Bucket List

I’m a planner. I like to make to-do lists and set goals for myself, even if I don’t accomplish them. Without goals to work towards I feel like I’m drifting and I get stressed and don’t know what to do and end up laying in bed watching tv all day. But my goals are usually very short-term, never exceeding a few months. Jesse is also a planner, but he’s a long term “big picture” guy. When you combine us you have an excellent team with goals and plans for next week, a year from now and even 40 years from now. Jesse and I have amazing plans and a lot of them are things I’ve always dreamed of doing but never thought would happen. I’m starting to realize most of my dreams could actually be a reality one day, so I’ve written them down as a to-do list for my life and wanted to share them with you guys.


(I left out things that have already happened like getting married, honeymooning in Disney World, etc)

1. Drive across the United States (we have plans to do this Fall ’14)
2. Get a tattoo
3. Adopt a baby from another country, specifically in Asia
4. Get an average of 1,000 reads a day on the blog
5. Dye my hair purple
6. Form real life friendships with blog friends
7. Run a 10k
8. Go to Disney World at Christmas time
9. Be a bridesmaid
10. Go to the Robin Hood tree at Northumberland Park in the UK
11. Meet Kevin Costner
12. Attend over 20 Dashboard Confessional shows
13. Meet Chris Carrabba
14. Go shopping in Paris
15. Go to Hawaii
16. Go snorkeling
17. Swim with dolphins
18. Go on a safari in Africa
19. Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand
20. Be a teacher
21. Visit Normandy
22. Meet a member of the 101st Airbourne (Band of Brothers)
23. See a Braodway show, on Broadway
24. Attend a professional sporting event
25. Be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve
26. Go camping (in a tent)
27. Read every book I own
28. Go canoeing
29. Visit Skywalker Ranch
30. Go to a Bryan Adams concert
31. Be featured in a magazine (online or print)
32. Spend a night in Cinderella’s Castle
33. Be a mom
34. Go to Vegas
35. Celebrate 50 years of marriage
36. Go on a cruise
37. Go to Europe and the Mediterranean (We’re planning a 2 week trip to Europe Fall ’13)
38. Try a new food every year for forever
39. Attend the Olympics
40. Live a life worth being proud of

I’m so excited for what the future holds for both myself and Jesse and can’t wait to mark things off my bucket list, and add things along the way! What would be on your bucket list?

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  1. ! I was planning on writing a “30 before I’m 30” post today!

    So many of the things on your bucket list are what’s on my “unofficial” bucket list. The only one I can see not happening for me is adoption. I so so so so so badly want to adopt, have forever, but Mike just isn’t into it. C’est la vie.

    1. I’ll have to check out that movie! Thanks for the recommendation! Bummer I missed it, I’ve been wanting to Vlog, but I feel like I need an interesting topic to keep me from rambling too much! 😉

  2. I can promise you that #9 will happen so many times in your life you may even regret wishing for it,lol.
    Make those dreams happen!! ;]
    ps Im a big list girl to

  3. Once you have seen a show on Broadway, no other show will live up to it. (Usually. We’ve seen some bad ones on Broadway and some really good ones just local. But overall–no comparison.) It’s amazing and a curse at the same time. And I reeeeally want to go back to Disney World. How about we organize a blogger event there? 😉 (Seriously, how awesome would that be?)

  4. Great idea. I like your goals. Lisa would agree with Dashboard confessional big time. I’m not a fan of the group though, since it seems most of their songs lack any sort of chorus whatsoever =D. I rag on them all the time and it drives Lisa crazy!!

    It may be worth drawing up a new bucket list every ten years to see if the goals change. I would bet they do.

    1. That would drive me crazy too! :p Jesse actually introduced me to Dashboard when we started dating and I fell in love almost instantly! I’ve been to 2 shows already and both of them were Chris Carrabba solo acoustic shows. AMAZING!

