At the start of 2018 a lot of things were changing in my life – I was leaving a job that I loved, moving from a city that changed me in remarkable ways, and trading in my one bedroom urban apartment for a truck camper.
I was excited and nervous, but mostly I was just an absolute wreck. My emotions were all over the place. One minute I would be eagerly mapping out routes across the country, the next I was sitting in our empty apartment trying to catch my breath. I’m a practical person, and this life decision was anything but practical.
With all the changes happening in my life I accepted one thing to be fundamentally true: I was only going to survive the next year, for better or for worse, if I trusted myself to take it day-by-day. If I chose to give myself grace and allow myself to learn my new way of life the same way a child learns the alphabet. Slowly, patiently, and with lots of love for the learner.
So I was a learner. I spent 2018 soaking up experiences, listening to stories, trying new things, accepting hard realities, and just . . . living.
I entered 2019 with an incredible volume of gratitude and a deep tenderness for the whole person that I am right now – flaws and all. While I hate how cliche it is to say I feel centered – that’s truly the best way I can think to describe it.
So now that I’m feeling all zen, why not mix things up a bit? I spent 2018 riding on the wings of destiny with not a lot of mindful intentions guiding the way. While I don’t think its necessary to set goals in order to have rewarding experiences, I thrive off of lists and purpose-driven intentions.
And that’s how Bucket List 2019 was born! As December crept by I began realizing I was not content with having just ONE new years resolution, there were so many things I wanted to do in 2019 – and unlike 2018 where I felt waaaay too overwhelmed to commit to anything solid, 2019 feels like the year to make sh*t happen!
Bucket List 2019 is a collection of trips, goals, and activities that span across a variety of topics like hiking (duh), education, my career, wellness, and finance. Some of them are exciting bucket list items: like visiting BANF in Canada, while others are fairly boring: like paying of my debt.
The common theme between all the items: the time and energy it will take to tick them off the list – the story behind completing each and every one of them.
That’s the story I’m here to tell and I’m so excited you’ve decided to join me on this journey!