The Yearly Bucket List – Year 1 Recap

Nacogdoches photographer's yearly bucket list project

Well a year has come and gone, and another birthday is here! I didn’t cross every item off the list (missed it by 3 1/2), but I’m happy with how the first round of this personal project turned out! Some of the items that didn’t get done will probably make an appearance on future Yearly Bucket Lists. Before I move into the next list though, I want to take a second to look back on the moments this list has created this year…

  • Go camping.
  • Write & mail hand-written “love letters” to important people in my life. Done – July
  • Read at least 4 books – two recommended to me by loved ones, at least one non-fiction, and one just for fun. Done

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Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List

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  • Print more of my photography for our house. Done – July 24th
  • Have a picnic. (This should have been a simple one to cross off the list, but waiting until it’s 1,000 degrees outside wasn’t a good idea… this will definitely make it’s appearance on a later list, I’m sure!)
  • Go on a weekend getaway with Max. Done – December 20th-21st

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

  • Run two 5k races. (I apparently should have gotten on this one early in the year because pregnancy symptoms sure did make sure I wasn’t running much!)
  • Try a sewing project (something other than pillows or burp cloths). Done x 2 (4th of July dress for Peanut & curtains for her play kitchen)

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

  • Plant hydrangeas in our yard. (This one was kind of done – we planted lots of plants and plenty of flowers, but the flower bed that the hydrangeas will go in needs a major overhaul, so we didn’t get hydrangeas in this year.) 
  • Re-finish or re-purpose a flea market or antique mall find. Done – July 22nd (I’ll share some photos of this project soon!)
  • Give gifts to 2 or 3 people, “just because.” Done x3
  • Go to a museum. Done – USS Lexington, March 18th 

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Nacogdoches photographer self portrait maternity shot for yearly bucket list

  • Keep a happiness journal everyday for at least a month. Done – October (Journal updates hereherehere and here)

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While it was fun to cross things off the list and all, I truly enjoyed this because of it’s ability to make me remember to enjoy little things. To take time to play. Take time to be appreciative. Take time with the people I love. Take time to challenge myself to step out of my normal day-to-day and try something new. Take time to really live life. It’s helped me to remember to focus on my word of the year – balance.

What have been your favorite bucket list items? What has been a way you’ve made time for living life? 

Yearly Bucket List Update – Wine Tasting Party

I crossed another item off of the Yearly Bucket List this weekend! We had some friends over for a wine tasting party, and it turned out great!!! I could have just let this be a super-simple low-key thing, but it was fun to “dress it up” a little bit with nice hors d’oeuvres and a few decorations. Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket ListA few block letters, a few cork circles, some black card stock and a little gold paint, and voila! You’re all set. We made spinach artichoke dip from a recipe I received at my bridal shower (thanks, Veronica!), had cheese/prosciutto/crackers, cream cheese with jalapeño jelly, brown sugar bacon sausages, and the most amazing caprese bites (see links to available recipes at the bottom of the post). Waaay more food than we needed (especially because Tiffany brought some delicious sausage wheels), but it was fun for Max and I to get it all ready.

Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List We provided two wines to taste, and then our guests brought two wines as well. As soon as they got there, I put generic labels over the bottles to allow for the blind tasting. The labels were so easy to make – just card stock and a gold Sharpie. Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket ListI made really simple “score cards” for everyone from a notepad I had around the house. Each person made whatever notes they wanted to about each wine we sampled, and then we ranked them in order of which one we liked best. Most of us seemed to be on the same page about our rankings. Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List

All in all, I had a great time setting up our wine tasting party, and it’s definitely something I’d like to do again with more couples!! Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List