Need a positivity boost? Then why not start a post-lock down bucket list of all the things you’re going to do as soon as quarantine ends…
As someone who always like to plan her next adventure even if it’s something as simple as what I’m going to do at the weekend, I’ve found that keeping a list of the things I want to do after lock down is the best way to keep motivated. I know so many of us are struggling with quarantine now, I’ve heard it from so many of you on Instagram – and it’s good to face the days when things feel tough, when we miss our lives and quite frankly just want to wish this bad dream away. Ignoring them won’t help, but riding them out will – better days are coming.
So on the days when I just really want to squeeze my mum or my best friend, on the days when I really just want to go out for dinner and be within 2m of other humans (what are they, I’ve forgotten?) and the days when I’d really like to not worry about covid-19 and what it could potentially do to those I love…those are the days I look at my mini bucket list and try to look forward with positivity.
If you don’t have a list yet – why not start one? You’ll find that you feel an instant boost as you write down all the things you want to do. They can be as small as visiting your family or as big as all the places you want to visit. Because if there’s one thing lock down has taught us – it’s about what’s truly important and that life is too short.
So here’s my post-lock down bucket list…
Now, I could list all of the places I want to visit individually but then this whole post would become something else. I want to actually see those places I’ve dreamed of visiting for so so long. I’m not sure when we’ll be able to travel freely or risk-free but places like Venice and Amsterdam have been on my bucket list for years and I don’t know why I’ve never been before. Bruges too.
On top of that I really want to go back to New York. It’s one of my favourite places and I just loved every second I spent there. Going back to Orlando and doing the parks all over again is definitely on my list too – I got the bug back last year and now I can’t wait. Oh and Greece – that’s on the list too. I’ll stop now, but you get the idea!
See More of The UK
While we may not be able to visit other countries freely for a while, I know I want to see more of what we have here in the UK in the mean time. I’m a sucker for a weekend away and places like Bath are cities I’ve wanted to visit for such a long time. Manchester too as I’ve never been – go figure. I absolutely loved the Lake District when I went with my best friend in February and I’d love to go back for a little bit again. We stayed at the Langdale Hotel in a beautiful Waterside Room (it had an actual waterfall outside!) and I’d happily visit again and explore more.
This is a big one for me, I’m desperate to move! I’ve wanted to move house for several years now – I’ve outgrown this one, we need more space and I just want a fresh start. My plan is to move back to my home town which is only 15 minutes away but it’s a much nicer area and I want to raise the boys in the same place that I grew up. Plus it would be lovely to be around family more too. Seeing as the housing market froze for 2 months, my planned move fell through but I’m hopeful something else will come up soon. I just have to work on not being too picky!
I love eating out and I’ve really missed it. I can’t wait to go back to my favourite pub/restaurant for a casual meal and Gin during the summer to enjoy the light, warm evenings while chilling out. There’s nothing better on a Saturday night than a visit there with great company and lots of chat and laughter. I’d take that over a hard-core night out any day. (Although the odd night out wouldn’t go amiss either!)
Being house-bound with two children for nearly 3 months means that this mama is in need of a spa day! I love the boys fiercely but a full body massage, afternoon tea and a lazy day by the pool would be the perfect way to relax after months of homeschooling, hourly requests for another snack and multiple failed Pinterest mum craft ideas!
I can’t wait for some sunny days to stroll along the beach again. I’m really fortunate that there’s a lot of the Norfolk Coast within an hour or so of where I live, and there’s so many nice beaches I’ve not been too yet. The boys love the family beaches so we’ll revisit some of our favourites again but I’d love an adult-only day trip to some of the quieter beaches for a walk along the beach – sand in my toes, sun on my face…bliss.
I’ve really fallen in love with walking during lock down. I’ve always enjoyed a stroll whether it’s around the shops, a woodland area or my local Nature Reserve. But as someone who hates being cold, during the winter I don’t do it much, so in recent months as it’s got warmer it’s been so nice to walk in the sunshine. Obviously it’s been restricted to my local area so I can’t wait to walk around the nature reserves and anywhere green now we’re allowed to drive to places and explore again.
All the other things…
There’s so many other things too…small things like seeing my friend at the school gates for a natter on the school run and impulsively buying ice cream and sitting in the park enjoying it with the boys. However I have enjoyed the slower pace of life during lock down, there’s some magical in the simplicity of getting back to basics. I’ve realised how much I adore my friends and family – even more than I thought (and I thought it was a lot before!) and how actually the simple things like feeling the sun on your skin or the breeze through the window as you wake up is so sentimental to me. I live for those moments and always try and take a mental photograph of them. While I count my blessings and appreciate how lucky we are that my family has stayed safe during the pandemic, I’m so ready to start the next chapter now and enjoy the world again.
What’s on your post-lock down bucket list?
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