Bucket List

Getting older and surviving three deployments has compelled me to fill my remaining days with passion and variety. I feel like I need to make up for my lost years. Whether they were lost overseas or while I lived in a daze in the states, I realized, I cannot waste anymore time. Each and every day is precious and I promised myself to be more “present” in the moments and not put off things I want to do. I may not be guaranteed another day, so I will make each one count. No regrets.

My bucket list is me – random. It has some sweet little moments on it as well as grand events. As I think of more, I will add them, and as I do some, I will try to post some pictures or comment on them.

So here is my list, big and small:

From 2014 and Before

  • Make an apple pie
I couldn't just make any apple pie. I had to make a carmel apple pecan pie!

I couldn’t just make any apple pie. I had to make a carmel apple pecan pie!

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  • Start a blog
I finally started to blog and a few people say its coming along just fine. :)

I finally started to blog and a few people say its coming along just fine. 🙂

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  • Swing from a trapeze
On my 43rd birthday, I took a trapeze class. It was so hard but so much fun. Next year, my new bucket list adjustment for this is to do more than swing. I want to learn to hand upside down from the bar!

On my 43rd birthday, I took a trapeze class. It was so hard but so much fun. Next year, my new bucket list adjustment for this is to do more than swing. I want to learn to hang upside down from the bar!

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  • Run a 1/2 marathon
I have done three 1/2 marathons now. Each has been more about the time with a friend rather than the time of the event.

I have completed five 1/2 marathons now. Each has been more about the time with a friend rather than the time of the event.

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  • Complete a mud run
Completing mud runs has not been about speed for me yet, but more of an experience in just finishing and the joy of doing it with a friend.

Completing mud runs has not been about speed for me yet, but more of an experience in just finishing and the joy of doing it with a friend.

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  • Do paddle board yoga
This was so utterly hard and yet peaceful. The difficulty of moving, and not falling into the water, took everything I had. And, just being on the water was so relaxing.

This was so utterly hard and yet peaceful. The difficulty of moving, and not falling into the water, took everything I had. And, just being on the water was so relaxing.

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  • Learn to kayak
While kayaking, I laid back and just soaked in the beauty of the moment.

While kayaking, I laid back and just soaked in the beauty of the moment.

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  • Own a horse
This is my first horse, Daisy. Since I was a little girl, I have dreamt of her.

This is my first horse, Daisy. Since I was a little girl, I have dreamt of her.

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  • Make my own sushi
My first attempt at sushi was not pretty, but now I have a clue on how to do it!

My first attempt at sushi was not pretty, but now I have a clue on how to do it!

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  • See Les Miserables/Phantom of the Opera on stage
Simply amazing to see performed live.

Both were simply amazing to see performed live! (But here is one of the programs.)

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  • Learn to golf
I am slowly learning to golf and am enjoying it. It is a lot more challenging than I ever thought.

I am slowly learning to golf and am enjoying it. It is a lot more challenging than I ever thought.

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  • See Lindsey Stirling in concert
I discovered Lindsey Stirling in 2014. She is utterly breathtaking when she is playing, and her music is so hard to sit still too...so I usually don't.

I discovered Lindsey Stirling in 2014. She is utterly breathtaking when she is playing, and her music is so hard to sit still too…so I usually don’t. UPDATE: I saw her again in OCT 2016. She was amazing in her talent and came across so genuine. She seems like a totally wonderful person inside and out:)

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  • Eat at a super fancy restaurant
There is a fancy restaurant I have wanted to go it. I finally did and it was epic!

There is a fancy restaurant I have wanted to go to. I finally did, and it was epic!

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  • Drive fast go-karts
In Atlanta, there are racing go-karts that you can drive. Super fast fun!

In Atlanta, there are racing go-karts that you can drive. Super fast fun!

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  • Take a cooking class
I learned to make Chicken Piccata. Yum!

I learned to make Chicken Piccata. Yum!

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  • Attempt to paint
I have now tried three painting classes. This is the third attempt and had the least amount of penciled sketching to go from. So, it was more freehand painting. To me, it looks dark and moody.

I have now tried three painting classes. This is the third attempt and had the least amount of penciled sketching to go from. So, it was more freehand painting. To me, it looks dark and moody.

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  • Visit Providence Canyon
Providence Canyon. A place and day I will never forget.

Providence Canyon. A place I have come to love.

New Updates from 2015

  • Buy my own house that has land for my horse
house

I found a house that I love. Unfortunately though, there was no room for my horse. She is still happily boarded nearby though. So the bucket list of sipping coffee on my deck while I look at my horse will wait. For now, this is perfect enough.

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  • Find the love of my life
soulmate

Me and my soul mate, who met on a blind date.

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New Updates from 2016

  • Grow my own fruits and veggies on my own land

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  • Find the perfect humus recipe
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It is not as good as the amazing humus I had in Iraq. However, it is a pretty good recipe.

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  • Learn to pole dance (an athletic and artistic style)

***Started classes in pole, lyra and silks in August 2016!! So hard but I love it:)****

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  • Watch a sunset while sitting in a hammock

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STILL PENDING:

  • Write a book
  • Learn more technical aspects of photography
  • Attend an opera in a glamorous gown
  • See Pink in concert
  • See 3 Doors Down in concert
  • See a Cirque du Soleil performance in Las Vegas or anywhere for that matter
  • Get all of my closest friends from across the US in one room
  • Learn to do equestrian jumps
  • Travel to Ireland
  • Learn to ballroom dance
  • Go skydiving
  • Learn to belly dance
  • Make my own pie crust from scratch
  • Support myself with my writing and photography
  • Become an expert marksmen with both a rifle and pistol
  • Do 5 chin ups
  • Find a church that feels like home
  • Stay at the Bellagio Hotel
  • Visit the Outer Banks of NC to see the wild horses
  • Waltz at a ball in a stunning gown
  • Drink an authentic Irish beer in an Irish pub in Ireland while singing with Irishmen
  • Take a self defense course
  • Publish photographs for National Geographic
  • Take an Alaskan cruise
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park
  • Visit Cumberland Island
  • Still more to come…

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  3. What a wonderfully diverse bucket list, good luck with achieving all these. I must write one soon too! The paddle board yoga looks fun, though I think I’d end up in the water a lot my balance ain’t too good!

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  5. I love this! And love how much you’ve accomplished already. Good luck and have fun with the rest of the list. If you’re looking for recommendations, Martha Stewart’s pate brisee pie crust was my first from scratch and it’s delicious. Also, the book Understanding Exposure really made some photography essentials “click” for me.

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