Self-Care through a Bucket List


Since “bucket list” became a mainstream word a few years ago, seems like everyone has one.

For those of you not in the know – a bucket list is THE list of things we want to do before we die, a compilation of the daring, artistic, exotic things we say we will do someday. For me, it’s hiking Machu Picchu, going on safari, and owning a house with a swimming pool.

Bucket lists are great. They inspire and help us escape the mundane. But it’s not often we get to check those big ticket items off our lists. Last time I looked, I hadn’t set foot in Peru, outran an elephant or gone skinny dipping (who came up with this phrase anyways?) in my own backyard. Not to say my mind hasn’t visited these places in my daydreams, but the realities of life don’t make traditional bucket lists easy to complete.

“Last time I looked, I hadn’t set foot in Peru, outran an elephant or gone skinny dipping”

Well, last week I saw someone’s summer bucket list – easy enough things to do that will still shake up a routine, make us appreciate what we have, and give us an opportunity to slow down and breathe in the world. That’s what a bucket list really is, after all, right? And I thought, “Yes! That’s what I need! A seasonal bucket list of the things that I say I am going to do every year, but just don’t get to them.”

These are the little inspirations we can find nearby and within our families, the stackable experiences that help create a tower of self-care. They don’t have to be grand aspirations, just little nuggets to renew faith, awaken the senses and find fun in our routines.

Without further ado, here is my Fall Bucket List 2013:

  • Roadtripping to take pictures of the foliage
  • Walking on a beautiful new road I discovered
  • Having a true farm-to-table dining experience (DONE!)
  • Tasting every single hot apple cider I can get my hands on
  • Swimming one last time in Echo Lake before it’s too cold
  • Finding a shooting star

What’s on yours?

5 responses to “Self-Care through a Bucket List”

  1. I’d like to get a hot chocolate from Caribou Coffee! Maybe apple-picking or dipping? 🙂

  2. Lisa says:

    Do it, Jill! I already went apple picking!!!!

  3. Marsha Hudnall says:

    Did you enjoy Cloudland Farm, Lisa?

  4. Lisa says:

    Yes, Marsha, it was great! The appetizer was a sweet corn soup with feta (my favorite), the entree was osso bucco, and the dessert was beet ice cream and some sort of chocolate mousse. And the setting was really serene.

  5. Lisa C. Briggs says:

    I love taking the way-too-big goals/ideas and doing what you did.. beautiful list and idea!! BTW, I had the house with the swimming pool.. loved it but it was so much work, so much $$$…still worth it but..So my Fall bucket list is to eat Macoun apples every day that they are still in season, to buy one new favorite sweater, to find a new local orchard since we just moved from our “next door” orchard in our old town, and to take any length walk outside on every sunny Autumn day. And to go hiking at least once on a new hiking trail in our new town with my husband. xox

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