My Summer Bucket List for 2018


I am really on a writing roll right now. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post and I’ve really missed writing in this conversational style about things I’m actually interested in rather than all of the reports and essays I’ve been writing in school *sigh*.

Speaking of school, and speaking of not having to write reports and essays anymore, it’s SUMMERRR! Something I’ve been doing for a couple of years now is writing out my summer bucket list and making a cute ~aesthetic~ poster out of it to hang up in my room to get me pumped up for summer vacation and to remind me to keep having fun and trying new things while I’ve got the time!

I wanted to share my summer bucket list with you all, and you should definitely share YOURS with me as well. I just love hearing about how other students spend their summer break because it really inspires me to make the most of mine!

I wrote down tons of ideas to start, then I pared it down because I didn’t want the list to be overwhelming. So let us begin!

Dye my hair a lighter shade

I got highlights last summer, especially around the ends of my hair, and I absolutely LOVED it. However, hair grows (yes, that’s a thing that happens) and so eventually I got a haircut and all of the pretty highlights were gone :( I keep planning on going back to the hair salon to get it dyed again, but I’ve been putting it off. By this point, I feel like I’d be ready to do something even more drastic with my hair but… I’ll keep you updated on what I decide to do  ;)

Go to a concert on the square

My city has these awesome free concerts downtown on Wednesday evenings and while I have been to a few with my family, I’d like to go with my friends since I have only recently started feeling comfortable enough with driving to go all the way downtown, hehe. Plus, it’s usually orchestra music, and I always feel so cultured when I listen to orchestras play.

Go thrift shopping

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Lately I’ve been OBSESSED (I always spell that word wrong the first time) with Ashley’s YouTube channel, Best Dressed. She is an absolutely amazing video editor, thrifter, and all-around person. She always cracks me up with her videos at the same time that I’m drooling over the aesthetics of her outfits, her thumbnail designs, everything. She has inspired me to try thrift shopping, because I’m always amazed at the beautiful things she is able to find.

Watch the sunrise

This is always on my summer bucket list, just because there is no way I’m going to wake up early during the school year just to sit and watch the sunrise, so summer is basically the only time I’m going to be able to appreciate it :)

Drink bubble tea

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I first had bubble tea approximately a year ago, and my life was changed. It’s sort of a special occasion drink for me because I only have it when I’m traveling or downtown (because you can’t get bubble tea in my neighborhood). Boba is freaking delicious, and I still have so many flavors I need to try, which is why I’m making bubble tea a priority this summer.

Visit the farmer’s market

Our city has an amazing farmer’s market, and even though it’s a bit of a drive downtown to get to it, it’s so worth it. There’s this little bakery that sells cheese bread on one corner of the market and I swear that crowds of people are drawn to it by the amazing smells. There’s also all the fruits and veggies you could ever want, honey in cute little containers, flowers, etc. etc.

Have a board game night

I had one this spring with my friends when we were all needing a mental break from school and it was SO much fun we vowed to do it again! So I’m just trying to keep that promise. Honestly, it’s amazing how much fun something as simple and low-tech as a board game night can be.

Go hiking

ft. my brother :)

Lately I’ve been convincing my family to go hiking when we travel, and they’ve actually enjoyed it a lot! My influence on them is working, hehe. Hiking always makes me feel really accomplished, and it’s amazing to just spend some time outside, get a good sweat in, and enjoy the scenery. Plus, it usually costs nothing (or a few dollars for parking), which is an awesome bonus.

Visit an art museum

To be honest, I don’t quite understand much of the art at art museums, especially when I’m in the abstract/contemporary galleries, but it’s fun to look at, and there’s always some inspiration to be found. Plus, art museums tend to be amazing backdrops for photography!

Practice my Spanish

I finished my high school Spanish career this year with AP Spanish, and now my job is to make sure I don’t forget it. I’m going to start up Duolingo again, because it’s a good little bite-sized review that I can do daily. I also want to push myself to start experiencing real-life Spanish through podcasts, shows, movies, etc. I’m sure my family would agree to watching a Spanish movie with me if I put on English subtitles for them, hehe. If you have any recommendations for shows/podcasts, let me know!

Have a campfire

Okay my bucket list says “bonfire” but I feel like the image of a huge, blazing fire that the word reminds me of is far off from what I actually mean, which is setting a small fire in the fire pit in our yard and cooking s’mores over it or something.

