“My bucket list? Yes, I’ll get round to doing it when I’m retired!” … sound familiar?

Creating a bucket list can help you realise just how much is out there, and how easily you can grab it. Without a doubt, it makes life more worthwhile by putting those dreams, ambitions and plans into action. Our time is limited, but it can guide us to achieve what is most important to us before it is too late. There is no time like the present.

For me, separating from a marriage after 40 years was without doubt a trauma. It took it’s toll in so many ways; emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially, and it was a strain on friendships and my family. But I’m lucky I have friends and family who love me, care for me and have my back.

The great Maya Angelou said “If YOU don’t work, nothing will”. So I decided to write my bucket list – what do I want to achieve before I die?

  • Travel to places that have been on my mind for years
  • Find a new life companion
  • Remind myself the best things in life are free – walking the dog, being with friends, give back, pay it forward
  • Continue to raise funds for charity
  • Be the best mentor to young people who need a step up and out of their situation
  • Take time out for myself
  • Study more and do more short courses
  • Get back to Church
  • Get back to running, be healthy and eat well
  • Do another trek (maybe to Nepal)
  • Start another business
  • Find time to garden, grow things to eat and potter about
  • Write a book

Is all this doable? Sure it is. I’ve made the list and I know I will add to it.
Do I have the energy and motivation? Some days are better than others.
Can I dream big? Sometimes.
Am I worried about failure? Never.

If you are ready to write your bucket list, let me help you get started.

Anita Brightley-Hodges
Founder, Saphora Private