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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


Inspiration Journaling Lists

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.


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, – 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, – Explore the amazing world of bullet journaling to make your lists with organization and a little pizazz!

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

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

To spark your interests,

More examples,

For the millennial woman, – An inspiration.

For everyone, my personal favorite bucket lister, – 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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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

The Waiting.

One of the most common and most difficult things we do is wait. Sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s exciting. Sometimes the end result is worth the wait, sometimes it feels like it was a waste of time. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know the worth of the wait until you go through with it…but it’s the thrill of the chase, the curiosity of the unknown or the excitement of the best possible outcome that keeps us going.

In some way the wait is always worth something…we are surprised, disappointed, overjoyed and angered after waiting every day, no matter what it allows us to move on to the next step. The outcome determines how to proceed…in your day, in your It’s frustrating, overwhelming and stressful…but at the same time it can be, like in my current situation (that I’ll reveal later), it’s exciting, motivating and finally the start of a future plan. I want my new adventure to begin ASAP but I have to WAIT! I have to wait on emails, notifications, processes; but mostly I just have to wait for time to pass. In the end it will still have worth no matter what because then I’ll know what to do next…and then I’ll wait for something else!

The wait is not always controllable, that is when patience is important but if it is controllable…if you can shorten your wait time in a legal, positive and helpful way, you go for it.

Wait, as a verb, is first defined: stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens. I am thankful that my particular wait has a specified end date and time…the indefinite wait: remain in readiness for some purpose or be left until a later time before being dealt with, in my opinion, has to be the painful kind but still has worth, like waiting for love for example.

In order to pass some time in my wait, here is an amusing list of things we wait for in our lives…use your time wisely and enjoy the moment, even if you are waiting because the truth is we are always waiting for something or someone.

phone to charge
roller coasters/rides
Secretary of State or BMV
rain/storm to pass
meat to thaw
food to cook
water to boil
snow to melt
leaves to fall
dog to poop
software/apps to download
iPods/phones to sync
planes to land
planes to take off
fruit to ripen
wounds to heal
nails/hair to grow
music artists to play in our town
movies to show at the theater
books to release
ability to legally drive
ability to legally drink
your date to arrive
your date from yesterday to call
having children
telling the truth
hearing the truth
the beer or soda to get cold in the fridge
ice cubes to freeze
our abs to magically appear
to lose weight
to gain weight
soreness to go away
zits/canker sores to go die
grades to be posted or sent out
loans to be approved
paint/glue to dry
cookies to cool before frosting
bills to arrive
test results to come in
a special event to start
seeing family
vacation to start
the weekend to start
applications to be processed
graduate school admissions decisions

What are you waiting for?