The New Year always seems to bring visions of change and a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately most of these resolutions don’t seem to make it past the month of January!
Someone sent me this video and it reminded me of the shift my family made a few years ago away from resolutions to creating annual bucket lists instead! We made our list of goals fun and picked things that enrich and add to our lives instead of things that feel like a long list of “dos and don’ts”?
It somehow shifted my mindset away from feeling like my resolutions were some sort of self-punishment to looking at them as a list of fun and adventurous challenges for the year ahead! Plus as moms let’s face it, we like crossing things off a list and we also happen to be good list makers too!
So here’s how our family sets our Bucket Lists each year:
- Visualize. Think about where you want to be this time next year. What milestones, adventures, vacations, traditions, challenge goals, etc. do you want to look back on?
- Make a list. Write down your ideas and tune in to how you feel as you write down each one. Hint… the ones you feel excited or a little nervous about as you write them down are often the “right” picks!
- Narrow Down. Highlight the 5 that gave you that nervous excitement in your gut! You know the feeling… trust it!:)
- Write it Down. Write those 5 ideas down someplace you can look at each day. The yellow notes pages in your iPhone, a journal, your daily planner, a piece of paper posted on the fridge… whatever makes sense to you! Congratulations, you’ve made your 2017 bucket list!
- Make a Plan. Now, use the momentum of the New Year to start researching your goals and jot down a brief plan and timeline. Make a pin board on Pinterest to save links, request travel info, search websites online, join an email distribution list for that vacation destination. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, just pick the method that works for you.
- Just Do It. If you find something you like, do it! There will never be a perfect time or a time you’re not busy! It’s not too early to buy those plane tickets, click add to cart on those dream concert tickets, register for that marathon, etc. Follow Nike’s advice and “Just Do It!” Your 2018 self will thank you this time next year!
- Create Family Bucket Lists. Help your family come up with their own bucket lists. For young children 2-3 bucket list items is plenty. Make it tangible for them by asking them to pick (1) someplace they want to visit, (2) one new activity they want to try and (3) something they want to improve this year. As a warning, be prepared for these to go a little “off the rails” sometimes… like that time my youngest added “learn to talk to animals” to his list! Just try to embrace it…
- Have Fun! Celebrate as a family the little and big wins along the way!
So what things made your 2017 Bucket List? Here’s mine:
- Learn photography.
- No new credit card debt.
- Bake something weekly with my kids.
- Start an online clothing boutique.
- Find a workout my significant other and I both enjoy. Workout twice a week together.
And just for fun, here are a few of my style goals for 2017!
- I will clean out my closet and jewelry…. like, REALLY clean it out! I will remove anything I don’t love or that doesn’t fit right and keep only the things I feel great wearing.
- I will attempt at least one new hairstyle each month. Something different than my usual “blow dry straight and go” look and preferably something quick for busy mornings.
- I will buy a good full length mirror for those full length #OOTD selfies! I’ve doctored and decorated my $10 college quality, back-of-the-door mirror long enough.
- I will try each season’s new trends at least once. I may not buy every single one, but I’ll at least try them on… bring on the faux fur vest, faux leather leggings and a pair of lace up fashion sneakers… gasp!
- I will aim to do more good while looking good in 2017. I will buy products that give back, donate clothes to places serving moms in need, and maybe even grow my hair out long enough to donate to locks for love.