By:  Cecile Anthony-Bryan

I’m a simple woman with not much needs for expensive items or material things.  As long as I am happy, then I am rich and content with what life has to offer; needless to say, I have long wanted to go to Hawaii.  There are many reasons “Why Hawaii” is at the top of my list, but just to name a few – scenery, adventure, romance, and most importantly, relaxation.

A Bucket List is more than a list of my goals — it’s a compilation of my dreams. We often work toward our goals, but leave our dreams to the wayside, hoping they might happen on their own.   While you go to work, day to day, with no plans of anything to look forward to, remember “Work Hard, Play Hard.”  You must work towards your dreams, just like you work toward your goals.

That’s why it’s so important to have a Bucket List.  Writing those dreams on paper turns them into goals, makes them attainable, tangible, doable — aspirations to work toward, instead of pipe dreams that might never happen.

My list keeps me moving forward.  It’s a reminder of what I can look forward to, as well as what I’ve accomplished.

So what’s on my bucket list? Here’s a sampling:

Write a book
Getting my work published
Arrange an Woman’s Empowerment Event
Marry a couple of people
Get paid to travel
Continue my education
Start a business
Backpack through Africa
Go skydiving
See more of the world (this has its own list)
Earn a certificate as a life coach
Research my family’s genealogy
Get married

What’s on your bucket list? More importantly, what’s keeping you from crossing off those items?