Empowerment

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

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For all of their differences, there’s a great deal of similarity amongst those who have achieved their wildest dreams. For one thing, they prioritize their basic needs. Having your basic needs taken care of gets them out of the way. It frees up energy to flow in other directions.

Highly successful people are known to for their willingness to step outside of their comfort zones. While that trait alone is impressive, it’s the ability to do it every day that makes all the difference. So, if you want to live your good life, let this article get you in motion! Here’s your top 20 bucket list to help you reach as far as you dare:

1. Do something that makes you really uncomfortable.

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

2. Set a physical challenge for yourself, and see it through to the end.  

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first…in the middle of the pack…or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” –Fred Lebow

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

3. Take the time to figure out what you really want.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

4. Volunteer for one night per week.

“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” –Gillian Anderson

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

5. Take a genuine interest in the people around you.

“Everyone wants more than anything to be allowed into someone else’s most secret self. Everyone wants to allow someone into their most secret self.” –Aidan Chambers

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

63 Comments

  1. I love this! It’s very encouraging for me as an artist/entrepreneur. Just too many I can’t find all the time to do!

  2. Christina Brown

    Sounds great!! looking forward to putting these into practice. Thank you! This arrived at the right moment. There are a few similarities between some of your goals, like doing something that makes me uncomfortable and setting physical challenge for myself(i’m into cycling and running). What I love about this bucket lists is realizing how many amazing things I have already accomplished in my life. Looking forward to more inspiration from this site.

  3. Helen Franklin

    Very easy to read and apply to ones life. Some great points to ponder on stepping out of our comfort zone. I will try to set my focus inward to create a more centered, peaceful world around me and push through the other stuff. This post is so insightful and inspiring. Thanks Hilary, for taking the time present this information to us.

  4. Alice Harris

    Wonderful! i love these tips. I hope to practice each item listed.

  5. Leslie Williams

    What I most love about this article that it shows a bucket-list isn’t just about the places that you want to visit and the adventures that you want to go on. This is all about personal growth, and I really adore it! I’m adding your ideas to my list. And as I volunteer twice a week,I can already cross one thing off the list. 🙂 😉

  6. Frances Seifert

    This has completely changed my perspective. These are such striking ideas. It is so beautiful and unique that it just makes me want to write down my own list, which I’ll do at some point, and I’ll include these amazing ideas too.

  7. Amelia Beckons

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for this amazing article. I can’t even begin to tell you how inspired I am right now even though I’m not one to make bucket lists. This article inspired me to do a karma list. A list of bad things I’ve done, and I’ll work on making them right again. 🙂

  8. Diana Hewitt

    Amazing. I was just about to cross something off of my bucket list when I ran into this post. I fully agree with every point made. Your Bucket list shouldn’t just be a mindless collection of random things to do before you hit 60- though you have every right to make it just that if you want. But it should include thing about bettering yourself, trying something new, and having fun in the process.

  9. Well put! Life is way more than making a list of things that you would like to do. If you don’t think about the activities within your Bucket List, it becomes yet another “to-do” list. However, with much thought about what’s important to you and where your life is headed, your bucket list can become truly meaningful. Thank you for this article! 🙂

  10. Marina Henderson

    Fantastic read. The journey is the reward. If you’re willing to take action on your goals, it’ll be very rewarding at the end. The goals don’t change your life but the process of accomplishing them does.

    These items on this article will require you to challenge yourself; mentally, emotionally, and physically. You’ll be forced out of your comfort zone, you’ll break old habits, and you’ll learn to adapt to strange situations. You’ll build confidence, destroy fear, and overcome self-doubt.

    What’s more rewarding than that?

  11. Julia MacLean

    Some very inspirational ideas. This articles proves that a bucket list isn’t just about accomplishing a bunch of selfish goals before you die. It’s so much more than that.

    • Emily Wentz

      That’s right! The value of a Bucket List isn’t in the goals themselves, but in what you gain in the process of achieving those goals; strength, courage, confidence, determination, humility, compassion, understanding, and a sense of adventure.

  12. Ashley Moore

    I always love reading people’s bucket lists. I find them inspiring. Your bucket list really is a great way to maintain and map out anyone’s wants and goals in life. I must really start working on my bucket list too. Then, I will keep manifesting them. 🙂

  13. Charlene Campbell

    I still haven’t make my list yet. Guess most of my goals will be about traveling and eating, but the most important most probably will be: Having peace of mind. Your advise is always so measured, sensible and incredibly loving. This article resonates with me and I am grateful for it. Thank you for your wonderful advice.

  14. Grace Stirling

    Thank you so much Hilary. You’re the best. You inspired me to make my own list which I have been procrastinating for years now 😀 . You have no idea how much I needed to hear this right now. Hope to complete my list soon. 🙂

  15. Louise Stone

    Hilary, you are a miracle in so many ways. Thanks for yet another inspiring article and for sharing this with us. Before I start on my list, I just wanted to commend on your no.1. I agree! the more comfortable you get with trying new things, the more you’re going to say yes to new challenges. I always love to read you but today you outdid yourself!

