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My Bucket List / Life Wish List
The Things I Want to Try to Accomplish & Experiences I Want to Have
I believe I was 14, 15 or 16 years old when I decided I needed to create my own bucket list-- a list of things I wanted to do before I die. Well, I didn't EXACTLY think of it that way. For me, it was just a list of all the things I would want to do if money and time and other people's opinions weren't an issue. These were things that I really wanted to do, but maybe couldn't at the time. I looked at my list a lot when I was younger. As I got older, I still had it, tucked away into a folder. But I didn't look at it very often. I was too caught up in college classes and working.
During my final year of college, I was thinking a LOT about what the heck I wanted to do with the rest of my life. People kept asking me, and I didn't really have a good answer for them. I had some ideas about what I wanted, but nothing in particular.
Or, so I thought. I went to look for the bucket list I'd made nearly a decade earlier. I had quite a few things written down, quite enough to draw upon. I found that some of the things I'd listed I'd already done, which was kind of a neat revelation. I had already voted in two elections (now three), learned sign language, and went to Bermuda in the summer of 2008.
And then, of course, there were some things I'd listed that I no longer wanted to do. That's when I decided I would refresh my bucket list at least once or twice a year (maybe even more than that), mostly adding goals that hadn't been there before, but sometimes removing goals that no longer fit me or that I'd already accomplished.
I also thought the BEST way to do this would be to put it somewhere online where I can see it, but also share it with others. In the first 3-4 years after I finished my undergraduate degree, I was very depressed about being either unintentionally unemployed (being let go) or being underemployed, so I didn't linger on this webpage often as it depressed me even further. But over the last few years, I've been able to actually check some of the smaller items off of my bucket list. And now I'm trying to find a job that will help me get where I want to be and allow me to eventually be able to accomplish some more of the smaller things on my bucket list, as well as the bigger ones.
Of course, I also hope you'll also get something out of this bucket list. (You can use it to figure out what to stick on your bucket list if you like. Far better than just New Year's Resolutions...) And I also plan to write/create a new lens and/or blog entry (which will be featured on my most updated Cherry Ambition blog) about each thing I cross off of this list if and when I'm ever blessed with the opportunity to do so. Everything will be hyperlinked, so you can just come back here to see my updates.
So here I go with my bucket list! I've broken my list of goals down into sections for you (and for me- easier to think about a list of any kind when you break it down this way)...
My IMMEDIATE List of Things To Do - These are things that I either need to do/get, can't to wait to do/get or don't want to wait to do/get.
- Get a job that fits ME rather than me trying to fit a job (position). Before my last job working as a both a retail cashier and office clerk, I was hired as a medical records clerk... and then I got let go based solely on the speed of my work and not the quality of it. And before that I was working in a different retail/grocery store. And even before that, I worked for 3 years for the government in medical-records-related student clerk position. I very much appreciated the medical records position (and certainly hope to have all those benefits that went along with them in whatever my next position is). And I tolerated my retail jobs because they gave me a paycheck (but not always a reasonable paycheck). But every job I took, I began to hate. It wouldn't start off that way for me, but within a few months time it would become less enjoyable. All the positions became monotonous, involved no real creativity, and with some of my positions my coworkers were incredibly difficult to deal with and work with (negative, gossipy, etc). I wanted to leave on my own terms, but it didn't always work out that way, as I got let go from both the clerical positions. (The government one was only because I was graduating college, and the position was for college students only. They had no other position to move me into, either. The second position was supposedly because I wasn't working fast enough with the minimal 2 months of experience I had.) I just really hope to one day have a career in something that I would truly enjoy & love and not just like. This would include travel blogging, graphic design, interior design, being a model (for the agencies that don't mind taking someone who's only 5 feet 1 inch tall at best), or becoming a YouTube partner. Ultimately, I want to work for myself and not work for someone else for the rest of my life. And I definitely want to make enough money to actually pay off my debt (school loans), move out on my own and become financially independent.
