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My Bucket List

*Please note that this list (page even) is a work in progress*

Who knows how many of these will actually come true. Some of these are serious, some are little things, some seem out of reach to me,  and some will (most likely!) never happen.  I’m hoping that having this list will help me accomplish, simply by having it in black and white, at least a few more of these things than I would have otherwise.  Plus, I am hardcore type A and LOVE having things in black and white!

In no particular order, other than being broken into categories, here’s my list so far:


  • Go on a real vacation with my husband, by ourselves
  • Be a grandmother ( I always hear that is the reward for surviving parenthood!)
  • Teach our children to play Euchre (it was a large part of my childhood that I would like to share with them)

Personal Development:

  • Make a quilt (I have a strange obsession with quilts, maybe someday I could learn to quilt one)
  • Have a few hundred followers on my blog
  • Learn how to sew
  • Learn how to crochet
  • Read more books, specifically classics such as Gone with the Wind which I tackled as a New Years Resolution for 2010
  • Write a novel (maybe my life story-sort of a comedy of parenting stories and errors)
  • See a James Bond film (or two)
  • See Rocky
  • Publish the Dinosaur Book I created for Ava when she was little


  • Take a picture in front of the Hollywood sign
  • Go on an Alaskan Cruise.
  • See the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  • Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  • Take my family to the Grand Canyon
  • See the Redwood Forest with my own eyes (not just photos)
  • Travel the Panama Canal (the kids and I have watched high speed videos of the journey)




  • Own portrait lighting umbrellas
  • Master low light photos without flash shadows
  • Master manual mode on my camera
  • Become a pro at Photoshop
  • Start my own photography business

Inspirational “Bucket List” Quotes:

1. A pessimist sees the difficult in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.  -Winston Churchill

2. Many of life’s failures are people who had not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.  -Thomas Edison

3. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.  Will Rogers

4. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  -Waldo Emerson

5. We all have two choices; we can make a living or we can design a life. -Unknown

6. Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.  Hard work is the price we must pay for success.  I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.  -Vince Lombardi

7. If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page. – Mark Houlahan

8. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Confucious

9. Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. -Unknown

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