Reverse Bucket List

I was doing my usual Saturday morning internet stalking for new blogs to read when I came upon this post by Deana over at My Muted Voice. I’m blatantly stealing her idea, but I think it’s ok because it seems like she got it from someone else, and after a quick consultation with Google it seems like these things are all the rage nowadays.

I have a running list in my head of things I’d like to do, and I have a half-assed attempt at a bucket list Pinterest board that mostly consists of pretty places to visit, but I’ve never actually written down any kind of goals or dreams. Going one step further, I’ve never even really thought about all the things I have done so far. So, let’s begin, shall we?

1. Own a home outright with no mortgage and no debt
2. Get married
3. Live in a two-story house where all the bedrooms are upstairs and the common rooms are downstairs (I’ve lived in apartments or cape cod style houses my entire life)
4. Go to Europe
5. Eat gelato and pasta in Italy
6. Go on a wine tasting tour
7. Ride a Segway (I’ve actually done this twice, both times at Epcot)
8. Visit Disney World (9 times and counting…)
9. Join a sorority
10. Learn how to play a song on the piano
11. Take a road trip
12. Go to Washington, DC
13. Visit all four FL Disney parks in one day
14. Kiss the Blarney Stone
15. Throw a penny over my shoulder into the Trevi Fountain
16. Visit the Sistine Chapel
17. Eat at Durty Nelly’s
18. Start a blog
19. Write something that got featured on Blogher
20. Drink around the world at Epcot
21. Graduate from college summa cum laude
22. Graduate from high school with high honors
23. Drive a car on the “wrong” side of the road in Ireland
24. Listen to a gondolier serenade his passengers as I watched and listened from a balcony above
25. See Pompeii
26. Raise my hand in class and voluntarily answer a question
27. Meet someone from my dad’s side of the family
28. Go back to Canada and see all the places I remember from my childhood
29. Walk under Niagara Falls
30. Visit Montreal where my nana was born
31. Swim in the ocean
32. Go to the very top of the Statue of Liberty
33. Take a picture in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
34. See a Broadway show
35. Ride in a limo
36. Ride in a limo through Times Square after prom
37. See Michelangelo’s David
38. Tour a working Italian winery and vineyard
39. Drink Irish whiskey in Ireland
40. Sing karaoke
41. Bake a cake from scratch
42. Make homemade pizza
43. Be a bridesmaid
44. Be the “cool” aunt
45. Rent one of those little two-person boats from the marina at WDW
46. Ride a roller coaster that goes upside down
47. Ride the Tower of Terror
48. Eat octopus and squid
49. Be a vegetarian
50. Lose 32 pounds with Weight Watchers
51. Read an entire book in one sitting
52. Sing in a choir
53. Take a writing class
54. Take an HTML class and use it to get a job
55. See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument
56. Visit the penguin exhibit at Central Park Zoo
57. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art
58. Visit the Smithsonian
59. Drive a go-kart
60. Go to a comedy club
61. Have afternoon tea
62. See the Backstreet Boys in concert (6 times!)
63. See Britney Spears in concert
64. See Boyz II Men in concert
65. Go to the circus
66. Visit a planetarium
67. Gamble in Atlantic City
68. See a Cirque du Soleil show
69. Walk up to the top of a lighthouse
70. Go tubing on the Delaware River
71. Swing from a vine in the woods
72. Host Thanksgiving dinner for 17 people
73. Volunteer at a food bank
74. Stand under the oculus in the Pantheon
75. Say a prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica
76. Walk around inside the Colosseum
77. Ride the subway in NYC
78. Walk through flooded St. Mark’s Square on the temporary walkways
79. See a performance at Lincoln Center
80. Go to the opera
81. See a performance at Carnegie Hall
82. Stay at a 5-star hotel
83. Stay concierge level at the Polynesian Resort at WDW
84. Visit a castle
85. Be on the Executive Board of my sorority in college
86. Get a facial
87. Get a manicure and pedicure
88. See a movie at a drive-in theatre
89. Watch two movies at the theatre back to back
90. Eat fish and chips in a real Irish pub
91. Host a Super Bowl party
92. Take a bus between Port Authority and Bangor, ME roundtrip with my best friend
93. Quit a job I hated with no back-up plan just two weeks before my wedding
94. Fly alone from Orlando to Newark in a thunderstorm
95. Work with Make a Wish to grant European travel wish trips for children
96. Make the Dean’s List every semester for five years in college
97. Receive the Academic Excellence Award for having the highest GPA among the entire Greek community
98. Pay off my student loans in only four years
99. Drink a bellini in Italy
100. Talk to a celebrity on the phone

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20 thoughts on “Reverse Bucket List

  1. Erin this is awesome! Of course it’s ok that you did it! That’s why I shared it. I think it’s a great way to really see your accomplishments and share them with others. How did it feel when it was all done? Also, I’m stuck on the very first one! How great to own a house outright. I’m pretty jealous about that. And we’ve done a lot of the same things.

    • Thanks! It took me hours to do it, but once I got going I kept remembering things I had accomplished and it made me feel really proud of myself. Some of them are just silly, but some of them were really big deals for me.

      Yeah, the house thing is pretty huge. I don’t like to talk about that one because people get kind of weird about it.

  2. Love this. Might have to copy it too.

    “36. Ride in a limo through Times Square after prom” — after first read I thought you wrote, “Ride in a limo through Times Square after porn.”

    I bet both have been done. Many times. And I have drank around the world at Epcot. I think.

  3. I just found your blog last night in my quest to find new blogs to follow! I think I saw a comment you left on Meg’s blog and decided to check yours out so I am a new follower. 🙂 Your list is amazing! You should be proud of all of these awesome accomplishments. You are so lucky to not have to deal with the student loans and mortgage anymore. 😛 That is amazing!

    • Yay! I love new followers! You should do a list too – it’s amazing the amount of stuff we forget we’ve accomplished until we force ourselves to think about it.

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