Hello my fellow escape artists! 😝 I won’t ask what you’re getting away from in order to take the time to read this (which I’m ever so grateful for! 😇) tis none of my business but what I will ask is that you stay awhile and get lost within these mind
lessful ramblings, can you do that? (Smart alec’s be out there saying “see ya!” 👋😂 They may go).
I’ve had a couple emails pop up in my inbox enquiring about how my Summer bucket list was going/went and also if I’d be doing a recap on the whole thing, it’s like people could sense it wasn’t going well I swear! (I love you really 🙄😂). So that time has come where I revisit my goals and share what went down (my expectations, that’s what 😛).
For starters, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…..I started writing this post a long time ago and not in a fairytale sense either, far from it. I wasn’t done with Summer exactly, I loved it! 🤣🌞 I was mostly just not really into the goals I chose for my bucket list in the end.
Because of this I didn’t really put my all into a lot of the ideas. I spent time doing others things and I’m happy with how it went 🍃…..it just sucks that now I have to go back on this with a guilty conscious but I suppose if I’m pleased with how I spent the season maybe I should keep that momentum running through and maintain a brave face so as not to have it all be downtrodden 💩.
…..seeing as we’re laying it all out in the open, another secret is that I had another bucket list for the season that I didn’t post here (I feel like I’ve cheated and been caught: grin and bear it Lucy, grin and bear it 😁🙌) and that turned out to be more successful for me despite it being a more important to-do format of sorts 😄.
Maybe that second list took away from the main one but at least I’m happy, I know that’s what you want for me. I just make things difficult for myself that’s all 😂. After that lengthy intro it’s time to offload as like I say most years when it gets to this point in time, I’m ready to move onto the next season & list 🙌 Autumn here I come 🍂🍁 so here it goes:…..
Make a vision board
I won’t give you a long winded story, I just didn’t do it 😐. I got printer ink for other reasons and remember thinking “I could use that to make a vision board too!” 💡 but then I never got round to making it happen. It’s just that when the idea starts out it seems so exciting and then the emotion passes and it becomes a task and not something to look forward to before it moves onto being one of my many phases (can I even call it a phase if it’s something that didn’t physically happen? 🤔😂). I know I’ll get round to it one day! 💫 Hopefully before I run out of ink as getting that is a rarity and if it’s gone it won’t be coming back again anytime soon 😌.
If it rains, sit outside with an umbrella ☂️
I’ve been out and wished I had an umbrella on me and at one point I even went searching for one but I didn’t get to intentionally go out there with it (should have just said no ☺️). But even in saying that, we had more sunny days than rainy, it was as close to a proper Summer as we could have hoped for so I will have a better chance in Autumn! 🌦️
The majority of the time, if it did rain it would do so at night and slowly send me off to sleep but occasionally I’d wake up in the morning and it would be pouring down which was soooo cozy 😊. I’d sit by the window as I ate breakfast and watch the rain form rings in the puddles. I’m hoping for more times like that in the oncoming season, days that still feel bright and like I’ve got some vitamin D running through my veins so the actual dreariness doesn’t affect me and I appreciate it more ⚡😂.
I can recall using a huge brush to help with a spot of household DIY (but that may have happened in Spring so don’t quote me on it, sure the days are all blending into one 😅). Even so, I don’t think that was what I was going for with this goal…I meant watercolours. I never got any so naturally it couldn’t happen 😂 and I wasn’t willing to substitute that for my oil paints either as I specifically wanted to use watercolour paints *stamps feet*…..now I’m no Veruca Salt but that sounded entitled 🍫😂.
I definitely spent too long comparing brands and couldn’t decide which one to go with. In the end I was leaning more towards Winsor & Newton but the only palette that could be found and shipped to where I am is the travel one and that limit of options made me even MORE unsure and my indecisiveness was at an all time high 😂 (update: I’ve found some more! 😆). It still has an autumnal ring to it so I’m not going to give up on wanting to do it! 🎨 What watercolour paint brand would you recommend? 👈 I should probably just get a random one and hope for the best or else we’ll be stuck at this point forever.
Sort out my evening routine 🌙
I still get to sleep quite late but things have been noticably better and I feel less shame about it too as I used to forever be wishing things were different. I’ve come to realise that it it’s not going to happen with so much uncertainty right now and for one reason or another I’m as okay am I’m going to be with that. I’ve gotta settle 😂.
