Spring is here! Warm weather is coming. LA is still taking their time going from one tier to the next with Covid, but things are moving forward, Ladies & Gents! And I am ready. 

What am I ready for? Oh, today is all about sharing my 2021 bucket list. I know. Bucket lists are supposed to be what you want to do before you die. After this last year, I’ve decided that it’s too long to wait to do them all. So, I’m shortening my turn-around time. My bucket list is for the next 284 days only. No more resolutions. That’s empty promises and pressure. I want a short term dream I can reach and implement. 

#1: Go on a long hike once a month. 

Now, I don’t claim to be a “hiker” but I love being in nature. Give me trees, a creek, and a backpack full of protein bars and I’ll amuse myself for the entire day. The trick here is getting my kids to appreciate nature as much as I do and not tap out after an hour of frolicking amongst the greenery. The point of this bucket list is to remind my kids that LIFE doesn’t just exist in that TV, that zoom call, or that Roblox game. It happens OUTSIDE, in the mud, in the rain, in the ocean/lake, in the dirt, in the trees you climb, anywhere else. The goal here is just to keep us away from screens as much as we can! (I’m very over quarantine. Can you tell?) 

#2: Stop and smell the roses…and any other flowers I come across. 

Life is short. Pretty flowers make me smile. After a cold winter of isolation, I never want to miss an opportunity to appreciate the simple beauty of flowers. They are so inspiring this time of year. Even after a terrible harsh winter of withering/shedding, they resurrect and bloom. If I make time to acknowledge their resilience, it may spark a little in me too. So why not? 

#3: Pick some weeds. 

Yep, with springtime comes rebirth and growth but not everything that blooms in your garden is supposed to be there. So, you can bet, I’ve got my gardening gloves ready to dive in and pluck those pesky unwanted weeds all the way to the root. I want my garden to be full of things that want to live harmoniously. I’m making a mental note that weed pulling isn’t just in the garden. It’s in life too. I no longer have the patience to let people or weeds into my life whose sole purpose is to soak up all my resources and kill the beauty and prosperity of its neighboring creations. So, if it isn’t respectful and inspired by the diversity of my garden, it’s gonna get plucked. Sorry not sorry. 

#4: Plant some new seeds

Yep, my bucket list is all about expanding my reach this year. I have a few big ideas I’ve been festering during lockdown. Now, I’m ready to plant a few seeds and watch them bloom. I’m going to go slow. Wait for the right timing. Watch the weather to make sure the planted seeds will take. Water them accordingly. Then, I’m gonna wait. Patiently. Let’s see what pops through the soil with vigorous intensity and repeat. 

#5: Sing

I hear that flowers and plants bloom more if you talk/sing to them. I love music. I love to sing and lately, this songbird hasn’t had much time, confidence, or space to just let it rip. So, I bought a guitar. I dusted off my old chords book. Now, I need to let it out. Can’t promise you I’ll be opening for Garth Brooks soon, but I do think it will warm my heart back up a bit and help my bucket list take off faster. When in doubt, sing it out. That’s my motto. 

My 2021 bucket list is short, but imperative. If I’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that the changing of the seasons comes whether you are ready or not. However, each season is crucial and interconnected to the next part of the cycle. You can’t skip one to get to a more desirable phase. You have to use the seasons to progress appropriately. That’s exactly what I plan on doing. Spring is in the air. It feels good! Let’s use it to plant some beautiful new opportunities for ourselves and make time to enjoy what blooms from our dedicated seed prepping.  We deserve it. After 2020, we ALL deserve it. 

Happy Tuesday, Daily Feelers. 

JB Boutelle has worked in “The Biz” for almost a decade, yet she’s somehow managed to keep her feet firmly on the ground. Her altruistic spirit aims to evoke your Inner Phoenix and encourage readers to take the difficult leaps in life, so you can continue to grow.

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