Create a Bucket List Blog

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I am thrilled to announce that about a week ago, Project Light to Life reached 10,000+ followers. First off, I want to give a big thank you to my subscribers; your comments inspire me every day to write more and to cross off more bucket list items. I figured now would be a good time to write a post about crossing “Create a Bucket List Blog” off my list.

Although I’ve had multiple seasonal bucket lists for several years, I started thinking about creating a bucket list blog around May of this year. Thinking about what I wanted to do for the summer was a nice distraction from finals. Although I have always been dedicated to my schoolwork, as I approached the end of junior year, I worried about focusing too much on the world of academia, without getting to enjoy real world experiences as well. Perhaps this apathy was an early onset of senioritis, but so far, my new mindset has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

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As I began thinking about making my blog, the other inspiring bucket list blogs I found motivated me to start my own. A while back, on my inspiration page, I shared Annette’s page on her inspiring bucket list blog; she shares “48 Inspiring Bucket Lists for you to Stalk.” If you have a moment, I would definitely recommend browsing these blogs.

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Even so, I had doubts about starting this blog. I worried that starting a blog about crossing items off my bucket list might be viewed as hedonistic. I also worried about starting the blog, then being disappointed with myself if I stopped crossing items off my lists. Yet, not only has the “Kind Acts & Volunteering” list contained some of the most enjoyable items I crossed off my list, but also, they say writing things down is often the best way to get yourself to accomplish goals, and so far, it’s been a blast.

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One of my favorite parts about having a bucket list blog thus far is the large amount inspiring people I’ve met and stories I’ve heard. And of course, there have been some favorite items I’ve crossed off my lists too:

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Swimming with dolphins

Riding, and, though not on my list, falling off a Segway Scooter during a Segway tour

Driving a quad around the hills of St. Martin

 Going to an indoor trampoline park

Going geocaching

Watching the ball drop in NYC on New Years

Visiting a butterfly farm

Leaving flowers on a stranger’s doorstep

Leaving inspirational sticky notes in public places

Writing a nice letter and leaving it in a book for a stranger to find

Paying for Someone’s Coffee Behind me in the Drive-Thru Line

and, my most recent addition to the list, signing up to study abroad in Australia!

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Again, I want to thank all of my readers for continuing to inspire me to cross items off my lists and with their own stories as well.  I can’t wait to see what awaits me next!

So even if you guys don’t exactly have a bucket list, I’d love to hear from you: What has been your favorite destination you’ve gone to, activity you’ve completed, act of kindness you’ve done, etc? I want to hear about any of those categories!

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76 Responses to Create a Bucket List Blog

  1. cross(stitch)yourheart says:

    Awesome and well deserve. Keep it up!

  2. omtatjuan says:

    wow i’m impressed… You deserve good things..

  3. marialegault says:

    I love your careful consideration of this topic! Especially your thoughts about whether the blog would be ‘hedonistic’ or ‘disappointing’. It appears you’ve been successful in all regards!

    This is inspirational because I’ve been thinking about starting a bucket list – or something along those lines – for myself. I will definitely be following your example 🙂

  4. marialegault says:

    PS – Just so it’s not misinterpreted, it appears that you’ve successfully avoided issues like hedonism or disappointment in your blog. Sorry if my last comment was poorly worded.

  5. cutiecameras says:

    Congratulations!! I love reading your blog and look forward to reading more in the future!

  6. Eva Acharya says:

    You’re quite an inspiration yourself! Your blog’s absolutely fantastic. And I dare say, welcome to Australia! 🙂 (whenever it is that you get here).

  7. Annette says:

    Thanks for the mention and congrats on the 10,000+ followers!! I’ve enjoyed reading about your bucket list checks 🙂

  8. suziemcgrew says:

    Your blog has inspired me. I have had write a blog on my list for years. I started mine but was too timid at first to tell loved ones and friends. Reading your blog I have decided part of the journey is to allow yourself to be vulnerable. I want my blog to reach people who might be where I am or have been, and inspire them and let them know they aren’t alone. I’m excited for the day when I can say I have 10, 000 followers. Thank you!

    • Aww thank you so much 🙂 I completely know what you mean. At first I didn’t tell any loved ones and friends about my blog, only shared it with strangers because of that fear, but after I shared it with them I was so glad I did! They’ve been great with adding suggestions on adventures to pursue, sharing stories I might add to my blog, and more. I can’t wait to read more of your blog and that you’ve decided to share it with the world because you’re right, you never know who might be inspired by what you write!

  9. Congrats! Your blog is wonderful so you definitely deserve it 🙂

  10. brittbot says:

    my lifetime bucket list item I accomplished this year was running a marathon at 40! I actually ran two, and am signed up for number three. The Outer Banks marathon was an amazing course and a great Fall location!

