Saturday, November 15, 2008

Your Bucket List

Do you have a bucket list? A list of things you want to accomplish before you die? Well, that is our first challenge to you over at the Forward Progress blog - scrap your bucket list. This is mine:
Warning - the journaling is long! I got deep on you all ;-)

I was reminded tonight how unpredictable life can be. That no matter how much we plan, we simply do not know our destiny. We do not know the course our lives will take, and we do not know how long we will be here. This reminder helped me to realize something when it comes to my bucket list – what I want to accomplish before I die. You see, there are plenty of experiences I would like to have in this lifetime…I’d like to finally go parasailing, travel through Europe, go back to Australia, go on many more cruises, own a boat and live on the water. But with the reminder that life is short and should not be taken for granted, my true desires for my bucket list have changed. Sure, I’d love to have those experiences I’ve listed above, but what is really important to me…. What is most important to me is the way in which I live the remainder of my life. Because although those big experiences are fun to strive for, they are not my every day. However, the person I am, the way I live my life… that IS my every day, and the type of person I am is what will be most important to me as I take my last breath in this world. I want to live a life of integrity. I want to have more patience. I want to be kind. I want to do more to help others, and I want to do my part to help the world. I want to continue to make genuine connections with people and surround myself with love and laughter. I want to be a good mother. I want to live a life of peace. I don’t know how much time I have left in this lifetime. I do know, however, that I want my life to have mattered.

I'm off to start our fun, busy day. Lisa next door and I are taking our kids to a music class and then we're heading to the movies to see Madagascar 2.

Oh, and for those who were wondering... So You Think You Can Dance was awesome - crappy seats and all, lol!

19 comments:

Theresa said...

Awesome layout. I did mine recently for a circle journal I'm participating in over on 2P's. Here's a link: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1406288

I was actually kind of surprised that I had a hard time coming up with anything. Guess that means I'm pretty content with my life--or boring!

(Found your blog through FB)

Pearl said...

Awesome journaling Staci !!!

off to a great start Forward Progress ! love the concept !

Jocelyn said...

I just loved your Bucket List! OK, now I need to do one! You LO is STUNNING! I'm off to check the other blog! Have a great weekend!

tinycandi said...

beautiful!!

Natalia.B said...

woow.. your journaling gives me shivers.. it's beautiful. I got teary.. and I like the close up photo of the corner there..
*hugs*
natalia

Sasha said...

YOur journaling rocks it boo .. and love this LO and yah I am lucky huh ..Japan again and ALONE with my friends and in the club drankin and slangin .. DANG RIGHT LOLOL ..

I am too amped, thanks for stoppin in boo bear

HUGS
Sasha

Marjan Oosting said...

Love your blog and your layouts are more than beautifull!!
Put your blog on to my favorites!

Audrey Pettit said...

Staci, this is BEAUTIFUL! So beautiful! I'm so glad you shared the journaling, as there was no way I could have read it otherwise. I absolutely love what you said. Love it! And the design is wonderful, too. Love the fringed paper edge and the touches of stitching. Great photo, too.

Allie said...

Great idea - this LO rocks! I really love the felt and stitching. Gorgeous! I'll have to go check out Forward Progress...

Alexandra said...

Fabulous layout Staci - the journaling totally makes it!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

doris said...

great journaling! :D

Wendy Kwok said...

Oh Staci.. I love the heartfelt journaling... love it 'raw-ness'... love its honesty... .really touched myheart.. .and a reminder to me how I am living my life right now. Love this LO!

Charlotte Cramer said...

I love this idea for a "Bucket List" LO!!!! I love yours and you have inspired me to do one!!!!!

Jen Martakis said...

This is beautiful Staci. Your journaling is wonderful, very inspiring. :)

Greta Adams said...

madagascar was hilarious!!!!
and i am smitten with your layout!!!
i think i just might have to add this to my fav inspiration folder ;)

Gine said...

Your page is beautiful ...and so is your other work and your pictures.
Thanks for stopping by my room =)
Have a wonderful week

ellen said...

oh that rocks! just awesome. and i love the journaling, you know i do!

Debbie ♥ ♥ said...

Beautiful layout Staci and your journaling is very heartfelt!! I am going to work on my list right now!

Denise said...

Oh this is wonderful! I am going to do this and when I do I will link it back to you since you inspired me! Thanks for sharing I loved what you wrote!