EDIT: Christmas 2012, my grandfather asked me what I'd really like to be doing right now for work. I told him-- and my grandmother-- about my plans to start YouTubing. I wrote out an estimate of what I thought everything would cost, and much to my surprise, my grandparents agreed to give me what was basically a business grant to help me get started. [Grant= don't have to pay back; so much better than a loan.] You can find me on YouTube under the name CherryAmbition. (I would link to it, but unfortunately HubPages doesn't allow more than two links to any one domain like YouTube.)
EDIT #2: In November 2013, I quit my umpteenth retail job to go back to school for an Internet Marketing Master's Degree. If all goes well, I will graduate with my degree around Thanksgiving 2014. (Yes, just one year, as it is an accelerated program.)
EDIT #3: in November 2014, I completed my Internet Marketing Master's Degree and graduated with an A+ average (not quite a 4.0 but close). I plan on getting an Internet marketing position of some sort while also making YouTube videos again.
- Get BETTER health insurance. More of a need really, and I do have health insurance now, but it could still be better (especially with me being asthmatic).
- Finish my driving lessons & get my driver's license (YES, I am long overdue for this, but don't have anyone to practice with at the moment, so I need to pay for lessons again- LONG story; also probably have to get auto insurance to go along with whatever car I get).
EDIT: I passed my driving test & got my driver's license June 2nd, 2012. I already have auto insurance, and I drive a hand-me-down car (which will likely need to be replaced in a few years).
- Pay off my college loans- I'd like to remove the financial cloud hanging over my head as a result of these loans. They're also ruining my credit, but there's not much I can do about that (I've already tried).
- In addition to a job, I'd like to increase sales/purchases in my Zazzle store. I've spent a lot of time and effort designing my products, but I would like to get more traffic for the store through promotion. I mean, it would be nice to actually sell a sizable amount of products every month. Designing is fun for me, but now I want to get serious with it.
- Buy some more red wigs and/or get red hair extensions. I LOVE red hair (so much that I created a Hub about it-- Red Hair and Redheads). I was finally able to buy a new red wig, which looks lovely and healthy. But it will get old and become hard to comb through in a few months. And I want to eventually buy a few quality wigs with quality hair so that I'm not buying a $200 wig every month or two (which I was before). When I wear long, fresh red wigs, I look great and feel really great about how I look.
- Get a tattoo....or 2 or 3, but all in discreet places or places where they won't be seen immediately (thinking in terms of job interviews & the business world)-- A quote/saying in cursive tattoo lettering/font on the underside of my forearm and a set of stars on my ankle. Because of my many allergies, it's possible I could be allergic to the ink. So I would probably test the ink on my skin by getting a small tattoo done first before getting any larger or more complicated designs done.
EDIT: I got my first tattoo done in May 2014. It was the word I had planned to put on my left pointer finger-- "DREAMER". But I was told that the tattoo would be more likely to fade on my finger, and that the letters could run together as well. So I chose to get the word placed on my right wrist instead. I will eventually post a picture (either right here, or I'll post it on my blog and link to it).
- Get ear piercings (four in each ear lobe). I didn't even want ear piercings until I kept noticing this one girl in the Goo Goo Dolls music video "Here Is Gone". She appears right before the sunrise and first chorus kick in. I watch that video a lot, but only noticed the girl's ear piercings later on. I like how it looks on her, and I think those piercings, arranged in the same way with similar earrings, would look ok on me too. So I hope to get that done some time in the near future.
EDIT: I got my ears pierced in March 2014. And yes, I got as many as the girl in the picture-- 4 piercings in each ear lobe-- and in the same spots, too. I have titanium studs in right now, but hope to be able to afford some nice, small hoops in the future. I'd prefer titanium or white gold hoops (because I'm least likely to have any type of allergic reaction to those metals), so I'll have to save up for those.
