Editor’s note: Triangle entrepreneur and thought leader Jes Averhart, CEO of Jes & Co and host of the “Reinvention Road Trip,” is a regular WRAL TechWire contributor who explores topics pertaining to reinvention, especially prompted by the onset of the global pandemic. Her columns appear weekly.  


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Summer is flying by…Geesh!! So this week, I wanted to offer a few (okay, 10) things to enjoy and savor before this gorgeous season takes a bow.

Summer Bucket List

  1. Find some water! Take a walk on the beach, pack a picnic lunch, or see if somebody will take you out on a boat for a relaxing kickback on the water.
  2. Catch a baseball game! Ya’ll know I’m partial to the Durham Bulls but wherever you are…support your local team!
  3. Find an inspiring arboretum or summer flower display. (In Raleigh, we love the Dorothea Dix Sunflower Field or Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill.
  4. Indulge in a pool day. Bring a novel, sunblock, playlist and jazzy beverages. You’ve probably forgotten how relaxing a good day at the pool can be. *Try making some whimsical jello shots. Check out the ones our staff are crazy about below.
  5. Go on a hot girl walk! Dress up, walk with your best swagger, and enjoy being your powerful beautiful self.
  6. Make homemade ice cream. (This was one of my favorite things to do with my grandparents!)
  7. Try pickleball! There’s a reason this sport is sweeping the nation. (Hint: it’s fun for all ages.)
  8. Tour a new winery or brewery. (the samples are the best part)
  9. Dress up with your bestie, and grab some summer ‘snaps.’  Hype each other up and make sure to get some golden hour shots when the sunlight makes everything gorgeous.
  10. Grab a chair and go stargazing.

Now get out there and make these 55 days count!

More from Jes Averhart:

Leadership lessons from golf: The game is a beast but … test your limits, focus and drive to success

People, passion, playing: 3 things I learned from Girls on the Run International