Bucket List: 30 by 30

At the beginning of the month, I turned the wise age of twenty-six. It’s really nothing special, twenty-six. It feels a lot like twenty-five. I recently realized how much older twenty-seven sounds though! I am not getting any younger. So I decided I needed a specific bucket list for the next four years. Below you will find thirty things I want to do before I hit that big 3-0. Some of these should be easy, some will take time. Some are serious, some are super silly. But they all mean something to me. It all goes back to self-discipline, which is something I think and write about a lot.

We should take the time to plan and save for the things we want to do and accomplish. Stop thinking and start doing.

I really need to start taking my own advice…. Let’s do this.

30 by 30, in no particular order:

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Pay off my credit card
  3. Have consistent revenue as a blogger and freelancer
  4. Make business cards
  5. 1000+ Blog followers
  6. Add an audio element to my blog
  7. Read (Or Listen to) 100 Books
  8. Go on another Contiki trip
  9. Become a Certified Technology Specialist
  10. Start my LLC
  11. Reach my ideal body weight and stick with it
  12. Go to L.A.
  13. Watch all of the Oscar Best Picture Winners
  14. Visit Minnesota
  15. Go to Thailand
  16. Become a regular volunteer at a theater or venue
  17. Get a new camera
  18. Write and Record my own song
  19. Record and master my own album of covers
  20. Upgrade my Blog to have more design/function control
  21. Be something awesome for Halloween
  22. Get a larger apartment
  23. Run a 5K
  24. Run a Spartan Race
  25. Keep memory training – Be able to name all Oscar winners when given the year
  26. Finish my Spanish Duolingo Tree
  27. Make at least one short film
  28. Sell a design on Society6
  29. Be a successful affiliate with one or more companies
  30. Find a solution to my back/hip pain

Let the planning, learning, saving and training begin. <3

 

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Watchlist #1: The Oscars – Best Pictures Winners

My goal is to finish all 90+ films before I turn thirty. #30by30

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Academy Award Best Picture Winners

1927/28 – Wings directed by William A. Wellman 

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1928/29 – The Broadway Melody directed by Harry Beaumont

1929/30 – All Quiet on the Western Front directed by Lewis Milestone

1930/31 – Cimarron directed by Wesley Ruggles

1931/32 – Grand Hotel  directed by Edmond Goulding

1932/33 – Calvacade directed by Frank Lloyd

1934 – It Happened One Night directed by Frank Capra 

1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty directed by Frank Lloyd

1936 – The Great Ziegfeld directed by Robert Z. Leonard

1937 – The Life of Emile Zola directed by William Dieterle

1938 – You Can’t Take it with You directed by Frank Capra

1939 – Gone with the Wind directed by Victor Fleming

1940 – Rebecca directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1941 – How Green Was My Valley directed by John Ford

1942 – Mrs. Miniver directed by William Wyler

1943 – Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz

1944 – Going My Way directed by Leo McCarey

1945 – The Lost Weekend directed by Billy Wilder

1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives directed by William Wyler

1947 – Gentlemen’s Agreement directed by Elia Kazan✓

1948 – Hamlet directed by Laurence Oliver

1949 – All the King’s Men directed by Robert Rossen

1950 – All About Eve directed by Joesph L. Mankiewicz

1951 – An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli

1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth directed by Cecil B. DeMille

1953 – From Here to Eternity directed by Fred Zinnemann ✓ 

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1954 – On the Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan

1955 – Marty directed by Delbert Mann

1956 – Around the World in 80 Days directed by Michael Anderson

1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai directed by David Lean

1958 – Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli ✓ 

1959 – Ben-Hur directed by William Wyler

1960 – The Apartment  directed by Billy Wilder

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1961 – West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins✓

1962 – Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean

1963 – Tom Jones directed by Tony Richardson

1964 – My Fair Lady directed by George Cukor

1965 – The Sound of Music directed by Robert Wise ✓

1966 – A Man for All Seasons directed by Fred Zinnemann

1967 – In the Heat of the Night directed by Norman Jewison

1968 – Oliver! directed by Carol Reed

1969 – Midnight Cowboy directed by John Schlesinger

1970 – Patton directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

1971 – The French Connection directed by William Friedkin

1972 – The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola 

1973 – The Sting directed by George Roy Hill

1974 – The Godfather Part II directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Miloš Forman 

