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Follow Seven Principles to Make a Dream Doable

I am reading this book, finally after decades of it being on my to-read list. … I followed seven ideas to make this a reality.

Do you have a dream that you are actively achieving? Or, is the dream still in hibernation mode?

I am a bucket list maker. I have dreams in quite a few areas, including theological, cooking, and reading. I have things I want to do during specific seasons as in Summer. On my birthday, I write what I want to accomplish that birth year. I have more ideas than one person could complete in a lifetime. However, I am finally in pursuit of one dream that seemed impossible. At least it seemed impossible according to my original guidelines.

I began to learn Spanish when I lived in Puerto Rico for most of my middle school years. One of my teachers thrilled us with episodes from Don Quixote de la Mancha, to the extent I decided I wanted to read the 1,000-page book in Spanish. Even though I’ve had years of Spanish since then, my grasp of the Spanish is not yet advanced enough to read this adult classic (in Spanish).

“Mom,” my daughter said, “just because you used to know a lot of Spanish doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you can’t read Don Quixote in Spanish now.”

This year, my 60th year, I decided to lay aside unrealistic expectations and make Don Quixote (DQ) the classic book I conquer. And to make this doable, I will read it in English. (In past years, I’ve read, in English, Anna Karenina, The Imitation of Christ, Moby Dick, and War and Peace, to name a few.)

For several months, I rummaged through thrift store shelves and garage sale piles for my very own copy of this classic, Don Quixote de la Mancha. I finally found a two-inch thick, paperback, in pristine shape for $1.99. I love a good deal, especially when buying things I don’t need.

And besides the bargain, I could check Step 1 off my list – Buy the book.

For Step 2, I cracked open the book to the Table of Contents to figure out a reading schedule. I became immediately daunted. Oh, no. This print is too small for me to read. ­

My daughter stepped in again, “Why don’t you go on Amazon and buy a large print edition?”

“Or,” I said, “I can get an e-copy, since I can control the print size on my Kindle.”

After an hour on Amazon, I still had not purchased an e-copy. There are at least 8 DQ versions for the Kindle. How do I pick the BEST version to read?  Too many choices are paralyzing.

I grabbed my ear buds and took a walk to clear my head. When I walk, I frequently listen to an audio book or podcast. After 30 minutes, I put away my headphones and house key. I wondered, Is there an Audible English version of DQ? I opened Audible on my phone to check. Yes, there was an English book. Without any more research, I clicked on this first entry and bought it.

I am now on chapter 72 of 126 chapters. I listen almost every day while I get in my daily steps. I am proud that I am finally tackling a long time dream because I modified it to fit my current lifestyle and skills.

Principles I learned from this process.

  1. Choose a dream.
  2. Make a list of steps from beginning to completion.
  3. Identify expectations and remove the unrealistic ones.
  4. Brainstorm (by yourself or with someone else) actions to achieve the steps.
  5. Do necessary research. But don’t give yourself too many choices.
  6. Choose a path that is doable for this stage of life. Realize that for most goals, there is no BEST path to achievement.
  7. Start the process TODAY.

Your Turn . . . What is a longtime dream you’ve had, but keep pushing out of sight? Is there some way you can adjust it to fit your current lifestyle and skills? 

Let us know in the comments. And we can cheer each other on as we make our impossible dreams possible.

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5 Items to Include on Every Bucket List

A thankful outlook gives us freedom from negativity

I LOVE bucket lists. It’s fun to brainstorm about what to try, where to go, etc. Making such a list helps me to be more life-focused. And because my life is more focused on what I DO want, I am more thankful. Which means I am also less negative and aimless.

But as much fun and purpose-driven a bucket list is, I don’t want it to be all about ME and MY experiences even though it is MY bucket list.

I want my bucket list to be a force for good                                                 and to cause me to grow.

There are 5 things I think that should be on every bucket list.  The posts in this series are below. As the post goes live, I will hot-link the title.

