOT having a bucket list for summer [5].

No list of things to do this summer. Serious. Does that mean that we’ll while away our time watching reruns on television? Does it mean that Manini, my daughter, would be hooked onto the iPad all through the season? Does it mean that we wouldn’t travel since we haven’t planned it, down to the last detail?

Actually no.

Not having a summer bucket list is freeing us up to do so much more without being tied down to a list of “I have to do___________.” There is no “have to” in our summer this year. There is a LOT of “Let’s do__________” or “I want to do___________________.”

It's Okay NOT to Have a Summer Bucket List - Some summers call for structure. Others call for something different. Consider this different way to plan the summer.

Manini wanted to attend summer camp this year, so she did. We wanted to take a break last weekend, so we did. We want to read more books, so we joined the library and I bought some amazing eBook bundles and we’re all reading more than ever.

Being fluid is taking the pressure off me, as a mom, and us, as a family to create a summer that’s filled with activities to keep everyone engaged. Instead, we’re actually kicking back, sleeping in, slowing down, savoring the
simple things that aren’t planned but fill us with joy, like taking a walk every evening or going out for ice cream, after dinner, or playing board games, like Monopoly {the Disney princess version, in case you’re interested!}

So, if you don’t have a summer bucket list this year, it’s OKAY.

It's Okay NOT to Have a Summer Bucket List - Some summers call for structure. Others call for something different. Consider this different way to plan the summer.

Go with the flow. Enjoy the season. Do the things you and your family truly enjoy and look forward to. It’s perfectly fine if it’s not on a list, so long as it’s in your heart. Feel how freeing it can be to not have a list to tick things off and STILL enjoy the gorgeous weather, the outdoor fun and the togetherness that comes from having the kids at home.

You can still get inspired by resources, like Jessica’s Summer Survival Guide [6] or my list of 30 things that are free and fun to do any time of the year [7], but don’t let them bind you down.

You don’t have to do stuff to make summer sweeter. It already is.

How will you be savoring this year’s summer?

Share with me!

[8]Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Check out her free eBooks on organizing and productivity [9] to get literally, hundreds of ideas on how to get organized on a shoestring budget, right now.

Read Prerna’s posts here [10].


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