Not quite a new year’s post, but this is a look back – look forward post. I’ve been using seasonal bucket lists this past year instead of “action plans” and enjoyed the slight modification in thinking. My first seasonal plans were very detailed to-do lists. This autumn, I took a different approach with only 10 broad items. So let’s see how that worked out:
- Be spontaneous & open to new activities. I’ve learned that I still need to work on spontaneity! But as far as new things – took a fun foodie tour in St Petersburg and then another tapas dinner evening with some folks we met on the tour. And I did a couple of spontaneous fall leaf-viewing walks. I’ve decided that I need planned spontaneity (blog post link) and created a values-based list to help.
- Roast something. Does buying roasted-frozen-veggies count? OK, there was an acorn squash (one) and some sweet potatoes. I need to continue to work on more at-home cooking!
- Pumpkins & mums fall house decoration. No mums, but hubby did buy me 2 big pumpkins for the front porch. Does it count if I didn’t do it myself?
- Soup. The cooking class was a bust (worst cooking class I’ve ever taken), so I have not followed up with planning a soup gathering. I did look up soup recipes and made a wonderful turkey-leftover soup.
- Hike to look at fall colors. Nope. Just a few walks around the neighborhood. Fall felt like it was 2 weeks long this year.
- Complete motorcycle class & get license. Yes. And posted a blog about it.
- Iceland trip. We went in December and unfortunately had really bad weather and never saw the Northern Lights – the primary reason for the trip. You do not go someplace with 4 hours of daylight unless the darkness is key. But rain and clouds every night prevented us from seeing the sky. Very disappointing.
- Continue girlfriend activities. Continued my walk & talks, cooking classes, and even did a mid-day movie date and pedicure date.
- Regular life continued with yoga, zumba, theater date night, dinners with friends, fall yard cleanup, physical therapy, and blogging.
- Completed book editing. And connected with a publisher. More to come here.
The planning list-maker inside me feels a need to go back to the longer, more detailed seasonal bucket list, even if I don’t accomplish all the items. But as we plan on being snowbirds this winter, I’m still doing my winter bucket list broad and focused on creating new routines and habits in a new place. Being snowbirds is a new experience for us and I’m a bit unsure what to expect.
- Continue regular self-care with morning journaling, beach yoga, regular beach walks, and staying connected to my blogging buddies.
- Work on local friendship creation.
- Do fun foodie things – new restaurants, food tour in St Pete, cook new recipes, shop at farmers market.
- Take some mini-adventures – Sarasota day trip, Dali Museum, Flea Market.
- Continue with my play with words & addiction to lists: Crossword puzzles. Create a bullet journal. Begin 2019 New Things List. Finalize book publication. Continue blogging weekly.
- Enjoy our space. Set up table for jigsaw puzzle; rearrange the back room for more regular usage.
- Be spontaneous & open to new activities. This is a new experience for us, so I want to be open to whatever happens! With my word of the year being “Journey”, I want to really be mindful of this new experience.
Do you find specificity or broad ideas on your seasonal bucket lists more helpful?