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How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17

“I’m just trying to live my best life” is something I started saying heavily before leaving for Hangout Fest. My friends and co-workers love it just as much as I do. It’s probably because some of our “best life” decisions are questionable. Either way summer is almost officially here, and the only life I want to live is my best one!

How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17 - The Palmetto Peaches

How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17

Be consciously selfish.

It’s okay to say no to things that don’t benefit or interest you. This doesn’t mean to ignore your loved ones to sip sangria at the pool– at least not everyday. If your family is as big as mine, your calendar is already 50% booked with events. Make sure to make time for the fun and/or productive things you want to do.

Wear the bathing suit.

I know first hand this is easier said than done, but I also know that self consciousness and the heat don’t mesh well together.

Unplug.

If you didn’t Snap about it, did it even happen? Yes. Yes it did. Nothing says summer like a good drink-in-the-air picture, but sometimes we forget to live in the moment. Not to mention that a break from the 24-hour news cycle is good for the soul. Being on your phone too much takes away from quality pool and/or nap time. (Please note that I love a good drink in a float picture just as much as the next person.) How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17 - The Palmetto Peaches

Don’t apologize for living the life you chose.

You’ve earned whatever you’re celebrating. What other people think of your idea of fun has nothing to do with you. Maybe your best life is washing your hair and reading a book–maybe it’s drinking wine out the bottle. If it makes you happy and isn’t harmful to yourself and others–DO IT. Worry about yourself fam.

Here are things I plan to check off my list to help live my best life this summer.

launch my summer arts camp.

This is the year I’m FINALLY beginning the journey of sprinkling art into the lives of Charleston’s youth. The 2-week camp launches in July, so stay tuned for more details!

Take a solo day trip.

A day to myself in a different city would be adventurous, even in a city I’ve visited before.

Attend (at least) 3 festivals

Hangout Fest is 1 out of the 3. Music Midtown is on my list, but I’d like to attend a food or culture related festival too.

How do you plan to live your best life this summer, and every other day of the year?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Goodbye Summer: Bucket List Revisited

Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall! In June, Donni and I shared our Summer Bucket Lists with you. I’m back to share what I actually checked off my list, and what I have planned for the fall.

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Summer 2016 Bucket List

Sunrise meditation.

It wasn’t the outdoor meditation like I hoped for, but I did manage to wake up and meditate before and during sunrise–from the comfort of my bed.

Make S’mores at a bonfire.


Nah. Summer 2016 was so hot, I barely attended anything that didn’t involve air conditioning or a paycheck. I don’t know why I thought I’d be sitting in front of anyone’s fire.

Go to a baseball game.

I went to 2 Charleston Riverdogs game this summer! At the first game, I tried a Palmetto Espresso Porter beer milkshake for the first time. About a month later, I enjoyed $1 beer during a Thirsty Thursday game.  The games and drinks were both great. Felt like college.

Travel.

I didn’t make it to New Orleans, but I did make it to Savannah for a Bachelorette weekend, and Atlanta to see Beyoncé for the SECOND time this year. A trip to New Orleans is very high the list for my solo travel birthday trip.

Build a fort.

I watched my nephew build a fort. Does that count? He even had me test his entrance, which had a sign that read, “Please knock”. Knock on what though? The fort didn’t have a door. Yep, I’m checking this off my list.

Drink out of a coconut.

Nah, again. Guess I’ll put this back on the list for Spring/Summer 2017.

I didn’t do too bad checking things off my Summer Bucket List, but Fall is here and it’s time for new adventures! Here are some things I’d like to do this season.

Goodbye Summer Bucket List

Sunrise meditation.

Daylight Savings Time will be here soon. It’s easier for me to meditate at 7am instead of 6am, that’s for sure.

Make S’mores at a bonfire.

I will give this another try in October or November when it’s not 90 degrees.

Oktoberfest.

Because beer love is true love. Charleston has a few of it’s own Oktoberfest celebrations, and I’d love to attend one for the first time.

Sleep-in Sundays.

