2018 is upon us! A great exercise to do in January is to reflect on what you’ve accomplished in the last year (or the last few!). Take ten minutes to put a pen to paper and list out some of your proudest achievements, both major and minor — if you joined Bootique San Diego and started coming to our outdoor women bootcamps or cardio dance classes, definitely count that as one! Consider everything else you’ve done in the last twelve months or more too, whether it’s moving up at work, finally taking a trip you had planned, learning to cook a new recipe, conquering a fear, picking up a new hobby, or anything else that makes you feel proud.

Studies show that regularly writing down accomplishments both big and small can actually trigger releases of dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain. So once you’ve gotten the positive vibes going from that listing exercise, turn your focus towards the new year at hand. You now have a list of several, maybe even dozens of successfully completed accomplishments in front of you, so it’s time to use that momentum to plan out what you’d like to check off your bucket list next.

What is a Bucket List?

A bucket list is defined as “experiences or achievements a person hopes to accomplish during their lifetime.”

The items on your bucket list can be related to

– Fitness (“Learn to do a squat with perfect form,” “Fit into a size 8 dress,” “Attend 50 Bootique outdoor bootcamp classes”)

– Self improvement (“Volunteer for a charity once a month,” “Meditate every day for a year,” “Read the top 100 classic works of literature,” “Go to a movie alone”)

– Hobbies (“Learn French,” “Start a garden,” “Publish a book,” “Visit the Taj Mahal”)

or any other category you can think of.

Whether you already have a long-term bucket list or you’re making it from scratch now, organization is the key to actually being able to check off the items. Since a new year has just begun, you may find it helpful to look at your bucket list and highlight the ones you plan to accomplish this year, and then make a plan for each of those. A bucket list is really just a big list of goals, so you should use the same techniques you would for a New Year’s resolution or any other kind of goal: dream big, but be practical, set timelines, write them down, and find a friend who will hold you accountable.

So, share with us: What’s on your bucket list? We’d love to hear! If your list includes any fitness-related goals, Bootique San Diego is here to help. Contact us to arrange your first trial outdoor bootcamp or cardio dance fitness class — we’d love to discuss your goals and be a part of helping you achieve them!