My bucket list + how to make your dreams happen

I love lists, every kind of list. Bucket lists have a special place in my heart. I just love sitting down at my desk, brainstorm a little, write down all the things I need/want to do and then, as time goes by, crossing them off.

For a few years I’ve had my ultimate bucket list glued on the second page of my planner. Seeing it every morning before going through my to-do list gives a shot of extra motivation. Now that I’m about to move abroad, I’ve also added a pre-departure bucket list and a Toronto bucket list.

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My bucket list + how to make your dreams come true

I enjoy reading other people’s bucket list, so I’ve decided to share mine as well. In addition, this will make more more accountable and it also just gave me a lot of ideas for future posts.

Personal

  • Become fluent in 2 foreign languages (1/2)
    I’m currently working on my Spanish. I’m planning to take some French classes in the future. I’d also love to learn a language that doesn’t use the latin alphabet. I’ve studied ancient Greek in high school, so maybe I’ll get into modern Greek? I’d also love to really  learn sign language, not just the ASL alphabet.
  • Read 30 books in a year
    This is one of my goals for 2017.
  • Read 50 books in a year
  • Volunteer
    I wanted to volunteer for the longest time and, after I graduate, I finally found not only the time but also a project I really like and I enjoy being a part of.
  • Volunteer in a care center or an orphanage abroad
    I’d love to do this in Africa, specifically Ethiopia, Kenya or Tanzania. Considering I’m moving to North America, I’ll probably go volunteer somewhere in South America over a summer (maybe after I graduate from college there?)
  • Go on a vacation by myself
    During the summer of 2013 I went to Vancouver. I wasn’t completely and utterly on my own, since I went there to attend an English as second language school. But I travelled there by myself, taking a flight with a layover for the first time ever (which was in Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports). I also went on frequent solo day trips when I was in Vancouver.
  • Go on another vacation by myself
  • Take a photo every day for 1 year
  • Have tech-free days once a week for 1 year
  • Adopt a dog
  • Move to a different country (in progress! Moving to Toronto on December 26th)
  • Get tattoo(s)
  • Get back into drawing
  • Graduate on time
    Completed on July 14th, 2016.
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Take more and better photos
  • Buy a house
  • Be a foster/adoptive parent

Adventures

  • Go kayaking
  • Skydive
  • Visit a chocolate factory
    During my first year of middle school, we visited a chocolate factory in Lugano, Switzerland as our annual school trip. Also, last year, when I was in Köln, Germany, I visited the chocolate museum.
  • Go whale watching
    In August 2015, when I was on a road trip across Ontario and Québec, I went on the zodiac adventure in Tadoussac.
  • Go camping
  • Go on a Safari
  • Go zip lining
    Completed in August 2015 in Montréal. Definitely want to try this again, this time in the middle of a forest.
  • Swim with the dolphins
  • Ride in a helicopter
  • See the northern lights
  • Travel first class
  • Stay in an overwater bungalow
  • Wear a fancy dress
  • Walk behind a waterfall
    In August 2015 I did the journey behind the falls in Niagara Falls.
  • Decorate a whole room by myself
  • Ride a jet ski
    Completed August 2015. I was sunbathing in Bluffers Park Beach, ON and a guy invited me to ride his jet ski with him. Next time I want to be the one driving it.
  • Take a road trip
    I don’t remember the first time I actually went on a road trip. When I was little, I drove around Italy and Europe with my family for summer holidays. The first time I went on a road trip where I was the one doing the driving and the planning and everything was my California road trip in August 2014.
  • Visit a movie set
    When I was in Vancouver in 2013, I was walking through UBC and they were setting up a movie/tv show set (maybe Supernatural? Unluckily I did not ask). During my California road trip (summer 2014), I visited the Warner Bros studios in Burbank. In March (2016) I visited the Making of Harry Potter, just outside of London.
  • Ride a horse (possibly an Icelandic horse during a horseback riding tour on a black sand beach)

Travel

  • See the statue of Liberty
    Completed April 2012.
  • Walk on the great wall of China
  • Soak in the Blue Lagoon
  • See the pyramids
  • Set foot on all 7 continents (2/7; so far, I’ve been just to Europe and North America)
  • Visit Niagara Falls
    Completed August 2014.
  • Go to Disney World
  • See the Grand Canyon (half completed. I flew over it and got the chance to see it from the plane, but I really need to go there and do all the hiking tours)
  • Visit every Canadian province + territory (3/13; so far, I’ve been to British Columbia, Québec, and Ontario)

Blog

  • Start a blog
    Completed September 2016.
  • Make friends with other bloggers
  • Participate in a Twitter chat
  • Create a media kit for the blog
  • Write a sponsored post
  • Blog consistently for a year
  • Write a self-help ebook.

