My Reverse Bucket List

My Reverse Bucket List

Reverse bucket list, ever hear of it?

I never did till recently. Truthfully, I had to Google it to see what came up. Essentially, it’s a list of all the wonderful things you’ve already done. Not the ones you WANT to do.

It isn’t supposed to be a brag or a “look at me and the special things I’ve done” list. It’s just a bit of reflection and an attempt to stay focused on the positives. Sometimes, we fall short of our own expectations, or we see others who’ve far exceeded the expectations we set for ourselves. For a second, we can forget how awesome we are.

Accomplishments are something to be proud of but they do not determine your value. A Reverse Bucket List should make you feel motivated and inspired to be the person you want to be.

When I sat down to brainstorm about what would be on my list, I was amazed at what came up. Some may seem small or mundane but it’s my list. I haven’t traveled extensively worldwide (yet) or gone sky diving (possibly?) but they’re my accomplishments.

And I’m happy to have done them.

Angela’s Reverse Bucket List

  1. I have seen the sunrise and sunset over an ocean.
  2. I’ve moved to two different states without knowing anyone there.
  3. Survived a twin pregnancy without any stretch marks.
  4. Gave birth to two healthy children.
  5. Married the most wonderful man.
  6. Slept under the stars.
  7. Seen the Northern Lights multiple times.
  8. Learned how to ski and snowboard.
  9. Learned how to knit.
  10. Been whitewater rafting.
  11. Ran a marathon.
  12. Ran multiple half marathons.
  13. Went ziplining despite being afraid of heights.
  14. Hung upside down in a cocoon in aerial yoga.
  15. Rode the scary elevator to the top of the Stratosphere despite being afraid of elevators.
  16. Graduated from college.
  17. Paid off my school loans early.
  18. Danced on a bar in Cancun, fell off and had in air on MTV.
  19. Received an art award.
  20. Walked on a glacier.
  21. Bought a car without a loan.
  22. Had my writing published in a print magazine, twice.
  23. Was part of an article in The Wall Street Journal.
  24. Climbed numerous mountains.
  25. Bought a house.
  26. Went kayaking in Bermuda.
  27. Been to two of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
  28. Jet skied in Mexico.
  29. Got a tattoo.
  30. Started a blog.

So there you have it, my list that will continue to grow each and everyday. Because I’m awesome. haha! 🙂 And I think you all are awesome too. If you are a blogger, feel free to write your own Reverse Bucket List. It can be 10, 20, 50 things. Share as much as you like. I want to read about it.

I’m adding a link up to this post for you to share your awesomeness. Don’t forget to tweet about it using the #MyReverseBucketList and tag me @HappyFitMama.

If you are not a blogger, I still want to know. Leave me a few of your accomplishments in the comments.

I can’t wait to see how awesome you are. Although I kind of already know that you are.
Have a marvelous day!

77 comments on “My Reverse Bucket List

  1. You are so right Angela – when we look back at what we’ve often achieved tons without even realising it. Your own list makes me recall a few things I’d forgotten! My biggest ones would be travelling the world, making a home and family, a few career highlights, and now my running adventures!
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  2. I love this idea! We rarely focus on what we HAVE and what we have already accomplished (no matter how small) and a re always looking to what’s next. I’ll be linking up for sure!! I love the one about the bar in Mexico, having twins without stretch marks (huge!!) and seeing the Northern Lights multiple times!? You are one lucky mama 😉
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  3. I am going to do this. Truly impressed by number 2. That would scare me.Very jealous of 7. Have seen them but not a lot. Laughing at 18. Impressed again by 23.

  4. I love this idea! I spend so much time and energy on what I have left to do but very little thinking about what I’ve already accomplished. Realizing what we’ve already done is motivating in its own way. I’d love to know which are the world’s 2 most beautiful beaches mentioned on your list 🙂
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  5. This is such a great idea. We tend to focus so much on all the boxes we want to check off and often just speed through the process and not stop and appreciate all that we have accomplished and all that is around us. I love your list. So much greatness there.
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  6. This is the most powerful idea. I cannot wait to create my own, and share the idea with my family!

    I actually think often about how incredible all of our lives our despite the human tendency to always think about what we have yet to do!
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  7. Hi from SITS! What a lovely idea…I’ve never heard of a reverse bucket list either, but I love yours and I’d love to write my own. I’m a little jealous of the bar-Cancun-MTV thing. 🙂

  8. Stopping by from the SITS Tribe 🙂

    What an AWESOME list! I have never thought to do a reverse bucket list! That is a great idea! It is easy for me to caught up in the things that I want to do instead of feeling accomplishment over what I have already done.

  9. You have done some amazing things! I am thinking this through with a draft in my posts but my list isn’t looking too amazing. I guess my net nice day off I need to plan something epic 🙂 I am envious of #3 I only have one son and didn’t escape those dreaded marks lol
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    1. I tried to convince my parents to walk to the top of what used to be the Sears Tower in Chicago years ago because I was so afraid of elevators. They didn’t go for it so I had to cower against my mom. 🙂

  11. I think this is SO awesome! I need to get started on mine. Good for you for starting this wonderful wave of people listing what they’ve accomplished, I just love it! 😀
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  12. What a fun link up! Thank you for doing this 😀
    Oh I would love to see the Northern Lights too one day. Sleeping under the stars are amazing.

  13. What a great idea! I’ve written two books and have a contract for a third, grew a baby and survived her being born 6 weeks early and not sleeping through the night for 2.5 years, have stayed married for 11 years so far… there’s lots of good to celebrate. Thanks for sharing. (And hi from SITS.)
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  14. This is a great idea. Earlier this month, I retitled last year’s Bucket List withoiut even looking at it. After reading your article, I went back to find I had actually completed several things last year. Sometimes we get so wrapped around all the thing we haven’t done that we forget to celebrate what you’ve accomplished. You’ve completed a great number of things that others have only dreaming of. I’m happy I stopped by from the SITS group and read all about them.
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