What’s on Your Bucket List?

Sheri Here,

Spring is the season of new beginnings, a clean house and creative projects. Those fabulous projects from your bucket list.

How do you start that bucket list?

That list of things that you want to do – that your psyche craves doing.  Not that to do list of things that you have to do daily.

That creative list could be taking a class, a project around the house like painting or a vacation to an exotic or fun spot. Yes, it is verrrry different than a “to do” list.

That bucket list is a list of dreams that you have, some of them could have been on the list for a while, and that’s ok.

I’ve had “visit all seven continents” on my list for decades – it takes time to fulfill that kind of dream. They are certainly bigger than just today’s agenda; however, some tasks toward getting there could be on that to do list.  I’ve got renew my passport on mine.

But long before they can become today’s focus, they are a figment of our imagination.

Where does the bucket list come from?

Creating it requires giving ourselves space in the course of the day to free our mind from the daily tasks.  It could be in your meditation, walking or morning pages.  It might even be a thought as you are spring cleaning, such as getting a housekeeper to do your cleaning for you.

If you write morning pages, the three daily pages suggested by Julia Cameron in the Artist Way, maybe the thought popped onto the page larger than life.

If you are not currently giving yourself space to clear your mind for a time and maybe daydream or imagine a bit, it is time you do that.  Mental space for yourself doesn’t have to take long, you just need to do it. It will help save your sanity.

Have you ever created a vision board?

A vision board is a visual picture of some of the elements in your bucket list.  If you don’t have one and want to find out more about creating a personal vision – pop over to my blog I Can See for Miles – Visioning  to discover a little more.

A vision or a vision board could be another way of generating your bucket list.  No matter how you do it, it is an important tool to creating a future for yourself that pulls you forward.

Why do a bucket list?

When the days are filled with the activities of the must do to do list, you can look past it to a future that will move you through the tough or ho hum times.  We all need something to get through those “I don’t want to” times.

I’ve been working on my TEDx speech about how people spend more time planning their vacations than they spend planning their lives.  This activity has been an element on my bucket list.  It’s been work and daydreaming.  As I picture how it will be, I know I need to do the work to make it become reality.

That’s how a bucket list works: first a dream, then the action: persistence to make the dream real.  But without the vision, you don’t know where you are going, let alone where to start.

How’s Your Bucket List?

What about you?  How’s your bucket list, your vision, or the board with it posted in front of you?  Is it alive and well or is it a bit hazy, tattered, neglected or non-existent? Time to refresh it, take it out and dust it off or maybe create one.  You are never too old to have dreams.  If you have accomplished all of them, then it is time to replenish the supply!

Need help to prime the pump and get started?  Drop me a note by hitting reply or give me a call here.

‘til the next time.



P.S. You can get my book Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation here.

Spring Has Sprung

Sheri Here,

Spring has sprung and new life is everywhere.  Ok, so it is still a little cold or wet or snowy but look close and you’ll see new life.  This is the time of renewal and rebirth.

How appropriate for where I am.  It’s perfect since I’m re-defining my future and my present goals.

Reflect & Re-Evaluate

What?! You say?  Yes, I reflect and re-evaluate my goals at least quarterly and just recently did the first quarterly review.

Even though I’m restructuring portions of my life – I made progress on some of my goals.  Others had to change to reflect the re-visioning of my life.  My revised life bucket list!

It’s ok to cross things off your bucket list when they no longer fit your current desires or direction.  Some things are harder to abandon than others because they’ve been a part of you for so long.  But it is ok to feel sadness for saying goodbye to dreams that were long time friends – whether they became reality or not.  Sometimes it happens because we accomplish the dreams and there is still sadness.  Like saying good-by to a longtime friend.

Replenish Your Life

As long as we continue to dream to see the possibility of what life holds, we can still find great value in our life bucket list and our dreams.

It’s when dreams die with no replenishment that our lives feel emptier with little to no possibility.

These are the times that professional help might be of great assistance to get us past the point of emptiness.  If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, get help – don’t wait.

