With exactly one month until my birthday, I am starting to get asked what I would like for gifts.
Normally my response is ‘I don’t need anything’ and in return I get told “I am not asking what you need, I’m asking what you want!”
So I decided to go back through my bucket list to see if I can get any ideas. I have a list of over 100 things, made up of big travel goals, expensive one off purchases, small achievable goals and simple tasks and absolutely random ideas.
I sat down one day, and just wrote whatever popped into my head. It was so raw. I didn’t give myself time to think, which meant I couldn’t talk myself out of writing something down. I didn’t have time for self doubt or to think about the conseques of different items.
By doing this, I felt like I had an honest list of everything that was in my conscious at that particular time.
That was August 2012. Since then I have ticked different items off and also added more. In 5 years, I have marked off nearly 70 items and added just as many.
So one month out from my 34th birthday, not only am I looking through the list for some birthday gift ideas, (bridge climb, take a cooking class, learn pottery, complete a large puzzle, fly a kite, name a star, go to the ballet…) But I am also looking for something I might be able to do before my birthday.
One thing that stands out to me is to finish my journalism diploma. I have one assignment to complete to finish it because with the year I have had, I dropped the ball and never did that last assignment.
I need to take the leap and finish it. I work better with deadlines and stress so I have decided to give myself one month. A month to research, plan, interview, write, proof and submit.
Wow that is alot, but I know I can do it. I did 11 modules in 5 months (yes, that is crazy insane but I did it) so one month to do the final big assessment should be a breeze right?
And because I like to challenge myself, I am going to find a few more items to tick off within the month.
Here are 10 items from the list that I am considering. I probably can’t do them all in a month. I will just choose a few.
1. Find a street with my name ‘Loren St’ and take a photo.
2. Do a pay-it-forward good deed.
3. Have a proper picnic, picnic rug, basket etc.
4. Learn about chakras.
5. Leave an inspirational message for a stranger.
6. Spend a whole day disconnected from technology.
7. Practice origami.
8. Spend time with an old friend.
9. Paint a portrait ‘Ahn Do’ style.
10. Fold 1000 origami cranes.
I challenge you to start your own list. Write down whatever comes to your head. Just writing the list is enough to motivate you. But just wait until you start to tick the items off, you will notice how your life starts to improve. You feel like you are accomplishing something, even if they are small items. You will be taking control of your life and really living, not just getting by.
Try it, and feel free to share some of your items. I can’t upload my full list as some items are surprises for my family and friends who read my blog, but as I write more on this subject, I will share more of my list.