Bucket Time, Baby!

Every December, as the current year comes to a close, I sit down and create a vision board for the upcoming year. The board is full of personal and business oriented goals that I am working to achieve, and I make a cute little graphic to go along with it so I can hang it in my office for viewing every day.

To me, goals are extremely important. It’s not just a business or financial thing; it’s about personal growth for me….about pushing past limits and challenging myself. Do I hit every item on my vision board? Sometimes…some years I fall wayyyyyy short.

Shortly after creating a vision board for 2017 I had a conversation with a friend about bucket lists. She asked if I had ever created one, and I told her that I hadn’t. To me, a vision board was different than a bucket list. The items that I have goaled for myself are things that in my mind I MUST achieve this year to get to where I want to be professionally. A bucket list is something that includes things I would love to do, but that aren’t at the forefront of my mind like my vision board items are.

After that discussion I decided I wanted to make a small bucket list for 2017 and fill it with some of the fun things I always say that I want to do but end up not doing. I like little things like this…you may remember a few years ago I tasked myself with completing 31 things in 13 different categories.

Here are my bucket list items for 2017:

1. Visit Falling Water

I have a mild infatuation with architecture and have been obsessed with this Frank Llyod Wright masterpiece for as long as I can remember. It’s a quick day trip for me, so why I haven’t gone there yet…I don’t know. This year though….I am going.

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Photo Courtesy of Redbubble.com

2. Build my own Terrarium.

I have zero green thumb skills and zero interest in anything related to plants. However, I love succulents and how cute they look when assembled into a fun little glass container. Sure, I could buy an awesome one (like this one from Doodle Birdie), but wouldn’t it be fun to make my own so it is EXACTLY the way I want it? My office will be happy when I create this.


Doodle Bird Terrariums on Etsy.

3. Cook Thanksgiving dinner.

I love to cook and bake, but the thought of cooking a turkey has been one of those things that I didn’t think I would ever want to do…I’ll blame the turkey incident in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for that one. Deep down I WANT to try to make one, so this year, it is happening. Mom, I’m probably going to want your supervision on this one.

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Shoutout to The Huffington Post for this sweet turkey pic…hope mine looks this good!


4. Complete the Ultimate Reset.

I’ve wanted to complete this nutrition program since I started coaching over three years ago, but my fear of eating a plant based diet for three weeks has scared me off. Lately I have been doing a lot of research into nutrition , and I really want to complete this to reset my body. Double Whammy: I will be doing this with the 3 Week Yoga Retreat, which will be another hurdle for me….I love intense workouts and haven’t done well with low key workouts like yoga in the past. I can do hard things…..I keep repeating that to myself.

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Image courtesy of Beachbody

5. Make Sfogliatelle!

My favorite Italian treat of all time. When I want one of these I go the lame route and visit a local Italian store to get an authentic one. Why? They are so difficult to make! I look at Sfogliatelle as a lobster tail’s little sister….they aren’t as big but taste similar. A few years ago I bought the stuff to make them and never followed through with the baking process. This year I am not only making these fabulous treats, but I will master them!

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6. Family Photo Shoot

We attempted to get pictures around Christmas with both dogs, but we ran into some photographer issues and schedules, so they didn’t end up happening. This year I want to make sure we get some awesome family photos with the two dogs….we haven’t had a family shot since our engagement photos, and only Bubba was in those!


7. Go Glassblowing.

No one ever wants to go with me when I bring up glassblowing! The Glass Bubble Project is a local shop where I can learn how to do this and make some fun creations, and damnit, I’m doing it this year even if I fly solo!

8. See the Rockettes at Christmas. 

New York City is my place….as in the one place I’ll never get sick of visiting, the one place I would love to live in, the one city that I think reflects the way I am as a person. I love the city at Christmas, yet I’ve somehow never seen The Rockettes. I was thisclose to going last minute this Christmas with my mom, aunt, and cousin, but we decided not to since we didn’t plan things out with enough time. I know I can talk them into it this year with some planning!

9. Run a race I’ve never done before.

I’ve run a lot of races during my life, but I tend to run the same ones every year. This year I want to run a 5k (or half or full)  that I have never done before. That shouldn’t be difficult to do…there are so many great races out there!


The Hall of Fame Half, April 2016

10. Beignets at Cafe DuMonde.

I can’t wait to finally try a legit beignet! This summer we will be heading to New Orleans for our Coach Summit and visiting the iconic Cafe DuMonde. I don’t care how many burpees I have to do…I need to try one of these….maybe two to be sure 😉


Photo courtesy of Onevanillabean.com.

I’m excited to cross these items off of my 2017 bucket list….and I encourage you to join me if you are local!

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