Happy Tuesday, ladies!
How was your weekend? I headed to Charlottesville for my sister’s graduation, but before I left, I shot some fun new late spring/early summer looks—which are coming soon! It was definitely one of those weekends where I left it feeling like I need a weekend from my weekend. Luckily, Memorial Day Weekend is at the end of this long week, and I for one could not be more excited. #helloMiami
Last night, way way past my bedtime I was telling my sister I didn’t really have any good blog post ideas lined up for the week—and she gave me the great idea of writing about my bucket list and asking you all what’s on yours. Even better—she’s suggested structuring it in a really fun way—which you’ll see below!
I’ve always enjoyed writing down my goals and even had a bucket list on the white board in my room during high school. Some of the things on that list circa 2006-2009: own a palm tree, drive the Florida Keys, walk the Lawn, and travel to all 50 states by the time I’m 50. Today, my bucket list isn’t literally written on my wall, but inside a ‘BookMarc’ journal I bought one summer at Marc Jacob’s bookstore in New York City. I thought I’d share a few of the things on my running bucket list today, based on my sister’s fun questions. I’d love to hear your responses to the same questions in the comments below!
01. WHEN YOU REACH YOUR HIGH POINT IN LIFE, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
I think my high point in life would be pretty simple. I would like to get married, own a home, have several kids, have a career that’s fulfilling, and find myself with enough disposable income to travel and do the things I love with the people I love most.
02. WHAT IS AN EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO HAVE?
Recently, I’ve been day dreaming about quitting my job and traveling the world for a year. I would love to work my way around Europe and then head to Asia and South America. I think it would be so fun to live a life unhindered by societal expectations and learn about new cultures every day. Yet the rational side of me worries about health care, 401(k)s, and blah blah blah.
But, I think the root of this dream is that I would like to travel for an extended period of time at some point in my life without the pressure of a return flight staring me down.
03. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL THE MOST?
Ah! I have a running list of the places I want to travel. There are so many! Right now, these are the top five places on my list:
- Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Austin, Texas
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Key West, Florida
- Cancun, Mexico
If anyone wants to plan a trip—let me know!
04. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO OWN BEFORE YOU DIE?
A house in Charleston! Heck, I’d even settle for a condo. But, I would love to live in a colorful house on a quaint street within walking distance of some great restaurants and a short drive from Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach. I am always happy when I am in the Low Country and I love the hot, humid weather. If you see any good listings, send them my way ;]
05. WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST YOU’VE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED?
On Friday, I shared that my favorite graduation ‘speech’ was Mary Smich’s Wear Sunscreen. In it, there’s a line that’s stuck with me since I first read it as a 16 year old: “Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.”
While I didn’t live in New York City full time, living there for 9 weeks back in summer 2012 was a big bucket list item checked off for me—and helped me to come the helpful conclusion that New York City was not my forever home. However, I loved every exhausting minute while I was there and have come to treasure that experience so much. Sometimes I wish I still had the adventurous spirit I had at 21!
(And yes, I hope to call Northern California home one day, too—even if just for a bit. I think St. Helena would look good on me.)