The Bucket List Life Blog

Inspirational stories and tips to help you live your Bucket List Life today rather than later.
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How To Make Time For A Bucket List Life

At every phase in our lives we are often busy. How do you create the time to create your bucket list life? How can you get fit ready for the run you have booked or find time to train for that mountain climb coming up in 9 months time? I have set aside some hacks, tips and tricks to help you make the time below. Map Your Current Week: Create a list of what you done every 60 minutes in the past week. (If your weeks change a lot then do this over a month period) Review the list and identify the easiest time saving areas to change. Top Tip: Do you need to go shopping once a week or 3 times a week? Reminder: Social media time whilst at work is important to log. Get up early once a week: Set a specific day once a week to use the extra time to pursue information, training, planning for your bucket list experience. After 4 weeks you have created 4 hours solid time. Top Tip: Keep the focus, do not be distracted and allow other activities to creep into this hour Top Reminder: If you do not use it, you’ll loose it! Be clear with goals Once you know your specific short, medium and long term goals, use the time found to focus clearly on the steps needed to make them happen. Top Tip: Be realistic with your goals and measure progress Reminder: Mistakes happen, circumstances change, be adaptable and flexible with your methods. Technology The correct use of technology can be a huge time saver. Smartphones can be... read more

How To Live Powerfully When You Feel Like Giving Up

We’ve all had those days right? The days we want to throw up our hands and say “why bother?”  Whether it’s to have a much needed conversation with someone or having to fold laundry. Every day decisions are placed in front of us and we have to make a choice. Whenever we start to justify not having to do something we know we should be doing we are choosing to live in rebellion. A rebellion that started at a very young age. Really think about this with me. Imagine back to when you were a child and your mom or dad asked you to clean up your room. If you were like me, you tried to use every form of distraction possible to try and get out of or avoid doing what you were asked to do. Sometimes I would start doing other chores hoping they would see those good things and forget about my room. What’s with the dreaded “cleaning your room” chore anyway? My point is, I spent more time and effort doing anything other than cleaning my room than if I had just done it in the first place. I would have saved a butt load of time, effort, and a lot less fear of the wooden spoon if you know what I mean… #ouch I want you to look at your life now and see all the areas you could be living in childhood rebellion. Really look, and try not to justify or deny it. Let me give you the secret… You’re NEVER going to feel like it doing it! And if you ever get to a... read more

Journal Extract Series : Phuket Thailand 1992

This morning by 8am we arrived at a random village with no apparent name. Our bus broke down and so we need to wait a few hours before another comes so I will see you later. …..When I wrote I will see you later I did not realize it would be in paradise. The journey here was fantastic and unique. Looking at the region with English eyes leaves an inspired impression. The strange hill formations of huge rock outcrops and tree life bursting out of every space hat the roots can keep hold. On the way we spoke to two Americans who are teaching English in Japan and several funny attempts at talking with some locals. Paul seems to be still ill and has managed to destroy a pair of his pants! We arrived at Phuket and ignored the usual hostel and taxi touts by passing them onto a random small park for a sit on the grass. I checked a side pocket in my rucksack and smiled to see my mother had not told me she packed 5 pairs of laces and 2 knee supports! We took a long walk and ended up at a place called Hat Nair beach. It is beautiful and so after a negotiation on price we rented a couple of corrugated metal shacks. They are very basic but the view is amazing. Just what I wanted and needed. Back to traveling and not too near the rest of the back pack scene. The water is very warm so I snorkel wearing a shirt so my back does not get too burned. Tim and... read more

How To Save For Your Bucket List

How much do you want to see the world or under take your bucket list experience? The list for many people may be long and the scale of checking off each experience may appear overwhelmingly costly. Here are some short ideas, tips and reminders to help you on your path. The Big Hitters : Car and Living (Apartment/House) Have you considered having a room-mate/lodger ? It is a great way to meet new people, gain some extra income to help share expenses and divert this extra income to the bucket list experience you seek. Not enough space for a room-mate? OK – MOVE and become the room-mate/lodger at someone else’s place. (Note I have not said “move back to your parents” – that is your choice I have done that also myself) Top Tip: Some areas of your town or city may have a bad reputation and reflected in the rental price. Take a closer look to see if the reputation is still valid or a legacy issue. Reminder: The largest savings can be made through the largest expenditures! For your car, do you NEED the one you are travelling in? Can you have a bike or short runs instead and save all those many short inefficient local trips. You will save money and the environment at the same time! Also consider the how you look at yourself. I know for some people who part of their identity is through their car. Challenge these thoughts and maybe new savings can be found. Top Tip: Cars with accident damage can be reliable and repaired at very low relative costs. Reminder:... read more

