Fortnum and Mason in London – one of my places to go checked off.

Do you have a bucket list? I have put together lists like these in the past but they felt overwhelming and like too much pressure.

Lately, however, I’ve circled back around to this idea and have begun creating a list of things I regularly think and dream about, but in a no pressure kind of way. As in: I’ll get around to some of the stuff on the list, and other things will remain in dream territory, and that’s okay.

I struggled with a name for what I was putting together (I don’t love the term ‘bucket list’). Then I realized that everything I was jotting down was either a place to go or a thing to do, so there you go.

Here is some of what is on my list so far.

Places to Go

  • Drive up the California coast from Santa Barbara to Carmel, stopping/staying in different towns along the way.
  • Go to a book/literary festival.
  • Go to New England in the fall.
The Garden District homes are calling my name.
  • Re-visit the Library of Congress. We went once at the end of a DC trip and the family was worn out and not as I excited as I was about this stop so we cut our visit short. I want to go back.

Things to Do

  • Have gas lanterns installed on the front of our house and/or on the patio. The cost on this is probably prohibitive but I’m in love with these so I’ll never quit dreaming about them.
  • Take an iPhone photography course. Know any good ones?
  • (Update: Done, October 2019 with this toile paper below.) Have our powder room wallpapered. (I can’t seem to pick a pattern.)
  • Stay at The Raphael Hotel at Christmastime. The Raphael is a charming European-style boutique hotel on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City and the Plaza is especially wonderful at Christmas.
  • Set up a Little Free Library. I actually have a spot in our neighborhood picked out for this. I need to talk to our HOA to see if it’s allowed and then find someone to build it.
  • Renovate and live in an older home.

After putting this list together I noticed that some things on it are quite big (renovate and live in an older home) and others are pretty small (take an iPhone photography course). I like that mix.

I also noticed that quite a few items have a bookish or library theme.

I plan to revisit the list often and either take things off (because I’ve done them or they no longer interest me) and add new things that I find myself dreaming about.

Do you have a list like this? I’d love to know what’s on it. If not, would you ever consider starting one?

P.S. Quotable Friday: Be in Love With Your Life and Banana Pudding with a Twist