I finally compiled my 2016 Bucket List. I originally had two pages front and back of ideas, so narrowing them down to only ten is a pretty proud moment for me.
Now, I know I said no ongoing projects, as you will see shortly a few still ended up on the list. I think with my re-wording I successfully squeezed them through the loop holes. Besides, who says “break the rules” wasn’t on my original list of ideas?
Before I share though, I do have to admit that I’ve seen a handful of these lists on my reader, and I’ve read every one of them. While I greatly appreciated the added twist of humor in each and every list I read, I took a more serious approach to the task. Maybe it’s because this is my first year transitioning from a resolutions list to a bucket list and I’m still struggling with the concept of change. Or maybe it’s just because it is very important to me and required my more serious approach.
Regardless… my 2016 Bucket List is as follows…. (drum roll please)
- Put my writing “out there”
Originally I had listed publish or get recognized for my writing. This pretty much sums up that concept. I’m a writing hoarder in a way. Sure, I share it with you and with my English instructor… but I don’t really climb out of my box too often. I haven’t let my writing leave our cozy little comfort zone since I was a kid. It’s time I put it out there and see what happens. Contests. Submitting it to publishing places. Legitimately attempting to write a novel for future contest/publishing purposes. I couldn’t say exactly what stepping out of my comfort zone will look like, but I plan to push my writing “out there” into the real world.
- $1,000 in Christmas Club Account
For anyone that read my sob story break down of Christmas this year, you know the story. And really, it’s not a whole lot different than any story from the past several years. It’s time we drastically correct that problem. While $1,000 may seem like overkill to some of you, once you figure in the 6 “children,” 4 grandchildren, multitudes of nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, parents, gas in vehicles, natural inclination of being “do gooders,” etc, etc, $1,000 is simply being realistic.
- Go BIG for Halloween
Why Halloween? Because it’s the first festive holiday after the joy of summer has officially died, and it just so happens to be on the list of favorites of many of my immediate family. Pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Haunted houses and spooky trails. Bobbing for apples and carving pumpkins. And of course, dressing up for the big day. It’s well past time to do it up.
- Real date with the hubby
You may find this comical, or sad, but in eleven years my husband and I have NEVER went on an actual date. I don’t even mean a fancy see in the movies type of date. I mean literally, any type of date. While we absolutely love to do things with our family, always including them in on every single thing we have ever done for eleven years… it’d be nice to do something alone, just once.
- Bonfire party on the beach
Despite what I said about movie type of things in the last bullet point, a bonfire on the beach has always caught my attention in movies. When I found out that we have a local beach that you can have bonfires on I had to have in!
- Complete 2016 Book Challenge
A few posts ago you will find, or did find, a re-blog of a 2016 book challenge. I’m even hoping to get my son on board on this one! In all reality, if it doesn’t go on the list, it’s probably not gonna happen. For whatever reason, I really want that one to happen, so on the list it goes.
- Hit my goal weight
Against the previous “rules” I had made for my bucket list, I still tossed this one in. While ‘losing weight’ is ongoing, I think I got through a loop hole wording it like that. After all, I either hit my goal weight or I don’t, easy cross off when I get there. Again, it had to be done, so it had to go on the list.
- Stop SMOKING! (3 months b4 cross out)
This ones pretty self explanatory, and follows the same old script (gotta do it, gotta be on the list). I tossed in the 3 month thing because in all actuality, I stop smoking every time I stub a butt out in the ashtray… I’m sure you get where I’m going with that one….
- Pick focus word for the year
While I obviously constructed this list before I wrote yesterdays post, it was a more random thing I added. They can’t all be killer items. I needed something a little more kicked back to keep the ball rolling. And as you may know, the item is crossed off the list as I have picked my one word for the year. CHOICE!
- Take kids “back to school” shopping
This one seems a little silly huh? Maybe even a little crazy, after all, back to school shopping is a chore! I dreaded the days of running my teenage stepdaughter to every shoe store in a 100 mile radius just so she could want the pair of shoes she saw at the first fricken’ store we were at. But, it’s an experience every kid deserves, and the littler ones have never once went on the official school shopping trip. So, time to change that.
My list may appear different than the typical bucket list. Sure, it might be a list of resolutions in a vain attempt to disguise itself as a bucket list but, It’s my list, so it’s okay. I’ll likely add to it here and there as the year goes on and I still intend to keep my list of ideas tucked in the back of my mind, as I’d love to visit the Mystery Spot and play laser-tag with the family. Maybe next year my list will be much more inspiring, and true to its name but this year, the things that made it onto my official list deserve my complete focus. These are the ones that at the end of the year I’ll sit back looking at a crossed off bucket list and say, “Damn, I really did accomplish some great stuff this year.” And in all reality, that’s really all I’m going for, no matter what I call the actual list.