Why I’m Making a Bucket List
Let’s face it. New Year’s resolutions are hard to stick to. And sometimes they’re a little lackluster.
🙅🏻♀️ Exercise more.
🙅🏻♀️ Lose weight.
🙅🏻♀️ Eat more healthily.
These are the most common New Year’s resolutions. Not very inspiring, are they?
I’m all for goal-setting. But I want a list of goals that will keep me excited.
I want to make memories. I want to have fun. I want every day be a reminder that life is short and we should live it to its fullest.
Next year, I want to look back and have zero regrets. I want to approach the new year with curiosity and hope, and have another Bucket List waiting ahead.
How to Make a Bucket List
Bucket lists make you stop and think. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to try? What is it that you want to experience?
Step 1: Data Dump
You’ll need to brainstorm. First, check out some inspiration on Pinterest. Use your resources. Think about where you’ll already be in the coming year. What are the top things to do there?
Then, get out a blank piece of paper (maybe two) and a pen. Set the timer and take 10 minutes to jot down every single idea. No matter how big or small. There are no limits. Ready? Go.
Step 2: Organize
How does it look? Chances are you have some items that seem more feasible than others. To make it more manageable, let’s separate our ideas into categories.
- Things that have a time limit or specific date
- Things that you can only do in a specific location
- Things you can accomplish in the next year
- Things that may have to wait a year or two, etc.
For anything that may require some additional time and planning, set it aside for 2019 and beyond. It’s never too early to start planning for the future!
Step 3: Narrow It Down
Choose your top 3 bucket list items. What gives you a rush just thinking about? What would give you the biggest sense of accomplishment? Put these at the top of your list. Then find a buddy and start planning!
Step 4: Keep It Accessible
Hang it on your fridge. Keep a copy on your phone. Remember, a bucket list has no end. It should be ever-growing and ever-evolving. Check things off as you complete them, and add others as you think of them. And remember, enjoy the ride!
If you need some ideas, here’s my first pass…
Raquel’s 2018 Bucket List
- Go on a real vacation (not just time off work).
- Swim in the ocean.
- Take Myree to Disneyland.
- Go to the Discovery Children’s Museum.
- Make cookies from scratch.
- Plant a tree.
- Go to the zoo.
- Pet a lion.
- Tour the Hoover Dam.
- Watch my sister get married.
- Double my Maskcara team.
- Attend The Most Powerful Women in Network Marketing Event.
- Finish a book.
- Walk the NYC High Line.
- See a Broadway Show.
- Read a book in the NYC Public Library.
- Go to a jazz club on the strip.
- Send Christmas Cards.
- Teach Myree how to jump.
- Buy a trampoline.
- Ride my bike to the grocery store.
- Visit Gibbs Garden when in Georgia.
- Go to a professional baseball game.
- Go to a professional hockey game.
- Sleep in an RV.
- Take Myree to get his first hair cut.
- Host an Easter Egg Hunt.
- Throw a party.
- Learn how to meditate.
- Build a fort and sleep in it .