YOLO (so why limit ourselves to 10)

I've read a few posts in the last few weeks on the "10 things I want to do before I die" like this one by Gini Dietrich. After the movie I never saw (we all know my attention span...ooooh, squirrel!) and everyone tossing around YOLO plus given my current situation, it may be surprising I haven't made one of these lists already.

So I sat down to create one. And you know what? It's not as easy as it looks. I don't want to choose something superficial (yet I feel that would be representative of me) but I want to make the list somewhat attainable. Plus why should there only be 10 items on the list? Sigh.

And I don't want the list to be predictable. Because predictable, I am not.

But if I have learned anything in the last few weeks - and thanks to my brilliant friend for hammering this home time and time again - it's that you can't have your cake and eat it too.

I have this idea of how life should be. And when things don't go that way, I get disappointed. I become upset. Instead of accepting the blessings already in my life, I ignore what's there and go looking for more. 

So while I struggled with my bucket list, I completed it. If it happens, it happens. And if it doesn't, I'm good with it. Because I'm liking life more and more each day. So without further adieu, here are 10 things I want to do before I die:
  1. Be a Mom. Again. It's the only job I think I do well. And I want another shot at it.
  2. Be debt free. I wholeheartedly expect this to be a reality in the next two years. I didn't realize just how in debt I am (don't ask), but I'm not going to allow it to take over my life. So this may not belong on this list, but right now, it seems pretty unattainable so it stays.
  3. Own a cottage on the water. I've always been drawn to the serenity of the shore. Having a cup of coffee on the dock in the morning or enjoying wine at night...nothing beats it.
  4. Live in the city. I don't know where life will take me. But no matter what state, what city, I am destined to move out of the 'burbs.
  5. Jet set to Europe. I've traveled to London and that's it. I want to see the world. Tourist attractions, countrysides, everything.
  6. Take cooking classes. I'm not bad at baking cookies. And if I try really, really hard, I can make a decent dinner. But I really envy those Top Chefs.
  7. Be a Disney Vacation Club member at Bay Lake Tower. I heart Disney. And I want to get to a point in life that I'm down in Florida at least twice a year. A DVC would guarantee it.
  8. Run a marathon. Yes, I said it. I've ran two half marathons. And I despised them. I vowed I would never run a full 26.2 miles. But deep down, maybe, just maybe...
  9. Skydive. Or para sail. Or both. But perhaps I should just learn how to be a stronger swimmer.
  10. Visit with family overseas. I have relatives in the U.K., Australia, and the Philippines (and more scattered around the U.S.). There's always an excuse as to why we don't see each other more. I want Amara to know my family. I want to know them.
Do you have a bucket list? What's on it?


  1. I have had that very same quote posted at my desk since September 2011; I need the reminder daily. Blessings to you in your pursuit of the life that is waiting for you!


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