Whoever Said, “Money Can’t Buy Happiness”, Just Wasn’t Spending It Right!

If finding happiness is on your bucket list, we have great news!  You CAN buy happiness!  You just have to spend it in the right way. At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other... read more

The Bucket List Life Is All About Sharing Lifes Stories

The Bucket List Life is all about sharing lifes experiences.  We document the stories of ordinary people making their extraordinary dreams a reality to share with the world. Inspiring Moments, Everyday, That Take Your Breath Away. Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. His TED Prize wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Hear his vision to take StoryCorps global — and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps... read more

Keep Marching Onwards in March!

The Romans’ god of war was called March. Today I am more pleased to use the term simply as an indicator for a date. I wonder however, if the decision to use March as a name at this time of year was done due to some strange wisdom about personal behaviour. Let me set the scene for you: I need you to go back in time, not too far, let us say the end of December or early January? Do you recall the season of good will and intentions? Do you savour those nice memories of spending and sharing time with our loved ones? Do you recall sharing our experiences with close friends of the prior 12 months whilst making new exciting plans for the next 12 months and even adding some adventure plans for bucket list achievements? Never give up, today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.  – Jack Ma Do you recall making your new year’s resolutions? Did it not feel great? We captured our imagination with new goals and an idea of who and what we want to become over the next 12 months. During the holiday period there is a rapid download the latest app to monitor and track ourselves, tell friends and family our new changes to set off on the path and quest. The intent is applauded and correct, at first it was even made easier and was encouraged to see others sharing the same vigor and enthusiasm. Have you noticed however that the conversations and actions have changed? Did the commitment to go to... read more

On Finding Your Own Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert TED Talk

One of my favourite TED Talks of all time: Living The Bucket List Life means learning to listen to your inner voice and trusting your inner guidance. What ever your passions may be, the greatest inspirations of our life come from within.  Follow your heart and it will not lead you astray. I love how Elizabeth Gilbert, (Author of Best Seller – Eat,Pray,Love) expresses her own unique creative process and explains the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius that we can call upon to assist us. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk that will not only make you think of your own creative process, but perhaps inspire you to create something... read more

Find That Thing You Love…. And Do More Of That! TEDx Talk

To live The Bucket List Life means to enjoy every moment of every day doing the things that make you feel alive, inspired and fulfilled.  When you have a career that you love, you never have to work a day in your life. If you are working in a job you don’t fully enjoy, you need to start asking some big questions in your life.  Why are you spending your limited time this way?  What is it that truly makes you happy?  What is more important to you? This is an inspiring video that encourages us all to take the road less travelled, follow your heart and live a life less ordinary. This video is going to make you think about the things that really matter in your life. How to find and do work you love | Scott Dinsmore | TEDxGoldenGatePark... read more

Finding Zen: My Travels In Japan

Japan took me by surprise. The possibility of something, anything being as old as the things I saw there never even crossed my mind. My brother, while living and teaching in Kyoto, had done some research into the sites he would take me to during my visit to this mysterious and magical country. I am  grateful that he was a tour guide for much of my time there, but more than that, I’m grateful – indebted, really – to the people and nation of Japan for teaching and showing me so many beautiful, life-changing things in such a short time. ********************************************* 1397. The United States wasn’t even an idea yet. That’s when Kinkaku-ji made its mark in Kyoto. I thought my heart stopped when I first laid eyes on this place. “It’s a right of passage for Japanese students to visit this,” my brother said. The air felt cool on my skin, as if peace itself was breathing on me. History rustled through the leaves of the trees. Centuries of kami rippled through the lake. Zen. A word I said innumerable times that week. I don’t think a word has yet been uttered that can describe the serenity, the peace, the calm that I felt.     ********************************************* Nirvana. Maybe if Kurt had passed through these gates, things would have turned out differently. I’m tall in Japan, even at my mere 5-feet-5-inches. “You can’t understand how huge it is until you’re looking at it.” My brother tried to prepare me, but nothing really could. Standing in front of a structure that massive certainly put “me” into perspective. Three separate fires... read more

