A Whimsical Bucket List

In case you didn’t know this, I’m from Australia. We’re currently in the middle of Winter here, and it is freezing. Practically unbearable, honestly. I live in front of my heater every second that I’m at home. What makes the cold weather worse is the fact that 90% of the people I follow and interact with online are from America, or somewhere nearby, and are currently experiencing all the amazing, fun things that come with Summer, and I am super jealous.

All the pool parties, sunny days, and massive fruit platters that are currently all over my Instagram feed are making me crave the warmer weather so much more, even though there are a lot of things I love about Winter (hot drinks, electric blankets, cuddling whilst watching movies, etc). One thing in particular that I’ve seen a lot of people doing to make the most of Summer is writing bucket lists, so I decided to do the same.

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Sure, everyone else is writing their Summer bucket lists, but the one thing I noticed about most of the lists I read is that, really, people just want to do quite simple, whimsical things, as they are the memories that you end up remembering the most. So, I wrote my own whimsical list!

What is featured on here is not even half of it, but I culled some things that are super specific to my life as that’s not going to be much help to you, and left in the ones that I think everyone can get some enjoyment out of it. If you have any more suggestions, leave them in the comments! I’m always looking for fun ways to spend my time ☺️

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Watch some classic movies.

Being with Daniel has turned me into quite the movie buff. Our number one date involves a movie, whether that means venturing out to the cinemas, or just choosing something on Netflix or Stan. Despite watching more movies in the five years we’ve been together than my entire life combined, there are still so many classic movies that I’ve never seen, or at least never seen all the way through. A few that come to mind are Mary Poppins, Grease, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Wizard of Oz. I know, I know, it’s crazy that I haven’t seen them! Daniel quite likes a couple of them too, so hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on them sometime soon so I can finally know what they’re all about.

Fill a bowl with confetti.

I bought a glass “fish” bowl (I used italics because they are actually far too small to hold even one fish, at least not humanely, but that’s still what people know them as) for a Christmas DIY that I was going to do, but never got around to it. Since then, it’s been sitting on my desk, acting as a holder for many things: my streamer collection, a heap of foam balls I bought for future DIY projects, and even a place to put all my stray bobby pins, but I have definitely come up with the best use for it yet: a bowl of confetti!

I actually got the idea from Aww Sam’s drawer of confetti, but I don’t have any spare drawers. Plus, I wanted to actually make the confetti myself, by cutting up different coloured and textured paper into various shapes, which is exactly what I’ve been doing. Ever since I really dove into the world of DIY, I’ve been very hesitant to purchase anything that I know I could just make myself, and confetti is something very easy – and, albeit, time consuming – to make. I’ll be sharing a photo of my progress on this project on my Instagram later today!

Make homemade jam.

I’d be lying if I said this idea wasn’t partially inspired by the time Monica makes her on jam on Friends, but either way, I’d really like to give it a try. I love trying new recipes, and this one sounds really interesting and fun to do. Plus, I have jam on toast at least once a week without fail, so I think it would be cool to see how it is made in a hands-on experience. The only question is: what berrie/s should I use?!

Play with bubbles + take photos.

This one will most likely have to wait until the weather warms up (so, not until December – at the earliest) so I actually want to go outside, but I definitely want to make time for it in the future. We have a couple of mini bubble containers that are currently just gathering dust on our shelves, and it’s time to actually put them to use!

There has never been a time where bubbles haven’t made me smile – because I’m still a huge child, and that’s okay – and I think it’d be fun to play around with photographing them outside in the sunshine! Such a simple, innocent activity, but I know it will be one of my favourite ones on this list.

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Leave notes in books to donate.

I thrift and re-donate books a lot, because I already have so many, and such little space to put them all. One of my favourite things about thrifting books is that they often come with little handwritten messages in them, mostly when they were gifted from one person to another. It makes me a little sad to think of the fact that people are giving away their books, but I know it’s great that people are willing to donate things such as books so other people (like me!) can experience them at a great price.

It’s about time that I go through my book collection and choose a few to donate, and this time around I wanted to leave a message about what the book meant to me, or maybe even recommend other books like those ones. I do feel kind of strange writing directly in a book, so I’m thinking about using sticky notes instead, so it doesn’t damage the books. Has anyone ever done something like this?

Write a letter to 25 year old me.

I am actually a little hesitant about doing this one, but I still think I should do it. I want to write a letter that captures what my life is like at the moment, so I can look back at how much I will have grown over the next three years, but I’m nervous because I have no idea how those years will turn out. What if I write about my love of writing and creating, and it turns out I lose that passion in the next few years?

