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Everyday Hygge

My Bucket List

January 2, 2011
Horse. Photo by Annie Spratt.

The saying, “you can’t grasp something new if you’re holding onto something old’ has always carried a great deal of weight with me which is why I don’t like to recap previous years come new ones. I live always looking forward in possibility. And to to this, I constantly look for ways to create it.

My first bucket list, 30 things to do before I turn 30, was created in 2003 as a way to look forward to turning 30. It was the first time I had really listed out things I wanted to do and really took the time to make some happen. I was always a spur-of-the-moment creator. If next month seemed slow, I’d create something to do so I’d have something to look forward to. But to write a list and plan things out? Not my strong suit. This list, however, changed that a little.

I was able to check off quite a few things. But when I turned 30, I realised that not all were done and, in fact, there was a whole lot more I wanted to do. So my new bucket list, 101 things to do before I die (see below), was born in 2008.

The past couple of years have been incredibly busy – lots of move, lots of working, lots of travel and lots of doing. The past year, especially, was a chaotic whirlwhind of life changing events where I felt almost caught up in someone else’s plan. The end of this year gave me time to reflect on that and I realised I needed to take charge and begin to do the things that I needed and so desperately wanted to do. The things on that bucket list.

One of the reasons why progress on my list had slowed was because I didn’t make them a priority. I somehow would always run out of time, or money would be better spent elsewhere, or something else would come up. I realised that dreaming up and writing down the list was only half the equation – planning and executing it was the other critical half. Without the latter, it’d just remain a list of unchecked dreams.

I spent New Years day making plans to do some things on my list. Either calling places for reservations or researching how to do some. I also took steps to make things real (got a sewing machine! Started to read every book I own beginning with Little Big. Read a book about photography and finally learned what an F-Stop is! Made reservations for ziplining!).

It felt really good to take this list seriously because it helped me to really focus on possibilities, on dreams, and on fun in a way that I had neglected for the past several years. I can’t tell you how many I’m going to get done this year or next, but I can tell you, they’re getting done. And that makes for a very happy new year indeed.

Click the link to see My Bucket List.

  • Reply
    AnnetteNo Gravatar
    January 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    I found your list very inspiring and the act of writing it down is a real impetus in achieving your dreams. Many of mine have been left to float in my head, so thank you for reminding me to write them down and to follow them.

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    JayneNo Gravatar
    January 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    I loved reading your list. It’s always inspiring to see the hopes and dreams of others.
    I have to admit,I’m in two minds about bucket lists. Part of me thinks that it’s a great idea and to formulate what I’d like to do and achieve by writing a list has to be a good thing, doesn’t it? …Helps to focus the mind…
    The other part of me knows that life too often intervenes with its own plans and bucket lists fall by the wayside. (Which I realise says a heck of a lot about me and where I’ve been in the last 10-12 years). *However* (you’ve probably stopped reading this comment by now because I sound like a complete misery guts), I am hopeful that 2011 will be a substantially kinder year to us and now, having read your list, I’m thinking that the time may be right to make a plan or two. Ah..plans…I remember those! 😀
    BTW, you should definitely visit the Channel Islands (I’m assuming UK Channel Islands,not US California). Want any help with planning? I’m your girl!

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    Hygge HouseNo Gravatar
    January 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Jayne, I totally hear you! My bucket list fell to the way side over the past year. But I think having one that doesn’t have a time limit and is full of crazy and real possibilities, is the way to go. The 30 before 30 list was challenging but having an open ended list, well, if I don’t get to it all this year, there’s next and the next and the next…. 🙂

    And I meant the California Channel Islands (been to the UK ones). I read Island of the Blue Dolphins as a young girl and have been obsessed with going ever since!

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    MicheleNo Gravatar
    January 9, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    GREAT LIST! I’m updating mine as we speak, i got to #50 and stopped for some reason. Which is why “follow through on projects” is on my list now.

    BTW, the one about the tend in The Holiday made me grin from ear to ear! LOVE that one!

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    KellyNo Gravatar
    January 11, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I love the wide range of activities on your list from totally indulgent to totally selfless. 🙂 I am inspired. (P.S. – I’ve found some great resources in Santa Monica on #78 if you’re interested.) 🙂

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    RachelNo Gravatar
    January 11, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Your list is Wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration, I’m going to start my own.


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    ErinNo Gravatar
    January 20, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    this is fantastic, more power to you! mine is still in my head, i need to get it in writing!

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    EricaNo Gravatar
    February 14, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Hi Alex!
    just wanted to drop you a line, for the first time.

    I got to meet you by chance at LAX last year. I think you will remember.
    I recognized you before i even saw your pretty face!
    Anyway, it was my pleasure. Hope you are having a good start to the New Year.


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    MeganNo Gravatar
    February 26, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Hi Alex,
    I recently saw this post on Design Sponge and thought of your goal to build a tent like from the movie “The Holiday”:
    Hopefully this will help you cross another goal off the list!

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    SoshaNo Gravatar
    April 28, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    Awesome list. I particularly like the 101st one. I wish you luck with crossing each item off!

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    Bora BoraNo Gravatar
    January 4, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    I review my bucket list every year. I add to it quicker than i can do them sometimes. Most involve travel which is a slippery slope that is never ending. Great site never though of doing my list as a blog.

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