February 2016 Bucket List

Oh, February. The coldest month of the year (is that a fact?). The month where you’re cold and miserable, but expected to celebrate love. The month where most of us neglect our New Years Resolutions. The last month we have to push through before the weather starts changing for the better.

I’m quite looking forward to this February. I’m back in London at the moment, then headed for Colorado for a week long ski trip before popping back to Virginia to see in March.

So, here we go!

February Bucket List


  1. Make a homemade pizza (using our Vitamix to make the dough)
  2. Eat at a neighborhood restaurant we haven’t been to yet
  3. Ski a full day in Colorado
  4. Walk at least 2,000 steps every day (hard when working from home!)
  5. Learn how to make poached eggs – not in a mug
  6. Finish two books
  7. Write 20 blog posts
  8. Go on a girls’ night out
  9. Complete our at home filing system
  10. Visit a museum or exhibit in London

Lots of eating and small, personal goals. Sean and I are heading to Trader Vic’s, a very special restaurant for us, on Valentine’s Day, so mixing it up and visiting a restaurant we haven’t been to as well will be really nice. There are still so many that I want to try!

Is there anything you are looking forward to doing/accomplishing this month?

 

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Recap: January 2016 Bucket List

 

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If you review the list below, it’s going to look like I had a very slow start to my year. After all, I ticked off one thing…and it involves an event that hasn’t even happened yet. Here I was, all excited that I finally had a list I could easily accomplish, and I forgot all about it! However, I am not going to fret over the things I didn’t do, but rather celebrate the things I did do!

  1. Go see a movie with my dad
  2. Publish another professional article on LinkedIn
  3. Start a meditation program – and actually stick to it
  4. Start running again…even if I just go on one run!
  5. Plan a Super Bowl party to host in London
  6. Upgrade my professional wardrobe with practical, timeless pieces
  7. Attend a class or one-on-one Genius appointment at the Apple Store to learn something new about my MacBook
  8. Learn how to use Microsoft Outlook to maximize efficiency and the flow of information from one app to another
  9. Take the dogs on a walk…at least the two little ones
  10. Visit one of the local Virginia wineries with the girls

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Things I did in January 2016 (not featured on the bucket list):

  1. Started a new job
  2. Spent quality time with my parents
  3. Reunited with my high school friends
  4. Visited Sara in New York City
  5. Started tackling my finances…and created a monthly budget
  6. Survived a blizzard!
  7. Took incredibly adorable pictures of my pups
  8. Witnessed an incredible Virginia sunrise
  9. Planned a weekend trip to Zermatt with my brother (and a few tagalong friends)
  10. Attended not just one, but two Caps games, supporting my favorite team

Now, I’m back in London for the month and gearing up for an incredible 2016 of positive personal changes, plenty of time with family and friends, and lots of travel! My February Bucket List is in the works – and filled with lots of food and adventure!

 

January 2016 Bucket List

I’m not one for resolutions that can be measured, but still promise myself the usuals at the beginning of each year – to eat healthier, work out more, travel more, be nicer, etc. I never really reflect on these, but pretty much just set them again the following year. I mean, there’s always room for improvement, am I right? These monthly lists, though, help me actually reflect on the goals I set each month and which I’m able to achieve. I’m not surprised that I achieve many more of the social goals than I do of the personal wellbeing goals, so maybe I’ll make my 2016 resolution to focus more on my wellbeing.

I’m outside of London for the majority of January, at home in Virginia starting my new job and visiting old friends. And snuggling with my dogs…a lot! With this Bucket List, I hope to kick start my new professional life, hit all of my favorite Virginia haunts, and ensure 2016 is off to a great start.

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  1. Go see a movie with my dad
  2. Publish another professional article on LinkedIn
  3. Start a meditation program – and actually stick to it
  4. Start running again…even if I just go on one run!
  5. Plan a Super Bowl party to host in London
  6. Upgrade my professional wardrobe with practical, timeless pieces
  7. Attend a class or one-on-one Genius appointment at the Apple Store to learn something new about my MacBook
  8. Learn how to use Microsoft Outlook to maximize efficiency and the flow of information from one app to another
  9. Take the dogs on a walk…at least the two little ones
  10. Visit one of the local Virginia wineries with the girls

 

Career. Brain. Health. Friends. Family. Fun! I think I’ve managed to squeeze it all into this list and honestly think this could be the first month I hit 10/10!

