Age Actively with a Winning Bucket List

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA
Disclosure: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. We received a full-sized bottle of Bufferin® Buffered Aspirin and the craft supplies for our own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are our own.Kymberly at the Quote Board R la P

Why not Buff(erin) out and Polish off your Bucket List in a Clean Sweep(stakes)?  (You know we like word plays).

Alexandra: The message behind bucket lists is that we should all live our lives to the fullest, however we define that.

picture of Bucket List on head

Excited About My Bucket List (and Clips)

For me, part of living my life fully means just being myself, without worrying if others like me or not. When I was younger, I gave away a lot of my energy and power trying to conform to what I thought others wanted from me. I no longer allow people or events to “harsh on my mellow” (except I’m not actually mellow –  more like high energy).

With that in mind, my bucket list is more like a list of activities that sound really fun or appealing, either because I will learn about something that interests me, see people and places I love, or do something that’s outside my comfort zone. Can you read what I wrote on my hairclips and earrings clothespins? No? Okay, I’ll list them for you:

* Go to Europe in 2016 to attend the wedding of my non-birth daughter former exchange student

* Get more paid speaking engagements

* Attend a course on bread baking

* Finish learning Dutch (I have a fab Rosetta Stone package)

* Walk a half marathon (do NOT substitute the word “run” in this phrase)

pic of Alexandra at Nike women's marathon

I’m Buff Stuff!

In the exercise world, there is an old 80s saying, “No Pain, No Gain.” I hate this phrase. Why should we be in pain to get healthy? It doesn’t make sense. I walked a half marathon in 2012 to celebrate my recovery from foot surgery, and my foot and reconstructed knee got stiff and achy about 10 miles in. When we were offered this Bufferin opportunity, I immediately thought of that half marathon and the pride I took in completing it. When I do another (and I will), I think I’ll stick a pain reliever in my pocket to help reduce the slog of the final 3 miles. Hey, the word “buff” is in Bufferin, and I plan to stay buff for the rest of my life. Put that in your bucket!!


A drop in the bucket list

Just a drop in the bucket!

Kymberly: What I like about my bucket list is that it feels largely achievable and has action and adventure involved. What I don’t like is that it requires my knee and foot to step it up. With age, genetics, a lifetime of movement, soccer injuries, and a few surgeries, those joints are squawking and squeaking. Sometimes screaming.

Ignoring the pain and limitations used to kinda-sorta-but-not-really work.  I now admit that to keep baby boomer aches at bay, I need help — in the form of a pain reliever and orthotics on the days I teach fitness or go on a long dog trail hike. Yes, the part of aging actively that I strive for daily is keeping my world from shrinking. Click here to see our post on creating a Fitness Bucket List.

It was easy for me to kiss high heels good-bye and eye “comfortable” shoes with relish. But how is Tom Bergeron going to announce my name as winner of the coveted DWTS mirror ball if my joints hurt and I can’t practice into the wee hours of the Hollywood night? Enter Bufferin (which you can buy at places that start with W, such as Walgreen’s and Walmart)

The title of my Bucket List is “Expanding My World and Dreams; No Shrinking Violets.” What’s on your bucket list? Do you have a title in mind that encapsulates it? My list includes:

  • Compete on Dancing With the Stars as the first set of celebrity twins
  • Move pain free with no knee or foot limitations: Hike, dance, snorkel, exercise, run, paddle, jump, climb, rappel, bike, and walk Hippity hoppity skippity
Boarding the Train in Thailand

All Aboard for Adventure

  • Enjoy my husband and marriage more with each passing year
  • Complete our house building project
  • Successfully and profitably help baby boomer women age actively
  • Travel with friends and family in ways and places that draw us closer as we venture farther in the world

Enter the Bufferin SweepstakesOne item I hope your list includes is entering the Bufferin® Bucket List Sweepstakes. Kick it and click it on their Facebook page for a chance to win $1000. Three people will win – you, me, and my sister. Such a plan, eh?!.  The sweepstakes runs just a few more days — until March 14, 2014 so enter the minute you finish sharing an item on your list in the comments section below.  Just as in life, you have to enter to win! And exit kicking!

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