2015 Summer Bucket List Review

Time passes these days like:



I was never even a Harry Potter fan (sorry), but somehow this gif makes me feel like I should be emotional.

Speaking of emotions, I have a whole cocktail of those happening inside me right now.

  • Disappointment that summer is over
  • Contentment with how much I’ve learned this summer
  • Excitement for going back to my beloved Boston
  • Nervousness for how things will unfold this school year
  • Sadness that I’ll have to say goodbye to my family (…and the kitchen)
  • Gratitude for everything

I made a summer bucket list back in May, and it is now time for tasting and judgement to see how well I did! Before I take a look, I’m going to say that I think I got at least 50% of the items done. Fingers crossed.

1) Go to the beach (with Colby hopefully!)

beach collage

not with Colby unfortunately, but with friends at BU!

2) Get a decent spot at a Tori Kelly concert

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almost got stuck behind a 6’5″ dude, but Tori was incredible

3) Go on an easy hike with friends


I’m counting the one in Portland…with family

4) Watch a movie in the theater

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5) Watch The Parent Trap ➔ {sadly, I never found the opportunity to find and watch this classic}

6) Meet up with Arman in New York City

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wish I had time to meet up with him again!

7) Improve my handstand and other yoga arm balances

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still working on it! trying to get proper alignment first and foremost

8) Come up with at least three new recipes ➔ {got at least four!…even though I almost never measured the recipe exactly}


energy balls


mango banana chia seed pudding


best roasted sweet potatoes ever


strawberries ‘n’ cream smoothie

9) Get my full splits back (semi-comfortably) ➔ {you’ll just have to believe me on this one}

10) Re-read The Story of a Soul ➔ {nope…but I did start Unbroken!}

11) Eat a Dairy Queen Blizzard

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12) Learn most of the muscles in the body (there is a diagram on the wall at my PT internship, and I’ve been studying it every day when I have free time) ➔ {wrote them down but didn’t LEARN them}

13) Go to a farmers’ market ➔ {I feel like I did, but I don’t think I actually did…}

14) Find an occasion to which I could wear a maxi dress, and wear a maxi dress for said occasion ➔  {wore a maxi skirt to the wedding rehearsal dinner in Seattle, which is good enough}

15) Watch the sunrise ➔ {I’m counting my watching the sunrise while driving to Toronto}

16) Hold an L-sit for 10-15 seconds ➔ {I think I may have underestimated myself, because I think accomplished this the day after I posted my bucket list}

17) Do another vlog with Daliza

Questions Nobody Asks

18) Have a picnic with a friend ➔ {I wish!}

19) Gain weight (for real) ➔ {update on that whole shebang coming soon}

20) FaceTime with bloggers ➔ {FaceTimed Julia from Lord Still Loves Me!}

I completed 15/20!! I’ll take 75%.

I can’t forget about the food bucket list either! I completed…six. I made peach blueberry cobbler a la mode, chili, peanut butter cookies and fish cakes, and I ate Bareburger (twice) and a meatball sub at Festa Italiana. But I also cooked up a lot of new things this summer that were not on the list, so I’m happy!


Liv’s sweet potato lentil chili!

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I also accomplished a lot this summer that I did not originally set out to accomplish!

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Needless to say, it’s been a fun and blessed summer. Now it’s time to move ahead into the school year for more adventures!

So tell me:

Two things you accomplished this summer that you wanted to accomplish.

Two amazing things you ate/cooked this summer.

Two things you accomplished this summer that you weren’t planning on doing.


20 thoughts on “2015 Summer Bucket List Review

  1. Um…I am horrible at challenging myself and coming up with things I want to do in the summer. Maybe I can blame not having the money? Ha.

    I have only recently been starting to actually make recipes I’ve seen on blogs, but there are so many that I have liked! Everything of Amanda’s that I’ve made I’ve loved, and the same goes for Julie. I LOVED the overnight oat smoothie (heaven for me because overnight oats and smoothies are two of my favorite things) – so addicting! I think my other food thing has got to be Cookie and Kate’s toasted chocolate coconut muesli. Which you might not like because of the chocolate? <- still can't comprehend that! I keep some on hand for munchies or dessert or breakfast – whenever. 😉 http://cookieandkate.com/2015/toasted-muesli-recipe/

    Ok, this is super lame, but I did not expect to see three "guy movies" only one of which I was really wanting to see, and enjoy them so much! I thought we would never get around to seeing them because we had to watch it without my mom (she doesn't like these kind of movies), and I certainly didn't expect to see them all so close together. Another thing I did that was I was not expecting was changing my workout routine. After doing the same one for 2 years, it was getting old, and I wasn't enjoying it. Making the change has made me happier and stronger (already!).

    I think I'm going to attempt to make a bucket list for fall/winter, but we'll see. I'm no good at coming up with ideas. 🙂

  2. You go girl!!!!!!! It’s a good thing I didn’t make a bucket list this summer lets just say that! Lol 🙈
    And no worries, I will come over with the parent trap💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻😘

  3. Mmmm hmm. Id say it was a pretty epic summer for you! But I’m afraid you left off one very important point that you should probably stick on there and do within the next week or so, and that’s to see the Canadian Rockies. I hear they’re gorgeous around this time of the year 😉

  4. Well done Alison! That is definitely a summer to be proud of – you really made the most of your time!
    This summer I made the biggest change in my life – my husband and I moved to Australia! Scary yet exciting, I’m still pinching myself that I am here and living this amazing adventure!

  5. I just watched your vlog, and it’s so cute!! I think you did an amazing job at checking off most of the items on your summer bucket list. It looks like you had a lot of fun along the way :). Hope your school year goes well!!

  6. How awesome you were able to cross so many things off! It sounds like you had an amazing summer Alison! Cannot wait to see what else is in store for you :).

  7. You had an amazing summer!! And I’m so glad I got to follow along with all your fantastic pictures, stories, and HILARIOUS stories. ❤ you girl. You are a blessing to me.

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