Select Page
Teacup Tally
September 23, 2023

Since the 2007 box office hit starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, the term Bucket List sits comfortably in our vernacular. Seems everyone has one, and if you don’t there are a plethora of resources to help you create one. These lists often include extreme activities capitalizing on the fact that our time on this Earth is short. 

People climb mountains, swim seas, jump from airplanes, and ride bicycles across countries. Visit foreign lands, read volumes, and publish memoirs. All in the name of their Bucket List.

For me, the term Bucket List connotes pressure to make me do scary, high stakes things I may not want to do. Maybe even pave the path of disappointment. 

So, right here, right now, I’m choosing the guiding statement, “Wouldn’t it be fun to . . .”

Rather than “Before I die, I want to . . . “ 

Instead of creating a Bucket List, I’m creating a Teacup Tally. A gentle guide to keep me from letting the weeks slip by without having enough fun.

An Example

BF and I love to hike, and we love spending a day in Brown County State Park. Back in July, we bought our senior citizen annual pass and before we even made it to our first trailhead, I was calculating how many $7, day park visits we’d need to use to justify the cost of the $24 Golden Hoosier Passport: 4. Studying the trail map, I came up with the idea we’d hike all 11 trails this season. Perfect item for my teacup tally.


Sign for Trail #11, Brown County State Park
Beginning our final trail.
Lake scene, Brown County State Park.
Hiking around Ogle Lake
Trail paths taking a Y in Brown County State Park.
“Two roads diverged in the yellow wood,” Robert Frost

As of Sunday, September 17th, we knocked off trail numbers 9, 10, and 11. We accomplished our goal in perfect Teacup style, making 4 separate visits to Brown County, each including breakfast or lunch in Nashville. Sometimes both. We packed snacks and took breaks in the woods. We chatted while doubling our daily step count goal. We kept it to an average of 5.85 miles per trip, and we celebrated when we finished. 

Glass of red wine atop a trail map.

Making lists is absolutely in my wheelhouse. They motivate me, keep me on track, and serve as a reminder. I make them on the backs of envelopes, in notebooks, on legal pads, and in my journal. The important ones, I date and title, saving them for posterity. 

Truth is, we all live with a teetering bucket and awareness of longevity is smart. Guiding goals are productive. 

Bravo to those who want their Bucket Lists. Go for it. For me, I have my little list of restaurants to try, people and places to see, things to do with the grandkids, Pickleball skills to perfect, yoga programs to complete, State Parks to visit, books to read, and lots of future travels.

My teacup is full.

Share The Love

Subscribe For Updates

Subscription Form

1 Comment

  1. Love this! I’m going to try it!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

Inspirational Quote

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~Joseph Campbell

Search By Year

Stay updated on new blog posts

Subscription Form