All throughout life, we each will make a series of choices.
Some choices will turn out to be very beneficial; others will prove to be liabilities.
We can truly learn through all choices – the good and the bad. And when we learn or experience something in life – especially the great things, why not pass it on to help others?
My favorite choices in life, are the ones I can look back on and be exceptionally happy I made them count.
As I was talking to a dear friend this week, she asked me what three choices – other than becoming a Christian, wife, or mom – have made the greatest impact in my life.
I immediately thought of several, but one stood out the most…the decision to buy a notebook and use it to create, and continually update, a Bucket List.
A Bucket List has helped me to be much more intentional in living life…both short term and long term.
There are many places I’ve traveled that I most likely never would have traveled to, many goals I’ve reached that could’ve gotten lost in the shuffle of life, and many activities and traditions I’ve enjoyed with my husband, the kiddos, and my family and friends — all because I wrote these things down and purposely made them a reality — especially if I gave myself a deadline to complete them.
Do I meet every goal, destination, and activity’s deadline all of the time? Nah…and I don’t beat myself up when I don’t. But I do meet about 80-90% of them…which is much better than the 0-25% I’d meet if I weren’t intentional about it. And on some things, I’ll extend the deadline so I can accomplish them at a later date, so there’s never any stress with my Bucket List.
I love my Bucket List! It’s purpose-filled and fun! I enjoy dreaming, setting goals, planning fun activities, and looking forward to different travels.
There have been many times that my Bucket List has provided much joy, and it also has helped me stay focused through times of deep grief.
So how do you start a Bucket List?
- Buy a notebook or create a file on your computer/cell phone/iPad. There are also some Bucket List apps.
- Ask yourself what activities or traditions (old or new) you’d like to enjoy with family or friends
- Think about what you intentionally want to do in life
- Consider places you’d like to travel
- Ask God what spiritual goals He’d like for you to put on your Bucket List
- What educational or career goals would you like to pursue and accomplish
- Are there areas of self-improvement you’d like to make
- What bad habits would you like to overcome
- What positive life goals or dreams would you like to fulfill
- What financial goals would you like to work on
- What relationships would you like to improve or honor/enjoy more
- What family and friends do you want to make sure feel extraordinarily loved, encouraged, and appreciated
- What ministry do you want to start or become involved in
- How can you make God and His love & kindness more known in the world
- What activities/hobbies are you passionate about…or what new activities/hobbies do you want to start, try, or perfect
These tips can help you start brainstorming your way to living your life to the fullest!
Truly think about the kind of life you want.
Perhaps you’ve always dreamed about going on a Mediterranean cruise, or traveling to Hawaii or Disney World with family. Maybe you’ve always wanted to go skiing over Thanksgiving or to the beach at Christmastime. Or do a road trip in the Fall to see the gorgeous leaves in New England.
Maybe you’ve dreamed of going back to school to get a higher degree.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to paint or cook…or do tae kwon do or adult league soccer. Maybe get into bodybuilding or running.
Maybe you want to be a better spouse…parent…sibling…family member…friend.
Make your Bucket List your very own. Create individualized goals/plans and also include God and family in your plans. Have the best time creating a beautiful life – the kind of life you wake up in the morning and truly want. A life you are really excited to live each and every day!
A Bucket List has helped me tremendously throughout my life. It truly is one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made!
It helps anyone who has a Bucket List to be very intentional. And it’s great to look back and see how much you were able to enjoy, plan, do, and accomplish – and especially help others, too!
What’s the first thing you’ll write in your Bucket List? Be sure to periodically highlight or put a check next to each item you’ve accomplished, enjoyed, or successfully completed.
At the end of your life, you’ll be extra thankful you took the time to create a Bucket List…and look back and see the wonderful, beautiful life you intentionally created for you and your loved ones!
Happy Bucket Listing!
Gratitude & blessings,
©2017 by Kim Niles. All rights reserved.
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