Last year, for my 29th birthday I completed 29 random acts of kindness (RAKs) with the help of my, then, 2 year old daughter. It was inspiring and heart-warming.
Over the past year, we've included RAKs in our day-to-day living. It has been such a blessing. The week before Christmas my daughter chose to give a bouquet of flowers to an elderly lady who was sitting in the mall by herself. After she handed the flowers to the lady she looked at me and said, "Mommy, I think we made her day happier. I want to do that again!" Needless to say, my eyes filled with tears.
Not only have our RAKs benefitted the recipients, but they have also benefitted my daughter as she learns about compassion, sharing and helping others. Watching my child blossom into a caring and contributing member of society has been a real gift - the best birthday gift I've received.
My 29th is a hard act to follow and I want to do something really special for my 30th. I thought about doing another RAK challenge but decided that attempting to complete 30 RAKs with a 6 month old in tow would be excessively stressful.
Instead, I've decided to do something for me. It feels a bit selfish to say that, but as I adapt to life as a mom-of-two, I realize more than ever that the best moms are moms who take the time to love themselves first.
Enter my bucket list, to which 30 items seemed right.
I've never been big on setting big goals. Probably because I don't like to set myself up for disappointment. At the same time, as the years go by I want to be sure that I keep in focus what truly matters to me. What are the things that I must accomplish before my time is up?
And, here they are:
1. Start my own business.
2. Take my girls on a backpacking trip.
3. Roadtrip across North America.
4. Go on a safari.
5. Visit Australia.
6. Ride a horse on a beach.
7. Go sailboating.
8. Rock climb - for real, not in a gym.
9. Kiss under a waterfall.
10. Drive to Alaska.
11. Cover myself head to toe with mud.
12. Hike to a peak with my hubby.
13. Make cinnamon buns.
14. Volunteer empowering girls.
15. Live on an acreage, outside of a city.
16. Raise livestock.
17. Empower a generation to live sustainably.
18. Tap a maple tree.
19. Catch a fish on the ocean.
20. Plant trees.
21. Paint a picture worth hanging.
22. Make bannock over a campfire.
23. Build a fort in a forest.
24. Visit New York in the winter.
25. Boat up to Niagara Falls.
26. Sleep in a treehouse.
27. Own a boat.
28. Milk a cow.
29. Find my own secret spot in nature.
30. Learn to forage in our local forests.
So, that's it! My gift to myself at the age of 30 is a commitment to find the time, space, money and effort to do the things that I really, really want to do in my lifetime. Now, I've got to get planning! I'm thinking cinnamon buns will be a good place to start... 😉
Do you have a bucket list? What are the things that you're going to accomplish in this lifetime?
And, if you haven't already, I strongly encourage you to take on a RAK or two with your kids. You'll be amazed by how much you both learn.