In this Spring time of the year, find the renewal of possibility.  Find something new to pique your curiosity.  I just started coloring and am considering taking up painting.  What about you?  What does this springtime hold for you?  What new things in nature, creativity or spirituality are you going to pursue?  Are you stuck, and need someone to brainstorm with – hit reply or go here and call.

Around town, buds, flowers and new growth are everywhere.  Take time to go on a walk, maybe go visit the wildflowers that are bursting forth everywhere!

‘Til the next time.



P.S. You can get my book Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation here.

Recraft Your Vision

Sheri Here,

What do you do when you’ve changed or achieved a major component in your long term plan? How do you recraft your vision and deal with the disorientation of things shifting?

Sometimes the best action is to first celebrate the accomplishment, spend time growing accustomed to the new change and then recraft your vision.

How do you craft, let alone recraft your vision, you might ask.  I have a blog on the subject that might be helpful – I Can See for Miles – Visioning. There are also other experts who have suggestions for vision setting or vision boarding.

Challenging Your Vision

If you’ve followed me recently, you know that I’ve been spending a good deal of time in meditation, contemplating a change in my long term plan.  If you missed it, my last couple of blogs (here and here) will catch you up!

Writing a bestseller, Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation, had been on my vision plan for a long time.  I accomplished that last year and now it is time to reinvent myself.

I’ve  begun working on my second book – a workbook to accompany Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation. It’s still in the early stages, but it is slowly beginning to emerge.

I’m also continuing to step into what a life of ongoing marketing of a book looks like and the impact on my activities and routines.

Implementing The New Vision

As I recently went about envisioning what my revised future looks like, I was pleasantly surprised to see that some of the things that I’m letting go of allow me to create a lighter, more fun lifestyle.

This redo also coincided with my annual status meeting with my financial planner and things are on track in that arena given the changes I’ve made.  That was an additional contributor to the freer life.

Getting to that vision wasn’t easy or without some hard conversations with people I trusted.  There were a few course corrections required but I’m happy today with the prospects.

How about you?  Have you looked at your long term vision lately?  Are you hesitating to do that because you are afraid of the work or because you are concerned about what the future might look like?  You can steer that with a strong plan in place.  If you need help doing that, hit reply, let me know or book a call here and we’ll talk about vision setting!

‘Til the next time.



P.S. You can get my book Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation here.


Now What?

Sheri Here,

Now What?

Here I sit after pausing and thinking for nearly a month.  If you missed my Pausing When Agitated note go here.  Now I’m wondering what’s next.  I feel the shoes have all dropped and now it’s just me.

What happens when we are left with just me, myself and I? Yes, I’ve grown a bit restless.  I’ve spent some time decluttering old pictures, digitizing them so I can do digital memory books, but….now what else?

Looking Within

As I’ve looked at my passions and purpose, I’ve been toying with a few ideas.  How best to move forward.  I can’t stay still forever, I’ll rust out.

What I’ve loved is writing my book Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation. I loved meeting people through marketing it, so maybe it’s time to get back on the marketing the book horse.  Have some fun and play. I also love traveling.

I found I love writing, so maybe it is time to get back to writing as well.  This newsletter is a start!

One of my favorite chapters in the book is Chapter 31 Re-entry Can Be Brutal.  This includes ideas on how to prolong that sense of being on vacation.

I found I enjoy speaking, so maybe I can combine all of my loves along with my purpose of helping others.

What if I could speak on cruises about some of the things I’m passionate about, including my book, and continue to travel?  What do you think?  I think, it is brilliant, actually. Hit reply and let me know what you think, especially if you know someone who might be able to help me achieve my dream!

Where Are You?

What do you think about where you are in your life? Is it time to switch gears, to take a break, re-energize what you are doing to love your life again?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Are you stuck and want another person to noodle ideas with about the future?  Book a call with me here and let’s chat!  What’s possible for you in this next phase of your life?

‘Til the next time.



P.S. You can get my book Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation here.

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