2018 Bucket List for Life and Adventure
In December 2017 I was thinking to myself about what resolutions I wanted to make for the coming year of 2018. I thought to myself about all the resolutions I’ve made over the years and how I never, ever kept them. It was almost as if I was setting myself up for failure every time. Anyone else feel the same way?
I have always had a love of adventure and the outdoors but that love didn’t really start growing until just a few years ago. I knew that I had a burning passion inside of me to be passionate about something in my life and i worked very hard at trying to find out what that passion would be.
Over the last decade I have dabbled into so many things. I’ve started and quit several blogs, learned herbalism and natural healing, sold products for numerous direct sales companies and yet none of those things seemed to keep me motivated and interested in them the slightest. None of them made me feel like I was living my full potential and living out my calling.
It honestly wasn’t until I visited Glacier National Park in Montana that I very honestly fell in love with nature. It also wasn’t until that entire summer that something had woken up in me that I felt like was sleeping for a long time. I’ve always been a traveler … wanderlust soul roaming the earth in search of a greater life but, something opened up a me that I didn’t know was quiet there.
It’s almost hard to put into words but I fell head over heels with so many experiences and activities in a short amount of time that I knew the outdoors was my calling and I knew that I needed to find a way to do it full time.
By professional trade I’m a certified nurse assistant. I have a love/hate relationship with my current profession. I love and enjoy helping people and have a love for the medical field. I hate being limited to what I can do with my certification. I hate that I can’t really travel a whole lot and I hate that this profession doesn’t fund the life I want. I don’t need to make a million dollars but I would like to be able to travel more and worry less.
I need excitement in my life to feel content.
I’m not a materialistic person, I am an adventure person.
I’ve thought about several things over the last couple of months and realized that I needed to find ways to combine the things I love and am passionate about that would allow for me to make a living as well, because lets face it; adults have to earn money for modern day survival … I know total buzz kill.
So I put pen to paper and wrote out all the things I wanted to accomplish this year as part of a 2018 bucket list of sorts for my life, adventure, and freedom from the modern day rat raced, materialistic fueled life. To be honest if it was 100% up to me I’d sell mine and my husbands home and live in our 5th wheel full time and never be settled and tied down to just one spot.
My 2018 bucket list is not like most, i don’t think at least. They don’t include having a baby or loosing weight or getting a promotion in the office. Nope, mine don’t include things like that. I’m an authentic person who leads an interesting life, thus, my bucket list is the same.
My hope is that throughout the year I can come back to this very post and strike through everything I hope to accomplish and update this posting. And if I don’t accomplish everything? Well, there’s always next year.
My 2018 Bucket List for Life and Adventure:
1. Start a blog that encompasses my love of the great outdoors and adventure that I can monetize and use as my sole source of income by 2019 without having to worry about the financial foes in life.
2. Get EMT certification and then Wilderness EMT certification. These would allow me to work as a ski patrol, possible adventure guide, and other various seasonal jobs. Would also allow me to continue working in the medical field & helping people in a more exciting setting than I currently am in.
3. Start investing money each week through smart investments for my future and do not touch the money!
4. Get rid of everything in my life that doesn’t make me happy; physical things, relationships, stress, emotions.
5. Make a positive change in peoples lives and be a mentor to those who are in need of it.
6. Create a life of happiness. Slow down. Nothing is so important to stress to the point of being sick. If a bill is hard to pay then get rid of it. Only keep what is necessary for survival in means of bills.
7. Truly embrace minimalism. If I haven’t used it in 6 months and not a needed seasonal item its going away. It will be sold, donated, or thrown out. Try to help husband realize minimalism will bring more happiness and the clutter seriously stresses me out.
8. Only purchase things I truly love, need for adventure, will make money with, will bring true joy, needed for basic means of survival.
9. Eat more foods that nourish my body. Cut out processed and junk food. Make meals simple. Eat more wild game. Eat seasonally and organically. Eat my wild foods. Stop with the crazy diets.
10. Walk outside every day. Whether it’s a half mile or 10 miles. Just walk every. single. day.
11. Make an income while making an impact.
12. Build a life of freedom and not suppression.
13. BONUS:: Purchase a cabin or small home in Montana that can be used as a vacation rental when not used by me for a stream of passive income.
1. Spend at least one week at 5 National Parks. My National Park list is big, however, these are the 5 I want to visit this year: Rocky Mountain National Park, Baniff National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park.
2. Visit at least 2 countries: Norway & Iceland.
3. Go on a hike that is at least 1 mile every single week of the year; rain or shine.
4. Soak in a backcountry natural hot spring
5. Hike to Havasu Falls in AZ
6. See the Northern Lights.
7. Kayak once a week at least when the weather permits it. ( Spring – Early Fall )
8. Take an ultimate road trip of the Southwest
9. Visit Alaska
10. Take a scenic train ride… somewhere.
11. Take a camping trip via kayak along a river.
12. Chase after adventures not things.
13. Go on a relaxing, solo roadtrip.
What does your 2018 Bucket List look like? What are you goals and dreams? I’d love to hear what’s in your heart and what you hope to accomplish!
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them wit open. – Jawaharial Nehru