Happy New Year! My 2019 Bucket List

Bonnibelle ChukwunetaJanuary 7, 2019
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Happy New Year!

2019 Bucket List, Bonnibelle Chukwuneta of Belle In The Burg

Hoping everyone’s had an amazing first seven days of 2019!

I never get tired of the fresh new feeling that comes with the new year. I’m a believer in any day being a good day to embark on a new path or do new things, but January always feels like a brand new slate. Usually, I make new year’s resolutions and do pretty well to keep to them. This year, though, I opted to do something slightly different: a 2019 bucket list.

2018 was a fun and adventurous year for me both personally and professionally. I had amazing highs and some terrible lows, but all of them provided life lessons that I needed to learn before moving onto the next phase. I’m a firm believer in one needing to get out of their comfort zone to grow, and I did just that last year.

With that in mind, the goal for 2019 is to continue doing things that are new or challenging to me and lead a life of discovery and cultural exploration.

Here’s my 2019 bucket list!

2019 Bucket List

Ride the Cross-Bay Ferry

The Cross-Bay Ferry is an initiative that provides service options for residents and businesses in the Tampa Bay region. It shuttles between the Vinoy Basin in downtown St. Petersburg and the Florida Aquarium Wharf in the Channel District of downtown Tampa. I look forward to experiencing it as it’s a unique way to score scenic views of the bay. The Channel District is an awesome part of Tampa to stay for a day-trip.

2019 Bucket List, Belle In The Burg
Tampa Bay Cross-Bay Ferry. Photo courtesy of The Cross-Bay Ferry.

Take up paddleboarding. Again.

Paddleboarding was actually the first sport I learned when I first moved to The Burg. It’s fun, challenging, and an excellent workout. One day, my instructor and I thought it would be a good idea for me to use his board. I’m 5’11 and he’s maybe 5’7, so you can imagine how goofy I looked on his shortboard. I fell unsurprisingly, lost my prescription sunglasses (RIP), drank half of Tampa Bay, and subsequently took up kayaking instead. I’m over it now and would love to give it another go.

2019 Bucket List, Belle In The Burg

Visit Museums in St. Pete

St. Pete is like the fine art and culture hub of the Tampa Bay region, so it’s embarrassing for me to say that I’ve never visited a museum after living here for three years. Visiting museums is definitely on the top of my to-do list this year and something I should be doing more often. The Burg is home to numerous museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Collection, and the Dali Museum, which houses the largest body of Salvador Dali’s art outside of Spain.

2019 Bucket List, Belle In The Burg
Chihuly Collection in downtown St. Petersburg.

Fish Off of a Charter Boat

My other half taught me how to fish and we do so regularly now. I’ve weirdly come to fall in love with the “scream” my reel makes when I have a fish on the other end. It gets my adrenaline going and is slightly addictive. There’s also something about catching your own food, preparing it, and eating it fresh that day.

Most of my fishing has been done inshore or in kayaks and I’m usually catching mangrove snapper, snook, or spotted trout, all of which are fun fighters and excellent to eat. I’d love to go on a fishing trip and travel miles into the gulf to catch different species like hogfish and grunts.

2019 Bucket List, Belle In The Burg
Hubbard’s Marina Charter Boat.

Run a 5K

Running a 5K has been on my to-do list for quite some time. I began using the C25K (Couch to 5K) app two years ago with every intention of running a race shortly after that. It’s made me a fairly consistent runner and I attribute most of my weight loss and other health improvements since then to running. However, I never really felt confident enough to race just yet. 2019 is the year I’m making this dream a reality. Now that I’ve led and maintained an active lifestyle for some time, I feel more prepared than ever.

Organize My Life

This is more of an ongoing goal than bucket list item. I’m the ultimate procrastinator and I’m so over it. Getting organized was one of my goals last year. While strides have been made in the right direction, I still have plenty of room for improvement.

I recently went on vacation and packed the night before; usually, I pack a couple hours before I leave. I did laundry early, made a checklist, and laid everything out before arranging everything in my suitcase. It was the smoothest beginning of a trip ever. Stress-free. Nothing forgotten. Organized people have been onto something.

I plan on using planners, making to-do lists, and sticking to schedules to make my life that much saner.

2019 Bucket List, Belle In The Burg

Discover the Caribbean.

I’m long overdue for a visit to the Caribbean, especially considering that flights are cheaper and shorter from this part of the country. Breathtaking beaches, exotic food, and lively festivals call travelers from all parts of the world. I’m always up for an adventure and look forward to diving and exploring reefs and the likes myself. However, gaining some insight and enlightenment is what I look forward to most, and the best way to gain insight is by traveling, spending time with the locals, and immersing myself in their culture. Haiti and Jamaica are on the top of my list, though there’s no island I wouldn’t visit.

2019 Bucket List, Belle In The Burg
Photo by The Jamaican Tourist Board.

I’m looking forward to the new year and all that it may bring. Even though we make grandiose plans come January, the truth is that it’s just another day like every other day and any day is a good day to make new plans and improvements. Here’s to an awesome 2019!

Looking to immerse yourself in some local culture? Here’s my guide to St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market!

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Comments (10)

  • Julie Gazdecki

    January 9, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Did not know they had a ferry boat in Tampa!! I look forward to hearing about the museums, because are not too far from Tampa!

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      January 10, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      Yes! The ferry’s only in its second year but looks awesome. And surely! Stay posted!

  • Tricia Snow

    January 9, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I love this! First, I had no idea there was a Ferry in that area. Second, your paddleboard story is very similar to mine, the only difference was I was able to retrieve my Gucci sunglasses before they sank to the bottom of the ocean. I keep saying I need to get out there again… I did buy a pair of Costas with a leash for that occasion. Third! I am 6 ft tall. I get it! Great article!

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      January 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      Ha! You totally relate. I knew better than to go out without one. I’ll be better prepared this time around!

  • Jenny

    January 9, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    These are really great things to do this year. A 5K is on my list, too. I can’t seem to get myself moving in that direction, though. Oh, and I am totally in for Caribbean travel. Every year 🙂

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      January 10, 2019 at 6:57 pm

      Seriously, anytime’s a good time for the Caribbean. And baby steps! As long as you’re moving, that’s all that matters. 🙂

  • Cynthia Mackintosh

    January 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Wow! I love your plans! You have to visit The Holocaust Museum in St. Pete. It’s quite eye-opening. I hope you get to do all these this year.

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      January 10, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll definitely make my way there as you’re not the first to recommend it.

  • Becki Svare

    January 10, 2019 at 7:23 am

    This is a great bucket list! I’m in the process of trying to get organized too, so I’ll be interested to hear how it’s going for you. Wishing you a great 2019!!

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      January 10, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Becki! Stay tuned. 🙂

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