My “Up In Smoke” List

I hate the term “Bucket List,” so I’m going to call it my “Up In Smoke” list. Here’s the list (and a few that have actually been done!). This doesn’t even include all the places I want to travel to. Check back regularly, cause it’ll grow, and eventually I’ll knock them all out!

  • Go to a cooking class
  • Take a photography class – DONE
  • Join a running group
  • Run an entire 5K
  • Run the Warrior Dash
  • Bobsled
  • Get a graduate degree
  • Go to a Meetup
  • Get a tattoo
  • Travel solo
  • Take dancing lessons
  • Scuba dive
  • Try stand-up paddleboarding – DONE
  • Go on safari
  • Learn to speak another language (French or Italian, or maybe German)
  • Stand in the Amazon Rain Forest
  • See the 7 Wonders of the World
  • Set foot on all 7 continents – 1 down, 6 to go….
  • Set foot in all 5 oceans – 2 down, 3 to go…
  • Visit all 50 states (airports, drive-thrus, and less than 1 hour trips don’t count) – 33 down, 17 to go..StatesMap
  • Skydive
  • Hang glide
  • Windsurf
  • Rock climb
  • Take surfing lessons
  • Parasail – DONE
  • Write a book
  • Paint an original piece of art – DONE
  • Build/design a house
  • Learn to dive off a diving board
  • Do a double axel on ice skates
  • See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Live
  • See a show on Broadway
  • Ring in the New Year in Time’s Square
  • Learn to waterski
  • Attend Oktoberfest in Germany
  • Ice Skate in Rockefeller Center
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Do a Color Run – DONE
  • Ski something besides the bunny slope
  • Go dog sledding with huskies
  • Be debt free – In progress
  • Have a fully-stocked bar in my house
  • Ride in a hot-air balloon
  • Touch a panda
  • Ride an elephant in the jungle
  • Buy something on Rodeo Drive – do cupcakes count? (No.)
  • See the Hollywood Sign – DONE
  • Own a vacation home
  • Go on an archaeological dig
  • See the Iditarod
  • Consider myself a yoga regular – In progress
  • Do crow pose (be able to hold for at least 30 seconds) – DONE
  • Throw coins in Trevi Fountain
  • Feed pigeons in Trafalgar Square
  • Tour wineries in Napa and Sonoma
  • Take a volunteer vacation
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Backpack around Europe
  • Stay in a hostel
  • Go on an overnight hike
  • Hike all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains (really? I might need to rethink this one)
  • Get married
  • Own a home – DONE
  • Cruise the Panama Canal
  • Learn to play the ukulele
  • Eat seafood in New England
  • See the Nutcracker Ballet
  • See a Philharmonic Symphony
  • Sell a photograph
  • Own a pair of Louboutins
  • Own a Michael Kors purse
  • Own a Kate Spade purse
  • Buy something from Tiffany’s
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Vacation in an over-water bungalow
  • Go deep-sea fishing
  • Complete a TESL course
  • Build a dog agility course
  • Have a self-sustaining veggie garden (I think I mean be able to sustain myself on a veggie garden)
  • Take a train trip overnight
  • Complete my family tree (genealogy, not babies)
  • Dye colorful streaks in my hair (pink, purple, or teal) – DONE
  • Make flossing a habit – DONE
  • Take a handgun safety course
  • Become a proficient shooter
  • Learn to sew – DONE
  • Run a marathon
  • Take a cake decorating class
  • Stay at an all-inclusive resort – DONE
  • Take a bartending course
  • Work as an editor
  • Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
  • Travel to Hershey Park
  • Tour the Jelly Belly Factory
  • Zipline – DONE
  • Take a ranch vacation
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Own something from The North Face
  • Take a wine/beer tasting class
  • Start and grow a blog – WORKING ON IT!!
  • Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
  • Learn to knit – DONE
  • Learn to crochet
  • Ride a motorcycle
  • Rock climb
  • Learn to make balloon animals
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Swim with sea lions
  • Swim with stingrays – DONE
  • Get a martial arts belt
  • Take a trapeze class
  • Learn archery
  • Host a Pinterest Party – DONE
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Travel to Scotland
  • Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail in the fall

5 comments

  1. “Up in Smoke” Love the name!! Can’t wait to watch you burn it up!! ha!
    I need to make a list. Kind of like Dave R ..make plans of what to do with not just our money but our time!! Thank You for sharing.

  2. Great list! I love seeing what you’ve checked off! Now that I’ve seen your list I realize that I’ve been too busy raising kids and surviving life to have any dreams of my own. I’m off to write my own list now. I’ll definitely have to steal your “make a flossing habit.” Thanks! 🙂

    1. I can’t wait to see your list! I think a lot of us fall into the trap of having responsibilities instead of dreams….part of the reason I started this blog, actually! 🙂

  3. I LOVE Your list! It makes me inspired to update mine that I made like 10+ years ago in high school. I found your blog when I googled “birthplace of Montana”–I actually live in Fort Benton and work at the Grand Union-so it was really cool to read what you wrote–I felt the exact same way when I visited for the first time almost 2 years ago. Glad you had a good time-you should come back and visit in the summer when Fort Benton is in its prime!:)

    1. How fun!! I’ve been dying to get back out there on my own and not for work, when I have some time to actually explore! As for the list, mine was started in high school too – I used to carry it in my wallet on a piece of notebook paper! Needless to say, it’s grown and changed a little since. 🙂 Have fun revisiting yours!!

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