A while back I wrote about my opinions on rebranding the bucket list. I rebranded mine “The Fabulous List”.
One thing I have learned is that the list is fluid. What may have been on the list 10, 5, or even one year ago might not be as attractive as it once was. There are also things that get added to the list and there are opportunities that come along that we didn’t even identify as a want until it was presented to us.
This year I was able to cross something off the list, add something to the list, and gratefully accept an opportunity that I would have put on the list if I had thought of it. And learn, once again, that everything is not always what it is cracked up to be.
What I Crossed Off
Take a course on Grant Writing
I did it! I finished the course on grant writing in July. And in finishing it I discovered that grant writing is not for me.
I was a little disappointed. I thought I would love it. Turns out it is more administrative than it is writing. Administrative tasks are tough for me. It takes all my self-discipline to deal with the administrative work in my own business. I can’t imagine adding more of that in.
The good news- and I tell my students all the time- is that it is just as important to know what you don’t want to do as it is to know what you do want to do. And I know, now, that this is something I don’t want to do.
What I Added
I was also fortunate enough this year to study Reiki and become a Reiki practitioner. So I have added ‘Become a Reiki Master’ to the list. I am certain that this will not have the same effect as the grant writing course because I am 2/3 of the way there and I love it.
I have also realized that my list of ‘Books I Want to Read’ keeps growing. I decided that list should also be on my fabulous list. Afterall, I think reading makes me fabulous! In this lifetime, I really want to read those books! My dilemma is that it is almost certain that I will never be done with that list. After much thought, however, I decided to add it to my fabulous list, even if I never get to cross it off.
What I Took Advantage Of
As I work on my adventures in freelance writing, I regularly research ways to be better at it. Balancing it with the rest of my commitments has been taxing at times. In the back of my mind, I kept wishing there was someone who could walk me through it.
***Boom*** A freelance author that I know and respect gives me the opportunity to take a course that walks me through freelance writing!
It wasn’t on my list, but it should have been. I just hadn’t realized it yet. So I am taking advantage of the serendipity! (I am in the midst of it right now but will report back later on it at a later date.)
What I Will Probably Remove
While not on my list that I put down in my rebranding post, I will most likely take ‘flip a house’ off the ‘extended-for-my-eyes-only’ list. My husband really isn’t on board with it and I don’t think I want to do it by myself at this point in my life.
I am also flirting with the idea of taking glass blowing off the list because it dawned on me that this activity takes place in front of extremely hot furnaces. The problem is that I am not a fan of heat in general (after the pictures of my kids, my A/C is my most valued possession). Now, I could just take one class to see if it is bad as I am thinking it is. Maybe it just has to be moved down in priority on the list.
Overall, I am glad for all the opportunities I had. I am glad that I got the grant writing out of my system and will no longer romanticize how great it would be if I could do it. I am glad I took the chance on Reiki. And I feel blessed that I got an amazing learning opportunity I hadn’t expressed that I wanted out loud.
photo credit: eltpics
Did you cross anything off your bucket list this year?