Bucket List Ideas to Make Your Soul Happy

Until last week, I had never made any list of things to do before I die. Sure I’ve had dreams and I have even written many of those dreams down as a way to help manifest them into my life, however the idea of having a “bucket list” never sat well with me. I guess it’s because I felt that every time I would cross an item off the list, it would bring me closer to the end. Can you relate?

Well I’ve had a burst of inspiration that turned my thinking around and got me excited about making such a list. I’ll explain my story, my new and far better name for this list and I’ll even give you over 100 bucket list ideas so you can start too.

Start with Why

The reason I decided to finally begin my bucket list was simple and two-fold.

First, I had been feeling incredibly stressed out by all the political stories in my social media feeds. Times are tough no matter where in the world you live or what political beliefs you align with. We all feel the tension, but focusing on the external world so much was definitely not bringing me joy (one of my hallmarks of a well lived life). I believe truth is found by looking inward so this has been a perfect time for me to review my hopes and dreams for the future.

The second reason I felt this list was a great idea for me now in my life is that I am finally ready to experience that joy no matter what anyone else thinks. It doesn’t matter to me if I look silly or irrational or invest my money, time and efforts into things that other people don’t understand or appreciate. I spent so much of my life following the rules, trying not to rock the boat and pleasing other people.

I’m creating a bucket list to please myself and no one else!

Get Busy Living

The bottom line is that I decided it was time for me to get busy living. Living a full and rich life excites me and motivates me (much more than dying). For this reason I am calling my list the Get Busy Living List. My list so far is composed of a variety of actions I can take that represent my desires and curiosities about life. Some of the items on my list are things I’ve wanted to do for many, many years. Other items I found by reviewing other people’s lists and still others came to me by pure inspiration.

Contrary to what you might think, a Get Busy Living List doesn’t have to be all about expensive once in a lifetime dreams. When you create your list you are free to add even the tiniest action item. For instance, you might want to spend a day smiling at strangers, just to see how many smile back. It’s your list, your truth. You decide. Therein lies the freedom.

So are you ready to create your own list?

100 Bucket List ideas Get Busy Living List ideas to make your soul happy

Get busy traveling

What cities, states or countries have you always wanted to visit? Whether you go on a day trip, a weekend adventure or an epic journey, travel can uplift your soul. Here are some suggestions to get you moving:

  1. Nashville Tennessee – the home of country music
  2. The Redwood Forests of California – where ancient trees hold the secrets of life
  3. The Grand Canyon in Arizona – an ever-changing work of natural art
  4. Barcelona Spain – a city of crazy, passionate architecture
  5. Rome Italy – where history and legend meets
  6. The Scandinavian countries Denmark/Norway/Sweden – home of the Vikings and extreme weather
  7. Tokyo, New York, or Sao Paulo – the three largest cities in the world
  8. Machu Picchu Peru – a 15th century mountain top citadel
  9. The Great Pyramids – one of the world’s biggest mysteries
  10. Petra Jordan – Indiana Jones went there

Get Busy Learning

The great thing about learning is that you never have to stop. There will always be new ideas, places, subjects, and skills to learn. Below are some ways you can start:

  1. Learn a new language
  2. Learn a new sport
  3. Learn how to fix something that gets broken – a dining chair, your plumbing, your car
  4. Learn how to speak in front of people
  5. Learn a form of art – painting, photography, jewelry making
  6. Take singing lessons
  7. Learn how to play an instrument
  8. Pick an event in history and study it
  9. Take a survival skills class
  10. Learn CPR

Get Busy With Your Health and Fitness

If you don’t have your health, how can you do all your other adventures? Here are some ideas to keep your body and soul happy:

  1. Hire a personal trainer
  2. Hire a personal chef to make healthy gourmet meals
  3. Buy a rebounder and use it (my personal favorite exercise)
  4. Do a cleanse
  5. Train for a marathon/hike/bike event
  6. Go vegetarian
  7. Practice meditation every day for a month
  8. Replace your household products with non-toxic versions
  9. Get a massage
  10. Make kombucha

Get Busy in Your Community (Local or Global)

