Life is About Living…

Make plans, set goals

Make plans, set goals

One day I was just sitting around thinking about my life. I was feeling like a robot-going through the motions of every day life: waking up, doing what had to be done, repeating the exact same things over and over. I was feeling overwhelmed and bored with the monotony of which my life had become. I wasn’t “stopping to smell the roses”, I wasn’t “seizing the day”. I had to do something.
I was constantly thinking about the things I wanted to do (you know, when I had more time, more money, when the kids are older, etc…). So, I decided to make the old cliche “bucket list”. I wrote down my plans, my goals, my dreams.
It’s a bit surreal looking at the ideas in your head in print (kind of like when you look at your bank account balance). The number of items on my list amazed me a bit. It was almost like I was meeting myself for the first time,
“Hi. I’m Andrea. I’m 34. I have a whole bunch of things I want to do that I didn’t even know about!” (A lot of places I want go, things I want to see, goals I want to accomplish.)
I looked at my list over and over-wondering if my expectations are too high, my goals too big?
Then I gave myself a pep-talk; no goal is too big, nothing is that far out of reach. (Anything is possible, right?)
I realize that having goals (meeting them) and focusing on improving myself makes me a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend.
I’m not sure I’ll have enough time to do half these things, but it’s nice to have a plan.
I keep my bucket list in my wallet. I’ve been carrying it with me everywhere I go since March of last year. Sometimes I take it out just to look at it. Sometimes I take it out to cross off a successfully accomplished item, which is always a good feeling! 🙂

I have 88 items on my bucket list. I didn’t want to bore you with all of them. Here are some of my favorites:

26. Run a 10K
27. Run another half marathon
33. Go zip-lining
49. Take kids to a Broadway play
52. Volunteer
65. Write a list of 100 books I want to read & read them all.
70. Write a blog
71. Write a book
72. Write a pen pal
80. Donate books to a hospital, school, or charity
81. Raise money for a charity
82. Learn to knit
86. Let go of grudges
87. Send letters of thanks to those I love
88. Forgive myself

* Tell me! What are some of the items on your bucket list? (I’d love to know)

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