Monday, March 17, 2014

NAS: Single Life Bucket List

Single Life Bucket List
What are those things that you want to do before you get married (or enter the religious life)? Is there anything that you are excited to do, accomplish, etc before engagement, marriage and babies come along? Even if you feel that you've done everything you wanted to do pre-marriage, dig deeper and see if there isn't anything you'd like to do!

If you didn't read about it yet I got to meet Jen who blogs @ Jumping in Puddles and obviously co-hosts the Not Alone Series during my time in Florida this past week.  What an awesome surprise blessing!

I really like the topic this week about things we want to accomplish through this single season of our lives.  Of course this life is not my own so however long the Lord wants me single I will do what I can and praise Him for it.  Before I become a wife and mom their are a handful of simple not so simple things I want to accomplish....
  1. Sleep....and lots of it. When you get married little bundles of babies inevitably follow and for the next 20 years you are waking up with babies and toddlers who don't know the art of sleeping in.  As a single lady I try to sleep in and take naps sometimes.  When I roll back over I punch my fist into the air and say "for the moms." 
  2. My career.  I know that I am not a nurse by accident or coincidence.  It has been a long difficult journey to be almost down with nursing school.  I am confident the Lord has big plans for my career and I want to achieve His will before and/or during my vocation as a wife and mommy.   
  3. Take good care of my body.  We are both body and spirit and marriage and motherhood will require both.  I want to form good habits now that include eating well, exercising and generally taking care of my body so that it can be a gift to my husband and children.   
  4. Be completely and utterly in love with the Lord.  The foundation of any marriage requires both the husband and wife to know the Father's love.  Being loved and loving the Lord is a continual process that will never stop however as a single lady I am in a unique position to devout undivided time and attention to my prayer life and relationship with the Lord.   
  5. Travel. I pray and hope that the Lord has more travel plans in store for me.  I have already been blessed to travel all over Europe, Haiti, and Central America but I hope I am able to travel moe-back to Haiti, back to Europe, and hopefully hike the Camino, that doesn't even mention trips I want to make in the States. 
  6. More wine nights with girls.  You are only young and single once so why not have more wine nights with the girls filled with good conversation and soul sharing. 
This is in no ways an exhaustive list, I am sure I have forgotten things and it does assume that somewhere along the line of being married babies will come (as the nursey rhyme goes, first comes love....) but these are some of the things that I want to accomplish before (and in same ways through) the wedding bells ringing.
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  1. girl, we can have wine night every night ;)

  2. Oh my gosh, sleep is a must! I didn't even think about how wonderful it is to sleep in and how far away these days will be when I have kids. Great reminder!

  3. Beautiful! Love this list.

  4. I LOVE TO SLEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great list!!

  5. Sleep. Seriously sleep didn't even think about how much I love and need more of. "Be completely and utterly in love with the Lord" my fave. Great list

  6. Your list couldn't be more perfect! #3 hits home for me...I need and want to take better care of myself in order to be a more perfect gift to my husband and children! Thanks for the inspiration!