Jan 5, 2016

Bucket List Update and Yearly Self Actualization

I managed to cross several things off my bucket list this past year!  I got married and had a beach bonfire (the 2nd of which has been on my list since high school), so that was kind of a 2-for-1.  I also ran my first half marathon.

Just for fun, here's everything I've completed already (in chronological order!):
  1. Skydive (2009)
  2. Skinny Dip (2009)
  3. Parasail (2009)
  4. Graduate College (2010, 2012)
  5. Illustrate a Book (2011)
  6. Get a Tattoo (2011, 2014)
  7. Start a Business/Be an Entrepreneur (2011)
  8. See the Grand Canyon (2012)
  9. Visit Europe (2013)
  10. Get a Real Job (2012, 2013)
  11. Pose for an Art Class (2014)
  12. Acquire a Title (2014)
  13. Attend a Beach Bonfire (2015)
  14. Get Married (2015)
  15. Run a Half Marathon (2015)
And here's the rest of the list (in no particular order):
  1. Collect Pics of All the US License Plates (up to 48 of 50)
  2. See the Northern Lights
  3. See a Solar Eclipse
  4. Become Fluent in Another Language
  5. Take Dance Lessons
  6. Write a Book
  7. Zorb
  8. Win a Contest
  9. Travel the Amazon
  10. See Machu Picchu/Chichen Itza
  11. Experience Zero Gravity
  12. Visit Every Continent (Europe 2013, Australia 2016)
  13. Scuba Dive
  14. Build a Treehouse
  15. Create My Own Scholarship
  16. Go to the Galapagos Islands
  17. Stand on an Island so Small You Can See All Coasts at Once
  18. Ride a Mechanical Bull
  19. Be in a Flash Mob, or a LARP Event
  20. Travel by Dog Sled
  21. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  22. Do a Cartwheel
  23. Hang Glide
This year I'll be adding a continent to my list (in Australia right this very moment!) and possibly zorbing on this same trip.  I'd like to tackle another list item over the summer, but it's pretty low pressure since I aim for 1 bucket list item a year and I'll have completed 2 before January is even over!

In past years I'd also do an update on whatever my yearly project is (here's 2014), but the whole craft thing didn't pan out so well, so all I've got this year is bucket list stuff.  Though, frankly, that's more than enough for me!

For 2016, I'm going to go back to trying something new each month. I think new experiences motivated me a lot more than projects and really, when I look back at my life, I know I'm going to value those memories more than the (not so) pretty crafty things I assembled. But I also want to shift the focus to not just "new" things but opportunities. So expect a few freelancing and career posts later in the year.

What's on your bucket list?  Do you have any yearlong projects?

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  1. I love the license plate photos idea!

    Hope you're having an amazing time in Australia!

  2. You have done so many cool things on your list already! How exciting that you are going to Australia!!! I would love love love to visit there some day. I am with Steph, the license plate idea is really cool. I know I have seen all 50 in my life...I wish I would have documented as such!

  3. I want to zorb and see the mothers lights sooo bad. I broke my arm doing a cartwheel when I was 6. I could still do one as of a few years ago, but I'm always scared I will break my arm again.

  4. Australia and the Northern Lights are on my list too! I attempted scuba diving, but it didn't work out too well for me. So cool that you acquired a title lol. What do you mean create your own scholarship? Hope you're having a great time in Australia!

  5. i love the idea of new experiences each month, that is so true that you treasure those memories. i hope you're having a fabulous time in my neck of the woods haha and can't wait to hear alllllllllll about it.


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