10 Reasons To Celebrate Being Single And Fall In Love With Yourself

If you find yourself single at this time in your life, I invite you to take this opportunity to embrace the time you have to yourself and celebrate your love for yourself and who you are. I still believe in love and that there is someone right for me out there but at this point, I want to celebrate my life with my girlfriends and embrace the love I have for myself. These are some reasons why I’m happy to be where I am in my life and who I have become.  10 Reasons To Celebrate Being Single And In Love With Yourself  1)  You Know Yourself:  You know who you are, what you want and what you deserve and you are unwilling to settle for anything less.  You’d rather be single than with the wrong person. 2) You Complete Yourself: You realize that you are complete on your own and a relationship is only a bonus if it complements who you are and brings joy into your life. 3) Your Life Your Design: You have created an active and involved life that you are passionate about and you don’t need anyone complicating your lifestyle or distracting you from your current focus and goals. 4) You Provide For You: You have learned to be confident, independent and stronger than you knew you were.  You pay your own bills, afford your own lifestyle and you take care of business.  You don’t need anyone to be the successful person you already are. 5) You Believe in Love: You believe that you will find love again when you are ready and not because you are lonely.  The... read more

A Top Ten Movie List For Valentine Love Birds!

The countdown is on for Valentine’s Day!  Are you feeling the pressure to please your mate?  How about this – RELAX.  Sometimes the best plans for a wonderful date, include minimal planning.  If you have the cash for some chocolate, wine, and a movie rental on Amazon or otherwise, you can have it made!  And, I have a movie list for you to browse through and choose from for the night with your love.  I won’t give lengthy explanations as to why I chose these movies.  Nor will I list them from most to least favorite.  They are just some that I have really enjoyed – and their story-lines have surprised me enough that I recommend them to friends and family.  (If it helps you at all, I’m pretty skeptical on movies.  If I’m going to spend two hours watching something, it’s got to engage me!) 1.) Cinderella Man *Touching story with love and triumph!  You will be cheering for James Braddock and the faith in him from his wife. 2) Moulin Rouge *  It’s admittedly a lot to take in at first.  Which is true for the director Baz Luhrman, and his movies.  However, keep watching.  The story is strong and the music is fantastic!  (Who knew Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor could sing…and well?) 3) How Do You Know *This one, I love for its quirkiness and transparency.  Love is not easy and not what you expect.  The Play-Doh scene gets me, every time. 4) Stardust *This one is a fairy tale – but one with grit.  A well-written story with consistent characters.  And yes, it all... read more

The 11 Best Places To Be Kissed This Valentines’s Day!

Can you feel it? Romance is in the air, as Valentine’s Day approaches. It’s time for candy and flowers or dinner and dancing. Everyone has their own way of celebrating with their special someone. However, we all know it’s that all important kiss that really matters; no matter how long you’ve been together. When you’re in love, it can often be a very memorable moment in time. So, here are a few ideas of The Best Places To Be Kissed! Behind A Waterfall Under The Stars    In The Rain   In A Field Of Wild Flowers   By A Fire   Under The Moonlight   Watching The Sunset   On The Open Sea   On A Snowy Hill   In A Forest   At A Quiet... read more

Is Public Speaking on Your Bucket List?… Overcoming The Urge To Puke!

