A Simple Year is a year long on-line course that I’m participating in that covers subjects related to simplifying your life. For the month of March, the topic covered was titled Travel by Colin Wright from the blog Exhile Lifestyle.
Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler. Having been a minimalist for almost 5 years, he ran a successful branding studio in Los Angeles before deciding to change his lifestyle to focus on his passions of writing and travel. Colin now travels full time and moves to a new country every 4 months based on the votes of his readers from his blog.
It was with a curious mind that I undertook the reading for this topic. I love to travel. The experience of new cultures, the smell of the air when you get off the plane and the excitement and anticipation of being somewhere new is something that you can only experience through travelling. But I asked myself how could you go about simplifying the act of travelling?
So, I was pleasantly surprised that the topic for the month was much more in depth than just travelling and packing light. It covered the idea and actions behind pursuing your passion in life. The fundamental question being, are you making use of the time you have to do what you really want?
The reading motivated me to take a long hard look at my life and determine what it is that I wanted from it. I want so many things, but fundamentally I want the following: to be present for Little J & Big J, to be creative and to be in a comfortable home that reflects who we are, what we value and is filled with people I love.
One of the homework items for the month was to create a bucket list by writing down the list of things you want to accomplish in the next year, the next five years and ten years. By writing down what you want to accomplish, it helps you to define what you want out of life and gives you a marker to achieving them.
When I was engaged to Big J, one of the best pieces of advice I was given in regards to marriage was from a work colleague. He had been married for 15 years at the time and told me that he and his wife created a bucket list similar to the one above before they got married and they sat down and took the time to review it every year. Upon his advice, Big J & I did this and we review it every year at the same time. We note down the location, and review and re-write the list that includes what we want both individually and together. It helps to open up a conversation that we might never have had and helps us to understand where each of us are mentally at that particular point in time.
So, whether you are in a relationship or not, I highly recommend the exercise of creating a bucket list. It will help you understand what your priorities are in life and might prompt you into the action of working towards it.
Do you have a bucket list?
Till next time. xD
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