I’ve just read a series of winter bucket list blogs, following links on Christie Hawkes post, which really inspired me. And, one of the tools for ensuring you do things (take action) is to tell others your intentions. So I’m compelled to publish my own Winter/Holiday Bucket list.
While winter doesn’t begin astrologically until the Winter Solstice on Dec 21st, I feel winter begins in mid-November when I’m starting to plan the holidays. So this bucket list actually has many holiday tradition items on it. I wanted to document them; creating new traditions in our new home was something I wanted (needed?) to do this year. Publishing this right before the Christmas holiday, you’ll see many holiday items have been completed! (Is that cheating on a bucket list?) But, this winter’s bucket list does have less action items on it than ones I’ve had from previous years, as I know one big thing will drain my energy, both physically and mentally.
Holiday traditions: New and old.
- Attend Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This has been on my winter bucket list for 3-4 years now. Hubby hates the ballet; I’ve considered going myself (something that is very much out of my comfort zone!). But I did not made it happen… until this year- Thanks, Marge!
- Walk through Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights. This is a holiday tradition for us; unless the weather is awful — we are fair-weather walkers. Luckily we had some lovely early winter weather.
- Go to Winter Fair. This is a regional art show the weekend of Thanksgiving and definitely a tradition for hubby and me that we enjoy every year.
- Decorate the (real) Christmas tree with hubby, and end the activity with hot chocolate. This is an old holiday tradition I wanted to re-instate. I really enjoyed this time we spent together, even if it was a slower day, done while in recovery.
- Eat some (new & old) yummy foods — roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry chutney, eggnog. What else should I add to this list?
- Have some Christmas focused days and evenings: play Christmas music and watch the tree lights, bake cookies, watch some Christmas themed movies.
- Cook a turkey dinner with all my favorite sides. (And not the ones I think I should ). Planned for Christmas day!
Live Life: Get Out & About
- Kick cancer. The big action item. Enough said.
- Schedule in & execute daily physical therapy. A must-do that others have encouraged me not to forsake, even if fatigued.
- Set up 5 lunch/coffee net-workings for JFM. A lower number this quarter, but I want to make sure I’m staying connected to my support system.
- Get up to 5 activities a week — plan a hike at the Nature Center, buy a new yoga pass, set up walk dates, check out the local YMCA. Might be very challenging this quarter, but I need to keep moving!
- Keep going on monthly Dinner & Theater Dates, monthly Mid-Week foodies planning, and Compatible Couple dinner planning.
Life Domains: Managing My Retirement Lifestyle
- Spend time looking back at 2017 accomplishments and plan 2018— vision board, action plans, updated affirmations, and word of the year. Something I enjoy doing this time of year. The New Year for me is a great time for reflection.
- Keep blogging!
- Keep going on creating my retirement lifestyle: get the attic office set up, learn the blog link skill (did it work above?), work with hubby on new eating plans, engage in new philanthropic activity.
Thanks to the entire winter bucket list posted blogs who inspired me. Getting this on paper has been a very positive experience.
What’s on your winter bucket list?