I don't currently have my original bucket list because I created it in one of my art journals so I had to recreate it. Here's a picture of the original list:
So this past week I rewrote it in the art journal I'm currently working in:
After I rewrote the list it just didn't feel right. Some had been accomplished (yea!) and some didn't really apply anymore. A few of them reminded me of how much my heart aches for them. Those are definitely keepers! So I made a new list and here's what I came up with:
I decided to reorganize it so that like items (ex.: travel) are together in a section and similar items are one item with multiple parts (ex.: Visit NYC, go to the NY Opera, go to Central Park, etc.). I also made the first section items that have been completed. Makes the list a bit more motivating! Here are a few items that have been checked off: Visit India, take a cruise, swim with stingrays (I <3 rays!), yoga on the beach, and hike the Rocky Mountains.
One of my main sections is travel because it's something I love and there's so many places I want to see. Here goes!
2) Visit Italy - Gondola in Venice
3) Step foot on all 7 continents - Backpack thru Europe - Visit a castle - Stroll through Paris at night
Obviously I've taken care of North America :-) and I can also mark off Asia from going to India and UAE. Europe is high on the list anyway (see above), I could hit up Rio for South America, and take a safari or go to Morocco for Africa, anywhere in Australia would be awesome, and then there's Antarctica. I'll figure that one out later.
4) Visit all 50 states
I've been to half with 25 more to go!
5) Take a volunteer vacation
I've been to an ashram before but not to stay. In fact, when I went to India our group of Americans were special guests of Pujya Swamiji at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. After aarti we went back to the ashram for a special talk with Swamiji.
8) Ride in 1st class on a flight
I've been on more flights then I can count but have never flown 1st class. :-(
9) Hike the Grand Canyon
10) Retreat to Kripalu
The next section is my "active" section. I debated on putting the first item on the list because I didn't feel it belongs but I need it to happen so that the rest of the list will come easier. I decided to at least make it kind of cute.
11) See my hip bones again
See, cute right?!
Honestly, I've gotten away from the yoga a bit but it's something I really desire to have back in my life. Headstand is something I've never been able to do but know if I really focused on it I could do it. Minus the fact that I'm a bit clumsy.
13) Complete a half-marathon
I used to run quite a bit but never for time or distance. I would love to do this. I wouldn't even mind being last as long as I accomplished it. Okay, maybe 2nd to the last.
14) Complete yoga instructor training
Not that I necessarily want to be an instructor but more so to dive deeper.
I finally decided the tiny little one at the park in Nashville didn't count. LOL.
16) Go on a horseback ride
17) Go to a firing range
18) Learn to ballroom dance
19) Take a ballet class
See my note about being clumsy with #12 for this and above.
20) Climb a rock wall
On to my "other" section:
Ananda = bliss, also similar to my name
22) Get published in a Stampington & Company mag
Working on this one. That's why I don't have the art journal with the original bucket list.
23) Find my soul mate
This should have been on the top of my list except that I know that my life can be full and complete even if (gasp!) this doesn't happen.
24) Make a quilt (w/ Donovan's baby clothes)
Ok, so I don't even like to sew and have never used a sewing machine but I still saved some of his clothes for this anyway. Maybe I'll get someone else to make it for me...
25) Learn a foreign language
26) Join the Peace Corps
Deep in my heart I feel like this may happen one day.
27) Paint by the sea/beach
OMG are those gorgeous or what?! In China they're called Kongming lanterns and are released at festivals in China, Taiwan, and Thailand. I debated on this one because of environmental concerns involved and the possibility of the lantern parts being ingested by livestock. The lanterns represent good luck and floating your worries away. I guess they're not such good luck for farmers and cows.
29) Dedicate a star to my son
I did rock some sweet braids while in the Bahamas!
31) Adopt a family for Christmas (anonymously)
32) Create a non-profit
A completely shabby chic sweet cottage.
There are other items that I debated on putting on the list like watch my son graduate, get married, and see my first grandchild but those are not things within my control. Not that #23 is either but I felt odd for not putting it in on there. Originally #3 was visit all countries but I had to be realistic and changed it to continents. And anyway, this list is subject to be updated in a few years.
I'd love for you to share some items from your bucket list!