Welcome to my ever-growing, ever-changing bucket list!
It sounds a little cliché doesn’t it? A bucket list. But honestly, I much prefer that to boring old ‘things I want to do before I die’! Either way, a bucket list is about living your life to the fullest.
My bucket list has been a work in progress for years. I add to it, I delete things that aren’t relevant anymore (maybe I don’t want to learn Swahili anymore!) and try as much as I can to tick things off the list.
And what a feeling it is every time I get to tick something off the list and see what I’ve accomplished!
What is a Bucket List?
A bucket list is list of goals, achievements and experiences you want to fulfil before your time is up, before you cease to exist, before you kick the bucket, so to speak (we’ve all seen the movie, right?).
But it’s not just that…
I have things I want to accomplish in certain time frames and things I want to do that will help me grow as a person. I try to put a timeframe on a lot of things, and it helps me achieve them.
What do you put in a bucket list?
Over the years, people have started to think of bucket lists as just travel related things to do. While my bucket list does include a lot of travel activities and adventures, it’s not the case that it must solely be about travel. It’s about what you want to do in life, what you want to accomplish, the goals you want to meet.
There is nothing too little or too big that can be put in a bucket list. If your goal is to read two books a month, then that’s your goal. Put it on the list! If your goal is to climb Mount Everest, then that’s your goal. Put it on the list! While it may take you longer than reading two books to accomplish it’s still a goal and something you want to achieve.
It’s your own personal journey so whatever you choose is worthy of the bucket list.
A bucket list should be balanced. Things that you can achieve very easily if you put your mind to it, such as writing in a journal every day, and others that take a bit more persistence, such as publishing a novel.
It’s also good to have different stages for goals. For instance, your ultimate goal might be to run a marathon, but we all know we can’t juts wake up one morning and start running a marathon. I suggest starting off with a goal of 5KM, then 10KM, then a half marathon and then a full marathon. That way, you are seeing your improvement, which helps with motivation for your ultimate goal. Sometimes, we give up too easy when we can’t see our progress.
Why is it important to have a bucket list?
1. It gives you a sense of direction
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered ‘what am I doing with my life’ or ‘where am I going’.
It’s natural that we think that from time to time, but what I’ve found is that so many people (including myself), have these thoughts and then push them to the back of their mind. As if to say, ‘Ah I’ll deal with that later’. But when is later?
By creating a bucket list, no matter how short or long, you are giving yourself some direction and finding your purpose in life, if you haven’t already found this.
2. It helps you realise your goals
Sometimes we don’t know exactly what we want to achieve until we sit down and really think about it. Or until we see someone else achieve it.
I have gotten inspiration from lots of different bucket lists I’ve researched online. Some have made me think ‘Ooh I want to do that!’ and others have me thinking ‘Nah, that’s not for me’.
3. It motivates you
When you put together a bucket list and you start to reach some of your goals, you can see what you’re capable of. And when you can see what you’re capable of and what you can achieve when you put your mind to it, it motivates you to push yourself even more.
Types of bucket list
You don’t have to have one set bucket list! You can have as many as you like, spread across different areas of your life, or even for different time periods. Some examples of these are:
- Summer bucket list
- List of things to do before you’re 30/50
- Couples bucket list
- Family bucket list
- Funny bucket list
- University / high school bucket list
- Financial bucket list
- Fitness bucket list
- Educational bucket list
- Travel bucket list
- Activity bucket list
- Things to learn bucket list.
How to make sure you live by your bucket list
1. Have a physical / digital copy
Step one is to write your bucket list down. You must be able to tick things off, whether it’s a physical list or on your computer or phone. That way you can see what you’ve already achieved, giving you the motivation to keep going for the rest of the items! It’s also a constant reminder of what your goals are so you don’t lose track.
2. Hold yourself accountable
I know sometimes the things you do for yourself get pushed to the back of the pile. But this is important. Make time for it and commit to realising and achieving your goals.
3. Tell someone else
Telling someone it makes it more real. Now I’m not saying you have to put your bucket list up online for the whole world to see. Imagine the pressure….ahem. But do share it with someone. Once you do that, you’ll have a little more pressure and a push to carry out your list.
