The end of September or the beginning of October is when I see it all over the internet: bucket lists for autumn. I love the idea of a fall bucket list, and I’ve made one every year for the past few years.
But this year, I had a thought. Another form of lists that we can often see around the blogsphere is the “how to love your neighbour” type of list. You know what I’m talking about. So what if I could combine those two?
Here’s the result, my bucket list for this fall … with a twist.
1. Rake leaves for a family, friend or neighbour.
As a child I never liked raking leaves. Don’t ask me why. Recently, though, I see it as a wonderful opportunity to be outside, be active, and do something practical.
2. Send a non-penpal a letter.
Who doesn’t love unexpected mail? And when it’s a letter from a non-penpal, it’s an even more special surprise.
3. Bake a sibling their favorite treat.
My siblings have been mentioning those famous pumpkin cookies lately. I think I might just make them in the next few days.
4. Declutter and donate.
Which one of those sweaters will you not be wearing this year? You can find a post all about decluttering here.
5. Read a good book and then send it to a friend.
Reading is always a delightful activity for any season. But when it gets colder outside and you can finally snuggle up with a warm drink, it makes reading even more enjoyable. And what could be more special than to share that good book with a friend, once you’re read it?
6. Leave an anonymous “If you find this, this is for you” gift package.
I have never found one of these packages, but if I did, it would honestly make my day. Week, actually. Meaning, if I leave one of those packages, I can make someone’s week.
7. Call a friend and really try to listen to her.
Anyone else love those long, deep phone conversations with friends? It’s been my renewed goal lately to focus on intentionally listening to my friends in these conversations.
8. Make some hot chocolate and pray for your church, while you drink it.
Your church needs prayer.
9. Do some “fall cleaning” for a family member, perhaps a grandparent or aunt/uncle.
…like cleaning the windows. They will appreciate it! And if you grab a sibling or cousin to do it with, it can turn into a really fun activity!
Many lists have a round number of points, so tell me below: What should I add as #10? What would you add to this Autumn Blessings Bucket List?
Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a young writer who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children – always with a mug of herbal tea at hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. Connect with her through her email list here.