the anti-bucket list

I don’t remember where I came across this concept, but I love the idea. Basically, instead of a list of things that I want to achieve, an anti-bucket list is a list of things that I have achieved. I often feel like I haven’t done very much, and putting this together was a great way to show myself that actually I’ve achieved quite a lot, despite only being 21!

(Trigger warnings: mentions of suicide and self-harm).

  • I’ve graduated from university and am currently working towards my Masters in Publishing
  • I’ve got my driver’s license (even though I’m scared of driving!)
  • I’ve blogged for over 2 years, and have over 500 followers on both WordPress and Twitter
  • I’ve got through some of the worst mental health that I’ve ever experienced. I am no longer suicidal or want to self-harm, and I no longer have paranoid episodes. Woo hoo!
  • Created the Mental Health Book Bingo, an endeavour which I am ridiculously proud of.
  • Came out to my friends and family – even though it didn’t always go well, I was true to myself, which is all that matters.
  • Worked at the mental health charity MIND and currently volunteer for the mental health charity Nightline.
  • Made a number of amazing friends who I have shared good and bad times with
  • Met my boyfriend, certifiably the most amazing person I have ever had the honour of knowing

This was such a positive exercise – I would definitely recommend putting together a list like this for when you’re feeling low. x

10 thoughts on “the anti-bucket list

  1. thebookcorps says:

    What a great idea! Congrats on achieving so much, especially overcoming your mental health issues. Thats so amazing and inspirational!
    Also, I didn’t know you were the creator of the Mental Health Book Bingo! That’s so cool, congrats on that! I see the bingo everywhere on twitter 😀

    Good luck for 2018 💕


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I love this idea! What a wonderful way to focus on all the great things which happened in the previous year. I use an app for this, actually. It’s called 5 Minute Journal and it is just a 5-minute gratitude exercise in the morning and evening to help me realize I’m doing great things. It’s been really helpful for me. I can tell my outlook on life has improved quite a bit mentally. 😀

    Here’s to an amazing 2018. I know you’ll accomplish even more amazing things.


  3. Angela @ Books of a Shy Girl says:

    I’m so happy you achieved so much! You’re a true inspiration 😍
    Keep going like this, I know you will get far!


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