Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kick the Bucket.....List

If you have not seen "The Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan is a must see. Very good!
Made me think to create my own bucket list. Why not? I already have a will wrote up. Okay, so maybe not a REAL will but a good enough one that in the event something happened to dear hubby and I, everything including the kids would be taken care of.

Creating a bucket list focuses interests, provides structure and makes you feel alive. It will expand your mind to new possibilities and help make your dreams become a reality.
You can begin your own bucket list by writing down your hopes, desires and dreams. Stop scratching your head, you know you have them! Don't worry about making each aspiration earth-shattering, sometimes the simplest goals as the most rewarding. Follow these steps to get started:

1. Get your pen and paper ready, you must write your list down! Keep in mind that this will always be a work in progress; it doesn't need to be completed in one sitting.

2. Begin by creating broad categories for your list; adventure, arts & crafts, relationships, contribution, events, fashion & beauty, finance, personal growth, food & drink, fitness, travel.

3. Start with a random 30 minute brainstorming session. Write down any goal that comes to mind in each category, you can always edit them later.

4. Stuck? Ask yourself these questions:
  • What countries or states have you always wanted to visit? Greece, Italy, Africa or New York?
  • Are there any sports that you have wanted to try? Archery, skeet shooting, paint balling or ice skating?
  • Are there any events that you have wanted to attend? Wine tasting, masquerade ball, book signing or Mardi Gras parade?
  • What extreme adventures excite you? Skydiving, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting or eating fire?
  • Think about places you would like to volunteer or items you want to donate? Animal or homeless shelters? Donate clothing, housegoods or your hair? 
  • What sort of things have you always wanted to try to change your fashion style? New hair cut, spa pedicure, fake eyelashes or get a total makeover?
  • What lessons do you still want to learn? New language, software program, college degree or write a book?
5. Now that you have your list, do something different starting TODAY; take a new route to work, change your hairstyle, attempt to cook a new recipe or drink a vintage wine.

6. Keep a record of your accomplishments. Mark them off and put the date of completion as you go. Writing a short paragraph about your experience is a wonderful way to share the benefits of the list with others.
7. Remember that it is never too late to begin planning, you are not too old or too young and "having time" is only a matter of priority!

And make sure you link your bucket list in the comments section below. I would love to take a gander at your bucket list!

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