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Have You Started Your Bucket List Yet?

Most people know what a “bucket list” is, for those that don’t … it is a list of things you want to do before you die.  You can also find the movie, “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and give it a watch.   This will give you the basics.


When I was putting my list together, I was worried that I would fall victim to that old “procrastination” monster. You know the one that keeps you thinking about goals but not actually taking any action on them.   I really had to work it out in my head and create a mindset of small steps.


I think ultimately fear is what gives birth to that procrastination monster, and is also the big “thing” that gets in the way of us really stepping out there and trying new things.  We start to worry and then get stuck in the analyzing mode.  How much will it cost?  How long will it take?  Will I die trying this? What will others think of me?


I know it is extremely hard sometimes to get past those feelings of fear, but you CAN do it.  It starts with shifting your mindset and then building up courage.  The fear doesn’t actually go away.  You just make the decision that your goal/result/task/ desire is much stronger than the fear.


There are a few steps that you need to walk yourself through that will get you heading in the right direction.   I would highly recommend keeping a journal to help you dig into your mind.

  1. Ask yourself, “Where are my fears coming from?  Past history in our lives, or maybe all the people around us saying we can’t do this or that.  You need to discover just where the root of these fears lies.
  2. Accept fear as the price of success.  Trust that everyone has fears and many people can never break free of it, but there are those that do keep moving forward.
  3. Light a fire.  Light a fire of passion inside of you that burns away the darkness of fear.  Take control of the things you can and have faith that everything else will work out as it should.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

The List

Let your mind go. Give yourself the freedom to think about all the things you’ve always dreamed of doing. Then write them down.

Inspiration for Generating Your Own Bucket List

  1. Travel to Tuscany to take cooking lessons.
  2. Learn how to knit or do woodcarving.
  3. Re-read, “War and Peace” and “Great Expectations.”
  4. Volunteer for a mission in Haiti.
  5. Go a whole week without television.
  6. Hike at least part of the Appalachian Trail in the U.S.
  7. Learn the Japanese language.
  8. Get down to your goal weight to see what it feels like.
  9. Take a vacation alone to a place you’ve always wanted to go.
  10. Go on a road trip with your family.
  11. Spend a week at a health spa.
  12. Go vegan for a month.
  13. Cook every recipe in your favorite cookbook.
  14. Walk 2 miles a day five days a week for three months.
  15. Learn to operate a sailboat and then go sailing.

The items on the list can be anything and everything under the sun!   I have my list broken out into categories: travel, fitness and new skills are just a few.  Here is what I have for new skills.

Learn new Skills

  • Horseback riding
  • Float plane
  • Motorcycle License
  • Hunters License
  • Archery
  • Kite surfing
  • Paddle boarding

Now what?

After you’ve made the list, the only thing to do is Go For It!

Each week or month, strive to carry out an item on your Bucket List. Then, cross it off your list. You can add to your list as you think of other activities you’d like to do before you’re no longer on this earth.

Life is for living and what better way to do it than following your dreams and really enjoying it by experiencing it. You’ll become infused with energy and excitement at the idea of achieving another activity on your bucket list. With your bucket list, you might be compelled to discover an existence you’ve only fantasized about.

Feel the fear and do it anyway!


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34 Responses to Have You Started Your Bucket List Yet?

  1. Marcy L says:

    I’ve been working on a bucket list with a deadline called “101 things in 1001 days.” It’s gotten me out doing a lot of new things! I hiked Mount Katahdin this summer, and I’ll be taking a trapeze class in the spring.

  2. Hi Lori.  I have never got around to making my list.  You definitely have me thinking about it more now.  I have my journal where it is SUPPOSED to go. But so far I just have numbers and a fancy title.

    I think I live so care free that my list would change daily.  Maybe I need to write mine on a giant whiteboard instead lol

  3. Janemrobinson says:

    I have seen my bucket change over the years – which I think is often the case.  The fearlessness I had in my youth has changed my list.  For example when young I would have packed up and moved to New York alone, but now no way.  I value my true friendships more, family time and home.  While I do want to travel I want to share it with someone special.  The other items have grown bolder in some ways.  Life is short so reaching for my personal dreams is the nourishment for my soul.  Stepping out to learn new things and not afraid to look stupid or good at it is no longer a problem. 

  4. That is awesome!  I love the idea!

  5.  There is also the aspect of making your list visible to other people so you are making a commitment to get it done!

  6.  Totally Agree Jane, different times of our lives mean different goals.

  7. This article immediately reminded me of a reality television
    show that I was watching last week. They too had created a bucket list however everything
    that they did, they did not enjoy. There are plenty of things I would still
    love to do and the list of inspiration for creating my own bucket will
    definitely come in handy.  

