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Living Intentionally with a Birthday Bucket List – 6 Month Update

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Every year I like to create a birthday bucket list to give my year a little more intention. It also gets me out of my comfort zone and helps me discover things I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Since my birthday is in July, I thought a 6 month update and regroup would be fun to encourage you to reevaluate your list with me or create one for the first time. Either way, I hope you enjoy seeing what I have accomplished thus far during my last year in my twenties!

A birthday bucket list is great for increasing how you live intentional throughout the year! Check out this post to see how I've done thus far!

Living Intentionally with a Birthday Bucket List – 6 Month Update

  1. Travel to one new place each month – So far so good, but this is an ongoing task. Keeping it on the list until the year is finished.
  2. Grow a butterfly and bee garden – Have my seeds and waiting for time to plant!
  3. Learn how to make chicken feed, instead of purchasing it already made – Haven’t made this a priority, but definitely need to do it.
  4. Make all cleaning products, instead of purchasing them. – Yes and no. I went through a little craze of purchasing holiday scents from a natural brand…. BUT I am working to use them up and will make my own thereafter.
  5. Make all skin care products, instead of purchasing them [I really love my Andalou Naturals products, so we will see if I stick with this.] – Working to use up several products and am replacing them with organic, simple ingredient products. Haven’t made my own just yet. Still plan to accomplish this one!
  6. Learn how to make kombucha – YES!! I finally have a kombucha kit from The Kombucha Shop that I LOVE!
  7. Start my new business endeavor – Still in the process of setting up, but will definitely be able to mark this off my list!
  8. Grow my passive income to match my active income – Getting closer every month!
  9. Find a homestead mentor [I follow several homesteaders, but I haven’t found the perfect mentor just yet.] – Still searching for the right person.
  10. Build a pig pen and grow some piglets – On my list for the spring!
  11. Draw up our house plans and get estimates – We changed house plans and have an estimate for getting it in the dry! Still need to work on the interior finishes.
  12. Become consistent with a self-care routine – I would say that I have gotten better, but progress can still be made.
  13. Grow the size of my wardrobe [It’s lacking. I dislike shopping, but gonna have to bite the bullet and get it done.] – I have, but not in a way that I hoped. To be honest, these past few months have been all about t-shirts and skinny jeans.
  14. Save $50 per week – Averaging it out, I am doing this! I am paying my savings account per month versus week like I originally planned.
  15. Learn how to make soap – Still want to do this!
  16. Plan and book our next vacation – It is planned, but won’t be booked until the end of 2019! We have taken small vacations, but not as I intended with this bucket list item. Crossing it off, because I have done all I can do before my next birthday.
  17. Learn to love exercising – Yeah…. NO! haha! I still need help with that in a major way! I have decided to dive into Yoga and Pilates, so we shall see if that changes things.
  18. Start an herb garden – Does planting Rosemary count? So excited to cross this off in the spring!
  19. Plant fruit trees – Still trying to decide where I want to start. Any ideas?
  20. Quit drinking sodas [They are terrible for you anyways!] – HAHAHA! The idea of quitting sodas is great, but I have been absolutely terrible these past few months with drinking at least one a day.
  21. Read 3 books – One is almost down, and I have another to pick up when I finish! This will get done this year!
  22. Forgive the past – I have forgiven the intent behind adding this to the list, but I think there is still some work to be done for other things that have come up since then.
  23. Become consistent with practicing yoga – Using some Christmas money to purchase a yoga mat. I’ve done a few poses, but haven’t dived into the practice of yoga yet.
  24. Visit a corn maze [I’ve actually never been to one before!] – Visited a corn field… does that count?
  25. Give a helping hand to my husband when he works on his equipment [This used to be our quality time together.] – Working hard to accomplish this!
  26. Go a month without watching Netflix [The only form of TV we have.] – Planning to do this for February. We have the Declutter Challenge for the entire month of February, and I want to give it the attention it needs.
  27. Blog consistently [at least once per week] – I will be better in the new year for this one!
  28. Finish Elite Blog Academy [This was a big investment for me, and I plan to finish this course!] – Getting pretty close!
  29. Lose my “Winter Weight” and never find it again! – I think I have lost some of it [I don’t own a scale to know for sure], but still have a few to to lose.

I am pretty impressed with my progress thus far. There are several items that are year long endeavors and some that I cannot accomplish until spring.

I’m pretty confident in my ability to cross at least 25 of them!

The point of this list is to inspire your year and try new things. I won’t beat myself up over the items I do not accomplish.

Rather I look at what I have accomplished and celebrate that!

Do you have a Birthday Bucket List? If so, how is it going?

If not, would you consider creating one to live more intentionally?

Either way, let me know below in the comments! I love hearing about the things on your list, because they inspire my future lists!


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    January 3, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Hello and happy new year! Just wanted to say I loved this blog post! What a great idea to make a birthday bucket list and love what’s on your list too! I will have to do this for my next birthday! I have a summer birthday too so that’s kinda fun to set goals mid year rather than just at new years! It also makes for good blog content too, eh! Have a good one and best of luck!

    ~Lilly @

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      Erin | The Tannehill Homestead
      January 7, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Thank you so much, Lillian! & Happy New Year to you too! It does make for good content, because of comments like your’s. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know you are considering doing this as well.

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    January 4, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Planning a vacation is always so much fun and it is great having something to look forward to 🙂
    Nodding along to no. 22. My OLW for 2018 was release and a big part of it was letting go of the past and things I cannot change.
    Regarding no. 23 – I’m sure you will enjoy yoga if you give it a try. I had this on my to-do list for ages and in December finally started – loving it SO much.

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      Erin | The Tannehill Homestead
      January 8, 2019 at 7:52 am

      Anthea, I am loving planning for a vacation, but I am finding myself overplanning it. Thank goodness I have another year before we go so that I can research which things must stay on this list. Number 22 & 23 are big ones for me. I feel like they are closely connected. I just got a new yoga mat and clothes, so I am very excited about practicing yoga on a regular schedule.

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    January 7, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Sounds like you’re making great progress so far! I didn’t know you signed up for EBA- how are you liking it so far?

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      Erin | The Tannehill Homestead
      January 8, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Try to 🙂 & Yes! I signed up for EBA last March. I am really enjoying it so far. It is a lot of work with fixing things I didn’t make a priority in the beginning, but the work is worth the return. Now I’m entering into things that I haven’t done to grow my blog yet, and I am super excited to see what happens as I go through it all.

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    January 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Erin, thanks for sharing your mid-year bucket list review! First, love the idea of a b-day bucket list! Second, I’m really impressed by the scope and breadth of your list! You’re uber-productive! Third, we share a lot of goals (bee-friendly garden and other garden improvements, DIY cleaning products, consistent self-care & exercise, consistent blogging, finish EBA!) Wishing you the best on the rest of your list and looking forward to hearing about your progress!

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      Erin | The Tannehill Homestead
      January 8, 2019 at 7:59 am

      Hi Jess! Thank you so much for your kind words! Honestly, I wish I were a bit further with crossing some of these things off my list. But I have crossed off more of this list with this sense of accountability than without having it. && I love all the things we have in common. It is great to connect with like minded people! Looking forward to connecting with you more!

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