Today I'm linking up with Andrea to share What's On My Bucket List. I know I promised a Halloween recap post. It's coming. The post is written and ready BUT our neighborhood had a professional photographer taking pictures on Friday night and I am waiting to get out family photo before posting. If the professional photos aren't out soon, I'll post without it. Pinky swear.
But, for now, onto my bucket list.
I have to confess I'm not a bucket list person. I have lists for basically everything else in my life, but oddly, not a list for life itself. I had to really work on this post and really sit and think.
I like the premise of a bucket list. A bucket list is like an outline for your life. It's the highlights of things you really want to accomplish. When I set my to do list each week, it acts as a guide for how my week will play out. Once I see my calendar and my to do list side by side, I am able to plan out how the jigsaw pieces of my week will fit together. A bucket list is a long-term view. It helps make sure that each weekly to do list is building towards the things you really want to accomplish. Some of the things on my list are big. Others are small. Some are completely random. A few are life goals I've already accomplished, but crossing things off makes me feel good so I included a few of those too.
I didn't get to a magically round and pretty number. I don't want to. I look at this as a living document. It will change. I'll cross things off. I'll add things. Today, I wrote for 30 minutes. No more. No less. Just enough to get my initial brainstorms down. I intentionally shuffled the order so these are not in order of importance or even in the order I thought of them. The list is completely random. I love the idea of revisiting this annually and spending 30 minutes crossing off, adding, and maybe even editing.
- Remember to dance barefoot in the rain.
- Own a piano and start playing again.
- Visit the Holy Land.
- Coach a sports team for my kids.
- Be a mentor to someone.
- Declare with your lips that "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9)
- See the cherry blossoms in DC.
- Build my dream home.
- Get back to high school weight. Or at least a healthy weight.
- Win someone to Jesus.
- In everything give thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Read the entire Bible. Even the long genealogies in the Old Testament.
- Go on an international mission trip.
Defend my dissertation.
- Enjoy the sunset in places all over the world.
- Instill a love of learning in my kids.
- Model a strong and loving marriage.
- Determine my spiritual gifts and not neglect them. (1 Timothy 4:14)
- Instill a love of volunteering and service in my kids.
- Give a child (not my own) a Christmas to remember.
- Get "hooded" (which means officially graduate with my PhD). (December 2015)
- Have my children baptized. (May 2013 Tripp and Davy were baptized at Munger Place Church. Soon it will be JMacs turn.)
- See the Northern Lights.
Visit a castle.
- Fly first class.
- Adopt a child. (Maybe? It's something I've always wanted to do but I'm not sure how realistic it is.)
- Strive every day to live not on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
- Hire a closet consultant and learn to shop for my body.
- Learn to pray better.
- Go scuba diving or snorkeling. (Victoria -- if you are reading this, let's plan a vacation!)
- Go on a mission trip with my kids.
- Honor God with my body. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Visit a volcano.
- Splash in a mud puddle. (Maybe I did this as a kid? I don't remember!)
- Take a road trip with my kids.
Fall in love.
- Ride on a dog sled.
- Experience Disney World through my kids eyes. (November 2014!)
- Get a complete makeover.
- Take a nap in grassy field.
- Go on a cruise.
- Go to Yellowstone National Park. (July 2015!) (My Dad always talked about doing this and I want to do it for him!)