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nine things on my reverse bucket list and why you should start one

What is a reverse bucket list?

-a list of things you’ve wanted to do, and have actually done them

today, I am sharing mine, in hopes that it might inspire you to do the things you have always dreamed of doing.

 

 

reverse bucket list

reverse bucket list

 

reverse bucket list

reverse bucket list

reverse bucket list

 

10. Read the whole bible

Let me preface this by saying how much I hate reading—I daydream and get so bored. My mind wanders to a million different places. I never thought I could read the bible all the way through. However, my Mom, who also hates reading, decided this was something she was going to do.  Seeing her be able to do this, gave me the inspiration to do so myself. So friends, if you hate reading, know that you can  do this too. I used the She Reads Truth bible app, and I highly recommend it.

9. Live in a different country

I did something that absolutely terrified me when I was 23 years old–  I met a couple online, and flew overseas to live with them in France for the summer while I nannied their darling 4 year-old-daughter. This was quite possibly the “craziest” thing I have ever done! For those of you that know me, flying, and flying ALONE was a huge deal for me in itself.

8.  Have a college degree (in music)

I spent my entire childhood and teenage years studying music. A dream of mine was to graduate college with a music degree, but I didn’t think I had what it takes.  I am so glad I was wrong. The countless hours of practicing and studying were worth it.

7. Run a half-marathon

I have always enjoyed running–I ran cross country in high school–just for fun. I wasn’t the best or anything, but I absolutely loved the sense of accomplishment running several miles gave me–not to mention the amazing runner’s high.  I had always wanted to run a half marathon, so two years ago my sister (who was 12 weeks pregnant!) and I ran the Music City half marathon in Nashville.  I don’t think I will ever want to run one again, not because of the marathon itself, but the aftermath. I have never been more exhausted or beat up feeling in my entire life.  Well, I suppose the day after I gave birth.

6. Explore my heritage

Two summers ago I had the amazing opportunity to explore my homeland, Scotland! I would love to learn more about where I came with, and maybe even get the DNA testing done someday.  It was such an amazing trip, and I don’t regret all the money we paid for it one bit.

5. Play piano for church

When I was a girl learning the piano, I dreamed one day of playing for a church congregation. I never thought I would be good enough. (the enemy is good like that, isn’t he?)  It may seem like a simple accomplishment, but playing piano in church is truly a desire of my heart!  I am taking a few months off as my baby is little, because I have also always dreamed about the day I could hold my baby during praise and worship 🙂

4. Start a blog

This is a new endeavor, but I am glad I had the courage to look past what people would think of me, and just go for it.

3. Make a difference in the world

I’m not sure if I have done this yet, but I like to think I am doing so every day in my classroom. I love having a job where I have the opportunity to make a difference in kid’s lives.

2. Marry my best friend

I always wanted to marry someone who not only did I love, but was also my “best friend.” I had the privilege of being best friends with my husband years before we ever even dated.

1. Become a Momma

When I was in preschool, I was asked,

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

My answer, “A mom.”

I recently told my husband how completely fulfilled I am now that I am a mom.  It’s the most amazing thing in the world, and it has truly surpassed my wildest dreams.

When looking back on all of these experiences and accomplishments on my reverse bucket list, I think about what it took to get there. Some of it was luck, some of it was hard work + dedication, and all of it was God’s hand upon my life.

While I have done some pretty awesome things in my 27 years, there are still more things that I would love to do during my lifetime—go on a mission’s trip, lead someone to Christ, watch a baby being born, get a master’s degree, write a song, and see the Northern Lights–just to name a few:)

 

why you should start your own reverse bucket list:

if you are feeling discouraged or down, I encourage you to jot down a list of all of the things in your life you have wanted to and have already accomplished.

not only will this give you some confidence + a happiness boost for the day, it might even inspire you to do more of the things you hope to do during your life.

writing down your reverse bucket list, will also remind you of all of the blessings you have had in your life so far.

it’s important to look back on your life and reflect on all the amazing things you have done.

 

What are some things on your reverse bucket list?

Leah

 

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