Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s been a little quiet around here, but I’m looking forward to sharing some exciting things with you in the coming weeks, starting with my summer bucket list!Several people have asked me what my summer travel plans are and I don’t hesitate to let them know I’ve waited a long time for Summertime CHI to arrive and I’m not going anywhere!
Memorial Day Weekend always feels like the unofficial start to summer for me (the pools open back up, I’ve more than likely experienced my first accidental sunburn, and so on) and with that behind us and the summer solstice just a few short weeks away, I figure there’s no reason why I can’t get a head start on the adventure the new season always brings. This will be my first full summer in the city and I fully intend to make the most of it!
Up first on my summer bucket list…
Skydiving – My sister sent me the below video (which is about so much more than skydiving, really) a few months ago and the whole idea is that the best things in life are on the other side of fear. She made a valid point when she said fear doesn’t serve us in anything we do – it’s simply an inhibitor and nothing else.
I’ve grown increasingly more terrified of heights with each passing year and I took this as a sign that it was time to face that and quite literally dive head-first into my next year of life, which I’m sharing more on below!
I reached out to the Chicagoland Skydiving Center and they agreed to partner with me to make my first skydiving jump happen! If all goes well weather-wise,
someone will be pushing me out of a plane I’ll be flying the first Sunday in July. I’ll have lots of photos and a video to share after all is said and done, but I’ll also be posting to Instagram Stories the day of, so make sure you’re following along there!
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) – Being on the water makes me so happy. I tried SUP a few summers ago and I’m excited to give it a go out on Lake Michigan this time around.
Kayak on the river – My apartment overlooks the water and I always see little schools of kayakers making their way up and down the river and think to myself, I need to get out there! And so, on the summer to-do list it goes.
Watch the sunrise over the lake – The water baby in me wants to be by the lake as much as possible, clearly! I’d love to take my breakfast down to the lakefront and enjoy the cool breeze off the water before the concrete heats up in the summer sun.
Spend the day on a rooftop – Eat, drink, play games, and laugh until my cheeks hurt – all good things, no? Any favorite spots in the city? I’m not opposed to making this happen more than once! 😉
Lollapalooza – It’s no secret that I love music (and the way a song can take you back to a specific time and place). It’s fueled some of the best days/nights of my life and gotten me through the days (weeks, months) where life feels all-consuming in the worst way possible. There are so many great artists in this year’s lineup that I can’t wait to see!
Celebrate my 30th birthday (!!!) – I’ve never been more excited to turn another year older. Perhaps it’s feeling more confident in my own skin and more comfortable with where I’m at in life (don’t get me wrong though, I still don’t have it all figured out and am more than okay with knowing I never will). Getting older is a privilege I never want to take for granted as it’s denied to so many. A few of my girlfriends are flying up to spend the weekend with me and I am beyond excited to celebrate with them!
A lot of the items on my spring bucket list carry over into summer as well, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t! And stay tuned for my recap in the coming weeks.
What are your plans for the summer? I’d love to hear!
Video from Mateusz