Fall is my favorite season, but the weather can get a little gloomy as winter approaches. I love waking up early, simply to stay snuggled up in bed for a few extra hours (or the entire day). Brunch is great year-round, but it’s not as tempting when outs looks like a scene from Twilight. My plan is to have at least 4 “Sleep-in Sundays” this season.

Visit a pumpkin patch with my nephews.

If we miss that chance, they will have to settle for Disney on Ice or a visit to the aquarium.

What did you check of your bucket list this summer? What’s on your Fall Bucket List?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

30 Before 30 List

30 Before 30 - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comWhen this post goes live it will be my 27th birthday! *vogues around the room* I love seeing people’s birthday bucket lists. Now I originally thought I’d make of list of activities I want to do  before my next birthday, but decided against it. A 30 before 30 list gives me three years to get these items crossed off of my list. I think that’s pretty reasonable and a few items are in the works right now.

So what do I hope to accomplish by my 30th birthday?

30 Before 30 List

  1. Attend Comic Con – in full cosplay. Michonne, Harley Quinn, or a Disney villain are high on my list.
  2. Ride on a motorcycle. Motorcycles terrify me, but I want to make conquering my fears a priority.
  3. Visit at least two places on my dream destinations list.
  4. Write a book.
  5. Purchase my first home. In progress.
  6. Buy an DSLR and take a photography class. Last year, I upgraded my camera, but I want to take it a step further and take a photography class.
  7. Become a Big Sister
  8. Test drive a Tesla.
  9. Run a half marathon.
  10. Take a mixology or bartending class. Vodka and pineapple juice is about as complicated as my drink mixing get these days. I’d love to be able to craft a complicated cocktail for a friend or at a dinner party (see #30).
  11. Learn Spanish and brush up on my French. I want to be fluent in both of these languages. I’m not too old to learn, right?
  12. Join a dodgeball league. And DOMINATE! 🙂
  13. Ride an elephant.
  14. Master macarons. Last week, I failed to make some simple sugar cookies, so I have a long way to go. I’m also realizing, I’m not a great a baker as I think I am. Don’t worry though my drunken cupcakes still slay!
  15. Take a sewing class.
  16. Start playing piano again. My mom is jumping for joy. I quit piano lessons in third grade so that I can I could take more dance classes.
  17. Get a tattoo. I’ve wanted  a tattoo since I was 17 and something always happened to stop me. No more excuses. I’m getting my ink.
  18. Treat myself to a pair of Louboutins.
  19. Fall in love. I was going to exclude this from this list, but I’m trying to be more open. I love my family and friends. I’ve cared deeply for guys that I’ve dated, but I can’t say that I’ve ever really been in love.
  20. Plant a tree.
  21. Live abroad.
  22. Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans. 
  23. Dance at Carnival. No, not a cruise ship. I want to go to Trinidad or Haiti and get dressed in an elaborate outfit and dance my ass off.
  24. Invest in stocks. I want to retire in style so before I’m 30 I want to have a diverse financial portfolio that allows me to live comfortable, send my kid(s) to college and throw in some fun activities for myself.
  25. Rescue a dog. I think Sgt. Pepper would enjoy a fur sibling.
  26. Tour Heinz Field. Add go to Heinz Field to the list I guess. I’ve never seen my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers at a home game.
  27. Become a minimalist. I have the potential to be a great candidate for Hoarders. So I’d like live more of a minimalist lifestyle to avoid my own episode on that show.
  28. Go viral.
  29. Go on a Napa Valley wine tour.
  30. Throw a super classy dinner party. There are a few friends who will read this and laugh. We’ve attempted “classy” parties before and it never ends well. We’re a bunch that tends to get rowdy.

Do you have a 30 before 30 or a comparable list? What’s on it? Leave a comment below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comSummer is almost (officially) here.

Even though it feels like time is flying, we are going to celebrate with a Summer Bucket List! Grab your sunscreen, flip-flops and koozie, and see what we we’re doing to make this summer a great one!