  16. Elsie Spurlock

    Love this. Very helpful way to put together a good list. I felt my heart opening as I read it. Thank you Hilary for putting it into words. I’ll re-read this again today to bolster my spirits.

  17. Betty O'Leary

    You are absolutely AWESOME!!

    Seriously, while reading this entry, I was so inspired by your suggestions and ideas. The attitude you have towards life is fantastic, and I love meeting people like you who are aware of all the awesomeness that the big glorious world has to offer.

    Thank you for leading the way and for setting the example. You rock!

  18. Helena Stevens

    Hi Hilary, I really enjoyed reading your list. Some things are quite similar to mine. Some I’ve already done. The main message I got from it was, don’t dull your senses if you aren’t happy but instead use your time wisely to better yourself and advance yourself into doing something that does fulfill you. Excellent point. Have a great day! 🙂

  19. I am really inpired by your bucket list. I recently started on mine as well as my goals and I am really seeing whats really important to me. When you see all the great things other people are accomplishing, it pushes you to want to do the same. 🙂

  20. I LOOOOOOOVE this!!! Very inspiring site, bucket list, everything…..filled with so much energy and soul. Thank you for the beautiful contribution you are to the world. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  21. Esther Earl Harris

    Girl, you are awesome! You have no idea how much I needed to hear this right now. Your post really spoke to me. When I was lying in bed last night I was thinking the exact thing. I need to create a bucket list now for me and for my son. It would be very similar to yours, love the way you think.

  22. Kaitlyn Barrett

    I JUST read this list !! It’s awesome! You’ve inspired me to FINALLY write mine out…i have it in my head…but so much better to write them out so I know when I’ve completed them and then tackle the next one! Awesome respect for what you do and what you believe inwesome respect for what you do and what you believe in. Keep on inspiring!

  23. Franny Pimms

    wow, what an awesome list! it completely inspired me to write a list of my own! i love your encouragement to dream as big as you can! what an amazing inspiration you are! even though I don’t know you, you’ve been a big impact on my life. you sound so outgoing, motivated, happy, inspirational, positive and a loving and caring person who we need more of in this world! I just want you to know I stumbled upon your website a while ago and it had a very positive impact on mylife. Thanks! Can’t wait to read more from you!

  24. Anna Kaplan

    I am absolutely amazed and totally inspired by your bucket list!I am a Registered Nurse and feel compelled to teach and encourage others to live a happy & healthy life! You have given me the courage to begin my very own bucket list! Thank you, Thank You!!!!! Our lives should be filled with love, joy and excitement…. and you are helping to make this happen in many lives! Rock on Girlfriend & God Bless!!!

  25. Delilah Peyton

    Hey, Hilary! I’v been reading your blog for a couple months now and I just wanted to say you’re amazing and have inspired me so much. I acknowledge you for your strength and creativity that you bring to life! Your love and spirit are making a real difference to more people than you know!

    Keep it up!

  26. Celine Carter

    What a brilliant piece! So many great and inspirational ideas, that I’ll be sharing with my friends. My friends and I seem to struggle, often, with what to do with our lives – mostly related to our careers. You continue to inspire me to keep going with what I am passionate about. Sometimes it all seems overwhelming and too challenging to continue, to balance. Through reading your blog I always feel renewed and ready to take it all on (because you do). Thank you!

  27. Tracie Raymond

    Great list Hilary! This article really hit home at the perfect timing. I hope to do my bucket list over the next few months when I can give it a good think through. I look forward on following and achieving them all. I love this and feel like I can take a deep breath after reading it. My heart feels light and joyful after reading this. 🙂

  28. Olivia Peterson

    Very inspiring and unique ideas. Filled with so much energy and soul. It made me want to get out of this office chair and go be active and do things that makes me feel whole. You’ve really inspired me to write down my own bucket list! Setting goals gives inspiration. Thanks!

  29. Danielle Wilson

    So good to see some non-cliche bucket list ideas. These ideas focus on helping others, becoming a better person and reaching a higher human potential, and in the end, I think that is the best thing you can do as a human being.

  30. Rosina McMillian

    You are so clever! This is the best thing I have read in a long time. It resonates so much. I was having a day where I was getting lost in the swirling thoughts and the numerous things that i ‘should’ be doing and reading this lifted me out of that. I needed this more than you can ever imagine. I hope to apply it to my life. 🙂

  31. There are a lot of great suggestions on your list! Maybe a little too ambitious for me to achieve all in one life time though, haha. I love how you included super simple things along with some big things. I’ll add to my list whichever I can actually do. 🙂

  32. Evelyn Sandler

    This is great!! What a fantastic list!! I’ve done a few, lots more to go and now I have great ideas! Thanks for the help! Can’t wait to get these done and check off of the list! XO

  33. Sasha Rosswell

    I love this list. Most of them are making it to my list. I’m also sharing this post on my Facebook, because I’m sure some of my friends will be interested. Keep these amazing ideas coming Hilary!

  34. Cynthia Keller

    Amazing list! came across this simple and yet powerful message of yours. I hope that i’ll be able to achieve all of these.
    This definitely inspires me to compile my list too. I think many will overlap actually. Thank you so much for sharing this wisdom.

