2013 Bucket List

Top New Years Resolutions

Top New Years Resolutions

So 2012 has passed and I have really surprised myself with just how much I’ve managed to achieve on my list! I still have several posts to write up including a trip to Finnish Lapland to visit Santa with my daughter. In 2012 I ticked off:

So what is on my bucket list for 2013?

  • Catch-up with, and stay up-to-date with my blog posts!
  • Switch off my computer and put away my phone (stop being so ‘connected to the rest of the world) when I want to spend quality time with my family
  • Soak up the good in everything I do-so that I enjoy the little things more
  • Buy a professional photographic shot of my children.
  • Visit an Ice Hotel
  • Go on a snowmobile safari
  • Visit The Ice Bar, Sweden
  • Go Skiing (so far I’ve only had one lesson)
  • Visit the Aurora Sky Station in Sweden to see the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis
  • Visit Kenya, Africa
  • Go on a Safari in Kenya
  • Go Hang-gliding
  • Go on a Segway Rally with my girl-friends
  • Go to Glastonbury Festival
  • Go to Shambalah Festival
  • Go Hovercraft racing
  • Take my sons for a helicopter flight
  • Dine at The Fat Duck in Bray
  • Finish our Back Garden
  • Lose 20lbs
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Add 10 more items to my bucket list
  • Improve my Calligraphy
  • Finally hang some Art work in our house
  • Take up Yoga
  • Go to the Theatre to Watch an Opera
  • Take my Mum to watch Eddie Izzard live-she loves his stand up shows.
  • Reach 75,000 hits on this blog

Setting targets with a specific deadline is something I have so far resisted because I don’t like the idea of setting high expectations or putting pressure on myself, but in honesty, writing this blog and making my bucket list have really proved to me beyond a doubt that it has motivated me to stay inspired by having something concrete to work towards. If I don’t tick them all off-I won’t beat myself up-but I will have a bloody good go it, and I will have something to aim for.

My main resolution for 2013 is to be present and happy in everything I do and experience, rather than to focus on ticking off the items in my list in some over-ambitious frenzy. I want happiness to be my mode of travel, not the planned destination.

Happy New Year Bucket Listers!

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Categories: Bucket List Item Achieved, Cultural Goals, Extreme Experience Goals, Gastronomy Goals, Music Festival, Physical Goals, Relationship & Family Goals, Sight-seeing Goals, Travel Goals


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8 Comments on “2013 Bucket List”

  1. January 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Great list. I think it is even better by the commitment to be present and happy in everything you do! No sense doing it otherwise! Happy New Year. Looking forward to 2013!

    • January 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Thanks Anita, This is something I always try to remind myself since I went on the 8 week mindfulness course. It’s easier to know than to practice at times when I am bogged down with daily routine, but that’s my it’s a practice I guess! Thanks for leaving a comment!

  2. Liz
    January 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    So many things on your bucket list which are on mine too! It’s fun reading all about your adventures. πŸ™‚

    • January 3, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Thanks Liz! I’d like to read about your bucket list too if you ever write about it… What’s on your list this year?

      • Liz
        January 3, 2013 at 11:21 am #

        Well, my list is long (not as long as yours of course!) but I haven’t put any down as specifically for this year as finances are very tight at the moment. The main one which doesn’t require money that I’m aiming for this year is to be a good enough wife and mother. I also want to put the past behind me (tricky sometimes when it’s constantly shoved in my face), look to the future and live in and enjoy the present for all its many gifts.

        Someone (it may have been you) posted on Facebook an idea of having a jam jar into which you put little notes of all the good things (doesn’t matter how small) that happen and then on New Year’s Eve you open it up and read them all – so many wonderful things happen that get forgotten about or just swept away in the not so good things and it’s good to be reminded and to be thankful for them. So I found a jam jar and have stuck my favourite family photos on it and I will be filling it up as the year goes on.

        Sometimes I do think about writing a blog but I’m not very good at sticking to things and finding time for that type of thing (I’m bad enough at making time to pray or exercise!) so that’s something for the back burner for now.

      • January 3, 2013 at 11:31 am #

        Well, if I’m honest, I’m not always great at keeping up with my blog or sticking to things, but it helps to have a diary or a blog that you can come back to when you do want to record things. You could even use it as a virtual jam jar, so that you always have it there to look back on… It doesn’t even have to be a bucket list blog… Your first post could be about the jam jar post, and call it Liz’s Jam Jar musings or something!

        It wasn’t me, but I love the idea! It reminds me of the American Thanks Giving Day, which I’ve always thought was really lovely. We can be so pessimistic this side of the pond, and I think having a day where we are reminded to be positive and give thanks…

        Your idea is really quite similar to that, except that you are really living that ‘carpe diem’ way by not allowing the moment to pass in a way that isn’t soaked up for all of it’s positive worth.

        I think that is a great new years resolution/bucket list idea for the year. I may just do it myself. I can’t take credit for it, but if you don’t mind, I may just share it on my page too!

      • Liz
        January 4, 2013 at 11:18 am #

        Hi again πŸ™‚
        I thought it was called something like that but couldn’t remember properly, I’ve just called mine our “Good Things Jar”! The first thing which is going in is a list of all the lovely people who came to our NYE party on Monday night.
        Of course I don’t mind you sharing it – although as you realise it wasn’t my idea in the first place, so you didn’t really need to ask! (But thanks for asking πŸ˜‰ )
        Hope you’re well, enjoy the last few days of the school hols. πŸ˜€

      • January 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

        Apparently it’s commonly referred to as a gratitude jar Liz πŸ™‚

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