Ladybugs, hope the title of this post sparked your interest because maybe you are contemplating making a 2020 spring bucket list. And if that is the case, I hope you will put together your list then share it on 03.21.2020 when I reveal my own. Some of my best bucket list activities have been inspired by the lists of my blogging buddies. Even if you don’t blog, you can still share your list in a comment! So no excuses for not joining the fun.
If you have never created a seasonal bucket list and are on the fence about doing so, then I am writing this post for YOU.
The Why Behind Creating Seasonal Bucket Lists
I actually put together a few seasonal bucket lists before I knew how beneficial it is to do so! Check me out on the cutting edge!! I figured anything that encouraged us to try new experiences and set goals for ourselves had to be a good thing.
Then my friend Mary Clewley from Hope Filled Living asked me to share a little bit about my bucket lists with her self care group. That’s when I decided to do a little research. Had to find out if there was something legitimately advantageous about making a bucket list, fun list or activity list. And my research confirmed that there is!! No matter what you call ’em, they are good for you.
The idea behind a bucket list is, as they state in the movie with the same title, to create a list of things you hope to do before you “kick the bucket,” but you can also use the idea for any deadline—say, a list of things you wish to do before you enter your next decade of life, or before the summer ends. Creating a bucket list can benefit you in several ways. [source]
4 Good Reasons for Creating Seasonal Bucket Lists
Here are some of the ways making seasonal bucket lists can be good for you.
- Helps you focus on what you want in life. “The process of writing a bucket list forces you to take a close look at what it is you truly desire, to analyze where you are versus where you want to be.” [source]
- Gets you excited. Remember that anticipation you have before a fun vacation? The planning, the dreaming about how it is going to be to see your kids/grandkids’ faces light up at Disney. Or how it is going to feel to lay on the beach before a beautiful blue ocean. “It can create an excitement deep in your soul and exposes the passion you thought you had lost many years ago.” [source]
- Prevents you from forgetting about things your really want to do. Before I started this whole bucket list-making process, all of our weekends looked pretty much the same. Movie, McDonald’s. Now that I am bucket-listing, I seek out more unique experiences. Then I write them on my list so when May rolls around I won’t have forgotten that I wanted to participate in the Wicked Wine Run. “With a bucket list, you can write down the things that need remembering at the moment you are thinking about them. You can then have no worries about forgetting your thoughts or ideas because you’ve already documented them.” [source]
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- Promotes a sense of accomplishment. I am a to-do list maker. Very few things in life feel as good to me as putting a check mark by an item on my daily list. And I list practically everything so I can do just that. Make the bed – ✔️; Eat breakfast – ✔️; Get dressed – ✔️. Making a list of fun things to accomplish feels even better. Try 2 new restaurants – ✔️ ; run a 5k – ✔️ ; get a pedi and a mani – ✔️. “In order to truly get motivated you need to know what you really want, and writing a bucket list will help to determine exactly what that is. These goals will then be the root of your motivation. Also, having any sort of list naturally inspires you to want to cross things off of it, whether it is simply your weekly grocery-shopping list, daily to-dos or a bucket list.” [source]
Still Not Convinced?
When Mary asked me to share a little bit about my bucket lists with her FB group, I tried something I had never done before. Used Facebook Live to talk about seasonal bucket lists. I have attached the video from that post below. It explains some of the psychology behind and the importance of having goals, dreams, bucket lists.
Now that you know more about why I ‘bucket-list’, you might like taking a look at some of my bucket lists from the past, especially if you are a new reader! My 2020 winter bucket list, 2019 autumn bucket list, and from this time, last year, 2019 spring bucket list.
Okay, so what do you say? Are you in? Blogger or not, won’t you give making a spring bucket list a try? Your list can be as simple as a couple of things you want to do once the weather is warmer. Pick weeds. And then plant flowers. Go for a walk in the park. Fly a kite. Or you could create a list on a theme. Purge your clothes. Buy replacements for old favorite pieces that are no longer in good shape. Donate clothes to Candlelighters. Try one new fashion trend.
One Last Thing
Before I let you go, just want to share 3 things I have learned from my personal experience with seasonal bucket lists.
- Enjoy the experiences. Even if they don’t go as planned. Or your plans have to change. Or perhaps you don’t even get everything accomplished. Be sure to enjoy the experience. Don’t get so caught up in trying to check everything off your list that you forget to smell the roses on your way.
- Use this not as a honey-do list but as a list of pleasurable experiences. In my example above, I did mention purging clothes (which is kind of fun for me). But along with something that might feel like a chore, I included some fun and rewarding activities. Buying replacement pieces for favorite clothes purged. And trying a new style trend.
- Add at least one altruistic experience. Pay it forward, make a donation, do something that makes your heart sing.
So, you in? I hope so!! Will be revealing my 2020 spring bucket list in 2 weeks. Gives you plenty of time to put together yours and to join me. You can even add my graphic to your list to make it ‘official’.
Thanks for coming by, sweet friends. Hope to see you again 03.21.2020.
Hugs and kisses,