Hey, Ambitious Fam! Each month I complete a wrap up post as a way to reflect and share my bucket list progress. Before I share my thoughts on January’s bucket list, I’m going to switch it up a bit by completing a retrospective technique called the 4Ls. The 4Ls (liked, learned, lacked, longed for) technique originated with Mary Gorman and Ellen Gottesdiener as a reflection tool, however, I learned it from Jules when completing her New Year challenge.
This Month I…
liked getting to see the inaugural fireworks and the general hopeful feelings that came with the day.
learned that the bucket system was actually a useful budgeting technique for me!
lacked consistency on the blog and with social media. Still working on that!
longed for an organized space. Also spent a lot of time longing to be within 6ft of my friends.
Here are my other reflections for the month of January:
After years of wanting to utilize the power of a vision board, I finally found a solution that worked with my lifestyle–a digital vision board! I was very pleased with how my digital vision board turned out and since its creation, I have made sure to spend time with it and use it for inspiration. Check out this post for more information about how you can create a digital vision board for yourself!
It’s official–I have made my bed for over 31 consecutive days! I’ve mentioned that this bucket list item has always been about more than merely completing the task. I view it as the first step in regaining my space–proof that I can and will. One thing that helped me was making it a habit that was enjoyable. I stacked it by linking it to my morning routine, and when it came time to make my bed, I would tell Alexa to play a song (my song of the day to hype me up or whatever I was feeling at that moment) that I could sing along with as I completed the task. By the time the song ends each morning, my bed is made and I’m usually in a pretty good mood!
The Goldilock method worked–I found the no-spend week to be the perfect amount of time. It was just long enough to be uncomfortable/stop me from impulse shopping, but short enough that I didn’t want to give up completely. Definitely plan on having more no-spend weeks in the future to help me stay on track with my financial goals!
This month I completed 5 out of 6 of the items on my January Bucket List. Building my command center is still a work in progress, but hopefully, it will be complete next month!