In my moments of spare time recently–which have been few and far between–I’ve been dreaming about exciting things I want to do in my life. This list definitely isn’t complete, but it’s what I’ve come up with so far–both career-related goals/dreams, and vacation/fun-related ones. In no particular order, enjoy my bucketlist!
1. Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.
Preferably this will happen with Hannah, my best friend who is also obsessed with Harry Potter. I’m planning on this one happening in the next couple of years… as far as traveling goes, it’s very doable since it’s just one state away! I’m dying to go.
2. Vienna, Austria. Copenhagen, Denmark. Prague, Czech Republic. Warsaw, Poland.
Whenever someone asks me where I’d travel if I could travel anywhere in the world, I say Eastern Europe. Ahhh. Holocaust history, beautiful mountains, delicious food… honestly, need I say more? Unfortunately, my Europe tour may be several years down the road because money.
(For more places I want to go, hit up my “travel” Pinterest board… these are just top priority!)
3. Visit where the Narnia movies were filmed.
My favorite movies–this would be so cool! They were filmed primarily in New Zealand; below you can see the location of the battle between Aslan and the White Witch, which was filmed in Flock Hill, west of Christchurch. I also want to visit Cathedral Cove, the site of the Cair Paravel ruins–I love the beginning of Prince Caspian. So beautiful.
4. Adopt lots of dogs.
This will probably begin the very day I move out in a couple of years. I like big dogs–Golden Retrievers, Great Pyrenees (middle) (idk what the plural is??), St. Bernards, and Burmese Mountain Dogs (left). I’d also love a spaniel (right) because EARS, and I’ve decided beagles have their good points too (it’s just that Sophie personally doesn’t have very many of them).
5. Become a foster parent.
I have wanted to do this for years. Whether I do short-term respite care or foster to adopt, this is definitely a path I want to pursue down the road once I’m older and, again, have enough money to support not only myself, but other people too. Ha.
6. Compete on American Ninja Warrior.
If I am ever healthy again, the first thing I’ll do will be to start training towards this.
7. Visit cool libraries.
I don’t have any specific names, but I’ll find some! I’ve been to the Library of Congress, but wasn’t super impressed haha. I’m also going to have an amazing home library.
8. See a Broadway musical on Broadway.
Except all my favorites have closed. Boo. But more will come!
9. Take a road trip across the USA with friends and/or family.
I want to do this SO. BADLY.
10. Write for a national [print] publication.
Preferably a fitness magazine–or, it’d be great to have some fiction published in something with a huge circulation. I submitted fiction to the New Yorker a year ago and they declined me, but we’ll keep trying.
11. Release baby turtles into the ocean.
My mom has done this and I just think it’d be so cool.
12. Be in a movie.
Preferably with lines–not just as an extra. I have wanted to get into acting for the screen for YEEEEARS.
13. Write a script or somehow help in the directing/producing of a big movie.
Like I said. Filmmaking has always been fascinating to me.
14. Go to the Little League World Series with Joshua.
We’ve been talking about this since 2013, I think. We’ve had our entire itinerary planned out for years, and we are so so excited. Hopefully this will happen within the next three to six years, when Joshua is in high school and when I have more money than I do now HAHA. (Money–and how I don’t have any–is a recurring theme throughout this bucketlist, if you haven’t noticed.)
15. Sign a thousand books that I’ve written.
I’ve signed about forty so far. I think? I’m planning on signing LOTS more.
16. Be on the NY Times bestseller list.
Because, this would just be too cool. Been dreaming of this for years.
17. Get my standing back and front tuck.
I’ve been an avid gymnastics fan for about four years now, and I would love to find the time to take an adult gymnastics class or something.
18. Get my splits back AND take lyrical or contemporary dance classes long-term.
Because I really really miss dance.
19. Go to the Olympics.
As a spectator, hahahahaha. #haileyforsoftball2020
20. Write a nonfiction devotional book.
For the most part, I want to write fiction books; I don’t want to make a living by churning out another devotional year after year. But I would really love to write just one devotional–I have a few ideas bouncing around.
21. Memorize a book of the Bible.
I started memorizing James a couple of years ago, and I did two-and-a-half chapters in English and one in Spanish before I kind of stopped. I don’t want to cheat and do 3 John or something… but I also shrink from the thought of memorizing Isaiah (my favorite book). I’ll have to find a happy medium.
22. Israel tour.
For years now, I have been dying to visit the Holy Land. I mean, how amazing would it be?
23. See the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.
The next one is in 2020. Not sure if I’ll make that, but at some point this is definitely something I need to get checked off.
24. Live at the beach.
I don’t know whether this will be long-term, but I think it would be SO fun to rent a condo or cottage on Seaside or Rosemary beach and stay for at least a summer. I could spent the mornings and evenings walking on the beach, and write a novel all day.
25. Release a lantern at a Lantern Festival.
I had some friends who traveled to Alabama and did this last year, but I didn’t jump on the bandwagon quickly enough. I’m obsessed now, though.
What’s on your bucketlist? Anything on here that you want to do with me? All pictures in this post from Pinterest.