Making My Goals Matter

Have you guys heard of Bucketlist?

I don't mean the concept of having a bucket list — if anyone not in the know still exists, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you... wait for it... kick the bucket.

Anyway, I'm talking about, a website I heard about some time ago that helps you create your ideal bucket list, track your goals {in case you haven't noticed by now, I'm a big fan of anything that involves "tracking" and "goals"}, add photos, talk about and share your experiences and just generally live life to your fullest.

I've had different versions of bucket lists over the years, but none of them have made it to existence today. That's probably for the better, as I am also very impulsive with my list making, and previous bucket lists likely include really stupid, dangerous, or downright ridiculous items that I maybe wanted to do for 5 minutes and that's about it.

I've written haphazard 25 x 25 lists. I came close to penning a 101 in 1001 and a 30 x 30. But I worry that listing items in arbitrary numbers correlating to a random age leads to a lot of filler. Do I really want to cook my way through Julia Child's publications, or do I say I want to because other people do and I need to add something else to that list? Spoiler: No, I don't want to. I have no special inclination toward French cuisine, I have way too many dietary restrictions, and the only reason I even care about Julia Child is because Queen Meryl played her in that movie.

So I decided to take a more deliberate approach to setting these goals and such, and wanted to share my Bucketlist bucket list with you guys today and keep it around here on the blog, hopefully updating alyssagoesbang with stories about my experiences in crossing items off the ultimate List of Things to Do.

Here's what I have so far:

The items I've chosen to add here are specific, thoughtful, and speak to goals I've had in mind for a long time. I've turned these all over several times, thought about my personal timeline, and how old I want to be when I accomplish certain things.

I want to make sure my life is filled with things I enjoy, things that make me happy. Of course, not all of those things really have a place on my bucket list. Things like weekly mileage running goals, keeping up traditions with friends, spending enough time with my family, and branching out in my writing career aren't for the bucket list. They're things I need to be conscious of every day, and making progress toward in every breath I take.

And of course there are things that I'll add to this list as we go along. As I try new things and get new hungers for different experiences. As I learn new things that I'm capable of, and discover new things that are within my reach.

In the meantime, why don't you go ahead and create your list on and connect with me over there too? The thing I think that's cool about the site is how it suggests different things for you and introduces you to new ideas and experiences you may never have considered. I've had a couple brought to mind that I'm still considering before I go ahead and commit to adding them to my list ;) And you can then categorize your hopeful adventures, add notes, set individual deadlines and learn about how to cross items off from people who have been there, done that.

I doubt I have to actually say this since I'm not a big-time blogger, but no one asked or paid me to write any of these words. I just think the site is cool.

Tell me, what's on your bucket list?


  1. Wow what a cool site I need to check it out!

  2. Swimming with sharks and seeing a tornado in person are on my bucket lists. The sharks thing will probably go on my 2nd 1001 list since I recently found out there's a place off the coast of CA that does it.


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