Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Bucket List In Progress

A couple months ago I wrote a post about bucket lists, where I wrote about lifelong goals, living to the fullest, the magic of thinking big, etc. Well, I have since created a list of my own. 

In case you're not familiar with Heritage Makers, it's an awesome online program that gives you the ability to create gorgeous custom storybooks, calendars, canvas prints, greeting cards, invitations, and even personalized playing cards (watch the video introduction here). I used HM to create a 14x11 poster of my bucket list (see the image above) to frame and hang on the wall above my bed as a reminder of my goals.

I call this my "Bucket List in Progress" because it is by no means a concrete thing. I've listed such goals as "write a textbook" and "own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" that I may not want to do someday for a myriad of reasons. But this is an outline, a rough sketch, something to aim for. I intend to alter it every few years to accommodate new goals and cross out the ones I've already accomplished, honing it to a razor-sharp edge of intention. 

So without further ado I present to you my current bucket list, with goals listed in no particular order: 

The old streets of Saltaire Village, a photo by Paul Stevenson on Flickr.

1.       Keep it simple
2.       Stay under 130 lbs.
3.       Deep relationships
4.       Create a self-study program for lifelong learning
5.       Find or create work that I love
6.       Live in England
7.       Make a friend in every European country
8.       Fall in love
9.       Discover my reasons for living
10.   Work for myself
11.   Get good at tennis
12.   Ride a horse “in the rough”
Les Miserables West End, a photo by mart wegman on Flickr.
13.   Learn another language
14.   See a show on Broadway/the West End
15.   Learn to dance
Grayson.., a photo by Bruce Tuten on Flickr.
16.   Scuba dive in a coral reef
17.   Sleep in a British castle
18.   Own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
19.   Spread the Gospel
20.   Always tithe at least 10%
21.   Become influential in a godly ministry
It is Finished, a photo by abcdz2000 on Flickr.
22.   See the Northern Lights
23.   Visit
        The British Museum
        The Uffizi Gallery
        The Smithsonian
        The Louvre
24.   Live at least six months in a foreign country
25.   Tour New England
26.   Live in my “dream cottage” (a white cottage on a New England beach)
27.   Create a lovely garden
cutting loose, a photo by SqueakyMarmot on Flickr.
28.   Become a semi-professional photographer
29.   Become a connoisseur
30.   Read the complete works of Shakespeare
31.   Discover my strengths, weaknesses, passions, and gifts
32.   Never take on a lifestyle of debt
33.   Be a major influence in a child’s life
34.   Prison ministry
35.   Become an expert
36.   Win a prestigious blog award
37.   Write a textbook or study guide
Flags!, a photo by Paul Kehrer on Flickr.
38.   Be a New York Times bestselling author
39.   Go to a Green Bay Packer Game
40.   Make mistakes
41.   Learn to not take offense

And what is your personal opinion of these goals? Do you have a bucket list of your own? Are you willing to post it for the world to see?


  1. This list is very exciting and inspiring for me :D ...Heritage Makers sounds so awesome ;)

  2. Great bucket list!

  3. @ Aubrey: Yeah! I want to see your own bucket list.

    @ Nobody: Thank you! I'd like to see yours too :)


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