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Gotta Hole In My Bucket

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I think that's an old song....I'll have to research that when I get a chance.

A few days ago, Sparkcoach set the challenge of sitting down and making some big, long term goals....bucket list goals.

My first reaction? "Whoa Chris, not a bucket list kind of girl...forget about it!"

Of course you know, I am a good student. I try to do what is asked of me. I understand the value and the purpose behind this assignment, so it has been on my mind for days.

I thought I was not a bucket list person....I don't make New Years resolutions either.....But, I am and always have been a planner, a list maker and goal setter. It's just that I don't make those really ambitious travel the world kinds of wish lists.

You see, I am a reasonably happy person, married happily to my very best friend for 40+ years. We're healthy, comfortable financially, live in a house we love in one of the most beautiful settings. We've done some traveling (the kind we enjoy) and well, let's just say I feel very lucky and don't have any pressing desires to do some wild adventure. But wait, who says a person's bucket list has to be wild and exotic? So I keep thinking.

Looking ahead, what do I want?

I still want to lose those ten pounds...hey, they were on the goal list last year weren't they?
Either I didn't want this enough or the goal wasn't realistic. I maintained this past year...not all bad...I think I got about what I put into it. So let's say I lose a pound a month to get to that goal wt. by March of 2014. A ten month goal...a good start toward long term.

I believe I also wanted to learn Italian...and...I was going to become proficient at some new Italian dishes while I was at it. I still would like to do this. Let's give this one more time....How bout I get this one done by the time I turn 65. Four years...medium long term Chris.

Now the long long term. nine years from now when I am 70, I want to know what's next. By that time even if we continue to be healthy, it will be time to do some realistic evaluation of where we should live. We love where we are but it's pretty remote and as we get older living here will start to be inappropriate. I don't say that I want to move in nine-ten years...just that I want to have figured out the next step.

These are pretty mundane goals. My bucket isn't very full....maybe it's got a hole in it! LOL
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GINIEMIE 5/8/2013 12:27PM

    Okay, your bucket list is yours, and mine is mine. We all have different aspirations and desires.
I guess on mine would be another trip home, and the real challenge---have the entire family from both sides of the ocean in one place at the same time...
Beautiful dreamer... comes to mind.
Ciao Donna.
emoticon emoticon I'm ready for your Italian cuisine!

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MNTWINSGAL 5/8/2013 11:45AM

    There's no rule that the bucket list needs to be a litany of exotic goals -- I like yours just fine!

I don't know the "hole in the bucket" song, but I do know a childhood game we used to play that started with a yell of "Henry! Fetch a pail of water!" and went on with what I assume is the song, only in yelling and actions instead of melody.

You are always good for a trip down memory lane, my friend!

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JANET552 5/8/2013 10:07AM

    I think your goals sounds perfect. If they are what you want then no others could be better. I also think you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Good luck!!

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CATANTIGO 5/8/2013 5:43AM

    You are such a good planner, and wonderful things on your list. Perhaps even a trip to Italy?

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KBEHNKE81 5/7/2013 11:55PM

    Got a song in my head now. Lol!
I knocked a couple things off my bucket list this past year: I did the Polar Plunge and biked all the city streets in my city. No fancy to-dos for me, but fun, slightly daring things that are different from my routine.
Still on my bucket list: operate a really big machine like a bulldozer, learn Spanish. Not quite sure how I'll get started on those. We'll see.
Good luck with yours!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/7/2013 8:30PM

    I sang that song ALL the time. It goes on forever, so I won't start listing the lyrics here, but what a sweet memory you gave me just now.

I think that people tend to try too hard when they apcant come up with goals and rewards. Heck, one of my favorite rewards is allowing myself a beautiful body wash gel IF I've done my cardio in the morning. If not, I have to use my hubby's Zest soap. This reward works wonderfully for me, and is neither expensive or difficult.

I love your goal to learn a new language. That's so much fun.

Ciao Donne!

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RUNNING-LIFE 5/7/2013 8:14PM

    It IS an old song! I used to listen to it when I was little-I loved it!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/7/2013 8:12PM

    I think you should head to San Diego at that point. (smiling)

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