Bucket List

I’ve recently had another reminder that our time here is limited, which is why it’s SO incredibly important for each one of us to live each day to the fullest, the way WE want to live it.  That being said, I’ve thought a lot about what I want to have, be, or do before my time is up, and I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things that I would like to accomplish in the next few years.  I’d love to hear YOUR goals!  Leave a comment below, or on Facebook or Twitter!

1.  (The Obvious) Write and Publish a book that readers will love.  This goal is currently in the works, and I am SO excited about it.  The book is written, and it’s currently in the editing process.  I should have the manuscript back in a couple of weeks, then I will be working very hard to review my editor’s feedback, approve the edits, and do any necessary rewrites based on her feedback.  I want more than anything for my book NOT to suck.  Which means I will be doing everything I can do to make it awesome!

2.  Drive a Racecar.  I like to drive fast.  In the summertime, when the windows are open at my house, I hear the zoom of the race cars from the Milwaukee Mile.  Someday, I WILL enjoy the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience!

3.  Spend more time with kids, husband, family, and friends.  Something happens when you become a parent.  You start to lose touch with friends, and everything you do is in support of your children.  Responsibilities build, and build, and build, until there is no room left for fun.  One thing that was mentioned time and time again, as I was studying how to write, is how incredibly important it is to “show” vs “tell” in your writing.  The same is true in life.  I’ve realized in the last year is that if I want my children grow up happy, I need to show them how.   And happiness for me, is having fun with my loved ones.  Like Ed Foreman says, “Life is for laughing, loving, and living! It’s not just for whining, worrying, and working!”

4.  Visit Europe.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.  The history and culture over there is intriguing to me.  I don’t even really care which country I visit, to be quite honest, they’re all rich in history and culture.  I think this will be the most difficult of my goals to reach.

5.  Move into a different house.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my home, and I’m grateful to have a roof over my head.  It’s been home for 10 years, and it’s full of wonderful memories!  And honestly, I could live here forever if it means being able to spend money on fun experiences instead.  If/when I ever do move, I’ll probably cry from grief of losing my home.  Let’s just say, 2 bedrooms and 900 square feet can be quite cozy for a 4 person family sometimes, that’s all.  One good thing about a small home though…I know my kids business.  One bad thing…They know my business.

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