Ah, it’s Thursday, one of my favorite days of the week. Generally, my weeks follow a pattern: Mondays and Tuesdays are long and stressful, Wednesdays are the climax, Thursdays are excitement, Fridays are relief. I'm not a fan of labeling things like days of the week as "good" or "bad", so the high-energy beginning of the week isn't necessarily a bad thing, just something to watch out for and make sure I'm not burning myself out before I'm even halfway through the week :)
I also wanted to mention - this day marks 4 months of The Bliss Bean and I am so proud of myself for sticking with this whole "blogging thang". I had a little design/craft blog from 7th grade into 8th grade and L-O-V-E-D it, but found myself overwhelmed with the last year of middle school and had to stop. I put that little hobby on hold and kept telling myself I’d come back to it in high school. Well, now I have! Funny how I chose the purportedly hardest year of high school to do that, huh? Well, doesn’t matter, because I've got this! 💪. School is super important to me and I have a lot of extracurriculars going on, but I love blogging and it’s the closest thing I’ve got to a “dream career” at this point. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.
Thanks for listening to my little tangent there :) Now I want to ask you a real, serious question. Ya ready? Why are they called “bucket lists”? Ever think about that? When the question popped into my head, the first thing I thought of was that kids’ book about filling people’s buckets. That didn’t quite make sense, though... So I looked it up, and I found out this "extremely useful" and slightly scary bit of information:
While the origins of the phrase are debated, one theory (which I think makes most sense) is that it comes from the English idiom of “kicking the bucket” (referring to the bucket being kicked out from under someone being executed). So basically it's a list of things that you want to do before YOU kick the bucket. Kinda morbid, but now you know! Do you have your own theory?
Now, I present to you… my health bucket list! (AKA #healthgoals).
1. Become a TK instructor
Turbo Kick is most ~favoritest~ class in the world. It would be a dream to get certified to teach it. In all of the classes that I’ve attended, the instructors are always doing the routine right along with us. Heck, they probably get even more tired because they have to put on a brave face and keep going when the rest of us are stepping out to take breaks, haha! So it's a perfect combo - you get in a workOUT at the same time that you’re workING!
2. Be able to do 3 pull-ups
Unlike push-ups, which require no equipment, and unlike bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc. which just need a couple of dumbbells, pull-ups are a little harder to find space for! That makes them somewhat difficult to practice but it would be so satisfying to be able to hoist up my entire body weight 3 times in a row #STRONG.
3. Try CrossFit
CrossFit is almost like some secret society. I keep hearing about how amazing and life-changing it is, but I have never personally known anyone who does it and I have never spotted a CrossFit gym in my city (even though I know they exist). Hmm… is CrossFit even real? If it is, it seems like it’s one heck of a crazy sweatfest, which is right up my alley :)
4. Go to a yoga class
Oh yes, I’ve gone to many yoga classes… hosted in this beautiful venue called "my bedroom" with a guest teacher, my computer ;) I bet it would be a whole lot different in a big room with lots of other people. Real, live, breathing people. And you know what would be even amazing-er? Getting taught live by Adriene herself!! Someday, someday...
5. Eat an acai bowl
I feel wayyy behind the game here but I’ve never actually had an acai bowl. I know right? Crazy. I’ve had acai juice, though, does that count? Probably not. Acai bowls look and sound SO yummy though and I bet if it weren’t for the cost I’d be having those things every day.
6. Eat an Rx bar
Same here, these things are expensive! At least at my store. But their minimalist packaging has always entranced my design-nerd heart, and their clean ingredients have captivated my health nutty side. Plus, I heard they recently released a pumpkin spice flavor?!?! It’s meant to be.
7. Be able to do a front walkover
I can do the first half of a walkover where you land in a backbend, but for the life of me I can’t seem to make a smooth transition to standing up! It always takes me a few rocks back and forth to gather enough momentum. Honestly how slick would it be if I could do a front walkover? I'd basically be a gymnast.
8. Learn to surf
See, I don’t want to share where exactly I live but I can give you a rough estimate of my distance from the ocean. I live approximately... really dang far away from any nice, warm, clear beach. I’ve always loved water and admired the people who can so gracefully harness the waves to propel themselves. I know my surfing would look a little less inspiring (just a little) but I would love to just be able to stand up on the board!
9. Go on a wellness retreat
I looove traveling in general but I bet one of those “wellness retreats” is 10x as relaxing as your average vacation. Think of it - like-minded people, healthy meals cooked for you all day, unique workouts, relaxing spas, beautiful scenery, trendy lodging *dreamy sigh*.
10. Go vegan for a month
Currently I eat most anything. I try to eat very healthily but I also don’t exclude any food groups because I feel like I don’t know enough about myself to be able to do that with peace of mind. However, I think going vegan for just a month would be a fascinating challenge. Would I be able to do it? I think I would miss cheese, fish, yogurt, and honey the most.
11. Try a poké bowl
Poké bowls are a Hawaiian dish that consists of raw, marinated fish served over rice with veggies and sauce. I’m not sure how I feel about the raw fish but man do those pictures look delicious. There is a Freshii near my school that has recently started serving these and I just might have to go and grab one!
12. Try spirulina
Spirulina is a type of algae that is considered a superfood, but let’s be honest - the only reason I want to try it is to make and Instagram deliciously turquoise-colored smoothie bowls.
13. Go on a long hike
I haven’t gone on many hikes in my life, but the ones that I have completed have proved to me that I need to go on MORE hikes! There’s something about hiking that is just magical to me. It’s such a simple task - walk from point A to point B. But along the way you breathe hard, inhaling fresh air; your muscles burn, pushing up the inclines; on top of it all, beautiful scenery.
14. Meditate for a half hour
Meditation is hard for me. I definitely enjoy it, but when I hit around the 15-minute mark I get restless. I reach a point where my mind gets away from me and I just can’t reel it back in. I would be very impressed with myself if I was able to build my stamina up to 30 minutes.
15. Try Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning
It seems that every health nut on Instagram but me has tried this seasoning and I am NOT happy about that. The way people talk about it, you’d think it's some ambrosial blend sent straight from heaven. Now, the issue is this: my family doesn’t shop at Trader Joe’s, and I’m not sure what they would say if they saw I was ordering bagel seasoning on Amazon...
16. Get a comprehensive analysis done
What I mean is a test like this. Now, I know I can be a nerd when it comes to this stuff, but isn’t this SO COOL? My family did get our DNA tested a few years ago through 23andMe but unfortunately the FDA told them they could no longer provide the health info they once did (they did resume providing it but there is not nearly as much information as there once was). I would love to see what one of these tests could tell me about myself, especially about my vitamin levels and how my thyroid is doing.
What’s on your (health) bucket list?
Thanks for reading, and have a happy rest of your week! x