For years, friends have told me to “add that to your bucket list” or “cross that off the bucket list.” In truth, I’ve never had one. I suppose I might be superstitious–afraid that I’ll jinx myself and never get to do everything I want to do. I have dreams and aspirations. I have big dreams. But I like to focus on the doable ones.
This week that changed. This week my husband and I took a good look at what we value and what we want to make our lives what they should be. So here’s what I decided. I don’t need a 100-things-I-must-do list. But I do need to be more open to myself, and to anyone who reads this, about my goals, my dreams, and my aspirations.
With that in mind, my list will never, ever end. I intend to add something every time it comes to me. This page may start with only 6 ideas, but it will last forever. Because big or small, there will always be more stars to reach.
- Travel to the remaining 18 states (mostly midwest and west) that I haven’t visited–Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
- Take my family to a dude ranch
- Disney Cruise
- Visit the small towns of Italy exploring the food, the wine and the culture
- Visit a third world country as a representative to share their story and bring more attention to their needs
- Speak against No Child Left Behind and standardized testing
- Attend the All Star Baseball Game week and festivities
- Spend a day learning from Jim Cramer
- Host a TV discussion show for real moms
- Take another improv acting class and perform
- Travel the California coast with my husband in a convertible
- Take my family to Hawaii and attend a luau
- Represent a company who’s culture, philosophy and product I truly believe in and mesh with, making it a longterm commitment that allows us both to grow – Done! 2012-present. But keeping this on the list to continue doing this more often.
- Have lunch with Diane Sawyer
- Attend gymnastics at the Olympics
- Watch my children smile as they achieve one of their biggest fears– I find that each time my kids face a fear, the satisfaction they show after is so fulfilling as a parent. It’s about letting them go to do it on their own. It’s hard, but, wow. They CAN do it.
- Remember to hold hands and hug, often
- Go to family camp for a week
- Make a house a home and a yard a peaceful extension
- Grow a vegetable garden — doing it summer 2013! Tomatoes and basil are delicious and so much better when you know you grew them yourself!
- Finish their baby books
- Go to the Grand Canyon
- Watch turtles hatch & run for the ocean
- Swim with dolphins
- Enjoy lunch at the American Girl Store in NY with my daughter
- Experience an Earthquake (and actually feel it)
- Retire in a home big enough to entertain my entire family
- Create a baby scrapbook for Little’s first year
- Attend the Kentucky Derby — done! 2013
Want to help me make one of these happen? Send me an email! I’d love to talk with you about it.