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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
Climb Denali
Take piano/guitar/violin lessons

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

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 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.


What I really want to do is share my bucket list. I actually have multiple bucket lists…there are some things that I hope to check off within the year, some that I think I can do within 2, 5 or 10 years, and others that I hope to accomplish within my lifetime. I also have a bucket list of things I don’t actually expect to get to, and another one of things I’ve already accomplished. Normally, I would have posted my bucket lists by now and then spent multiple posts describing my various goals in more detail. The only reason I haven’t yet is because of one little 3-minute-long video called “Keep Your Goals to Yourself” that I can’t get out of my head.

It all started a few weeks ago when I went to a website called that a friend of mine had told me about when I was in Alaska. TED is a non-profit devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” Basically it is a site full of presentations and lectures that people have given covering a huge range of topics. I spent a couple hours browsing through videos and learning about everything from the sources of our drinking water to ancient Japanese musical styles. Some of the videos were interesting and some were simply a waste of time (like the one that taught be how to tie my shoes “the right way”). But there was one video that inspired, concerned, and intrigued me more than the others. Take a minute to watch it for yourself before I go on.

I can think of multiple instances in my past when I had a goal, I shared it with many people (usually within hours of setting the goal and always with much passion and enthusiasm), and then I moved on or gave up before taking further steps to reach my goal. I know what Derek Sivers means when he talks about the feeling of accomplishment that comes from just sharing my goal out loud. And this is why I’m hesitant to share my bucket lists. I don’t want to put everything down “on paper”, spend time composing long posts romanticizing many of my goals, feel like people have heard me out and that I have done a good job of explaining why I want to do this or that, and then never actually get out and do it! Truthfully, I don’t actually think that including my bucket lists in my blog means that I will never cross any of the items off, but this video did make me think about how I can share my goals in the most deliberate way possible.

There is one other thing that comes to mind when I think about sharing my bucket lists with others. Recently a friend of mine stated “I feel like sometimes people do things just so they can take pictures and then brag about doing them to everyone they meet.” This comment struck a chord in me because I do take a lot of pictures, especially when I am accomplishing a goal that I had set for myself, and then I usually post my pictures on Facebook to share my experience with others. I know this is a very normal practice, but it still made me think harder about the motivation behind my bucket lists. I want my goals to be for myself, and not for everyone else. In my opinion, a bucket list should consist of activities and goals that a person feels will enrich their life, bring them joy, and help them grow. I look forward to sharing the beauty and joy that results from doing many of the things on my bucket lists, but that is not my primary reason for doing them.

I will share my bucket lists in posts to come. But when I do, I will make a conscious effort to take myself seriously, remind myself of the most sincere reasons for wanting to accomplish my goals, and find ways to keep working toward my goals so that one day I can check them off my lists. Derek Sivers, I accept the challenge.

I have decided to start keeping a blog. On occasion I browse through old friends’ blogs and I am always struck by how interesting they seem. Even though I am reading about someone else’s life, I usually feel grateful that they are sharing it with me. I know that this blog is as much for me as it is for anyone reading it, and I have come to accept that as a beautiful and realistic aspect of blogging. This is my journal, as well as my soapbox, portfolio, agenda, and scrapbook.

While I appreciate the creative, unique, and often eclectic nature of posting on a blog, I do plan on developing a theme around living deliberately. In recent years I have found myself referencing my “bucket list” on a regular basis. I have always been a planner and have always kept lists, but this one list in particular has really seemed to find its way into my heart. I plan on exploring the origins and use of the “bucket list” in a future post, but for now I’ll say that if my blog inspires just one reader to get off the couch and cross something off their own bucket list then I will have met my goal.

I have found myself at a sort of crossroads in my life. I am (mostly) unemployed, living in a beautiful little duplex in a great part of SE Portland. I have a lot to show for my last 8 years of life (I am 26 years old) and yet I feel restless, lonely, confused, and bored. I have the feeling that I was meant to do great things, and somehow my days filled with morning jogs, hours of reading, and endless planning, cleaning, and “hanging out” aren’t seeming to cut it. I have learned so much, but what should I do with what I know? It always comes back to the same two questions, why am I here and where am I going. This is what I hope to explore through this blog, not just for myself, but for anyone else out there who also hopes to live deliberately.

I’ll say one more thing. I know that for me the answers to my questions lie in nature. I know that I feel more alive, healthy, and on track when I am hiking over a mountain, paddling a kayak, orienting a map, or doing any other outdoor activity than I do at any other time. So throughout this journey I’ll be referencing the wisdom of other naturalists who have gone before me. I will look to John Muir, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Kurt Hahn, and Paul Petzoldt, to name a few. I will search for women mentors too, beginning with Emily Dickinson and Catherine Freer. I am looking forward to this journey, and I hope that others will come along for the ride.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up somewhere else.”  -Yogi Berra



About Me

- 26 years old
- Pacific Northwest
- Educator, adventurer, friend

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