Are you living the life you want to live?
Five years ago, I was living at home with my parents, dreaming of moving to London, starting a new career as a freelance writer and being an extra in a movie.
It seemed impossible back then, but I’ve now crossed off all those items off my bucket list. I’ve been living in London for 3 years, ghostwritten blogs for US beauty brands and starred in “Goodbye, Christopher Robin” (you can see me behind Margot Robbie in the ballroom scene).
My secret? I’m treating my bucket list like a to-do list. Cos your dreams are way more important than all the boring tasks you need to do every day (but wish you didn’t have to).
Now it’s your turn. Whether you want to move to another country, learn a new language or attend a film premiere brushing shoulders with celebs, your dreams deserve to be ticked off your bucket list and turned into reality – one at a time.
Why You Need A Bucket List
You may think, “But, Giorgia, I know what my dreams are! I don’t need a bucket list.”
Maybe you’re right. But are you really executing on your dreams? And what about all those smaller dreams, like learning French so you can watch your fave movie in its original language or taking piano lessons like you dreamed of when you were a little girl?
Having a bucket list makes you stop and think about the things you really want to experience in this life – and then actually do them.
Because once you treat your bucket list like your to-do list, you’re actually going to make time in your schedule to bring each and every one of them to life.
And that’s gonna enrich in your life in ways you can’t even imagine. You’re gonna have new experiences every month, broaden your skills and do in a year what most people aren’t able to do in a lifetime.
How’s that for living your life to the full?
If you accept the challenge, here’s how to create a bucket list you actually do:
1. Jot Down Your Dreams
The first step to accomplish your bucket list is to make a bucket list in the first place! Take pen and paper (or your fave digital to-do app) and jot down all the things you want to do. It doesn’t matter if it sounds impossible, crazy or even silly. Just write down everything that comes to mind. Nothing’s off limits – as long as it thrills you and excites you.
2. Pick Your Top 3 Dreams
Creating a bucket list is fun but… all those goals can be overwhelming. Do you really have the time to do them all?
Yes. But you don’t want to do them all right now. Let’s be honest here: some dreams excite you more than others. Others may have a time-limit. Give them the priority.
Go through your list and pick 3 goals that matter the most to you. You know what they are. They give you a little rush whenever you think of them. You can’t stop thinking of them.
Also, check your bucket list for anything that has a time limit. For example, if you’ve always wanted to go to the concert of a band that’s just announced their last tour before their split, grab those tickets now. Bump that goal to the top of the list. You won’t get another chance.
Resist the urge to pick more than 3 goals. Anything more than that and it DOES get overwhelming.
3. Plan Your Dreams
Here’s when things start to get fun. It’s now time to plan your dreams so they can become a reality. Ask yourself these questions:
- Where do I need to go? Do I have to plan a trip/buy plane tickets/book hotels?
- Can I do this alone or do I need to find a partner?
- Do I need any money/apps/resources to accomplish it?
- Does it need to happen on a certain day/time (like attending a concert)? When do I have free time on my calendar to fit it in?
- What steps do I need to take to make this happen? What’s the first step?
For example, if your dream is to finally see your fave band in concert, the first step may be to subscribe to their newsletter to see when they announce a tour. That’s something you can do right now.
After that, you can start saving up some money in your savings account for the tickets and travelling expenses (especially important if you know you’ll need to travel to a big city). Once you have a date, you can buy the tickets, book the trip etc.
If your dream is something more complicated, like visiting all the capital cities of Europe, the first step may be to write down all the names of the cities you want to visit. The next step is to pick one or two cities and calculate how much money you need for each trip, research what documents you need to enter the country, figure out when you can take time off from work, look for travel deals online and find a partner in crime you can share the experience (and expenses) with.
Even if you can only visit two cities a year, that’s 2 cities closer to your dream. It doesn’t matter how much it takes you. What matters is that you live out your dreams.
4. Don’t be afraid to switch things up
Remember that boyband you adored as a teen and now you wouldn’t be caught dead listening to their songs? Tastes change. So do dreams. That roadtrip around Ireland you dreamed of in your 20s may have totally lost its appeal by the time you’re in your 30s. Now you prefer a weekend at a relaxing spa with your girlfriends or a cruise along the Nile.
That’s cool. Don’t be afraid to delete items off your bucket list if they don’t excite you anymore. It’s not a failure if the spark’s gone. The failure is in doing things you don’t like anymore just because you feel you have to. Likewise, as new dreams pop up, do jot them down your bucket list.
Remember, your bucket list is a never-ending job. It changes as you change. Use it to realise the dreams that set your heart on fire and live your life to the full. Without regrets.
BUCKET LIST INSPIRATION
- Swim with dolphins
- Dye your hair pink
- Learn Hungarian
- Write and publish a book
- Visit the Palace of Versailles
- Start a business
- Move to Paris for the summer
- Learn to play the violin
- Act in a play
- Make your own lipstick
- Visit all the capital cities of Europe
- Sew your own dress
- Attend a film premiere
- See a Cirque du Soleil show
- Ride in a horse and carriage
- Learn to surf
- Soak in the Blue Lagoon
Over to you, now. What is on your bucket list and what dream are you making come true first? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear what you dream about and what your goals are.