Seasoned Living List

Some days it feels like we are all running around like chickens with our heads cut off; frantically moving from one thing to the next. The days may be long but the years are short. By the end of each season, I am pretty sure that we all have conversations with ourselves that go a little something like, “Did I really not do yoga outside once this whole summer? Now it’s too cold outside. Wow, summer really flew by. Too bad I was so busy.”

    The thing is, the tasks of everyday life are always going to be there. We are never going to “get around to” do something without our jobs, chores and/or responsibilities making it tricky. Stop looking for the day that you have more energy, more money, look better, have more time, or have less responsibilities. We’ve never seen forever but we know that we have this present moment. Now is now!

    So what is a seasoned living list, you ask? Essentially, it is a bucket list but instead of having a bunch of general goals to accomplish before you die, it contains activities that you aim to partake in within the current season. You can make your seasoned living list solo, with a partner, or with your family. I got inspired years ago by Kelly Jensen on Instagram, who makes them with her family every year (she is inspiring in every sense).

    The results of your seasoned living list will go far beyond your expectations. The list will enable you to live with more intention. While you are drafting the list, you will discover what some of your hopes and desires are for this given moment in time. Most importantly, you will see that you have the power and ability to fulfill them. Sure, you will still have days that you are shuffling through without taking time to enjoy the present moment. However, you will have other moments when you are completing an item on your list that will enable you to take a step back from all of the monotony of your day-to-day and see the bigger picture. You will be able to create memories...the kind that you can bank in your mind and then withdraw at any given moment (you know, like when you are in bumper to bumper traffic).

    Your list can include activities that are free. It can incorporate plans to take a trip that you’ve been wanting to go on for a while. It can contain anything that you want it to because it is yours! Hold yourself accountable by writing the list down and then checking off the activities once you complete them. Go ahead and challenge yourself! You will expand your heart, mind, and soul in the process. You will tighten the bonds with your loved ones along the way. You will see what it feels like to live instead of merely survive. Here is my own list for the Fall incase it can serve as a form of inspiration. I also included pictures from a cooking class that my fiancé and I took. It was something that we had generally talked about doing for a while and I am glad that the Seasoned Living List got us in the door. The theme of the class was “Thanksgiving Pregame” and it was so much fun!

Carly’s Seasoned Living List: Fall 2016

  • Have an outdoor movie night

  • Take a cooking class

  • Go on a house tour

  • Go to a beer tasting event

  • Host a Fall Harvest Party

  • Do something thoughtful for a neighbor

  • Go see a full moon over the NYC skyline

  • “Lock my Love” with my fiancé on the Hudson River

  • Go to a park that I’ve never been to before

  • Try 5 new restaurants

  • Have a picnic

  • Host a football viewing party in the movie theatre