Is Public Speaking on your Bucket List? Have you always wanted to be able to stand in front of a crowd of people and confidently talk about your topic of choice in a way that was entertaining, engaging and informative?  Does the thought of public speaking make you a little queasy? To be honest, speaking in public was never my strong suit.  Although there was a time that I was quite comfortable as a Fitness Instructor leading a class of 30 people a couple of times a week for seven years, but I was mostly just yelling, and, at times, screaming trying to inspire and motivate.  My routines had been scripted and practised over and over to the eight count phrase of the techno beat in the modern music I was using and it was all very automatic after a while. Now I find myself in a completely different position in life, where I have something to say and I want to say it to as many as I possibly can.  As I step back into the world of speaking in front of a crowd, I’m guided by my desire to share my experiences and share my passion for a movement that is close to my heart. Although I doubt I will end up screaming at the top of my voice trying to inspire and motivate, I have no doubt that with time and experience I will start developing the confidence I need to overcome the sweaty palms, shaky nerves, self-consciousness, insecurities and momentary memory loss.  Until then I’m just going to try not to puke, on stage. CLICK... read more

Health Tip Tuesday: 3 Ways To Keep A Cold At Bay

For some of us (especially in Colorado) it may feel like Summer, but we are still in Winter mode! Colds are chomping at the bit to take over our bodies. Just last week I felt one coming on, but I quickly took action to try to keep it from taking over my body . Here are 3 easy ways to keep your cold at bay. (Please note: I am not a doctor. These are a few home remedies that have worked for me. If you are seriously ill, please take care of yourself and get checked out!)  #1 Sinus Rinse I am a huge fan of nasal rinses. When I feel a cold coming on, or wake up in the morning with the post-nasal drip feeling in my throat, I do 2 rinses a day: 1 in the morning when I wake up and 1 before going to bed. Sinus rinses help clear all that gunk out of your nasal passages and can help relieve congestion. My go to’s are the NeilMed Sinus Rinse kit and Neti Pots. WARNING: Do not use regular tap water. Use boiled (for at least 5 min.), distilled, or bottled water to keep it as clean as possible. #2 Drink Lots of Water I notice that I get dehydrated when a cold comes on, so I take a large water bottle with me wherever I go.  Water also helps loosen and thin mucus. At night, I continue to drink water but in my favorite form: hot tea. My go to is Echinacea tea, an herbal remedy to boost the immune system. Go H2O! #3 Get Plenty of... read more

W.O.W. 150 Rep Challenge

Welcome to our second week of fat destroying, cardio enhancing, life living awesomeness! This week we are doing the 150 Rep Challenge! Pick 4 out of the following 8 exercises! If you’re not sure what an exercise is type it in Google, I tried to use common names! Jumping Rope Lunges Mountain Climbers Squats Russian Twists Dance to your favorite songs. You can even make a playlist! Yoga. Or Partner Yoga(see above photo). Find a free online video, youtube is a treasure trove. Go for a walk. See if you can climb 150 stairs today. Explanation: Mix and match. Use any exercise throughout the day to do 150 reps. You don’t have to do just 150 sit ups. You have all day to accomplish 150 reps. Anytime, anyplace. For example, when I start craving movement from sitting down too much, I will take extra trips to the bathroom to do some body weight squats behind closed doors. (This is extreme and not necessary but fun if you want to experiment!) You can count seconds/minutes as reps! Hold a plank, work on your balance poses, or hang from a tree branch. Make this as fun as possible and stay focused on your goal; 150 reps goes by quickly. Getting better takes repetition; add that repetition to your life and thrive!... read more

Young Love is Two Irresistibly Innocent Hearts with One Thing in Mind.

Young love is the most romantic love in the world.  It is innocent, vulnerable and yes, very naive.  But we all go through it with an open and heart and raging hormones, blindly expecting the promised fairy tale we’ve been raised to believe in. Until of course, we learn our own individual and inevitable lessons in love.  We all have our own curriculum in life and none of us get through our first couple decades unscathed, without a broken heart of sorts, damaged ego and pride. Love is our true destiny and learning about love is right of passage. We do not find true love alone, we find it within our relationships and our interactions within the world.  The key to finding the real thing at some point in our lives is to discover it within ourselves, where it has always been, define it within our relationships and believe that we are worthy of the love we desire. Too often we become bitter and broken from the lessons in love that have torn us down.  And instead of finding and embracing the love within ourselves we seek it out externally and simultaneously put up barriers to prevent others from ever hurting us again.  This is also our lesson in life, for if we are ever to accept love in our life, we must first love ourselves, second believe that we are loveable and third allow others in to love us once again. It’s a journey, and we all come to love in our own time, when we are meant to and perfectly as it was planned all along. May you... read more

Real Life Heroes Helping Others and Embracing The Bucket List Life!

