As we enter the new year, many of us have a list of resolutions. And, more likely than not, we have already broken several of them (we’re barely two weeks in!). So instead of creating a list of New Year’s resolutions that we just know we’re going to break, perhaps it would be more constructive to focus on revisiting, revamping or creating a bucket list for the year.
A bucket list?
Your list should be meaningful to you and include places you want to travel, books you want to read, things you want to try that scare or challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone. Create a bucket list with a mixture of attainable realistic goals, crazy hopes and dreams and new and exciting challenges or ventures.
That being said, this is about building a bucket list for the year, so if you already have a bucket list, take a look at it and focus on items you feel you can accomplish this year and of course why not throw in a few of the loftier goals as well, because you just never know when opportunity might present itself!
If you don’t have a bucket list yet, there is no time like the present to start one! There are even apps and online tools (like BucketList.org) to help you find inspiration.
My personal bucket list
Even though I’ve had a mental bucket list for many years and have even managed to check off a few major items (like living in Australia and skydiving), I realized as I sat down to write this article that I have never actually put my bucket list down on paper.
As it turns out, I’ve got a lot of things I want to do. I mean a lot a lot, my list is already over two pages long! A lot of the things I want to do are longer-term goals, but I thought I’d share the top ten that I want to focus on this year, in case you need a little inspiration:
- Go to Vegas
- Attend a Barre class
- Take some kind of legit dance class or course
- Visit Ottawa and tour the House of Commons
- Attend a paint night
- Volunteer time to a charitable cause
- Write a list of 101 things that make me happy and take a picture of them
- Become a career lifestyle consultant/advisor
- Complete a half marathon
- Read 25 books
Creating your own bucket list
Creating a bucket list can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s important to remember that your bucket list is something that will always be evolving, growing and changing as you are. The point is to use it as a tool to both challenge yourself and have a little fun.
So let’s get out there and start making our dreams a reality this year!