Things I Want To Do Soon, But Need To Plan Out Carefully
These are things I have to think out first before I do them, as they are a much bigger deal and affect other aspects of my life.
- Nose piercing (I'd preferably like to start off with a hoop and NOT a stud); not a huge deal, except for when you're doing job interviews, so I'll wait until I either have a steady job with a company that allows their employees to be pierced, or I work for myself. The picture seen here is of British pop-soul singer Joss Stone with a nose ring.
- Change my name. I've wanted to do this since I was 15 or 16 years old. I already have a name picked out, and found out that although it does cost money and involves some legal stuff, it's much easier to do now. However, I would then have to contact the loan people, change my social security card, change my passport, list two names on all my job applications... you get the idea.
- Move to Florida- the issues for me are getting my driver's license (done), then getting a reliable vehicle, finding a place to live and having a job available there before I move down there.
Things I Can and Should Be Doing Now, But Keep Putting Off...
Even when these things have the ability to improve the quality of my life...
I am a procrastinator by nature, something which I'm forever suffering the consequences of. If there's something I know I should do, but really don't want to, I put it off until I finally have to do it. The following are big things that would improve the quality of my life, and yet they take so much energy, I've just decided I'll do them when I'm ready...
- Clean my room. If I were living on my own, this would only be an issue when I have people over who actually want to see my room. And even then, I'd probably just tell them they could see it the next time they come over. And I could keep telling them that, lol. But because I still live with my parents (who seem to just nag more and more about everything as they get older), it's an issue. For them, really, not me or anyone else. My room is upstairs, and when company is over, no one ever goes upstairs anymore, so it's not like they'll ever see my room. Anyways, I suppose it would be nice to have everything organized.
EDIT: I have actually started cleaning & organizing my room (for me, not for the parents), and it's half-way done. I must say, having things somewhat organized has somewhat improved my state of mind, not just my environment. I still have a ways to go though...
- Make exercise a part of my everyday life. I have no problem starting to exercise. In fact, I'm always starting, because I'm always stopping and I don't continue to do it. I don't need a gym membership, and as much as I'd like to have a personal gym with my own exercise equipment, I know I don't need that either. I need something I can do everyday and not get tired of. Something that will help me tone my body, because losing weight is not an issue for me and never has been. I'm pretty slim. But I'm not toned. And that's all I really want. And I think I've found a single program to help me with that-- P90X. Seriously, go Google that right now and check out the website (or look it up on YouTube). You'll see what I'm talking about.
EDIT: Thanks to what was basically a business grant from my grandparents, I bought the P90 DVDs (NOT P90x- not yet) as well as the Insanity DVDs. I'll try out Insanity later in 2013. The P90 alone is enough for me right now, as I've been incredibly inactive for the past few years.
EDIT #2: I started the Insanity Workout Program in March 2013. I think I've toned up some, but I'm having a hard time getting rid of my stomach. I'd also like for my thighs to get a slimmer. So because of that, as well as the fact that I started skimping on the Insanity workouts after 2 months, I think I need to have another workout program so I can target the areas that bother me the most, as well as stay consistent with the exercise and not get too bored. Hip Hop Abs & TAPOUT XT might be my next buys once I can afford them.
The Usual Things
I guess this would kind of be your "American Dream" type stuff with the picket fence and all...
- Get an apartment or buy a house, preferably in Florida, but I can stay where I'm at if I HAVE to for a little bit.
- Get home insurance (and flood insurance, tornado insurance and anything else I might need to go along with the home insurance).
- Get a mid-sized SUV (like a Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Dodge Durango) that has high safety ratings and is fuel-efficient (or is a hybrid or electric vehicle); I'm going to also need auto insurance to go along with this...
- Get married... to whoever it is I'm meant to be with. I really could care less about guys right now, though. I'd much rather be single for a while than date someone who isn't worthy of me.
