The Gen W Summer Bucket List

GenW_SummerBucketWe kicked-off this week by celebrating the first official day of summer and while the sun is shining brighter a bit longer these days we want to encourage our entire Generation W community to tackle those goals on your summer bucket list.

Wait, you don’t have a list? You’re in luck…we asked members of our community to share with us what they will be doing between now and the end of the summer and came up with a list that you can claim as your very own.

5 things you need to do this summer:  [TWEET THIS]

 

Visit a New Place

According to Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid, when we spend time traveling to new places we “stretch the perceived time of our vacations, expand our memories in a youthful-like way and return home with more creative ideas.”

You can travel abroad like Laura Morey who just returned from her first trip to Greece. “My favorite part was going for a private cooking lesson with my two girls and my husband led by a dynamic Greek woman on Mykonos. She was a one woman, business dynamo!” Or, travel to a new U.S. location. “Maine has been on my list for years, but I’ve never been there,” says Melissa Ross. “We are looking forward to some lobster, some cooler temperatures, and beautiful coastline.”

 

Unplug—Literally

For all the benefits we receive from technology, staying too connected too often stops us from recharging both physically and mentally. As Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist states, “Technology has a power-off button. And the wisest of us know when to use it.”

“My summer bucket list item is to spend an entire 24-hours unconnected—no WiFi, social media, telephone…just listening to the sweet sounds of nature and the voices of those dear,” says Donna Orender. January Jones is taking this one step further and not only unplugging from technology, but spending some much-needed time alone. “I want to spend some time with myself away from it all for a few days—no hubby, no kids, no laptop and a silent phone.”

 

Celebrate a Milestone

Amy Ruth is spending her summer celebrating a milestone birthday and while not every birthday seems to be a milestone age, we should celebrate it as if it is. Taking time to celebrate life and all it has to offer brings us to a space of gratitude and contentment.

And birthdays are not the only things that mark life milestones. This summer, turn ordinary moments into milestone celebrations such as celebrating the opening day of the farmer’s market, the last day of the backyard pool or even the success of your first garden. “I’m going to make a meal from my very first garden,” says Shavone Steele. “Squash, tomatoes, eggplants, white beans and herbs are nestled in containers in the only sunny spot in my yard. Sounds like succotash is on the menu!”

 

Share an Experience with Kids

Even if you don’t have children of your own, sharing an experience with a young person is one of the best ways to not only enjoy the summer, but to see the world through an entirely new set of eyes. “I am traveling to Paris with my daughter to kick-off her study abroad program,” says Jennifer Wolfe. The good news is you don’t have to travel abroad to expand your viewpoint—spending an afternoon drawing with sidewalk chalk or taking your budding young Picasso to the museum will lift your spirits and recharge your soul. “I will be spending quality time with my daughter who is home from college for part of the summer,” says Sherry Levin.  “Living in New England affords us the luxury of visiting the mountains North of us in Vermont, quaint towns in the Berkshires, and the beaches on The Cape.”

The key to “shared experience” success is to let the child drive the adventure—allowing you to just enjoy the experience and appreciate this wonderful moment of bonding. “My daughter invited me to go to Lollapalooza with her in August,” says Patti Minglin. “This would have never been on my original bucket list, but I am happy that my 20-year-old daughter still wants to hang with me—and I’ll have new songs to add to my playlist.”

 

Accomplish a Goal

Here’s the thing about goals—it isn’t just about setting them and it really isn’t just about accomplishing them, it’s about the journey we take from the moment we decide we want to do something to truly getting it done. An old Chinese Proverb states, “The journey is the reward.”

From big, audacious goals like Sheila Athens looking to finish writing her latest novel to goals that push us to do something new like Sara Goldsmith’s goal of sea kayaking to goals that reconnect us with things we once loved like Maryam Banikarim’s desire to pick up tennis again, accomplishing a goal always changes us for the better. And, it keeps us focused on those things that are really important to us. “I’d like to finish decorating our new home,” says Kasia Swierczynska. “The days with a baby just seem to fly by, so I’m hoping the summer will be a great opportunity to complete the moving process and transform this place into our home.”

 

So, here you go…your Generation W Bucket List is:

  1. Visit a New Place
  2. Unplug…Literally
  3. Celebrate a Milestone
  4. Share an Experience with Kids
  5. Accomplish a Goal

 

Share with us your bucket list progress via social media using the hashtag #GenWBucketList.  We can’t wait to see what you are doing!