The 2014 Bucket List

This year, instead of (once again) making a bucket list and (once again) barely crossing things off of it, my only stipulation is to do something new once a month (with a very loose interpretation of “new”). So far, so good!


Cross-country train travel



Paint and Sip art class













Residual Bucket List Items from 2012 and 2013 (never give up!)

 Run the Boston Marathon DONE: April 2013

Run a race in a crazy costume

Run a Half Marathon PR DONE: January 2013 (Rock n’ Roll Arizona)

Organize all of our medals, bibs, and pictures into an impressive display

Volunteer at a race: DONE: May 2013 (Girls on the Run 5-K)

Run a race every month.

Buy a bike: DONE: July 2013 (Tandem, but whatever.  It’s a bike)

Compete in an Olympic distance triathlon

Get 4-pack abs (6 pack abs is asking too much I think)

4. Be able to do 50 push-ups in a row

Hike up a 14er

Learn to swim.

Finish a Tough Mudder.

Pick a small town we’ve never heard of and spend the weekend there: DONE: April 2013 (Burlington, VT…I know, I probably SHOULD have heard of it before that)

See another city during Christmas time: DONE: December 2013 (Orlando, FL)

Spend the afternoon on a boat: DONE: July 2013 (Kayaks are boats!)

Explore 2 of New Mexico’s “must see” places (Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon)

Attend an out of town festival

Get Passport stamp #4

Go on a White Water Rafting weekend expedition.

Go to a live music festival.: DONE: JUNE 2013 (Taos Solar Music Festival featuring Mumford and Sons)

Volunteer consistently for an organization: : DONE (Girls on the Run, New Mexico Music Guild)

Do one big random act of kindness

Watch 5 thought provoking documentaries

Take an art class

Study up on the history of Israel vs. Palestine

Read my way through Newsweek’s Top 100 Books of all time (the list and my progress is here on a sub page).

Relearn French

Do a massive house cleaning and reorganization.: DONE: OCTOBER 2013 (we moved, so…)

Take the GRE.

Figure out what in the world I’m doing with my life and take steps to get there.

Brew our own beer

Start a “house” savings account: DONE: OCTOBER 2013 (and we bought a house!)

At least once a month, choose a recipe and cook dinner with Aaron

Get a tattoo

Host a ridiculously over-themed Mad Men Party

Pay off credit card debt.

Ride in a hot air balloon.

Start dressing my age

Learn how to use my camera and take awe-inspiring photos.

Write a novel.

Win something (anything) in a radio contest.

Invest in a piece of artwork.



1) Run a full marathon.  DONE October 2012

2) Visit a new state. DONE October 2012

3) Send a birthday card in the mail to people on their birthdays.

4) Go horseback riding on the beach. DONE September 2012

5) Buy a new car (hopefully BEFORE the Taurus self-destructs ). DONE April 2012

6) Choose an NFL Team to cheer for and learn everything about them (then go to one of their games). DONE (well, the choosing part anyway) August 2012

13 thoughts on “The 2014 Bucket List

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  2. I’ve got a full marathon and a Tough Mudder on my 2012 Bucket List too! And I’ve stupidly already signed up to both. At least they’re still far enough in the distance for me to not worry too much about them. 🙂

    • Yeah…my marathon is in October, so I have a long time before I have to worry about it! Hopefully Tough Mudder goes well for you (apparently our city won’t host one until 2013). I think I’m less scared about the marathon than I am about the Tough Muddder!

      • Yeah, it looks brutal! I’m the only girl on my team, but I’m also (so far) the only one that can run the 10 miles! 😛 It’s Scotland’s first ever TM, so couldn’t resist signing up. Not too keen on the whole being electrocuted thing, I must say…

  3. if memory serves me correctly, you have won something in a radio contest. Although is was so long ago, i don’t remember. it was tickets to ??

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    • Ooo! Cape Town! Definitely on my travel bucket list! Good luck on your marathon training. I need to start working on getting some of these bucket list items crossed off. I think I’m a little behind schedule.

  5. I stumbled upon your blog and find it really great! I read the Chicago Marathon as my first and only (so far) marathon and it is a really great course with great spectators. I signed up for my first Tough Mudder which is actually on my birthday :0! Good luck on your bucket list!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad to hear you had a good experience with Chicago. I’m excited to do a Tough Mudder, but they aren’t coming to my city until 2013, so I may have to put off that item until next year!

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