summer bucket list.

For basically the first time since we’ve moved in together, A actually has weekends off from work. After our trip to Hawaii, we talked about how we need to get out more and do things on the weekends; to be transparent, I’m definitely the homebody who would love to just veg and go on a Netflix binge all weekend. However, we chatted about trying to get out to do something at least once a weekend: out to dinner, go to the beach, go geocaching, or try new Miami tourist spots we’ve not been to yet.


Last weekend A’s grandparents were in town, so we were able to explore the new science museum (not as great as it was hyped up to be), saw Wonder Woman (amazing!), and toured Biscayne National Park (national park geek and proud). This weekend, A and I did one of the local escape rooms; it was Sherlock Homes-themed and we escape with thirteen minutes to spare.

So, here’s to the summer bucket list–okay, maybe it’s a little ambitious, so we’ll call it the “Things I Need to Do Before I Leave Miami” Bucket List.

  • Visit the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables
  • Visit Everglades National Park and Robert is Here for a smoothie
  • Visit Jungle Island and become BFFs with a sloth
  • Visit the Perez Art Museum Miami
  • Visit Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (again!)
  • Visit the Hollywood Boardwalk
  • Visit Bayside Market
  • Visit Fruit & Spice Park
  • Take a walking food tour of South Beach or Little Havana

And, some larger, more lofty, goals:

  • Visit Key West and Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Visit St. Augustine


  • Continue to be a voracious reader.
    • Read all the lonely books sitting on my shelf that I’ve never picked up. I have exactly 30 books on my tiny shelf that I’ve never read. Some I’ve had for years and some I’ve only acquired recently; some are fiction and some are non-fiction. However, I’ve vowed to not book another book until I’ve read these 30–with the exception of Roxane Gay’s Difficult Woman (which came out today!) because I’ve been waiting for this book for months!
    • Read at least 50 books this year…compliments of my annual Goodreads challenge.


  • Continue to find a healthy balance.
    • Food. When last semester started, I was doing pretty well at planning for our weekly dinners and cooking; however, towards the end of the semester, it seemed YOYO (you’re on your own) dinners and takeout where on the menu more often than not.
    • Fitness. I still have a on-off relationship with working out; last year, I went through a yoga phase, two running phases, and now an Insanity phase. I just need to find something I enjoy and stick with it. I’m contemplating signing up for another half marathon–I always seem to stick with something when I’m working towards a larger goal.
    • School and work. As always, I’m still a workaholic and still an overachiever–and not in a healthy way. I work more hours than I should and still procrastinate on my school work. This semester needs to be different (and will be!), as I’ll have classes, my assistantship and an internship! Hopefully, my hours will be more structured that I have less time to overcommit in one area or another.

july {ambitions}

  1. Budget, baby! I need to start working on a budget for the next two years while I’m in grad school. I’ve done some basic math to figure out how much rent I could afford–but I’m really hoping to not defer my undergraduate student loans and to continue still paying on those. My boss told me to check out Mint. Anyone else have any budgeting tool recommendations?
  2. Read fervently. Now that I’ve caught up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I want to try to get ahead…before I start school in August. Let’s shoot for 5 books, at least.
  3. Keep running towards the goal. I about halfway through my running program, so I need to keep on keeping on. And…I already have another running program to complete after this first one! I’m really hoping I can keep this routine going when I start my new job and classes in August.
  4. Enjoy the calm before the storm. I need to actively try and enjoy this month. Come August 1st, I start my new job. Come August 23rd, I start classes. This month, I want and need to enjoy time with A and with my best friend, who’s coming to visit me in a week! This might not be a very measurable goal, but it’s still something I want in the front of my mind.



June update:

  1. Continue running towards the goal. With the exception of the week I was at a work conference, I ran at least three times a week and have been steadily completing my running program. I’m feeling better about myself, my health and about finally being able to run again.
  2. Read fervently. I read seven books this month and have finally caught up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge.
  3. Pack lunches.
  4. Pare down. This is the only goal I didn’t accomplish–but I’m hopefully I’ll continue to pare down as A and I move into our new apartment soon!

june {ambitions}

Happy June! On one of my old blogs, I would frequently post monthly goals and recaps; it frequently helped me reach for and complete small, attainable goals…and that ultimately led to accomplishing larger goals. So, here goes…

  1. Continue running towards the goal. Once I would have described myself as a passionate runner; I loved throwing on my shoes and heading out the door. I like to blame a torn meniscus for losing my dedication, but I truthfully lost my passion long before crutching around campus. While it kills my pride to say this, I recently started a running program for beginners–and my goal is to simply keep up with it. I’m hoping I can get into a routine before starting school in the fall and actually reclaim one of my favorite hobbies.
  2. Read fervently. I’ve read more in the last few months than I have in years…and I love it. I started a Reading Challenge on Goodreads, but, while the year is almost halfway over, I’m not halfway to my goal. Let’s get to 25, shall we?
  3. Pack lunches. Such a small and silly goal, but I’d like to pack lunches at least 4/5 days a week. Our office is surrounded by fast food restaurants like Panera and Chipotle, and it’s so easy to walk over for some pre-made goodness. I’ve been cooking more lately and intentionally making extra for the next day’s lunch, so I’m hoping I can keep this up (and save money at the same time)!
  4. Pare down. Everything I own in this world fits into my car. While I’ve pared down quite a bit, I still fill like I have too much. I’m hoping to continue going through my clothes, my books and the other nonsense that fills my car; even though it’s small, I’d like to get rid of, at least, one trash bag worth of stuff. Clear out the clutter and live a smaller life.