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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? 

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Over A Thousand Hits

24 Sep

downloadWhen I first started this blog it was just a way for me to push myself and to keep my writing skills fresh. You know what they say if you don’t use it you lose it? Well I think that is true of both youth and skills. I feel my age creeping upwards and I’m trying to pack it full of experiences and fun. So the best way I could think of to record my self-proclaimed journey and utilize my expensive bachelor’s degree skills was to blog, since a “diary” is about as boring as you can get.

And now here I am 6 months, 38 posts, 706 followers, 1,016 views and 24 counties later. I’ve crossed off 10 bucket list items, road tripped south with a friend, wrecked a car, moved on from a relationship, been nominated for two blogger awards, made a couple new friends, and started to accept the person that I am (started mind you not all the way there yet).

The first thousand completely unpredictable hits were pretty cool. I’m looking forward now to hitting 1,500 hits and 2,000 hits…and what may happen between now and then. What bucket list items will I cross off? What new experiences, friends, lessons will I learn? I’m hoping for all good things…or at least things that will lead to good things.

Thank you guys for reading my blog and getting A Single Girls Journey To A Life Of NO Regrets to its first thousand hits. 1334930279624949845Follow My Blog Bubble.svg.med

35. Donate clothes you no longer use

26 Aug

Some of the Items I donated

This bucket list item is good for everyone involved; I get my mountain of belongings reduced a little bit, I’m doing the environment a favor and not adding to the local landfill, and most importantly I provided someone less fortunate with nice blue jeans, shoes, tops, bags, household items like frames and mugs. Win, Win, Win.

When I graduated college all of my stuff got crammed into plastic containers and forgotten about for over a year and finally as my new room was nearing completion I had to sit down and go through all of it getting rid of as much of it as I could. Let me tell you I own a lot of stuff. I have all of my childhood stuff in my room, favorite old toys, high school projects and photos, and then college. College is when I added the most. I led an entity separate life while I was away at school; you live the majority of four years there coming home for short holidays and the occasional weekend. So  you have to have everything you need with you.

Among the mound of college stuff I have a twin bedroom set, organizational devises, pots, pans, cups, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery sets…. Also while at school I had an entirely different wardrobe requirement including formal dance clothes, Halloween costumes, classic blue jeans and hoodies, massive winter wear stockpile since I walked everywhere, tons of business formal clothes because of my Sorority membership; we were required to dress in business clothing every Monday also known as “pin wear”. I loved it I got to wear cute shoes, of which I also own a ton, and it set my week off on the right foot. If you can drag yourself out of bed on Monday morning and not look like a homeless person then the rest of your week you felt productive. I never once missed a Monday; not once.

Then there were the numerous sorority items to go through. My chapter closed the day I graduated for membership issues (a topic I am not yet ready to discuss in any detail) because of this I ended up in possession of chapter items that I never thought I would. I have a massive plastic bucket of shirts that I intend on making into a shirt quilt, I bought wooden letters for our door along with other decorative items that should of stayed at school when I graduated but couldn’t, so those items had to be packed away. If and when my chapter is ever reopened I’ll be taking them back.

fan+electric+vintage+image+graphicsfairy004Even now that I am moved into my new room I have several, I mean several, buckets full and stacked in a spare room. When I have my own apartment and I have a kitchen for all the kitchen stuff and my own bathroom along with a living room; what seems like a ton of stuff now will be spread out and be much more manageable.

Returning to the bucket list item completion record at hand; I ended up donating three boxes, a laundry basket and a trash

bag full of items for the local Salvation Army. The back of my car looked like I was moving back to school. Like a total dork I forgot to get a photo of the back of my car all loaded down but I did snap a quick picture of the donation table that I sat the things on.

I feel really good about donating some of my things, it’s always nice to slim down and de-clutter and it’s even better to know you were able to help someone else.

I highly recommend this particular bucket list item.

So this sounds like a good idea right? It is. Don’t know where to start? Sounds too overwhelming? Well it is…but it’s worth it when you’re finished. i would recommend the following to help:

  1. Set up in the living-room and turn on music, not a TV show; you’ll end up sitting still and watching TV and not working.
  2. If you absolutely have to have the TV on work on commercials.
  3. Reward yourself; for every bag of items you let go over give yourself a wine cooler or hunk of chocolate.
  4. Warn everyone in your life you’re about to have a mess; everywhere.
  5. Set a deadline for yourself and stick to it.
  6. Once you decide to donate and item bag it so you can’t see it and talk yourself out of getting rid of it.
  7. Once you have a full bag put it in your car, again so you don’t talk yourself out of it and so it doesn’t sit around your house for months.
  8. If you cant remember the last time you used said item up for donation just get rid of it. You don’t need the clutter.
  9. Remember you’re helping yourself! The less  you have in your house/apartment the less likely you’ll start a fire or end up on that TLC show buried alive.
  10. The items don’t define you, the memories do, if  you have to re purpose the items so they don’t just sit around collecting dust (like my t-shirt quilt) do it!