Pick berries

Two summers ago I achieved my bucket list item of picking strawberries and last summer I picked blueberries, so this summer it’s a free choice! It’s really fun and the people who own the farm that we go to for berry picking let you eat as much as you want as you’re picking (so it’s actually quite hard to fill up your punnet, haha).

Start learning Korean

I’ve been debating what language I should spend my time learning now that I’m done with Spanish classes. I went back and forth a lot but I think what I’ve settled on is studying French in school for my senior year and Korean on my own time, especially during the summer. I’ve already found a few useful apps like Memrise and Duolingo, and I’m super excited to start. I feel like I chose Spanish and French mainly for their practicality and how widespread their use is, but Korean is kind of the “for fun” language that I’m letting myself enjoy learning. I definitely hope to visit South Korea someday, however, so it’s not for nothing!

Sell old clothes

I’ve definitely been noticing that a lot of the clothes in my closet get skipped over all the time because they either have gotten too small for me or they’re just not my style. It was hard to find time during the school year to sort those out and figure out what to do with them, so I’ve been saving that as a summer weekend project.

Bake a cake

This is one I got done yesterday! I baked a cake for Father’s Day :) Check!

Make a summer recap video

I was inspired to do this when we were doing our final critique in my Video 1 class recently and this one girl made a video that was a recap of her freshman year and what she’d learned. It was such a sweet memory and even though it’s too late for me to do that for my freshman year, I just loved the idea of making “recap” videos, so I want to make one about my summer break!

What’s on your summer bucket list? Let me know!

I’m going to challenge myself to share these items as I tick them off on Instagram using the hashtag #BlissBeanSummer2018.

Much love,


My Health Bucket List

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Hello friends!

Ah, it’s Thursday, one of my favorite days of the week. Generally, my weeks follow a pattern: Mondays and Tuesdays are long and stressful, Wednesdays are the climax, Thursdays are excitement, Fridays are relief. I'm not a fan of labeling things like days of the week as "good" or "bad", so the high-energy beginning of the week isn't necessarily a bad thing, just something to watch out for and make sure I'm not burning myself out before I'm even halfway through the week :)

I also wanted to mention - this day marks 4 months of The Bliss Bean and I am so proud of myself for sticking with this whole "blogging thang". I had a little design/craft blog from 7th grade into 8th grade and L-O-V-E-D it, but found myself overwhelmed with the last year of middle school and had to stop. I put that little hobby on hold and kept telling myself I’d come back to it in high school. Well, now I have! Funny how I chose the purportedly hardest year of high school to do that, huh? Well, doesn’t matter, because I've got this! 💪. School is super important to me and I have a lot of extracurriculars going on, but I love blogging and it’s the closest thing I’ve got to a “dream career” at this point. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.

Thanks for listening to my little tangent there :) Now I want to ask you a real, serious question. Ya ready? Why are they called “bucket lists”? Ever think about that? When the question popped into my head, the first thing I thought of was that kids’ book about filling people’s buckets. That didn’t quite make sense, though... So I looked it up, and I found out this "extremely useful" and slightly scary bit of information:

While the origins of the phrase are debated, one theory (which I think makes most sense) is that it comes from the English idiom of “kicking the bucket” (referring to the bucket being kicked out from under someone being executed). So basically it's a list of things that you want to do before YOU kick the bucket. Kinda morbid, but now you know! Do you have your own theory?

Now, I present to you… my health bucket list! (AKA #healthgoals).

1. Become a TK instructor

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Turbo Kick is most ~favoritest~ class in the world. It would be a dream to get certified to teach it. In all of the classes that I’ve attended, the instructors are always doing the routine right along with us. Heck, they probably get even more tired because they have to put on a brave face and keep going when the rest of us are stepping out to take breaks, haha! So it's a perfect combo - you get in a workOUT at the same time that you’re workING!

2. Be able to do 3 pull-ups

Unlike push-ups, which require no equipment, and unlike bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc. which just need a couple of dumbbells, pull-ups are a little harder to find space for! That makes them somewhat difficult to practice but it would be so satisfying to be able to hoist up my entire body weight 3 times in a row #STRONG.

