SPRING BUCKET LIST

March 31, 2019

(A longer version of this title could probably be “Spring Bucket List for the Girl Who Doesn’t Do Much Anyway” You won’t find anything too crazy here.)

I’ve always said that fall is my all-time favorite season. I love the colors, I love the clothes and I DON’T CARE HOW BASIC IT IS — I love the pumpkin spice lattes. Something about fall feels so symbolic and nostalgic for me. I find myself feeling the most… at home (for lack of a better word) during that time of year. Buuut, as much as I love that season and all the feelings surrounding it, right now I am really feeling spring! I think my body almost forgot what sunlight and temperatures higher than 50 degrees felt like. The thought of warmer days is making me feel so excited and motivated. I think I’m in a much better place than I was this time last year, and I really love the feeling of this spring — it’s almost like a new beginning.

Thanks for the new mural, Nash.
And if you’re curious, my sweater is from Forever21!

I’ve been so excited at the thought of summertime coming up and graduating and all the fun things. And since I love list-making, it just makes sense for me to make a spring bucket list to help me (and maybe you) make the most of this time, right? Right. Here are some things I want to do and places I want to go this spring — maybe they will inspire you!

The zoo

This is weird, but I used to hate the zoo. I guess I just couldn’t appreciate it as much when I was younger, but now I think it’s so fun. The Nashville Zoo is really great, too! It can be a little miserable to walk around all day if the weather is too hot or too cold, so spring is a perfect time to go! My favorite is going with a group of friends. Take some cute pics and have fun walking around looking at the animals together! (Don’t forget to pet the goats — that’s the most important thing.)

Go on a picnic

This one may be a little basic, but I’ve never really been on a picnic and spring seems like the perfect time to have one! Get some friends together and go somewhere cute and scenic (I want to go to Love Circle or Radnor!). I think Cooper would have fun being outside, so if you have a pet, it would be fun to bring them too!

The farmer’s market

I love the farmer’s market! The one in Nashville is so cute, and there’s actually a lot to do. There are always tons of different vendors inside and so much produce outside in the farm sheds. They also have tons of food trucks so you can eat while you walk around, which is the best part for me. Also, for you bloggers out there — lots of good photo ops. 

Spring cleaning

This one sounds a little boring actually, but kinda necessary (for me at least). Since I’m graduating soon, I’m going to be moving back home for a little bit to save up some money to move back out to Nashville. I really want to minimize the amount of stuff I have — because I have so. much. stuff. Lots of things that I don’t use or need and lots of clothes that I don’t wear anymore. Soo I’m thinking I might have a closet/bedroom clean-out day and make a Goodwill haul. You could even have a garage sale if you have the time/motivation for that (I don’t) and want to make some extra money! I feel so much better when I clean and get rid of things, so spring may be the time to finally just do it.

Go on a hike

I’m typically not outdoorsy at all, but spring weather gets me a little more motivated, so I should probably take advantage of this odd craving of mine while it lasts. Apparently there are a lot of good hiking spots in and around Nashville. I found a list of cool places to hike here — I’m definitely going to try to check one of them out in the next few weeks. If you guys have some places you like to go hiking, let me know! 

Get crafty

I like to think that I’m a pretty creative person, but it can be hard for me to find the time or the inspiration to create at times! Pinterest is always getting me in the mood to be more *~DIY~*, so this spring I want to actually try some of the craft ideas I see on there! If I am actually successful, I’ll write a little tutorial post of something fun to make. 

Read a book

Alright, I understand that my bucket list may not seem very ambitious. This is actually a pretty big goal for me, though: 1. because I typically hate reading, and 2. because even if I like what I’m reading, I usually don’t ever read books all the way through. I think this would be a self-discipline process of making myself slow down a little and actually focus on something for awhile. My favorite time to read is when the weather is nice enough for me to sit outside, so what better time am I right! I can already think of some books that I want to finish in the next couple months, but I’m always open to suggestions, too!

Do some ~planning~

I’ve talked about this before and I’LL SAY IT AGAIN: planning for the future is stressful. I hate thinking about what I’m going to do after I graduate, where I’m going to live and when the heck I’m going to get married, BUT I do think it’s so important to work on taking steps in the right direction! What I mean by this is that I want to take some time this spring to make sure I am doing everything I can to be prepared for that post-grad life I’m about to be living in a few months. Fixing up my resume, building my writing portfolio, applying for big girl jobs and working to save up some money for a place to live — all the fun stuff. This time of life for me is crazy and stressful and exciting, and I always feel a little more at ease when I know I am as prepared as I can be (“as I can be” is the key phrase there — I don’t think you can ever be fully prepared for anything!)

Get inspired

Does anyone else just get so excited when you see or hear things that put new ideas in your head? I’ve been in such a mood to make and do new things lately, so I’m always looking for inspiration. This spring I want to listen to more podcasts, read more blogs, take more pictures and go more places. The world is so big and there is so much to learn and experience — I’m feeling more motivated than ever to see more of it. 

Invest more in my relationship with the Lord

It can be so easy for me to let the busyness of my day-to-day take over the time I would usually set aside for Jesus. I would say that, overall, in the last year my relationship with the Lord has grown and my faith has strengthened so much, but sometimes I lose sight of that desire to keep growing and keep strengthening. Especially in this season of so much change and uncertainty, I want to make sure my focus is always on what should be the number one thing to me. If you’ve been thinking about this too, consider getting an accountability partner, or finding a new devotional or Bible study you like! There are so many ways to invest more in our relationships with the Lord, and I definitely want to spend some time doing that in the next few weeks!

What are some things you want to do this spring? 

Thanks for reading, 

Monica

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