Inspirational, Lifestyle, Seasonal

Summer Bucket List: Revisited

At the start of each season, I like to make a list of things I want to achieve or do within that season. I know there are four seasons in the year, but I like to cut the year in half, instead of quarters, because it gives me more time to get cracking on what I want to do.

This summer, back in May 2019, I composed my list. Now that we are heading towards the depths of another dark winter, it is time I look back on the list and see just how much of it I did. Anything that I got around to and made a blog post about will of course be linked, if you would like to check them out.

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    1. Open Top Bus Tour by Night –  Not off to the greatest of starts, but I really did not even think much about this one this season. I did not complete this. I think it will have to wait until 2020.
    2. Beach Day in the UK – Yes! I did this, back in June, right in the middle of the hottest heatwave the UK has ever had. I wanted to go somewhere following my forray to Bournemouth in 2018 and this year I headed to Eastbnourne
    3. Visit UK Theme Park – Yes, I went to Thorpe Park in July.
    4. Attend London Dessert Festival – No. When I started looking more into this and researching companies that were going to be there, I lost interest. I also found the tickets for this quite over priced and whilst they catered massively for gluten free requirements, there were very little to entertain a refined-sugar-free diet. Skipped it.IMG-20190712-WA0027.jpg
    5. Attend a Good Food Festival – Yes. I got free tickets to one of the UK’s biggest food festivals, through my work at the time. I did not make a blog post about it though as it was a free event, and to be fair, I honestly just did not get enough pictures to comprise anything decent.
    6. Pedal Boat – No. Just, no. 
    7. Climb The o2 Arena –  No. I haven’t really spent any time in East London this summer, but the climbs are all year around so I might get it done in the winter. Eeek.
    8. Watch The Lion King on the West End – Yes. I got this one planned not long after summer started and went to the show in June
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    9. Start Pitching as a Freelancer – Whilst I have not done this to the extent I had hoped, I have pitched to a couple of places, which is a start, if nothing else. This is something I hope to continue to work on over the winter months. I am feeling more ready than I have done in previous months which is a good sign. 
    10. Watch Sunrise – Not one that I can remember. I didn’t take any early morning flights this summer and that is usually my way to tick this one off, shy of getting up early and going somewhere to watch. I did see a lovely sunrise on my way to Istanbul in February though.
    11. Complete Bullet Journal –  I sadly have not filled this. I sporadically completed it for sure, but I sort of fell out of love with it. My Bu-Jo is definitely something I want to work more on over the winter and start tracking things again. IMG_20190606_190027
    12. Explore UK Towns and Cities – Yes. I did get to a bunch of places this summer. From Newcastle back in May, Eastbourne in June, Leeds in July and North Wales in August. I also have Aberdeen lined up for September!
    13. Watch Aladdin on the West End – Another show I went to this summer was this Disney classic. After a good run on the West End, this musical played for the last time in August, so I had to make sure I got some tickets before it left. 
    14. Watch Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – I am so happy that I got to see one of the first musicals I ever went to. I did not expect it to be so popular when it was on at the London Palladium over the summer. I picked up some tickets in August for an early September show but right after I got my tickets, the show switched to sold out on every single performance. IMG_20190719_180625
    15. Bon Jovi – One of the best concerts you will ever go to, even if you are not a huge fan of the music, it makes for a great night out. I went to their most recent world tour when the guys played in Wembley, back in June. I did not make a blog post for it, but it was an incredible evening. 
    16. Night Zoo in London – For the third year in a row, I managed to get tickets. It rained this year which was a bit of a shame, but it did not put a dampener on the spirit of things and it made for a great night just like always. I even feel like I saw more of the animals this time around than I had before. 
    17. Watch a Sunset – I don’t really remember watching anything specific, but I know I saw some beauties this summer on some of the wonderfully warm evenings we had so many of.IMG_20190725_131922.jpg
    18. Picnic in the Park – Yes. This was one of my favourite things from summer 2018 and I wanted to make sure I got to do it again. I got my butt across to Bushy Park in July for some relaxation and great food.
    19. Celebrate 2nd Anniversary with my Mr – Yes. I got this ticked off too. This is actually the reason for our little jaunt to Aberdeen as well. More on that coming soon!
    20. Find Another Job –  I am so proud that I managed to do this one. At the start of summer I thought my contract would be finishing in early June but it ended up getting extended for two months, and I walked into another job in September. However, since starting this job, I realised that I needed and wanted to fully commit myself to freelancing, so resigned from that role after one month. 

I had a pretty great summer and whilst I am not looking forward to winter and the inevitable cold weather, I am looking forward to getting cracking with my winter bucket list which will be coming very soon!

What did you do this summer? What would you like to achieve over the winter? Let me know in the comments below.