So many exciting things are happening in your community and around the world. Why not join in the fun? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Join a networking club
  2. Volunteer at a local non-profit organization
  3. Read or teach kids in a classroom or after school program
  4. Fund a Kiva loan
  5. March for a cause you’re passionate about
  6. Join a bowling league
  7. Help plant, weed, or harvest a community garden
  8. Invest your time and money on a volunteer vacation
  9. Join an art or acting guild
  10. Run for public office

Get Busy Going to Events

Each year hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of events are happening. Which ones have you always wanted to attend or participate in, yet never seem to fit into your schedule? Get out your calendar and make room for some of these events:

  1. Attend a hot air balloon festival
  2. Watch a live Broadway show
  3. Go to a professional sports game
  4. See the Northern Lights
  5. Attend a movie premier
  6. Watch the New Year’s Ball drop in Times Square
  7. Party in New Orlean’s at Mardi Gras
  8. Go to India for the Holi Festival (Festival of Colours)
  9. Attend a music festival such as Coachella or Glastonbury
  10. Shop at the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Get Busy Following Your Passion

Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you had followed a different path? There is always time to explore your options and try new hobbies or a new career. Who knows, it might just open up your world to something wonderful. Consider these ways to follow your passion:

  1. Write and publish a book
  2. Commit to a new activity or hobby and document your progress like the movie Julie & Julia* or Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead*
  3. Change careers, even if that means going back to school to learn new skills
  4. Become a foster parent
  5. Mentor someone
  6. Start a business
  7. Start a blog or podcast
  8. Become an apprentice or intern for someone
  9. Get a license or certification based on your interests
  10. Hire a coach to help you discover your passions and take actions on your life purpose

Get Busy Facing Your Fears

Growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. But if you don’t give yourself a little push, fear can creep in. So get out there and do something every day that scares you. These ideas can help:

  1. Go bungee jumping
  2. Go white water rafting
  3. Stay in a haunted house
  4. Get a tattoo
  5. Swim with sharks
  6. Ride a roller coaster
  7. Ask for a raise at work
  8. Pitch your products or services to a big company
  9. Go skinny dipping
  10. Go to the airport, choose a destination on the spot and fly there

Get Busy Doing Random Acts of Kindness

It feels good to do good. Here are some ways you can make a brighter day for someone else:

  1. Buy an extra meal at a restaurant and give it to someone in need
  2. Sponsor a chid in need via a reputable organization
  3. Send a friend or client a card in the mail, just because
  4. Pay for a person’s coffee, groceries, or gas
  5. Give an extra tip to your hairdresser, waiter or valet
  6. Smile at everyone you meet for at least one day
  7. Leave positive post-it notes in public places
  8. Write a genuine and positive comment on someone’s blog or social media page
  9. Allow another car to move in front of you
  10. Pick up garbage when you see it and throw it away without complaint

Get Busy Making Genuine Connections

True connections are made when you take the time to eliminate distractions and focus on the important people in your life. Following are some ideas you can connect with your loved ones for a more meaningful life:

  1. Put down and silence your phone during a conversation
  2. Knock on your neighbor’s door and ask what they might need (a ride, a cup of sugar, a second opinion, or a listening ear)
  3. Look in the mirror and declare your love for yourself
  4. Share a personal story with someone you trust
  5. Apologize and ask for forgiveness where needed
  6. Give your partner the benefit of the doubt
  7. Talk to someone at work you’ve never talked to before
  8. Write to someone who made a difference in your life and let them know
  9. Offer a hug to anyone you feel compelled to connect with
  10. Reach out to that person who pops into your head

Get Busy Changing Up Your Routine

When you do the same things day in and day out, it’s easy to miss the magical moments in life. When you disrupt your schedule, even just a little bit, you create an opening for new awareness. Here are some simple ways to change up your routine for a little more fun in your day:

  1. Take a different route to work or school
  2. Skip the Starbucks, save that money for 30 days and buy something fun at the end of the month
  3. Practice silence for 24, 48 or 72 hours
  4. Eat lunch in the park and then swing on the swings
  5. Buy yourself flowers
  6. Try a new, exotic food
  7. Be a tourist in your own city
  8. Rearrange your furniture
  9. Work standing up
  10. Try a new haircut or color

I recommend you buy a small notebook that you can keep handy in your purse or car. Go through this list and write down the items that speak to you. Start by doing at least one item on your list this week. You can do it by yourself or call a friend to join you. I guarantee the more you “get busy living” the more empowered and happy you will feel.