Pre-departure bucket list

  • Visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
    Complete November 19.
  • See Da Vinci’s Last Supper
  • Visit Brera art gallery
  • Have dinner at Nobu
    Completed November 10
  • Learn 5 new English words every day.
  • Declutter: throw away/donate things I don’t need anymore or can’t bring with me abroad

Toronto bucket list

  • Do the CN tower edge walk
  • Visit the Aga Khan museum
  • Bike through the Toronto Island Park
  • Compile a list of restaurants I want to try
  • Do not eat poutine more than once a month
  • See the cherry blossoms in High Park
  • Attend a sporting event (probably hockey)
  • Attend all my classes, unless I’m really sick or there’s an event I really can’t miss
  • Study hard and get the highest GPA as possible
  • Join a club
  • Be friendly and get involved

That’s all for me. Now it’s your turn: sign up below and make your dreams happen! I will email you a free workbook, which includes some tips and tricks on how to convert your dreams into plans and come useful printables.




Do you have a bucket list? How many items have you crossed off? Do you have any suggestions for me? Something I should add to my list? In particular, I’m so looking forward to expant my Toronto bucket list!

Sarah

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  • Gigi

    I love your bucket list! You’ve done aloth of cool things and have lots more things planned which seem really interesting.I have a lot of things I want to do to but I never actually wrote them all down so this has inspired to create my own bucket list. Also I love that you are moving to Toronto because it is my goal to move there for school as well.

    Gigi | Theislandgurl.com

    • Thank you for reading, Gigi. I hope you get to move there for school as well and that you get to complete your bucket list!

  • Shem Hooda

    I love your bucket list! I’m definitely going to have to add some of these to mine – especially the one that involves riding in a helicopter! I’ve also ALWAYS wanted to do the CN Tower Edge Walk!

    • Same here. I’ve added the edge walk the day I’ve found out that’s a thing. It looks like it’s a lot of fun. Thank you for reading 🙂

  • You’ll have lots of fun adventures if you do all of these! Happy accomplishing your list to you!

    • Thank you, Rachel! Yes, I really hope I can have fun doing everything I have on my bucket list 🙂

  • If it really was the set of Supernatural that you got to see I am going to be so jealous!! I love lists too, but for some reason I’ve never started a bucket list! Totally putting that onmy list of things to do. Lol

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

    • Unluckily they made us put our cameras away and we were not allowed to take pictures in the area they were setting up so I don’t have anything to compare it and be sure it was actually that. I was not so much into Supernatural back then, I knew they had studios just outside of Vancouver, but I’ve realized they’ve shot some scenes in UBC just after I started watching it some months after being there.

      Let me know how it goes if you get to make your own bucket list. And thank you for reading, Caitlyn.

  • These are fantastic. Walking the edge of the CN tower. Yikes!! I don’t know if I’ll be able to ever do that. I need to learn new languages so badly. I’m part Mexican – and can’t speak a word of it. Something that is so on my bucket list.

    Also – sign language would be awesome to do as well.

    • Thank you for reading, Chel. I hope I can actually make it to the edge walk and I don’t chicken out before that!

  • Wow. This is such an inspiring long list. It’s time I do one. And it’s so much fun. I’ve borrowed some from you already – Thank you!! 🙂

    • You’re welcome, take as many items as you want 🙂

  • Emilee W.

    I love that you wrote them all down and are keeping track. I need to do this. I would add tapas and wine in Barcelona…that’s one of mine. 😉

    • That is an awesome thing to add to a bucket list!

  • It would be so cool to become fluent in 2 languages! Which 2 would you choose? I’d choose French and Spanish.

    • My choice is Spanish (which is the easiest for me since it’s a lot similar to Italian) and I know I’ll definitely get into French when I’ll be in Canada, since I will probably have the opportunity to practice it a bit. But I really want to learn Arabic or Japanese, I just like the idea of being able to read and write in a different alphabet. I don’t have time to start learning them right now tho.

  • I love your bucket list! One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is go on a safari, and this summer I finally will 😀 It’s a safari in the North, so it’s going to be a bit different from the typical ones, but I’m looking forward to it!

    • Thank you, Sarah! That is so cool that you’ll get to do it. I hope you’ll have fun there. A safari in the North seems like an awesome thing to do, I didn’t even know it was a thing.

  • Dawn

    This is a great list, good for you putting it all out there and committing to yourself. It really makes a difference when you put things in writing, you have to hold yourself accountable now. Get after it girl!

