My Bucket List

My Bucket List

This whole blog started for a few reasons. As much as I love a good story, my memory isn't what it used to be and this was going to be my way of capturing and documenting the stories and moments of my life. For a while, it always seemed like I was doing or preparing to do something on my bucket list. This list is a living document. I've added new ideas and experiences that have caught my attention.  I've removed things that in the moment seemed like something I strived for but after some thought were more of a fleeting thought.  I've triumphantly crossed things off after prepping and planning to accomplish them, or when the opportunity unexpectedly presented itself and I've seized it! I've edited things to be more specific or focus or simply to clarify what exactly it was/is that I wanted to achieve. Bottom line: this list has changed, it is changing, and it will continue to change--and that's okay. Because it's mine. It was made by me, for me. But I'm sharing it with you. Why? Because maybe we have some overlap. Because maybe you can help me cross something off. Because it's a quick and easy reference point for past, present and future blog posts. Because it'll help me focus on the things that I had decided I wanted to do someday. And because maybe, just maybe, it'll give you the push you're looking for to create your own. (And when you do, I'd love to see it if you're willing to share!)

(This list is in no particular order and is subject to change.)

  1. Adopt a child
  2. Host an exchange student
  3. Get a dog
  4. Read a novel in a different language
  5. Learn to play the piano
  6. Perform a hip hop routine
  7. Go to a meditation retreat
  8. Fill the pages of a passport
  9. Go back to Greece
  10. Go to the Olympics (winter and summer) (Winter: February 2010)
  11. Learn how to snowboard (February 2011)
  12. Learn how to curl (as in the sport) (October 2010)
  13. Get a tattoo (July 25th, 2010)
  14. Fly somewhere for dinner/on a whim
  15. Try 1000 different dishes/types of food
  16. Read 1000 books
  17. Go skydiving (somewhere cool) (Feb 12, 2011 in Tonga)
  18. Learn how to play tennis
  19. Sit courtside (feet on hardwood) at a basketball game
  20. Wakeboard for at least a minute
  21. Rock a bikini. 
  22. Learn how to juggle
  23. Go to the “top” game of a sport I like. (Winter Olympics: Mens’ Gold Medal Hockey Game: February 28, 2010)
  24. Run a mile. Straight. (And eventually complete a half marathon.) (June 2010)
  25. Travel to all 9 provinces and 3 territories in Canada
  26. Get married
  27. Get my motorcycle license (March 2010)
  28. Travel alone. (February 2011)
  29. Help make someone’s dream come true
  30. Get dual citizenship (December 17, 2014)
  31. Catch a fish
  32. Go bungee jumping (May 2010)
  33. Go white water rafting on a level 5 rapid
  34. Teach someone how to read
  35. Shoot guns at a shooting range. (Shotguns: May 2009. Handguns: August 2012)
  36. Have something named after me
  37. Laugh until I cry.
  38. Touch an Olympic Medal. (July 2010)
  39. Finish a NYT crossword in pen.                                                              
  40. Be an extra in a movie/tv show. (August 4, 2015)
  41. Start an annual tradition.
  42. Go to a Full Moon party in Thailand
  43. Participate in the Running of the Bulls
  44. Whistle with my fingers in my mouth
  45. Learn how to surf  (First attempt: May 30th, 2014)
  46. Be on CNN.
  47. Be on the Jumbotron (January 8th, 2011)
  48. Cry in a movie. (September 17, 2011)
  49. Milk a cow.
  50. Go to Ibiza.
  51. Walk on hot coals.
  52. Jump off a waterfall (September 2016)
  53. Officiate a wedding (April 5, 2013)
  54. Kiss the greatest guy I know
  55. Significantly help a complete stranger for the greater good (February 2016)                                                                           
  56. Have my picture in the paper. (December 2010)
  57. Learn how to drive stick (in progress)
  58. Go to Fiji (Feb 12, 2011, kinda)
  59. Take flying lessons
  60. Get SCUBA certified (Feb 18, 2011)
  61. Complete a DIY home renovation project (November 2012)
  62. Save someone’s life (January 7, 2012)
  63. See my name in lights
  64. Wish on a shooting star (July 31st, 2011)
  65. Go shark diving
  66. Visit the 7 wonders of the world (Machu Picchu, Colisseum, Petra, Christ Redeemer, Great Wall, Chichen Itza, Taj Mahal)
  67. Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  68. Ride a gondola in Venice
  69. Do a sprint triathlon
  70. Get a turkey in bowling
  71. Salsa in the salsa capital of the world (Cali, Colombia) .                      
  72.  Visit the Egyptian Pyramids
  73.  Become fluent in French
  74.  And Spanish.
  75.  Ride in a hot air balloon (October 2012)
  76. Blow glass (May 23, 2011)
  77. Take a picture with the Stanley Cup. (March 21, 2014)
  78. Reach a healthy weight for my age/height and maintain it.
  79. Make a 4 course meal. From scratch
  80. Meet Barack Obama
  81. Go volcano boarding (October 19, 2015)
  82. Stay at an ice hotel
  83. Live abroad for a year (non North America)
  84. Jump into a pool fully clothed
  85. Solve the Rubik’s cube (2016)
  86. Go hang gliding
  87. Celebrate Diwali in India
  88. Raise $10,000 for charity (February 2016)
  89. Climb a mountain (June 2010: Mount Neahkahnie)
  90. Learn ethnic food to the point where I can walk into any restaurant, order and know what I'm about to eat 
  91. Watch every movie that has won an academy award for “Best Picture”
  92. Help deliver a baby
  93. Go to a taping of Ellen
  94. Fix a flat tire (April 14, 2012. Doug supervised.)
  95. Go on a safari in Africa 
  96. Become fluent in sign language
  97. Be part of a flash mob. (June 23, 2011)
  98.  Become a public notary
  99. Go to the World Cup
  100. Read 52 books in a year
  101. Swim with dolphins
  102. Go streaking (May 11, 2011)
  103. Complete a yoga challenge
  104. Complete a trick on the flying trapeze (April 15, 2012)
  105. Hold a koala bear
  106.  Participate in the Tomatina festival
  107. Visit Auschwitz
  108. Travel a million miles
  109.  Go on a cupcake crawl in NYC
  110. Try everything on the Taco Bell Menu
  111. Learn how to code .                                                                                
  112. Do the Sydney Bridge Climb
  113. Eat at French Laundry in Napa
  114. See the Northern Lights
  115. Ride the highest roller coaster in the world
  116. Write a book
  117. Visit all 50 states in the USA
Visiting Chichen Itza

Visiting Chichen Itza

Chasing Mountain Tops

Chasing Mountain Tops

My Relationship with my Yoga Mat