things off my bucket list. I just returned from a 16 day trip to Europe, and
though many of the places we visited I have been fortunate enough to visit
before, there were two things I have had on my bucket list and been wanting to experience for years now. The first one was to tour Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany. My husband and I love castles. Our wedding was a castle theme and to date we have toured at least 20 castles together. Our bedroom is decorated in a royal romantic castle theme, including a framed picture of Neuschwanstein castle. Being able to walk the halls of this amazing romantic castle hand in hand with my husband was definitely a dream come true!
The second experience on my bucket list was to take a ride on a Gondola in the canals of Venice with my sweetheart. I had been to Venice one time prior, years ago when I took a 17 day whirlwind bus tour of Europe. I had won two first-class round trip tickets and I took my dad with me as a thank you for helping me with some finances while I was a single mom and decided to change jobs and become a travel agent. He supported me in my decision and I wanted to say thank you for his constant love and help during a difficult transition in my life. We were only in Venice for part of a day and I always dreamed of returning with the love of my life to take a romantic ride as a Gondolier sang to us in their beautiful Venetian dialect.
What is a bucket list you ask? It is a number of experiences or achievements a person hopes to accomplish or have in their lifetime. It is a list of things you want to do before you die, before you "kick the bucket." You can add to it at any time and cross things off as you achieve them! Your list should have meaning to you. Each list is unique to its author. My list will differ from your list. Your list can include things as simple as bake cookies and deliver to the senior home to starting your own business, writing a book, run a 5k, earn your degree or meeting a famous person you idolize. But gather them all in one place and write them down. I read once that the simple act of writing down your dreams gives it 100 times more likelihood of coming true! Just by writing it down! That sounds like pretty good odds to me!
I suggest you use a journal, a book with blank pages or some sort of log to be used specifically for your bucket list. I have a hard cover book I found at a Barnes and Noble years ago simply titled 'My Life List.' Of course, action steps will be required in order for you to check things off your bucket list, but a dream has to start somewhere, right?
I've had a bucket list for years. Currently it holds 39 dreams, or wishes of things I hope to see, do, become, experience or have in my life. 12 of those things I have been able to cross off the list so far! Things such as becoming a Life Coach, to being self-employed to having an organized home office to becoming a Big Sister.
So what's next? Ride in a Hot Air Balloon? Go to Australia? Hike down the Grand Canyon and back? Own a log home? Who knows, but I sure know I'm willing to add to my bucket list as inspiration hits
What's on your bucket list? Go ahead, grab a pen and write it down!