mental health

29 Bucket List Ideas For My “29 Before 29” List

Today is my 28th birthday and to mark the occasion, I wanted to create a plan for some of what I wanted to accomplish this year. How is a “bucket list” related to mental health, you ask? Well, I did a bit of research and I found some interesting ideas. A bucket list is an attempt to make life memorable and meaningful. Particularly, when an item on our bucket list attempts to “connect people to something larger than themselves, typically other people and their welfare”, then it can lead to us feeling more fulfilled if we accomplish it. Additionally, having goals can be motivating and encouraging and might just be the thing to push you out of bed each morning.

Creating a bucket list and having goals can also instill hopefullness in us, giving us something to look forward to. Furthermore, there has been Research that shows “novel and arousing” activities can ameliorate the quality of our relationships.

I’m hoping that by creating this compilation of goals, I can help in the treatment of my bipolar disorder. I hope that I can avoid depressive episodes and have longer periods of feeling good.

So here are my bucket list items for the next twelve months. If you are creating your own list, feel free to take any of these ideas.


1.Take an airplane


2. Go camping


3. Get 10,000 views on YouTube


4. Go on television

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5. Interview a celebrity


6. Lose 20 pounds


7. Finish my manuscript


8. Plan an event


9. Get a job


10. Start a non-profit side business


11. Read 24 books


12. Get paid to speak as a mental health advocate


13. Help 12 strangers in some way


14. Visit Toronto Island

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15. Learn HTML


16. See a play


17. Paint 6 paintings


18. Do a winter sport


19. Get a dog


20. Bike in the city


21. Complete a puzzle


22. Watch a baseball game live


23. Interview parents about their lives + document it somehow


24. Volunteer for a cause besides mental health


25. Eat at an Aboriginal restaurant

A photo by Tim Wright.

26. Meet a blog reader in person


27. Send 12 thank you letters


28. Speak on the radio


29. Go to a TIFF movie (Toronto International Film Festival)

15 comments on “29 Bucket List Ideas For My “29 Before 29” List

  1. I Love this post. Everyone should create a Bucket list, it’s an inspiring way to stay motivated and continue evolving. I find that a lot of us grow older and can become jaded and less concerned about living a balanced life than, “Just another day”, “Gotta go to work”…Living is far more enjoyable and it opens your mind to opportunities, rather than focusing on negative. Come from a place of Love always, as I tell my kids, Coming from a place of fear is easy but can take you to a constant negative state of mind and cause undue stress and even cause relationship issues with friends and family. LOVE LIFE~

    Thank you so much, you’ve inspired me to create my own bucket list

    BUT most of all I hope you have a very Happy Birthday! The day you are brought into this world should be the most celebrated day for You. Without you we’d have never seen this post. Have a wonderful day and I hope you enjoy some delicious cake, or your favorite treat!

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  2. Reblogged this on My Hemp Now and commented:
    I just loved this for a first ready today. What a way to look at life. Enjoy and live, it’s easy to get in a rut and just watch the hours and days tick away. Take action Today, for yourself. What do you want out of life? How will you get what you want? Asking yourself these type of questions allows us to expand, create new opportunities and find Your Joy. As always, Come from a place of Love, you can never go wrong.

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  3. lists at the end of the 20’s happen every year … i’m 31 and made a to-do list for 29, 30, and 31. it’s a great, and like you said, important thing. good for you for putting it down on paper – we will all love watching you move through the list, and get it all done.

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  4. Great list and photos! Happy birthday, and may your 28th year be better than your wildest dreams!

    p.s. I highly, highly recommend getting a dog! 😉


  5. Thank you! I really enjoyed that! That gave me some food for thought. You have a way of thinking big and I really like it 🙂 I hope it happens!

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  6. That’s an impressive list. You’ve got everything from fame to fandom to volunteering on there. If I lived close to Toronto I would love to meet you in person. But alas, I am thousands of miles away. Perhaps you could combine three of your activities and take a plane out here to California for a Baseball game where I could be in the stands cheering right alongside you? It’s a thought.

    I do know that if you never write down your goals you are apt to not reach any of them, but the mere act of writing them down puts you on a path to achieving ALL of them. I truly hope you reach them all and blog about your experiences along the way.


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  7. That is a fantastic list. And what a great inspiring idea. If you write it down you have already made it more likely to become reality. I really need to do something like this. Thank you very much for sharing this great idea 🙂


  8. Your list has so many things I would like to do too! Love it! And it’s nice to actually write down and think about things you might have thought of before.

    I’m going to try and make up a list for my 27th when it creeps up a little closer. My birthday is in September.


  9. Great List! 🙂


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