June 22, 2012

After reading Still Living the Dream, a very inspiring mommy blog that happens to have a lot more than just parenting stories, I decided to answer the questions that Jennifer asked, the first was, "Do you have a life list?"

I have always been a dreamer but I have never put anything down on paper. For the last several years, my one and only goal that I could focus on was earning my Bachelor's degree. Since I did things a little backwards, and I had a family before achieving this goal, I was way too busy to think about anything else. As soon as I graduated, I went through a down period. I did not know what to do anymore, I needed some new goals. So, creating a life list was the perfect way for me to do that...

A sample of my life list:

o   See the Aztec or Mayan Ruins
o   Go to China to see the Great Wall
o   Learn to speak Spanish fluently
o   Become a mentor for teen parents
o   Create a successful blog
o   Become a published author
o   Travel through Greece
o   Take a driving tour through Tennessee and see Graceland, the smoky mountains, go to Dollywood.
o   Take a driving tour through Louisiana, see the bayou, go on an alligator boat, check out a few plantations, see New Orleans and eat the traditional creole foods there.
o   Drive through Georgia and the Carolinas.
o   Learn Early US History (I never payed any attention to this subject in school)
o   Understand the ins and outs of English grammar
o   Have tea in England and see Stonehenge
o   Go see a filming of a TV show
o   Be able to send my kids to college
o   Lose 40 lbs
o   Power walk three miles straight
o   Get my Masters
o   Be able to financially support my family
o   Explore the cliff dwellings in New Mexico
o   Go to the Rose Parade
o   Go to the Macy’s Day Parade
o   Become a great cook
o   Publish a cookbook
o   Learn how to take great photographs
o   Understand how to pair food with wine
o   Take my kids on a driving tour through California to go see Yosemite, the moaning caverns, the redwoods, the coast (specifically explore while the tide pools), see all the sights in San Francisco, the mission in Santa Barbara, the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
o   Go see the Panama Canal
o   Explore the Galapagos Islands
o   Type 50 wpm (copying from a paper, not from memory)
o   Learn how to use a telescope
o   Read the bible from cover to cover
o   Write the lyrics to a song and actually have it used  
o   Learn Microsoft Office inside and out
o   Learn Photoshop inside and out
o   Learn Yoga
o   Take my kids to Disney World
o   Create a really awesome vegetable garden where I grow all of my own herbs.
o   Own my own house while still living a good quality of life (We have to settle down in one place first)
o   Have a beautiful flower garden
o   Learn to forgive myself for my mistakes
o   Learn the art of public speaking
o   Learn how to not take rejection so personally, find the confidence to keep on going.
o   Eat at an in the dark restaurant
o   Go to the tree lighting in Rockefeller center
o   See Sister Act on Broadway

At first, I wondered why I should write a life list, then I thought, what do I have to lose? 

Writing out my list has helped me feel accountable for achieving my dreams, and it has been a great way for me to think about the things that I might want to do and the things that I really want to do; it has helped me to establish my focus. So, the ultimate question is, do you have a life list?

If not, would you like to write one?

Here are some tips that I found helpful while writing mine:

  1. A life list, otherwise known as a bucket list, should be a list of the things that you intend to do in your life, not things that you wish that you could do.
  2. Do make sure that each item that you place on your life list has significance for you. You should be emotionally involved in what you want to do, because it is the only way that you will actually accomplish what is on your list.
  3. Do not let failures deter you from accomplishing the things on your list. View them as learning experiences that lead you one more step in the right direction. Like Maya Angelou says, "When you know better, you do better."
  4. Do not let other people tell you that you shouldn't do what you want to do in your life. You know yourself better than anyone and will determine what is right for you.
  5. Only put down specific things so that you can check it off as having been accomplished. If you want to be healthier, how do you want to be healthier? If you want to travel the world, where exactly do you want to travel in the world?


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