A Reverse Life List

We’ve been pretty busy lately with school and soccer and volunteering and the beautiful weather.  Spring is always the time of year that I am the most distracted.  I want to sit and drink on patios, dig in the dirt in my garden and, after months of being cold, simply be outside and feel the warm sun on my skin.

In college, I learned to schedule all my harder classes in autumn when I was excited about studying and rejuvenated after summer break.  And the easier ones, I took in second semester because once spring hit, I would often get lost, staring out the window, wishing I was outside doing anything other than whatever class I was in.

Writing feels like a hard class right now.  I don’t want to be inside, behind a computer, so I haven’t been.  And because of that, I get a block on what to write about and start to feel like other people (ie bloggers and writers) must have much more exciting lives than me as they always seem to have something interesting to say!

To feel better about myself, I decided to do a reverse Life List by listing some of the wonderful (at least they are wonderful to me) things that I have accomplished so far.  So, here goes!

My Reverse Life List

Bachelor’s degree | Master’s degree | lived in Edinburgh, Scotland | traveled Europe by myself (England, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, Ireland, Northern Ireland) | hiked up the Schilthorn and dined in Piz Gloria | managed a youth hostel in Chicago | moved to Australia | traveled around New Zealand with a girl I met at the airport (we are still friends!) | traveled around Australia by myself | rode a camel on the beach and horse in the rainforest | fed a wild dolphin | snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef | camped the west coast of Australia | held a koala | honeymooned in Bali, Indonesia | visited Barcelona | married 15 years | two beautiful boys | no debt except house | finished two half-marathons | bake from scratch | rode Indian Pacific train from Perth to Adelaide (3 days, 2 nights!) | Travels in the U.S. – New Orleans, LA, Savannah, GA, Ashville, NC, Chicago, IL, NY, NY, St Louis, MO, all over Tennessee, Los Angelas, CA, San Diego, CA, Austin, TX, Indianapolis, IN, all over Florida, Atlanta, GA |took kids to DisneyWorld | survived my first year of homeschooling |

I’ve just listed the ‘big’ things that I’m really proud of, places I’ve traveled.  I’ve accomplished more than some and nothing compared to others.  But making this list just shows me that I accomplished quite a bit.  Though, I still have so much more that I want to do.

In order to do this, we need to get our finances in order, learn how to travel hack, put our house on Airbnb when we travel, earn a side income, but most of all, be braver and just do it.  Go back to traveling like we used to when we first met in Edinburgh.  Well, without all the drinking and now with kids in tow, but it should be pretty similar, right?  Yeah, right.