  • Introduction
  • 5 Items to Include on Every Bucket List: More Gratitude
  • 5 Items to Include on Every Bucket List: Love God Better
  • 5 Items to Include on Every Bucket List: Love People Better
  • 5 Items to Include on Every Bucket List: Love Myself Better
  • 5 Items to Include on Every Bucket List: Love My Enemy Better

I will share a post each Sunday and Tuesday.

Your Turn . . . Do you include items on your bucket list that cause you to grow and/or are a force for good? Share some ideas.

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See you on Sunday!

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Summer 2017 Bucket List

This list is from 2011. Read the post to see what I want to experience this summer. What’s on your Summer bucket list?

School is out for 10 weeks. And even though I am not (currently) attending school, I still look at the school summer holiday as THE summer. Therefore the name of this bucket list is My (school) Summer Bucket List.

I want this summer to be memorable. And I tend to do more when I write things down. So I made a list of what I wanted to do. Then I narrowed my list down to 8 areas, some fun and some serious.

My (school) Summer Bucket List

ONE. Craft 10 times. I ENJOY crafting – by myself and with others. I want to make this a regular activity. This list includes art projects with my granddaughter, Operation Christmas Child projects, knitting, watercolour, making cards, and learning to crochet.

TWO. Do 6 coaching sessions. Recently I spent a week in Seattle attending a coach training course. Now I need some “guinea pigs” to practice what I learned. Let me know if you are game.

THREE. Finish 6 unfinished tasks/projects (aka UFP’s). This will be from a variety of areas: writing,  cleaning, financial, home, health, car.

In October 2014 I did a month of posts about finishing UFP’s. Here is the link to the landing page with the table of contents and my why. It was an eye-opening month and it was COOL to cross off so many items on my list. I was surprised I had so many. This month I will only pick 6.

FOUR. Have 6 friend dates. All too often I neglect to make time to meet up with friends on a regular basis. I am going to make this a priority this summer.

How do you maintain contact with friends? 

FIVE. Lose weight. This is my most important goal. I have had varied success with combatting my diabetes.  I have finally decided, this is it! It’s time to get on and stay on the healthy eating track. Plus I want to prove to my doctor that healthy eating, exercise, and other GOOD lifestyle choices WILL positively impact my blood sugar numbers.

My ideal goal is to lose 15 pounds. But since I am very insulin dependent that might not be possible; so I’ll be happy with 5 pounds. I’ve taken my measurements and a photo.  I’ll compare these with where I am at on August 11.

SIX. Read 6 books. The books are as follows …

  1. Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain & Do Everything Better by Wendy Suzuki, PhD
  2. No Easy Jesus: How the Toughest Choices Lead to the Greatest Life by Jason Mitchell
  3. The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway series #9) by Elly Griffiths
  4. Power Healing by John Wimber
  5. Romans
  6. A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson 

What is a Summer must read?

SEVEN. Study Spanish 3 hours a week for 10 weeks. I have plenty of resources. So the first thing I will do is make up a syllabus for myself. However, if you have any tips, please share them.

I will be going to Spain in the Fall and it would be really COOL if I could actually have conversations while there. To be more more precise, I want to engage in conservations more in depth than, “¿Dónde está el baño?”

EIGHT. Watch 5 musicals. My goal is to watch 59 musicals by March. Go here to find out my why. I hope to see at least one live musical. And in any case all of the following are on DVD’s from the library.

  • All That Jazz
  • Flower Drum Song
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Is there a musical or two that you recommend?

Your Turn . . . Do you have Summer plans? If yes, share them.

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Singles Thanksgiving Bucket List

My version of the prayer pumpkin

My version of the prayer pumpkin. Read #6 to know what I am talking about.

Sometimes single people don’t get to spend the holiday with family or friends. It is more of a solo event. But even if that is true, we can still celebrate and celebrate well. I’ve seen lots of Thanksgiving Bucket List ideas for families, but none for singles. Below is a list of some things to do, if you are alone this Thanksgiving. Of course, these ideas would work for couples or groups of people as well.