      And I’m definitely thinking I’ll add more to the list as I mark things off, BUT I dont want to write a new one every time I revamp. I feel like that’s cheating, even if I feel less excited to do something at 43 that I wrote at 23 I think I should still do it 🙂

  5. Very cOol list. I lovE that there is such a good mix of types of goals. Ryan’s similar to your husband -much more long term. I think we are lucky to have guys like that. Best of luck with your goals.

  6. You have a lot of really great goals and most of them seem pretty realistic. It’s cool to see your blogging ones in hey here too. I’ve never written a bucket list but maybe I should. It would be fun to see everything get crossed off.

  7. Haha of all the celebrities out there, why Kevin Costner? Just curious. I misread #22 as BE a member of 101st and was really confused for a second.

    I like this idea. I think I usually think of a bucket list the same as a dream car, a nice thought but not really necessary, but you’ve mixed different things together and made it more realistic and about living a good life.

    1. I love him! He’s seriously my favorite! I’ve seen the Robin Hood movie he was in more times than I can count and have it memorized! I used to pretend he was my dad when I was younger because I thought he was so awesome! My love for that movie is also why I want to visit the tree and go to a Bryan Adams concert! (I walked down the aisle to the Bryan Adams song from this movie)

      To me a bucket list is a list of goals and dreams you have for your life and everyone has those. I just chose to write mine down, along with a few fun things that I’d like to do before my life is over. Everyone has regrets, but I don’t want mine to be that I didn’t try my hardest to get the most out of life.

      1. Hahahaha that is too funny. I wondered if all three of those things were related. I saw part of a Bryan Adams interview one time and he was talking about how he wrote that song in like 30 minutes and didn’t really think it would go anywhere. Here we are 20 years later and people still love it.

        I think what you said about your list is kind of what I meant. It’s not about doing crazy things that are super impressive to everyone else. It’s about not wasting your life.

  8. Love your list! A long list too! But I think the fact that your list is long, just means you will live a very meaningful life =) I like #6 esp! I didn’t realize when I started blogging, that I would be creating friendships =) And you’ve already done a 5K, so you’ll be able to do #7 in no time!! Oh, and you know #33 is the best job you’ll ever have! =) I feel like I know you a lil’ more now, great post lady!

  9. So many wonderful things to look forward to! Love the ones about the Olympics, Hobbiton and dying your hair. Very fun 🙂

  10. This was a great list! I loved that it had very serious and meaningful things on it like adoption, celebrating 50 years of marriage and being a mom along with fun things like dying your hair purple and trips to Vegas. Great well rounded list! Good luck crossing it all off!!

    ps- total planner over here too!

  11. Cross off #6! 🙂 Also, #25 is okay if you can get into one of the buildings nearby (ie not in that crowd… apparently it’s a nightmare)!

    I love lists, too. I go so far as making pro/con lists whenever I need to make a decision!

  12. I would definitely have to sit down and think about this! I do a lot more short term planning than long term…and I don’t know if Kevin plans at all, lol.
    I do know I need to go back to Disney sometime soon though, so count me in on that trip!

  13. This is so fun!! I love to hear about what my blog friends want to accomplish! I love all the traveling you have planned!!

  14. Ashley,

    I love your list! I think my favorite about meeting blog friends in real life! It is south better than I ever imagined!

    Great ideas!


  15. purple hair!!! love the list, seriously. The nice thing about it is that you can tell that these are all meaningful items to you, but they are also all achievable. Maybe not easily, but getting there is part of the fun 🙂

  16. how great! so get a tattoo, what were you thinking and where were you gonna get it? i have one, and i love it soo much, i’d love to have another. it’s so funny to see things that you may have done on someone else’s bucket list. i’m sure there’s so much that i’d want to do that you’ve already done.

    1. I’m not sure what or where yet. My husband and I have talked about matching ones. I know I want it somewhere easily hidden. I probably won’t do it until after I have a kid or 2 because I have a low pain tolerance but after squeezing out a few babies I should be able to handle a tattoo haha

  17. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this post with your list!!! I would NEVER want to do #25, I’m always surprised at people who do! 🙂 #6, 15, and 37 would be on my list, too! Keep us updated!

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