The Bucket List Life is all about helping others.  Not just in saving lives, but also in making a real difference in the quality of lives.  This is an amazing compilation of some Real Life Super Heroes that were there exactly when they were needed to be to make all the difference in the lives of the people and the animals they saved. Those people who carefully and delicately helped clean that dog off warmed my heart.  These people are embracing how precious life can be and how important it is to help others whenever we can. All these amazing heroes are living The Bucket List Life and they should be celebrated. REAL LIFE HEROES | 2015 | Faith In Humanity Restored | Part 19 Related Videos: Superheroes Rappel Off the Childern’s Hospital in Denver, CO Related Podcasts about Helping Others: 19: The Key Insight to Start Up Success with Business Advisor Matt Rockwell  – “I don’t know where happiness comes from, other than helping other people.” – Matt Rockwell... read more

10 Romantic Ways To Re-kindle Your Flame

Every day of the year is a good time to tell someone you love how you feel.  Don’t just tell them, show them how romantic, thoughtful and caring you can be.  I think we can all agree that it really is the thought that counts and we can all be a lot more creative than a card, flowers or chocolates.  Here are some ideas to re-kindle the flame of love: 1) Stare into the depths of each others eyes for five minutes of uninterrupted soul connecting. Eye contact can be way more intimate and arousing than any words will ever be. 2) Watch a sunset or sunrise together.  These spectacles of beauty are not only calming, peaceful, inspiring and natural aphrodisiacs, but they are also completely free! 3) Write out an Alphabet of Appreciation. “You are A for A, B for Beautiful, C for …” Extra bonus points for creativity, pull out the thesaurus! 4) Handwrite a letter explaining why you love someone—and be specific.  The handwritten letter is so rare now-a-days because we are all so wired to our computers and smart phones for communication.  A letter takes time, effort and creativity and this is exactly what makes it that much more special.  Doing special little things for the one you love is romantic. 5) Plan a road trip!  If you ever really want to get to know someone and make a real connection… go on a road trip with them.  Find out what kind of music they like, talk about the mysteries of life, get to know about their childhood.  Go deep!  Get past the superficial layers and find... read more

Top 5 Ultimate Solo Travel Companions

There have been times where I have, either by accident or on purpose, ended up on a plane, train or hotel by myself. I’m not the most confident of solo-travellers and do personally prefer to share my experiences with someone who is travelling alongside me, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing in my books. Solo travel has so many benefits and gives you an opportunity to really learn more about yourself, your own strengths and desires and just gives you the opportunity for a little bit of time out. But should I for whatever reason end up in this situation, I always make sure that I have one of my top 5 travel companions with me…and yes, these are in the form of books. I never feel alone if I have a good book with me. The five below I think, are great travel companions to have as the thought-provoking stories inside them really deserve a certain depth of reflection that you can only really give them whilst solo-travelling. #1 – Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed  Where I was travelling: Yorkshire Dales, UK At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it... read more

W.O.W. 5 exercises to get you off your butt!

W.O.W. Workout of the Week. Week 1. This W.O.W. is a fitness challenge for you to accomplish anytime you watch tv. Do these 5 exercises during the commercial breaks. Your goal is to do this set 3 times throughout your day! Hip Thrusters(15) Bodyweight Squats(15), The Bulgarian Split Squat(10 each leg) Push ups(15) Jumping Jacks(20) While writing this I got off my butt and did this through 3 times, it took me roughly 15 mins to get through everything. If you have to break it up throughout your show then do it! A few things to keep in mind: Add weight if you need it! You can modify each movement to tailor it to your level of training! Have fun with this. See you next Monday for a new... read more

