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42. Visit Disney

18 Jul

30 is this big milestone birthday for women; we put a lot of heavy hitting life stuff on that number like it's do or die. Ridiculous… I didn't want to spend all of my 29th year dreading 30. 

Which to be honest I'm kind of doing anyway.

But that's beside the point. 

The point is I want to have fun for the last year of my 20s. So I gave myself a three day ticket to Disney; can't get much more fun than that right? Best part is the three days can be used whenever, you don't have to do them all in a row. So I spread them out several months.

I visited Magic kingdom first with my bestie. We were there open to close. Biggest thing I learned? Use one of your your fast pass slots on the miner ride. Never did get on it, the line was insane all day long. 

Next up was Animal kingdom, went with a group of friends and the biggest thing I learned while visiting this park? Don't run home if it rains. Wait it out, laugh it out, and head right to the safari ride because the line is nonexistent and the animals are all out after the rain. Also…don't wear a white tank top. 

For my final ticket I headed to Hollywood studios on my own. There is quite a bit of construction, and not to my interest a lot of Star Wars stuff. BUT this was my favorite park. I'm a huge TCM fan and they have an amazing ride and fantastic line entertainment while you wait, the Aerosmith ride is beyond amazing I rode it three times. Now this is where my lesson was learned:  I waited in line for over an hour to ride the Aerosmith ride the first time…turns out there is a single riders line you can get through in ten minutes. Use it. Also the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is truly terrifying but a major adrenaline rush. 

This was an amazing self gift and one of the more fun bucket list items I've done so far. I'll probably end up buying a season pass to Disney. It's a quick day trip on boring weekends, and with the season pass you're getting free parking and a percentage off food and purchases in the park…that essentially pays for the monthly season pass fee, so why not? 

30 Before 30

30 Jan

I just turned 29. I’m not exactly sure when I got to be this old…yes, yes 29 isn’t “old”. One day I’m sure I’ll be lying and say I’m 29 when I’m not.

But really, that went really fast. I’ve been out of high school for 11 years this summer! I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to join, experience, lead, travel, see, and have love in my life. But I feel like I still should be doing more with my time.

So in keeping with my love of list making;  the 30 things to try to do before I turn 30 next year.

  1. Go on a cruise 
  2. Take a train trip
  3. Play paintball
  4. Go zip lining
  5. Spend the night on the beach
  6. Be totally surprised
  7. Be positive
  8. Spend an entire day happy
  9. Get better at cooking
  10. Look in the mirror and find fault with nothing I see
  11. Feel at home where ever I am
  12. Get a NEW haircut, not just a trim
  13. Put financial plans into action for my future
  14. Have FULL days
  15. Live in the present; less in the past & future
  16. Take a picture with a ’30’
  17. Send my mom 30 flowers
  18. Dance to 80’s music
  19. Make a list of 30 things I’m thankful for
  20. Give 30 acts of kindness
  21. Dig further into my family’s genealogy
  22. Get a stamp in my passport
  23. Laugh so hard I end up on the floor
  24. Declutter my bedroom at my parents house; I’m hanging onto a lot of crap
  25. Get my professional teaching certification 
  26. Visit a new state (or several) 
  27. Eat clean
  28. Be more active
  29. Watch less tv
  30. Read more

#2 Live Alone

23 Oct

unnamed…and relish the independence.

Honestly wasn’t sure if I would ever cross this one off of my bucket list. Between student loans and the impossibility of finding a decent paying job, living on my own felt like a pipe dream.

Lucky enough I found a job that takes care of the two biggest factors in making living on my own a reality. Granted I am still not where I want to be in my life but I know for certain that I am a lucky girl, and that the choices I have made so far have been good choices. The biggest being the choice to live in a tiny house. Thinking long term any money I can save now will be beneficial to me later; not to mention making traveling more possible, which is one of the most important things to me.

I know I’m lucky because at 28 years old, I have a good paying job, a solid course of action for my student loans, I am living not only on my own but a thousand miles from home and in a house that while unconventional I own.

My little house with all of the beautiful renovations and alterations I own outright because I paid cash for everything. How many single people can say that at 28? I’m very thankful for all of the help and support in making this little house a reality.

I adore my little house and I am particularly proud to cross #2 Live Alone off my bucket list.

#44 Buy A Kayak & Use It!

22 Aug

IMG_2326 (1)Bucket List Item #44 Buy A Kayak & Use It!

I’ve been talking about buying a kayak since day one of living in Florida. That was a year ago.

Last week I was walking around Wal-Mart collecting my weekly stash of supplies when I saw a blue Sun Dolphin kayak on sale for about $100 less than normal…and it was the last one. I bought the roof kit months ago and I’ve been thinking about it for a while so I just went for it.

I bought a kayak….finally! And this past weekend I loaded it up and drove it to the Fort Pierce Causeway bright and early in the morning.

I’ll admit…it took me a minute to get acclimated, plus I went alone so I didn’t venture too far out of the “shallow” swimming section of the water.

IMG_2332Buying and using a kayak for the first time was awesome but…that’s not the most exciting part of this adventure. While I was out paddling around minding my own business enjoying the calm water, warm bright sun on my skin and totally lost in thought I saw something brown pop out of the water next to me and snort.

Snort.

Nearly gave me a heart attack until I realized what it was. A baby sea cow; aka a manatee! She (or he) was just chillin’ on the sandy bottom. I already had momentum so I couldn’t stop and the result was I paddled right over mom. Thank goodness she didn’t decide to come up for air she could have tipped me over.

Seeing something so beautiful just out living it’s life like that completely overcame me and I started to cry. Total dork I know.

Of course I need to try to get a picture of this so I reach into the compartment behind me and get out my phone and paddle back to where I saw the mom and her baby. I was able to get a couple of pictures though admittedly they aren’t very good.

