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September 13, 2018

My Summer 2018 Bucket List: Recap!

     Late this spring, I wrote out a bucket list for this summer, filled with goals of things to do locally in Virginia, and also some personal goals! I feel that sharing it publicly on my blog helped me feel more accountable to actually accomplishing them. I'm very happy with the end result, and though it would be fun to share a recap on the blog today!

How to Complete Bucket List Goals

    My Summer 2018 Bucket List:

      Personal Bucket List:

  • Try one new recipe a week - either a dinner, snack, or dessert recipe! (I haven't been as creative in my cooking since moving and want to step up my game again!) Nope. I didn't do a great job at being creative in my cooking this summer- and weeks that I did cook from scratch I went with old favorite recipes. I think in the fall/winter I cook more often, so looking forward to trying more new recipes soon! 
  • Find a new primary care doctor in Charlottesville and make an appointment, and make an appointment with my new dentist for a teeth cleaning. Yes to primary care doctor! No to dentist... definitely need to do that! 
  • Begin my 401k savings account once I become eligible through work (and if eligibility date is later in the year, put the money I would put into that into my remaining student loan during this summer!). Yes! Started a 401k this summer.
  • Work out three times a week - either at my apartment gym, playing tennis, or going for a long trail or neighborhood walk. Yes in June/July... not so much for August. That's when some stuff started going on behind the scenes for me, so I've been distracted for the past weeks and not really motivated to work out. Need to get back to it this fall! 
  • Find a new-to-me show to watch this summer on Netflix. Yes- but On Demand instead of Netflix. Superstore is hilarious!!!
  • Finish (re-watching for me) Season One of Hart of Dixie on Netflix with my friend Becca- we are watching together! Yes! We finished it right before Labor Day Weekend.
  • Read a minimum of three books each month. Yes! 
  • Call my grandma at least once a week. Yes! 
  • Host my housewarming tea party in my new apartment. Yes! Seems like forever ago now.
  • Host friends from out of town at least once a month at my apartment! Yes! For June and July. No for August.

     Charlottesville / Virginia Summer Bucket List:

  • Plan an overnight trip to see one of Virginia's beaches. Nope. Hopefully next summer.
  • Visit one new-to-me hiking trail somewhere in the mountains. Yes! I hiked Sugar Hollow Reservoir (about 30 minutes from Charlottesville) with friends on July 4th.
  • Find a local nature walking trail in Charlottesville for weekly walks. Yes... the Rivanna trail. However I only went a couple times this summer! 
  • Drive more of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nope. Hoping for fall. 
  • Visit 12 wineries (by the time summer is over) on the Monticello Wine Trail! Nope, but I did visit a few more wineries! Just not 12 yet.
  • Go to a polo match at King Family Vineyards. Yes! 
  • Go to Sunset Series at Carter's Mountain Orchard (Thursday night concert series). Yes!
  • Shop at Short Pump in Richmond (the nicer shopping district, similar to Charlotte's SouthPark). No but also yes? I did a shopping day in Richmond a few weeks ago, however it was mostly at a different mall in another part of the city. I did drive through ShortPump on the way home though, so I could say I've seen it! 
  • Go tubing on the James River. Yes! I went tubing both on the James River, and also the Rivanna here in Charlottesville.
  • Continue meeting weekly with my women's Community Group at my new church. Yes! And it just started meeting regularly again for fall. 
  • Continue participating in monthly service projects with my new church. Yes! I have great memories from the service events that happened this summer. 

     Out of a full list of 21 items, I successfully completed fourteen (and three additional list items about 50% completed)!! I am really proud of myself for making so many of my goals happen this summer. It's going to be a crazy fall with a lot going on, so I think I'm going to skip a fall bucket list for this year, but do one for this winter instead!! January/February can be slow months with a lot of time indoors, so hopefully that will motivate me to do more in those months. Eventually I'd finally like to do a 1001 in 101 too!

     Did you make a bucket list for this summer? How did it go? 

     Hurricane Florence is expected to hit Central Virginia tomorrow through this weekend... crossing my fingers that there won't be major power outages, so that I can still get a blog post up as normal on Monday! I'll try and keep y'all posted over the weekend with how Charlottesville area is doing.

     God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 


  1. I remember this post! Good for you for actually going back and checking on what you did/didn't get to do!


  2. you still made excellent progress - with my move and everything else happening, some of my goals have definitely taken a backseat!

  3. With everything going on the past month, you should be SO proud of your progress! I still haven't finished Hart of Dixie. I've got to get on it this weekend haha

  4. We've never made a summer bucket list before, but it seems like a great idea! You were able to accomplish a lot and seems like fun. Stay safe with the hurricane!

  5. WOW looks like you had a fun and productive summer! Good for you for getting so much of your bucket list items crossed off!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  6. What a fun bucket list! I can't believe summer is almost over :) Finding primary care doctors when moving is no joke - so important! I tend to put it off until I'm sick (not recommended). The polo match at King Family Vineyards sounds like so much fun!!!!

  7. Congrats. I love the idea of a seasonal bucket list

  8. These are some really great goals! I really like the idea of setting seasonal goals for yourself. Biting things off in chunks of the year is a really great way to do it.


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