Bucket List

A work in progress, an ever-changing, ever-evolving, compilation of dreams, visions and hopes for my present and future self to flourish in the abundance and beauty life and this world has to offer.

Total Goals: 73

Completed Goals: 7

ACADEMIC (0/6)

Learn to speak Italian while living in Italy for a year.

Read cover to cover my early 1900’s Cambridge edition of the complete works of Shakespeare. In the process, also read all the beautiful scripted notes carefully folded between its pages by the previous owner.

Read all the great American classics.

Learn to speak French.

Publish something. Anything. Be it an article, book, short story, poem… anything at all.

Study Art History. Either online, Khan Academy videos, gallery workshops, actual university courses… Anything, merely solidify my foundations of art.

EXTRACURRICULAR (6/26)

Hit 1000 followers on Avventura.

Complete a Tough Mudder challenge.

Ride a trained racehorse around a racetrack.

Bonnaroo – Any year with a good line up and stay for the entire thing.

Get another tattoo. I currently have a small one behind my ear, it is Sanskrit for Fearlessness, but there are a few larger ones I’ve been contemplating for the past few years but have not had the guts to go through with as they are all fairly large and colorful. I should really take advice from my first tattoo.

Attend the Kentucky Derby with a big hat and fitted frock. Mint Juleps a must.

Get my motorcycle license and purchase a Harley Davidson Street Bob or Nightster.

Learn to single-handedly sail a sailboat, rent / borrow one and take it on a journey from Newport, RI to Florida.

Learn to play polo. A sport I’ve attended a few times in Newport, RI and have had the opportunity to work with some really good trainers in the past, but it was never the right time to pursue.

Ride every subway system in the world. New York and Boston are already scratched off the list.

Watch a Red Sox game in Fenway Park. I’m more of a Yankee’s fan (though I don’t really care about baseball), but I’ve seen them play in Yankee Stadium already. I’m more interested in seeing all the Boston fans freak out. They get so intense over their teams.

Tailgate at a Super Bowl. With ticket prices in the thousands, tailgating outside the stadium would suffice and be AWESOME! Great chance to meet some fun people. Ideally I’d like it to be a game the Giants are playing in.

Own a gun, preferably multiple. I want a shotgun, rifle, a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.

Have a library. Ideally either its own room with high ceilings and big windows, but I also like the look of it lofted over the living room with a spiral staircase going up and a big bay window (a gorgeous Tudor house in my youth was host to this style).

Swim with dolphins!! This is a biggie for me. I love dolphins! They’re so cute and nice and I just want to frolic in the sea with one, or in a big salt water pool. This must include that trick where you put your feet on two dolphins’ noses and they push you up and out of the water.

Get my scuba diving certification. I went diving while in Hawaii, no certification required, and it was an interesting experience. Once I got used to being under the water I loved it! Would love to be able to do more of it, in warm waters only of course.

Collect art. No limit to specific forms or structure, even framed or mounted posters are acceptable! Though I’d prefer original paint on canvas, some of the works I’d like are well over $100M; therefore I must limit myself. I saw two beautiful paintings on my trip to Hawaii. I believe I posted about them. I would love to add those two.

Raise and train a horse from foal to outstanding show jumper or dressage horse (I throw in the dressage because I REALLY want a Friesian and they do not make the best jumpers).

Take a pottery class… or a few, buy a wheel and make my own mugs and bowls (painting or glazing optional).

Run a 5K. I’d love to go big and say marathon, but I’d probably die and I don’t enjoy running enough to bother. A 5K for charity would be fun and exhilarating.

Raise a litter of puppies. Not my own, but foster a pregnant shelter dog through the birthing process and raising of the pups. Maybe keep one!

Ride in the Five Boro Bike Tour and survive all 40 miles. 

Learn how to crochet and make myself something really complicated like a sweater with fringe or lace detailing. Then I can continue this skill to make my friends pretty accessories and maybe even sell some on Etsy.

Make my own moonshine and brew my own beer.

Go sky diving!

Take professional dancing lessons and learn all the classics.

PROFESSIONAL (0/5)

Work my ass off to get my CPA license.

Depending on which route I choose, either earn one of those whopping bonuses the hipsters of America riot against or open my own veterinary clinic.

Become a certified yoga instructor. A hot yoga studio near where I live runs a 200 hour certification program that is incredibly intense and strenuous both physically and mentally. I would love to do something like that when I have the time and money.

Culinary school. Something everyone should do at some point in their life. I currently have a vision of going to Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California.

Start a small business. I have a few little ideas- opening up a doggy day care, pet salon or pet shop, organic cafe and juice bar, or a health food market with local produce, organic beauty products, and local and start up packaged foods.

