“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Creating a bucket list – a list of the things you want to see and do before you die – is a great idea!  But it doesn’t have to be finite.  It’s not a kick-the-bucket list!  Think of the things you’ve always wanted to do, write them down in a list, complete some, add others…so it’s a list that’s always evolving and changing!

Red = Complete!

Life Goals

  • Go to college
  • Get a Master’s degree
  • Own my own pet (Prince Mario)
  • Land my dream job
  • Marry a wonderful guy
  • Someday have a family
  • Own my own home


Fitness Goals


Travel Goals

  • Visit all 50 US states + DC (/50 +1)
  • Visit all 13 Canadian provinces (2/13)
  • Visit Ireland (& connect with my mother’s family)
    • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • See one Wonder of the World
  • See Stonehenge in Salisbury, UK
  • Hike the Grand Canyon
  • See Niagara Falls
  • Road trip down Route 66
  • Climb a volcano
  • Hike a mountain
  • Hike the West Coast Trail
  • Hike the East Coast Trail
  • Hike Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen, Norway)
  • Hike Half Dome (Yosemite Park, California, USA)
  • Hike Grand Teton (Wyoming, USA)
  • Become an Italian 3-city Aristocrat (Visit Venice, Florence, Rome)
  • See the Aura Borealis (Northern Lights)
  • See the Pyramids
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Explore Paris
  • Visit Madagascar
  • Spend Carnival in Brazil
  • Spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Spend a night in a yurt in Mongolia
  • Cruise Halong Bay, Vietnam
  • See the Acropolis & the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
  • See Penguins in South Africa
  • See an arribada (thousands of sea turtles laying eggs in Costa Rica!)
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China
  • Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Swim in the Dead Sea & the Red Sea
  • Walk through the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Oswiciem, Poland
  • Take a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower
  • Attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • See the Sydney Opera House
  • Cruise to Antartica
  • See the White Temple, Thailand
  • See Ouarzazate, Morocco
  • Cruise down the Amazon River
  • Hike a portion of the Lycian Way in Turkey


Adrenaline Rushes

  • Go White-Water Rafting in my home state (WV)
  • Ride an Elephant
  • Ride a Camel
  • Go on a safari
  • Ride a Zipline through a Rainforest
  • Witness the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain
  • Go Ice Skating
  • Go Scubadiving
  • Go Skydiving
  • Go Parasailing
  • Ride in a Hot-Air Balloon


Events to Attend

  • See a Cirque du Soleil show
  • See a Ballet
  • Attend Professional Baseball Game (Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants)
  • Attend Professional Basketball Game (New Orleans Hornets)
  • Attend Professional Football Game (11.28.2012: New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants)
  • Attend Professional Hockey Game (01.30.2014: Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks)
  • Attend Professional Soccer Game
  • Attend Professional Cricket Game
  • Attend Professional Rugby Game
  • Attend a Rodeo (2010 Houston Rodeo, 2014 Calgary Rodeo)
  • Attend Mardi Gras (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Attend Calgary Stampede (2014)
  • Attend a Horse Race/Show
  • Watch a Space Launch
  • Watch the Olympics – Live
  • Attend a Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade



  • Own a rare, First Edition book of author/title that I enjoy
  • See a movie at a drive-in theater
  • Meet an Astronaut (John Glenn!)
  • Make a stuffed animal at “Build a Bear”
  • Join a Book Club
  • Read all Penguin Clothbound Classics
  • Visit Dermatologist (Get skin, moles, etc. checked) (POST)
  • Find out my blood type
  • Drink a pint of Butterbeer! (Wizarding World of Harry Potter!)
  • See a psychic and have my fortune told
  • Go Wine-Tasting


Forever Goals

  • Become involved in a non-profit organization for which I’m passionate about
  • Travel abroad and be comfortable
  • Help someone else achieve their goals!
  • Make sure all my loved ones know just how much I love them!

8 thoughts on “Life

  1. Great blog Jen! One word of advice: Go skydiving BEFORE you think about having kids, if you plan that. It was the one thing that was knocked off the list once my little one came into my life. Funny how priorities change.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Great list! I also had making a Build a Bear on my list – I thought it was lame to include it at first, but it ended up being so fun!

    • You were totally my inspiration for writing down Build a Bear. Every time I pass one I think to myself…I want to do that one day. Seeing it on your list made me decide to finally write it down to make sure it gets done!!! 🙂

  3. Hey Jen! I love your blog, awesome job! Super fun goals too and I love that you have eat at a restaurant and watch a movie in the theater by yourself (I have done both if these and totally loved it for numerous reasons! Definitely recommend it! Though others have laughed at me for it or been shocked that I’d even consider it, silly right? Haha. Keep up the good work, I look forward to reading more! 🙂

  4. Um, I love the fact that Build a Bear is on your list 🙂

    Really though, what a great idea to have a list laid out like this! Very inspiring and goal-oriented.

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