IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME! And as always, I have a Christmas Bucket List full of the things that I can only do in this Winter Season.
(If you're into lists - you're going to LOVE Wunderlist. It comes as an app, and can be used on desktops - plus you can choose your own background. Woo!)
Now... Lists, for me, have always had negative connotations attached to them - they're usually full of all the things you're obliged to get done, the things you're behind on, or the boring things - like buying toilet cleaner. For some women, in particular, lists are like heaven. For me - they've always seemed a little more like purgatory.
Bucket lists, however, have won me over. At the beginning of each season I get to dream up all the things I'd love to see, do, and experience of that season - and there's nothing more satisfying than ticking them off, one by one. It keeps me accountable with my hopes and dreams and means that I actually make time for the things that matter to me.
Looking back over my ticked lists this year, I realise just how much I've been able to do, just because I wrote it down and made it happen. Plus, I got to take people on the adventure with me! WINNER. I can't recommend them enough.
I'm going to let you in on the fun!
I'm a naturally adventurous person and have realised recently that not everyone actually gets round to doing the things they'd love to do. The thing is, when people see me actually going ahead and doing the things they'd love to do, they tell me they wish they had a life as exciting as mine.
But let me tell you, you CAN! It really is as simple as writing it down, and ticking it off.
For those of you that are on a budget this season (which is ALL of us, right?) - Don't tune out - YOU DON'T NEED MONEY TO LIVE A FULL LIFE. Most, if not all of my wishes this season cost me little or nothing.
Here's a few tips on creating your own bucket list:
1. Make it achievable. Don't cram too much in to one list. There's nothing worse than feeling like you've done NOTHING for the last 3 months. Save yourself the disappointment.
2. Make it affordable. If you don't have much disposable income this month - it's probably best not to fill your list with things that are going to eat away at your bank balance. Some of the best adventures are the ones that you can do for free - be creative with it.
3. Keep it simple. Sometimes a simple walk in the woods with friends, or a hot chocolate to carry with you while you go late-night shopping with a friend is exactly what you need.
4. Be specific. What is it about THIS season that you can't do at any other time of year? It's the small things that make a season what it is; if it's Christmas - embrace the cosy things - sit by a fire, go and cut down your own mistletoe, sing carols by candlelight, or wear a big chunky scarf and go for a muddy walk.
If it's Spring - pick some daffodils.
If it's Summer - eat fish and chips at the seaside
If it's Autumn - carve that freakin' pumpkin
5. Don't feel defeated. If you don't get round to ticking everything off your list - it's okay. Next year will come. Celebrate the things you did do, and make sure to take some photos!
You want more adventures? Write them down and make them happen! Simple.
So to round off, I'm going to leave you with some photos taken whilst ticking off my Christmas Bucket List this year. :) Enjoy.
AND A MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL! I am so thankful for your support this year. Every follow, every comment and every word of encouragement means so much to me. You guys are the best.
And if you're feeling really adventurous this year - get yourself to church this Christmas time. I promise you it's exactly what you need.