Happy New Year! Every year in January, I make a list of the list items I accomplished in the previous year, and I pick a subset of items to work on for the current year. What are your bucket list traditions? Some people write an entirely new bucket list every year, and others make New Year’s resolutions out of things already on their lists. Please share your traditions in the comments below.
In 2014, I accomplished 10 things on my list (I’ll add links as I write the posts):
- Eat a grasshopper
- Win NaNoWriMo
- Go to Las Vegas
- Watch a Cirque du Soleil performance
- Stay in a hostel
- Go on vacation by myself (second time)
- Write 100 thank you notes in 100 days
- Give flowers to a stranger
- Learn to use my sewing machine
- Pay for a stranger’s groceries
I attempted/started one more:
- Raise $1000 for a cause I’m passionate about (tried to raise it all in 1 month during the fundraising campaign that was going on, but failed. However, this is an ongoing goal so you can still give)
And I added 15 new goals in 2014 (#114-128 on the list).
The 2015 Subset
I make a subset list of 10 items for goals I want to give myself a little extra pressure to finish before the year’s over. The purpose is to move me closer to the chosen goals, even if I don’t complete them that year. These aren’t the only goals I work on during the year, and they may not even be the most important goals to me. They also don’t include any goal I know for sure will happen this year (that’s almost like writing a to-do list with things you’ve already finished!)
So, here’s the subset list for 2015 (as with my full List, some are hidden until I complete them, and this is in no particular order):
- Build a bottle rocket
- Eat rabbit
- Go to a drive-in movie
- Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
- Learn to do a magic trick
- Enter a recipe contest
- Learn to flip/twirl a pen
- Ride in a convertible
What’s on your list this year?
Resource: The Don’ts of Writing a Bucket List by Lesley Carter at Bucket List Publications. Lesley is a bucket list blogger known for her yearly pushing-the-limits lists. In the post, she shares 10 suggestions to help make your bucket list the best it can be.
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