December 1, 2016
Ladies At Lunch – BUCKET LIST, what’s on yours?
It could be swimming with sharks, climbing Mount Everest, writing a book, travelling the world or something as simple as volunteering at a local charity – most of us have a list of things we want to achieve before kicking the proverbial bucket! The lunching ladies share theirs with Profile.
So what exactly is a bucket list? And should we all have one? There is some controversy as to the exact origins of the term but it’s thought to have derived from the old English saying, ‘To kick the bucket’ – meaning to die. Hence, a bucket list is by definition a list of all the things you want to do before you die. Makes sense right! According to recent research, the top five bucket list items worldwide include becoming a millionaire, travelling the world, seeing the Northern Lights, trekking the Great Wall of China and becoming mortgage free. I definitely have a couple of those on my list!
Creating a bucket list is a great exercise to take us away from our daily routine and shift our focus on what’s truly important in our lives. How often do we find ourselves so busy running on the mouse wheel of life that we lose sight of the bigger picture. According to goal setting expert Lynn Levitt, a bucket list is essentially a wish list of what you want to achieve and a great way to get motivated.
“I always encourage people to do a yearly one instead of a lifelong one,” says Lynn. “We change, times change and so do our needs and wants.”
To find out more, I recently posed the question to our lunching ladies over a delicious meal at The Post Office, Maroochydore to discover what’s on their “must do” list and why.
Joining me for lunch was Joanne Stecklebruck, owner of Soul Discoveries; Rhonda Billett-Haire, owner of Uptown Hair, Nambour; Mandy Ward, owner of Sunshine Coast HR services; Kate Tempest, owner of Awakened Healing Space; Rebecca Gill, marketing manager at the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre and Kara de Schot, General Manager of Profile Magazine.
profile: Do you have a bucket list?
rebecca: I think it’s always been in my head but I have never written it down. I started to write them down and then I had to stop myself, there are so many things I want to do!
mandy: I created a vision board recently. I am someone who always writes down my goals. I find that even if I don’t look at it for a while it does put it out there to the universe.
kara: I have always been into goal setting and writing my goals down, but come to think of it I have never written down my bucket list!
kate: I don’t have a bucket list because I’ve done a lot of the things I want to do already, which is great. But I’m always assessing where I want to go next.
rhonda: No. Some people need a bucket list to stay motivated to do what their heart genuinely desires. I am a very goal orientated person though. Once I have written it down I try hard to achieve it and most of the time I do.
joanne: I’ve never had a bucket list. I never set goals. I do journal a lot about how I’m feeling about things that come up in my life, which helps me to find solutions. I have conversations with the universe a lot.
profile: What’s on your bucket list?
rebecca: They are not in any particular order, but all things I am confident I will do before I die – safari in Africa with family, take my daughter to Paris, take the kids to Disneyland, go on a week-long yoga retreat, do a mindfulness course, climb Ayers Rock, take my family to Asia and volunteer at an orphanage, run 10 kilometres without dying, visit the glowworm caves in New Zealand, visit Heston’s Fat Duck restaurant, walk the Cinque Terre, visit the Orangutans in Borneo, go to New York with my girlfriends. See I told you there were lots! But I’m confident I can do them all.
mandy: Getting my business off the ground and being financially independent. I would love to travel more. The kids are older now and range between 13 to 23. Once they are grown and settled and stable I want to travel the world, try all of the different cuisines and enjoy the cultures. I would also love to get more comfortable with public speaking and I would like to write a book one day!
kara: I really want to travel more. When I went around Europe eight or nine years ago, I didn’t get to see the Northern Lights, so before I die I want to see them.
kate: I want to live a life off the grid. I want to have my own place that is not reliant on the grid at all, so we don’t have to work as hard.
rhonda: I would love to write a memoir of hairdressing. Working in a hair salon is the university of real life. I hear some amazing stories.
joanne: I would sincerely hope my business is successful and I can help a lot of people feel better about themselves. I can grow old doing this job, it’s my passion. One of my other passions is to get into schools and help kids and helping them avoid peer pressure.
profile: Have you ticked anything off your bucket list already?
mandy: Managing my own team was something I wanted to do and I did that for six years. Finishing uni was another one. I guess now that I have hit 40, it’s time to re-evaluate where I am and this decade is about cementing everything.
kara: I like a challenge. This year I set myself the goal of doing Tough Mudder, it was 21 kilometres and I had seven weeks to train intensively. I did it, so that was a big tick. I also quit sugar for two months, which was really hard for me because when it comes to sugar, I have no off switch!
rhonda: Starting my own business and running it successfully for 17 years.
joanne: What’s important to me has certainly changed over the years but I always wanted to be the best mother I could and I hope I’ve achieved that. I think the most important thing you can do for your children is love them and teach them to love themselves.
kate: I have been fortunate to have travelled a lot, which was always important to me.
The Post Office
Situated in the old Maroochydore Post Office building, in the revived food and beverage hub of Ocean Street, the Post Office Bar and Grill is renowned for delivering delicious meals, created using only the freshest of local ingredients from the paddock to the plate.
A nod to its building’s history, the restaurant has been beautifully appointed to maintain the feel and character of its past, with a modern twist.
This wasn’t my first visit to the popular eatery, I have dined there on several occasions and have never been disappointed – today was no exception.
Offering a delicious and varied menu, diners are spoilt for choice at the Post Office. From juicy steaks, to fresh seafood and delicious salads, there is something to suit all tastes and appetites.
We kicked things off with the pickers plate from the share plate menu – the selection of spicy chicken wings, salt and pepper squid, pork belly bits, house wedges, beer battered onion rings and garlic aioli really hit the spot.
For mains, I couldn’t resist the Mooloolaba prawn and spaghetti, cherry tomato, fresh garlic, lemon, chilli, white wine and olive oil and it was superb! Just the right serving size and bursting with flavour, it was the perfect mix of delicate flavours.
Other popular choices included the Caesar salad, tasty housemade pizza and fish of the day, all of which looked just as appetising and received rave reviews from the lunching ladies.
We couldn’t fit another thing in after our generous sized lunches but the dessert menu is to die for. Boasting chocolate flourless torte, sticky date pudding, trio of sorbet and duo of ice cream, it is certainly worth trying, and has given me yet another excuse to return to sample it next time. If I have to I guess!
Post Office Restaurant, Bar, Beer Garden
10 Ocean Street Maroochydore
Phone: 5443 5443