A Year in Review

2013 Goals

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” – Author unknown.

So, what do we do with the time that we have right now? This moment? This day?

In light of the fresh new year I thought it would be fun to put together an annual bucket list, starting with the year 2013. This will be a recurring annual posting made in January of each year. The goal is to finish this list before the year runs out, and if I am unable to finish the list then I have the option of moving old items to the new list or starting fresh. I’m using this list simply to remind me to live life to the fullest, to take things less seriously sometimes, to cherish my friends and family, to love life even during times of hardship and confusion, and to learn and grow constantly. Obviously, bucket lists can go on and on and on so I made a conscious effort to stay at around 30 things. I also tried to make the bucket list palatable and something I could see myself actually finishing within the time-frame so you won’t see super crazy, out-of-this-world things, but I do want to try to challenge myself.

Now, without further delay, I introduce you to my bucket list:

1. Graduate law school (May 18, 2013)

2. Pass the Illinois Bar Exam (October 1, 2013)

3. Go to a sleepover with a good friend just like when I was younger

4. Watch a Broadway show (October 3, 2013)

5. Get baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (it’s time to publicly proclaim my life for God!) (November 17, 2013)

6. Visit Kristi and Niklas in Sweden

7. Visit Costa Rica (May 22 – May 27, 2013)

8. Visit Abhi and other friends in California

9. Start my legal career (aka find a job as an attorney) (October 2013)

10. Learn how to meditate

11. Run a race (whether it be a 5k, 10k or half-marathon) (June 15, 2013 — 5K)

13. Learn to play a song on the guitar

14. Go to Lollapalooza (August 2, 2013)

15. Make Dan’s parents’ famous vegetarian lasagna

16. Dance the night away in Las Vegas (January 18 – January 21, 2013)

17. See Hanson live (October 14, 2013)

18. Invest (bonds, stock market, etc.) and maintain those investments (officially started a 401K and stock/bonds investments with Dan at the end of September 2013)

19. Write a letter to each of my children telling them what I want them to know about my life and the lessons I’ve learned

20. Stay off Facebook completely for one month (June 25 – July 31, 2013)

21. Visit an active volcano (Costa Rica – May 23, 2013)

22. Bake a cake from scratch

23. Read C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” like I have wanted to for a long time

24. Start volunteering regularly at a homeless shelter

25. Go on vacation with my mom and no more than one other person (March 21 – March 24, 2013)

26. Visit Ray in Boston

27. Finish paying off my small undergraduate loan

28. Move into an apartment/house with hardwood floors! (July 1, 2013)

29. Buy our first Christmas tree as a married couple


Some memorable things I’ve already done in my lifetime:

– Go horseback riding on a mountain in Arizona

– Hike the Grand Canyon

– Travel to Europe 

– Marry my high school sweetheart (aka the love of my life)

– Get a tattoo (I have three!)

– Ride in a Porsche Boxer

– Adopt an animal from a shelter

– Graduate from college in the top 15% of my class

– Move to a big city

– Get into law school

– See the original Mona Lisa (Louvre in Paris, France)

– Watch a comedy show at the famous Second City in Chicago

-Volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless

-Eat dinner on a boat under the moonlight

– Watch fireworks from the John Hancock Tower

– Sing as part of a Christmas show at Disneyland

– Make it to and successfully sing at All-County Chorus (in high school!)

– Get an essay published in an English textbook


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