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How to Create a Bucket List You’ll Really Use in 2019

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Happy New Year from all your friends at Social Sunday! ✨ 2019 is going to be a kick-ass year, and we’re gearing up for all of the amazing memories and experiences coming our way. This holiday always gets us thinking about resolutions and especially bucket lists! Bucket lists aren’t always made up of skydiving in Europe or scuba diving in Hawaii. Don’t get me wrong–trips like that sound life-changing, but sometimes hardworking boss babes just can't afford it. You can start smaller, with personalized goals to bring out the best version of you this year (and beyond). We've put together a guide to help you craft a mini bucket list for 2019 that you'll really use. Keep reading for more!
First things first, ask yourself a few questions to start mapping out what you want 2019 to look like. There's really no wrong way to do this. It's all about making the list personalized, tailored for exactly what you want. Be creative and dig deep into who you are. Check out some examples of questions to ask below:
What kind of person do I want to be in 2019?
How can I bring out serious #LadyBrag vibes this year, whether it be in my career or in any area in my life?
Describe your aspirations/goals in five power words.
How can I make a notable impact on those around me?
What culture do I want to learn more about?
How can I spread kindness and warmth to everyone I interact with?
These are merely suggestions, and there are infinite options that will point you in the right direction when it comes to the 2019 version of you–and every other version, too. Asking yourself these questions at the beginning of each year lays everything out on the table. Be open and honest with yourself, and don't hold back. We recommend writing your thoughts and musings down. Studies have shown that describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success. Doing it with a friend is a good way to hold you both accountable, too.
Decide on the categories you want to focus on. Now it's time to narrow down your focus to specific areas in your life. Think about your hobbies, passions, anything new and exciting you want to learn. The world is your oyster! It's all about improving you, so don't be afraid to expand your horizons. Here are some suggestions to use as starting blocks:
  Immersing yourself in a different culture  
More self-love and care
Fitness and health consciousness
Random acts of kindness

All things food and drink! This is an excellent choice for "localized" foodie goals to set. Do research on the restaurants in your city. You'll be surprised how many gems may be hiding in plain sight. Which serve truly authentic cuisine? Which are part of a culture you've always wanted to immerse yourself in? Online reviews are fantastic for answering questions like these, as reviewers are usually brutally honest with their feedback when it comes to food.
Throw a Bucket List Bash! This is an idea I've always wanted to put into action. Host a party and invite your pals over for a night of icing cupcakes, popping bubbly, and brainstorming ideas for your 2019 mini bucket list. Buy cute stationary (it makes everything more fun) and map out your specific goals for the year. Having your girls around will help get the creative juices flowing. You can bounce ideas off each other, and if you get stuck and need help, well, they're the ones who know you best! It's the gathering you never knew you needed. Bonus points if you're lounging in our new Cardio+Cold Brew pullover–shop it here!
Don't worry too much about the length of your list. Bucket lists can sometimes be pretty lengthy, some having over a hundred items or even a few hundred. Don't let this discourage you! Some bucket listers recommend using your age as the number of items on your list, i.e., if you're 24, map out 24 goals to meet throughout the year. Girl, when it comes down to it, it's all about you feeling happy and motivated about what you've done. I t's not about quantity–it's about quality.
And if you're having trouble coming up with ideas, join the community of thousands who are devoted to bucket lists. That's right, there's an online following dedicated to helping you live your best life and set goals you can achieve, no matter where you live! Check out some of the links below:
Bucket List Journey, my favorite on the list
Have you created a mini bucket list or are in the process of making one? Tell us about in the comments!


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