- Adopt kids- MAYBE. I'm leaning more towards not wanting kids at all, but I'm still undecided on that. I'm sure I don't want to have any biological children of my own for various reasons, one of those being that I have no interest in being pregnant. If I DO adopt any kids, definitely no more than 3. I got to know what my limit will probably be after seeing Octomom and Kate Gosselin. I do NOT want that kind of life...
- Get life insurance & a living will or trust (probably a good idea to do this once I end up with any of the things above; I don't have a family or own anything major right now)
Things to Learn
Things I want to learn to do, but learn to do WELL...or just well enough...
- Learn to cook vegan recipes (I'm vegan by nature- allergic to ALL dairy products, eggs, ALL nuts and meat products [in addition to other food allergies], so I'd like to eat more than JUST fresh fruits and cooked veggies)
EDIT: I started fixing vegan dishes during the 2009 Holiday season, and I haven't really stopped. At some point, I might include a lens with links to the sources I got the recipes from.
- Learn to speak, read & write the following languages:
- Hebrew (a college Hebrew Studies class course sparked my interest in the language)
- Hawaiian (I just want to)
- Dutch (because I have two Dutch friends and I'd love to be able to speak to them in their native language instead of them always speaking English with me)
- Spanish, but fluently (I already know some, but I should & could know it better)
- French (my dad speaks it nearly fluently and tried to teach me when I was younger, but I refused to learn)
- German (my grandfather speaks fluent German, & he had an Austrian daughter-- my aunt & my mother's half-sister-- who passed away in July 2010; I think me speaking German would really surprise & please him)
- Take guitar lessons/Play the guitar (acoustic & electric)
- Take drum lessons/Play the drums
- Take hip-hop dance lessons. There are hip-hop dances from shows like So You Think You Can Dance?, America's Best Dance Crew & on YouTube that have sort of inspired me even further to eventually take lessons in the future. (I initially wanted to also take dance lessons in both contemporary & ballroom, but I don't think I like either as much anymore.)
- Voice lessons/learn to sing solo (I sang in two choirs over the course of 10 years, but I never did anything solo)
- Re-learn to play the piano on my own terms (took lessons for 12 years and stopped because I hated being forced to do it)
- Lucid dreaming. Yes, sort of like what the characters in the movie Inception were doing, but not quite that elaborate. It just means being aware of when you're dreaming and taking control within the dream however you want. I don't know if you can control the setting of the dream so much as simply controlling your own actions within the dream. (But if I can control my surroundings in the dream, I want to always be vacationing somewhere warm & tropical. And I want to EAT. I NEVER get to eat in my dreams...)
- Take self-defense classes AND gun lessons. This day and age where self-defense is concerned, it's important (especially for kids and single women) to learn how to defend yourself if you're ever attacked. God-willing it won't happen, EVER, but you just never know. So I want to learn how to kick anyone's ass if necessary. But I'd also like to know what it feels like to pull a trigger, so I might as well learn to shoot a gun as well...
Water Sports & Activities
Because of my outdoor allergies, camping out in the woods or a jungle is out of the question. The only place I can become one with nature is the beach. So, I'd like to try out the water activities below:
- Swimming with the dolphins
- Water tubing
- Jet Skiing
- Spend a day on someone's yacht and just relax (okay, this is not a sport, but it IS an activity, even if it I'm not using much energy, lol)
- Mess with a bunch of these kind of water balloons in my backyard (and hope it doesn't turn out quite like this).
Places to Visit
I'm either planning to go there once or planning to make it a yearly trip-- by plane or cruise ship...
Unless otherwise noted, I would likely stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel or resort in the following areas (if I didn't visit them by cruise ship):
- Florida-- until I move down there, that is. Tampa, Clearwater, Miami & the Florida Keys, in particular.
- Utah, Colorado, Arizona & New Mexico- all at the same time; This area has a name-- The Four Corners.
- Las Vegas (Nevada - duh)
- California-- Los Angeles, Beverly Hills & Malibu
- Bermuda-- I've been once, and I sooooo want to go again. If there's a next time, I might stay in a hotel instead of staying with the godparents....