  35. Jennifer McSween

    Hello, Hilary! What an inspiartional post. I’m so proud to say I’ve already done some of them. To be exact four done! 12 of them are not on my list by the way, and they’re all going on my list. I look forward to cheking them all off 😀

  36. Kimberley Foulkes

    Incredible list! Thanks for the effort that must have gone into creating this article! It’s truly wonderful. I will definitely be doing some of these even though I don’t have a bucket list.

  37. Kimberly Thompson

    Incredible list! Thanks for the effort that must have gone into creating this article! It’s truly wonderful. I will definitely be doing some of these even though I don’t have a bucket list.

  38. Sabrina Grattidge

    Im a sucker for bucket lists, and this is my idea of an ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST! These are the most rewarding experiences, things that can be life changing. Adding these to my personal list. Can’t wait to cross them off one by one as I go!

  39. Elin Hanks

    I absolutely loved this! I’m so inspired and I’m definitely going to try a lot of the things on this list! I don’t even know which to try first. Definitely a keeper.

  40. These are some epic ideas, Hilary! I will definetly try some of your ideas 🙂 But first off, I should start by making a bucket list of my own. Life is short and every day is a blessing. The sooner I start, the more things I’ll get done. 🙂 ❤️

    • Olivia Peterson

      It’s not that life is so short..its that we wait so long to begin our own lives. But I completely agree that every day is a blessing!

  41. Sonja Fallow

    The problem I have with bucket lists is that if you can’t complete what’s on your list then you just feel worse about yourself than you would have if you’d never worried about it. Just aim to be fairly happy, that’s my list.

  42. Can’t believe six of these are already on my own bucket list!!! ? Great minds think alike much? ? The rest 14 are going on my list too. I really hope I can complete all of them. Until then I won’t feel accomplished!

  43. Samantha Anthony

    Fantastic tips! I really like each item. Positive and aspirational. Great read as always. I’m so inspired right now!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  44. Christina Norelli

    LOVE that this article isn’t one of those “travel there. travel here.” bucket lists. This may be the most exciting, least generic bucket list I’ve come across. Great job! This is the most inspirational list I’ve seen thus far. Until this list has been checked off, one has not lived.

  45. There’s lots of inspiring ideas here! I don’t even have bucketlist but your article really motivated me to start one, and most of these suggestions will make it to my list. I’ll think of Urbanette Magazine fondly as I complete and cross each item off the list. I can’t wait!!!!

  46. Camila Hilhorst

    The most inspirational bucket list ideas ever! So refreshing to see some really different and helpful bucket list items. Fantastic list. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Andrea Mitchell

    Thanks for such an awesome list. There’s nothing more rewarding than having something on a ‘bucket list’ of sorts, and then actually planning it out, and doing it. I’m looking forward to making it all happen. ?

  48. Colleen Frasier

    I just have to say, I enjoy reading your post. I read somewhere that all your unfulfilled dreams is carried in your next karmic account. So better finish a bucketlist before you kick the bucket 😀

  49. Great article, Hilary!

    Keeping a positive outlook in life is VERY important. Let go and learn from mistakes of the past. Drop pessimists and keep optimists. Always challenge and push yourself to doing something you haven’t done.

    The world we live in is complex, but we can always make it simple.

  50. Sarah Evanston

    I love this article! It brings positive vibe! Living a good life is not easy, but it’s possible!

  51. YES! No excuses, step out of your comfort zone and dare to take the challenge! Living a good life is a “goal” and it’s impossible to easily reach a goal.

    Nice list!

  52. Encouraging article 🙂 Great read to start my day. Nowadays, it’s really hard to live a good life.

    I still need to accomplish 4 more items from this list 😉

  53. Hannah Mayers

    I have been trying to set a physical challenge for myself. I want to experience “hiking.” Hopefully, this year I’d be able to check this one off my list…

  54. Courtney Watson

    Okay, #1 and #18 check! It felt uncomfortable going vegan (at least for me). But it’s been three years and I’m still “successfully” following the vegan diet 🙂 So I feel really accomplished!

    • I feel you, going vegan was also hard for me at first, felt like I was pushing myself to maximum and I almost gave up. But the experience… it’s really fulfilling!

      Proud vegan here 😉

  55. Love this: “It’s called ‘the web’ because once you’re in it, you’re stuck.” –Terry Hall

    It made me smile. Now I’m thinking, yeah, most of the time, I’m caught and can’t move… Oh no! Now, I’m focusing to have a media-free time.

  56. For me, #15 is the hardest to accomplish. More often than not, I focus on my mistakes (sometimes to the point of thinking I’m a failure) which is not helping me. Yes, I’m trying to change this mentality… Slowly… I’ll be better…

  57. Gabby Williams

    Meditation helps and heals! It helps in understanding oneself and heals the wounds from the past.

    Great list! Wish I can still accomplish all these…

  58. Well, I’m on my way to living a good life… #7 and #11 — all about letting go. Indeed, it’s hard to go on and live a good life if one carries “heavy luggage” from the past.

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