  1. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Youtube has this 25 minute video here. After you have watched the video, take this quiz.
  2. Watch one of these motivational  movies (all on Amazon Instant Video) – Ring the BellFaith Like Potatoesor The Ultimate Life
  3. Write a gratitude letter. Or better yet start your own gratitude project. Here is my original list. The main point is to tell someone thanks and why you are grateful for them.
  4. Eat a festive meal. Of course the traditional turkey and stuffing works. But if that sounds too time- and labour-intensive, make a shepherd’s pie with ground turkey and mashed sweet potatoes. Here is my recipe.
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    I printed the silverware holder on orange paper.  Isn’t it cute?

    Add decorative table touches. Fresh flowers put into a faux pumpkin (or even real pumpkin) are very nice. But you could also make your decorations. For instance these silverware holders are easy to make: Print, cut, glue. We made and used these at our October Secret Sister Reveal Party.

  6. Pray. Praying ad-lib or using a prayer prompt are some standard ways of praying. But what about adding faux or real pumpkins to your table decor and using them as a prompt? Of course you are confused. So go read this post about prayer pumpkins.
  7. Take a walk. Enjoy the scenery. Say hello to other folks who are out. But you can add something special to your time outdoors by taking yourself on a gratitude scavenger hunt. Go here for directions to this activity. 
  8. Execute a Random Act of Kindness. At this post I give 20 RAK ideas. At this one, I list 10 RAK ideas.
  9. Read. Choose your favourite genre or something . . . . funny . . . encouraging . . . or heart-warming.
  10. Craft. A holiday is made better when crafting time is allowed. What about making a Christmas ornament? I have a ton of ornament ideas at this Pinterest board. I make snowman ornaments with my family (almost) every year, I am thinking about making this block snowman ornament especially since I still have my kiddos’ wooden alphabet blocks.
  11. Put up your holiday decorations. Turn on some holiday music and turn your place into a winter wonderland.
  12. Watch a Christmas movie. Here is an idea . . .  Paper AngelsNow that you are at the end of your day, watch a movie. Here is my post 3 Reasons to Watch Christmas Movies.
  13. Insert your idea here. What would you add to this list of things a single person can do to spark up what could otherwise be a lonely holiday?

Your Turn . . . Will you be doing any of these activities?  . . . What would you add to this list?

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Best Things To Do This Fall 2015 – My Fall Bucket List

Photo by Severin Winkler

Photo by Severin Winkler

Fall starts this year September 23 and ends December 21. I haven’t done a Fall Bucket List  in a while and so I am going to do one this year. This time I am going to put most of my list into one of the months. Maybe that way, I will get more done.

Why do I write Bucket Lists? I want to live more intentionally . . I want to spend more FUN time with friends and family. And sometimes my experiences take me out of my comfort zone which always cause me to grow!

September 23-30

  1. Watch a movie with friends. I will watch Les Mis with the PEP group from church. This movie is part of our 5th Tuesday Movie Night series.
  2. Fall Drink – Have a pumpkin spiced latte with a friend. Or make this one at home.
  3. Decorate – Put up one Fall decoration in my home or office. I normally only decorate for Christmas. But I am trying something new this year. Maybe this burlap wreath? This felt flower wreath is also cute.
  4. Create – Make Bed Treats for Women’s Retreat. I will do this with the Women’s Ministry team.
  5. Read –  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

UPDATE – – – Fall Bucket List Update – September 2015

OCTOBER 1-31

  1. Plan my weekend with Sofia. Her parents are gone one weekend and I get to have her.
  2. Autumn Field Trip. See if anyone wants to go to a corn maze, cemetery tour, or pumpkin patch with me.
  3. Refresh – Go to Women’s Retreat at Zephyr Point
  4. Create – a pumpkin masterpiece (carve, paint, glitter, or use stickers for a subway art pumpkin). Maybe create this sunflower mural with our Sunday School classes.
  5. Watch a movie with friends: He Named Me Malala. Here is the Official Trailer. This will be advertised as a women’s event for our church. Have you read the book?
  6. Read  – a scary book: The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fictionby Henry James or The ghost stories of Edith Wharton. Here is a list of more scary books. Have you read any of these?
  7. Participate in Nester’s 31 Days of Writing. I am studying and writing about laughter. There are 100’s who do this every year. Why don’t you join us?

