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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Pizza Boxes, Old Magazines, and Some Hemp Cord

Pizza Boxes, Old Magazines, and Some Hemp Cord

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About 4 years ago I made this magazine collage. I actually made the box too!! It’s amazing what you can do with a couple of pizza boxes, old magazines, and some hemp cord.

This was my final project for a design class I had at Purdue. It houses all of the other projects I did throughout the class and acts as a “Portfolio Box.”

The other five sides are also covered in inspirational magazine cut outs but this is the one that is in the best shape… and is my favorite.

The only thing it’s missing is a protective coat. I’ve considered Mod Podge but haven’t gotten around to trying it. I would hate to throw it away because it took FOREVER.

If any one has experience with this type of work or any sealer or protectant, please let me know!!

Keep Creating! And don’t forget to share!

 

     

 

 

 

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Thought Exercise: To Bury or Not to Bury

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Bury. Rhymes with the Larry, Mary and the other berry but looks like jury. Thank you, English Language.

Bury is a word of hiding or of an end. It’s obscure and leaves us curious.

It isn’t a comfortable subject for most but the first thing I think of when I hear bury is a funeral. Nobody wants to talk about funerals. It’s weird and in a lot of settings, it feels like an off-limits subject. But it is important. Part of our culture just so happens to include burials of the deceased. This movie certainly doesn’t shed any light on burial….

But of course, we hope to avoid the whole buried alive thing.

The history of funeral rites is a very interesting topic. A bit morbid on one level but it’s human. It says a lot about different cultures and religious beliefs. Burial grounds have been found dating back to 60,000 BC.!

It’s incredible how traditions and rituals evolve. If we look at afterlife plans nowadays, burial is by no means the only option for the deceased.

I just recently purchased an audiobook called, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. She talks about the “strange lives of our bodies postmortem.” And how you have uh… options. Like getting involved in science or art….as a cadaver….

Yes, I know. It’s a little…off-color, taboo? Disrespectful? … bizarre?

Honestly, I was a little disturbed with myself and my interest in the topic! But when I read the description and listened to the preview, that avid learner in me wanted to know more!

This coming from a girl who, as an adolescent, kept herself up at night worrying about what life was like after death. <<<< This is way too deep of a subject for right now but my point is there’s so much to learn, even if the topic is uncomfortable. Be curious!

“As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” – Ashton Kutcher

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”  -Robin S. Sharma

Get out there and step out of you comfort zone!

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Wait there’s more!

The deceased are not the only thing we bury.

Sometimes we bury…..

  • something to find later
  • treasure
  • a time capsule
  • the hatchet
  • our heads in a pillow
  • our heads in the sand
  • the secrets of our past
  • or just a dog bone

I hope your thoughts are good and exercised!

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This Day in History: July 11

Happy Prime Day!
Annnnd, Happy Free Slurpee Day!

Before you shop your heart out and get a brain freeze, I give to you Downright Ultimate’s first history lesson:

July 11th Throughout the Years

1900

Charlotte Cooper beat Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport! #girlpower

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1914

Babe Ruth made his debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3.

1944 

Franklin Roosevelt announced that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States.

1977

The US Medal of Freedom was awarded to Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta King accepted the medal on behalf of her late husband.

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2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix“, the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling was released. Can you believe it’s been 10 years?!

2011

Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846. What a time to be alive……

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by Gabriel

 

“I think I’m a trivia nerd. I love to learn about everything. I’m curious.” – Adam Rodriguez

 

Check out Onthisday.com and history.com for more “this day in history” trivia.

Never stop learning! #becomingultimate

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Did you Know? Learning

33 Quotes About Learning

Inspirational words of those who lived before us and those who live among us.

33 Quotes

 

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” ~Peter Drucker

“I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.”  ~Eartha Kitt

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”  ~Vernon Howard

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”  ~Mark Twain

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” ~D. Blocher

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ~Abigail Adams

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ~William A. Ward

“One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” ~ John W. Gardner

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson

“Supposing is good, but finding out is better.” ~Mark Twain

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~Alvin Toffler

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
Isaac Asimov

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
~B.B. King

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  ~Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else–that’s how you’ll get ahead.”
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“He who laughs most, learns best” ― John Cleese

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~African Proverb

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~Chinese Proverb

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” ~Herbert Spencer

“If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.”
~Howard Gardner

“Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.”  ~Philip J. Runkel

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. ~ Goethe

A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. ~ Helen Keller

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. ~ James Truslow Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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