Summer Bucket List

Ace

  • Sunrise meditation. Nothing says good vibes like fresh air and a morning mantra.
  • Make S’mores at a bonfire.
    The last few times I made S’mores, I used a microwave or lighter. Don’t laugh.
  • Go to a baseball game. I have no baseball knowledge whatsoever, but I love the atmosphere!
  • Float the river. Our Columbia friends introduced us to this summer adventure. It always ends with a sore body and a few good stories.
  • Travel. I REALLY want to go to New Orleans this summer, but I’m open to going anywhere with a nice view.
  • Build a fort. Yes summer is about sunlight and being outdoors, but I’d be okay with an air conditioned fort and Netflix…and snacks.
  • Drink out of a coconut. This has been on my summer bucket list for years. You know it looks fun and refreshing!

Donni

  • Go to a drive- in movie. If you have a drive-in movie in your hometown or get a chance to experience one, I say go for it. If you’re in Atlanta (or visiting Starlight DriveIn is great.
  • Shoot the Hooch. I just want a lazy day on the tubing the Chattahoochee River.
  • Go to the beach. Basically, I just need to plan an extended vacation home in Charleston.
  • Take a weekend road trip.  I’ve got my eyes on Nashville.
  • Play in a sprinkler/on a slip-n-slide.  Last year (on my birthday) Slide the City was canceled so I can’t personally vouch for event, but it looks like so much fun. If it comes to a city near you, go and tell me about it.
  • Play with sidewalk chalk.  Because #ForeverYoung.
  • Make homemade ice cream.  Do I really need a reason?
  • Have a water balloon/ squirt gun war. In undergrad Ace and I had an epic water balloon fight with some of our friends…reunion time?
  • Catch fireflies.  This happens in movies all the time, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a firefly. Fern Gully problems, huh?
  • Take a nap in a hammock. I repeat: Do I really need a reason?

What are some of the things on your Summer bucket list? Leave us a comment below.

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto PeachesandDonni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Spring Bucket List

Spring Bucket List - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI looked up what words are most commonly associated with spring and these were my favorite:

active; airy; alive; awakening; blissful; energetic; enjoyable; growing; inspiring; invigorating; rejeuventating; renewing; sparkling; spectacular; thriving; unpredictable; vibrant.

I’ve always associated springtime with playfulness and a time of renewal. I encourage you to make the most of the season and participate in activities that make you feel like some of the adjectives above. I’ve created a blank bucket list printable for you to plan out some of the things you want to do this season. Whether you’re planning for yourself or for your family – I’ve pulled together some activities that are on my spring bucket list that will hopefully inspire your list. You could frame from your list and write on the glass with a dry erase marker –checking them off as you accomplish the items your spring bucket list.

 

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Spring Bucket List

  • Smell the flowers. Take a walk in the park or visit your local botanical garden. I’m planning to check out
  • Decorate your home with fresh tulips and daffodils.
  • Fly a kite. One of the best dates I’ve been on was out to Piedmont Park to fly kites. We failed miserably at it, but it was so much fun.
  • Blow bubbles and or dandelions.
  • ________ in the rain.  The saying goes: Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May. So go jump in puddles, sing, dance or kiss in the rain, or simply take time to listen to the rain.
  • Have a picnic. I just need an excuse to buy this cute gingham lined picnic basket I’ve been eyeing for the longest.

  • Leave your windows open to catch a spring breeze.

  • Enjoy a baseball game. Even if sports aren’t your thing, there will be delicious hot dogs and beer.

  • Visit your local farmers market.

  • Plant some greenery.  Listen, I don’t have a green thumb at all. Last year I killed my herb garden within a few weeks, but at first you don’t succeed…

  • Make a bird feeder.
  • Host a tea party.   Donni, what are you like 7? Yes, going on 27. Seriously though, put put on a floppy hat and a sundress and host a tea party for some of your friends. I promise it’ll be so much fun (just make sure you have some fancy tiny finger sandwiches)!
  • Play with sidewalk chalk.
  • Visit a festival. We’ve got a ton of art and music festivals in Atlanta — many of them are free. Check out what’s happening locally or a festival that would make a fun day trip.

What are some of the things on your Spring Bucket List? Leave a comment below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches