My Bucket List

I’ve had this bucket list for a while and I seem to bring it from blog to blog.  I thought this blog shouldn’t be any different.  I’ve definitely added to it and I high suggest taking a look at Bucket List Journey because she has some great ideas (I definitely stole a few).

  1. Ride in a hot air balloon
  2. Walk across hot coals
  3. Visit the Grand Canyon (completed in/around 1996)
  4. Visit the Amazon Rainforest
  5. Travel to Italy/Visit The Vatican
  6. Visit The Louvre
  7. Attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. – 2013cherry-blossom
  8. Go to Disney World (went several times during childhood and most recently in 2005)
  9. Become fluent in Spanish
  10. Become fluent in French
  11. Go camping (completed in/around 2001)
  12. Get tattooed in the Tebori method
  13. Learn the Argentine Tango
  14. Learn the Paso Doble
  15. Win something (won an iPod at work in 2009 and a t.v. at work in 2012)
  16. Learn to shoot a gun
  17. Learn to change a tire
  18. Have something dedicated to me (my mom dedicated her book to me in 2013)
  19. Go fishing
  20. Attend the Kentucky Derby
  21. Ride on a motorcycle
  22. Get acupuncture – 2015
  23. Buy an expensive piece of art
  24. Travel to Ireland
  25. Go to a Drive-In – 2014 w/ friends, JaNyka and Brandon
  26. Sing on a stage
  27. Attend Past Life Regression Therapy
  28. Learn sign language
  29. Get a tattoo (up to 11 now)
  30. Travel outside the U.S. (been to Mexico – Cancun & Cabo; as well as London)cancun
  31. Cruise the Caribbean
  32. Drive the Autobahn
  33. Visit Australia
  34. Fly a kite
  35. Fly in a helicopter
  36. Fly in an airplane
  37. Milk a cow
  38. Name a star
  39. Ride a horse
  40. Ride a vespa in Rome
  41. Ride in a gondola in Venice
  42. Rub the belly of a large Buddha
  43. See Stonehenge
  44. See the aurora borealis
  45. See the David statue
  46. See the Eiffel Tower
  47. See The Last Supper
  48. See the Mona Lisa
  49. See the Sistine Chapel ceiling
  50. Sleep in an igloo
  51. Swim in the pacific ocean
  52. Pray with a Buddhist Monk
  53. Visit Rome and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain
  54. Visit the Pyramids
  55. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace – 2013
  56. Hold a monkey
  57. Touch a tiger
  58. See a whale
  59. Touch a lion
  60. Publish a Coffee Table Book of photos I’ve taken
  61. Publish a piece in a magazine
  62. Publish a poem
  63. Read all of Shakespeare’s plays
  64. Read the bible from cover to cover
  65. Read the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aenaeid
  66. Write and publish a children’s book
  67. Write and publish a novel
  68. Attend a movie premiere
  69. Attend a world class dance performance in NYC
  70. Attend the opera all dressed up
  71. See the Rocky Horror Picture Show live at midnight
  72. See Wicked
  73. Tour NYC and see a Broadway play (completed in 2011; saw Phantom)
  74. Hear my song on the radio
  75. Meet someone famous
  76. Meet a US President in person
  77. Live somewhere in Europe for at least a year
  78. Travel to England – 2013  harrods
  79. Take a drawing/painting class
  80. Carve a pumpkin (completed October 2010)
  81. Learn to hula hoop
  82. Compete in the Warrior Dash/Color Run/Tough Mudder
  83. Marry the love of my life
  84. Hug a redwood tree
  85. Watch the sunrise and sunset in one day
  86. Attend NYC Comic Con
  87. Attend San Diego Comic Con
  88. Throw a themed party
  89. Have my palm read
  90. Drink absinthe
  91. Eat alone at a restaurant
  92. Do the Polar Bear plunge
  93. Be a tourist in my own town
  94. Get ordained
  95. Help someone with a check on their bucket list
  96. Take a psychedelic drug
  97. Start a charity
  98. Drive a race car
  99. Sleep in a treehouse
  100. Go on a solo vacation




(header photo credit:  Angelina Litvin)

My Goals for 2017

There are days when I have to remind myself that I’m an adult and can make adult decisions on a daily basis.  I often forget that I’m no longer a struggling 20 year old and I don’t have to eat ramen for dinner or ask my mom for advice on everything (I still do this.  The advice, not the ramen).  So for the first time ever I’m going to make some goals for myself and make every effort to stick to them.  I figure if I write them down, it’ll help me be more conscious.

  1.  Pray more!  I pray all the time.  In the car, at work, while I’m sitting at home, but it’s almost as an afterthought.  I have a great relationship with God, but I have trouble letting go and letting him lead.  This goal should really be to worry less, but in doing that I need to put my trust and faith in God, so I think praying more is appropriate.
  2. Lose 70lbs.  Even though my surgery will help greatly with this, it’s just a tool and I still have to be extremely aware of what I’m putting in my body and what I’m asking it to do.  I want 2017 to be my healthiest year yet.
  3. Blog consistently.  I know this will be one of the hardest goals for me, but I’m determined to make it happen.  Sometimes I get too caught up in other things or in self doubt.  Thinking that I don’t have anything to say or whatever I write will be uninteresting.  And it may be complete garbage, but the only way to get better is to keep writing and keep putting out content.
  4. Get back into the dating world.  Ugh!  Can I be honest and say that I’m not looking forward to this?  Having to sit through bad dates where I don’t like the guy or he doesn’t like me.  Having to get through polite conversation only to discover that you’ll never talk to the person again.  On the other hand though, I want the newness of discovering someone that could really change your world.  I’ve been single for a long time now and this is the scariest goal for me because I will seriously have to get out of my comfort zone, but that’s the point, right??

I was going to try for a few more goals, but I think I’ll stick with four for now and revisit and revise if/when I need to.  And March is right around the corner, so I better get started!!



(header photo credit: Brigitte Tohm)