42 thoughts on “Summer Bucket List: Revisited”

  1. Sounds like you managed to get a lot done! Congrats on your new role – I always think September is such a good time for a fresh start (perhaps some lingering habits from my school days?) I’m excited to see your winter bucket list! xxx

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  2. I got married…..beautiful day with my loved ones
    I visited Aberdeen…never expected it to be so lovely
    I quit my stressful thankless job…and feel the best I’ve felt in years…
    Roll on 2020 and what comes….πŸ–πŸ’ΊπŸ›¬πŸ›«πŸŒπŸŒžπŸŒš

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    1. I’m glad you had such a lovely time in Aberdeen, I think it was a lot better than we anticipated it to be, at least in terms of places to eat and things to see! It’s great you quit your job, sometimes we need to turn our backs on the things that reap no reward. I think 2020 will be fantastic (hopefully) and might even be up there with 2015! x

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  3. I love the idea of doing a bucket list each season – so smart! And sounds like you did really great. Congrats on the jobs and pursuing freelancing full time. That’s awesome! And so good that you saw so many shows. I love the Lion King every time I see it. The costumes always blow my mind!

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    1. It was a wonderful show. I would like to keep up with the theatre stuff as I love going to see shows etc. I am trying to stay as optimistic as I can in regards to freelancing so fingers crossed it pays off! Thank you for reading my post and commenting β™₯ x

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  4. You got quite a lot done and it sounds like you had great summer. I worked through the summer and planned two trip I will take in autumn and winter. I hang out with friends, went to a festival, had a picnic, ate lot of ice cream. πŸ™‚

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    1. That sounds like a pretty amazing summer as well. I like to plan trips in summer to take in the winter. I took a few staycations this summer but in December I am off to Austria so I’m excited for that! x

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      1. Christmas Markets! I don’t think I would ever be good at skiing, I would spend more time on my butt if skating is anything to go by! Me and ice just do not mix, unless it’s in my cocktail!

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      2. I think I would be happy to give it a go but only if there was a promise of a lovely cosy lodge afterwards and some yummy food! For now though, I am so stoked for the markets and the mulled wines! x

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  5. I love your idea of a summer list! It’s a great way to stay motivated and it gives you something to look forward to. You did lots of fun things πŸ™‚ I watched The Lion King last year and really liked it, but unfortunately I didn’t get to see Aladdin. Good luck with your freelancing! I hope your winter will be as great as your summer and I look forward to reading your winter list :))

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    1. Thank you so much – that is the reason I also create one for winter to make sure I get motivated to do things when all I really wanna do is curl up indoors and stay warm! The Lion King is amazing isn’t it? Thank you for the well wishes in freelancing – fingers crossed things all go okay over the coming months.

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    1. I can’t recommend it enough. The main reason for my lists is for that winter motivation when all I want to do is stay inside under a blanket. Thank you so much for reading my post β™₯

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  6. Wow, you have done so much over your summer, from movie and play watching, to even personal accomplishments, like your job. I have never made a bucket list but reading this, I am imagining how good it must feel to cross something off and am beginning to consider it!

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    1. Thank you so much – it really feels good to get things crossed off your list. I made the lists usually just in winter before I put them on my blog, to encourage me to go outside and do stuff when all I wanted to do was stay in under a blanket. Thank you for reading β™₯

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  7. You had so many great ideas on your summer bucket list! Can’t wait to read your bucket list for winter, hopefully it will give me some ideas for how to survive this upcoming winter?

    – Laura // afinnontheloose.com

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    1. Thank you so much β™₯ I like to keep myself busy and sometimes, especially in winter, it is good to have that extra motivation to leave the house when all you wanna do is curl up somewhere dark and warm! A lot of my winter list involves exploring local Christmas markets, carving a pumpkin and trying to go on more walks on sunny autumn days! x

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    1. Thank you so much β™₯ It is a perfect way to give yourself that extra encouragement to leave the house in the middle of winter when all you wanna do is curl up and stay cosy – or at least I do! Thank you for reading, commenting and following β™₯ x

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  8. This was such an interesting read. I didn’t really have any bucket list for last summer other than to start a Master’s degree programme, which I did. You did so many fun stuff and I think I’ve gotten ideas for next summer. Thanks for the awesome post!

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    1. Thank you so much – I’m glad you found my list interesting and enjoyed the sound of some of what I wanted to do β™₯ My winter ones are more cooking focused, making this or that and exploring places on crispy days, to motivate me to get outside a bit!

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  9. Wow you managed to get a lot done! We’ve just booked tickets for the Lion King U.K. tour for next year so I can’t wait for that. I hope you manage to get lots ticked off your winter list too. The only big thing on my winter list is to continue to grow my blog and gain my blog work! X

    Lauren | http://www.laurenyloves.co.uk

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    1. That will be amazing! I loved the Lion King so much, it was well worth the wait for sure. That is an awesome goal to have for any time of year and is definitely one of my goals for winter too! I need to get self hosted as soon as I can as well! X

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  10. It sound like you had a great Summer and managed to cross of quite a few things. I’d love to see The Lion King at The West End and climb the o2! We’re also planning a bunjee jump near the o2 too. Funnily I was also at the same Bon Jovi concert(!), they were fantastic.

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    1. A bunjee near the o2 sound amazing – i don’t think I’ve seen that one before! Haha were you seriously!? That’s amazing – the atmosphere is always the best at their concerts – next level fantastic! πŸ¦Ήβ€β™€οΈ

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