Ok, friends. Here’s the deal. We are in a weird season. One filled with a lot of uncertainty, doubt, anxiety, heartbreak… a lot of real, hard stuff.
I had a moment yesterday, well really I had a whole day yesterday, where I let myself wallow in that. It was kinda pitiful, but I just needed to be sad. But like He always does, the Lord met me right where I was, in the midst of that sadness, and laid this well-known verse on my heart:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
In that moment, right the middle of my sadness, I knew a new morning was coming. And I was reminded of something: my sadness, anxiety and funk would come to an end, but the Lord’s faithfulness, mercy, presence and love in my life never will.
Dang. Why do I let myself worry again?
So this morning, I got up and decided to rewire my brain a bit. Instead of letting myself dwell on the anxious thoughts in my head, I decided to create a bucket list in an effort to focus on making the most out of this time! Because when I look back on this season, I don’t want to look back to see that I worried it all away.
What I do want to look back and see? That I was present in both the joys and the hardships, that I looked for (and saw) the ways the Lord showed up, and that I lived each day with a grateful heart. When I look back on this time, I want to be able to count just as many blessings as trials. And a large part of that is up to me!
So today, I want to share a bucket list I’ve created to keep me hunting for joy and living in gratitude. To be honest, it’s a bunch of silly things and many of them I should have already been doing! But I’m excited for a chance to really make them happen now that things have slowed down.
As I knock them off, I’ll keep you updated. And as I add more to my list, I’ll let you know! I hope you’ll do the same, and together all find ways to make the most out of this season.
my social distancing bucket list
Take a long bath with a light candle, a glass of wine, and Enya playing. (Judge all you want.)
Make my mom’s unbelievable homemade apple pie for the first time.
Unpack and organize Andrew’s study.
Complete my first needlepoint project. (I got my canvas in last night and have already started!)
Paint my front door.
Respond to 20 DMs a day.
Finally put some flowers in my pots.
Spring clean our closet and donate/sell unwanted items.
Give Flynn a hair cut.
Memorize one verse a week.
Clean out my car.
Change the lightbulbs in my house.
Research waxing my own eyebrows. (HA! But seriously….)
Get photos off of my phone and into physical photo albums.
Dress up one night a week.
Start and finish a new lighthearted book. (Recommendations welcome!)
Do a facemask with Andrew.
Update the @myfriendflynn Instagram page.
Give myself a hair trim.
Take a yoga class on my back porch.
Create an interior inspiration board for my office.
Clean out and organize the laundry room.
Try one new Peloton instructor a week.
Make a fancy cocktail.
My goal is to document each one on Instagram Stories so you can see me check off the list! Perhaps I’ll even turn some of them (like my mom’s unbelievable apple pie recipe) into full blog posts. I’m getting excited just thinking about it! :)
Now, it’s your turn! Let me know what’s on your list, and let’s keep each other accountable while making the most out of this season! If you’d like, feel free to save this photo to your phone, upload to your IG Stories and fill it in! (Tag me, I’d love to see it!)
Love from the Sunshine State,
P.S. If you have any ideas for cuter names to call this bucket list (social distancing bucket list doesn’t have the smoothest ring to it) let me know!