April 22, 2020

Spring is here and I am hype! Even though we are all glued to our homes, it feels so good not having to bundle up under 456 layers of clothes or wear a bulky jacket when walking the pup. With Spring (and quarantine) in the air, I wanted to write out a bucket list of things that I have been meaning to do and have been putting off because I am lazy. This is probably a half to-do list and half bucket list, but nonetheless, it is a list of things that I want to accomplish over the next few months. 

 I have had to revamp this list a bit since life has flipped upside down due to the Coronavirus. Where there were once things on this list that involved me being out of the house more, there are now things that I can comfortably conquer from the confines of my home. Either way, I think I have rounded up a nice group of ten tasks to tackle before Summer creeps up on us.

This has been on our to-do list for a long ass time. Don’t believe me? Check out this post from 2018! It should not take two years to tackle the revamp of one room in your home; therefore, I am determined to check this off the lists before Spring is over! We have the paint and I have a Pinterest board packed with inspiration so here goes nothing!

Yet another item on this list that I have been wanting to go after for far too long and have simply been too lazy to tackle. With quarantine likely pushing into the summer months, there is no excuse why I cannot at least start some online classes to learn sign language. 

People might actually hate me for saying this, but I have never read nor have I watched the Harry Potter series. I know, I know – I am the worst. I have wanted to wait on the movies until I read the books and I don’t really have a good reason for not sitting down with these gems so this Spring, I will start digesting this cult favorite. 

It has been a long time since Aaron and I have traveled, let alone planned a trip. Our last adventure was a surprise trip to Europe for Aaron’s 40th birthday which went horribly wrong (more on that in another post). Long story short, we didn’t end up going which makes planning our next getaway – our honeymoon – that much sweeter. Since life has slowed down a bit, I figured it would be a good time to research places to stay & adventures to take while we celebrate being married!

If you know me, if you know this blog… you know I am a big fan of meditation. With that being said, I have fallen off the bandwagon over the past six months. I have started to use meditation like Advil – only doing it when I really need it. With the world crumbling around us and thousands of people losing their lives, I figured now would be a great time to pick up mediation as a daily habit. It can be really challenging to wake up each day in this new reality that is our norm, but practicing gratitude can have a big impact on how we get through tough times.  

I love to throw things away. Just ask my husband-to-be. He will often ask me where something is and will always follow up his question with the comment “I bet you threw it away.” He’s right. Decluttering is therapy for me. It makes me feel so damn good when there is less stuff around me and my space is clear. I want to use these weeks in the house to go through each room and rid ourselves of the things we don’t need and aren’t using. Donations – here we come! 

While Aaron and I might be going stir-crazy in the house, Reggie (our adorable pup) is loving it. I have been using my work from home status to step outside more and take a few walks throughout the day; getting both myself and Reggie some added exercise. Doing this really breaks up the day, keeps me sane, and makes me feel more connected to nature since being out and about isn’t an option these days. 

Last year, I tried to journal daily for 30 days straight. It didn’t go very well. While I enjoyed the idea of getting all my thoughts/emotions/goals/feelings/rants down on paper, the obligation to do it every single day was too much for me. I haven’t journaled much since that challenge, but thought that I would introduce it back into my routine, but on a need-to-do basis. Encouraging myself to sit down at least once a week to let it all out isn’t as overwhelming and will hopefully play into my gratitude/meditation goal (above). 

Since as long as I can remember, I have never gotten a full night of sleep. In fact, there were years where I would “thrive” for 4 hours a night. More recently, my early morning gym sessions had me getting maybe 6 hours a night. Far from the amount that I should be getting. Now that I am working from home and unable to run to the gym at 5:30am, I have been trying to prioritize sleep more. Honestly, I can feel the difference! I am more alert, I have more energy, and I am now able to successfully get through more than one episode of our shows at night (versus passing out 20min after I sit on the couch.) 

Honestly – I cannot believe I even wrote this on my list. I have never – ever ever – been a runner. Here are a few things to know about me & running
#1- I need around 5 sports bras on me in order to feel fully supported for the motion of running. 
#2 – I have the flattest feet in the world; therefore, my feet often cramp about 30 seconds into the run. 
#3 – I am not sure about you, but I – CAN’T – BREATHE when running. How are people actually running and still able to get oxygen to their brains?  
Nonetheless, I really want to love running. I don’t know why, but I do. I want to sign up for 5ks and test myself in a half marathon. I want someone to splash colorful dye in my face as I cross a finish line and I want to have a little collection of those tags that get pinned to your sweaty shirts. I know that the only way to accomplish these things is to research how to breathe like a normal person while running and slowly build up my endurance. Ironically, today will be day 5 of this running guide that I started so here’s to hoping I make it to day 30!

What are some of your bucket list items for Spring? Let me know in the comments below!

Comments (2)

  • Chelsea

    April 23, 2020 at 10:38 am

    So many wonderful goals! I'm also trying to prioritize sleep right now. xx Chelsea http://www.organizedmessblog.com
  • Rachelinflight

    April 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks girl! It's crazy how much a good night of sleep can impact you. Have a great Spring!

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