4. Set timelines
This has definitely helped me in the past, when I set a particular timeline for something. For example, when I decided I was going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, I booked it there and then. Even though it was a year in advance. Unfortunately, the pandemic meant that my trip had to be postponed but it’s still booked and I now have the new date for the climb.
When you decide you want to do something, write a date next to it and work towards that date. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t make this exact date, but don’t leave it indefinitely.
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In April 2016, I packed a suitcase and my guitar and moved 7000 kilometres away from my home in Ireland to Dubai, and am still living there to this day! Find out why I made the decision to move here.
There have been many of these – moving to a new country by myself, skydiving, ziplining, travelling solo for the first time. And hopefully more to come!
I’ve actually done a few. My first one was in Budapest at the Sziget Festival back in 2008. I hated it! I was terrified! I then did a small one across a festival when I moved to Dubai and loved it. So much so that I then did a zipline off the roof of a 45 story building all the way across Dubai Marina.
Read more about my Dubai XLine Experience here
One of the things I got to do when I visited Jordan was stay at Ma’in Hot Springs. Hidden way up in the mountains, this retreat was the epitome of serenity.
This was a little scary for me as I was a passenger on a jet ski and I didn’t know the driver! I ended up digging my nails so far into his chest that he had to bring me back to the boat I was on! I would love to try this again but this time I want to drive.
I am lucky enough to be involved in various charities as part of the company I work for and every year we choose a charity to raise funds for.
September 2019 had me throwing myself out of a plane over the Palm Jumeirah, man made island, in Dubai. Read the full story here!
So…this wasn’t your average ride in a helicopter. When I was 12 (and again when I was 13) I was Santa’s elf. Yes, you read that right. Santa was arriving to a nearby castle to greet children and they decided that he should arrive by helicopter! I cried. Both times. And, no, there are no photos!
High above Prague, at 5 in the morning, I went on a hot air balloon ride with my ex-boyfriend. It was beautiful but it was a strange experience. First off, we crash landed in the forest and had to drag the basket and deflated balloon back to the driver who had been following us. Then they took us to their office where they had a ceremony – they singed our hair and then poured champagne on it! I do highly recommend a hot air balloon ride though as it’s such an unusual experience. I’m aiming for Cappadocia next year.
I was in a TV commercial! We filmed for around 18 hours that day and you can spot my ever so shiny hair for all of 3 seconds!
Currently at 5 and having one removed! I do have plans for more though so watch this space.
At 18, I came home with my bellybutton pierced and my mum made me promise never to get my eyebrow pierced. And I never did. At one point I had 22 piercings and I’m currently down to 10.
I’ve gone red, pink, purple, blonde and brunette. Not sure I know my natural hair colour now! Most recently I dyed the ends of my hair pink during lockdown as I knew it would be a few months before I had to go back to the office.
I’ve been part of two now! The first was a dance one, which didn’t really go anywhere and the other was a rendition of Do You Hear The People Sing from Les Mis. You can watch it here!
My biggest hobby, other than travel, is musical theatre. I was part of a group for 8 years before I moved to Dubai and I hope to be back on stage with them when I eventually move back to Ireland.
In my 20s I used to ‘try’ to write songs. I haven’t had much luck recently but who knows, maybe it might come back to me.
Done! I used to play gigs and do open mic nights waaaaay back in my early 20s and I have written and performed my own songs live on stage…to real people!
In 2017, I was so lucky to be a part of a group from my work who went to LIV Village in Durban, South Africa. It was the most humbling experience of my life and I hope I’ll get to go back again to work there soon.
i’m always very wary doing anything animal related when it comes to tourism. I did my research first and it seems these dogs absolutely adore this! In fact, you can’t play with them before the ride as they’re too excited, but we did spend ages there after playing with them.
I’ve only done this once in Dubai and it turns out I don’t have the core balance for it!
One of the most amazing adventures to date! I did this in Hoi An in Vietnam with SeaTrek Vietnam. Check out my full Vietnam trip here.
Also in Vietnam! It was my first time snorkelling and I was not very good, I kept getting water in places water isn’t meant to be. Need some more training!
I’ve only seen one but I think the Cirque du Soleil I saw was the strangest one of them all. I saw Toruk – The First Flight in January 2018 when it toured Dubai. I wasn’t a big fan but I’m definitely open to seeing more shows.
This was pretty cool (literally!). I did this when in Lapland.
