Small "b" bucket list
This is a great idea: how about giving yourself even smaller monthly or weekly indulgences? Ramit Seti is an influencer I follow who talks about this type of thing: enjoying your "Rich Life." Start to do these things regularly as you chip away at your larger "Bucket list" (if you have one, I don't).
1. Go on a day trip to the beach/forest/mountains/museum
Most people live within 2 hours drive of a tourist attraction: go enjoy it!
2. Go to a restaurant on your own: put away your phone and just enjoy the food
3. Save enough so that you can buy something that you want with cash and buy it guilt-free (phone, coffee maker, fishing rod, guitar, video game)
4. Take a day off from work in the middle of the week for no particular reason and do whatever you want
A day of "early retirement."
5. Take a chair, table and umbrella and set up an outdoor oasis for yourself at home.
When I am on vacation, I spend time sitting and reading; create a space to do this at home.
6. Rent something that you think you want to own and use it: boat, motorcycle, Sea-doo, sports car.
I found that I did not want a Sea-doo as much as I thought but I enjoyed the rental and saved thousands over buying it.
7. If you want to do something risky (bungee jump, skydive, free climbing) on your big B bucket list make an appointment to do it in the next 2 months
I have found that as I get older I lose the desire to do stuff like this, but I probably would not have regretted doing it.
8. If you like food, get excellent food every once in a while without an occasion: to enjoy the experience.
Get a beautiful cake, buy filet mignon, king crab, organic berries or whatever you prefer.
9. Take a cooking class
This will pay dividends forever.
10. Take a walk outside without any audiobooks/music, and take deep breaths. Dogs are optional but encouraged.
You can give yourself an appreciation of nature and a micro-vacation.