Good Luck!

“Too”

21 Aug

I’ve been called “too” a lot lately; too opinionated, too bossy, too masculine, too sensitive, too serious. I’d rather be “too” then not enough. I’d rather laugh too much, I’d rather speak my mind then go with the flow, I’d rather have deep unwavering convictions then give in to acceptable average. I’d rather be strong and self-sufficient then a meek damsel in distress. I’d rather feel too much then feel nothing at all. I’d rather have high expectations and strive for better then settle for less.

If I died tomorrow I’d rather be known for being just what I wanted to be then agreeable and forgettable.d5Jbw

I never want to dumb myself down or turn off a part of my personality; if you’re going to love me that means loving all of me even the annoying, frustrating, infuriating parts. I will no longer try to adjust and change who I am to better serve people around me. What you see is what you get.

I have several amazing friends who see me and love me just as I am; they always have. If they can do it then there is a man out there who can too. If he can’t handle me knowing more about construction then he does or more about cars then he isn’t a real man in my opinion; it’s not about the knowledge it’s the confidence. I’ll wait for the man who’s confident enough in himself to not be intimidated by who I am, a man who can stand on his own and be who he is and love who I am.

Yes; my expectations in myself and others are too high. But that’s okay! I am constantly trying to be better and want more. That doesn’t mean I’m not capable of accepting and loving people with flaws; I’m human, we all are and it’s not about perfection. It’s about loyalty, truth, love, honor, integrity, passion (not sexual) and drive. Why would I want to just exist when I could live?

I want to leave an impression on the world and the people around me; at first glance I may be “too” but I won’t apologize for it or regret it for one minute longer. I am 25 this is who I am! Maybe I’ll change and be more what people want when I’m older but if I’m going to do that, I’ll do it on my own terms not because people demand it.

well_behaved_women_seldom_make_history_card-re5208dd613c1487989fb04604c2a3ae6_xvua8_8byvr_512I started this journey as a way to better understand myself, to make sure I had fun and lived while I was single but now I think I also needed to learn to love and accept myself and cut ties with those who continued to try and change who I am. Originally when I added “fall in love” to my bucket list I meant it to be the final bucket list item I would complete as that would then be an end to my single life; but now I think I needed to love me.

I could just scream at how obvious this was, everyone always said it “you have to love yourself before you can hope someone else will”. I didn’t fully understand that until now. I have let people critique my life who mean nothing to me and shouldn’t but I let them because I didn’t accept who I am. So this is me putting my foot down once and for all I love who I am I won’t change who I am.

Passion & Talent

19 Aug
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As a journalist, one tends to think there’s nothing off limits.
-Peter Jennings

One of the things on my bucket list is to throw myself into a time consuming hobby; I’ve been thinking about what I would like to do or try and I think today the universe gave me the answer.

While I considered, and even applied…and also talked to the chief about it being a volunteer fire-person didn’t ultimately sound like a good idea. The training is expensive and I have no idea where I will be in a year or two and I wouldn’t want my little town to waste money. Also I don’t want to die…or be seriously injured.

I also considered shooting as a sport, not animals but paper targets. Secret shoppers, Mary Kay consultant, Origami Owl designer…all better ideas that involved another pay check. But those don’t excite me, they sound boring and like work. I already have a job I suppose to be looking for a hobby.

So today my mom texted me to let me know that the newspaper I did my internship at had some exciting news. The editor, whom I did not care for in the slightest, is no longer the editor. I was over the moon excited. I considered freelancing at this paper again as soon as I graduated college with my bachelors in journalism but I decided against it because I wasn’t comfortable with her ethical decisions on what was newsworthy and who to include in stories.

I love to write it’s an amazing expression of self and makes me feel like I’ve contributed and will be a part of history; years from now when I am long gone I will always have a “By: Line” and that is pretty cool; my name, thoughts, ideas, and view point will be forever ingrained in history.

So when I saw that my only obstacle back into the world I love was removed I called the office, had to leave a message of course but I’ll try back tomorrow. I told them who I was, when I wrote for them before, and that I currently have a full-time job and would be interested in night and weekend freelancing. I hope to goodness they need people. I have been using this blog to feel more connected and quite frankly intelligent; my brain may die a slow painful death amongst the corn fields and cattle. This is where my talent is, my heart, and my soul: writing and photography.

Hopefully this opportunity will bring me back to more of who I really am and check off my “immerse yourself in a hobby” bucket list item.

20. Be bold. Turn the tables and approach someone you think is good looking.

6 Aug

I am having the hardest time not over analyzing and panicking about this but I have been attempting to lightly flirt and show my interest with a guy I work with.  That’s all I’ll say on this bucket list item. BWBW1273