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My Summer Bucketlist and Ideas for You! | Episode 235

June 12, 2023

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Welcome to a special episode of Real Talk with Rachel, where we’re all about making this summer the best one yet! It’s time to grab a pen and paper or whip out your notes app because we’re diving into the exciting world of summer bucket lists. If you’re seeking ideas, motivation, and a little push to infuse your summer with fun and joy, this episode is tailor-made for you. Rachel has curated a range of suggestions, from low-effort to high-effort, comfortable to risky, easy to challenging, and solo adventures to group activities. Let’s get started and create the ultimate summer bucket list together!

  1. Little Effort, Big Impact:

Sometimes, the simplest activities can bring immense joy. Rachel shares ideas for low-effort experiences that can make a big impact on your summer. From watching the sunset at a local park to having a picnic in your backyard or exploring a nearby hiking trail, these activities require minimal planning and are perfect for those seeking a relaxed summer vibe.

  1. Comfortable and Challenging:

Why not push yourself out of your comfort zone while still enjoying the summer season? Rachel discusses activities that strike a balance between comfort and challenge. This could include trying a new water sport, signing up for a cooking or art class, or embarking on a solo day trip to a nearby town or city. Embrace the thrill of the unknown while nurturing personal growth and self-discovery.

  1. Easy and Adventurous with Friends:

Summer is a great time to bond with friends and create unforgettable memories together. Rachel explores activities that are both easy to plan and adventurous when done with a group. Consider hosting a themed movie night, organizing a beach cleanup, or planning a weekend camping trip. These shared experiences will strengthen your friendships and create lasting connections.

  1. Risky Ventures:

For those seeking an adrenaline rush and a sense of adventure, Rachel suggests adding some daring activities to your summer bucket list. This could include skydiving, rock climbing, or even taking a spontaneous road trip to an unknown destination. Embrace the thrill and exhilaration that comes with pushing your limits and trying something new.

  1. Me-Time Bliss:

Summer is also an excellent opportunity to prioritize self-care and indulge in activities that bring you joy and tranquility. Rachel shares ideas for self-care experiences such as practicing yoga or meditation, taking long walks in nature, or treating yourself to a spa day. Remember to prioritize self-love and carve out moments of relaxation and rejuvenation for yourself.

With this episode of Real Talk with Rachel, we’ve embarked on an adventure of creating the ultimate summer bucket list. By embracing a range of activities, from low effort to high effort, comfortable to risky, easy to challenging, and solo to group endeavors, we’ve laid the foundation for a summer filled with fun and joy.

Now it’s your turn! Grab that pen and paper or open your notes app and start jotting down the activities that resonate with you. Let your imagination run wild and let your summer bucket list reflect your unique desires and aspirations.

Remember, this is the summer of fun and joy, and it’s up to you to make it the best one yet. So listen to this episode, gather inspiration, and start checking off those exciting experiences one by one. Here’s to an incredible summer filled with memories, laughter, and endless adventures!

Summer Bucket List Ideas

Summer bucket list

Outdoor movie


Botanical gardens

Home Depot Saturday morning

Picnic at the park

Baseball game – Barons and little league

Splash pad

Pool day – These sunscreen applicators are a game changer for kids and adults!

Sprinkler in backyard- This play center is SO fun for summer and affordable!

Farmers market

Strawberry picking

Go bowling


Barnes and noble

Visit a fire station

Snack necklace

Go see a movie

Road trip somewhere with a girlfriend

picnic lunch with besties – I love packing in these “snackle” boxes!

Take pictures on disposable camera and have them developed

Buy fresh fruit at a farmers market

Take a nap outside

Watch a sunrise with coffee in hand

Summer cookbook dinner party

Tie dye

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