Have you ever considered making bucket lists as a family?
I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘bucket list.’ It’s all over the place, with people creating lifetime bucket lists, travel bucket lists, a bucket list for before they turn 50, a bucket list to complete with their kids, and more.
My parents must have been ahead of the curve on bucket lists because they had us making them when we were kids. Every year, we sat down as a family to work on our bucket lists. And every year when the end of December rolled around, we sat down again to see how much we could check off our list. It was so much fun for me as a kid to check off all the things I had done!
That habit stuck with me and I still work on my bucket list to this day. I love the idea of a brand new year filled with all the possibilities, sort of a blank slate to write upon. I love to sit down and spend time dreaming of all the things I want to accomplish or would love to do.
As a kid, some of my biggest dreams were to travel all over the world. I used to put all sorts of travel plans on my list every year and now I can say that I have indeed traveled all over.
Another thing I had on my list was to write a children’s book. I now have my Kids Travel Journal available on my blog and in my Etsy store. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to be able to check that off of my list! If I hadn’t made a bucket list with that on it, who knows if I would have even tried to accomplish it?
I think it is important to dream big when adding items to your bucket list. If I hadn’t dreamed of writing a children’s book, I may not have done it. But here I am, a published author!
Some other things on my list were to grow up, go to college, get married, and have kids. There came a day when I could happily put a checkmark next to every single one of those things! Can you tell yet that checking things off my bucket list makes me crazy happy? It does!
If you would like to begin making bucket lists with your family, then here are a few ideas to get you started-
- Dream big. Don’t let anyone say that your dreams are crazy or silly or unreachable. Who knows what you can do? I am an author who has traveled the world. If my parents had told me that it was silly to write that down, I might not have done it.
- Think ahead. Where do you picture yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? It’s okay if you aren’t sure your items are what you really want to do 10 years from now. If you feel an interest in it now, add it to the list! You can always adjust your list as your interests change.
- Make it personal. Your bucket list is just that: your bucket list. This is not the place for anyone else to add anything. This is your personal place to dream big, create new habits, reach awesome goals, and just enjoy more of life!
- Use the list. Your bucket list isn’t just for fun. No!! It’s meant to be lived! Keep it somewhere that you can see it all the time. Look at it. Read over it. Make adjustments when you think of things to add. Check things off as you accomplish them.
- Make a plan. You know the old saying, “He who fails to plan plans to fail.” If you want to get busy on that bucket list, start by figuring out which things you can actually get done soon and how. If you want to learn to ice skate, you need to set up lessons. If you want to go hiking, set aside the time and money to take a trip to the best place to hike. If you want to be a published author, start reading great authors and practicing writing.
- Just do it! The items on your bucket list won’t accomplish themselves. You have to get out there and make them happen. Sometimes, that might feel scary or hard. But that’s why it’s a bucket list! These things are meant to stretch you out of the things you do every day without even thinking about them.
A bucket list can be anything from some simple habits you need to develop all the way to something really wild like visiting every country in the world. There are no limits to what you add to your list, so dream as big as you want!
Remember, you aren’t creating this list just as a fun activity, although it certainly is fun! I used to love it when my sisters and I sat down with our parents to work on our lists. A new year ahead, filled with so many possibilities. I knew that my parents would be doing what they could to help me check things off. That’s part of the fun, working together as a family to help each other achieve great things!
Your list doesn’t have to just be filled with wild and crazy things either. While traveling the world and writing a children’s book were huge items for me, there was also the stuff like college, marriage, and raising a family. I had other more daily things I wanted to accomplish too.
Don’t be afraid to add things like how many books you want to read this next year, learning to cook some new recipes, getting better at a sport you love, making a new friend, or saving a certain amount of money.
You can use your bucket list almost like a list of goals. Some of those goals may take you several years to accomplish, but what can you do in the next 12 months to get a start on them? What do you want to accomplish that you could make significant progress on in the next year? We all have things we think we would like to do but that are maybe more involved than we expected them to be. Put them on your bucket list and get started! Taking the first step is the most important part.
One of the best things about a bucket list is that you are never behind. No deadlines, no stress, no failure. It’s just you and your dreams. Whether or not you keep something on the list is up to you. Dreams change. Goals change. Plans change. And that’s okay! Your bucket list should reflect you and your personality and your dreams.
I hope this has inspired you to sit down with your own family and think about things to put on your bucket lists! Please comment below and tell me some of the things you are adding to your list!
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