Saturday, July 1, 2017

Top 3 Summer Bucket List Items (Laura)

Sometimes it's easy to get stuck in routine. You know what works, and you can rely on it. It may
even give you a sense of security and become a kind of safety net that puts your mind at ease. Oftentimes, though, it's the events that happen outside that security blanket of routine where we really experience life. We wake up for those moments, and things start to happen because we notice details and people we may not normally and we open up to them. Here are some items on my list of different experiences to try over the summer.

3. Take a few days off work and spend them writing in a coffee shop
This one might seem kind of lame, but I love the idea of spending my work days writing in a coffee shop. And if I don't get to do it for my day job, I can at least plan time off work now and then to have my own stay-cation, writing retreat. I can get up with the morning rush of people, pick out a quaint and unique local coffee shop, find a good seat by a sunny window--or by the door on a stormy day so I can hear the rain--and settle in for several hours to watch people come and go and work on my projects.

2. Take a dance class
I am a big fan of the show Dancing with the Stars. It's so much fun to watch someone who is completely outside of their comfort zone learn to do something new that they end up loving. No matter what kind of person they are usually, they start out humble then begin to let go of themselves, maybe in a way they never have. The experience seems to bring out the best and most genuine side of people, and it gives me such energy to watch it. I can only imagine what it would be like to actually do it. It doesn't have to be ballroom dancing, but there are lots of different kinds of community dance classes that I can check into.

1. Join a choir
I've always enjoyed singing, and I used to love school and church choirs when I was growing up. Lately, I don't feel like I get the opportunity to exercise my voice very much, and joining a choir seems like a healthy and fun idea. Plus, I keep thinking more and more about it lately, so it is probably the right time to do it. I already checked into one choir that doesn't start up again until September, so I am currently getting information on another one that I can try out in the meantime.

What are some of the items on your summer list? They can be small, like mine, or something larger, like running a marathon or taking a big trip (right now our own Erin is in Ireland). Let us know!


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