Frosty-weather friends, going to keep this short. Just want to extend this winter bucket list invite. I will be sharing my winter bucket or activity or fun list on Monday, 12.21.2020. Not sure how that list is going to look as life in El Paso is still pretty well locked down. But I am afraid if I don’t make a list, we will wind up spending the winter twiddling our thumbs in hibernation.
As I have shared before, these seasonal bucket lists motivate me to try new activities and to hold myself accountable for getting tasks done. In this uncertain time of Covid, it can be easy to just give up on living your best life. In some ways, it feels like we have kind of lost a whole year to this virus. Having my bucket list activities has given me direction, and a gentle push toward doing something more intentional than sitting on my ever-broadening fanny!!
Lessons from Winter Bucket Lists Past
Fresh out of ideas for things to put on your list? Maybe my past lists can provide a little inspiration.
One lesson I learned as I put together my 2018 winter bucket list was that I can get more caught up in making sure an activity happens rather than actually enjoying myself when it does.
Need to remember that the point of these exercises is to live life more consciously. And to pack some new experiences in with the everyday routines. Not to rush through something just so that I can earn that coveted green check mark ✔️of completion.
Another tip I have picked up along the way…keeping my lists rather broad. At least keeping some of the activities open-ended. Sometimes it is better to say ‘try a new recipe’ rather than ‘prepare a new breakfast dish’. Emphasis on experimenting with a new recipe rather than restricting it to something just for breakfast.
Or ‘enjoy a holiday craft’ instead of ‘make new Christmas stockings for the family’. By keeping the activities less narrow and specific, they are often more manageable and doable. Read more. Take a new course.
Have found that I am more successful when my lists are well-rounded. When they include:
- opportunities for spiritual growth – something that makes me feel good from the inside out. Or picking a name from an angel tree, donating to a food pantry.
- a few physical activities like hiking, walking, eating better. Adding free weights to my work out. Getting in 10k steps a day.
- creative outlets like putting together new outfits incorporating pieces from the winter capsule wardrobe or winter work wear capsule wardrobe. Making gingerbread houses with the family. Trying a new recipe.
- items that stimulate my mind. Putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Registering (and taking!) a course. Practicing a new language. Joining a book club…mine?? Come Read With Me. Learn more here.
Your Invite to Join Me
So, are you in or what? All you need to do is:
- grab the graphic below. Or create your own.
- make your list. Check it twice.
- put together a quick blog post and publish it on or around 12.21.2020.
- and then come back on 01.21.2021 and 02.21.2021 to give updates on your progress.
I will have a link up on my 12.21.2020 post. Be sure to link up with me then. Can’t wait to see what your plans include.
You know you are going to decorate, and bake, and wrap, and eat, right? Why not kick those activities up a notch and dream bigger this winter. Set some goals, inspire others with what you plan to do. Plan some intentional fun. And share in a blog post. You know you want to!! Stay inspired all season long to make your dreams come true. Won’t you accept your winter bucket list invite?
Hugs and kisses,