  11. Congratulations on your awesome achievement. I always enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the great work.

  12. Gaurab says:

    I love reading your posts.Congrats and keep rocking 🙂

  13. paytonjade says:

    Favorite destination is calvi france

  14. Congratulations!! Keep up the good work!

  15. A bucket list can be viewed 2 distinctly different ways, can it not? Either it’s entitled and all about oneself (“get get get”) or it can be about fulfillment, living to one’s potential, and thereby invovling and engaging others in a beautiful way, enabling all of us to live with less regret. Some selfishness is good, without it you can’t ever get to the point of reaching your potential or helping others do the same. I can see the best of both types of buckets and a lot of “engagement” happening via your blog. It’s very inspiring to see younger people thinking about themselves and the grand sweep of their lives at such an early age. It gives me hope for the future and for my own kids. Congratulations on reaching 10,000 followers!

  16. benedictj says:

    Thanks for following my blog. Yours looks like fun!

  17. Your blog fills me with so much energy and inspiration..I have so many things that I want to do but kept hiding behing excuses…Am gonna surprise people around me soon 🙂 Will be re-blogging this post

  18. Reblogged this on Now Tats Wat I call Talent and commented:
    This post really inspired me…There are so many things that I want to do and I’m sure all of you also want to do..Well there is no better time than NOW!!!

  19. Shekhinah says:

    I’ve actually been thinking about doing a bucket list blog….thank for furthering that inspiration. 😉

  20. Djoo says:

    This is so inspirational! Congratulations on the followers and the checks on your bucket list!

  21. cutiecameras says:

    Hello Christine! I love your blog! That is why I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! I have all of the details here:
    http://cutiecameras.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/i-was-nominated-for-the-sunshine-award/

  22. Chris Thomas says:

    Hey Christine,
    Congrats 🙂 there are two very important things in my life: making a change for the better and enjoying life.I guess I could derive items for a bucket list from these two things but haven’t done so that far 🙂
    How are you? Any news concerning Australia?
    Have a great weekend,
    Chris

  23. So awesome! So inspired by your story and would love to hear more about How you did it! 🙂

  24. Gede Prama says:

    Amazing and Thank you so much for sharing

  25. Congrats on your milestone!
    You have a wonderful and inspiring blog.
    I have tagged you for a blog award here:
    http://fatpurplefigs.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/inquiring-minds-want-to-know-pass-it-on/

    – KK 🙂

  26. Aussa Lorens says:

    Okay, I just saw someone else do this and I think I’m going to do the whole “30 before 30” thing… I made a list when I was in my early 20s that had all sorts of ridiculous things like “spend 10 months backpacking in Asia” and “write a book” and “go on an African safari” and then I forgot about it– until last year when I found it while packing for a move. It blew my mind because I’d done all three of those things and much of the rest of the list as well. There must be some magic in just writing it all down… So I’m going for round two, bigger and more ambitious.

    • Yes, 30 before 30 would be a lot of fun 🙂 That’s awesome you’ve done all of those, so inspiring! I completely agree about the magic of writing things down. Keep me updated on how the list and crossing things off it goes!

  27. This is great! I recently attended a speaking event where the main topic was to create a bucket list. I did a recap of it last week. I’d love it if you checked it out! http://wp.me/s3O4FC-99

    I think what you’re doing it awesome. You’re clearly doing things that make you happy and inspiring other people to do the same. One of my goals is to make an impact like that!

    • Thank you so much! I just checked out your post about it and loved the write up; everything was so inspiring 🙂 I wish I could’ve seen the speech! Thank you so much and I think you can definitely do that 🙂 If you’re interested, I’d love to see people join the new kindness chain I wrote about in my most recent blog post!

  28. ryan695 says:

    Very Very inspiring idea for my blog 🙂 thanks for the idea and I like your blog you have done a brilliant job 🙂

  29. ouidepuis1 says:

    Have you heard of the Free Hug movement? (http://www.youtube.com/watchv=76isxwCsWCg&feature=youtu.be) Sounds like you might be interested in it, since you do all these random make-people-happy things (which I might just do too, because wouldn’t it just make your day to find something like that?!)
    By the way, you’re gonna love Australia (I am there right now on a work holiday)!!!

  30. Mike says:

    A very deserving congratulations – this is merely a threshold…

  31. Kamalpreet says:

    Hey! I have nominated you for the WordPress Family Award:
    http://keyisinspiration.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/wordpress-family-award/
    Thank you for being a part of my WordPress Family! I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  32. mchlspil says:

    Hi, stumbled upon this post when Googling Bucket List blogs. Going to have to spend time browsing around more. Love reading adventures of people. I am slowly going through a book I found and crossing things off by writing and photographing them. Makes such great memories.

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