Reverse Bucket List
Most of us have some form of a “bucket list.” Whether we have written them down, talked about them with friends, or just contemplated them, the things we want to accomplish in life are always in the back of our minds. In my mind, there’s a constant struggle to live in the moment and to think about the future simultaneously. There is always something to look forward to, plan for, save up for, and it can all sometimes feel like I’m constantly climbing.
Then, there’s this other idea. This concept of a “reverse bucket list” that I was introduced to yesterday (here), and it seems so simple that I can’t believe I hadn’t thought to do this before. But I hadn’t because I have always been so focused on the future, that I hardly spend a second thinking about all of the dreams that have already come true. It’s not about showing off…it’s about being grateful for the opportunities I have been given so that I can say, “Wow, I really did that!”
So, without further ado, here is my reverse bucket list (in no particular order):
- Started my own business
I’ve learned so much about the industry and even more about myself through my business. I’ve also met some pretty awesome people that I’m happy to call not just clients or partners, but friends.
- Traveled outside North America
You can read about my South African adventure right here. It was the most amazing trip with even more amazing people.
- Changed careers and became a teacher
Best decision of my life! If you’re like me and are looking for a great way to get into teaching (even if you’re years into a career), please ask me any questions you have about Teach For America.
- Rescued a dog
I read somewhere that people don’t rescue dogs, but dogs rescue their people. I couldn’t agree more. If you’re in the DFW area, check out Legacy Humane Society for adoptable pets.
- Bought a house
Home ownership has been quite the adventure, but so exciting and rewarding.
- Completed a Whole30
I’ve never felt more in control of my life and my health than when I spent 30 days figuring out how to eat right.
- Sang in public
So what if I was dressed in traditional Christmas caroler attire? It was a huge step to overcome this fear and let others hear one of my passions.
- Moved halfway across the country
Admittedly, I’ve never been the homesick type of person. I’d also moved about eight times before the move from D.C. to Dallas, so I was an expert at packing and unpacking. It also helped that I was moving in with the love of my life :)
- Learned to cook
Turns out microwaving Easy Mac doesn’t count as cooking. After winning an office chili cook-off a few years ago, I was inspired to really learn how to cook. It’s now one of my favorite ways to experiment with creativity.
- Received recognition for my work
This may seem insignificant to some people, but to me even the smallest acknowledgement makes my job(s) worth it. Thanks for saying thanks :)