No Need To Get Burned Out … I Can Still Learn Something

15 Dec

Someone invaded my Bucket List. They enjoyed what I wanted to enjoy and checked off what I wanted to check off.

Usually stuff like that makes me bitter, but after reading what they wrote it made me better. I come across this a lot. People fulfilling items on their list that happen to be on mine. I’m sure there are a lot of people like this and it eventually happens to all of us. But I learned to be less burned out about my delayed Bucket List opportunities, because I realized I can learn something from their journey.

Coming across different articles and blog posts continues to open me up to different perspectives that inspire me and light a fire under my ass. Recently I read 50 Things I Learned From Visiting The 50 States by Ben Arredondo and Tara Bracco.

Check out every state, it’s something that’s been on my Bucket List that I have yet to make a dent in … I know, I know.

And reading about someone else doing it, well you can see how that would just suck for me, but theirs was not a Facebook bragging post, it was an honest insightful collage of tidbits and advice from a top Bucket List Adventure. There were a lot of phrases that caught my daydreaming heart, but two in particular stood out, two that could apply to more than just Bucket List Adventures, two that extend to my current existence, and two that could help me keep chugging along, so I thought I’d share.





“Plan, don’t schedule”

It’s always good to have something to run toward, something to chase, something with purpose, something that wakes you up out of of bed with excitement and passion, the kind of excitement you had when you were seven years old and you jolted out of bed because you had the wonderment of a kid and you were just excited because the sun had come up and the adventure of Saturday morning cartoons or Saturday morning in general was about to begin.

Yeah, you had a plan, but as we all know you need to be flexible because things change. You’re gonna get to where you want to be, but sometimes you’ll have to take different roads to reach your destination.



Woman sleeping on desk



“You can’t do it all, and that’s O.K.”

This was definitely helpful for the parent and overachieving mindset in me. I always want to do everything on my list and feel like a failure if it doesn’t happen, but I’ve got to remember that I’m not Jack Bauer so I’ll need more than 24 hours to do what I’ve got to do. Sometimes it will take months or years, but eventually I get there.




10 Responses to “No Need To Get Burned Out … I Can Still Learn Something”

  1. fictionlimbo December 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM #

    I totally agree with you…and feel the same way too! 🙂

    • The Guat December 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM #

      Duuuuude frustrating, right? So glad someone out there gets it too. 🙂

  2. TBM December 16, 2014 at 2:36 AM #

    I like their advice. It’s true, I have plans, but when I over-plan, it goes haywire. And there is no way to do everything. I’m finding this with my travels. But just getting there is a major achievement.

    • The Guat December 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM #

      Right? Duuuuuuude so simple but eye opening. Loved it reminded me of your 50 Year Project where you had all kinds of things you wanted and you were like I’ll get there one country, and movie at a time. 🙂

  3. Single Strides December 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM #

    “Plan, don’t schedule” is definitely advice that I needed to hear today – thank you!

    • The Guat December 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM #

      Dude when I saw that I knew I was like Holy Crap…yes! Because I needed that reminder as well. So glad it helped out. Made me breathe a little easier too. 🙂 Glad I could help.

  4. susielindau December 18, 2014 at 1:52 PM #

    Those are two tips I have always traveled by. It’s not in my nature to schedule, so I had to get over the disappointment of not doing it all.
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    • The Guat December 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

      Holy crap! I just saw that! I hadn’t read these replies yet…crazy. Love that I won something I totally gave my son a high-five and he had no idea why. I sent you a text message but I’ll email you too. Wool-Hoooo!


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