bucket-list

Maybe it’s because I’m a teacher, but I’m an overly aggressive goal-setter/organizer/planner.  For me, being organized leaves me space to be spontaneous and feel more free. I write EVERYTHING down so I don’t miss a detail (and most of the time I share it with you cool cats immediately)! So here are my goals, my ever-growing list of must-dos: what I want to accomplish and experience in this weird and wonderful life. Because I don’t want to settle – and I don’t think you should either. What’s on your bucket list?


Travel + adventure

Step foot on:

  • All 7 continents
  • All 50 states
  • Every Spanish-speaking country

Live abroad:

  • Study abroad (Spain 2014)
  • Intern abroad (Costa Rica 2015)

Thrills:

  • Go white water rafting
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Hike up a big mountain
  • Travel solo
  • Visit a vineyard
  • Rappel down a waterfall
  • Crowd surf (at Warped Tour!)yard
  • Zipline
  • Paraglide
  • Sleep in a hammock
  • Skydive
  • Drink from a coconut on the beach (pretty much my favorite thing ever)
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day
  • Attend a masquerade
  • Walk across a country’s border
  • Camp at a music festival
  • Scuba dive
  • Ride in a limousine
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Skinny dipping
  • Ride in a helicopter
  • Tube down a river
  • Parasail (in the Dominican Republic + Block Island, RI!)
  • Cross-country road trip
  • Go camping
  • Go to an observatory
  • Jetski
  • Slide down a waterfall
  • Spend a summer backpacking
  • Ride a roller coaster
  • Stay at a treehouse hostel (Granada, Nicaragua!)

Animals:

  • Swim with manatees
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Hold a koala
  • Feed a giraffe
  • Safari
  • Ride a camel
  • Hold a starfish
  • Swim with dolphins
  • See a sea turtle lay eggs in the moonlight
  • Ride a horse

Destinations:

  • Colorado
  • Visit Tina in San Francisco
  • Visit Stacy in Nashville
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • Stand in 4 states at once at the Four Corners
  • Go inside the Sagrada Familia
  • Walk through the Redwood Forest
  • Backpack Europe
  • Safari in South Africa
  • Machu Picchu
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York
  • See the Colosseum
  • Ice skating in NYC at Christmastime
  • Hike the Inca Trail
  • London Eye
  • Grand Canyon
  • Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Attach a lock on the Love Lock Bridge in Paris
  • Louvre
  • Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Drive Route 66
  • Look out from the top of the Empire State Building
  • Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and channel my inner Lizzie McGuire
  • Climb the Great Wall of China when it’s not the foggiest day ever
  • Rio de Janeiro for Carnival
  • Hike Mount Vesuvius
  • Frolic in the fields of Austria like in The Sound of Music 
  • Go on a cruise (2 Disney cruises)
  • Niagra Falls- the U.S. and Canada side
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Hike the Haiku Stairs in Hawaii
  • New Orleans for Mardi Gras
  • Oktoberfest in Germany
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Spark up inAmsterdam
  • Hike to the Hollywood sign
  • Wine tasting in Tuscany
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square
  • See a play on Broadway
  • Thailand
  • See Mama Mia in London
  • Witness the Northern Lights in real life
  • John Lennon Peace Wall
  • Iceland
  • Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • Backpack Europe (I feel like study abroad counts…?)
  • Disneyland in California
  • Cast spells at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • New Zealand
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
  • Disney World in Florida
  • Mall of America
  • See the Eiffel Tower- go to the top
  • Australia
  • See the Taj Mahal in person
  • See the pyramids of Egypt

Career

Education:

  • Get licensed to teach elementary school
  • Write a children’s book series
  • Teach ESL abroad
  • Record a children’s music album

The Wanderess:

  • Start a blog!
  • Write an e-book

Someday:

  • Open a vegan restaurant
  • Speak at a conference

Health + fitness

Nutrition:

  • Meat-free (4 years!)
  • 7 day juice cleanse

Running:

  • 10 miler
  • Half marathon 13.1
  • Disney race
  • Obstacle course race
  • Harvard Stadium steps with the November Project
  • Finish a triathalon
  • Color Run
  • Marathon for a good cause

Try a new sport/workout:

  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Rugby
  • Rock climb
  • Surfing (work in progress)
  • Cross country
  • Kickboxing
  • Pole fitness
  • Lyra
  • Aerial silks
  • Swimming

 


Creativity

Photo + video:

  • Finish a 365 day photo or video challenge
  • Get a drone (and learn to fly it)

Music etc:

  • Perform at an open mic
  • Learn to play piano
  • Perform a song I wrote
  • Sing karaoke with my mom
  • Be in a play
  • Record an album

Crafts:

  • Get a sewing machine and learn to sew
  • Complete a scrapbook
  • Take potter’s wheel classes again
  • Get caught up scrapbooking my life
  • Learn to knit

Big kid:

  • Slide down a biiiiig slip n slide
  • Paint balloon darts like in Princess Diaries
  • Have a water-gun war
  • Play Twister with paint
  • Throw a theme party for no apparent reason

Personal

School:

  • Dress as my school’s mascot, the Gull
  • Move out of my parents house right graduation
  • Jump in the fountain at Endicott
  • Earn a Master’s degree

Bae:

  • Drive-in movie date
  • Carve our initials into a tree
  • Kiss under mistletoe
  • Take cute couple photo booth pictures
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Marry my best friend

Adulting:

  • Adopt a dog
  • Coach a team
  • Be a bridesmaid in a wedding
  • Buy a house
  • Become a mommy
  • Write a letter to myself and open it years later

Service:

  • Donate my hair
  • Volunteer on Christmas
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Teach abroad
  • Work with manatees
  • Give blood
  • Become a bone marrow donor
  • Organ donor

Learn/try:

  • American Sign Language
  • Plant a tree
  • Speak a second language (Spanish)
  • Be in the audience at the Ellen Show or Chelsea
  • Read 1000 books
  • Get a tattoo
  • Non-ear piercing

 

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Want to help me reach a goal or share one of yours? Let’s chat!