I planned on making an evening chart and if I did, I can’t find it. In this months bullet journal spread I put together a makeshift one but as I explained in that post, I haven’t really paid attention to it as I no longer see the point and just go with the flow (most of the time I’ll do the same thing anyway through trying to make an effort to be more adventurous that does it’s best to fail 🔥😂).
Watch movies 📼 (did anyone here NOT experience the videotape era? We still have ours piled up in the shed (Basically a load of Mary-Kate and Ashley interspersed within our childhood favs 😂😭 tis just something you cannot recreate about nostalgia ✨) and I can vaguely remember getting our first DVD player 👵.
At the beginning of Summer I watched Coraline a LOT (it never gets old I tell you!) and a few others but not nowhere as much as I thought I would! 😦 I’d like to watch stuff but other things always need doing and stand in the way of that screentime until at the very end of the day when I have time to switch on the telly at which point I’m more in the mood for a random documentary or foodie channel 😋😂.
I think the last film I watched was something I randomly caught but I can’t be sure of what it was although I’m pretty sure it had Tom Hanks in it (He seems to be in all of the shows whenever I put the TV on 😂). The next movie I plan on watching is Coraline again as I need that downtime and to enter that world. Quite frankly, I’ve craved it 😌✨.
Video call baking 🥐
This didn’t let me down! 😆 There was a lot of baking accomplished through video call in Summer and even more that I wasn’t up to doing but it still went on within the fam which I of course reaped the benefits of! 😋 (You can find out what I made in my favourites posts over the season by typing “video bake” into the search bar on my home page! It’ll send you in the right direction 🔦 brookies, ice cream, focaccia, chocolate flapjacks you name it, we’ve probably made it by now 😂).
More will be coming up but it’ll definitely have to come to an end soon because the time can’t be found for it anymore. It was started at the beginning of lockdown when things were different and we needed a distraction but now (although stuff is still bad and the numbers are creeping up so another lockdown is on the horizon what with loads of people not following the rules) we’ve found other ways to pass our time and those responsibilities are pulling us in opposite directions. Once those dwindle it might start back up again (hopefully for Christmas treats! 🎄) but for now there are a 1 or 2 more bakes if not more on the horizon which I will be sure to bring to your attention in all of their deliciousness! 🤤🍰
Doodle, sketch, draw 🖍️
I did every now and then, mostly when planning themes + the layout for my journal (August came out fairly artsy). Recently I stuck up a chalk “board” planner on my bedroom door and I’ll create a doodle a day 😂 (I say board in that way because it’s a thin sticker so doesn’t feel like a board at all). Sooner or later it’s likely to turn into a real planner but until then I’m keeping it fun and trying to think of more things to try out like a word a day and stuff like that.
Read books outside 🌷
Nope, it wasn’t to be! Although on the subject of books, I’ll soon be sharing a haul before the end of the month 😏📚. I get the feeling I’ve mentioned that already somewhere so lemme go check……I brought it up in my Do you wanna chat? Let’s! 🤓😂 post a while back! Gosh I didn’t hold onto that gossip for long.
Get sun loungers + go camping 🏕️
You guessed it, no!…..wait you didn’t? Aww that’s SO SWEET but it’s still a no 😂. Although I did lay out in the sun with my sister and our dog Toby…just minus the lounger. They are incredibly difficult to get ahold of so it must be a great idea but what do I expect? It did come from my brain 🤷😏😂.
Camping is still on the cards as we’re yet to fall into Autumn (did you like that? 🍂🍁) so the weather is still sunny and it’s very warm. There’s a heatwave going on and I’m choosing not to believe that it will end next week but half of me wants it to because I’m in the mood for a rainy day.
I need to make up my mind and send out clearer signals 😂…👉🌦️ Please let it stay warm at times, enough to go camping but send some rain to feed my soul. Camping most likely won’t feature as a goal though as that added an element of pressure whilst I was looking for a tent + sleeping bags that would suffice 😌 we don’t like pressure, it causes earthquakes and tantrums 😂.
