Growing My Bucket List

Yesterday I told you about how I played my first 18 holes of golf, and it was fun to look back at my bucket list and see that learning to play golf was on there! Now I wouldn’t say that I have mastered it, but does anyone every master golf? But I have learned a lot and loved it and will hopefully keep it up, starting off with a few classes. But after finding my list, I figured it was about time to update it and mark tons of items off the list.

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Why and What is a bucket list?

My kids and I had the discussion about what a bucket list is. I explained to them that it was a list of all the things you want to do before you die. Not just travel, but things you want for yourself. Your goals, dreams, and experiences. I read somewhere that you should be able to write your bucket list in 30 minutes to an hour. Yeah, that is not the case for me, it took me all day, and things kept popping in my head about what I wanted to add.

More than anything it was interesting to look back at my old list and see there were things that were not important to me anymore, so I had to remove them and add new things. I think that is key you have to look at your bucket list often and adjust. The reason for that is you grow, and you change. I am not the same person I was ten years ago, let alone the same person I was three years ago when we moved to Jakarta.

A Few Things I Wish I Had Known

You can see that travel is a big part of my list. I had always wanted to travel, but at the time Aaron wasn’t that interested in traveling. It wasn’t until we moved to Jakarta that he got the travel bug and wanted to do more.  So, of course, there were places that were on my list, but living in Jakarta gave us the opportunity to see places that I didn’t even think I would want to see, so I wanted to share a few of those with you.

One is Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  It is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and it is one of the most amazing places I have ever been. Borobudur Temple is a Buddhist temple built in the 9th century. As soon as you see it, you are in awe of this amazing structure and wonder how something so beautiful and amazing was built with no modern machinery. It is one of those structures that takes your breath away.

Another place that was not on my list but so glad we visited was visiting Ho Chi Minh City, or also known as Saigon. I always loved Vietnamese food but never thought to go there. We spent our first Christmas abroad in Ho Chi Minh, and it was such a wonderful experience. To see the communism propaganda and so many Christians was a huge change for us. But the history of the city is just amazing!

It may sound strange, but another is India. I knew I always wanted to see the Taj Mahal, but never realized how huge India is and how much history there is in the country. We only got to see Delhi and Agra, but it was worth it! Delhi has tons of history, amazing structures, beautiful people, and colors, and far exceeded all my expectations! India should be on every person’s must do list!

Thera is lots more, but one final thought is that need to visit and tour Indonesia. Most people don’t understand that Bali is an island in Indonesia. Is Bali nice, sure, but Indonesia has so many more beautiful places to visit. If you want to play it safe, not be too adventurous, and like a place that is touristy, then Bali is your place. If you want to think outside the box, go to untouched beaches and less tourist then there are a million and one other places in Indonesia to do that. This country has more than 17,000 islands, many with some of the most amazing beaches, terrain, animals and more. In three years we have not even touched the surface of what this amazing country has to offer, but we know we will be back to do more.

The biggest thing I learned was to think outside the box. Not just about travel but anything you THINK you may want to do in life. Write it down and do it, or wait and see if it’s even relevant later.

So here is my updated bucket list. I’m sure there are tons of things I could have put on there and didn’t that I’ve experienced and I’m sure I will add more as time goes on, but for now, this is what I would love to do and achieve.  I’d love to hear what some of your bucket list items are too! Send me an email or leave a comment below.




  1. Learn to speak Spanish
  2. Live by the beach
  3. Own a convertible
  4. Receive a reward
  5. Sing the National Anthem at a sporting event
  6. Sit on a jury
  7. Start my own business
  8. Take a picture every day for a year
  9. Take the kids to Disneyland (June 2016)
  10. Take a photography class
  11. Be a mentor
  12. Grow a garden (and not kill it)
  13. Read 52 books in a year
  14. Design and build a house
  15. Build a piece of furniture
  16. Have LASIK
  17. Sponsor a girl in another country to go to school
  18. Finally, take a honeymoon trip
  19. Take a girls trip
  20. Be there when Dominic graduates college
  21. Be there when Jordan graduates college
  22. Be there when Pierce graduates college
  23. Be there when Dominic gets married
  24. Be there when Jordan gets married
  25. Be there when Pierce gets married
  26. See a live TED talk
  27. Get a complete makeover
  28. Own a Hermes Birkin bag
  29. Become a millionaire
  30. Boil a live lobster
  31. Have a dinner party for friends cooking food from another country
  32. Go on a wine tasting tour
  33. Saber a Champagne bottle
  34. Surprise someone for a day
  35. Attend the Olympics
  36. Get my CHL


Sports Related

  1. Learn how to golf (April 2017)
  2. Race a sports car
  3. Run a 5K
  4. See a game at Fenway Park
  5. Sky Dive
  6. Throw out the first pitch at a baseball game
  7. Tour the Louisville Slugger factory
  8. Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame
  9. Visit the Basketball Hall of Fame
  10. Watch the Celtics play at TD Garden
  11. Watch a game at Wrigley Field
  12. Go to the NBA Finals
  13. Attend the Final Four
  14. Go to the World Series
  15. Learn to do Yoga
  16. Learn to Ski
  17. Watch the Sooners in Norman with my kids



  1. Visit the beaches in Thailand (December 2015)
  2. Finally, go to Vegas! (June 2013)
  3. See the Sydney Opera House (April 2017)
  4. Visit France
  5. Stay in a villa over the water in the Maldives
  6. Visit Palau
  7. Go to Carnival
  8. Go to Italy traveling first class!
  9. Go to the top of the space needle (July 2003)
  10. See Mt. Rushmore
  11. Go to the top of Petronas Towers (December 2015)
  12. Take a trip on a train
  13. See Niagra Falls
  14. Travel around the Philippines
  15. Visit Greece
  16. Zipline in the rainforest of Costa Rica
  17. Visit Hawaii as an adult (January 2017)
  18. Visit Rockefeller Center at Christmas (January 2016)
  19. Visit San Francisco(September 2010)
  20. Go to Antelope Canyon in Arizona
  21. Go to Istanbul
  22. Go on a Safari in Africa
  23. Visit New England in the fall when the leaves change colors
  24. Visit Spain
  25. Go to the Today Show
  26. See theTaj Mahal (March 2017)
  27. Go to Bali (December 2014)
  28. Visit the Great Wall of China
  29. Visit Christ the Redeemer Statue
  30. Go to Machu Picchu
  31. Climb Chicken Itza
  32. See the Roman Colosseum
  33. Go to the Blue Caves, Zakynthos Island, Greece
  34. Go across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver.
  35. Visit Namibia
  36. Visit the Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
  37. Visit the Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
  38. Fly first class
  39. Go to Cuba
  40. Visit at least 100 of the 196 countries in the world


6 thoughts on “Growing My Bucket List

  1. lexusnext says:

    I have a Pinterest board of bucket list items and when I accomplish one I move it to a done board but having a list is a great thing to have also. I need to update my list since there are now things I want to do with Alianna!!


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