24 Items To Put On Your Bucket List With Your Valentine!

The Couples Bucket List You’ll Actually Want To Do 1. Do a tour of the best [insert your favorite food here] in your city. Do you and your significant other love pasta? Cupcakes? Sushi? Gluten-free pizza? Pick the food you both love, then map out all of the restaurants where you can get that food. Set out on the tour and find the best one in your city. 2. Go tech-free for an entire 24 hours. Turn off your phones, computers, televisions, tablets, iPods, stereos, and whatever else is a technological distraction for a full 24 hours and enjoy the company of your significant other. Try it once, and you may want to make it a regular thing because you’ll feel free as a bird. 3. Become regulars somewhere you love. At the coffee shop where you met, or the pizza place you go to on Fridays, or the restaurant where you know the owners. You’re going to feel pretty baller when you’ve been a regular long enough that you can say, “We’ll have the usual.” 4. Dog-sit (or pet-sit, whatever) for a friend. Even if you already have a pet, offer to pet-sit for your friends for an entire day. The new energy will restore your soul. Also, you’ll get to play with animals all day. Win-win, guys. 5. Have a marshmallow fight. Have you ever thrown a marshmallow at someone? Really, try it once and you’ll be hooked. It’s cheap, it’s all in good fun, and the clean up is hella easy. 6. Find solid double date partners you enjoy. When you’re a couple, finding your double date... read more

Top 5 Sporting Events To Put On Your Bucket List – Superbowl #1

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When watching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, you can’t help but think how cool it would be to attend a USA soccer match, definitely a sports ‘bucket list’ event. What are the best sporting events that should be on your bucket list?   5. NCAA Final Four The culmination of the NCAA tournament all comes down to two games, on a massive stage. Nothing better than ‘March Madness’ in April.   4. Kentucky Derby  The hats, the celebrities, and the gambling. It’s just one massive party that everyone needs to experience at least once.   3. World Cup One of only two events that truly captures the attention of the entire world, with the other one being the Olympics. The passion, energy, and excitement by fans exuded all over the world is indescribable.   2. Masters It’s just gorgeous. Green grass, colorful flowers, and perfect Georgia weather.   1. Super Bowl The mecca sports event in America. One massive corporate America party and you can turn it into a multiple day trip. The Super Bowl is way more than just a game. Article Credit: PHILADELPHIA... read more

10 Most Popular Bucket List Items of All Time! Look Familiar?

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt 10 Most Popular Bucket List Items of All Time!  Look Familiar? Travel the World Most every Bucket List includes taking time to see the world and experiencing the fullness of life. Traveling allows you to learn about the world and people in it by forcing you out of your comfort zone to experience new things; providing the perfect platform for adventure and growth. Learn a Foreign Language Who doesn’t want to say, “Hi, how are you?” or “I love you” in a foreign language? There is something so satisfying about connecting with someone in their native language. Defy Gravity Whether you SKYDIVE, BUNGEE JUMP, PARASAIL, or any of the like, indulging in the time-honored tradition of challenging natural law is a must for all humans with a pulse. Run a Marathon or Triathlon Running a 26.2 mile race or Swimming/Biking/Running your way through a course is a huge undertaking. There is nothing more rewarding than accomplishing a large goal. Crossing over a finish line is an experience that cannot be described! Climb a Mountain People set out to climb Mountains: Kilimanjaro, Ventoux, and Shasta everyday. For some, mountain climbing is an external conquest; some find enjoyment in the sport; others see it as a step in their personal growth journey. … Everest is calling! Conquer your Biggest Fear We all have fears. Fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of public speaking, fear of failure, and fear of rejection are among... read more

