Summer 2013 Bucket List!

Yesterday’s workout: 2 miles, 18:41 (9:02, 9:39; 9:21 avg)

So I’m finally posting that summer bucket list I promised you guys during my first post back. Oops.


so much to do, so little time

I figure I should probably go over these in some amount of detail too, instead of just giving you a pretty little graphic and shouting “see ya later bitches!” as I run out the door.


1 – As I live in BC, there are a few steps to getting a full driver’s licence. The first is getting your L, which involves passing a knowledge test. The next step is getting you N which is what allows you to drive, though with a few restrictions. I really want to get this over the summer as at this point I’m already 20 and I’ll need it post-graduation if I hope to get a reporting job.

2 – Code Academy is a website that teaches you basic coding. It works in tracks, which are basically just types of coding. I’m on part 2/7 of the first track now and I’d really love to get this done by the end of summer. It does take a decent chunk of time but I think if I focus on getting one track done every week – excluding the weeks when I have finals and papers due – then I should be done by the end of August.

3 – I have a lot of student loan debt and I’d like to reduce it. $2000 seems like a good number given my general lack of expenses right now.

4 – The Grouse Grind is a popular trail on a local mountain here and it’s know as “mother nature’s stairmaster” due to the fact that it goes up 2610 feet over just 1.8 miles. Ideally I’d like to climb it at the beginning of June and then again at the end of August to see how much I can improve over the summer. The average finishing time is 90 minutes and the women’s record is about 31 minutes so ideally I’d like to get under an hour by the end of the summer.

5 –  while I’m paying back the $2000 I’d also simultaneously like to save up $500. I think the plan will be to put 1/3 of each paycheque to each goal and then once I’m done with the $500 I can put 2/3 to the $2000.

6 – I go kayaking a few times most summers with my family and while that’ll do I’d also really love to go ocean kayaking with my friends. What I end up doing will depend on my budget, since as you’ll see I have quite a few rather pricey items on my bucket list.

7 – I really want to spend the summer blogging every single day. I don’t have a ton to do now compared to the school year and since I’m currently not writing that much I figure this would be a good way to keep working on my writing. I think most people have heard of the “10 000 hour” theory and while I’m obviously not going to get that much over the summer, I still think that practice makes perfect.

8 – I used to be such and avid reader in grade school but with the sheer amount that I need to read for university, reading for pleasure has gone down the toilet. I figure that I can probably handle reading 10 books in 12 weeks, especially if I chuck a few shorter ones in. I’m currently on book 2 of the Song of Ice and Fire series and I mean to finish that series during the summer and also hopefully read a classic. The rest will probably be just fluff reads but as long as I’m reading it’s already a huge improvement!

9 – I use to play guitar back in high school but once I stopped taking classes my parents returned my guitar and I haven’t played since. I know which guitar I want so it’s just a matter of saving up that remaining third of my paycheques and buying it!

10 – I really want to get back into running again as it’s the only type of solo exercise that I enjoy. I figured a mileage goal was probably the best way to stop me from slacking so I’m aiming to get 150 miles in this summer. It works out to just over 10 miles a week which I think is manageable. I’m not aiming to run any races but I had a 4 mile route that I loved and I would really like to be able to run it in under 35 minutes again.

I think I’ll stop right here since this blog post is already getting too long.

What’s on your summer bucket list?


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