Wednesday January 10, 2018
It’s that time of year again, and the talk of resolutions is everywhere. Resolutions can be frustrating because they don’t often get met. The cycle of “obsess about a resolution, make a resolution, and then (two weeks later) break the resolution” is one many people get caught in.
If that sounds like you, why not try something different? This year, challenge yourself to dump the New Year’s resolution and instead focus on something of more value—your personal bucket list.
Your bucket list is the catalog of all of the things you want to do in your life. The things you hope to accomplish in your life. Think about your wildest hopes and dreams--that’s what should be on your list. Here are some ideas to get you started:
This is a biggie for a lot of people. This year, set a goal to travel more. If your budget allows, plan one elaborate special vacation that will allow you to see more of the world. Think big like a whirlwind European vacation or a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean. If you are on a tighter budget, then look to do something smaller, like a week long road trip. Go as far as you can in three days, and then come back home by a different route, taking in the sites and enjoying yourself.
If you have an extra-special trip in mind, you can use this year to start planning (and saving for it). Just taking the steps towards your dream vacation is a great start!
If you have always wanted to learn something special, now is the time to do it. Interested in art? Take a painting or a photography course. If you like to cook, now is the perfect time to learn special cuisine like French or Italian. Maybe you can even take a course in how to make your own sushi.
If you like the idea of being more international but you can’t cook, then consider learning a foreign language in the New Year.
Do something outside of your comfort zone! Maybe it’s something that scares you, like skydiving. Or it could be something as simple as joining a club by yourself and meeting new people. Bucket lists are all about trying new things.
The best way to get started is to sit down and start writing. No idea is too big! Write whatever comes to mind. This list will change all the time, so don’t expect something set in stone. Once you have a good start, you can start taking the steps to cross items off the list.
This year, focus more on those goals that you want to reach. Carpe diem! Seize the day!