UPDATE – – – 

NOVEMBER 1-30

  1. Read – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens before seeing the play.
  2. Field Trip – Go see A Christmas Carol: The Musical with the PEP group at Folsom Lake College.
  3. Another Bucket List – Write a Thanksgiving Bucket List and do at least a few of the items.
  4. Celebrate Thanksgiving in a new way – We probably won’t be going to the beach this year
  5. Make grown up Advent calendar. See this online Advent calendar. Here is an advent chain to make. Advent November 29 (ends December 24).
  6. Donate something extra. Operation Christmas Child is always something I do. Here are some posts about Operation Christmas Child . . . Everyone Can Help One Child . . . Grateful I am Able to Help  . . . I Help Because I am a Parent, Auntie, and Missionary . . . Love in a Box . . . My Plan to Collect 55 OCC Boxes 

UPDATE – – – Fall Bucket List Update – November

DECEMBER 1-21

  1. Celebrate advent some more. Pick one/more of the following: wear purple, make a wreath, read an advent devotional, Read this. Or read this. This site has Advent ideas.
  2. Make snowman Christmas ornaments. I do this yearly with my nieces and daughter. Here are some past examples. Snowman Ornaments Made of Foam & Some Made with Eyeglasses . . . From Eyeglasses to Snowman Ornament (tutorial) . . .  4 Types of Home-Made Ornaments Using Decoupage, Dough, Clay, & Fabric
  3. Watch a movie with friends: The 33. Here is a trailer.
  4. More movies. I LOVE watching Christmas movies. Before Christmas, I want to watch 4 of them. Here are some posts I written about them. 3 Reasons to Watch Christmas Movies . . .  Christmas Movies I Watched in 2011 . . .  A Charlie Brown Christmas Quiz . . . The Nativity Filled Our Time and Minds

UPDATE – – – Didn’t write one.

Your Turn . . . What things would you put on your Fall Bucket list? . . . Will you do any of the above mentioned things these next 3 months? . . . What is something I could do this Fall that would take me out of my comfort zone?

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Apostle Paul’s Bucket List

Whats kinds of things are on your bucket list? Creative/artistic? Religious? Athletic? Intellectual? Whatever they are, get busy today and achieve/experience something.

Whats kinds of things are on your bucket list? Creative/artistic? Religious? Athletic? Intellectual? Whatever they are, get busy today and achieve/experience something. Photo by Deon Staffelbach.

Bucket Lists were made popular with the movie, The Bucket List. In it two terminally ill men write out a list of things to accomplish or experience before they die.

There are many websites devoted to bucket lists and the completing of them (like Daring to Live Fully). Do you have a bucket list? I have made several. I typically break mine down into categories according to season or interest. Here is my Bucket List Index. 

Below is a tongue-in-cheek list of what the Apostle Paul might have written.

I got the list by looking at his life. I looked at the interesting and noteworthy things he accomplished. Then I put the various events on the list. I made what is known as a reverse or backwards Bucket List.

It is certain that Paul accomplished 30 out of 32 of these items. Read the books of Acts and Corinthians for some of Paul’s biographical details. After some of the items, I put what he did in parentheses.