Start to finish an absolutely amazing bucket list experience!

43. Eat somewhere featured on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives

20 Apr

10370956_10104112491261574_1767563389424899839_nWeeks after the fact I realize I have crossed something off of my bucket list, first time in quite some time actually!

Number 43. Eat somewhere featured on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives.

I love, love, love to watch this show! It always makes me hungry though!

While my sister was visiting from Ohio for Spring Break we met up with a Phi Mu sister, my grandlittle, and we spent a perfect wave free day at the beach and then had a fantastic lunch of tacos from the Havana Hideout in Lake Worth, FL.

The tacos were delicious, cheap and delivered to our outdoor table quickly! We were enjoying an early lunch in the middle of a week day so the place was dead, but I’d be willing to bet they’re totally packed on the weekends and evenings so if you’re going, go early; unless you like crowds…then by all means go late.

Check out their menu here.

My bucket list is slowly dwindling…I need to add a few things to it..any ideas?

Summer Fades to Fall

1 Oct

db1d33f4fa7e4ea7da731e1bbc033b43Summer is completely gone and autumn is settled in. It’s strange to be somewhere where the trees always look the same and the temperature still feels like summer. It’s hard to remember that it is now October…crazy. When I made my Summer Bucket List I was thinking I would be spending my summer in Ohio doing the same thing I had always done.

Boy did my life change quickly.

While I did end up doing a few things drastically different then I had anticipated, I did achieve several things on my list.

  1. Get fit: well….I’m not there yet but I’ve lost 20lbs so far.
  2. Stay out all night (like until day break)
  3. Go skinny dipping (not that I would tell anyone if I did!)
  4. Volunteer: I’m now the adviser for a club after school hours so that counts!
  5. Throw yourself into something time-consuming: Does up-rooting your life and starting a new career count?
  6. Restore an antique: TOTALLY did this! Turned out amazing! See it here

 

 

9. Pick Up & Move Someplace New

29 Aug

IMG_4345When I put “pick up and move someplace new” on my bucket list I didn’t really think I would do it…or if I did it would be within the state of Ohio. I NEVER thought I would end up moving over a thousand miles away from home.

After a heartbreak that jolted my reality I threw everything I had into a job application, sent it off, got a call within a week, interviewed a couple of days later, and a couple of days after that I was offered the job. I turned in my two weeks notice where I worked, and moved another week after that.

I packed clothes, shoes, my computer, my desk, and beauty products. That’s it.

Loaded it all into a little rental car, along with my mom and our cockapoo, and headed for Florida.

Another Bucket List Item Bites The Dust. 

The 14 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Older

16 Aug
  1. tikigiki_people-woman-002Not traveling when you had the chance: more responsibilities pile up the older you get; do it while you have less restraints.
  2. Staying in a bad relationship: just because all your friends are getting married doesn’t mean a bad relationship is your ticket to status quo.
  3. Failing to make physical fitness a priority: at least make an effort to be healthier.
  4. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles: it’s 2015 people.
  5. Not quitting a terrible job: I stuck around in a terrible job way longer then I should of, DON’T DO IT the paycheck isn’t worth your sanity.
  6. Not realizing how beautiful you are: I’ve looked back on middle school pictures when I remember thinking “ew I’m so fat” and now I wish I looked like I did then…in 15 years I’ll probably think the say way about myself now.
  7. Not listening to your parents’ advice: your mom is always right, stop fighting it. 
  8. Caring too much about what other people think: at the end of your life you won’t be thinking about those people right? Then they don’t matter.
  9. Supporting others’ dreams over your own: it’s easy to do when you’re not sure what your own dream is…but you should at least be making yourself happy. 
  10. Not standing up for yourself: you’re an adult now you need to stop letting other people fight your battles, or worse yet getting walked all over. Demand what you deserve which is always better then what you accept.
  11. Not volunteering enough: even if you have very little you still have more then at least one person on this planet.
  12. Refusing to let friendships run their course: people change, if you’re growing apart let it happen. At least don’t be the only person in the friendship that is fighting to make it work. 
  13. Never taking a big risk: just like traveling, its easier to do while your young and only have yourself to worry about if you fail.
  14. Not spending enough time with loved ones: friends and job are important but don’t get so wrapped up you forget about the people who matter most; your family. 

 

 

21. Quit a job

2 Jul

11666106_10103541105812594_996979614106893340_nI truly didn’t think I would be quitting a job any time soon, but this particular bucket list item has been crossed off. I just turned in my two weeks notice where I work and accepted a teaching position in Florida. Crazy I know.

Its going to be hard moving away from my family, but I plan on being back for major holidays including my nephews first birthday. I also plan on being a snow bird essentially and moving back to Ohio for the summer months.

This is a huge change but I hope this new adventure brings good things into my life!

33. Restore An Antique

22 Jun

287121c23f4add6acef66590f2bcf8beI am so excited to post that I have completed another item on my bucket list! My mom had bought an old 1950s/1960s era chair/step stool combo at a garage sale. Its red, rusty, and beat up pretty significantly.

This chair was always intended to be used for the “one day” grand-kids at the dinner table, and now that my nephew is here, this chair is his. Granted he is still too small to sit on it on his own but time goes by really quickly and being summer, it is the perfect time to be outside working on a project such as this.

I started by taking before photos of the chair, both for a before and after photo but also so I would have an idea how to get the chair back together. Then I used pliers and a screwdriver and took the chair completely apart. I put all of the nuts and bolts into a zip lock bag and separated the parts that would need to be painted from the parts that needed to be recovered in vinyl and finally that parts that would stay chrome.

Before Photo

Before Photo

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