Want to get MORE out of life? Try making a bucket list every year and really live! Make your dreams a reality by setting goals with this easy printable!
Bucket List vs. Live List
You’ve probably heard of a bucket list where you make of a list of a specific number of items you want to “check off” or accomplish before you die. I listened to an interview with Kelly Jensen and she talked about creating a “Live List”. Instead of making a list of things to do before you die, she makes a list of things to do each season to live life to the fullest.
I went out with a friend recently, and she introduced me to the idea of creating a new kind of bucket list: a list that has one item for each year of your age. Goal setting and list making are among my favorite things to do, so this idea really intrigued me. The idea to my family as a new tradition, and everyone was on board!
We have been trying to live more purposefully and collect memories instead of things. As I brainstormed birthday gifts for this year, I thought making this “Live List” would be a perfect gift! My kids are getting one gift they really want, and then we take them on a date to get a treat and make their Live List for the year. So far, it has been a real hit!
Our Personal Yearly Live List
We did our first Live List date with our newly turned 6 year old. After brainstorming all sorts of ideas, we realized it would be better to have different categories rather than an open-ended “if you could do anything in the world” sort of question.
You could easily break your list into categories such as mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. We however, decided to base it off a scripture that we have studied quite a bit as a family.
Luke 2:52: And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
We decided to use this scripture as a template for our goals and created four categories or areas of focus for our goals. The goals were set to help us increase in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and in favor with man. Having a template or guide for our goals helped us to focus on not just fun activities, but also areas of skill, service, and building a better character over the coming year.
Wisdom can include any acquisition of knowledge. Goals in school, reading books, learning about a specific topic, developing a new skill or talent.
Stature encompasses goals of a physical nature. Wanting to learn or improve skills in a sport, completing a race or milestone, hike, adventure, develop an exercise routine, etc.
In favor with God includes any type of spiritual growth. Attending church, reading scripture, studying gospel topics, working on Family History, etc.
In favor with man could be anything that develops your relationships with human kind. Service projects, meeting people, developing relationships, etc.
Benefits of a Live List
I recently had my birthday and really had to stretch my brain to come up with more than 30 items on my Live List. Instead of viewing it as a challenge, I found it liberating! Things that I have wanted to do for years have now been included as a priority. Somehow, putting it on this list has almost given me permission to really live.
It has been good for my kids and my husband to see what I really view as priorities. A mountain I have been wanting to climb for years is on the list as well as learning a new piece on the piano, reading a certain number of books, improving my gospel worship, etc.
What are the goals that maybe you have lost sight of in the midst of a career, children, or life? Making a Live List and posting it in a prominent place gives life to your goals and meaning to life!
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