- The Caribbean (nowhere particular, just wherever a cruise would take me)
- The Bahamas
- Hawaii-- maybe I'll do the surfing here...MAYBE...
- Bora Bora
- Cancun, Mexico (but NOT during Spring Break- I don't wanna be around college kids)
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (location of the 2016 Summer Olympics) <- EDIT: Seeing as Brazil has had issues with security, safety & completion of buildings for the 2014 World Cup, I'm rethinking my desire to attend Summer Olympics there. And so are plenty of others, including the Olympics Committee itself. It had been said that if it is decided that Brazil is not sufficiently ready to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, London could be the replacement host (meaning London would get to host the Summer Olympics twice in a row). So we'll see how that goes...
- Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
- Japan (all over it) <- EDIT: In the wake of the earthquake & tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011, I'm reconsidering (or at least postponing) ever visiting Japan. Not solely because of those natural disasters, but because of the problems they've had with their nuclear power plants, particularly Fukushima, being unstable & having already leaked chemicals. I don't know if or when that will ever change.
- India (especially Goa after seeing The Bourne Supremacy)
- Turks & Caicos
- The Cayman Islands
- The Maldives
- South Africa (most definitely staying with close friends/family here; it's suggested by many that you not visit here unless you know someone living here or your wealthy and can stay in a nice hotel or resort, as there is a significant amount of crime in many areas)
- Dubai (United Arab Emirates; Want to know where all your gas money goes? It's here. Seriously, Google "Dubai" and view the pictures that come up. They had enough money to build their own islands. Yes, seriously. And on one of those islands is a magnificent hotel called the Atlantis Hotel, and I want to stay there for a week...)
- England (London and other parts)
- The Netherlands
Events to Attend
I always hear about them on TV, in magazines or on the internet. For once, I'd actually like to be a part of the event rather than just hearing about it...
- Concerts by any one of the following acts (all of whom I haven't seen in concert yet) - P.O.D., U2, No Doubt & Kerli. Yeah, it's a short list right now (I'm picky about which concerts I go to, unless it's a concert/music festival)...
- Acts/bands I've seen before that I'd definitely like to see again in concert - Right now, probably just Paramore & maybe Backstreet Boys.
- SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival -- 4 to 5 day concert event that is held in March in Austin, Texas. Acts can be as pop as Lily Allen and eclectic Swedish pop artist Robyn, as Hip-hop as Kanye West, Ice Cube and Common, or as rock as Ben Harper, Hawthorn Heights, Paramore or Flyleaf (yeah, they've played here too). There's a little bit of something for everyone.
- Coachella(full name- Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival)- 3-day-weekend concert festival that takes place every April at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley; features alternative rock, indie, hip-hop, electronic music, and some well-known pop acts/bands/artists as well. Among the artists/bands that have played Coachella- Prince, Madonna, Jay-Z, The Killers, Duran Duran, Kanye West, Muse, Vampire Weekend, M.I.A., Morrissey, The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Cee Lo, Florence and the Machine, Gorillaz, Paul McCartney and more. People usually go in groups & camp out on the Coachella camping grounds for the entire weekend. There's also plenty of art & food to enjoy.
NOTE: Every year, several of the performances are broadcast live on the Coachella YouTube Channel. Since 2012, Coachella has been a 2-weekend event (with the second weekend being identical to the first, as both weekends have the same line up). Only the first weekend is broadcast online.
- Rock on the Range -- Annual concert event held on a weekend in May in Columbus, Ohio (and apparently, also Winnipeg, Canada) where hard rock acts such as Flyleaf, Seether, Shinedown, Staind, P.O.D, Evanescence, Sum 41 & Korn have performed.
