101 Bucket List of Big and Little Things To Do Before I Die

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Buckets Lists needn't be grandiose or full of unattainable pipe dreams. They are full of what motivates you, what you think of day to day, what you dream of seeing yourself do, but haven't quite gotten there. The goals don't need to be lofty or expensive.

I had a Bucket List even before the movie came out. I call it "101 Things to Do Before I Die". Many people say things like this should be kept private in our lives. but I beg to differ. I think when you put it out there, it makes it real and conscious.

If I can motivate one person every day to make a Bucket List of their own, this post is worth it! I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment of the first item you'd put on your Bucket List! if you started one today. Sharing is fun and helps us muster up the courage to do great things and make positive life changes.

My “Working” Bucket List (in alphabetical order)

101 Things To Do Before I Die (completed items are in bold and some items have links where I’ve blogged about the experience)

  1. Assist with birth of grandchildren because helping bring new life is what I do best! (2015, 2017 & 2019)

  2. Attend a professional sporting event (Columbus Blue Jackets 2009 & Boston Red Sox 2013)

  3. Attend an OSU football game (My home state)

  4. Attend the Olympic summer games

  5. Backpack the Appalachian Trail (or part of it's 2,100+ miles!) (Backpacked all of Maryland in 2015, 42 miles)

  6. Be a good runner again (I lost my mojo in 2016)

  7. Be an Extra in a Movie (2016 “I Am Legend with John Travolta)

  8. Be on T.V. ("One Born Every Minute – 2 seasons, 2010 & 2011)

  9. Be on the game show "Survivor", "Amazing Race" or similar

  10. Build a house (1994 & 2014)

  11. Build a patio & beautiful backyard gardens

  12. Build a treehouse for my grandkids

  13. Camp on a beach

  14. Complete a 100 mile bike ride (Pelotonia 2008)

  15. Complete my family tree/ancestry.com

  16. Complete scrapbooks for all my kids up to age 18 (working on it slowly)

  17. Convert all old home movies & make copies for all the kids (partially done)

  18. Create a blog & maintain it (2013-present)

  19. Do a Duathlon

  20. Do a Triathlon (Little Miami Triathlon, Canoe 6 miles, Bike 18 miles, Run 5 miles (road/trail combo)

  21. Finish my Bachelor's degree (2015)

  22. Get a new job...get out of the one that's been holding me back for so many years (2006) & 2013

  23. Get a tattoo (first one in 1998/9? Updated it in 2012, got 2 more in 2013 & 2014)

  24. Go on a European vacation (2016 (7), 2018 (4))

  25. Go on an African safari

  26. Go parasailing to a height above the "standard" (Hilton Head 1995)

  27. Go skinny-dipping

  28. Go skydiving (this will be a MUCH later goal!)

  29. Go tent camping (2016)

  30. Go to Bermuda (2003 & 2015)

  31. Go to Costa Rica (2009)

  32. Go to Hawaii (2007, 3 islands)

  33. Go to the top of the Twin Towers (I've now been to the top of both old & new) 2001 & 2015)

  34. Go toilet-papering (achieved w/ a good friend a few years ago)

  35. Go Zip lining (2009 & 2014)

  36. Hang a porch swing (2015)

  37. Have a healthy relationship with a certain relative

  38. Have a huge birthday party

  39. Have four kids by age 30 (done!)

  40. Have holiday celebrations with my blended family without any drama

  41. Join a health club (Joined Gold's Gym/Urban Active/LA Fitness from 2007-2014)

  42. Learn a second language (learning Italian now)

  43. Learn canvas painting (2014)

  44. Learn to backpack (2015)

  45. Learn to ballroom dance

  46. Learn to play some musical instrument

  47. Learn to scuba dive

  48. Learn to swim properly (Took lessons 2011)

  49. Live debt free

  50. Locate everyone in my graduating class and plan/host our 20 year reunion (2005 & 2010 success!)

  51. Make a quilt using as many of our race shirts as possible (2016)

  52. Organize a group or team & fundraise for a cause (Relay For Life x 2)

  53. Own a cabin in the woods

  54. Own a Mustang (bought one in 2012)

  55. Own a Savannah cat or Serval (have 4 Savannah cats)

  56. Own an RV

  57. Publish an article or story (I’m now a blogger)

  58. Qualify to run the Boston Marathon (St. George Marathon 2012 3:42)

  59. Relax in a Natural Hot Spring (St. Lucia volcano mud 2018)

  60. Ride a mechanical bull (New Orleans 2014)

  61. Ride in a helicopter

  62. Run > 1,000 miles in one years' time

  63. Run > 2000 miles in a year (highest is 1800)

  64. Run a 1/2 Marathon (2003 & many more since then)

  65. Run a marathon in another country

  66. Run a marathon in another state (15 down)

  67. Run a sub 2 hour 1/2 marathon (2012)

  68. Run a sub-four-hour marathon (St. George Marathon 2012 3:42)

  69. Run my first full marathon by the age of 40 (2006)

  70. Run the Boston Marathon (2013 & 2014)

  71. Run the Chicago Marathon

  72. Run the New York Marathon

  73. Save a life (many times now as a nurse)

  74. See a Las Vegas Show (Blue Man Group 2015)

  75. See all 4 kids get married (one down, 3 to go)

  76. See all my grandkids graduate

  77. See all my kids graduate

  78. See Jamison (husband) qualify for the Boston Marathon

  79. Sing a Karaoke duet with Jamison

  80. Start & maintain a yoga practice (2015-present)

  81. Swim with dolphins

  82. Swim with stingrays

  83. Take a Cruise (2002, 2003, 2009, 2014, 2015 (2), 2016 (2), 2017, 2018, 2019 (3)

  84. Take a mission trip & give medical care

  85. Take a photo every day for one year (2013/4 & 2016 & a b&w photo project 2018)

  86. Take a trip alone (San Antonio, TX for Paul's AF graduation 2015)

  87. Take an all-day winery tour (2017 California)

  88. Take vacations with all my kids and their families together in one place (then repeat it once a year)

  89. Travel by train

  90. Visit a nude beach (2019 Orient Beach, St. Marteen—didn’t go nude though!)

  91. Visit all 50 States (planning to hit all 50 capitals by RV)

  92. Visit all seven continents

  93. Visit Egypt

  94. Visit Ground Zero (2002, 2005 & 2015)

  95. Visit Italy (Venice & Trento 2016)

  96. Visit the Grand Canyon (honeymooned there in 2013; married in Sedona)

  97. Watch the entire Star Wars series in the correct order (Did it NYD 2011 as a marathon)

  98. Witness a Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2017 or April 8, 2024)

  99. TBD

  100. TBD

  101. TBD