  8. Bobbi Emel says:

    Sometimes I get so bogged down in daily life that I forget about making a bucket list. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. Jaky Astik says:

    Wow, this sounds absolutely motivating. And the numbers are rhyming too! Kidding. Good job. 

  10. Jaky Astik says:

    Yeah, that can happen sometimes. In fact, when we’re frustrated, we almost forget that we’ve goals and our mind gets on autopilot. It just runs around doing things it finds convincing. 

  11. agreed I think you have to want and like to do it.  Although you can change the list over time, also I think you need to stretch outside of your comfort zone.

  12.  It is a balance for sure, your daily responsibilities and your dream goals

  13. IncredibleZen says:

    I love the idea of having a list of things to do, and it’s great fun actually doing them one by one and ticking them off. 

    When my children were younger I bought them all a notebook with three sections for them to write in: the first section was ‘To Be’, where they noted what sort of jobs they would like to do as they got older; the second section was ‘To Do’, where they noted all the things they would like to do; and the third ‘To Have’, noting everything they wanted to possess.It’s fun looking back at the lists now and seeing not only how much they crossed off their lists, but also how their ideas changed over the years about what they wanted to do, be and have. It’s a slightly more complicated (or organised?!) version of the bucket list you have suggested.

  14. Priska says:

    I have a bucket list but must admit that priorities change.  When this happens I simply cross things off that have lost their relevance and added others that have become more relevant. 

  15. Els says:

    For myself I dislike lists like that: instead of motivating me to do awesome things, they make me feel the awesome things on the list are just more tasks that have to be done and therefore are losing the fun why I put them on the list in the first place.

  16. This is really good Lori, a simple step-by-step process to pursue one’s passions in life. The part about fear is so important, and you did a great job of breaking it down. I’ll be putting together my bucket list today :-)

  17.  I love that idea of teaching your kids early to love lists!

  18.  totally agree, this change, life send us it different directions.  You do need to remain flexible.

  19. definitely everyone is different.  Some people like list and some people don’t.  I would be interested to hear how you go about planning and work towards fun things .

  20.  Thanks Jeffrey! love to see it when you are done!

  21. jentylee says:

    This is a piece that I am bookmarking. Thank you so much. “Light a fire of passion…” and “Let your mind go” are wonderful mantra to remind me each day “to grow” myself and let go of fear. Thank you so much for writing this, Lori and reminding me in a fresh and passionate way to burst through to another day. So much more productivity when you are not hampered by fear. I used to be a rock climber and dare devil. I can’t do that anymore but the more subtle ways of branching out are now on my bucket list. Thanks again

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  23. Patti says:

    This inspires me to start a “real” bucket list.  After watching the movie, I’ve mentioned a couple of things to my husband that “this is going on my bucket list”, yet I’ve never actually started a list.  I just loved your first one … cooking lessons in Tuscany… awesome.  

  24. Opus says:

    I had an item on my Bucket List; to write and publish and one blog post a day for an entire year. It’s been hard, time-consuming, yet very worthwhile. Only 14 posts left until the year’s up. 

    I thought of doing that because my 13 year old daughter is an only child. My husband and I are in our fifties and both our families are very small and live in different countries. 

    This year of postings will I hope remain as a kind of diary for my daughter, something to show her kids and grand kids one day to let them know who her parents were and what were our interests.

  25.  As life changes you can most definitely change your list along with it.   I am excited to see what you have on your list.

  26.  haha there are sooo many things you can do!

  27.  That is totally awesome, brilliant and thoughtful!

  28. Clay says:

    I think it’s very important to include a deadline or some kind of schedule/action plan to a bucket list. The risk with making a bucket list is having a beautiful, inspiring list of experiences to have a look at when we  feel like dreaming, but that would be too bad not to use it further. I like the method of picking one item each week/month! 

  29. Amit Amin says:

    I had an old bucket list but it was pretty small. I just updated it. Now its got 317 items. Haha, I’ve got way too much I want to do. I’d better get started now, or I’ll die before I get it all done. 

  30.  I agree once you have a list then you can set priorities or importance of items to get them done sooner.  Life changes so you do need to be flexible. 

    I love having challenges to move me forward faster!

  31.  Well get it then Amit!  and be sure to write about all your adventures!

  32. Stephen says:

    I love your advice of keeping a journal. In 2011, I challenged myself with keeping a journal for 30 days…I went four months and only missed five days during that time. As I go back and re-read, I learn more about myself.

    You’ve inspired me to start keeping a journal again, and begin thinking about my own bucket list.

  33. Lori, Thanks for another great article on the bucket list. I have mine and have been lucky enough to get a lot of it done before I got sick. Now it’s adding to my college degree and my writing. 
    What an inspirational friendship btw Lisa and you. It’s an infusion of creativity that is far more than the sum of it’s parts. So great to see you rise the bare even higher.
    Great job and thank you for being such a positive force in the world.
    Again, kudos on your magazine.’

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