Monday, February 14, 2011

My 'Bucket List'

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman

Several posts ago I mentioned the Dumb Little Man post 39 Ways to Live and not Merely Exist, so I've altered it to suit my needs and compiled my list of forty things to do before I turn 40. It'll be interesting to see how many I can achieve on my 'bucket list' this year. Some of them are quite generalised, but some are quite specific.

1. Take a yoga class
2. Finish writing my novel and then start a new one
3. Use my treadmill, 3 times a week for at least 15 minutes
4. Learn how to use Adobe Indesign
5. Create a regular e-newsletter
6. Write on my blog regularly
7. Tell my best friend what he means to me
8. Take my children overseas
9. Learn how to meditate
10. Learn a new word every week and use it on my blog
11. Take up volunteering work
12. Face my fears
13. Write about my experiences
14. Really listen to what my children are saying
15. Make a new friend
16. Learn new skills to make my ‘dream’ job a reality
17. Write a travel blog
18. Live in the moment
19. Laugh out loud regularly
20. Stop worrying about tomorrow
21. Constantly improve myself - expand my mind with all sorts of ‘useless’ information
22. Listen more than I speak
23. Practice random acts of kindness regularly
24. Take a different route to work.
25. Travel and explore new places
26. Don’t judge people on appearance alone
27. Love my job or change it
28. Go back to learning to speak Italian
29. Join a writing group
30. Learn about getting my novel publish
31. Find an agent
32. Finish renovating the house
33. Enjoy my children (and my grandchild when he arrives)
34. Don’t feel guilty about having ‘me’ time
35. Spend an hour every week doing something just for me
36. Experiment and discover new recipes
37. Realise that I deserve to be happy
38. Love the ones I’m with
39. Learn a craft
40. Kick up my heels and love my life

I turn 40 in November, so there are a number of things that I want to achieve to ensure that I am living and not simply existing. I achieved number 7 today - I sent him the link to my blog post from yesterday.

What about you - do you have a 'bucket list' of things to achieve?

Today is Valentine's Day and I'm not big on the commercialism that surrounds the day. Why not show your love in a new and inventive way and keep in mind that it's not just today but every day you should be showing your love in small and unique ways because after all it's about living and not merely existing. Live for today and tomorrow will take care of itself.

Cheers, Fi


  1. What a great list Fi! And a good idea to do too...

    Must start my list -- that's my no. 1 :)

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