My 2013 Bucket List

These are my goals for 2013. Some people let life pass them by … I try to get the most I can out of life. Although that becomes a challenge being a 30-something graduate student, I have still done quite a bit over the years. I have traveled to London, Uganda, China, the Philippines… hiked mountains in Colorado… and visited great cities like Denver, San Francisco and New York. I saw Les Misérables, second row center, New York City (how cool is that?).

In 2012, my wife knocked a big item off her bucket list when we went to see the Irish Rovers play outside Seattle.

Anyway, this is my 2013 list.

  1. Finish my Masters Paper, get my masters degree, then do a happy dance (leftover from 2012). I turned in the first draft in December, and now I am doing rewrites.
  2. Run in the 2013 Seattle Marathon. Running in a marathon has been my goal for years, but something always comes up to derail it. 2013 I am getting this done! I started training for this a few months ago.
  3. Catch a fish in the northwest. In 2012 my wife and I caught zero fish in four attempts, but caught several fish when visiting family in Kentucky.
  4. Go camping. I went camping several times in Colorado, but because of school and traveling I did not have time to go camping in 2012. Hoping to do some camping trips in 2013.
  5. Run two half marathons before the Seattle Marathon. This is part of the training for the Seattle marathon. My goal for the Seattle Marathon is to run the entire thing without stopping to walk.
  6. Finish writing a book that I started the day before Christmas Eve. I’ve always wanted to be a fiction novelist.
  7. Visit a new city. I went to Seattle at the end of 2012 for the first time, and it was a great city. I did not like the rain or the traffic, but the city itself had a nice energy that I enjoyed. I’m hoping to combine running in a half marathon and visiting a new city into the same event!
  8. Go hiking somewhere new. I’ve been to the coast a few times, but I want to go somewhere new. The Northwest is beautiful, and I don’t want to be one of those people who sits in an office five or six days a week and totally misses the natural beauty.
  9. Get an easel, get painting supplies, and start painting. I did not do this in 2012 because I got really busy with my masters paper and forgot.
  10. Go to a college football game!

For me, the painting and the marathon are probably the two life goals I most look forward to marking off the bucket list. Your encouragement for these goals is greatly appreciated. In addition I hope you eagerly pursue your own list of adventures (both large and small). If you want further inspiration, you should check out Lesley Carter’s blog.

Thank you for reading, and I wish you the very best in 2013!!

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