Sweet fall-owers and readers, thank you for joining me for my autumn 2020 bucket list: update 10.2020!! Sound the trumpets, toss some confetti…even though there’s not much progress yet to celebrate.
Traditionally, I love this season, this time of year. Don’t you? But so far, autumn 2020 just feels like a continuation of summer and spring 2020 around here. More of the same ole, same ole. Had thought dreaming up and then fulfilling my list would help me overcome the Covid slump. But that hasn’t been the case so far. Hoping that publicly admitting today to my lack of progress will spur me to get busy!!
Did you know that making bucket lists or activity lists is good for you? Tis true! 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 we jump into this progress report, you can check out my summer list, here.
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Now let’s get to the main event…update 10.2020
MY AUTUMN 2020 BUCKET LIST
You have probably noticed that I like to divide my bucket lists into categories. Doing so helps me to plan activities that focus on all aspects of my life. I could easily create a bucket list made up of just fun things to do. But it helps me to be more well-rounded if my lists include something for my body, mind and soul, too.
- Run 6 miles a week, start workouts from home (home gym?), go on at least one hike – have returned to running but now to become more consistent at it. Have run 10 times since the reveal of this list. Which translates to about 15 miles in 4 weeks. Not going to cut it! ⚠️
- Charcuterie board – been thinking some on this but haven’t made my board yet. I have a new Pinterest board full of ideas, though. That’s a start. And my sweet friend Casey at Sparkle and Shine posted ideas for making a quick, kid-friendly charcuterie board today. Check out her suggestions, here. ⚠️
- Green chile recipes – had hoped to take a day trip to the green chile capitol of the world, Hatch, New Mexico, an hour’s drive from El Paso. But the stores there that sell the official Hatch chiles are not open. Bet you can guess why. So, I purchased some fresh roasted chiles at a local store instead. Not quite the same. And have created a Pinterest board with different green chile dishes. Now to get cooking. ⚠️
- Fall decorating and crafts – the house is partially decorated but we don’t go to the pumpkin patch until Friday. Haven’t created a seasonal craft. Why I haven’t even decided what I will make. So no mucho progresso here!! ⚠️
- “God Made Girl” online painting workshop – came across this on Facebook. Have painted my God Made Girl canvas. It is almost finished. Dad gum it, meant to get a white Sharpie or calligraphy pen at Hobby Lobby today to use for the verse on my painting. This was such fun. Will be looking into other similar virtual workshops. ✔️
- Finish mosaic table top – as you know, this has been a work in progress but with little progress being done. Do you sense a theme in my life? I have at least moved my mosaic to the dining room table. But want to finish my God Made Girl painting before I drag out all of the supplies again for this mosaic. ⚠️
- Learn more about enneagrams – this stuff is so interesting to me. According to the 3 enneagram tests I’ve taken, I’m either a 1 or a 2. PC is a 9. My daughters are both 6s. What number are you? On my runs, I’ve listened to podcasts hosted by Jen Hatmaker about the 9 numbers of the enneagram. You can check those podcasts out, here. So, while I have begun learning more, there’s so much more I want to know. Researched the best book for beginner’s and this title showed up over and over. Comes with a study guide, too!! I am going to need more time in my mornings for all of these activities. ✔️
- Duolingo or Mango Spanish language study 3x a week – eww, didn’t realize I had committed to doing this 3x a week. I have been using Duolingo but not enough to give this a big green checkmark yet. Going to get busy on this. ⚠️
- Host fall photo challenge – teaming up with my friends Deb at Deb’s World and Jennifer at Trading Ashes for Beauty to host the 25 Days of Gratitude autumn photo challenge. We have our prompts figured out. And we have our hashtag, #25DaysofGratitude. Our start date is 11.01.2020 on Instagram. And we will share a compilation of all of our photos on our individual blogs on 11.30.2020. You can grab the graphics below, click to enlarge, and come join us!! Only 1 caveat…photos for the challenge must be taken in October or November of this year. ⚠️
- Wishing tree – Have you read Wishtree, a children’s book by Katherine Applegate? If not, grab a copy at your library and curl up under a cozy throw to read it this fall. It is a quick read but a very sweet story. I want to make a wishing tree in our neighborhood park. Have purchases my supplies and hope to slip down to the park tomorrow to put everything together. ⚠️
- Bible journal 1x a week – my blogging friend Amy at Amy’s Creative Pursuits inspires me so with her lovely Bible journaling. I want to start doing more of this. No progress. ⚠️
- Painting rocks to share – have joined a local rock painting group on Facebook, El Paso Rocks! Shared photos of some of my painted rocks and want to do more. Will get some rocks this weekend and get started while I am visiting Cady in Ft. Worth. ⚠️
- Best white tee – have done some research on the best white tee shirt and have purchased the top 3. They are ironed and hanging in the guest room closet. Hope to style them next week and determine the winner!! ⚠️
- Graphic tees – I am embracing this fashion trend and want to figure out ways to style my graphic tees for fall. ⚠️
- Fall trends – want to share several of my favorite looks from the Get Your Pretty On fall capsule wardrobe. You can still register, here. Participants are styling our version of each day’s look and sharing on the private Facebook page. ⚠️
Looking over this update 10.2o2o, I have only completed 2 of my 15 autumn activities. That just means I have lots to enjoy in the next month. What does your autumn bucket list update 10.2020 look like? Are there lots of green check marks beside your activities? Or is it more jaundiced, like mine? What? You haven’t created an autumn bucket list yet? Well, let me invite you – encourage you – to do so. It will keep you growing and moving forward in spite of Covid!!
Please link up your autumn 2020 bucket list update 10.2020 with me. Or leave a comment on your progress below. Lets cheer each other on!!
Before I go…
had an appointment with a new endocrinologist today. Since 2013, and my first cervical spine surgery, I have had some thyroid and parathyroid issues. The endocrinologist I was seeing from 2013-2018 was just ‘watching’ things, and having me come in every 6 months. When our insurance changed last year, I had to see a new endocrinologist and he dismissed me altogether. Saying the issues that had been identified (nodules on my thyroid, high calcium levels and chronic kidney disease) were my ‘normal’.
I have been feeling pretty crummy for close to a year now, but thought it was in part due to stress with my mom, Lauren’s precarious health and pregnancy, PC’s job situation, his health issues with his back and then…COVID. Throw in this stupid infected tooth/gum, the cherry on top.
Finally did a teleconference with my primary care physician a month ago, had tests run and my endocrine problems are more troublesome. Will be having surgery in November. Going to see Brennyn, Cady and Mustafa this weekend. Then have to have additional tests done in the coming weeks before my surgery. Also have to decide something about this tooth. Oy vey.
All this to say, I may be kind of hit or miss ’round here. My friend Jennifer at Trading Ashes for Beauty mentioned how difficult she finds it at times lately to blog with the roller coaster ride, the ups and downs of life right now. Amen!! But it can also be therapeutic for me to write. And having you stop by to visit is an added blessing. So thank you. Thank you for holding my hand through this crazy adventure we are living through.
Hugs and kisses,