My Birthday’s in 2 weeks! Yippee!
Actually, I’m not much of a birthday person….I usually get slightly depressed for not making the previous year more exciting than it was. I can be really hard on myself about practically everything and birthday’s usually make it worse. BUUTTT, I digress.
This year, I’ve decided that this will be my Bucket List Year, the year that I cross some “life” things that I’ve been really wanting to do off my list. ‘Cause why put them off any longer? Why not do them this year?!
I did cross a few things off last year– starting a blog, signing charlie up for therapy dog class (even though it didn’t work out so well, poor guy), ran a half marathon, had a 2-month gluten-free experiment, learned to sew with a sewing machine, came suuuuper close to publishing something (ugh, don’t want to talk about this one), made a “This is Your Life” movie for my dad’s birthday, ran in the Turkey Trot (always wanted to do this), and crossed a few states off my list towards my goal of visiting all 50 states. The last year feels a bit like a blur, so I’m sure I have other things to add that I can’t think about right now.
This year though, I’m planning to cross the things off that have been on my list for a while (and that I really, really want to do, not just would like to do…if that makes sense….)
Here are the things I want to do this Bucket List Year:
1) See Fall Foliage in New England
This has been at the TOP of my list for a while now. Here in California, we don’t get any sort of fall foliage– sure, some leaves change and it looks pretty, but it’s nothing like what you get in states with real seasons. I’m obsessed with how beautiful it is and have been wanting and wanting to go for a while. So why not this year? My good friend Amanda lives in Boston, so I booked a trip out for Columbus Day weekend and we’re gonna go do all the fall-foliage-stuff. I’m so excited. Fingers crossed that it won’t rain that weekend (cause I feel like that will ruin it). I know Columbus Day wknd sounds early, but supposedly it’s been a dry year so the peak is early (and it’s a 3-day wknd so we both have monday off). Fingers crossed. I just booked my ticket today- yeah!
2) Play Tennis
Yes, for a while now, I’ve been doing the– “I really want to play tennis more regularly and become good someday.” Yes, the dreaded someday that I hate using. Well, why not today? I’ve always played causally, taken lessons, but haven’t had a tennis parter to practice with…so I never get good. I’m not really sure if I’m going to take lessons again or just find a hitting partner, but by this time next year, I want to say that I DO play tennis.
3) Become a Better Skiier
Every year, I stick to the same slopes. They’re a little better than bunny slopes, but still the green circle beginner. Seriuosly, the past four years, I’ve skiied exactly one run at Squaw Valley (where we ski)- Gold Coast- and I just go up and down it. It is getting soooo old and boring. I don’t care if I ever get really good, but I want to at least have more variety and feel more comfortable on my skies. It’s time.
4) Run 5k Distance Regularly and Comfortably
Not 5k races particularly, just to be comfortable running 3 miles regularly (aka 2-3 times per week). I’m not a runner. I ran a half last fall, then stopped running for a while, then slowly came back….but I want to keep it up and not lose it. I’ve been running lately, but I want to make it regular and stick with it at least until January. A lot of it has to do with the feeling of accomplishment– something about taking a run in the morning, setting out to run 3 miles, and finishing it- that makes me feel like I’ve done something tangible that I’m proud of in the mornings. And I like starting the day off right.
5) Start a Garden.
One of the big reasons I look forward to a time when I don’t live in the City is that I really want to grow some fruits and veggies! I am so jealous of all my friends’ gardens. I don’t have a green thumb by any means, but I am a Virgo (aka an earth sign) if you believe in that stuff and really, I just like planting things, watching them grow, and being around them. I must say, I inherited a ton of plants from Jared (they’re all sitting in a big corner of the living room) and we really don’t have any space in the apartment to put any more, but I’m going to do it anyways and grow something edible (indoor basil, maybe?) this year as a start. Good?
I’ll stick with these 5 for now. I have some others that I’m considering adding— Enter the Pillsbury Bake-Off (who cares if I win or not, it’s fun just to enter), ride a hot air balloon, see the US open (tennis), and other trips I want to take (Thailand? Morocco? Egypt?), etc but I think that’ll have to wait until I think it through more before I committ to them for this year. My bucket list is long…I might as well save some for other years
What’s on your bucket list? What’s on the top?
What have you crossed off lately?
What month is your birthday in? Are you a Birthday Person?