3. Try CrossFit

CrossFit is almost like some secret society. I keep hearing about how amazing and life-changing it is, but I have never personally known anyone who does it and I have never spotted a CrossFit gym in my city (even though I know they exist). Hmm… is CrossFit even real? If it is, it seems like it’s one heck of a crazy sweatfest, which is right up my alley :)


4. Go to a yoga class

Oh yes, I’ve gone to many yoga classes… hosted in this beautiful venue called "my bedroom" with a guest teacher, my computer ;) I bet it would be a whole lot different in a big room with lots of other people. Real, live, breathing people. And you know what would be even amazing-er? Getting taught live by Adriene herself!! Someday, someday...

5. Eat an acai bowl

I feel wayyy behind the game here but I’ve never actually had an acai bowl. I know right? Crazy. I’ve had acai juice, though, does that count? Probably not. Acai bowls look and sound SO yummy though and I bet if it weren’t for the cost I’d be having those things every day. 

Image via  The Daily Meal

Image via The Daily Meal

6. Eat an Rx bar

Same here, these things are expensive! At least at my store. But their minimalist packaging has always entranced my design-nerd heart, and their clean ingredients have captivated my health nutty side. Plus, I heard they recently released a pumpkin spice flavor?!?! It’s meant to be.

7. Be able to do a front walkover

I can do the first half of a walkover where you land in a backbend, but for the life of me I can’t seem to make a smooth transition to standing up! It always takes me a few rocks back and forth to gather enough momentum. Honestly how slick would it be if I could do a front walkover? I'd basically be a gymnast.


8. Learn to surf

See, I don’t want to share where exactly I live but I can give you a rough estimate of my distance from the ocean. I live approximately... really dang far away from any nice, warm, clear beach. I’ve always loved water and admired the people who can so gracefully harness the waves to propel themselves. I know my surfing would look a little less inspiring (just a little) but I would love to just be able to stand up on the board!

9. Go on a wellness retreat

I looove traveling in general but I bet one of those “wellness retreats” is 10x as relaxing as your average vacation. Think of it - like-minded people, healthy meals cooked for you all day, unique workouts, relaxing spas, beautiful scenery, trendy lodging *dreamy sigh*.

10. Go vegan for a month

Currently I eat most anything. I try to eat very healthily but I also don’t exclude any food groups because I feel like I don’t know enough about myself to be able to do that with peace of mind. However, I think going vegan for just a month would be a fascinating challenge. Would I be able to do it? I think I would miss cheese, fish, yogurt, and honey the most.

11. Try a poké bowl

Image via  Feed Me Phoebe

Image via Feed Me Phoebe

Poké bowls are a Hawaiian dish that consists of raw, marinated fish served over rice with veggies and sauce. I’m not sure how I feel about the raw fish but man do those pictures look delicious. There is a Freshii near my school that has recently started serving these and I just might have to go and grab one!

12. Try spirulina

Spirulina is a type of algae that is considered a superfood, but let’s be honest - the only reason I want to try it is to make and Instagram deliciously turquoise-colored smoothie bowls.

13. Go on a long hike

I haven’t gone on many hikes in my life, but the ones that I have completed have proved to me that I need to go on MORE hikes! There’s something about hiking that is just magical to me. It’s such a simple task - walk from point A to point B. But along the way you breathe hard, inhaling fresh air; your muscles burn, pushing up the inclines; on top of it all, beautiful scenery.


14. Meditate for a half hour

Meditation is hard for me. I definitely enjoy it, but when I hit around the 15-minute mark I get restless. I reach a point where my mind gets away from me and I just can’t reel it back in. I would be very impressed with myself if I was able to build my stamina up to 30 minutes.

15. Try Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning

It seems that every health nut on Instagram but me has tried this seasoning and I am NOT happy about that. The way people talk about it, you’d think it's some ambrosial blend sent straight from heaven. Now, the issue is this: my family doesn’t shop at Trader Joe’s, and I’m not sure what they would say if they saw I was ordering bagel seasoning on Amazon...

16. Get a comprehensive analysis done

What I mean is a test like this. Now, I know I can be a nerd when it comes to this stuff, but isn’t this SO COOL? My family did get our DNA tested a few years ago through 23andMe but unfortunately the FDA told them they could no longer provide the health info they once did (they did resume providing it but there is not nearly as much information as there once was). I would love to see what one of these tests could tell me about myself, especially about my vitamin levels and how my thyroid is doing.

What’s on your (health) bucket list?

Thanks for reading, and have a happy rest of your week! x