What If You Fly?

How many of you make New Year's resolutions? Squeaky fresh little "to do" lists that either inevitably get done or taunt you from your desk drawer all year long. I used to make New Year's resolutions.

Then I found that I very rarely stuck with them, so instead of feeling shitty about myself until I forgot about it, I just stopped making them. There's probably some deep lesson there about my inability to finish things, but I am going to choose to ignore that also. Bravo to those of you who actually complete your resolutions! No really, your discipline is a source of both envy and awe from me. You may be wondering why I am talking about New Year's resolutions on November 5th. Well, dear readers, I am that hideously annoying person who, as soon as November hits, I start itching to play Christmas music. I wear Christmas socks all year long, I love the cold weather, and just today I went into Starbucks and got a little giddy that the Peppermint Mocha was back. I am that other basic white chick who yells "Hurrah!" for the peppermint season more so than the PSL season. Because of all of this, I started thinking about resolutions, or goals. Not the blanket type of goal like "work out 3-4 days a week...get swole bra!" (although I need to do this too). As I mentioned earlier, I'm no good at sticking to resolutions. SO, I began jotting ideas down in the form of a "Bucket List." I got the idea from my dad who has recently come up with plans and events to take each of his kids to. His own personal bucket list with his children. Fun, huh?! New Year's resolutions, to me, can be very short term. They last the year and then you make new ones for the year after that. Where's the fun there?

I've been very caught up lately in thinking about the adventures of life (probably some deep therapy topic here also, but whatever). I don't know why, but I have been kind of freaked out about the future. Life has been very kind to me thus far, but sometimes I feel like I have played it safe. I did all the right things. I got good grades, I played sports as a child, I stayed out of trouble (for the most part), I went to college, I got a job, I got married, and we will hopefully have kids. I know that having kids will be an adventure in its own right, but what about an adventure just for me first? I know, I know, I can almost hear the little scoffs from some of you. "What more does this crazy girl want? A pony? A castle?" (Yes, and yes ;) ) But please, believe me when I say, I am NOT complaining. I love so many things about my life. All I am saying is from here out, I want to live the absolute BEST life possible. I spend so much time stressing about the little things, and to be honest, I am kind of tired. I have a secret little (big) goal for my life that only my family knows about (and one day you will too). I have always been too scared to go after it. What if I fail? What if I don't finish? I've decided it is time to stop being afraid. Thinking about this goal lately got me to start making a list of other things I want for my life. Life is (hopefully) a long, beautiful mess, and I intend to jump right in. Therefore I give you, Kelly's super-tastic, awesomely ridiculous, awe-inspiring Bucket List for her life (in no particular order)! I urge you all to make one for yourself. It was kind of fun to sit down and dream.

"What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" -Erin Hanson 

Bucket List (wika wika ooh ooh!) 

**Disclaimer: some are cheesy, some are rad, but the best part is: they are all mine!

  • Do something that scares me (Like paint-balling or sky diving)

  • Live a vegan lifestyle for 30 days (and maybe even longer)--This is a personal goal and something I feel passionately about due to how horribly animals are treated in factory farming. I am not against eating meat, I am against cruelty to animals.

  • Read the entire Bible from cover to cover

  • Sleep out under the stars

  • Go to the Kentucky Derby with a fabulous hat and get tipsy off of mint juleps

  • Go fishing and catch a (big) fish

  • Visit every state in the U.S. and take a picture

  • Go road-tripping around the U.S. with Jimmy

  • Make a difference in someone's life

  • Live fearlessly

  • Go to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Learn a new language (preferably Spanish for work)

  • See the Northern Lights

  • Stay naked for an entire day

  • Dye my hair a crazy color (I'm thinking purple)

  • Go on an African Safari

  • Visit all the 7 wonders of the world: sweet baby Jesus, did you guys know there are like 12 different lists of the wonders of the world (yes, I had to look up what the 7 wonders were). There are the 7 ancient wonders, 7 space wonders, 7 sea wonders, 7 natural wonders, 7 new wonders, etc.  GEEZ. So, I looked them all over and made my own list, BECAUSE I CAN.

    • Great Pyramid of Giza

    • Stonehenge

    • Great Wall of China

    • Taj Mahal

    • Leaning Tower of Piza

    • Roman Colosseum

    • Old City of Jerusalem

  • Run a 5K

  • Be a part of a cause that helps stop cruelty to animals, poaching, and the horrible practices of factory farming

  • Learn to knit

  • Live outside my comfort zone more often

  • Work out consistently and learn to love my body

  • Watch the sunrise somewhere beautiful

  • Go to an away Houston Texans game with my Dad: COMPLETED! We recently went to Miami and had so much fun, got a little burnt, and watched the Dolphins stomp our team :( :(. It was still a great trip for Dad and I, and I got to see J.J. Watt up close, BEAST!

  • See a Moose in the wild

  • Have a marriage more beautiful than the wedding

  • Stay in love forever

  • Write hand written letters to my loved ones

  • Become a mother

  • Adopt a child

  • Write a novel and have it published

  • Kiss under the Eiffel Tower

  • Build my dream farm house

  • Have a pig for a pet

  • Be truly happy

  • Make a crazy move in life just because we want to

  • Stay overnight in a castle (I don't even know if this is possible, but I intend to find out!)

  • Live the life I truly want regardless of:

    • expectations

    • societal norms

    • fear

Alrighty, there ya go! What would your bucket list look like?? Let me know!

Until next time,

Kelly

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." -Winston Churchill