Dreams in a Bucket


“The Bucket List.”

It’s a movie about two men who are given one year to live–one rich, alone, and soured on life; one poor, surrounded by family, but in possession of unfulfilled dreams. This man makes a list of things he wants to do before he “kicks the bucket” (hence the title); and to his surprise, the rich man offers to fund the adventure. So the two set out across the world to fulfill the dreams on the Bucket List.

I haven’t seen the movie (neither have many people across the world yet, so I won’t give away any spoilers!)–I hadn’t even heard of it. So when Jeff O’ Hara tagged me to write a Bucket List for 2008, the mental image I got was of all the dreams I’ve been carrying around in a bucket. Much like carrying water in a bucket, it’s truly a valuable commodity; but unless you pour it out where it’s needed, it does no good. After too long it will even turn stale or stagnant, useless for any beneficial purpose.

So what am I carrying around in a bucket? What dreams or goals do I want to achieve in 2008? Awesome thought–when you write something down, you commit to it. You can no longer avoid it, in any good conscience.

So–deep breath–here we go; mousewords’ Bucket List for 2008:

–Finish writing my mystery novel.

–Publish my mystery novel. (Those are two separate things.)

–Get many articles published.

–Move to a new location.

–Meet lots of online friends in person.

–Reach Power Seller status with my art sales on eBay

–Read the CSS books I have and actually learn it well

–Travel, for book promotion and for fun

…At least.

And I’d like to ask the same question of Melinda, Warren S., Bettina, Teeg, Akela, Belinda, Aaron, and Della. What dreams are you carrying around in a bucket?

Just after I wrote my list, I received an email from a new friend, who has just returned from the trip of a lifetime. I’m more inspired than ever now. I welcome you to visit Julie Anna’s blog and see if you feel the same.

Thinking of it as a Bucket List gives me a sense of urgency; I do want to achieve these things, so I had better hurry.

The last thing I want to do is kick the bucket when it’s full.



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  1. Glad to see you published your list πŸ™‚ Have you tried http://etsy.com to sell your art yet? Seems like it would be a great place for you.


  2. Oh, I SO suck at things like this. But it makes me realize that I have suppressed my “fondest dreams” for so long now that I actually can’t remember what they once were. And that is something that bears working on.

  3. @Jeff Haven’t tried Etsy yet–that may be on the list of “and more” for my year!

    @Belinda I know, that’s me too! You can do it, the world needs more of your vision. :-):-)

  4. Hmm… it’s not so much a bucket as it is a dumpster. It’s voluminous, and filled with dreams and fantasies long since discarded. It’s not been emptied, however, which means that many of them are still available to be realized. One of the biggest is to be debt-free by the end of this year, or at least well on the way to being debt-free. After that, actually resuming work on my novel, and increasing my visibility as a blogger.

    Oh, and eating lots of yummy cookies; that’s key.

  5. You make me feel like such a slacker. I have to go fall upon my sword. πŸ™‚

    (and GO YOU!!! I know you can accomplish your goals)

  6. great list … my bucket is feeling a little light right now, perhaps I should start dreaming of things to fill it with:)

  7. @aka_Monty Don’t do that!! :-):-D And wow, reading what everyone else is doing makes ME feel like a slacker!

    @Mandy What a great time for you! The world is your oyster–go for it!

  8. (hello from twitter..) What is it about January and examining our lives and how we’re living it? LOVE reading your bucket list.

    This month I wrote 2 special articles for BlogHer about personal change. One was about physical fitness and change, the second was about remembering that I used to have dreams. And starting to act on them again. (ReDiscovering Deb is on my blog and a link to the first is there early this month. (When I Believe)0.

    I am NOT writing a bucket list (well, not right now…). But I’m digging into your archives.

  9. Hi,

    I really liked your list.. I wrote a rough draft (with only three things) but I think I should re-write it just for 2008.. thanks for the example and the idea!

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  11. Chris, what a great idea! Didn’t get to read your post until late last night, so decided to sleep on it. I found lots of dreams in my bucket, but I will give you the condensed version.

    In 2008 I will paint THE picture — you know the one I mean; all artists dream of it. When line, color, composition and technique all come together, when the result is the perfect expression of the artist’s soul, it becomes a turning point in my career, and it wouldn’t hurt if it set the art world on its ear. Some dream, huh?

    In 2008 I will have lots of quality time to spend with those I love, both critters and humans.

    In 2008 I will be like Enoch in the Old Testament and walk with God every single day. I will know how wide, how high and how deep is His love for me, and I will abound in that love toward others.

  12. I keep looking in my bucket. I’m shaking it…tilting it…just not seeing anything inside. Guess I need figure out what to put in. πŸ™‚

  13. Ha. I misread your list and thought you said ‘–Meet lots of online friends in prison’.

  14. Thanks for your comment on my blog too.. I was soooo excited!! That was my first comment.. πŸ˜‰ hihi..

    I really love your Dreams in a Bucket idea.. I hope to get a lot of dreams done this year..

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