After retirement, some habits just do not die. You learn that some of those habits you really do need! I’m a planner. Most days, I need to have things on my calendar. I am learning to enjoy the occasional non-scheduled day, but too many in a week and I get a bit antsy. So I need plans and checklists. Writing things down seems to help me get items done.
For years, my work habit was a Quarterly Action Plan, jointly agreed to with my boss and checked on regularly to make sure the top things were moving forward. Since you can re-name things (and our lives are full of euphemisms), my work-based Quarterly Action Plan is now a life-based Seasonal Bucket List. Sharing is a great way to stimulate some accountability; so sharing my seasonal lists on my blog has been helpful. It’s not the boss who’s checking on if I’ve done things (you-all are much less demanding!), so there is much less pressure, but still some accountability.
In previous Seasonal Bucket Lists, I’ve bounced between specific action-item lists and more generic themes. My most recent winter was themed with seven broad areas given our big plan of being snowbirds for the first time. There is something to be said for “broad themes” as all elements were executed to some degree!
- Continue regular self-carewith morning journaling, beach yoga, regular beach walks, biking, and staying connected to my blogging buddies.
- Work on local friendship creation – successfully!
- Dofun foodie things– new restaurants, food tours in St Pete/Tampa, cooked new recipes, shopped at farmers market and boutique food stores.
- Take some mini-adventures– Sarasota day trip, Dali Museum, Flea Market, Raptor Fest, Kite Fest, Sunken Gardens, etc.
- Continue with my play-with-words & addiction-to-lists: Crossword puzzles. Begin 2019 New Things List. Finalize book publication. Continue blogging weekly.
- Enjoy our space. Set up table for jigsaw puzzles (did 2!); rearrange the back room for more regular usage.
- Be spontaneous& open to new activities – see above plus multiple wine-with-friends.
When doing a new seasonal bucket list I always refer back to my Personal Possibilities List. This year, I am also working on my 101 New and/or Fun things for 2019, but have slowed down in execution since coming back north from snowbirding. Life basics are in place (morning journaling, weekly yoga, weekly Zumba, walks with friends, regular theater dates, etc.) but I do need to start planning some more new and/or fun things!
I had too many ideas at first, so I blog posted (see link) to see what friends might suggest. It was more fascinating to see what folks picked as it related to them than me, but I did take the voting into account on my final choices. First off, all but 2 of 19 ideas got at least one vote. Two ideas got 6-7 votes. But as I have the complete power of choice, I’m not listing the total results. I did love the suggestion about balancing the choices in mind/cerebral, body/physical, and soul/spiritual. Here are my final Spring Bucket List areas:
- Out & About Mini-adventures with Friends – combining the physical + tourist in own town: Zoo Blooms/Eden Park hikes, Yoga Hike, SummerFair, Mid-week Foodie Club dinners (new places), OTR Food Tour, Mid-day Movie date, plus plan 2-4 more things (Art Museum, spring gathering, soccer game?)
- Explore a new “Big Project” – a balance of the cerebral/physical: work on the book promotion, do some Artist Dates to explore ideas (ex. take a real dance lesson), explore YouTube Wire Wrap – jewelry/shells (finally), finish needlepoint project, join a book club, and explore more writing opportunities
- Continue to explore Personal Spirituality– explore more meditation experiences, read some recommended books on spirituality, continue to explore Tarot cards.
- Daily Living– spring gardening (Civic Garden plant sale), spring cleaning, household repair scheduling, plan & cook new recipes (recipe file organization, Easter dinner), finish taxes, self-care (portion control, health checkups, daily movement, journaling, yoga), and physical therapy.
This list is definitely a more specific once again so I will see how it goes. My word this year is journey as in:
Create the Vision. Plan the Path. Live the Journey.
I think I’ve got a good plan for living the retirement lifestyle I’ve envisioned. Now it’s onto living and appreciating the moments – both the planned ones and the unplanned ones.
Picture Credit: Me – Winding Waters in Iceland December 2018