Make Your Bucket List – 12 Months of Creative and Fun Ideas

Today I am introducing you to a new tradition- my Bucket List. I usually focus my New Year on getting organized and cleaning out all the clutter in my life but I’ve never thought about making a bucket list. My daughter always checks things off her bucket list and it made me think, I should create my own bucket list.

Most people create a life long bucket list with things they want to accomplish in their lifetime but I thought it would be more manageable if I created a 12 month Bucket List. I want to take my time and make happy memories to preserve in my Memory Jar.

Make Your Bucket List

I have been brainstorming bucket list ideas that I can do at least once a month that will be creative and fun yet not be too overwhelming for my schedule or too expensive for the budget. Also, I don’t want to do things just to do them. I want my list to have meaning and purpose with a happy memory I can cherish forever.

Eat and Drink Make Your Bucket List

Who doesn’t love good food and drinks with friends and family along with a side of laughter and good times? (FYI- I am jumping up and down raising my hand right now.)

    • Go to a brewery and try some beer beyond my Miller Lite palate 2/10/2017 Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Wi.
    • Winter BBQ
    • Host a brunch 1/1/2018 New Years Day Brunch

Since we bought an RV , it is only appropriate that I add some travel plans to my list.

    • Visit the Grand Canyon March 25, 2017
    • Visit Niagra Falls 
    • Walk along the Gold Coast (Chicago’s side of Lake Michigan)
    • Be a tourist for a long weekend June 23, 2017 Lake Geneva

Artsy Make Your Bucket List

Although I consider myself crafty I am not very artsy. Dose that make sense? I haven’t been to many plays, I don’t read books and I can’t remember the last time I have been to the movies.

    • See a Broadway play June 14, 2017 Hamilton
    • Watch Gone With the Wind (I’ve never seen this movie) November 2017
    • Take an Art Class
    • Learn more about photography

Relax Make Your Bucket List

I am all about learning how to be a better ME and I read anything that has to do with self-help and self awareness but I rarely implement the lessons learned without a gentle nudge.

    • Go to a hotel and relax in a deep bath tub with bath salts and bubbles
    • Social media free weekend (no phone and no computer)
    • Daily meditation meditate 
    • Plank every day for a week

Bucket List Bonus Ideas

Here are a few extra bonus ideas that I came up with that might inspire you to make your own bucket list.

    • Get a massage
    • Go Geo Caching
    • Take a cooking class
    • Learn a new craft 1/15/2017 Arm Knitting
    • Write a letter and mail it (no email) 12/24/2017
    • Exercise or take up a sport
    • Go out of the country

If you have been inspired by my Bucket List please leave a comment with a link to your list.


  1. Lisa says:

    I love, love, love, this!!!!! I have friends that run around their house at midnight on New Year’s Eve with empty suitcases in the hope of traveling to new places in the coming year. 🙂

    You have totally inspired me today.

    Happy New Year!

    • Denise Bryant says:

      I do lots of things throughout the year but these are things that I find myself saying….one day I am going to do that and now I have written it down. No excuses on why I can’t do it this year! Happy New Year Lisa!

  2. Nancy says:

    What helps is the public commitment and thus accountability. A monthly review would be helpful…a freebie post, if you will, talking about progress…

    • Denise Bryant says:

      I love that idea Nancy and I will for sure keep the readers up to date. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Laurie McDougall says:

    I look forward to reading your blog and watching your 2017 bucket list dwindle away. So much fun in your future! I love it that you are an open book, always sharing your life.

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