My Bucket List And Done It List!

Conceived In 2019

Stephanie Boon standing in front of the South West Coast Path commemorative sculpture 2019 - finishing a hike on my bucket list
The South West Coast Path - off the bucket list and onto the done it list in 2019!

Why Publish My Bucket List?

That’s easy to answer: to hold myself to account and remind myself of the many wonderful things life has to offer, as well as some of the things I’ve achieved.
And, to inspire you to write one too!
Writing my bucket list (and, more importantly, publishing it) was directly inspired by Paula Reid of Live Life To The Full. You can read her amazingly adventurous bucket lists on her website, and find out how Paula inspired me here on 10 Mile Hike.

Below then are my Bucket List and Done It List. I hope you’ll join me for some tales of adventure along the way, as I move things from one list to the other. But what would fill me with the deepest pleasure is to inspire you to get outside and, perhaps as Paula would say, Live Live To The Full!

The Bucket List

In No Particular Order

My Hiking Bucket List

Other Outdoorsy Stuff

  • Invent and complete my own adventurous challenges, big or small
  • Via Ferrata – somewhere!
  • See the Aurora Borealis
  • See a moving glacier
  • Visit some of the US National Parks inc Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, Joshua Tree and Grand Canyon!
  • Stay in a Scottish bothy with an open fire
  • Zip lining (hmm, I’ve just discovered England’s “longest and fastest” is only 40 minutes away!)
  • Kayak
  • Paddle boarding
  • White water rafting
  • Whale watching
  • Long distance bike ride/s

Life/Creative

  • Make art on the trails
  • Write a book (and get it published!)
  • Write walking and hiking guides/articles
  • Write a vibrant and inspiring hiking website for and about women over 35 (ish!) – that people actually read!
  • Be financially independent
  • Raise money for charity
  • Be self-employed/start a business leading walking/hiking groups (inspire others to get outside)
  • Keep well enough to do some things on this list before I kick the bucket*
  • Die of natural causes (ie not by my own hand)*
  • Live till I’m over a hundred and stay active throughout!*

*Written during a prolonged period of low mood!

The Done It List

Also In No Particular Order

Recent Hiking

National Trails (2/15)

Other Outdoorsy Stuff

National Parks, England (Walked 8/10)

  • Dartmoor
  • Exmoor 3 Short Walks For Photography
  • Broads
  • New Forest
  • South Downs (before and after it was a NP)
  • North York Moors
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Lake District

National Parks, Wales (Visited 1/3)

  • Snowdonia – climbed Snowdon (guess it counts!)

General Travel

  • USSR – Communist Russia
  • USA
  • Germany (solo at 15 y/o)
  • France
  • Peru
  • Italy (inc Venice)

Life/Creative Stuff

  • Trained as a Lowland Leader (2018)
  • Education: BA Hons Fine Art, MA Fine Art, PGCE (16+)
  • Lived on a boat for 2 years
  • Raised several thousand pounds for various charities
  • Exhibited artwork/organised exhibitions (actually sold stuff too!!)
  • Ran a business (employing others) for 14 years
  • Declared myself bankrupt (not sure this was ever on a bucket list, but I learnt loads in the process, so not all negative haha!)
  • Survived chronic depression (again and again and again…)
Collage of 3 images: Stephanie Boon on the South West Coast Path, checking it off her bucket list

So What’s Next?

 

Working through my bucket list: Stephanie Boon standing beside the Peddars Way National Trail sign

At the finish of The Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way National Trail, 2018

A lot of the stuff on my bucket list feels very ‘pie in the sky’ at the moment. And not because I don’t feel fit enough, or because I think I’m too old to fit it all in before I seize up! (You can never be too old; things can be combined after all.) But (and for me it’s always been a huge barrier to anything) it’s that old, dirty word, ‘cash’. I have a serious lack of it! But I’m not going to let that stop me getting stuck in.

So, with empty pockets but loads of enthusiasm I’ve decided to start in the UK (and try and save some pennies for future travel as I go…). And I reckon the most exciting, realistic challenge on the list is to hike all our incredible National Trails, because

I can't think of a better way of seeing the place I'm lucky enough to call home!

 

The Cotswold Way, My Next Bucket List Challenge!

The Cotswold Way is next on my National Trails bucket list: it’s close to home, it’s only 100 miles (I have a few time constraints at the mo) and the countryside is stunning. Right now (September 2019) I’m beginning to look at the logistics and practicalities. Exciting times!

Why not join me and follow along on the blog? It would be fab to have you along for the whole journey, including the planning process. Head over to any blog post and put your email address in the ‘keep updated’ section in the right hand column. That way you’ll never miss a post!

Happy Hiking

Stephie x

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