1976 – Rocky directed by John G. Avildsen

1977 – Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen

1978 – The Deer Hunter directed by Michael Cimino 

1979 – Kramer vs. Kramer directed by Robert Benton 

1980 – Ordinary People directed by Robert Redford

1981 – Chariots of Fire directed by Hugh Hudson

1982 – Gandhi directed by Richard Attenborough

1983 – Terms of Endearment directed by James L. Brooks

1984 – Amadeus directed by Miloš Forman

1985 – Out of Africa directed by Sydney Pollack ✓ 

1986 – Platoon directed by Oliver Stone

1987 – The Last Emperor directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

1988 – Rain Man  directed by Barry Levinson 

1989 – Driving Miss Daisy directed by Bruce Beresford

1990 – Dances with Wolves directed by Kevin Costner

1991 – Silence of the Lambs directed by Jonathan Demme 

1992 – Unforgiven directed by Clint Eastwood

1993 – Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg

1994 – Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis ✓

1995 – Braveheart directed by Mel Gibson

1996 – The English Patient directed by Anthony Minghella 

1997 – Titanic directed by James Cameron ✓

1998 – Shakespeare in Love directed by John Madden 

1999 – American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes 

2000 – Gladiator directed by Ridley Scott

2001 – A Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard 

2002 – Chicago directed by Rob Marshall 

2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson

2004 – Million Dollar Baby directed by Cint Eastwood 

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2005 – Crash directed by Paul Haggis 

2006 – The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese 

2007 – No Country for Old Men directed by Joel and Ethan Coen 

2008 – Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle 

2009 – The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow 

2010 – The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper✓

2011 – The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius 

2012 – Argo directed by Ben Affleck

2013 – 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen ✓

2014 – Birdman directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu 

2015 – Spotlight directed by Tom McCarthy 

2016 – Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins 

2017The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro 

2018 – Green Book by Peter Farrelly

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Start Bucket Listing Today!

As a blogger you quickly become a list maker…if you weren’t already one. I’ve always been a collector, a compiler, a gatherer.

Today I’ve created a list of bucket lists. Yes, that’s right. A list of lists.

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Everyone has that never-ending to-do list of things they want to try, places they want to go, things they want to learn. And now I dare you to rally those ideas and thoughts. Corral the to-dos and to-don’ts. Lay it all on the table. And make your list(s).

It can be a….

  • Standard Life Bucket List (Include it all!)
  • University Pride Bucket List
  • Travel Bucket List
  • 30 things by 30 years old Bucket List
  • Season Specific Bucket List
  • This Month Bucket List
  • Sporting Event Bucket List
  • City Specific Bucket List
  • Country Specific Bucket List
  • Skills/Knowledge Bucket List
  • Must See in Concert Bucket List
  • Books to Read Bucket List
  • Movies to See Bucket List

The list of lists can go on and on!

Becoming ultimate is about doing. It’s about giving, learning, growing, and just plain living. Take hold of opportunities and run with them. Clench your fists and say yes to a challenge! I recommend the “Life Bucket List” to all. The “big list,” the “ultimate list.” This includes everything, but particularly your long term goals.

The rest of the lists include short term, very achievable goals. Perhaps one you can accomplish this week, or today! The short term items will act as stepping stones or benchmarks to your long term items. If you achieve everything on your “this month” list think of how much progress you’re making on the big list!

Of course, if you’re anything like me this list will keep growing as you experience new things. But you’ll only become that much more interesting.

Below are some possible list making tools and bucket list examples:

For the digital note taker, evernote.com – or any standard note app.

For the Journal Junkie, My Ultimate Bucket List Journal – a journal made specifically for Bucket Lists…there’s quite a few out there.

For the Creative Journal Junkie, http://bulletjournal.com/ – Explore the amazing world of bullet journaling to make your lists with organization and a little pizazz!

For the social goal setter, www.bucketlist.org/ – a website to create your list, get ideas from others and communicate with other bucket listers.

For the quiz taker and challenge starter, http://www.listchallenges.com/ –  tons of pre-made lists to inspire your own and see where you stand today.

To spark your interests, https://personalexcellence.co/blog/bucket-list/

More examples, https://daringtolivefully.com/bucket-list-ideas

For the millennial woman, http://bucketlistbombshells.com/ – An inspiration.

