Bucket List 2018

39 things to do before I turn 40!

My Dear Beautiful Strong Woman …. it happened: You turned 39.

I was expressing my gratitude for all the beautiful experiences that have happened to me this past year & I got excited. How fortunate & blessed I am (& how easy is for me to get excited). Daydreaming followed … & here I am, writting again to you. I decided to share what my year ahead may look like: ‘you are whatever you envision yourself to be’. So, let’s dream high.

Here is my #39bucketlist :

  1. spend more time with the people that matter
  2. get in the best shape of my life
  3. full moon dune bashing in the desert (I believe in the effects of the moon)
  4. splurge on a meal at 1 of the top10 restaurants in Dubai (it sounded yummy)
  5. learn 5 good wine & vegan cheese pairings
  6. learn how to make vegan cheese
  7. go on a spiritual journey
  8. get my Advanced Open Water PADI certification
  9. quit my book club
  10. sleep outdoors under the stars at a glamping accommodation
  11. write letters to the 5 people who have most impacted my life
  12. make amends with all my ‘enemies’
  13. find a mentee & a mentor (any volunteers?)
  14. enroll in a cooking class (plant-based, whole-food, exotic, raw food)
  15. improve my blog  www.thelulutales.com
  16. fall in love (ha ha ha ha)
  17. learn how to knit
  18. forget how to knit
  19. sing at a karaoke
  20. float in the Dead Sea
  21. improve my concentration & mental skills
  22. see the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia
  23. have a signature dish
  24. do an unassisted pull-up (I will be proud of myself with just one)
  25. go 24 hours without technology (bye bye)
  26. watch the sunset on a beach in Zanzibar
  27. think one positive thought every day before I get out of bed (This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before)
  28. fill a ‘Thank You’ Jar before I go to bed – with handwritten notes of appreciation
  29. challenge myself to complete something that seems impossible to me (5k run)
  30. play a round of golf
  31. do something good for 6 people who doesn’t know who I am
  32. dive in the Egyptian Red Sea
  33. visit 5 B’s: Bali, Burma, Bahrain, Bahir Dar, Baku (do you wanna join me?)
  34. replace my coffee with ginger tea once a week (that’s gonna be tough)
  35. bake bread from scratch
  36. write down my fears & tackle at least 3 (fear is just an illusion)
  37. teach a class (what am I good at?)
  38. throw out any t-shirts with logos on them (let’s get stylish)
  39. write a letter to myself (to be read in 10 years)

What are we missing out?

We live in a world where we are bombarded with information. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by too many possible alternatives and I get stuck. Yep. All of a sudden, there I am, paralyzed with indecision and my mind frozen in time. Should I go right? Should I go left? And if I go left, will I be missing out something greater on the right?

According to Ohsawa, ‘Clarity in Thinking & Doing’ is a condition of Good Health. Am I getting sick? Deep breath woman!

My brain (& unfortunately yours too) is wired to make the best thinkable decision and so, I get trapped into trying to evaluate the consequences of each of the potential choices, analyze the severity of them, assess how to balance the risk and so, I am ‘safe’. I love my brain but … This is an incredibly painful task!

What was I really missing out?

My heartbeats. There you are!

(logic ‘alone’ rarely leads to happiness)

Yep. The problem of this surfeit of thoughts can be resolved by awareness, focusing, being fully present, connecting with ourselves: mindfulness. Do not deny your feelings!

Next time you are faced with a choice, ask yourself: ‘How does it make me feel?

& take the decision into your body. Follow your heart (but use your brain too please).

¸ღ¸ Slow down. Take a look around. Breathe!

Accept. Trust. Let Go. Live! ¸ღ¸

Although promptness can be seen as healthy in the world we live, moving slow gives us the opportunity to be present and happiness comes from being present, which is inherent in us and our true nature.

However, it will be more available if we practice it daily. For this task, never forget that:

¸ღ¸ Everything is hard before it is easy – Goethe ¸ღ¸