Plan + redesign my room
I planned it and I’ve made a start on the whole process too! 😆 I’ve been tidying up and rearranging my bookcase + shelves, tidying up and I got my hands on some prints for my framed wall project including a Coraline one + some stickers I intend to frame (you can find them in last months favourites post!). It’s all coming together and I just love this space 🤗 I’d genuinely hug a room 😂.
Up-cycle some clothes
It didn’t cross my mind which means that those tops on my ASOS/H&M Haul 🛍️ + Isolation Photoshoot! 💃 are still too big 😑. To be fair, even if it had crossed my mind I can’t say I would have done it so no hearts were broken in the process of not pursuing this goal 💔😂.
In the beginning I did!….I should leave it at that but I wanna say more 😂. What originally made me want to get back into playing was that at the beginning of the year I considered joining a group which would have been a huge step for me with even considering doing anything like that but then covid made itself known so that was off the cards.
As time went on I thought I could build up myself up for it anyway but I just haven’t been in the mood. I went for a good while without plucking those chords before so I wouldn’t be surprised if things went back to being like that again but at least I always remember how to do it, there’s always that.
Complete a craft project
I’ve recently made a lot of bows in my floristry course I’d that counts? 🙏 Oh and I’ve gotten a fair bit into the scarf I’m knitting but for the most part I set it aside so it’s still got a way to go 😶. I’m back at it again so maybe it’ll be ready for the colder months 🤣. Knitting is a nice activity in Autumn I suppose! 😂 There is probably a craft that I completed and should be added in here but I’m at a loss rn in terms of retrieving that memory (I’ve been so forgetful lately 😞).
Not gonna lie, I completely forgot so I didn’t get back into learning this beautiful language 😊 (flattery will get you nowhere, not when it’s so obvious anyway but I tried so I get a gold star ⭐😂).
Read/watch The Hobbit + Lord of the Rings
I made a
mistake great decision…..I got distracted by other dimensions/realities (you can never have too many 😂). I did catch snippets of some Hobbit movies but I had wanted to re-read the books first so that channel was switched over quickfast! 😅 (I was like: did you see anything?? No? Okay, that’s good! Go back to the book…even though you’ve already read/seen it all. To add a little context I’m trying to convince myself it’s all new to me. It didn’t go well in the Summer 😂).
It all went wrong when I decided to do a post about a chapter of The Hobbit and because I never completed writing that, I got left behind in the book waiting for when I could and it messed up the entire order of things (why do I do it? 😒).
I did get a far way into The Hobbit though and I also listened to it as an audiobook (which I wrote about in the what I did mindfully on monday post). That had more of a calming effect as I don’t really take in/keep up with stories that are read aloud (even by myself) so I’m better off knowing what’s going on if I read the book and keep it with the voice in my head (on that note, what you’re reading is the voice in my head! 💥 Nice to meet you, I can’t believe it’s taken so long to get to the point where I am acknowledged as the mastermind behind the posts but here I am….and now it must end 😂).
Thanks for checking out this post, especially if you made it to the very end without skipping, which is tempting but wrong….you might trip up and fall over 😂. This was probably the most I haven’t done on a bucket list that I’ve shared with you so here’s to being more transparent 🥂 I’ll drink your’s too seeing as this is virtual. Despite all of this I had a brilliant Summer, doing things that weren’t initially (or even at all in the end) tied down in writing. I think next time I’ll be more open-ended with goals so as they can apply to stuff that does get done! 💫
Before I go I just want to mention that WordPress tried to get me to write this post using the block editor and I’d love to know what you’re experience with using that has been? For me it seemed to take extra long for drafts to load and it was fiddly especially when trying to copy and paste (I had to do one block at a time in the end) so I started again by copying the old writing and switching it back to old faithful normal format. It said new posts were untouched which means I now have to go through all of my old ones in the unpublished folder and convert them over 😤.
Why do things have to get messed up!? I also don’t get why it changed without my saying so when it’s optional (usually stuff like that only occurs after an update but I didn’t even do that). At least I could turn back time to an extent despite all the drama it’s caused 🤔🎶 (I can only handle change that’s helpful in my life thank you 👍😂). Did you have a Summer bucket list? How did it go? Make me feel guilty for my actions 😂. I’ll see you soon but until then have a wonderful time before I reappear and whisk you off of your feet again 😊, Take care ✨❤️.