30 Incredible Satellite Photos That Will Make You See The World In A Brand New Way

You never realize just how small you are in this world until you see views like these from space! Daily Overview is a new project that shares one satellite photo from Digital Globes a day in an attempt to change the way we see our planet Earth. The project was inspired by the Overview Effect experience, which is a cognitive shift of perspective and worldview experienced by the astronauts when they get to see the planet Earth from space for the first time. The people behind this beautiful project write: “The mesmerizing flatness seen from this vantage point, the surprising comfort of systematic organization on a massive scale, or the vibrant colors that we capture will hopefully turn your head.” BOURTANGE, VLAGTWEDDE, NETHERLANDS 53.0066°N 7.1920°E. Bourtange is a village with a population of 430 in the municipality of Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands. The star fort was built in 1593 during the Eighty Years’ War when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen. Bourtange was restored to its mid-18th-century state in 1960 and is currently used as an open-air museum. BARCELONA, SPAIN 41°23′27″N 2°09′47″E 309TH AEROSPACE MAINTENANCE AND REGENERATION GROUP TUCSON, ARIZONA, USA 32.170890°N 110.855184°W CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA 40°46’56”N; 73°57’55”W. Central Park in New York City spans 843 acres. That’s 6% of the island of Manhattan. GREAT WALL OF CHINA, NORTHERN CHINA 40.67693°N 117.23193°E DESERT SHORES COMMUNITY, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA 36.211001, -115.266914. The Desert Shores Community in Las Vegas, Nevada contains 3,351 units and four man-made lakes. NEW BULLARDS BAR RESERVOIR, YUBA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA 39.42903°N 121.13010°W RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT,... read more

Entrepreneur… Someone Who Jumps Off A Cliff And Builds A Plane On The Way Down.

‘I think because I have a great difficulty saying the word, ‘no,’ almost every day’s a different adventure.’ – Sir Richard Branson.
As a kid I had multiple heroes, first was my Dad (a globe trotting, international playboy type). He was a serial entrepreneur with a string of successful businesses from a very young age.

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The Ball of Yarn

Like many, patience was an attribute I lacked as a child. I would hardly sleep on Christmas Eve, and when the wondrous morning ritual of opening presents commenced, the flurry of flying wrapping paper and ribbon would last only two minutes if not for the intervention of my parents, who reminded me to take turns with my sister. I’d ravage my way through the mystery packages one after another until all had been revealed, then finally settle on playing with the new treasures. Admittedly, though, I’d always experience a mild sense of dissatisfaction knowing that although these shiny new gifts lay before me, there was nothing else left to unwrap. I dare say that I experienced more fulfillment in the anticipation of the ritual than in actually possessing the toys. The instant gratification that I sought seemed to truly last but an instant. My Nana, or grandmother, was a wise woman who devised a clever way to school me in patience. When Christmas or birthdays were celebrated at her home, she’d spoil me with numerous little toys and trinkets, but always hold out on the most important gift, knowing just how impulsive and uncontrollable was my desire to have new things. Having torn into all the gift boxes as if I were starving for the last morsel of food on a shipwreck, I’d ask, “Is there anything else, Nana?” With a knowing grin, she’d wink at me and say, “Go explore. Eventually you’ll find it.” With that, she’d hand me the frayed end of a long piece of yarn whose length stretched down the seemingly infinite hallway of her... read more

Is Learning To Slack Line On Your Bucket List?

Getting my Slack on! “What in the world could possibly be so interesting or challenging about walking back and forth on a webbing line for an hour or two!?” – The thought going thru my mind when my amazing friend Kenyon Salo, (Founder of The Bucket List Life, would mention that he just went to the gym and spent an hour slack lining. He did this often and after a while, curiosity got to me. I just had to see what the appeal was all about for myself. Having never tried it before, I went and bought my own beginner slack line at MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) and set it up in the park across the street from my place. I spent a good half hour at first trying to merely stand up on one foot without shaking uncontrollably. After managing my first two steps on the line in my initial one hour session, I was hooked. Now, only 6 months later, I find that while I am slacking I am 100% focused, concentrating with a clear, focused and empty mind. And when I’m not slack lining, I’m thinking about slack lining, what I want to work on next and where I can set up a new and challenging line. Slack lining is the art of balancing on webbing tensioned tight between two solid anchor points. Beginner slack line is on a 2” nylon or polyester webbing fairly close to the ground, maybe 2 feet high. A Trick Line is with slightly more elastic dynamic webbing that allows you to use the line like a long narrow trampoline to do tricks or... read more

Top 10 Places To Stay In Paradise For As Little as $10

These places are absolutely incredible. Have you ever stayed at any of them? let us know in the comments below! These places are definitely all on our bucket list. Who wants to go with us? #10 – Bali     #9 – Vietnam     #8 – Peru     #7 – Mexico     #6 – Romania     #5 – Guatemala     #4 – Morocco     #3 – Iceland     #2 – Laos     #1 – Cambodia     Source:... read more

The Life You Desire Awaits You – Write Your Bucket List Today!