    • Thank you, Dawn! And yes, it’s so much easier to stay focused and motivated once you have everything written down.

  • I love bucket lists – yours is especially comprehensive 🙂 I used an app to help me track taking photos every day for a year, actually.

    • I will definitely try using an app. I know there are a few out there, but my main concern is that I will probably forget about it after a couple of weeks.

  • I love lists as well. Bucket lists are awesome! I have a travel bucket list! I really enjoyed reading about the things you want to achieve! Good luck

    • Travel bucket list are so fun to make. I always do even mini travel bucket list before a trip, where I list all the things I want to do at my destination.

      Thank you for reading, Chrissy!

  • Great lists with lots of goals. I think you have chosen ones that you can achieve and wish you success.

    • Thank you so much, Sheri! I think having very specific and reasonable goals is key to make your dreams happen.

  • Samantha Kinzie

    Bucket lists are great and they definitely can hold you accountable. Your bucket list is very specific and great that it tailors to exactly where you want your life to go. I hope you get some more things checked off very soon:)

    • Thank you so much, Samantha!

  • Jasmin N

    Spanish is such a wonderful language! & super easy to learn, or well at least I thought so haha! Wonderful bucket list, I hope you’ll achieve everything you’ve listed. 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

    • Same here. I can understand it a lot, since it’s a lot similar to Italian, but when you actually go and study the grammar is not all fun and games anymore.

  • Love30

    Oh wow your bucket list is huge!! I’ve got a far fewer countries and cites I want to visit but first and foremost is to make my business full time. I think its good to focus on one thing at a time. Ree love 30

    • Yes, focusing on one thing at a time is a good strategy. You get things done more efficiently and way faster. However I tend to get bored easily, so I usually pick at least 5 main goals every year.

  • Laveena Sengar

    This bucket list is inspiring. Learning atleast two languages is on my list and I really want to achieve as soon as possible. All the best 🙂

    • Thank you for reading! I hope I get to cross off that goal soon as well.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Your bucket list is so detailed! I love that! Reading your list inspires me to get serious about one for myself. I’ve always had a few things I wanted to do but never wrote them down. I will have to do that now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thank you so much, Elizabeth. Let me know how it goes with your bucket list, when you get to write it down!

  • This is such an amazing list and I wish you good luck with making your ‘dreams’ come true! 🙂

    Lucie http://www.inbluebox.com

    • Thank you, Lucie!

  • Daria Vinning

    I have a ton of things I want to do, but haven’t taken the time to write them down. Your list has inspired me to take time and sit down and write my list, so that I start scratching things off. Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you for reading! And I can assure you, once you have everything down on a paper (or on a blog post) in front of you, you feel like you need to take action immediately!

  • Kitty Limon

    I love reading bucket lists from other people it makes me want to get on with doing things on mine, although there’s not many as it’s been neglected lately. Will definitely be writing a new one for 2017 thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Thank you for reading! I’m happy this got your inspired. Let me know if you get to write a 2017 bucket list 🙂

    • Thank you fo reading! I’m happy this got you inspired. Let me know if you get to write a 2017 bucket list 🙂

  • Alexa Schlotty

    I love this post and felt like a lot of our interests and “bucket list” goals are really similar! I think I need to start a bucket list asap too. Thanks for sharing this with us! I found it really inspiring and motivating honestly!

    • Thank you so much fore reading, Alexa. I’m so happy this was inspiring for you 🙂

  • I love your bucket list! To read 30 or 50 books in a year, would be toooo much for me, but why not 🙂 Good luck!
    I need to do also a bucket list for the next year, so i do not forget what kind of things i wanted to do in the next year. Great post!

    • Thank you! I read approximately 20 books in a year, so I wanted to push myself a little more and try to get to 30 in 2017. Not sure if I’ll ever be able to read 50 in a year, but I will try.

  • Karoliina Kazi

    I love your bucket list and how it has long and short term goals. Very creative and loved reading it. Enjoy your studies in Toronto when you go 🙂

    • Thank you for reading!

  • Thank you, Lauren. Whale watching is one of the best thing I’ve done in my life. It’s something magical and yes, it definitely makes you put everything into perspective. Well, nature in general does that to me.

  • Thank you fo reading, Brittany! Yes, go create one. I love having mine and especially when I can cross things off.

  • Well, the only languages I am not interested in are the ones I already know. But if I have to pick just a couple more, I’d love to keep learning Icelandic and Swedish (I gave them up after a couple of months because I didn’t have time but they’re such awesome languages). I’d also like to learn Arabic and Japanese.

  • Michael Kennerson

    I think it’s so important to have something to aspire to… I love this reminder to me…