I struggle to get out of my comfort zone.
I struggle to put in the extra time and thought to organise and go on adventures with my fiance.
I struggle to detatch from the hustle and bustle of the every day to properly enjoy the inexhaustible variety of life (shout out to those who know the reference; it’s a favourite of mine).
Are you the same? I would dare assume that you likely are. It is one of those inevitable consequences of life that most suffer.
We all have things floating around in our head that we want to do at some point, even if we haven’t necessarily sat down and written a ‘bucket’ list of those things. Whether it be something major like sky diving or something smaller like trying that little coffee shop around the corner, this year we are going to make a pact to get some of these things done. So follow me.
We are going to sit down and make a bunch of categorised bucket lists and then pick and choose what we would like to do from each in 2019.
Step 1: Brain Dump
Take a moment to sit down and think about absolutely everything you want to do and don’t limit yourself. We are not just thinking big and we are not limiting ourselves to thinking small. Here’s some things that are on my list, to give you some inspiration.
- Try the Ethiopian restaurant in West End
- Use our picnic set
- Do a bonsai workshop
- Buy our fruits and vegetables from the markets
- Write a book
- Go to Fiji again
- See the Christmas markets in Germany
- Go to latin and/or swing dance classes
This is just a few from my list. Think of as many things as you can and remember, nothing is too big or too small.
Step 2: Define your bucket list categories
Likely, your list will span multiple categories such as:
- Restaurants and Cafes
- Local exploration and adventures
- Learning and education
- Self improvement
- Books/Movies/TV Shows
I could split my list into the following bucket lists:
Travel and Holiday Bucket List
- See the German Christmas markets
- Go to Fiji
- Stay in a tree house hotel
- New Zealand
- Caribbean Islands (visit Havana)
Local Exploration and Date Bucket List
- Dinner at a really nice restaurant
- See a musical or opera
- Use picnic basket for a beach and/or mountainside picnic
- Visit Avid Reader in West End
- Laneway hopping
- Maleny and Mont Ville day trip
- Dinner made by fiance
Cafe and Restaurant Bucket List
- Mu’ooz, West End
- Birches Restaurant, Mt Mee
- Goodness Gracious Cafe, Sherwood
- Morning After, West End
- The Soul Pantry, Stafford
- Bunker, Milton
- No Name Cafe, New Farm
Skills and Learning Bucket List
- Bonsai workshop or course
- Python (I’m a data scientist for my day job so it’s not quite as ‘left field’ as it seems, I promise)
Dividing your bucket list into these categories might help you think of some other bucket list items that you may have missed in your brain dump. It will also help you comprehend everything you want to do.
Step 3: Create your 2019 Bucket List
Now it is time to create a simple bucket list from your ultimate bucket list. The items on this list are the things that you will commit to doing this year, in 2019; make sure to keep it realistic. The idea is to follow the list and get as much crossed off as possible, not to look at it as ‘a great idea in theory’ or a ‘someday, maybe’ list.
So let’s have a look at my 2019 bucket list. I kept it to ten things that I want to do this year. Most of them are dates for me and Myles; since we are getting married in April this year, he is my focus.
My Personal 2019 Bucket List
- Bonsai course
- Morning After cafe
- Avid Reader Bookshop
- Maleny and Mont Ville day trip
- Goodness Gracious Cafe
- Go to the Paddington and Woolloongabba Antique centres
- Have Myles make me dinner
- Use the picnic basket for either a beach or mountain picnic
- No Name Cafe
It may seem like a lot, to cross off ten things from your bucket list in one year. But remember, this isn’t an ‘extreme’ bucket list. This is more of a ‘happiness’ bucket list that ensures you take some time for yourself and do some of the things that will make you happy. When you look at it, it’s really quite a simple list. Most things can be done in an afternoon or evening and don’t take a whole day or eat through your house deposit savings. In fact, I’ve already crossed ‘have Myles make me dinner’ and we were only 7 days into 2019 at the time.
Take some time to make a list of everything you want to do. Then go do some of it. A happy life is as simple as that.
I would love to hear what is on your bucket list for 2019!
Stay happy, live your life
~ Alice Maisie