What if I mention that I’ve just started uni, and I end up failing miserably somewhere along the lines? It can be nerve-wracking writing down your hopes and dreams, knowing that things could go so very wrong, but I can also imagine how amazing it will feel to look back on this time on my life and see how far I have progressed, so I think I will do this, even if it scares me.

Bake my way through an entire recipe book.

This has been one of my goal forever – well before I actually started baking, and even before I read one of my favourite books that is about just this kind of project, Julie and Julia – and I am finally ready to make a start on it. I’ll be sharing what book I’ll be baking my way through, as well as the time frame I am setting for myself, and how I’ll be sharing my progress with you all in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. I am super excited to do something that is quite out of my comfort zone (some of the recipes sound scary AF, honestly!) and really challenge myself. Wish me luck!

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Honestly, I could have made this post 10x longer with all the ideas I have and things I want to do, but I won’t make you read any more of my ramblings for now 😂 Besides, you know I’ll always share anything fun or whimsical that I might do, so I’ll be sure to left you all know when I cross things off this list. I’m honestly so excited to get started on it, but it’s definitely a spare time list; a series of things to do when I’m in a quiet moment of life.

I haven’t set myself any due dates or time frames except for the last one, as that takes the fun and spontaneity out of it all. I’m just going to let each thing happen when they happen! Let me know what you would put on your Summer and/or whimsical bucket list 😊

Until next time,
Indya xx

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20 thoughts on “A Whimsical Bucket List

  1. Aww, what a lovely list! I really enjoy playing with bubbles, I find them very calming, but I’m not very good at getting pictures of them.

    Also, about your letter – no one knows what life will bring but I think, even if things don’t turn out as you’re hoping they will RIGHT now, your life will change and you will grow in ways you never thought of, so it’s still worth writing the letter. 🙂

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    • They seem like they’d be quite tricky to photograph, so I’m not expecting much! Just thought I’d give it a try 😊

      Yes, that’s such a good point! So much can happen in the next few years, and I might want completely different things than what I want right now, so it won’t really be a “failure” to not get everything that I want right now. Thank you for this, I think I will write it ☺️

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  2. I LOVE this list! I especially love the “write to the 25 year old me” this one is everything, I need to do this too. There’s something about watching those classic movies and reminiscing….it’s necessary! love this post!

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    • Thank you so much! Everyone’s been really supportive of that one in particular, so I’ll definitely have to get around to doing it! I’m actually writing a list of all the classic movies I want to watch now, I can’t wait to slowly cross them off my list ☺️

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  3. I LOVE your list! I too have always wanted to bake/cook my way through an entire recipe book. Definitely one for my bucket list. Oh, and you must watch Grease and Mary Poppins! It’s the 40th anniversary of Grease so now is the perfect time!!

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  4. I love the leave notes in a book idea. It reminds me of serendipity the movie. So nice. Playing with bubbles also sounds lovely xx

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  5. I love the notes in books idea! 😀 It would be so cool to buy a second-hand book and there’s a message in there for you! I would worry with sticky notes someone might take them out or they could lose the ‘sticky’ part :L I have seen some books with pencil messages that have survived decades! ;P
    Also, I am with you on the being worried of how life is going to feel at 25 (except I only have two years left!!) – it could be worrying but if you do it and you feel it was beneficial, (or scary) I’d love to know!! 🙂
    Great Post!!

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    • Thank you! I have thought about the fact that someone could just take the sticky note out, but I also feel weird about writing directly in books. Perhaps if they’re old and have a lot of wear and tear anyway I’ll write directly in them, but for new books I’ll just put in a little note 😊

      I think I will write the letter, as a lot of people seem to really like that idea. It’ll be interesting to see how things turn out in the next three years! 😅

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  6. I love this list!! And remember, us Americans are always envious of your summertime when it’s winter over here! Haha I love the ideas of adding notes to books that you dontate. The sticky note should be perfect. The simple, little things really do become the most memorable. 🙂

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  7. I love this list! Definitely write a letter to yourself. I forget the website, but there’s a way to schedule an email to be sent in the future. I did it once to myself a year or two in the future and then forgot I did it, so it was a surprise when I saw it! And it was really nice to see how much I’d grown and changed in just a few years, what was important to me now vs. then. I wrote it at a time when I was feeling rather depressed and it was hard to know that things would get better, but looking back a year later and knowing it DID get better is such a great reminder when things get tough in the future too.

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    • Thank you so much! I’m actually getting quite excited about writing the letter. Even if things don’t turn out the way I planned, I know they’ll end up exactly how they’re meant to be, and that’s quite a freeing thought. I’m so glad the one you wrote was able to show you how much better life can be!

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