TRAVEL (1/36)

Visit all 50 states and Puerto Rico (22/51).

Ride every single roller coaster at Cedar Point.

Climb to the top of Mount Washington and beat the average time of hikers.

Visit every European country at least once, hitting the main tourist attractions and consuming copious amounts of local flavor and liquor (3/50).

Travel to Thailand with my friend Chantra.

As I have never been, spend a weekend in Vegas, VIP style, gallivanting along the strip, gambling my money away and getting wasted on free casino drinks. And before I head home, take a swim in the Golden Nugget Pool alongside sharks!

Vision quest. Not 100% sure what this entails, but Native American style, smoke house, alone in the desert, vision quest. I’ll figure it out when I get there.

Spend a year abroad living in a major city in Italy (Rome, Florence, Sienna, Venice… No idea which yet, I need to visit first) to reconnect with passion, life and the nectar of the gods that is red wine.

Purchase beautiful, brightly colored silks in a Moroccan market place.

Go on one of the self-guided horseback riding vacations by Equi-Tours where they give you a horse, a map and a bagged lunch and tell you to have fun. There is one in the South of France I have been eyeing for the past few years.

Visit New Orleans, ideally for the Jazz Festival or Mardi Gras.

Complete the epic road trip across America, outlined during senior year of college with my best friend Ryana and not yet incorporated. A 7500+ mile journey from New York City across the country to San Francisco, down the Californian coast and back through the southern states to New York, hitting all the amazing cities and beautiful sights in between. About a month of creepy gas station stops, late night drives, shots of bourbon with strange mid-westerners, wide open spaces, new cities, fresh faces, and great experiences.

Take a donkey ride down the Grand Canyon and spend a night or two at Phantom Lodge before making the trek back to the top.

Assist in a cattle drive, herding and roping on my own steed decked out in western gear, cowboy hat and everything.

Attend Carnival in Brazil with my gorgeous friends and many brightly colored dazzling outfits and fruity cocktails.

Be chased mercilessly by bulls through the streets of Pamplona, Spain.

Visit the Maldives before they slip into the deep blue sea, forever lost to the world and stay in the Conrad Underwater Hotel.

See the Aurora Borealis.

Go on a safari through the Serengeti and take lots and lots of photos.

Camp the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, without breaks. I think it takes roughly three months. Not sure when I’d do it, maybe take off of work. I’ve never camped for more than one night and I have only slept on the ground once. This should be interesting.

Stay in the Hotel de Glace in Québec City without getting frostbite.

See the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, Montana.

When traveling through Belgium, a stop in fairytale Brugges is a must.

Spend a weekend at Arabella Rock Resort in Colorado skiing, curling up by the fireplace with a steaming mug of hot cocoa and enjoying the winter weather.

Visit the Red city of Petra in Jordan.

Hike to The Wave at midday, located on the Colorado Plateau, near the Utah and Arizona border, and snap many  photos.

Go to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, tallest building in the world.

Visit Niagra Falls for a romantic getaway with someone very special and take a ride on Maid of the Mist. Get wet.

Visit Watkins Glen State Park in New York and see the 19 waterfalls.

Tour a vineyard in Napa Valley California and sip every wine offered.

Travel to Kenya and split my time between Giraffe Manor, Solio Lodge, Sala’s Camp and Sasaab. It is going to be a long trip.

Stay in the Borneo Rainforest Lodge and walk the length of the Canopy Walkway.

Visit Munich for Oktoberfest.

Travel to France for the Lorraine Mondial air balloon rally.

Visit Australia to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, explore Sydney, and take a trip into the outback.

Take a boat ride to the Galapagos Islands.

16 thoughts on “Bucket List

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  2. I like your bucket list! It’s personal and very fun-sounding, and I totally remembered something that I knew was missing from my own: have my own library one day! I don’t care if it’s a tiny room (unlike Belle’s in Beauty and the Beast), nothing would please me more than a room full of my favorite books. 🙂

    • Thank you! Libraries are beautiful places. There are some incredibly unique ones out there making use of the most awkward of places. I’m pretty sure there is a legitimate term “library porn.” 🙂

    • From you!!! I’ve been admiring your Bucket List and 2012 Bucket list with hopes of starting my own. There has always been an informal list of thing I want to do throughout my life, but this is the first time I’ve put pen to paper so to speak. 🙂

  3. camping the appalaichian trail sounds awesome! I’d do it!
    and i enjoy the “Native American Smoke House Vision Quest” that is an interesting idea.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your bucket list, and can totally relate to it (especially the parts that involve traveling in Europe, and love for literature!) good luck making it all happen!

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