The Bucket List

The Bucket List

For the last few days, I’ve been lamenting over conversations I’ve had with my son and husband about dreams and goals. I am a future casting, vision oriented, action oriented person and I need to articulate goals and create plans to achieve those goals in order to feel in control of my universe. My husband and son, on the other hand, are live for the moment adventurers in this life and feel little need to create visions or plans for what they want to achieve. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this, I just find it hard to understand because it’s different than how I approach life. Spontaneity and relaxation would be strangers to me without my husband and son so I am thankful every day for these two and how they bring balance to my life.

Rewind a few weeks to a blog I stumbled across one day by photographer Kien Lam at I was immediately struck by his visual content and his story. I thought to myself, wow, I’d love to live his life (the kids in tow edition – ha!) and low and behold, he provided a tool to do just that: The Bucket List. How does a list of things you want to do help you achieve the life you want? For people like me, putting something I want in writing so that it is seen makes it powerful and moves me to action, simple as that. There’s no magic to creating the life you want, you need only acknowledge your desires, assess your skills, strengths, weaknesses, and resources, make a plan and get to work.  This has worked for me time and time again in my life so I thought, why not? I need to make a bucket list – and SHARE it.

A few days ago, after the Littles went to bed, my husband, our son and I spent 5 minutes (timed) writing out our “bucket lists”. “Mom made them do it” but hey, I wanted to see what was on their minds! I believe families can help each other realize their dreams, but you can’t do that unless you know what the other people are dreaming!  When the 5 minutes were up, I had the list I will share below (there are so many other things I need to add to this list, but this is a start!)  The number of items on the list was not as important to me as WHAT was on their lists and I loved hearing their dreams and thinking of ways I could help them achieve them. We decided to revisit our lists quarterly so we can see how we’re doing and I plan to share mine here.

The series of posts in The Bucket List category can be found on the main menu of the blog. I hope you enjoy and comment. I would love to see YOUR bucket list and hear how and when you achieve your dreams so please share and have fun dreaming…

Jamie’s Bucket List
October 2014

  • Sing karaoke with a live band
  • Speak Japanese fluently
  • Live in Japan
  • Learn how to make sushi
  • Run a marathon
  • Earn a Run Disney Coast to Coast Medal
  • Travel through Europe
  • Go to India
  • Complete the Half Iron Man in Aotearoa (New Zealand)
  • Observe the haka in Aotearoa
  • Own a farm
  • Own a home in Volcano, Hawaii
  • Learn to sail
  • Publish a best selling book
  • Go to the Guinness brewery
  • Do an Ireland Pub Tour
  • Meet a real prince or princess
  • Meet the Dalai Lama
  • Go to Machu Picchu
  • Have a successful career AT HOME
  • Get a Super RV and visit all 48 contiguous United States
  • Go on an Around the World Cruise
  • Transit the Panama Canal
  • Run and fish in Alaska
  • Go on safari in Africa and meet the Maasai people on the Mara
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