Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Bucket (List) Is Overflowing...

Yes, it is that time again. Towards the end of every year I look back, reflect on the past year, and plan for the future. This year has been EPIC in many ways and I have truly lived my life to the fullest. I have achieved things I never thought possible although I dreamed of doing them from a young age. I am more motivated and determined to live every day to the fullest and go after the things I want to do and experience in life. The benefit for my writing out my list is that it helps to make me do the things I talk about. I recently found a piece of paper that my son wrote laying around the house. It was titled "My Bucket List" and on it he wrote:

1. Climb Mount Everest
2. Scuba Dive
3. Travel the world
4. Set and beat a world record

Just the thought that I might have gotten him thinking about his own dreams and desires is a huge gift to me. I hope he continues to feel he can, and will, do everything he sets his mind to.

This years focus steers me away from triathlon for a bit into other areas that I have wanted to experience. I still hope to compete in some smaller races, but want to hit the trails and break out my mountain bike again...maybe even get an adventure race or two under my belt. I am exposing myself to new areas of interest and I hope they will spur on new passions and excitement for life!

So, now (drum roll)... the unveiling of Bucket List 2014:

Items that have already been achieved are listed in blue. Items in red are planned for this year. New items are in green. * mark the items accomplished in 2013.
  1. Write and publish a book.
  2. Remain happily married to the same man (ongoing).
  3. Have children. 
  4. Skydive.
  5. Obtain the rank of Black Belt in a martial art.
  6. Officially complete a Half-Ironman.
  7. Officially complete a Full-Ironman.*
  8. Go to Kona and watch the Ironman Championship.
  9. Go camping alone for a weekend.
  10. Get a cool tattoo I design myself to symbolize #7.
  11. Own a black Jeep Wrangler that I can put my road bike on the back of and a yellow lab in the front of!
  12. Own a convertible.
  13. Run a half-marathon.
  14. Run a full marathon * (I'll accept wogging it)
  15. Sail a boat around an island.
  16. Make a significant, life-changing difference in someone's life.
  17. Ride a horse on a tropical beach at sunset.
  18. Go on a mission trip in a foreign country.
  19. Swim with dolphins.
  20. Go to a Joan Jett concert.
  21. Converse in adequate Spanish in a foreign country in order to be understood and to understand conversation.
  22. Travel outside of the U.S. (in particular: Canada, Italy, Caribbean, Belize)
  23. Open my own business (and build it enough to financially cover my hobby expenses)
  24. Find my biological family.
  25. Watch the sunset with friends.*
  26. Rock climb and rappel a moderate size cliff.
  27. Go snow-skiing on real powder snow.
  28. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.
  29. Snorkel around a tropical island.
  30. Scuba dive on vacation.
  31. Save someone's life; respond to an emergency situation.
  32. Watch a baby being born (got to watch my daughter's birth).
  33. Become a Certified Search and Rescue Canine Handler
  34. Learn to ride a horse.

I'm excited to get 2014 underway!


  1. You have quite a bucket list there! Congrats on your 2013 accomplishments, and all the best on achieving the future ones. (And if you decide to hike the southern part of the AT, let me know ... we live close!)

    -- Wiener

  2. You rock!
    P.S., I'll go with you to Italy any time. It's on my bucket list too.