Here’s my reasoning behind annual bucket lists, rather than resolutions: Resolutions start with the negative and then turn into proactive “resolutions” which are haphazardly followed for the first couple of weeks of the new year, before they fall by the wayside and all you’re left with is a monthly gym membership fee.
Bucket lists are lists of action items, things I would like to do/learn/accomplish just for the sake of doing/learning/accomplishing them. I hold myself accountable, and regularly check in to share updates, accomplishments, even supplements. So without further ado, my seventh annual list:
1. Have my DNA tested (via 23andme or another).
Have a real Christmas tree (even if I have to call it a Hanukkah bush). Did this this year 🙂 It’s tiny, but festive!
Buy myself a bouquet of flowers. Check out the post here. Thinking of making this a regular thing. The stand by my apartment has great bunches for $5!
Get a waffle maker☺. AB already got me one for our Secret Santa exchange!
Find a perfect purse (currently on the wait list for this one). I got a jumpstart and bought it over Black Friday weekend!
6. Buy a mirror for my living room.
7. Treat myself to a spa day.
8. Re-pierce my ears and buy a pair of earrings to celebrate (love these Kate Spades or a simple pair that goes with everything).
9. Find a new perfume that’s all me.
10. Buy myself new running / training shoes (probs these).
11. Free kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse in Manhattan.
12. Travel someplace new.
13. Go to the pumpkin patch, or apple picking.
14. Ride a roller coaster.
15. Have high tea.
16. Shoot a gun.
17. Visit the Museum of the City of New York.
18. Eat a new protein – like reindeer or ostrich (I’m recruiting Captain America for his help on this one!).
Find a signature drink (French 75?).
Eat oysters (I tried my first recently; need to try more! Apparently there are habanero oysters?). Went to an underground dinner featuring them! Check out the post here.
21. See Shakespeare in the park.
Attend an underground dinner. See #20. Check out the post here.
23. Try dim sum in Chinatown.
24. Go to the Newseum in D.C.
25. Go to a festival / fair.
26. Learn a new card game.
27. Spend a day on the beach.
28. Recreate the balloon project on my birthday (or just for fun!).
29. Do something crazy.
30. Share some of my favorite sights with my soon-to-be-assigned Little!
31. Go hiking (some great ideas here).
32. Run a charitable race (Fifth Avenue Mile, New York Underwear Run, Empire State Run Up, New Year Midnight Run).
33. Try the 100 pushups challenge.
34. Take a cult fitness class – flywheel or barre or kickboxing.
35. Sign up for ballet.
36. Do the splits.
37. Read “The Artist’s Way.”
38. Read something by Proust.
39. Read “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons” before the “Game of Thrones” season 5 premier.
Publish something. Counting my new blog with my mom! Check it out.
41. Host a brunch.
42. Craft something I found on Pinterest.
43. Crochet another headband / ear warmer.
44. Make fried okra.
45. Make homemade yogurt.
46. Do a standup comedy routine (via Peppercomm!).
47. Paint my room.
48. Take a photowalk.
MAKE A CHANGE
49. 12 Months of Meaningful Improvement:
Month of using zero disposable cups or bottles. Check out the post here.
February: Month of drinking nothing but water (and protein shakes).
March: Month of no television.
April: Month of meatless Mondays.
May: Month of twice-weekly blog posts.
June: Month of morning walks.
July: Month supporting only small / local businesses.
August: Month without shopping.
September: Month without taking a cab.
October: Month without gluten. Just shut up and do it.
November: Month of daily gratitudes.
December: Month of random acts of kindness.
50. Implement Thursdays as a spend-free day.
51. Donate my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths again! This will also require buying a new hair dryer ☺
52. Learn a new(ish) language.
PROGRESS / SAVE
53. Build up a three-month emergency fund.
54. Ask for a raise / promotion.
Invest in something, even if it’s just Kiva. Invested my IRA into a target date fund. That count, right?
Start contributing to my 401(k) (I haven’t reached the minimum time limit yet). The fees on the funds through my employers 401(k) were super high, so I opted for a Roth IRA.
57. Improve my credit score by 10 points. 7 points closer!
58. Join a professional group (PRSSA, New York Women in Communications).
69. Attend 5 networking events. 1/5 I’m counting LearnVest’s #onabudget seminar
70. Set a date for my next big trip. Contribute $100 (or ideally, much more) to the fund each month!
Have any ideas for future lists? Want to join me for a few? Leave comments, ideas, and share your own lists – I’m always hungry for new ideas and inspiration!
For more inspiration, check out previous iterations of my annual lists:
2014 list, supplement, and review
2013 list and review
2012 list and review
2011 list, supplement, and review
2009 list not online (sorry)