Good evening, happy Monday!
I saw this idea for a “Spring Bucket List” on Jessie‘s blog last week, and I liked her list so much that I just had to create my own!
I’ve done these seasonal bucket lists sort of thoughtlessly in the past and not much came of them, so this time I decided to sit down and actually put some thought into this one. I figure I will be more successful this time if I make sure my bucket list items are things I really want to do and will actually move me closer to some of my larger goals and missions for this year. So…what do I mean by that? Allow me to explain.
Spring is a season rife with symbolism – it represents rebirth, new beginnings, the unlocking of the chains of winter and the promise of better days and more light in our lives, both literally and figuratively. The “Spring cleaning” craze sets in as we prepare to leave our winter nests and lighten our loads in anticipation of more travel, activity and time outside in the coming months.
This year, Spring also coincides with a time that I’m beginning to reevaluate many of my attitudes and choices in the wake of my birthday and my last year as a 20-something, and the new world that opened up to me on my Guatemala trip. These two events in the past month have called on me to think bigger, dream bolder, and start living my life to the fullest.
I am really diggin’ the convergence of these two forces – “Spring cleaning” and big dreaming – in my life right now, and I want both of them to be reflected in the priorities I set forth in my bucket list. I know that I’m at a point where living my life to the fullest and making meaningful changes will require me to think a little bigger than just decluttering my house and running without my Garmin and calling it a day; but I also know that in order to make space in my life for big changes to occur, I need to make an effort simplify and that inevitably means tending to some less-glamorous housekeeping items. The balance between the two will be a fun and rewarding challenge.
There is another priority I wanted to make sure was reflected in my list. Maybe it’s my cabin fever talking, but lately I have felt strongly called to spend more time in nature. The siren song of the trails and the trees and the natural world has been LOUD lately, and I feel I can ignore it no longer.
So here it is, my Spring Bucket List, an ode to a brighter future, a simpler and more mindful present, and the glory of the natural world. Enjoy!
GO ON A HIKE!
ALL CAPS because I need #ALLTHEHIKING this Spring/Summer!
Take a class
Already signed up! As of today I’m enrolled in a 6-week beginner Sign Language class through the Milwaukee Rec Dept. – I start on Monday!! I’m really excited. I think it will be so cool to learn sign language.
Break up with Strava
I already got a head start on this one: I deleted the app from my phone on Sunday when we got home from Iowa (after I had just used it on Saturday, ha). This is an idea I’ve been flirting with for a while, and I kept making excuses and putting it off: I have to at least finish my March challenges first! Maybe I’ll just wait until taper. Or after the marathon…
But I think this is one of those things where I just need to rip off the Band-Aid and do it already.
These social tracking apps can be great, but it gets to a point where they seem to take away from my running more than enhance it, especially since I already record my training in a paper journal anyway. I just get so tired of the comparison trap, and having the details of every run out there for everyone to see and judge, and knowing the details of everyone else’s training too. It’s information/comparison overload and I think I’ll be better off without it. This is a big first step toward my goal to make more of my running tech-free.
Do a blog series
I’ve never tried a blog series before (unless you count weekly training recaps), and I think it could be a cool way to explore one of my interests more in depth. I actually wanted to do a “Minimalist March” series of posts this month about my ideas and efforts for simplifying my lifestyle, but that didn’t happen, so I’m going to try it this Spring as “Minimalist May”!
Clean out my closet and start a capsule wardrobe
Cleaning out my closet is actually a project I’ve been chipping away at for the past month – let’s finish that bad boy!
I did a Project 333 capsule wardrobe a couple years ago (only 33 items at a time, rotated out every 3 months), but after a few cycles I gave up on it, mainly because I didn’t want to put in the work to maintain it anymore. But it’s been a while and I’d like to try again. I think I will focus more on easing into it this time: I’ll pick a number like 33 or 50 and use it as a guideline instead of a rule, and I won’t include shoes or jewelry. Over time, as I get better at it, maybe I can include those things.
This is actually a hard time of year to start a capsule wardrobe, because March/April weather is so erratic around here. One week it’s in the 60s and we all bust out the sundresses; then the next week its in the 30s and raining and snowing. Kinda makes it hard to commit to a capsule wardrobe when we basically need to dress for all 4 seasons these next couple months. So, maybe I will just make it my goal to get a capsule wardrobe ready to launch in the summertime.
Start a bullet journal
I had never heard of this until I saw it on Gretchen‘s blog a couple weeks ago. I thought it looked cool but I dismissed it for two reasons: my handwriting and drawing skills are NOT good enough for something like this, and I don’t need to go starting yet another journal. Seriously, guys, when it comes to notebooks and journals, I have a problem. I constantly start them and forget about them.
But then I thought about it more and I decided that this might actually be a cool thing for me. I want to use mine for my unstructured thoughts and ideas. I already have my new Basics journal for keeping track of schedules and goals and stuff, but I could also use a journal for creativity – to get things off my chest, write down random thoughts and writing ideas, and more.
Learn about something new
Whether it’s reading a book about it, taking a class or just doing a little research, I want to learn a little bit about a subject I don’t know anything about (the sign language class can’t double-count for this one – it has to be something else!)
Meet up with someone I haven’t seen in a while
I have to admit this will be a little bit of a challenge for me – which is why I chose it, to get out of my bubble! – because, as weird as this might sound, I don’t actually have a ton of “real life friends” that I know well enough to ask out for coffee without seeming weird but also don’t know so well that I haven’t already seen them recently, if that makes sense. #IntrovertProblems
Other things on my Spring Bucket List!
Start riding my bike again
Get caught up on my filing at work
Make a decision about a fall goal race and racing schedule
Develop a morning (and bedtime) routine
Make a new blog friend
Order something off the menu I’m not sure I’ll like
Do a Habitat volunteer day