By: Emily Bihm
Yes, you read that right. There are only two months left in 2014…eek! Never fear, though, because you still have plenty of time to have fun, be social, accomplish goals, and try something for the first time. Don’t let the year end without making it even more memorable. Here are some great ideas to add to your 2014 Bucket List:
*Pamper Yourself – With all the stress that has undeniably accumulated by this time of year, it is high time to do something for you. Get a massage or a facial. Many nail salons do seasonal manicures and pedicures with pumpkin, cranberry, or peppermint. Have a relaxing night in with romantic comedies and a glass of wine. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure it’s something that takes care of you and no one else. It’s your turn!
*Have a Girl’s Night – Even though it’s important to have alone time and pamper yourself, it is also crucial to have some time with your friends. Plan a night to go out and have dinner to catch up with your ladies before everyone gets busy with holiday shopping and family activities. Try something goofy that you would only do with your best buds like cheering for your favorite knight at Medieval Times…..or cheering for your favorite guy at La Bares! Yep, we just said that.
*Adopt a Pet – Going into the winter season is especially hard for shelters because maintaining the lives of homeless pets becomes more costly and difficult with the cold. Thousands of dogs and cats need loving homes. Consider adopting a shelter pet; it will give you a furry friend to snuggle with on long winter nights and will give a loving creature a safe place to call home.
*Redecorate Your Apartment – This is the time of year where stores are having awesome sales to move old merchandise and make way for their new holiday items. Take a shopping trip to discount, hobby, and thrift stores to find some new pieces for your apartment. Buy some new lamps, make your own wall art, or finally put up that bookshelf. The new look will help you feel ready for a new year.
*Try Something New – Why wait till next month or next year to finally attempt something on your bucket list? Pick what you have always wanted to do and just go do it. See a professional sports game, sing karaoke, go sky diving, take a hot air balloon ride, or take dance lessons. Whatever you want to accomplish before you die, give yourself a December 31, 2014 deadline. After all, what are you waiting for?
*Find a New Job – If your current work is not satisfying or does not pay you well, start the job hunt now. Make a plan and attack new goals each day. Spruce up your resume, research companies you want to work for, and consistently keep in touch with jobs you apply for. If you begin this process now, job hunting in the New Year won’t seem so daunting.
*New Year’s Resolutions – Everyone makes their New Year’s Resolutions, and then usually fail at them before January even comes to a close. Instead of pressuring yourself to do things right after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, begin working on those goals now. If you plan on losing weight in 2015 start by eating healthy now and getting the proper amount of sleep every night. This way when you add in working out you have already adapted to a healthier lifestyle. If you want to give up a bad habit such as smoking begin by cutting down on the behavior each week until December 31st, that way giving it up is not such a drastic change.
However you achieve your Bucket List, just remember these are the last days you will ever have in 2014. Make them fun, memorable, and exciting!
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About the Author
Since graduating from college two years ago, Emily has been working as a waitress at a local breakfast restaurant. She enjoys writing and reading in her free time and hopes to have her own column in the future. She loves music, watching Netflix, spending time with friends and loved ones, and walking her dog Ollie.