- Bonnaroo-- 4-day music festival that takes place every June on a large farm in in Manchester, Tennessee; according to the Wikipedia page, it features "a diverse array of musical styles including indie rock, world music, hip hop, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country music, folk, gospel, reggae, electronica, and other alternative music." Several of the acts that have played Coachella also play here, including The Black Keys, Radiohead, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, She & Him, and more. The festival also features comedians (Conan O'Brien was the biggest comedy draw at the 2010 Bonaroo festival).
NOTE: Bonnaroo also broadcasts some of their performances on YouTube.
- VidCon -- This event, which first started in 2010, is the largest gathering in the world of fans of online video. (Yes, it's similar to ComicCon in a way.) It is always held in southern California (either L.A. or Anaheim), and it almost always sells out at least a good month beforehand. Tons of famous YouTubers, such as ItsKingsleyBitch, Smosh, DailyGrace (Grace Helbig) and more attend the event every year. And I soooo want to go one year. Ok, really I'd like it to be on a yearly basis...
- Lollapalooza-- A 3-day weekend summer music festival that takes place in Chicago. According to the Lollapalooza Wiki page, it was originally created "by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band". In the 90s it ran from 1991-1997, and wasn't revived until 2003. It features popular alt rock, punk rock, indie, hip-hop and dance musicians/bands. Acts that have played there include Beastie Boys, Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, Jack White, Florence + the Machine, Skylar Grey, Christina Perri, Lady Gaga, Kerli, Erikyah Badu, B.o.B, Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino, Eminem, and more. This is yet another festival that broadcasts some of its performances on YouTube.
NOTE: The festival also played in Brazil in 2012 and Chile starting in 2011, with intentions to expand to Israel in 2013.
- The Bamboozle -- Normally a 2-day musical festival held in New Jersey (held for 3 days in 2011); the acts/bands that play here seem to consist mostly of several different genres of rock & hip-hop, and include acts/bands such as VersaEmerge, Dashboard Confessional, The Pretty Reckless, Hanson (yep, that band), Far East Movement, Good Charlotte, Third Eye Blind, and so on. 2011's Bamboozle acts included Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, & 30 Seconds To Mars, etc.
- MTV Video Music Awards -- but in Europe or Australia (the ones here in the States kinda suck now; they always seem either staged & over the top, or really predictably ridiculous)
- Radio Music Awards
- American Music Awards
- Grammys (a.k.a. The Grammy Awards)
- World Music Awards
- The Emmy Awards
- The Golden Globes
- The Academy Awards (a.k.a. The Oscars)
- The Sundance Film Festival
- The Cannes Film Festival
- The Summer Olympics
- Time Square on New Years Eve (preferably in the MTV or ABC Studios)
- Las Vegas, Los Angeles or Miami on New Year's Eve
Things That Just Don't Fit Into A Category
They really don't. So I've listed them all below...
- Ride on the back of a motorcycle-- I only want to do this ONCE (and definitely with a helmet on)
- Go indoor skydiving. It is simply simulated skydiving inside of a tube. While the photo here shows what it looks like, watching a YouTube video about it would do it more justice. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and sidekick Steve Higgins have done this on a cruise ship.
- Go zorbing/sphering (rolling around inside of a plastic orb/bubble). You can do it with or without water. There is a photo on the right of what it looks like, but this is another activity that should be looked up on YouTube.
- Win the lottery or a cash sweepstakes
- Buy or rent a tour bus/RV
- Go on a shopping spree. And when I say shopping spree, I mean being able to spend at least several thousand dollars without worrying about emptying my personal bank account. (Yeah, I realize I may never get the chance to do this unless I win some contest or the lottery or something.)
- Meet a famous person, get their autograph and/or take a picture with them, and hang out with them for a day. I do have a shortlist of celebs I'd like most to meet:
-Paramore (yes, ALL of them, not just Hayley, although I DO relate to her the most because we are both young females who like rock music & fashion, and have opinions about things going on in the world around us...)