I’m so looking forward to a bit of unwinding at home while simultaneously jumping into the next stage in my career. I think I could leave Virginia at the end of the month feeling like a brand new person!

Recap: December 2015 Bucket List

December was a whirlwind of a month. With my birthday and Christmas to juggle, I threw in leaving my job and packing up to leave London to make it a really interesting month. Add in a visit from my dad, a trip to Strasbourg, and pine needles all over my house and you’ve got my December summarized.

To be honest, it was one of probably my favorite months of all time. With the introduction of Gousto as well as the arrival of our Vitamix, Sean and I got really into our home cooking, meaning we had really nice evenings with each other, our meals, a bottle of wine, and That 70’s Show on Netflix. I also got to cross authentic Christmas markets off of my (Life) Bucket List, see The Nutcracker, and relive my childhood by ice skating. It was definitely a festive month, and definitely exhausting, but worth every minute. Now, as I say goodbye to 2015, I cannot wait to see what 2016 brings!

But first – a recap of my December Bucket List. I went 6/10 this month.

  1. Purchase all Christmas gifts before Christmas
  2. Eat fondue (again)Somerset House
  3. Visit at least three of London’s Christmas markets
  4. Plan a trip to visit friends in New York or Boston while in America in January – I’m heading to New York City this weekend to visit Sara and Zoe and could not be more excited about it!
  5. Attend a spin or barre class (LOL)
  6. Make homemade mulled wine
  7. Decorate the house to feel (and smell) like Christmas – I went all out on this one. Christmas tree? Check. Christmas candle? Check. Christmas cards and signs? Check. I even managed to get it all down by the 2nd of January…that’s like record time.
  8. Celebrate Christmas with friends – My friend Anastasia joined us on Christmas for our pub lunch, and it was so nice to have a break from the traditional family Christmas…not that ours was going to be anyway!
  9. Read (or watch, if feeling lazy) a Christmas classic – We got about 30 minutes into The Holiday before I fell asleep, but a valid attempt counts, though not sure if that counts as a classic! Definitely doesn’t count as a classic.
  10. Two words: Christmas cookies – One word. Fail. The cookies were made but they were not eaten…I don’t know about you but I personally do not like burnt sugar for dessert.

December 2015 Bucket List

I had a lot of fun with this in November, and my list of things to do in December/Christmas season is quickly growing, so I thought it would be a great idea to do it again! This is heavily Christmas focused, but that’s what December is all about!


 

December Bucket List


 

  1. Purchase all Christmas gifts before Christmas
  2. Eat fondue (again)
  3. Visit at least three of London’s Christmas markets
  4. Plan a trip to visit friends in New York or Boston while in America in January
  5. Attend a spin or barre class
  6. Make homemade mulled wine
  7. Decorate the house to feel (and smell) like Christmas
  8. Celebrate Christmas with friends
  9. Read (or watch, if feeling lazy) a Christmas classic
  10. Two words: Christmas cookies

OK – 70% Christmas related – not too bad! December is my favorite month of the year (birthday, Christmas, snow) so I’m really looking forward to this one in London!

November 2015 Bucket List

I like to make plans. Everyone knows that. Friends make fun of my enthusiasm and Sean moans about my lists of things to do, but at the end of the day everybody loves it when the plans actually come around and we are doing something new and exciting. Each Tuesday, I pick up TimeOut and stock up on options for the week. I receive emails from multiple sources of new restaurants opening up, “hot” events that cannot be missed, and favorite lesser known places to try out. With so many options coming from all of these sources, I end up with so much that I want to do that none of it actually gets done (seriously, I literally read an email and want to do it all!).

In order to focus my attentions on stuff I can actually accomplish, I have decided to create a monthly bucket list. It will be a list of ten things I want to do – some new experiences and some oldies that I want to bring back. I’m kicking it off this month with all of the things I want to do before it is too cold to function in London.


November Bucket List


  1. Set aside time to read – and actually finish – a book (something I have not had a chance to do in way too long!)
  2. Attend the opening night of an event
  3. Host a Friendsgiving
  4. Create a flower arrangement to bring some color into the house
  5. Dine at a winter-themed pop up restaurant
  6. Attend a meet up or get together with a new group of friends
  7. Start (and follow) a 10K training plan
  8. Make a meal in the crock pot
  9. Write 20 blog posts (not quite striving for one per day yet!)
  10. Finish the living room so it is finally a pleasant living space for us and for visitors!

I’ll be sure to update everyone on my progress at the end of the month. Of course, now I just need to get out of bed and get cracking!