Happy New Year!  I love this time of year.  It is a time of reflection and eager anticipation of what lies ahead.  It is a great opportunity to pause and evaluate behaviors and areas of life that are working and other areas needing improvement and establish goals for the coming year.

For me, this is when I take out my Bucket List and examine what progress I have made on my 100 Things to Do Before I Die list and make a plan for the items I would like to accomplish in the coming year.  As I share in my book, “Landing on My Feet:  Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” (www.landingonmyfeet.org), it is just as important to have a vision for the life you want to have personally as it is to have professional goals.   For me, a “Bucket List” is a great way to establish exactly what you want.

Since establishing my list just over 6 years ago, I am proud to say I have completed 52 items in that relatively short amount of time.  The activities include skydiving, lunch in Italy, swimming with dolphins, Times Square for New Years Eve, and many more.

This year, I plan to accomplish the following items:

  1. Setting up a scholarship fund for single mothers
  2. See the Niagara Falls
  3. Ride in a hot air balloon
  4. Learn a foreign language
  5. Take a surfing lesson

2014 is going to be an amazing year!  What is on your list and what do you intend to check off this year?


About the author:

With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Alison Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders.

She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization.

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