-Backstreet Boys-- maybe. They're very talented, and I've pretty much liked their music since I was a teenager (though I don't listen to it nearly as much now). I've seen them several times in concert, and they put on a pretty good show. And whoever's idea it was for them to tour with NKOTB (New Kids on the Block, in case you actually didn't know)- brilliant marketing. But... well, I'm a bit iffy about it now since reading some unsavory things about them online recently, a lot of which I believe to be true. Some of it was stuff I already knew about, but I thought they'd put most of that behind them. Anyway, it's changed I how I view them, so... meh, we'll see.
Again, these aren't the only celebs I'd like to meet. They're just the celebs I'd most like to meet.
- Visit (and maybe be a guest one day too, on) one or all of the following late-night TV shows- The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (definitely), Jimmy Kimmel Live (maybe), Conan O'Brien's new late night TV show Conan on TBS (definitely), and Last Call with Carson Daly (okay, this show isn't live anymore and has a more informal format, but I do appreciate that & would love to get interviewed on it one day)
Books to Help You Start YOUR Bucket List
If you're thinking about creating your own bucket list, or you just want some ideas for some New Year's resolutions and want some help, or if you already have a list but want to improve it, the books below might inspire you and help you out...
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While this book mostly lists things that are for self-reflection, it also lists several things that you could add to your bucket list. Use this as inspiration to get yourself started.
Sometimes, there will be things on your bucket list (or just life in general) that you want to accomplish, but you either feel like you can't or you don't know how to. Anything from circumstances to self-confidence can be a road block. This book will help you figure out how to deal with those issues in order to help you achieve what you want to achieve. It requires a bit of writing, but the writing will help you work through the road blocks.
Alice's Bucket List
Alice Pyne was a teenage girl with cancer who started a bucket list blog, even though she knew she wouldn't always be well enough to be able to complete all the items on her list. She was blessed to be able to complete most of her wishes, though. But she did pass away on January 12, 2013. While it's incredibly sad considering the circumstances, it is also inspiring. The blog (which she started in June 2011) documented the things she was able to cross of the list. If you like, visit her blog, and leave condolences as well for her family. Currently, her mother and her younger sister, Milly, are blogging there now.
NOTE: One of the wishes on Alice's bucket list was to get everyone (else) to have a bucket list. Start your own in her honor.
BucketList.org is actually a great site to list your bucket list on. As good as Squidoo? Probably not, but still good nonetheless. (I just joined and added just a few things from my own bucket list.) You can also look at other people's bucket lists, as well as see what they have & haven't completed and why they want to complete certain items. Also, if they have managed to complete something, there might be a story about how they went about doing it. They (& you as well) can add photos & videos to go along with the story.
My profile on this website can be found under my same name, Cherrybomb2009.
Thanks to former Squid/lensmaster Rick (a.k.a Dismantlerepair) for suggesting the site!
Mood/Dream/Inspiration Vision Board/Poster
A mood/dream/inspiration vision board is basically like a picture version of your bucket list. It serves the same purpose- visual representation of the things you truly want in life. It's something you can create so that you can look at it daily and be inspired by it. Oprah.com has something like this-- a feature where you can make a vision board online.
One of mine is pictured above. The second one is a work in progress. While they do not include everything I have on this bucket list webpage, they do include a lot of it (the nose ring I want, the tattoos I want, the driving lessons & driver's license I wanted (and eventually got in 2012), the car I want (which was a Jeep Wrangler & is now a Jeep Grand Cherokee), the type of home I want, the beaches I want to live near, my desire to be my own boss, etc). I still need to add more experience-based photos to it, as it does seem heavier on things right now. I've already started a second vision board to add more stuff to. There's no rules to making one, except that 1) it should contain the experiences & things you want the most, and 2) it can't have anything negative on it, not even words like "not", "can't", "don't", etc. An example of this would be to write something like "I will be healthy and energetic" instead of "I do not want to be sick anymore".
Just another way to visualize your dreams and aspirations...