Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Bucket List?

As I have been thinking about and reading resolution's other's are
making I wondered, what do you think of when someone writes out a
bucket list? For me, I have always  associated it  with things someone
wants to do before they pass away.

My personal feelings on this is that everyone should have a so called
"bucket list". I have not and do not plan to use that particular term
only because of it's usual association and for me it is a negative
one.

I do, however believe in a Goals list. This should be ongoing, for all
of us! If we are always setting goals, we always have something to
look forward to, reach and strive for. A continuation, not a checklist
till the end.

So, really, we should never complete our list as we should always be
striving to learn more, do more, help more, and achieve those goals
that maybe we never thought possible.

Each year I tend to look back over the 12 months and create a top 10
list, I find this a good way to reflect on the previous year and
hopefully, happy and encouraged about heading into the new year!



So,here are my top 10 from 2012.

1 ) Family/ Nonna time, especially the holidays, including another
White Christmas!

2) The love and kindness of friends' and family as we received and are
going through the treatment for cancer for the 6th time.

3) Empty Nesters again. We look at all of our kids lives and are so
proud of each one of them and the places they are in their lives right
now.

4) Liams first bday


5) Trip to San Juan Island! -We flew in a sea plane, kayaked with
whales, zip lined through the forest and fed a  sea lion named
Popeye...all firsts!


6) Personal milestones; 14 yrs as a cancer survivor,my 48th bday and
28th wedding anniversary.


7) Fantastic year of teaching swimming & training my ladies fitness group.
  
8) Our Spring camp/kayak/bike trip. Accomplished a personal goal of
swimming across the lake and back :)

9)Met my reading goal on GoodReads and completed another year of the
A-Z blog writers challenge.
 
10) Bought my "dream car" A blue Nissan Xterra, which I call the "Blue Beast".

Happy New Year and thank you for all your love, support and prayers~


I would love to hear your thoughts on goals, bucket lists,
resolutions...what are yours and what do you refer to them as?

3 comments:

Christie Minich said...

Resolutions! when I saw "bucket list" my heart sank. :)
I associate it as you do!
I listed mine, but I have failed at fried food. I had chips today at a restaurant. :/

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the inspiration Elayne! It is so easy to lose sight! Rena

I agree with you Elayne and Emy. I normally evaluate my life on my birthday not January 1st.
Janine

You said it all.
Heidi

I like to say if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time! We need goals! Also, I was so inspired by Randy sermon that as Christians, we shouldn't worry so much about resolutions that improve "us" as much as spend lots of time, energy, and money being generous and ministering to others.
Emy

Elayne , well said!
Marco

Love that perspective.....thank you :)
Shannon

Stephanie B said...

I LOVE this post! :)

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