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Well here it is. My bucket lists, as they currently appear. These are works in progress and I am always happy to add more to them or take things off. Their separation into chronological categories is based solely on my rough estimates. I want you to know that I love these lists. I know that they will change drastically in the years to come, but for now they are a representation of where I want to spend my time and how I want to live my life. I get so excited just thinking about living out some of these adventures. Because not everything fits nicely into a bucket list, I also have a sort of “To Do” list that I have tagged onto the end.

One Year
Mail out an annual Christmas update letter
Watch all Planet Earth DVDs
Take train from Portland to Seattle
Be a Big Sister
Volunteer for a mental health emergency hotline
Run the Portland Marathon
Join the Station L rowing club
Go wine tasting with mom
Go to Europe with mom
Canoe trip in Canada
Bike across USA
Get TEFL certified
Work for Outward Bound
See an OMSI IMAX movie
See Body Worlds
Climb Mt. Hood
Spend a night at Breitenbush Hot Springs

Two Years
See fall colors on East Coast
Join a community orchestra
Shakespeare play in Ashland
Mountain bike in Bend
Road bike McKenzie Pass near Eugene
Surf in Newport, OR
Rock climb at Smith Rock
Climb Mt. Shasta
Climb Mt. Whitney
Kayak around perimeter of Lake Tahoe
Hike the Tahoe Rim Trail
Online photography course
Do a 5 day solo
Compete in a triathlon
Compete in an adventure race
Pay off all credit cards
Yoga/meditation retreat
Thru-hike the PCT
Learn whitewater kayaking

Five Years
Host a family reunion
Join the Peace Corps
Live in Latin America
Be fluent in Spanish
Get a dog
LASIK surgery
Climb Rainier
Run Lake Tahoe marathon
Sea kayak in Australia

Ten Years
Get my CADC I
Mush sled dogs
Read all of Shakespeare
Take an astronomy class
See Rob Thomas in concert
Skydive
Climb Denali
Take piano/guitar/violin lessons

Lifetime
Visit all 58 National Parks
See the Great Pyramid of Giza
See Victoria Falls
Hike Macchu Picchu
Thru-hike AT
Thru-hike CDT
Be a foster parent

Accomplished
BA in English
Work as a wilderness therapist
Climb a 14’er
Run the Chicago marathon
Run the Chicago half marathon
Get a Masters in Teaching
Get a teaching credential
Teach high school English
Substitute teach
Sea kayak in Alaska
Get my WFR
Take a NOLS course
Watch all Friends and Lost
Climb Mount St. Helens

To Do
Go through clothes
Organize stationary
Print pics for frames
Complete guide list
Talk to Dr. Knight
Get teaching binders back
Sign up for races

On a side note, I feel as though I can’t include get married and have children on my lists, but they’re there in spirit. Ideally they would be on my “Ten Years List”. All I can do is hope that that is somewhere in my future. On one more side note, I happened to type “Bucket List” into google and of course the first website to come us was actually called bucketlist.org. I haven’t had a chance to really poke around it much, but from what I saw, it seemed like a pretty great place for us bucket list fiends. Anyway, wanted to pass it along in case someone was looking for more bucket list inspiration.

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So little time. It seems like every day I am reminded of one more cool activity or adventure that I want to include in my one short life. The saying “jack of all trades, master of none” applies quite accurately to me, or at least to what I aspire to. I don’t care about being the best in any one thing, which is good since the likelihood of that happening is pretty slim, but I do want to be competent at many different things.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed trying to decide what to focus my time and energy on. One day, for example, I might hear about someone I know who is planning to bike across the country and I’ll feel a mixture of excitement, anticipation, envy, and longing. Sometimes the longing is so strong that I consider dropping everything and joining that person on their adventure! For anywhere from a few hours to a couple days I’ll concentrate on how much I love biking and how I really should do more to further my skills and incorporate more of it into my life. But then something else will come along, like I’ll see an ad for a free rowing clinic being offered in the Willamette, and then my mind will race around ideas of joining a club team and committing to 5:30 am practices so that I can get good at rowing and eventually compete. I have begun to notice that this is not the case for ALL activities and adventures, which is somewhat reassuring. As I get older, I am becoming more aware of the difference between my actual interests, and interests that other people like so I think I might like. For example, I know I don’t like (and don’t want to learn to like) jet skiing, or film making, or painting, or any number of other activities.

I imagine that as the years go by and as I make it into my 30’s I will be able to narrow down my interests even further. I don’t want to spread my time and energy so thin that I don’t get to fully participate in those things I really love to do. So here is a long list of the activities that I do enjoy, appreciate, care about, and want to make sure I fit into my life. I have split this list into sublists for my own organization and clarification. I hope this inspires you to make a list of the activities that you enjoy. Also, obviously this post is dedicated to my activities list, but hopefully future posts will continue to focus in on the activities themselves.

Activities
(ON WATER)
*Rowing
Sea kayaking
*River kayaking
*Canoeing
Paddle boarding
(ON FOOT)
Running
Mountain climbing
*Rock climbing
Hiking
Backpacking
Camping
(ON ROAD)
Road biking
Mountain biking
(ON SNOW)
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Cross country skiing
Alpine skiing
*Backcountry skiing
(OTHER)
*Photography
*Yoga
Reading
Music
*Cooking
Travel
Writing

*Activities I think I would enjoy, want to learn to enjoy, or still need to learn how to do to enjoy

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- Pacific Northwest
- Educator, adventurer, friend

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