The movie “Bucket List” challenges us to consider what we like to do and where we enjoy investing our time. However, I don’t want to count down to death so I’ve decided to combine the major focuses in my life into a list of pursuits that will challenge, encourage and inspire me to continue to grow, learn and mature in ways that I have yet to imagine!
I chose the term “pursuits” because I have a fond memory of one of my final conversations with my Mom, just days before she left this earthly life and entered into the arms of Jesus. She knew her time was short and I asked her if there were any words of wisdom that she had for me. Her answer was thoughtful, “Focus on what is important. Cease from worthless pursuits”.
My list of worthwhile pursuits starts here:
1-Write for the Glory of God and the refreshment of others.
2-Learn the values of “less is more”.
3-Give of my time, resources and life to others as opportunity arises.
4- Keep that which is necessary.
5-Enjoy the simplicity of life.
6-Continue to be a student of the Word and of people.
7-Mentor and be mentored.
8-Give God my life as a blank page daily to be filled by His plans for me.
10-Ask engaging questions to build authentic relationships.
11-Set healthy limits [boundaries] that I may be intentional in the moment.
12-Be alert to the moments that take my breath away.
13-Visit the places that provide moments and views that take my breath away.
14-Diligence in loving my husband and children so they will know the promise of my commitment.
15-Invest, include and invite others to gain the best God has for them.
16-Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, walk often and get enough sleep.
17-Manage my stress well so that I have the emotional energy to deal with the issues in my life.
18-Face and overcome the fears that seek to hinder God’s best in my life.
19-Recognize that with God all things are possible!
20-Read something uplifting and encouraging daily.
21-Live, eat, drink, work, sleep, travel, in moderation.
22-Resolve conflict before it becomes resentment.
23-Be thankful in all things and to all who demonstrate kindness.
24-Accept the things I’m unable to change; be proactive to change the things I can.
25-Avoid excess in all things.
26-Be the friend I’d like to have.
27-Help as many others as possible to learn to get what they need and want from life.
28-Always enjoy a front porch with rocking chairs.
29-Catch a sunset every chance I get.
30-Actively enjoy my husband =) and the things he’s interested in.
31-Love as though I’ve never been hurt.
32-Enjoy my work everyday.
33-Meet my neighbors.
34-Live simply in the home Jeff and I build together.
35-Enjoy living debt free.
36-Leave a legacy to our children that will carry them all of their lives.
37-Take lots of pictures.
38-Gain wisdom around the things of importance.
39-Enjoy fireside chats often.
40-An openness to trying and learning new things.
41-Memorize as many of God’s promises as I can.
42-Learn to cook like my grandmother – a dash of this and a dash of that! Yummy!
43-Remind myself to slow down, sip the tea, smell the roses, smile for no reason.
44-Cease from strife and worry – all things work out in God’s time.
45-Trust God’s heart when I am unable to see or understand His ways.
46-Allow my experiences to be stepping stones for myself and others to benefit in unexpected ways.
47-Appreciate the true value in every relationship I have.
48-See the good in all things – even if it requires much effort.
49-Truly believe and live out the fact that God is good all of the time.
50-Accept others as they are in hopes that they will become all they can be.
51-Remember the movies, songs, fragrances that bring back happy thoughts and great memories.
52-Cut all excess baggage so that I may travel light.
53-Stay connected to those who encourage me and to ones I need to encourage.
54-Provide a home environment that is peaceful and a blessing to all who visit.
55-Serve those who have nothing to give in return with a hug, a kind word, a sandwich, and hope.
56-Be a super resource to help people learn ways to improve the value of their lives.
57-Be open to constructive criticism.
58-Speak up for what is right and good. Say no to what is bad.
59-Find a little humor in every situation.
60-Laugh at myself more.
61-Spend more time gazing at life in childlike wonder.
62-Minimize the things in life that pull me away from what is really important.
63-Create traditions that draw our family closer in heart and in presence.
64-Be open to learning there is more than one way to accomplish the same goal.
65-Eliminate my habit of nail biting.
66-Be present at the important events in the lives of those I love.
67-Realize that the less often I make life “all about me” the more I enjoy it.
68-Be fun and pleasant to be with.
69-Be open to anything that will stretch me in positive ways.
70-Live in the freedom I have to do life as I choose so I can serve in love and not out of obligation.
71-Ability to speak truth in love when someone needs to hear it for their growth and maturity.
72-Consider the impact my choices, words, and actions have on others before I make or do them.
73-Wisdom in leadership development.
74-Develop the heart of a coach so I can be Great in my coaching practice.
75-Set goals based on my values.
76-Accomplish goals that positively impact me and those I care about.
77-Value my husband as the one who God has given to me to share this life with.
78-Provide a great model for others to live authentically.
79-Be involved in organizations that increase the quality of the lives they touch.
80-Spend lots of one on one time with those I love.
81-Brand myself not as one who merely seeks financial success but adds true value to the lives of others.
82-To seek to understand rather than attempt to fix others.
83-Have a working knowledge of Biblical truth to give an answer to those who are hurting or to those who are simply curious.
84-Overcome my tendency to judge and replace it with a heart to encourage.
85-Have empowering and enlightening conversations in my travels and around home.
86-Stand at the finish line often as those who have struggled overcome pain, sorrow, and fear.
87-Create an environment of love and peace wherever I go.
88-Be transparent with others and allow them permission to be themselves.
89-Speak to a group or to one with words that refresh and build up.
90-Proactive in hearing the needs of others and in letting mine be known.
91-Overcome passivity with assertiveness.
92-Experience miracles often.
93-Live consistently out of love and grace.
94-Let go of every weight that anchors me to fear or pain.
95-Truly care about the success and joy of others.
96-Be the best wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend I can be.
97-Live in such a way that the bad things I do are forgiven, and the good things I do bring glory to God and encourage others to seek a better path.
98-Overcome fear of failure and recognize it as the means for the greatest success.
99-Eliminate negative and limiting self-talk.
100-Love with all of my heart.
I had a lot of fun creating this list. And, I am encouraged to focus on what will truly add lasting value to my life..