The Reverse Bucket List

After reading my daily Shine text this morning, it inspired me to make this post because there was an awesome article (that you can check out here) that accompanied it about how “reverse” bucket lists can be just as cool as creating a regular bucket list!

While we all get caught up in the excitement of making a list of all the things we want to accomplish in our lives; trips we want to take, things we want to do and see, fears we want to overcome and milestones we want to achieve, we tend to forget to highlight the things we have accomplished along the way. Sometimes, even making the list and looking back over it may appear to be loftier than we imagined and sometimes it makes us wonder: are we really going to get through our bucket lists?

In the spirit of writing this post, I decided to create my own reverse bucket list of some of the things I’m proud to say I’ve done lately. I listed out the top 5 things I’m proud to say I’ve done in the last 2 years (in no particular order):

  • Published 2 books
  • Reached 350 followers on my blog
  • Posted 500 posts
  • Launched a publishing company
  • Featured on another blog in the last year

Just as the article says, doing a reverse bucket list does three things; it makes you proud of what you’ve done, gives you a sense of gratitude and shows the progress you’ve made in life and on your personal journey. Just by looking at my list, I feel a sense of empowerment in the things I’ve achieved.

Knowing myself, there are things on this list that the old me would have never had the courage to step out and do before. I am beyond proud of my list and the things I’ve done. I have so many more things I would love to do to add to this list, but every now and then, if I feel myself getting overwhelmed with the abundance of things I have listed, I will take a few minutes to reflect on my reverse bucket list, and remind myself just how great I’m doing so far!

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