Dream, plan, and pursue // my ultimate bucket list

The end of a year is typically a catalyst for deep thoughts that usually evolve around what you did the past year and what you plan for the next year. Everyone sits down and sets those unattainable or undesirable resolutions. This year, I am challenging you to not set any resolutions in changing your body, unhappiness in your job, or lack of motivation but instead, I am challenging you to be positive and invest in your dreams. In my mind, New Year resolutions get a bad rap because people mock how soon they cave to a resolution. You have seen the dieting resolution memes where someone starts their new diet at 8:00am but at 11:00am they end up eating a donut. Making yourself miserable is not the way to go. Dreaming, planning, and pursuing- that is the goal.

Be a goal digger.

This is more about dreams and aspirations and marching toward a goal (or in this case, several)! Yes, today I sharing my ultimate bucket list.

dream plan pursue my ultimate bucket list ashburn ga photographerI am sure everyone is familiar with the phrase “bucket list” and you have probably seen the movie of the same name with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. If not, to sum it up in one sentence, a “bucket list” is essentially a list of everything you dream to do before you “kick the bucket.” I know that it sounds a little morbid but honestly, I think its perfect because it gives you a “kick” in the pants to actually write down your ultimate goals and to hopefully give you the motivation to knock some off your list. I created a list about 7 years ago and I am proud to say I have crossed some off my lists.

As I experience different things in my life, my dreams change and evolve so I wanted to share my ever-evolving list as well as share some of my experiences with the ones I marked off. Let me warn you by saying that most of my list includes traveling. Some are large goals that may never happen and some are so small and so simple to cross off.

The simple act of dreaming, planning, and actively pursuing your dreams is the whole point.


my ultimate bucket list

  1. Buy a brand new car all on my own
  2. Drink tea in London
  3. Visit Santorini, Greece.
  4. learn to knit
  5. visit the many gorgeous colors of the tulips fields in the Netherlands
  6. Celebrate a holiday in a different country
  7. Experience Christmas-time in New York City. Visiting the large Christmas tree and ice skate in Rockefeller Plaza is a must.
  8. Similarly, go to the New Years Eve event in Time Square at least once in my life. I imagine it will be a nightmare with the amount of people there but to truly experience that amount of excitement and hear Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York playing – man what a dream!
  9. Float in the Dead Sea
  10. Photograph a celebrity (and not in a paparazzi type situation)
  11. Stay in an all-inclusive situation or 5 star resort
  12. Meet a world leader
  13. Visit the Swiss Alps
  14. Write a book and be on the New York Times Bestsellers List
  15. Road trip around Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. I just picture riding along the rocky coastline, drinking at Napa wineries, and even hugging a redwood tree.
  16. See Maroon 5 in concert because duh, Adam Levine.
  17. Ride a camel
  18. on a similar note, ride an elephant
  19. Go on a solo trip overseas
  20. Visit 6 of the 7 continents that have civilizations. Sorry Antartica, but we can’t be friends.
  21. Fly first class
  22. Walk on a glacier
  23. Go to the floating lantern festival
  24. Buy the dream farm house with my own home office, original craftsman wood features, and large kitchen
  25. Experience the Northern Lights and photograph them.
  26. Stand under/behind a waterfall
  27. Go on a safari
  28. Have a truly white Christmas that I remember (apparently it happened once but no recollection)
  29. Pay off my student loans (halfway there!)
  30. Stomp grapes
  31. Throw a dart at a map and just go wherever it leads
  32. Buy this amazing historic building in downtown Ashburn, renovate the top floor to be a large loft/studio space and the bottom floor as some type of boutique stores: coffee shop with baristas, bakery with old men having breakfast there every morning gossiping, maybe even a cool used book store.
  33. Go on a cruise
  34. Find a cookbook I love and cook every recipe in the book
  35. Master a new language
  36. touch a pyramid
  37. Find the balance between my work and my personal life. Setting boundaries.
  38. Sleep in a castle
  39. Visit all 50 states (41 down!)
  40. Find something I love that I could get a tattoo of – I have yet to find anything I want permanently on my body.
  41. Have the courage to do something daring: skydiving, cliff jumping, or parasailing. I want to feel that moment of freedom and weightlessness


Marked off items from my list

  1. Go outside of the country. Check, check, and check.dream plan pursue my ultimate bucket list ashburn ga photographer pisa italy
  2. Travel to Italy and visit as many cities as possible (gallery here, here, and here!)
  3. Attend the Palio race in Siena dream plan pursue my ultimate bucket list ashburn ga photographer Palio Siena Italy
  4. Pose with the leaning tower of Pisa
  5. Ride in a limo
  6. Learn from a mentor.
  7. climb a lighthouse
  8. Have no credit card debt
  9. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea
  10. experience a sunset at the Grand Canyon
  11. Make homemade fresh pasta in Italy!  dream plan pursue my ultimate bucket list ashburn ga photographer pasta making dante alighieri Siena Italy
  12. Graduate college
  13. Kiss in the rain
  14. Go skiing
  15. extract honey from a bee hive
  16. Ride in a gondola
  17. Fall in lovedream plan pursue my ultimate bucket list ashburn ga photographer gondola ride venice italy
  18. Drive along Route 66 (see here, here,  and here!)
  19. Visit New York and ride the subway
  20. Paint a car at the cadillac ranch – did this twice!
  21. Visit Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana. Photos here and here!
  22. Go to a Michael Buble Concert. Swoon. Gotta do that again.
  23. Start my own business and open a storefront
  24. learn how to use chopsticks
  25. Visit the giant white sands in New Mexico
  26. Go on a spontaneous road trip
  27. See a tall cactusdream plan pursue my ultimate bucket list ashburn ga photographer niagara falls maid of the mist. You know what I mean – those cacti that are like this emoji with arms. 🌵
  28. Ride in horse and carriage
  29. Visit Paris, France and go to the Eiffel tower. This was a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I had pictures of Paris all over my bedroom growing up and it was so incredible to finally visit Summer 2013.
  30. Visit a poppy field in Europe.
  31. Witness the gushing waters of Niagara Falls

What are your hopes and dreams? Have you ever dreamt of a goal, planned it, and pursued? My challenge to you is to take 10 minutes, a pen, and any paper you can get your hands on and write down your own bucket list.

Invest in your dreams. 


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