Bucket List

One of my favorite new shows is “An Idiot Abroad,” about a British man, Karl, who is sent to various famous locations around the world to learn more about the local people and culture. It is wonderful because at the beginning of the series he is very resistant to many things but by the end you can tell that his world view has developed and changed. It is produced by Ricky Gervais, adding a bit of additional humor. Most of the locations they chose were top locations on bucket lists and it has inspired me to create my own. I have never made one before, so here goes, in somewhat random order:

1) Have a baby-I would love to experience being pregnant and give birth. I am not ready to start working on this just yet but it is definitely top of my list!

2) Be a mother-To go along with #1, if for whatever reason I am unable to give birth to my child I would love to adopt.

3) Swim a 10k-I have done a 5k before but never a 10k. I have heard there is an amazing one that goes around the Florida Keys; something like that would be incredible!

4) Visit Yosemite National Park-There is something about this place that holds great appeal to me. The hot springs, wildlife, etc. just sound like wonders worth seeing.

5) Bike 100 miles in a day-I have done a little over 50 miles in a day before, but a century would be better. 🙂

6) Kiss under the Eiffel Tower-I was fortunate enough in high school to be able to go on two school trips to Paris but never with the company of a kissable man. I have one currently (my wonderful boyfriend Grant) but if for some reason that doesn’t pan out I will grab the cutest Frenchman I see and plant one on him! 😉

7) Go to a nude beach-I am normally pretty shy about nudity but the idea of being naked on a beach with a bunch of other naked people is intriguing to me.

8) Swim in the Dead Sea-This is one I saw on “An Idiot Abroad” and I want to experience it for myself!

9) Visit (nearly) every continent-I know that Antarctica may be a little impractical but I would really love to visit at least one place on every continent. I’m two down (North America and Europe). If I can somehow make it to Antarctica, however, that would be incredible. My grandfather was actually a member of the second expedition to Antarctica so it would be pretty awesome to follow in his footsteps.

10) See an active volcano-Lava, fire, earth-shattering excitement!

11) See a tornado-I have been a little obsessed with severe weather my whole life. Seeing a tornado firsthand would be incredible.

12) Swim with dolphins-Dolphins are magical, cute and smart.

13) See elephants in the wild-Elephants amaze me. They seem like they genuinely care about each other and considering many humans seem to have a hard time with that makes it even more awesome to me.

14) Visit Petra, Jordan-An ancient city carved into rock and caves, beautiful and mysterious.

15) Visit Italy-Anywhere in Italy really. Just seems like a place you should visit.

16) Visit Spain-Again, just like Italy, a must-visit.

17) Visit Greece

18) Rent a cottage on a mountain lake-Beautiful clean, crisp water.

19) Go scuba diving-It it sounds exciting and somewhat frightening at the same time.

20) Stay in an ice hotel in Canada-I can double-win by getting to say I’ve visited Canada and stayed in an ice hotel. An entire hotel made of ice! You wrap up in fur coats and pelts…wait that might not work with my veganism…maybe they have faux fur??

For the sake of getting this posted, I will leave it for now and add as more come to mind! I would also love to hear about anyone’s bucket list items! Thank you for reading. ❤ 🙂

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A New Day

I titled my first post “A New Day” because, firstly, I am a dork and love Celine Dion. Secondly it is an appropriate title for what I am starting here. 2014 is the year I have been working towards my whole life. I have met and overcome many challenges in the past 28 years and I feel like this is the first time in my life I know enough about myself and what I want to do to feel somewhat secure, even happy. I have an amazing boyfriend, Grant, who treats me like a goddess and tells me as much every day. I have two wonderful pets; Cubby, my adorable little monster puppy, is a 5 year old schnoodle and Minnie is the most amazing 6 year old kitty that has every existed. I am the oldest with seven pretty fantastic siblings. They range in ages from 4 to 25 and thinking about them makes my heart feel warm. My parents divorced when I was about 13 but my dad is remarried to my stepmother of 13+ years. My mom is single and always looking to mingle 😉 but spends a lot of time with her hoard of cats and dogs and with her best friend Mary, who is like a second mother to me. I also spend a lot of time with my amazing grandmother who is a constant inspiration to me. I love my family and wouldn’t want it any other way.

I started a new job recently at a call center for a moving company. I enjoy the job very much and especially love that it allows for some free-time to browse the internet, read, etc. I’ve been using my StumbleUpon quite a bit and after subscribing to the writing interest found a post that encouraged you to write every day. I looked up the best blogging sites for beginners and remembered I had an old wordpress blog. I only had three posts so considering my “new start” attitude decided to delete those and start fresh.

I would like to use this blog to improve my writing and have an outlet for the multitude of thoughts and ideas I have during the day. I also think that one of the best ways to improve is to celebrate the accomplishment of goals. I can proudly say that as of today I have lost over 100 pounds from my highest weight. I started transitioning to gluten-free veganism last year and have been almost 100% vegan since the start of the new year. I am an advocate for veganism because I have personally seen so many positive results.

I also used to be a pretty heavy user of marijuana. It has been 28 days since I last smoked and although I never thought I would say it before I am very happy with the results. I feel like I have my energy and intellect back. I just started learning to play the guitar (another goal!) and cannot believe how quickly I am picking it up. I took a class in college in 2009 but haven’t played really since. I already feel I am back to and even a bit beyond my previous level. I don’t think I would be doing so well if I hadn’t committed to stop smoking. I quit smoking cigarettes a few months ago as well and am happy to be able to breathe easy.

I think that is probably enough for the first post! I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this. Even if no one does, it feels good to have a place to cheer myself on in the quest towards being the best Cindy I can be! ❤ 🙂