For everyone, my personal favorite bucket lister, http://bucketlistjourney.net/my-bucket-list/ – She’s amazing.

Make your list and try to check one thing off by the end of the week! It can be simple! But make it about something YOU want to do. We’re not talking about chores or errands! Do something for yourself.

Please share!! I will do the same.

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Literary Bucket List

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I’ve decided to publish my book collection! Though I am especially proud of my tangible collection…there is something about that raw touch and smell of a book, a novel, the bound pages of a story…I have also included my e-books, audio books and hopeful acquisitions of the future.
The problem with my collection is that I have yet to read all of the books! Any books I have read in the last six years (post high school) I have put in bold, the rest are on my to-read list. As I feel like a fraud for owning such a rich collection of books without having read (or remembering) many of them, I am now considering this my Literary Bucket List.
*Read in school, but want to read again as an adult.
** Favorite!
¹ I started reading the book and didn’t finish…but want to!

Tangible:

  1. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown¹
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Animal Farm by George Orwell*
  5. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  6. The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro
  7. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (NEW)
  9. Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger*
  10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  11. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  13. Cut by Patricia McCormick*
  14. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride*
  15. Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
  16. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
  17. Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  18. The Giver by Lois Lowry*
  19. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens¹
  20. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks*
  21. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  22. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  23. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  24. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*
  25. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  26. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster*
  28. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  29. I Dare You! by William H. Danforth**
  30. I’ll Let you Go by Bruce Wagner
  31. In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
  32. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali*
  33. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer*
  34. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler*
  35. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  36. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold¹
  37. Macbeth by Shakespeare
  38. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  39. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey¹
  40. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  41. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder*
  42. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich*
  43. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  44. The Odyssey by Homer
  45. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  46. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*
  47. Ordinary People by Judith Guest*
  48. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  49. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  50. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver*
  51. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving¹
  52. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  53. Room by Emma Donoghue
  54. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  55. A Separate Piece by John Knowles
  56. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  57. Stone Garden by Molly Moynahan
  58. The Stranger by Albert Camus*
  59. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe*
  60. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  61. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  62. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  63. Too Far by Rich Shapero
  64. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks¹
  65. Wicked by Gregory Maguire¹

E-books or Kindle Books:

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien¹
  2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth¹

Audio Books: 

  1. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
  2. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
  4. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  5. You Are a Bad ass by Jen Sincero**
  6. The Like Switch by Marvin Karlins, Jack Schafer
  7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Wish to Own

  1. Children of Men P.D. James
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  3. The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin
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13 Things To Do When You Are Having a Rough Day

What a week. It has been a very difficult time, but we cannot lose hope! Remember to do the things that make you happy or make you feel at peace. I understand there are certain issues, especially right now, that won’t go away overnight, but you must think of your present self. Soothe every part of your being; mentally, physically, spiritually and socially . Here are a few things I like to do to keep myself sane:

  1. Walk on the sunny side of the street. The vitamin D will do you all sorts of good!  http://www.self.com/story/sunlight-benefits
  2. Remember that you are a winner…In the very beginning of your days, you were the one that won the race. You are here on purpose.
  3. Scream. My friends and I find scream therapy very helpful. Scream into a pillow if that’s all you can do, but there’s something about just letting it out. Just don’t scare your neighbors.photo-1472414113715-7cc07153bd86
  4. Sing. In the shower, in the car, while cooking, while walking down the street, in front of an audience at your local karaoke bar…sing, like nobody’s there but you.
  5. Listen to music that reminds you of a good day. The beauty of sense memory. Everyone has a song that they associate to a happy memory, here is mine from Europe.
  6. Run, Dance, Exercise. Endorphins are wonderful, the only addiction you need.
  7. Stretch, do yoga. Try not to think, just focus on your body.photo-1473088555253-cc83bbc5dae3
  8. Read or watch a movie. Put yourself in a different world. We must always face reality but it’s okay to take a small vacation from it.
  9. Write. Put your thoughts on paper. Read them back. Discover how the weight of your problems change over time.
  10. Blog. Put your thoughts out there for the world, within reason 🙂 Ask for feedback if you feel like you want it.
  11. Call your mom or your best friend.
  12. Breathe. In through your nose, out through your mouth.
  13. Be in the present. Nothing matters except for right now. Just be, for a while. Recognize the natural beauty of our planet.

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