Reverse Bucket List

I wrote a dreams list years ago and we write a family bucket list every year. I love thinking of things to I’d like to achieve and making plans. However I’ve found when looking forward I tend to forget the incredible things I have already done. I thought it would be fun to write a reverse bucket list. It’s been a chance to celebrate some amazing experiences that I have already had. I’d really recommend writing a reverse bucket list. I have remembered so many things that I haven’t thought about for years. There are a lot of things here that I’m really proud of and lots of happy memories.

  • Run the London Marathon

  • Cycled in Amsterdam (it was a bit nerve wracking as I was pregnant with the twins)
  • Run a half marathon (the Great North Run) to raise money for the Red Cross
  • Raised £2000 for Unicef
  • Got married in Ecuador (after taking a week to plan our wedding)

  • Done a tandem skydive
  • Spent time in New York and been to the top of the Empire State building
  • Watched Olympic opening ceremony (I auditioned and was selected to perform but had to pull out as I was pregnant with the twins)
  • Abseiled down a cliff
  • Been an English teacher in Ecuador (I lived in Ecuador for a year in my early twenties)

  • Been to the top of the Shard
  • Co-founded an English language school in Ecuador
  • Been an exchange student (to Germany when I was in secondary school)
  • Seen shows on Broadway and in the West End
  • Fed fish to a penguin
  • Backpacked around Cuba with Rolando and danced salsa in Havana

    • Walked 50 miles in 24 hours for charity (the event is called the Sheffield Spider Walk)
    • Taught myself to use a sewing machine – I’m still learning but I’ve made some skirts for Sofia, bags and cushion covers
    • Given a speech in Spanish (terrifying!)
    • Seen the Queen when she visited Cambridge
    • Camped on a beach in Venezuela
    • Learnt to dance salsa
    • Taken Sofia to Ecuador when she was 6 months old

  • Traveled in Europe
  • Climbed a waterfall in the jungle in Ecuador
  • Worked as a volunteer in the Andes mountains (doing drama workshops with village children)
  • Had a little story published in a magazine
  • Hiked and camped in the Alps
  • Learnt to speak Spanish
  • Been white water rafting
  • Taken Sofia to a Christmas market in France


  • Taken part in a demonstration
  • Taken a helicopter flight over London
  • Stayed in an Eco-lodge in Ecuador
  • Got through pregnancy with my twins
  • Taken the kids camping

  • Given birth to my daughter and my twins (via a c-section)
  • Survived the first year with twin babies!
  • Been whale watching, we saw migrating hump backed whales
  • Worked for a charity in Venezuela as an intern (sponsored by British Airways)

  • Flown business class (the perks of being a British Airways sponsored intern!)
  • Been pony trekking in the cloud forest in Ecuador
  • Seen a hummingbird
  • Snorkeled in the sea (even though I was stung by a jellyfish!)
  • Visited Columbia.  We went to see an incredible church called Las Lajas which is build in a canyon
  • Fed a giraffe
  • Thrown a pot on a potters wheel

What would be top of your reverse bucket list?!  Go on write one it will bring back happy memories!

One thought on “Reverse Bucket List

  1. Without doubt, the London Marathon is one of the greatest marathons in the world. I should know: I have run it six times, and have taken part in over 30 around the world – a fact that makes me realise I’ve spent the best part of a decade in some degree of pain and discomfort.
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