This Working Mom’s Summer Bucket List


It’s summer. The kids are out of school. However, this mom still has to work!

The work/life/home balance never ends. As a working mom, I plan to take a few days off, but I can’t be home all summer. So I’ve come up with things I’m hoping to accomplish this summer, including some kid-free activities:

  • Girls trip with my daughter – my daughter and I just had an overnight trip to Durham to see my sister who is in town from California
at least one item checked off!
  • Make it to the beach (any beach!) with the kids at least once, even if it’s a day trip on the weekend
  • Pick out a new puzzle and finish it together
  • Play board and card games – I’ve been recently going to neighborhood yard sales and collecting games for us to play this summer
  • Adult girls trip – my friends and I went to the New Kids on the Block concert – the ultimate Mom’s night out (LOL). We need more. 
  • Take the kids to a Fireflies baseball game this season
  • Teach my tween how to scrapbook – I recently found all of my old scrapbooking materials in a closet and my daughter wants to learn
  • Annual physical, biometric screening, bi-annual dental cleaning
  • Read at least two new books this summer – if y’all have any recommendations, let me know
  • Try a new workout – I just did this last week and went to my first Barre class (it was awesome!)
  • Complete one thing I pinned on Pinterest – whether it’s a new recipe, a DIY, or a new hair color
  • Go axe throwing – OK, this is just for my own personal entertainment … there is an  axe throwing place in Columbia I’ve been wanting to go to
  • Take my daughter to a tea room for a tea party
  • Get my 3-year-old FULLY potty trained
  • Marie Kondo my closet
  • Make it to a farmers market at least one Saturday – whether it’s Soda City, Lake Carolina, or the Blythewood Farmer’s Market
  • Schedule a massage – Bwahahahaha … mom can dream, right?

Whether you are home with your kids all summer, working from home, or working outside the home all summer, what are some of your summer bucket list items?

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Mee Jean is a divorced mom of three amazing kids: Alyssa, (11), Jacob (10) and Isaac (4). She moved to Columbia in 2002 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Once wondering how she could live in a small town, she now embraces it and loves her home in Northeast Columbia. She is a Marketing Proposal Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and loves being involved in the community and making Columbia the best place for her kids to grow up in. As a current board member on the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board and a graduate of Leadership Columbia Class of 2017, she has learned so much about Columbia. Mee Jean loves going to local events and supporting businesses around the city. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, reading, watching Georgia football, running races (whether it be 5ks or Spartans), taking pictures and making memories (lots of selfies and hashtags), shopping, relaxing with some wine by the pool and sleeping. 


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