Bucket List ~ Update

I officially began medical school last Monday, so it’s time to let y’all know how I did in terms of completing the tasks on my Bucket List. Although I only ended up crossing off about half of the items, I still feel like I accomplished a lot over the past five months. I spent some much needed quality time with friends and family and improved both my physical and mental health – all while working an average of 40 hours a week. I have no doubt that I will eventually complete all of the tasks on my bucket list, but it is going to require a good amount of time, desire, determination, and patience. For now, you can read about what I’ve done so far (the words written in green contain a link to my post about that item).


1.  Attend a music festival

In June, I went to Bonnaroo with two of my best friends, Amanda and Colleen. I have never been as happy as I was during those three days on the farm, and I have already started making plans to go back next year!

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2.  Complete 3 projects from Pinterest

I made two pairs of cut-off jean shorts and a flower headband, all of which I wore at Bonnaroo. I also started a daily calendar journal.

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3.  Cook 3 meals from my family recipe box

I made blackberry crisp (a cobbler-like dish made with only 5 ingredients), Bourbon Street shrimp, and squash casserole. The first two dishes I made were delicious, but the last one tasted more like an omelette than a casserole. Clearly, I need some more practice!

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4.  Donate blood

I never did get around to donating blood this summer, but I am certain I will have ample opportunities to complete this task as I continue my medical education.

5.  Finish a 5K (without walking)

I made plans to run two different 5Ks since writing my bucket list back in March, but both of those plans ended up falling through. I still try to go running at least 3 times a week, and I’m constantly on the look-out for other 5Ks in my area.

6.  Get certified in coastal sailing

My dad and I got certified in coastal sailing while our family was in Orlando for a conference my mom was invited to attend.

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7.  Jump the wake on my wakeboard

I never did completely jump the wake, but I managed to land on the crest of the wave on the opposite side of the wake multiple times. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to cross this item off my list with a little more practice next summer, especially if I continue working to improve my endurance and muscle tone between now and then.

8.  Learn to speak Spanish

I made very little progress towards learning to speak Spanish, but one of my new roommates is fluent and said she will help me work on my accent once I have learned more of the basics.

9.  Lose 25 pounds

I lost 17 pounds since the beginning of March (a total of 36 since last August), so I technically need to lose 8 more pounds in order to cross this item off my list. Whether or not that happens, I am proud of my weight loss accomplishments thus far. I am a stronger, healthier, more confident, and all-around happier person than I was a year ago, and I am determined to continue the good habits I started over the past twelve months as I begin this new chapter in my life.

10.  Pay off the interest on my student loans

Not only did I pay off the interest on my student loans, but I also paid $1500 towards my principal balance.

11.  Start a blog

I obviously completed this task, but I need to work on posting more consistently.


Overall, I completed 6 of the 11 tasks on my Spring & Summer 2014 Bucket List, and I had an amazing time doing it! One day, I hope to cross off the other 5 items, as well as any other items I choose to add. No matter how busy my life may get, I have to make sure I’m doing things I enjoy, taking care of my health, and appreciating the people who are important to me – I believe bucket lists are an amazing way to keep these goals in mind.

Bucket List ~ Update

It’s been a month and a half since I posted my Spring and Summer Bucket List, and I figure it’s time for me to reflect on my progress so far and give y’all an update!

1.  Attend a music festival

About two weeks ago, I bought my ticket for Bonnaroo, and I got my wristband, bandana, lunch box, and instruction manual in the mail a few days ago. I’m pretty sure I’m driving my coworkers insane, because it seems like I haven’t been able to talk about anything other than Bonnaroo ever since I bought my ticket. I’m going to the festival with two of my best friends (Amanda and Colleen) and some other friends from college that I haven’t seen in a couple years. Phoenix, Cage the Elephant, CHVRCHES, Skrillex, Grouplove, Hunter Hunted, and Zedd are a few of the artists I am most excited to see. It’s going to be four days of great music and amazing friends (both old and new), and I cannot wait!

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2.  Complete 3 projects from Pinterest

In the spirit of preparing for Bonnaroo, I completed my first Pinterest project – I made two pairs of cut-off jean shorts (pictured below). I am debating adding lace to one pair as shown here. For my second and third projects, I plan on making a flower headband (another item I’ll use at Bonnaroo) and patching up some holes in a pair of my jeans with lace.

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3.  Cook 3 meals from my family recipe box

I am not going to lie – I have been putting this item off since I don’t have the best track record when it comes to cooking. Unfortunately, I only have 3 months left, so I need to get started soon!

4.  Donate blood

I have researched places I can go to donate blood in the area, but I haven’t actually gotten up the courage to go yet.

5.  Finish a 5K (without walking)

I have been trying to run no less than 3 times a week, and I always run at least a mile. I recently started cycling as well in the hopes of increasing my endurance without pushing too hard and potentially injuring myself. The longest distance I’ve run without walking so far is 2 miles, so I’m almost 2/3 there!

6.  Get certified in coastal sailing

My mom is attending a conference in Orlando in June, and my dad decided it’d be fun to turn the trip into a family vacation. While there, my dad and I are going to take a coastal sailing course. I was nervous about being able to cross this item off of my list, so I’m excited to have a plan in place for completing it!

7.  Jump the wake on my wakeboard

I’ve only been able to go to the lake once in the past month and a half, but I’ll be going back next weekend for Memorial Day. I am nowhere close to jumping the wake yet, but I definitely haven’t gotten worse since last summer.

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8.  Learn to speak Spanish

I have Rosetta Stone, but I haven’t started using it yet. I’m hoping to start the first lesson sometime this week.

9.  Lose 25 pounds

Of the items on my bucket list that I have started working towards completing, this is by far the most challenging. I have significantly improved my eating habits, and I have been working out pretty consistently. I feel healthier and can tell that my clothes are fitting better, but I have only lost 5 pounds so far. I am definitely going to continue working towards my goal of losing 25 pounds by the time I start medical school, but I need to keep in mind that weight is just a number. My overall health is what’s most important, and I do not need to be disappointed or discouraged if I don’t lose all 25 pounds as long as I am improving in my overall health.

10.  Pay off the interest on my student loans

Although I haven’t made any payments on my loans yet, I have made a budget for the summer which includes paying off the interest by early August.

Spring & Summer Bucket List

There are a lot of things I wanted to accomplish by the age of 25 – some of them I’ve done, and some of them I haven’t. I turned 23 at the beginning of March, and in a few short months, I’ll be starting medical school. Once that happens, I’m not going to have much (if any) free time. Therefore, I’ve written a Spring & Summer 2014 Bucket List:

  1. Attend a music festival
  2. Complete 3 projects from Pinterest
  3. Cook 3 meals from my family recipe box
  4. Donate blood
  5. Finish a 5K (without walking)
  6. Get certified in coastal sailing
  7. Jump the wake on my wakeboard
  8. Learn to speak Spanish
  9. Lose 25 pounds
  10. Pay off the interest on my student loans
  11. Start a blog

Some of the items on my list are more exciting than others, but I can’t wait to cross off each and every one of them. By starting this blog, I’ve already taken care of number 11. Now, it’s time to make the most of the next 5 months and accomplish 1-10!