1. Leave my job at IB
2. Get a new job (and love it)
3. Go back to Australia (to study, work, or take a vacation) — I DID IT. I MADE IT BACK TO AUSTRALIA, TOOK A MONTH-LONG DREAM VACATION AND MANAGED TO CROSS OFF A LOT OF THIS LIST. I’M STILL IN DISBELIEF, BUT IT HAPPENED AND IT WAS AMAZING!
4. Meet and hang out with Blake — This might be the one thing on my list I’m more excited about than the fact that I actually was in Australia. I’ve known Blake for a couple of years now and in that time, he’s become one of my best friends. We met on tumblr, so it’s been a dream of mine to meet my best-friend-across-the-world. We met and then eventually, we hung out— it was the best. Highlight of my week in Sydney, hands down.
5. Get my first tattoo (if I’m feeling brave- second and third as well)
6. Hang out with Jessica (in NYC, NJ, or Chicago) again- without the anxiety this time
7. Visit California (esp. San Clemente & Kristen Stewart’s handprints @ TCL) — Ok, this one’s a stretch, but I did make it to Cali. Granted, it was just a layover at LAX. But I paid for the flights and I was there, so…. the “esp.” will just have to make it onto my next bucket list.
8. Get paid to write
9. Go on vacation with Amanda — Our New Years Eve trip turned into a bit of a vacation… it’s a stretch, but we did spend 5 days together + 7 hours driving!
10. Run a 5K (with a few stops at most)
11. Do/try something new/spontaneous. Anything. — I went scuba diving on a total whim and it was the most unreal, thrilling 45 minutes of my life.
12. Learn something new
13. Meet someone famous (actor/musician/writer/athlete) — I met Sophia Bush on November 6th!
14. Meet someone that impacts my life in a positive way — I’ve been waiting to cross this one off, because it’s a big one. But between the people I met in Australia, my dear friend Blake, and the guy I dated for a few months, my life has been impacted in a positive way.
15. Impact someone’s life in a positive way
16. Fall in love (with a person, place, or hobby) — Get this: triple whammy. I fell in love with my dive instructor in the Great Barrier Reef while scuba diving with him. Ok, mostly joking about that. But I did manage to fall in love with a place on my trip: Sydney. This city is beautiful and it was ridiculously hard to say goodbye.
17. Finally finish my Invisalign treatment — SLOWLY WORKING ON IT!
18. Man up and get my wisdom teeth pulled 19. Go on a date (and maybe a second?!) 20. See the Blackhawks play in Nashville OR see the Western Sydney Wanderers play in Melbourne — This item is no longer possible, BUT I’m giving myself another exception here: I saw Hamish Blake IN REAL LIFE perform in a comedy show, which let’s be honest, was way more exciting for me than a soccer game would have been.
21. Do something for myself — I put all of my money into my trip to Australia and while it was a crazy thing to do financially, it was a gift to myself. I’ve been struggling to focus on where I want to head on my career path, so I took a month off to see what else is out there. My month abroad was SO different from the first time I traveled abroad alone. It was a new experience to explore on my own, create my own schedule, take a trip with strangers who became friends, and re-connect with old friends. It’s not about the money at all. It’s about the fact that I went on an actual adventure that has made me appreciate everything I have and everyone I know so much more than I did before. And now I feel more energized to figure out where I need to go from here.
22. Read a total of 23 books — WORKING ON IT!
23. Find a new favorite spot in Chicago
So many things on my list are pending right now (and I’m not going to say which ones exactly, but there are approx. 11). Here’s a little breakdown:
- #3: I can’t believe I made it back to Australia. Unreal.
- #5: I didn’t have time to fit in a tattoo on my trip, but I don’t see why I can’t man-up and get it done here before I turn 24!
- #11: I had a fear of scuba diving, so I only signed up to snorkel on my trip. I’d be lying if I said the dive instructor who talked to me about the “Discovery Dive” didn’t play a part in my decision, but I’m SO glad I did it. My dive was 45 minutes long and we went ~10 metres deep. And I pet a turtle, so.
- #14: I met SO many people on my trip that I lost track of where they all are from. Hearing how so many of them are still in their teens and are exploring Australia by working/traveling was so inspiring. I wish I’d had the guts to do that at 18!
- #16: The Great Barrier Reef. Seriously. Amazing.
- #22: I’m really working hard on this one and it’s coming along slowly, but I’m determined to read 23 books
I have so much adrenaline, simply from writing this post. If you’ve never written a bucket list, do it. Even if you give yourself a time limit like I did– it really pushes you to make changes, take chances, and find adventures as you go. Now it’s time to focus on what I need to accomplish in the next two months.