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My Reverse Bucket List For 2017

It’s not all about what’s ahead–sometimes it takes looking back to create momentum for the future.

I bet you were expecting a list of goals for 2018?

Well, all in time, my friend. For now, I present to you–my Reverse Bucket List of 2017.

Taking a cue from a fellow blogger, I thought I’d share a few of my accomplishments from this past year with all of you. I’m certain that 2017 wasn’t all rosy for anyone, but there were definitely some BIG moments in my life that made the year extra special. 

While it’s certainly important to think about what the year ahead could bring, it’s also super encouraging to look back and recognize the moments and achievements I’ve had throughout the year.


1. Bought my first car. And then, I Flew to Orlando, FL for my first blogging conference, BlogHer 2017.

Blogging has been a hobby of mine for the past 4 years. I’d never thought my love of writing could turn into a chance to make new friends, explore new places and open up new opportunities. I was lucky enough to travel with a good friend and attended a bunch of interesting seminars on the many ins and outs of blogging for profit, fun and passion!

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2. Bought my first car. And then, my second.

The beginning of the end. Just kidding, but buying my own car did signal the start of my very own car payments (yay?)! Look at me, buying two cars in the span of 3 months–revert back to my post on Imperfection for more on how this came to be. Nonetheless, there’s really nothing like the feeling of being able to invest in something and call it yours. Next step, home ownership? Let’s just get through graduate school first, shall we?

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3. Traveled to Ocean Beach in San Diego, CA with my best friends.

When sand and surf are on the menu, there’s no end to the good times to be had. Towards the end of my summer, I had the chance to travel to San Diego for the first time, as an adult and visit my good friends in Ocean Beach. It was a quirky, laid back town with great views of the ocean and lots of life within its community. I’m always a fan of local businesses, and Ocean Beach is brimming with them–from coffee shops to surf shops–I definitely plan on going back in the near future!

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We jumped a lot that day.

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4. Vacationed with my parents to a new place: Catalina Island.

My final vacation of the summer was spent with my favorite people in the world, my parents. Or the parental units, as I so affectionately call them. Catalina Island was a treasure trove of beauty. From the glistening waters to its quiet streets, it was the perfect vacation to start off the next, crazy adventure I would take on in just a few short weeks.

5. Survived zip-lining for the first time.

One of the lines was literally called the “Big Daddy”. Stretching over a canyon, about 300 feet high–this was probably one of my greatest accomplishments to date. I’m afraid of heights, okay? Not only did I conquer a fear that day, but I got to watch my parents scream their way across each of the lines, too–bonus!

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6. Moved to Georgia.

It’s official, I’m actually a Georgia resident. No, for real–I have a Georgia license and everything. It’s crazy to think how moving across the country and starting my MSW program was once a far-off dream of mine. Everything in its time, I guess!

7. Gained a new community and perspective.

One of the best things about moving to a new place? Meeting new people and creating a new normal. My time in Georgia has been brief, when put in to perspective, but it sure has been significant.

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What a year it has been, indeed. 2017 taught me many things, much of which was how to adult better–it’s a work in progress, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for us all.

What’s on your reverse bucket list?

Let me know in the comments below!

18 thoughts on “My Reverse Bucket List For 2017”

    1. Leighann

      Right?! I actually got the idea from another blogger! It’s a really cool concept, and one that I thought deserved some spotlight. Thanks so much for reading!

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    Wow! You had a busy and productive year. Good for you! 🙂 On my reverse bucket list, I became a member of my home church, forgave people that had hurt me before, made peace with part of my past that was painful, and developed new interests (cooking and travel) that I hadn’t had before. Overall 2017 was a GREAT year for me! I was sad to see it go.

    1. Leighann

      Wow, Patricia! What a year you’ve had, indeed! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve become a member to your home church–that’s so important. I’m working on doing the same, as God has blessed me with a great church after moving out here. Here’s to 2018–may God continue to keep you, heal you, and show you even more amazing things in this next year of life. Thanks for reading, friend!

    1. Leighann

      Thanks, Noelle–it was such a fun experience! I would recommend to anyone interested in networking with other bloggers or just for inspiration. I appreciate you reading!

    1. Leighann

      Hahaa, THAT was quite the experience for sure. It turned out to be a serious blessing in disguise–and I learned so much more about cars and insurance and other “adult” stuff! And yes, zip lining was so fun, and 10/10 would do it again! Thanks so much for reading 🙂

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    Such a fun idea to do a reverse bucket list! I find that I’m so quick to check off a task (even if it’s fun) and move right on to the next goals, that I don’t ever sit and enjoy that I’ve done it. I think reflecting on the past is just as important as setting goals for the future – and this bucket list totally fits! I may need to do my own 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the Southeast! I’m from SC 🙂

    1. Leighann

      Right?! Yes, please do your own–and you’re so right, Brennan ☺️ it can be very revitalizing to look back and see all the accomplishments you’ve had over the span of a year. It was so encouraging for me, so I hope you find that it’s the same for you! Thanks for your warm welcome to the South–and I genuinely appreciate you reading. Hoping to make my way to the Carolinas at least once while I’m out here!

    1. Leighann

      Right? I think so too! I mean, how cool is it to look back on the whole year and see all of the good and bad things that has shaped you to be the person you are right now? Powerful stuff indeed, my friend. Thank you for reading!

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    Wow, I’d never heard of a reverse bucket list but like the idea. Hopefully next year I might be able to do one as a friend bought me a memories her to put the good things that happen in the year so I can remember them!!!

    1. Leighann

      Yes, Kate–you should totally do it! You can start today, there’s really no rules to the reverse bucket list–it’s a rule breaker in an of itself really. Thanks so much for reading! Can’t wait to read yours!

    1. Leighann

      Thanks so much, Julie–I know, it’s a pretty unconventional idea–that I actually got from another blogger– but it was a great way to reflect on this past year and start visioning for 2018. Thanks for reading!

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