Make your dreams come true by making your own Bucket List

Dreams and goals

Dreams are an important part of our personality and I think I can say with certainty that we all carry many dreams with us in life. Many people think that dreams remain dreams, while others invest a little more, and make their dreams come true. One way to bring these dreams to life can be to create a Bucket list, which you check off as your wishes and goals are fulfilled.

I have just finished making my very first Bucket List which is not to demanding since it`s my first time.

I’ll share mine with you today, both the process of making it, and the actual Bucket List itself. Who knows, maybe we’ll even share similar dreams.

How to get started with the Bucket list

Setting dreams and goals in a system is not always easy when it is the first time you do it. I’ve been thinking for a long time that I want to make a Bucket List. I remember the movie with the same title; The Bucket List and how this movie inspired me, but I never took the time to sit down to actually make my own list.Bucket list

Well, I`ve finally found the time. I’ve spent some hours thinking about what it is I want to include in my very first Bucket List. I have so many dreams and so many goals, but you have to start somewhere and I have chosen to make a simple list this first time. I will expand the existing list with more dreams and goals as I go ahead, or just create new and more categorized lists later on.

The first thing I did was make a mind map, where I attached dreams I have had for a long time. Let me tell you… that mind map became quite extensive when I finally finished it. I then chose to remove the dreams that I know are not realistic to fulfill today due to the ongoing pandemic – the dreams that involve different travels and destinations abroad for example.

When the mind map was ready, I made the Bucket List as I wanted it to be, where I decided in advance to have a total of 10 dreams. These 10 dreams are affordable and possible to implement in the current situation, and I know that they are guaranteed to give me a good feeling by myself. The best thing about this list is that I am allowed to mark the dreams in the list as I go ahead with my dreams. To me that is very satisfying.

Why Bucket List is important to me

To put goals and dreams in your own system is a great help in focusing on exploration and creativity in your own mind. It is also a great way to hold yourself accountable for achieving your goals and dreams.

It is important to use the brain actively, and I would say that this can be a very good way to increase your own creativity, while at the same time feeling the joy and satisfaction of having your own goals set for the future.

The greatest joy and satisfaction is of course when you can cross off the goals and dreams as you fulfill them, but it is also a very good feeling to have finally put things in a tidy system.

Since health and lifestyle are so important to me, this is something I find very rewarding for my own part. That I can meet my own expectations and “requirements”, which no one else has made for me. I own it 100% myself and this is an extra big bonus to me. We all have our own expectations and demands for ourselves, and it is always a feeling of defeat when you fail to meet these. By making a Bucket List, you actually have a whole lifetime to complete the dreams and goals, and you do not need to feel that anyone is breathing down your neck, as there is no deadline to keep up with. This is a one big joy itself to me.

Some facts about the Bucket List

 

Why is it called Bucket List?Facts

Etymology. From kick the bucket, which means: “to die” + list as in; “list of things to do before one dies”. The term was coined by American and British screenwriter Justin Zackham in his screenplay for the film; The Bucket List, from 2007.

Zackham made his own list before the film was produced, which he called “Justin`s list of things to do before I kick the bucket”, as he later changed to “Justin`s Bucket List.” The first goal on his list was to produce a screenplay for a large Hollywood studio. After a time it occurred to him that he could make a screenplay out of The Bucket List. The film is about two dying men who will complete their own Bucket List during the last time they have left of their life.

Sources: Wictionary

The final result – My Bucket List

  1. Achieve my ideal weight
  2. Get more education
  3. Climb Galdhøpiggen (Mountain in Norway, 2469 m)
  4. Participate in 10 km race.
  5. Go-carting
  6. Learn Spanish
  7. Own a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes
  8. Go and see an Operah
  9. Try stand up paddle board
  10. Raise money for charity

So this is my humble first time Bucket List. I am so excited, and can not wait to get started! I hope you can find some inspiration in my list, and find joy in making your own Bucket List. I will document with pictures and text as I complete my dreams and goals so that I can share these (hopefully) magical moments with you all.

Give life to your dreams

What are you waiting for? Go ahead, and get started with your own Bucket List. It is so much fun, and it`s just amazing to realize how many good and new ideas you find along your way doing this. Feel free to share your Bucket List with me, and maybe I just might get more dreams and goals to add to my own list.Dreams come true

There can be many reasons why we do not act on our dreams. Some may have a fear that makes the realization difficult while others may think they can not get anything useful out of their dreams at all. Some people are simply to busy in their everyday life to allow themselves to take a little timeout, and think about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Maybe it can be a good way to overcome fear of situations by making an attempt at this? Just imagine the feeling of mastery when the goals and dreams are fulfilled, even though there might have been a fear associated with them.

We live in a hectic society, where demands and expectations are a constant factor. This very often makes us forget ourselves, and pushes our dreams and goals aside. What if we give ourselves only twenty minutes each day to think about what joys one can actually get out of realizing some of our dreams?

The imagination has no boundaries. Use your creativity, grab a pen and a piece of paper and get started with the process.

Good luck!

 

– Cathy –

Positive thinking and health benefits

Positive thinking

Learning to be more positive is highly recommended. According to many experts, what you experience in life is a result of your thoughts and attitudes. There is a clear connection between positive thinking and better health, and there are many tips for the path to a more positive everyday life.

