Santa’s helpers, thanks for joining me for my 2020-2021 winter bucket list reveal. Called it my 2020-2021 winter bucket list because I am not sure if this is the winter of 2020 or the winter of 2021. Winter officially starts on 12.21.2020. But then it runs through 03.20.2021. More of the season is in 2021 than is in 2020. So is this winter 2020 or winter 2021?
Either way, I am hopeful that with this season we turn the corner – once and for all – on this dreadful virus. And what better way to snap us out of our Covid fatigue than to create a bucket list full of fun activities?? Plus, making bucket lists or activity lists is good for you. They help us create focus in our lives, push us out of our comfort zone and motivate us to try something new. And sharing our bucket list helps keep us accountable!! But don’t just take my word for it. Check out what the experts say, here.
Before I share that first look at my 2020-2021 winter bucket list, let’s do a final check in on this autumn’s activities.
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Autumn 2020 Bucket List Final UPDATE
Gave it a gallant effort but wasn’t quite enough.
First Seven Activities
- Run 6 miles a week, start workouts from home (home gym?), go on at least one hike – after my parathyroid surgery, it turns out I began having some lung issues, breathing issues. Really struggling lately with getting out of breath. Using an albuterol inhaler and hoping things soon improve. We did set up a mini-gym in our garage. Now to get back to exercising. This is a fail. ❌
- Charcuterie board – loved using my board while my sister and brother-in-law visited over Thanksgiving. We used cheese, fruit, nuts, chocolate and sausage on our board. It was scrumptious.
- Fall decorating and crafts – the house was decorated for fall and now for Christmas.
- “God Made Girl” online painting workshop – painted my God Made Girl angel. Around her wings I wrote “Some angels have crooked wings,” because I cut one of the book-page wings with the writing at an angle.
- Finish mosaic table top – no excuses, just a big red no. ❌
- Learn more about enneagrams – listened to podcasts hosted by Jen Hatmaker, here. Purchased this easy explanation of the enneagram. Have enjoyed pen-paling about enneagrams and other personality tests with my friend Pat at Retirement Transition.
- Duolingo or Mango Spanish language study 3x a week – have achieved a month-long streak by doing this most every night. Sooooo….bam…
Second Seven Activities
- Host fall photo challenge – teamed up with my friends Deb at Deb’s World and Jennifer at Trading Ashes for Beauty to host the #25DaysofGratitude autumn photo challenge. You can see a few of my photos, here.
- Wishtree – set this up on a smallish tree in the park and my neighborhood ran with it. Left all of my supplies for wish-making down there until 12.01.2020. Hoping, praying our wishes come true.
- Bible journal 1x a week – my blogging friend Amy at Amy’s Creative Pursuits inspires me so with her lovely Bible journaling. While I didn’t do nearly the journaling Amy does, I have begun doing this again.
- Painting rocks to share – joined a local rock painting group on Facebook, El Paso Rocks! Had hoped to do this with Cia but Covid has kept us apart. Bumping to winter. ❌
- Best white tee – these are ironed and still hanging in the guest room closet where I promptly forgot them!! Will save this for spring. ❌
- Graphic tees – ordered a couple of cute Christmas graphic tees from Etsy for my sister and me. Then they didn’t come in time for her visit. Really struggled with a couple of orders placed through Etsy this year. ❌
- Fall trends – shared some of my favorite fall looks, right here, just last week, as a matter of fact.
My 2020-2021 Winter Bucket List
As you’ve no doubt noticed, I like to divide my bucket lists into categories. By doing so, I am more likely to plan activities that focus on all areas of life. Rather than just making a rather random list of fun activities, it helps me to strive to be more well-rounded if my lists include something for my body, mind and spirit, too.
- Desert walks and runs – not going to specify how many I do or how far I go. Just need to get back at it.
- Implement schedule for using gym equipment – we bought the stuff, now to use it.
- Massage and facial – at least one of each. I’m looking at you, Woodhouse Day Spa.
- Slow dance on New Year’s Eve – you probably remember that PC is not a dancer. Oh, he can but he won’t dance. Going to force this issue, though!! If not on New Year’s Eve, then shortly afterward.
- Holiday light scavenger hunt – might be a good Christmas Eve activity.
- Game night with charcuterie board – PC loves Upwords and I love Pictionary, maybe the kids can even come.
- Craft with Lucia – maybe rock painting or bird feed pinecones.
- Work on mosaic – this makes my list season after season. Someday I am going to finish this thing.
- Finish Winter Wonderland paintings – want to finish my second painting and my sister and I are looking at participating in another of Jennifer Chamberlin’s mixed media classes.
- Return to church – as soon as we feel it is safe, and in the meantime, begin watching online again.
- Read a self-help book – suggestions? Here are a few I am considering.
- Pay it forward – hope to do this in a couple of different ways. Kindercare, where the girls attend ‘school’ is always collecting things for the less fortunate. Most recently a blanket drive. Hope to help them when they have another collection. Lots of great ideas for random acts of kindness, here.
- Hot chocolate bar or spiced cider – I love my Mexican hot chocolate recipe!! Have you tried it? Check it out here. Would like to make it and try my hand at some spiced cider, too. My friend Danielle at A Sprinkle of Joy shared this recipe for cider. Sounds like a little bit of heaven in a mug to me.
- Tamale run and tasting – a local AM radio station conducted a poll to find the 10 best places in El Paso for tamales. I want to determine our favorite.
- Try 3 new recipes – thinking at least one cocktail, one main course and one dessert
- Matching holiday PJs – have wanted to do this with the whole fam for a few years but it hasn’t happened. This year is certainly not the year!! So maybe I can start with baby steps. PC and I in matching jammies. Or something matchy for the holidays.
- Two GYPO winter outfit posts – so many great pieces in the Get Your Pretty On winter capsule wardrobe. Look forward to sharing some with you.
- Styling winter dresses – it’s been so long since I’ve had on a dress!! If nothing else, I want to style some from my fashion haus for the blog.
Already worrying that some of these activities may not earn me that coveted green check mark. But I need to remember, it’s the journey!!
What activities have you challenged yourself with this winter? Link up your winter bucket list or activities post below or share in a comment. Then mark your calendar or shiny new agenda to come back on 01.21.2020 to provide an update on your progress.
Have cookie baking on my to-do list for tomorrow. The presents are wrapped. Groceries are purchased. House is decorated. But it doesn’t really feel like Christmas. Will miss the gleeful sounds of little voices this year. Hope there will be joy in your holiday.
Thank you for coming by, my friend. Stay warm and well.
Hugs and kisses,