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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, 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 Ischia, Italy (see photo on right - it's gorgeous!)

  • Visit Moonhole and stay on Bequia Island at one of the Moonhole properties

  • Derinkuyu, Greece - an underground city that once housed up to 20,000 people

  • Visit Pompeii

  • Build a treehouse and zipline on our property

  • Participate in regular storytelling and spoken word events - DONE! (But also, still ongoing. I love them!)

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

  • Eat at Don's Seafood and Tope la in Hammond, Louisiana - I've added them to my thriller The Retirement Home and now really want some shrimp etoufee and crab-stuffed redfish!

  • Join a pool league - DONE! (I love my weekly league nights)

  • Achieve 1st weight loss goal of total weight loss of 30 pounds - DONE!

  • Reverse my Type II diabetes and heal my liver - DONE! I'm at a normal H1C AND I no longer have NASH!

  • Achieve 2nd weight loss goal (180 pounds) for a total weight loss of 40 pounds

  • Achieve 3rd weight loss goal (170 pounds) for a total weight loss of 50 pounds

  • Make it to the APA pool-playing tournament in Vegas

  • Visit Australia and hold a koala bear

  • Swim with dolphins

  • Adopt our foster daughter - DONE!

  • Adopt our foster son - DONE!

  • Make a very basic income writing books (net $25k 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) - BOOKED for our wedding anniversary 2024!

  • 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!

  • Renovate Cottage East into a long-term rental

  • Visit Singapore and Bali

  • Visit Gobbler's Knob and see Punxsutawney Phil on some future Feb 2nd

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

  • Finish out Proud Mary and travel the U.S. and Canada in it

  • Go ziplining - DONE...twice!

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

  • Turn our 1956 Flying Cloud Airstream into a cool writing retreat - DONE!

  • Become an author - DONE! (hit repeat for each book published - at 15 so far)

  • Live in an old house - DONE!

  • Become a foster parent - DONE!

  • Stop working in an office - DONE! (I stopped working for others in 2005 and I don't miss it, not one bit)

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