Which item(s) on this list do you want to try? Share your thoughts below!

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How to Find a Reason to Get Up in the Morning

Two days ago I watched one of those heart-warming, tear-jerking videos online. Let me give you a summary of the story because it illustrates my message for today.

The man in the story describes how, just five years ago he was overweight (340 pounds), unhappy, unhealthy, and felt so disconnected that he isolated himself from the world around him. An embarrassing incident prompted the man to hire a nutritionist and her first instruction for him was to adopt a pet from the local shelter. The point of this was to get the man more physically and socially active.

He visited the shelter and found a dog who appeared like himself, middle aged and overweight. Though their first few days together were awkward, the man and his new dog, Peety eventually formed an inseparable bond.  The unconditional love of this companion motivated the man to be a better person. He lost over 140 pounds and began running marathons. The dog’s health improved too. Ultimately they both saved each other and brought each other back to life again.

They gave each other a reason to get up in the morning.

I know how hard it can be to find the motivation to LIVE. I’ve suffered depression myself and some days (even recently) I have found myself  struggling to find my own reason to get up in the morning. So if you or someone you know can relate, I’ll share three ways to help you find your motivation so you can show up another day to live and breathe, feel like you have a purpose (because you do!) and find your joy again.

Three ways to get motivated about your life

The purpose of this list is to help you find at least one thing that inspires passion within you. Passion is one of the 7 Essentials for Vibrant Health and without it life can seem meaningless. In essence you want to embrace something that will give you something to look forward to.

1. Have a clear vision of your future. When you were a kid did you have a big dream about what it would like to be grown up and live the life you wanted to live? That’s the kind of clear vision that spurs you to show up and never give up. What is it that you would really, really like to do, be or have in the future. Spend some time letting yourself daydream about your vision and allow yourself to fully feel the excitement of achieving your goal.

2. Share yourself with another living soul. Humans are social creatures and we need to feel connected and valued in order to thrive. Surround yourself with at least one other person or animal with whom you can build a close bond. Find someone who cares about your happiness as much as you care about theirs. Caring for others motivates you to act with generosity and strive to be a better person.

3. Join a movement. Victor Hugo once said, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” What kind of activities or causes interest you the most? Do you love animals, have a penchant for quilting, or desire to help end world hunger? I can guarantee there is a meetup event, club, or volunteer organization dedicated to your interests. When you gather with likeminded people to focus on a singular idea, the collective energy expands and fills you with joy and satisfaction. Essentially you ride on the vision of the group and you begin caring about something greater than yourself.

Vibrant joyful living begins with you.

The good news is that every one of us desire’s meaning and deeper connection in life.  Reach out and ask your friends what reason they have for getting up in the morning. You might learn something new about your friend and it might help you create some motivation in your own life.

So let me ask you. What gets YOU up in the morning? Share in the comments below to inspire others.

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Celebrating Freedom

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The best way to celebrate yourself and your journey is to simply enjoy it. Over the past ten days I’ve been blogging on the topic of freedom. It’s been challenging to step out of my comfort zone in the way that I express myself and it has also been very exciting and rewarding to create something new every day. I celebrate the fact that I have followed through with this commitment to express myself.

Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.  ~Michael Josephson

What I’ve enjoyed most about this Freedom Blog Series is finding my own sense of purpose and power through being authentic and vulnerable. I’ve shared many personal stories and I’ve found that sharing brings others in closer and makes them feel welcome. I’ve met new people who have also been blogging about freedom and I’ve heard from many readers that my stories and tips have been uplifting.

My favorite day of this Freedom Blog Series has been Day 2 entitled Discovering Your Why. I believe that passion fuels our lives and to know that we are all allowed to choose anything at all to believe in and pursue is completely inspiring to me. If we all gave ourselves this freedom just imagine all the greatness that could be achieved in this world. If you haven’t read the post on Discovering Your Why I suggest you do, because it could mean the difference between living a life of mediocrity and feeling alive and thriving in life.

