Welcome to the second part of my 38 by 38 “To Do” list. Some of these are a little more personal than the previous 19.
I will begin this list as soon as next week and I will be blogging on the experiences.
20. 2 day camping trip on my own. Alone.
I chose this because every so often it is good to be one with nature and your own thoughts. Fresh air and the sounds of nature makes this appealing to me in so many ways.
21. Landscape photo shoot with Yves.
He is a talented photographer and I have always wanted to join him on one of his landscape shoots. You up for it Yves ?
22. Organize a big Capture the Flag game at night with glow sticks.
I LOVED this game as a kid and remember the night games fondly in boy scouts. I want to include as many people as possible. So, who’s in ?
23. Stampeders vs Rough Riders in Regina.
All I have to say is “Let’s Go Stamps.”
24. Design my own Tech running shirt.
I want a shirt I can call my own for races. One that shares a little bit of me. I may need an artist to assist with this but I have some ideas.
25. Watch all the Harry Potter movies in one weekend.
OK, I must admit I have not seen even one of these movies or read the books. I have always been slightly intrigued but not enough to actually do it. So here it goes. I am going to do this !
26. 25 interviews with Heart Attack survivors.
I have shared my story and want to hear others. Obviously because each experience is different and I want to educate myself while hearing from others.
27. Tell my Heart Attack Story in a public speaking type setting.
I have spoken in front of hundreds of people before and I am far from shy. I am a good story teller. I really hope to be able to speak publicly to others in the same manner and share my experiences of recovery and being healthy.
28. Make a time capsule that I can bury and open with my kids should I ever be blessed enough to have any.
. I dream of having a family. I do not know if this will ever happen but I want something fun to share with them when they are teens or adults. Should I not have any kids of my own then hopefully the capsule will be found one day by some random person.
29. Take the TESOL course.
I want to travel and teach English for one year. The first step is the TESOL course. NO more excuses, it is time to do what I want and this has been high on my list for a long time.
30. East Asia vacation. Jan- March 2015.
I want to go where no one knows me, my past or my issues in health and personal life. I want to go and let the focus be on a dream trip where I can focus on me and what really makes me who I am with no discussion of my health or negatives. Far away from here I want to be me without the baggage being the focus.
31. Start a 4 week running/ weight loss group.
I find more and more people contact me to run with them or ask questions about my weight loss and my health and exercise since my heart attack. Apparently the things I have done in 12 months has motivated others to make life changes. I want to help people get started.
32. Volunteer trip overseas.
Years ago I was signed up for a trip to Guatemala with World Vision but put that on hold to support my girlfriend at the time who was doing a trip to Romania with the same organization. Please know it was my decision at the time and I harbor no hard feelings nor regrets about not going. I merely learned that one must do what they want to or they may never get that chance again. I am creating that chance.
33. Charity Photo Project Completed.
I am currently embarking on a photo project in which I am donating half of my fee to the Alberta Children’s hospital and a local women’s shelter with a goal of raising $2500 to split between the two. This will take months to complete and a lot of personal time. I promise it will be worth the effort put forth for everyone involved. I want to see this to completion. 50 photoshoots @ $100 each.
34. Lunch with Roger Rhodes and Erin Skye Kelly.
I enjoy listening to these two personalities and have spoken with both at some point in my life. They are remarkable, intelligent and funny people who really live life and seem to care about the goings on of the world. My goal is to take each one of them to lunch separately just for the heck of it. There is no rhyme or reason specifically other than to have a great time with these two people. You can hear Roger on Country 105 and Erin was on QR77 but is soon to be doing a new adventure soon.
35. Skate on Lake Louise.
The Ice, Winter, Beauty of Lake Louise. Need I say more ? I have never done this and I have lived so close for all my life.
36. Photo a day from age 37- 38.
I want to photo document one year on pic at atime each day between by birthdays. This is a huge endeavor and the photos won’t be planned. The will be random. I see a lot of selfies coming my way haha.
37. Ride the New York New York rollercoaster in Vegas with my niece Sirenity.
This is very important to me and requires me to be in the utmost health. I missed doing this in Vegas in May of 2013 with her and I regret we did not have the time. Now with my health being the way it is, this may be the scariest of the things on my “to do” list. I know there is a risk on my life by attempting this but I have to do this for her, for me. I know how bad she wanted to try that coaster. I will not fear, I will just do.
38. Date night with mom once per month on non travel months, should I partake in my travel “to do’s”
Our parents. As we get older sometimes we forget that they too are aging. We get pre occupied with our daily lives that sometimes we forget to make time for them. Our parents crave the phone calls even if just brief and they really cherish the time we give them even though they would always want more of it but aren’t selfish enough to ask. I love my mom and this is by far the most important thing on my list. Only one thing can stop this and that is one of my life goals that I will discuss in a separate blog post.
So, friends. That is my list. I hope many of you will join me in this adventure. Cheer me on, attend any of the group events or just help hold me accountable.
Life is ours to live and each day we have a choice on how to live it. Today I commit to really living and experiencing life. For me.