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The Birthday Bucket List

IMG_0244Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday!  I am shocked it was here and has left already.  I figured for my recap I would talk about what is left on my bucket list in life!

IMG_0272Not to be weird… But, my mom had a heart attack at 58.  She is healthy, she eats perfectly, she is fit and works out.  Her heart attack was purely stress related.  I have a lot of her in me.  Sometimes I feel like I am half way through life because I am walking down a pretty similar path… And my family just has broken hearts.

Now with all of that being said: I have done A LOT!  I am so lucky.  I have been everywhere, seen everything, and been able to give gifts to people that make my heart sing.  So here is what is left.IMG_0241

My bucket list:

  • I want a crazy makeout under the northern lights.  Mostly so I can fulfill this song’s lyrics.
  • I want to learn how to drink and appreciate a scotch neat.
  • I want to go to the Kentucky Derby… and bet on a horse.
  • I want to climb a mountain… Like an overnight experience… Like Mount Rainer.
  • I want to write a book.
  • I want to go on a week long yoga retreat where I wake up every morning and get right with my soul.  No phones, on the beach somewhere hard to get to.  I’ll take some spa treatments on this trip too.
  • I want to buy an OLD house and completely renovate it in all of it’s glory… like what my parents did with my childhood home.
  • I want to build a home on my parents property, so I can show my family what it feels like to wake up each morning in the peace of the Pacific Northwest (even if it is a cabin vacation home).
  • I want to take dance lessons, so when I go to parties I actually know how to partner dance… And all of them!  I want to two-step, I want to waltz, I want to partner dance to every song on the radio… Music is better when you are dancing to it… Life is better when you are not alone.
  • I want to endow a scholarship.  Or give a huge donation and have something named after my family – just to give back to the gifts that have given to me.
  • I want to find a signature fragrance.  For a long time I wore Creed Spring Flowers, but it is now a little too sweet for me.  Now, I am wearing Carven but I feel like it is a little trendy.  I want something that every time a person hugs me they smell me and think, oh yeah that is KJ.
  • I want to write an acceptance speech, and have a reason to give it.  Not because I want to win anything, but I want to publicly thank all of the people I need in my life… And I want the world to know I need them.
  • I want to, once, fly in a private jet… Or I’ll take someone’s helicopter.
  • I want to visit Rio do Janeiro, Havana, Istanbul and Moscow.
  • I want to take a class on wine and understand the year why people spend so much time smelling and swirling their glasses… Or why you smell the cork.
  • I want someone to surprise me.  Like with a party or vacation or something.  I am super perceptive and honestly have never had my hair blown back with a surprise.  Except when I won president of the year at WSU for Kappa Delta… Only surprise ever.
  • I want to have a baby.  I really want to be a mom.
  • I want to remove my tattoo.

There it is!  I will hopefully continue to add to it!  I suppose it bothers me that there are only 18… I need a better number, like 20!

LOVE YOU ALL! Thank you for making my day special!IMG_0268


2 thoughts on “The Birthday Bucket List

  1. The reason people smell the cork when they open a bottle of wine is they foolishly believe it will help them tell if the wine has gone bad (in reality, the cork will smell like cork).You smell the wine because the smell improves the taste and swirling it releases more aroma.

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  2. This really speaks to me. My dad died 2 weeks ago from his 3rd heart attack at age 56. I’m already 28, half his age when he died. I need to get to this business of living LIFE; running towards it with hands and arms outstretched. There is no promise of tomorrow.

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