What's On Your Fall Bucket List?

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As a busy, Type A mom running two businesses, I have to consciously slow down to make sure I’m truly experiencing the good times and not just focused on checking things off my to-do list. How do I do this? That’s right, another list. #sorrynotsorry

Seasonal bucket lists remind you to enjoy and appreciate the time in front of you. Each season comes with holidays, traditions, events and activities. When life gets so busy, we don’t always do what we set out to do, and it can be easy to let each season breeze by without experiencing all the things that can make for some of the best memories.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying everything has to be planned. Of course some of the best memories are spontaneous. But when life get busy with work, school, soccer practice and housework, sometimes a girl’s got to be intentional about having fun.

When a season passes me by and I didn’t do what I intended – whether that was to bake an apple pie, go ice skating or head to the lake, I’m filled with regret, and not only feel like I’ve missed out, but that my kids missed some of those special moments that will stick with them when they’re adults.

This is particularly important for those of us really busy with work, kids or simply, life. And who isn’t busy these days? Weekends are a time to catch up on chores, errands and all the to-dos. By carving out time on the weekend to accomplish things on your bucket list, you can enjoy the season and make the memories you want.  

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How to Make a Seasonal Bucket List

A seasonal bucket list can be a mix of moments simple and special. Here’s what I like to include in mine:

-      Family traditions we do year after year

-      One new thing we’ve never done

-      Simple pleasures that mark the season

-      Outdoor activities

-      Meals with seasonal recipes 

A seasonal bucket list is meant to help you, not burden you. It’s important to not make it so long that you feel overwhelmed or guilty if you don’t get to all of it. I usually make a list of 4-5 things. If we don’t do all of them, that’s fine. It’s simply a guide to help me remember the things I want us to do as family.

Once you’ve made your list, keep it somewhere visible: on the fridge, near a family calendar or in your planner. Schedule the ones that need scheduling, and save the others for whenever you have some free time.

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On Our List This Fall

We’re SO ready for fall and eager to make some memories during my favorite season of the year! Here’s what’s on our fall bucket list:

  • A fall hike — We love hiking in Arizona each spring, but have barely done any hiking right here in Wisconsin. I’d love to do a longer hike with the girls to see the leaves, maybe near Holy Hill.

  • Apple picking — We go apple picking every year and have pictures of the girls hiking since they were tiny. A couple years ago a new organic orchard opened that is so beautiful, Peck & Bushel. We’re definitely heading back there this year, and I’ve heard they have a sunflower field this year too!

  •  Cooking and hosting a fall meal — I’m ready to page through all the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and try a new recipe. Something with butternut squash maybe? 

  • Baking with the girls — We’ve been baking a lot more recently, especially with easy mixes from Trader Joe’s. Still counts.

  • Going to a football game — What is more fall then a football game when it’s sweater weather? While in an ideal world we’d be headed to a Badger game (#gowisco), we’ll probably walk over to the high school field on a Friday night.

Do you do seasonal bucket lists? Or any kind of bucket list? Head over to @matchpointconsultants on Insta and comment on this post. Or comment below — I’d love to hear from you!

Photos by Mann Frau

Photos by Mann Frau