My daughter came home recently with a paper listing 100 items for a “Summer Bucket List” and it proclaimed it had 100 fun things to do before summer kicks the

Read 3 Novels is on my Summer Bucket List

Read 3 Novels is on my Summer Bucket List

bucket. It included items like: see a parade, make root beer floats, and have breakfast for dinner. I had heard of a bucket list as being a list of something(s) you want to do before you die. I never thought the idea could be expanded to a list of possibilities to do for the summer. I put the list on our refrigerator, and whenever I open the door I notice a new item on that Summer Bucket List. I thought I should create my own Summer Bucket List. I decided my list would omit what my family normally does over the summer (go to fireworks, camp, or go to an amusement park) or household tasks or the plans we already have in place. My Summer Bucket List would be totally fun things I want to do, and it got me excited about this summer.

I have been talking with my clients about how they take care of themselves (self-care) over the summer, and often they answer, “I don’t know.” They say that it has been such a long time since they have thought about how to take care of themselves, and some have never thought of it at all. Sound like you too? I am on a mission to spread the word that everyone can have a Summer Bucket List.

Here are some strategies to start your Summer Bucket List. I suggest you spend 15-30 minutes contemplating the below questions.

  • Think about what you like to do and have not done in a while.
  • Consider what you have never done, but really want to do.
  • Think about what you have been afraid to do but really want to do.
  • What would give you pleasure? Put that on your list.
  • Write down your list (download here) and keep it where you can see it and set dates for when you will get it done this summer.
  • Keep extra spaces on your list to add through the summer.


I consider this Summer Bucket List a strategy to end emotional eating, because taking care of yourself (including your emotions) is strongly related to ending the need to emotionally eat. We can often tend to overeat due to feelings like boredom, loneliness, and stress. This Summer Bucket List provides you opportunities to let go of those feelings, because you are engaging in endeavors that you enjoy, thus brightening your mood. We are looking to increase your good feelings without food.

I hope you join me this summer to create your Bucket List (download here). Later in the summer I’ll post how I am doing and give you my reactions and insights. In the meantime, let us know in the comments below what is on your Summer Bucket List. Maybe you could give me/us some new ideas.


Kim McLaughlin, MA is a Counselor and Motivational Coach who specializes in working with people who suffer from binge eating and emotional eating. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. 

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