I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.
If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.
I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.
Here’s what’s on my summer to-do list.
1. Take a barista class. Jo Coffee in New York City and Philadelphia offers a variety of classes including an all day barista class focusing on espresso technique, milk steaming, and pouring latte art.
2. Visit a new farmer’s market. Here’s a guide to the best farmer’s markets in each state.
3. Try a Solidcore fitness class.
4. Read Louis Giglio’s new book, Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants.
5. See the movie Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights. Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut at the age of 81 is also impressive.
6. See The Trip To Spain the third film chronicling actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s culinary adventures through Europe. The two real life friends consume six incredible meals while trading barbs and Roger Moore impressions, as seen in the trailer below.
7. Watch Season 2 of Master of None. I didn’t watch Season 1 of Master of None. When I found out season 2 was partially filmed in Italy, I knew I had to watch. Read the critics’ roundup from The New York Times. The soundtrack for Season 2 is also out now. Listen to The Master of None Season 2 playlist on Spotify. Here’s a list of the restaurants featured in Italy.
8. Visit the coffee shop Lickety Split at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando. They also offer a barista bootcamp in the fall.
9. See the new musical Bandstand on Broadway. The show recently won a Tony for Best Choreography.
10. Watch the Tony Awards.
11. Read One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey.
12. Try some of the vegan cheese recipes in This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by Julie Piatt. One of the recipes included in the book is smoked almond cheddar. Listen to Julie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast about ditching dairy.
13. Take Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution. The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.
14. Watch the L.S.U. Tigers in the College World Series. LSU (48-17) plays Florida St. (45-21) on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. (CT).
If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list.
1. Here’s a great list of new books to read this summer.
2. Check out this playlist for your next road trip.
3. Try a new ice cream flavor. Here’s a list of my favorite ice cream shops in the U.S.
4. Check out this summer movie release guide from The New York Times.
5. Download some new podcasts for your next road trip or vacation. If you are looking for some recommendations, check out the links below:
6. Here’s a list of the most anticipated album releases and concert tours for summer.
7. Check out this list of summer premieres dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows.
8. From The New York Times: what to cook this summer.
9. If you are traveling this summer, check out some of my travel guides:
10. Check out this list of top music festivals in the South.
You can also see my summer to-do lists for 2016 if you need a bit of inspiration to create your own.
What are you planning on doing this summer? Tell me in the comments.