You and Your Dreams Belong Together

My biggest takeaway from writing this series has been to never give up. Never let go of your dreams and keep pursuing those things in life that light you up, make you feel alive and push you to become a better version of yourself.

Take the Next Step Before You are Ready

One thing is for sure – to achieve your dreams and live with true freedom you must step outside of your comfort zone. Your mind, your family and some of your friends may try to stop you. This is not because they don’t want you to be happy. It’s because they want you to stay safe.

But as Tony Robbins tells us “The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.” Nothing is certain in life. Can you go out anyway and follow your dreams?

This topic of uncertainty will be the topic of my next blog series in my journey to raise consciousness and help people find happiness, live in greatness and find the place they truly belong.

xo

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10

Creating Independence with Intention

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One of my biggest challenges around freedom, as I mentioned before is learning how to balance responsibility with desires. Can you relate to this? You want to have freedom to do extraordinary things, to travel whenever you want or to choose your adventures without having to limit yourself. But you most likely will need money to do so right?

You know you must take action to bring in an income. That doesn’t have to mean working hard doing something you really don’t like but it does mean focusing your time in the right way to bring about and manifest opportunities for you to live the kind of life you want to live.

Independence isn’t doing your own thing; It’s doing the right thing on your own. ~ Kim John Payne

If you’re wondering what the right thing is, you’re not alone. Most of my clients come to me looking for the right path that will lead the to the success and happiness they desire. The right path or the right thing will be different for everyone.

It’s all about balance.

Everything in the Universe seeks balance. The right path for you will include a certain balance of life and work. Some amount of structure is necessary for you to flow with ease and still maintain some stability.

The following questions are designed to help you gain some clarity around your path and what it looks like for you.

Creating Independence with Intention

1. What is important to you? What do you value most? (values are concepts such as creativity, community, excellence, nature, or playfulness)

2. Where are three places you dream of visiting or moving to (where you can incorporate your values)

3. What type of working environment and schedule will you need to create in order to get you to your desired lifestyle and location?

4. How will you maintain your life/work balance in the future?

To help you get started I will describe my ideal path toward independence. I value nature, creativity, and connection. My ideal locations for a vacation or living environment would be a small oceanside town, a cottage in a small town in France or a mountainside home in an active community (or all three!) In order to create such an environment for myself I am willing to focus my efforts on serving my ideal clients whom I will communicate with via internet and phone. This means setting up systems and a team in my business. I imagine working weekdays 10-5 until my system runs smoothly at which point I can cut the hours back to long mornings with afternoons and weekends free to make things and go on adventures.

What intentions do you have for creating independence and what does your work-life balance look like? Remember everyone’s path is different and that is perfectly okay. Share below!

xo

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9

Choosing Your Adventure

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When your alarm sounded this morning how did you greet the day? Did you choose to  be glad, get up, and get going? Or did you choose to hit the snooze a few times and have an attitude of dread? Just for the record I mostly choose to wake up right away but stay in bed for a few moments as I feel my way into happiness and set some intentions for the day.

Every morning that you wake up is like being born again. The past is over. New adventures await. What you do today is what matters most, as the Buddha said.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day and we all have a universal purpose in life. Our purpose is to experience life and sort through the contrast to find our place in the world and become who we really are.

We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.

Adventure is what happens when you remain open and curious about life and take action according to what feels most exciting in each moment. Your version of adventure is different than mine and that’s how it should be.

What excites you right now?

What have you been wanting to do but neglected because the timing wasn’t right or because you “should” be doing other things? My challenge for you is to follow your excitement and joy today. Have an adventure.

My joy for today was getting back on the hiking trail. It’s been so hot in Arizona, but this morning was cool so I went out for about an hour and it truly felt like being home. Nature welcomed me and had new things to show me. Inspiration whispered in my ear and I witnessed some amazing views of my city.  After, I stopped at the Uptown Farmer’s Market to pick up some greens and I found a really cool tea vendor with a Zen kind of vibe who had the most heavenly flavors so I picked up a bag.

This is my kind of spur of the moment adventure. What’s yours? Share below and then of course – go out and actually do it!

xo

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8