I will be going to a New Year’s Eve party and doing all the New Yearsy celebrating like many others. We’ll play games, eat snacks, toast at midnight,etc., but this year there’s a new game. We’re all expected to come with a list of five of our New Year’s resolutions, which we will then use in a game where we match up the resolutions with the people. I like games, so I’m all good with that… except…
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.
If I think I need to do something differently in my life, I just try to change that. I don’t write it down. I don’t save it for the New Year. I don’t paste it on my mirror. Nothing. Until this year, apparently. So, before we head over to our friends’ house, I need to come up with at least five things that I’m resolving for the year ahead.
The timing is good, though, because I just read a blog post by Lesly Carter at Indulge – Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences that talked about her bucket list, and another one by Judy at Savoring Today that covered her top 12 in 2012. When I read them, I thought, “I should come up with a bucket list.” Then I decided that I would come up with a smaller version so I’d be more likely to succeed and call it my “drop in the Bucket List.”
So, like I said, good timing. I need five resolutions and I want to make a mini bucket list. Perfect match. Here goes.
1. Go to southeast asia.
2. Learn how to use the settings on my camera other than “automatic.”
3. Get rid of at least one thing every day this year.
4. Finish at least five unfinished knitting projects (I’ll specifically list which ones tomorrow and move them to a basket where I can see them).
5. Make fruit leather (it’s supposed to be super easy and not require any special equipment).
6. Sort through all my pictures in iPhoto, pare them down to less than 5000 (there are currently over 10,000… and NOT all great pics), and upload them on Flickr.
7. Figure out how to produce income through my blog(s)- help anyone?
8. Learn enough HTML and CSS to be able to modify my blogs how I want (columns, special widgets, etc.- set up self hosting on Word Press, is also part of this one I think).
9. Use my stash of beads to make gifts without buying new beads.
10. Can at least two things this summer.
Okay, so looking back at this, I’m thinking that other than number 1 it feels to me like it’s way more of a resolution list than a bucket list. I think I perceive bucket lists as more adventurous and I just don’t really care that much about jumping out of planes or that kind of stuff. I’ll ponder it more over the next couple of days and see what things I can think of that I don’t do because I’m scared.
Based on that, I’ll add one more thing to my list…
11. Create a bucket list with items on it that are outside of my comfort zone.