2017 Bucket List

2017 Bucket List

Can you believe I've never been camping?

I know myself, and know that I won't keep a New Year's Resolution if I make it, so instead, I decided to create a 2017 bucket list! Here's some things I've never done, habits I'd like to create, and things that I want to make happen this year!

1 . Go camping

Oddly enough, something I have NEVER done is been camping! Sure I've been to camp and stayed in a cabin but the whole sleep in a tent outside and cook your own food... never.

2. Blog more

I have a website, check it out if you want, but I hardly ever write on it! I write things from personal things, religious things, political thoughts, I post my "photography", and talk about my travels! I would love to write on that more. Check it out here!!

3. Declare a major I love

I'm on the track to declare a Communications and Political Science double major, so I'm not really struggling to find my place and what exactly I want to study, but I'm really hoping to declare that this year!

4. Learn how to cook a really great meal

If you know me at all, you know that I am physically, mentally, emotionally, and really all over just completely inept in the kitchen. I can maybe cook a can of soup and not screw it up. I would love to leave 2017 saying that I can make a chicken or a steak or something a little bit above pasta!

5. Get up and watch the sunrise

My campus, Furman University, is located LITERALLY right next to Paris Mountain in Greenville, South Carolina, and it's a really great place to hike and explore and spend time outside. During my time here, I would love to get out one morning and see the sunrise from Paris Mountain!

6. Travel somewhere I've never been

I've been really fortunate and able to travel to some fantastic places like Greece, Rome, China, and I have a huge heart for traveling. This year, I would love to travel somewhere that I've never been before. I'm a certified SCUBA diver and it looks like our next trip will be an intentional dive trip.. places on the list are Belize, the Grand Cayman, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, etc!!!

7. Be intentional

Something I've learned in college is that some friendships just "happen", but some do not! I've seen (or stalked) a few people that I would really love to get to know better, but have been too afraid to talk to them. In 2017, I want to be more intentional, send that first text, set up that lunch date, and make those awesome friends!!

8. Learn a new language

In high school, I took five years of Latin. Coming in to college, I was unsure of whether or not I would want to continue Latin, or if I wanted to try something new. Obviously I've made my decision seeing as it is on the bucket list, that I want to take a new language in college and learn something new!

9. Watch Gilmore Girls

Literally everyone watches or has watched this show except me. It's time.

10. Send more letters in the mail

One of the best forms of communication, and a lost art in my opinion!! I have an article on just why we should send more snail mail. Check it out!!

Thanks for staying tuned during my 2017 bucket list! Hold me accountable for these things and maybe even come out and do them with me! Looking for a way out of your new years resolutions that you won't keep? Create your own 2017 Bucket List!

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Here's a list of 10 things that I learned about myself and California while visiting there last week.


I recently traveled to San Fransisco California for the first time, and it truly changed my life so much that I felt the need to write about it. This says a lot because I have also traveled to parts of Europe and Hawaii, and I didn't think it could get any better than that!

1. Alabama is too small for me.

I've always known that I wanted to move out of Alabama as soon as I could, but visiting California just showed me that there is a whole different lifestyle outside of these southern states.

2. There are just so many openminded people in one state.

I have blue hair. I am an openminded person. But I still get a few strange looks or comments like "your natural hair would look so much better" when I'm in my hometown. But in San Fransisco, I got at least 5 genuine compliments on my blue hair a day!

3. Speaking of blue hair, everyone has dyed hair!

When you have dyed hair and you meet someone else with crazy colored hair, you automatically bond with that person through your creativeness. I bonded with half of the state.

4. I Feel like San Fransisco has a place for everyone.

Whether it be China Town, Fishermans Wharf, Haight Ashbury, The Castro, or The Mission, there is most likely somewhere where you belong in San Fransisco alone. If you're like me it might just be at the dog park across the street from the Painted Ladies.

5. I think sea lions are even cuter than dogs. At least from a distance.

Don't get me wrong I'm a dog lover all the way, but I cried so hard at Pier 39 when I saw the tons and tons of sea lions being the good boys that they are. They are just big blubbery water dogs, and I love them.

6. I thought that the entire state would reek of marijuana but it, in fact, did not.

The only time I caught the slightest whiff was when we first turned on to Ashbury Sreet, which was honestly expected.

7. There weren't as many naked people as I was told to prepare for.

Maybe I just picked a good time of year. Maybe I just didn't notice the naked people. Who knows? Maybe the weather just wasn't the right temp for all of the streakers out there.

8. The souvenir shops were a lot cheaper than I had expected.

Everyone says that California is expensive, and they may be correct. BUT they obviously have NOT been talked into a sweet deal for sunglasses in China Town the way that I have. Three pairs of REALLY NICE sunglasses for $30.00? Wham bam thank you, Maam!

9. California does not care about my southern accent. At all.

Everywhere else that I have ever traveled, I have always had people freaking out over my accent. It was not brought up once while I was there.

10. Just one part of California is more eco-friendly than the whole state of Alabama.

They charge 10 cents a bag for the plastic bags we use when shopping, to get you to bring your own reusable bag. They have SO much more public transportation than we do. And almost every trash can is accompanied by a recycling bin. Alabama needs to step it up, just saying.

I love my home in Alabama, don't get me wrong. But I think and hope everyone gets the chance to explore new and different places like this. It was truly a blessing for me. I think all of the amazing things in the world are just a million times more amazing once you get out and see them for yourself. You would be amazed at the world that's out there waiting for you.

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