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Bucket List

Everyone needs a bucket list and below, you will find mine. Actually, it would probably be more accurate to call it a Life Goals list because it isn't all trips and experiences, but a way of life I have dreamed of for a long time. Some of, heck, many of those life goals have come true. They have taken hard work, focus, vision, and even luck. But don't all good things in life?

I will say this, I am a rather content person these days. I have my family, three amazing kiddos still at home, a fantastic old house built in 1899, a large garden, four fantastic dog-babies, and a truly good life. It hasn't always been this wonderful, which makes me especially thankful, but it sure is amazing now. And honestly? If nothing else happened, if I never went to any of the places or did any of the activities listed below, I'd probably still be satisfied with my life. And with my family surrounding me, I have my days filled with activity, projects, and laughter. There is a lot to be said for that. Stop for a moment, breathe in your surroundings, is it the same for you? If not, then I urge you to make your own bucket list and start ticking off your goals, dreams, and aspirations.

Here are a few of mine, in no particular order...

  • Visit Pompeii

  • Go on a cruise (I'm thinking Caribbean for my first time, maybe other places later)

  • Visit Australia and hold a koala bear

  • Swim with dolphins

  • Adopt our foster daughter

  • Adopt our foster son

  • Make a decent living writing books (net $50k or more per year)

  • Visit Ireland and Scotland - tour Dun Telve and Dun Troddan broche and spend at least one night in a castle

  • Spend a night in a treehouse Airbnb (preferably one that has stairs)

  • Visit New York and the Smithsonian (I think I'll need a couple of days in that place alone!)

  • Renovate our 1899 Victorian to include a finished attic, finished basement, and re-done back porches

  • Adopt a collie pup and eventually another sheltie

  • Visit France and stay for a week at Chateau de Gudanes

  • Travel through Europe

  • See the Great Wall of China

  • Visit Rakotzbrücke Devil's Bridge in Germany and also see the Sandfort ancestral home there as well

  • Visit London, England - DONE!

  • Jump out of a perfectly good airplane

  • Visit Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Brazil and see the waterfalls

  • Retrofit an Airstream (a bigger 34' one) and travel the U.S. and Canada in it

  • Turn Cottage West into our first short-term rental - DONE!

  • Turn our 1956 Flying Cloud Airstream into our 2nd STR - DONE!

  • Become an author - DONE! (hit repeat for each book published)

  • Live in an old house - DONE!

  • Become a foster parent - DONE!

  • Stop cleaning houses - DONE!

  • Stop working in an office - DONE!

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