In November 2015, I played Little Sally in the Irish premier of Urinetown. Favourite show I’ve been in!
I’ve done this numerous times, and surprisingly, even though I generally have no balance, I was good!
Every year, my work organise for us to go to the local dog shelter so we can take the dogs out for walks. Every year, I almost come home with a dog…
I got a hug from Adam Duritz! They were my favourite band growing up and I got to meet them outside the stage door of the Olympia Theatre in Dublin back in 2004. Still have my ticket to this day!
Living in Dubai, I get to have an Emirates credit card. I use it for absolutely everything and it builds up miles, so every now and again I get to upgrade to business class for a flight home. Unfortunately the A380 doesn’t currently fly back to Dublin 🙁
As mentioned earlier, I got to volunteer at LIV Village in Durban back in 2017. After the week of volunteering, we headed for a safari which was unbelievable! Post to follow.
This was one of my very first holidays abroad (I had only previously been on a 1 hour flight from home once). A gang of us got the ferry from Ireland to France, then drove down to Venice and rented a boat for a week and went around the beautiful islands.
This was my first time travelling around a country on my own. I put together an in-depth 10 day itinerary for Vietnam so you can follow the trip.
I went to Disneyland. By myself. And I LOVED it! It was the very first time I had travelled solo and it gave me the bug for travelling alone.
My brother lived in Paris for around 15 years so I have been there many times and it never gets old.
My mum and I went on a cruise in 2018 where we visited Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Post to follow shortly!
India wasn’t at the top of my list until I moved to Dubai. One of my closest friends here is from India and I wanted to see her home country. We both went in April 2019 (not the best time to go as it was hot) and it was such an incredible experience. Post to follow shortly.
I ended up staying in the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore and of course had to get that shot in the infinity pool on the roof. Post to follow shortly.
I know it’s cliche but its still something I always wanted to do, so when in Rome…..well Venice……
I only had a short visit in Thailand when I visited Phuket but I dream of going to Chiang Mai to the elephant sanctuary where overworked elephants have been rescued.
I made it to Langkawi, Penang and Kuala Lumpur on my trip to Malaysia. Such a beautiful country.
New York is somewhere I’ve been numerous times. And because I’m a theatre fanatic, I’ve seen many many shows there. I once went for 3 nights and saw 4 shows!
As above (lol)
My first girls trip was to Jordan, where we went from Amman, to Wadi Rum, Petra and the Dead Sea. If you go, make sure to cover yourself in the mud and wash it off in the Dead Sea for wonderfully soft skin.
This is my favourite way to travel!
A gang of us went on Safari at Cheetah Ridge in Nambiti, South Africa. Safari definitely feels like an out of this world experience.
See above, this was Jordan!
Flashpack are a travel group aimed at 30-50 year old solo travellers. I had always wanted to take a trip with them and I got to go to Lapland with them in March 2020 (yep right around the beginning of Corona time!).
This is pretty scary. It might not sound it, but it is! So much so, that the last time I did it, I said I’d never do it again. And the time before that. And the time before that. And… yeah you get it. But it is something you should definitely try once!
I went to Vegas for my 30th birthday and gambled away….ok I put a dollar in a slot machine and didn’t win anything.
La Sagrada Familia, one of the most extraordinary pieces of architecture. It’s been under construction since 1882 (yep!). When I went, we decided to get the little shaky lift to the next level up, just to the balcony right there… Little did I know that this little shaky lift went all the way to the top of the Basilica (and I was terrified of heights back then)!
I cheated a little as I was ill for a while but I did manage to achieve my target weight and maintain it!
At the start of 2020, I joined the gym in order to get fit for climbing Kilimanjaro (since postponed). And I found that I absolutely loved boxing! I’ve even since bought a punch bag for my house.
I went from not being able to run for 30 seconds to using the couch25K app and running 5k. Highly recommend this app for anyone getting into running.
These are so much fun to do! Especially if you really get into it and dress up.
I play the guitar, ukulele, keyboard, tin whistle and a little bit of the drums. And still wanting to learn more.
I was a little late to gave with driving but I passed my test first time around when I was 24.
I took up meditation in the last couple of years and to begin with it was really difficult! But I’ve since learned to zone out and really enjoy gong meditation.
Well… yeah…. here it is!
I built this one and found it so interesting that I want to do more.