Having a positive attitude does not mean that you neglect reality and think that everything will always be in order. It means that you accept reality as it is and focus optimistically on the future.


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Stress Reduction – Think Healthy

When you focus on a positive mindset, the chances of coping with different situations in life increases. There is a saying that goes; Adversity gives strength, which is very true. It is important to focus on the fact that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel, even though the road there may be bumpy and rough.

It is a known fact that positive thoughts reduces stress. Studies have shown that people with a positive mindset have a much lower level of stress in their daily lives. When you face challenges in life, and have learned to think positively, you see faster solutions to problems than those with a more negative and pessimistic mindset.

Mental stress can lead to physical pain, and one should, as far as possible, avoid stress. It can manifest itself both on internal organs, and on muscles and joints. Many people go around with chronic headaches due to muscle tension, which has arisen due to prolonged stress.

There are many ways to learn how to be more positive and reduce stress. There is a large selection of literature, training and courses in this area. It is a very interesting subject, which should have been much more focused on in schools.


Goal Achievements in Life – Have Faith in Yourself

Positive people have an easier time achieving their personal and professional goals in life. The path to these goals becomes both easier and more fun by keeping your mind positive, and having faith in yourself.

At work, this means an incredible amount as employers tend to prefer positive people. Self-confidence and self-esteem will naturally be better in positive people than in those with a negative mindset.

How about a little self-training on the road to a simpler and more positive everyday life? Give yourself a few small tests, and practice these daily over a long period, so that they eventually become a habit.

Three ideas to start with:Positive friends

  1. Smile – Try to smile at strangers. You might just make their day
  2. Turn your mind – Think: “This day will be good”, instead of: “Another stressful day at the office…”
  3. Choice of friends – Choose the positive friends instead of the negative ones. Behavior is easy to adopt.

Positive Actions – Personal Satisfaction

We humans depend on recognition and confirmation that we reach out. Being able to give of oneself to others, and make a difference in other people’s lives, often gives us an enormous sense of satisfaction.

These actions do not have to be of the big ones, it may be enough to just sit down and have a chat with someone you do not usually talk to. Or it can be as simple as saying something positive to each and every person you meet on a particular day.

It’s easy to feel good when you see that you have managed to make a difference in someone else’s life. This will be able to help create a positive mindset in oneself, and will automatically increase self-esteem.

Here are a few examples of different things one can do for others:

  • Tell someone you appreciate them
  • Bake something good and go on surprise visits
  • Invite someone who needs it to dinner
  • Surprise the family with a good breakfast

It is only the imagination that sets the limits for how we can make a difference in other people`s lives, and at the same time achieve a good feeling with oneself. It`s often the tiny things in everyday life that can make the day easier for others, and that way make a big difference – both for ourselves and the person we are doing something good for.


Positive Meditation – Eliminate the Negative Emotions

Positive meditation

Many people begin meditation by sitting still, focusing on the breath and clearing away all thoughts. Positive meditation, on the other hand, does not involve a person who thinks about nothing, but instead involves focusing on happiness, love, joy and other positive feelings in life.

Some people clear their minds of all negative emotions, just as others would clear away all thoughts before other types of meditation, and then focus exclusively on positive ideas.

The purpose of this type of meditation is typically to eventually eliminate all negative emotions and thoughts from the mind. An absolute removal of all negative thoughts and feelings is of course not possible, nor reasonable. The goal of positive meditation is first and foremost to give a somewhat greater control over one’s own emotions.

Positive meditation can be used, for example, to learn to control fear, eliminate fear or achieve something that can be hindered by fear or doubt. There are some studies that indicate that positive meditation can lead to positive psychological and physiological results. Examples of this can be overcoming phobias, social anxiety and panic disorders. In more extreme cases, this may not be enough and medical help is needed. Ongoing positive meditation can have beneficial effects on physical health, as positive emotions and thoughts can lead to the release of chemicals in the body that help fight disease and improve health.


Choose Your Way

Today we are in a situation where there is an ongoing pandemic on a world basis. Covid-19 has changed the way we live now for many months. These days it is extra important to keep a positive focus, and make the best of the situation we find ourselves in.

It is also extremely important to take extra good care of each other – we are strong together!

There are countless ways to learn how to be more positive, and it is important to start with the small things – the small changes. One must not set too high goals, as this can quickly lead to one feeling hopeless and as result make one give up. Have sober goals. As the small sub-goals are achieved, it is time to move on to new sub-goals and then, finally, the larger main goals.

How about making a bucket list? Fill in things you want to achieve, but remember, create goals that are possible to achieve, and then experience the good feeling it gives when these are checked off the list. I know I will make myself a bucket list, and I’m going to share it with you all here at my website in time. Until then, I wish you all a positive week, and hope you found some inspiration from my first article.

Take care and stay positive.

 

Cathy.

About Health and Lifestyle

Hi everyone and welcome to my health and lifestyle website. My name is Cathrin, or Cathy for most people. I live with my husband, my two handsome sons and our princess Sandra (the Rhodesian Ridgeback) in a small town called Sandnes, Norway. For me, health and lifestyle have become an increasingly important factor in life. … Read more

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