My 2019 Bucket List in Review

Before moving onto the next decade, I always like to do an annual wrap up of the highlights and lessons learned from the year. Five Bucket List Highlights of 2019 1. Once again, I surrounded myself with the decorative bones of the dead, this time in Rome at the Capuchin Crypt. In 2018, we toured Kutna Hora in Czechoslovakia and in 2017 the famous Catacombs … Continue reading My 2019 Bucket List in Review

The 2019 goals that didn’t make it…

I seem to remember telling myself a couple years ago to NOT leave goals until the last minute because I would inevitably get a cold or have a personal emergency that wouldn’t leave time to cram them in before the year ended. Of course, I’m only just now remembering that sage advice. Honestly, I have had a pretty rough December that left little room for … Continue reading The 2019 goals that didn’t make it…

#20 – Read the Winds of Winter. Check…sort of…

Here’s the deal: The Winds of Winter by George RR Martin, book six in the A Song of Ice and Fire installment has NOT been published, and you can take your panties out of a twist because you didn’t miss anything. When I put this goal on my 2019 bucket list, it was half joke, half manifesting it into the world. But guess what? There … Continue reading #20 – Read the Winds of Winter. Check…sort of…

#7 – Learn how to throw an axe. Check.

In the summer of 2018, I learned the laborious art of how to split firewood And frankly, I’m a little disappointed that no one asked me to come chop their wood for them this year (free labor!) so that I could really practice my newfound skills. This year, I figured if I can chop an axe, why not learn to throw one? Axe throwing has … Continue reading #7 – Learn how to throw an axe. Check.

Take a MasterClass Part Deux

Earlier this year I checked off #9 – Take a Masterclass,¬†where I focused on really honing my presentation skills through the skillful moves of Usher. As I found the class really beneficial, I was energized to take additional courses from other masters. So even though the goal is checked off, I’m here to share more of my experience with Masterclass, since it’s a membership fee … Continue reading Take a MasterClass Part Deux

#18 – Research the history of our house. Check.

A year and a half ago, we did a big lifestyle 180. This involved moving from a 1000 sqft condo in the suburbs, to a 3000 sqft home built in 1914 in the historic Sylvan Highlands neighborhood of Portland. By definition standards, it’s still the suburbs, but as we are mere steps from Burnside, the zoo, and Forest Park – it feels more Portland to … Continue reading #18 – Research the history of our house. Check.