  1. Study with a noted Rabbi (Gamaliel)
  2. Become a lawyer
  3. Become a Pharisee
  4. Be multi-lingual (Hebrew, Greek, Latin)
  5. Understand Epicurean and Stoic philosophy
  6. Learn  a trade (tent making)
  7. Conquer anger problem
  8. Visit Rome
  9. Have a meaningful spiritual experience
  10. Recover from blindness
  11. Change first name
  12. Get baptized
  13. Become an apostle
  14. Go on a 3 year desert sabbatical
  15. Preach in a synagogue that Jesus is the Son of God and Messiah
  16. Be able to show how Old Testament prophecy and covenants were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
  17. Sail on a ship (many trips but unfortunately shipwrecked 3 times)
  18. Speak to a large crowd (multiple times)
  19. Speak to a large crowd in a prime location (Mars Hills)
  20. Learn to be content
  21. Take a ride in a fish basket
  22. Disciple a young preacher (Timothy)
  23. Write a meaningful body of work (wrote almost half of New Testament)
  24. Be a published author
  25. Accept my thorn in the flesh
  26. Collect money for a good cause (famine relief )
  27. Plant a church (several in Asian Minor and Europe)
  28. Preach to Gentiles (multiple times)
  29. Meet the Emperor of Rome (Nero)
  30. Share the Good News of Christ with a King and Queen (Agrippa and Bernice)
  31. Become a missionary
  32. Go on a missionary trip (3 in all)
  33. Be part of a prison ministry
  34. Be a majour influence in the early church
  35. Conquer Insomnia (not sure if this ever happened)

Your Turn . . .

  • Share if any of the items on this list is a surprise to you. What would you add to the list?
  • After reading this list, has your opinion of the Apostle Paul changed?
  • Have you ever written a backwards bucket list? I haven’t – yet! Go here to read one person’s experience with this type of assignment.
  • Write your own backwards bucket list. Share it with us and also share your experience. I will share mine on my birthday in March and list 57 things.

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Ideas for your own list. Have a look at the following links and copy down the things you’ve done for a reverse list. Or write down things you’d like to do in the future.

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1st Quarter Review of 55th Birthday Yearlong Plan

Thsi year when I blew out the candles, I had more in mind than birthday wishes. I had a plan: a Yearlong Birthday Plan.

This year when I blew out the candles, I had more in mind than birthday wishes. I had a plan: a Yearlong Birthday Plan.

TIME to share how well I am doing with my birthday yearlong plan. I wrote in detail here what I want to accomplish in 9 areas in my yearlong plan.

One. Collect 55 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. I’ve packed 19 boxes so far!!! Go here for this first quarter update.

Two. Raise $4,000 so I can go to India in July. I have about $2,200. We have had a car wash and yard sale. 3 more events are coming up . . .

  • June 29th – yard sale and car wash (if enough people to help)
  • July 4th – sell food & drink before/during parade
  • July 6th – India Dinner & Raffle

Three. Practice gratitude 55 times. I have not been very intentional about this besides writing Friday’s Fave Five and two posts on gratitude. The posts are Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss – a book review and Choosing Gratitude And Why It Matters.

Four. Move 55 minutes daily. I have not progressed in my daily minutes count – still at 30 minutes 3-4 times a week.

Five. Write 55 posts. I have written 50 posts so far. In April I was part of the Blogging  From A-Z Challenge and I wrote 23 posts that month. I am so sure I can reach my goal of 55 posts.

If you want to see what I’ve written go to my right side bar (towards the bottom). “Stuff I’ve Written and When.” There is a monthly archive.

Six. Create 55 times. Go here to read about the things I created this first quarter.

Seven. Read 55 books. 14 read, 41 left to go.

Here is what I’ve read so far.

1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson

Eight. Do 55 things from previous bucket lists. I haven’t even looked at these lists, so I probably haven’t done any of them.

Nine. Bake 55 pies. I have made 7 pies so far. Below are the reviews.

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie

Tally – 5 of the categories are going GREAT, 1 is okay, and 3 are a fail (so far). Come back in September for the next review.

Your Turn . . . 

  • Did you make any goals on your birthday this year? If yes, how’s it going?
  • If not yet, what would you like to accomplish before your next birthday?

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