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Saturday, June 7, 2014

15 minute post about My bucket list

On June first, I mentioned that Dennis and I have been working on our bucket lists. Today, I thought it would be fun to share mine. It's a work in progress, of course. This has been such an enlightening experience. Things that I thought would make the list did not, and a few ventures I had never given much thought turned out to be pretty important to me.

In order to see if an item is worthy of making the list, I ask one simple question: "At the end of my life, will I regret not having done this thing?"

If the answer is yes, on the list it goes. I really recommend taking a few minutes to start a bucket list today, it has helped me focus and set some goals for myself in the coming years.

Ok, so, anyway. Here it is:

Bucket list
Have dreadlocks
Try vegetarianism
Adopt children
Do a pull up (Yes, just one. I have zero upper body strength)
Visit The Simple Way
Visit Portland
Visit Ethiopia
Visit The Dancing Rabbit
Buy an old house and fix it up
Write a thriving blog, or a book
Go on a food tour of Italy
Learn Chinese
Publish a children's book (I wrote one years ago, and I want to get my brother to illustrate it so I can have a copy to read to my kids)
Climb a mountain (I do love hiking and camping, but to be honest, I felt obligated to add some sort of physical feat besides "do one pull up" because that would be sad and lame. Also, I do not want to turn into a fat blob of lazy.)

.....uh, what kind of hippie freak am I?.....

Like I said, I'm writing more now to keep my, uh, chops sharpened or whatever. You know, to stay in practice. So that will help if I ever get lucky enough to write for a living.

We're also flirting around with being vegetarian around here. I feel great so far! I haven't had meat since...supper last night. Oh, and one bite of bacon this morning. Ahem.

I'm going to start studying Chinese for 15 minutes a day, kind of like this whole "write for 15 minutes a day" thing. Maybe I'll alternate days or something. Those sound like some seriously low expectations, but anyone who has 3 kids age three and under will understand  - I'm just trying to be realistic.

We're toying around with planning our next trip for early next year, but I don't know which location we'll tackle this time...

There you have it. I wonder how many years it will take to accomplish all of this....

Oh, I won't share Dennis' whole list, but it involved music instruments and some sports and learning to make sushi, I think. I can't wait to hear him playing music again.

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