I recently saw someone comment on an article saying, “I don’t believe in bucket lists!  I think we should go out and live for today!”  It got me to thinking, just what does she think a bucket list is anyway? The common sense definition of a bucket list is a number of experiences, achievements and goals that someone would like to accomplish before they die.  This makes sense.  But the reality is… none of know when we are going to die.  None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  So, instead of thinking that the bucket list is all the things you want to do before you get old and die, we have to start thinking that the bucket list is all the things we want to do, not knowing when we are going to die and that means that we have to get out and make them happen now, today, this week, this month, this year.  Set the wheels in motion to manifesting the life of your dreams. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself – George Bernard Shaw Do you have a bucket list yet?  If you don’t, I’m going to give you 3 Simple Steps To Writing An Effective Bucket List Of Your Own. 1) The 5 Pillars of The Bucket List Life: Start off putting some serious thought into these pillars and what you truly want to get out of this amazing life you get to live! Passion:  What are you passionate about in life?  What makes you feel the best, happy, free and thrive in life?  It could be a sport or a... read more

10 Reasons You Need To Get Yer Butt In The Saddle At Diamondhead Outfitters!

“Horseback Riding:  The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.” I’ve grown up around horses my whole life.  All my girlfriends had a horse of their own and our adventures were many and often. I remember my mother going to the corner store, a couple blocks away, when I was only 8 years old….. and coming home with a horse for us to ride around our back yard for the afternoon.  I’ve always thought of horses as big dogs that need a lot of respect, love, proper training and care.  Expensive big dogs!  I’ve never owned one of my own but I’ve leased a couple over the past decade and taken lessons in horsemanship and reining.  I still have a lot to learn and in the past year, the cowgirl in me has found a second home at the Diamondhead Outfitters Ranch in the Upper Squamish Valley, British Columbia. If horseback riding is on your bucket list… here are 10 Reasons To Ride At The Diamondhead Outfitters Ranch! 1) The Squamish Valley Trail Ride:  BC is well known for it’s natural beauty! Squamish is one of the most amazing places to take in the outdoors environment, and only an hour from Vancouver!  2) The Bald Eagle Capital of the World:  The Squamish River Valley has long been recognized as one of the most significant areas of wintering bald eagles in North America. In the 1994 bird count, Squamish had the world record count of 3,769 eagles. The river’s riparian area provides suitable habitat for roosting, perching and feeding. The prolific runs of chum salmon in the... read more

10 Reasons You Need To Try Heliskiing In British Columbia

www.lastfrontierheli.com BC is truly a place apart when it comes to snow. Almost completely covered in some of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain ranges on earth, British Columbia is a wonderland when it comes to skiing and riding. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the world of heliskiing. Taking people out to ski from a helicopter was pioneered in BC and since those early days in the 1960s, BC has become the world’s foremost destination for heliskiing and heliboarding. There is a myriad of operators and mountain ranges to choose from. Whether it’s the deep snowpacks of the North Coast, the champagne powder of the Interior Ranges or the majestic, sweeping peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the mountains of British Columbia offer something fantastic in the world of heliskiing.  So whiteout further ado, here are our top ten reasons to try heliskiing in British Columbia: 10: It’s where it all began – BC was the first place powder hunters decided a helicopter was the best tool to access the endless acres of untouched terrain scattered throughout the province just waiting to be skied. 9: Snow – This could be number one. When it comes to snow, BC has some the deepest snowpacks on earth, period. We gets LOTS of snow and because of that, we stand at the forefront of off piste skiing in the world. 8: Safety – Because of our long history of mechanized skiing operations, the heliski and cat ski industry is well regulated and offers up the best practices and safest operations in the world. 7: Guiding Talent – Canada kinda sets the... read more

Why You Should Move To A Place Where You Don’t Know A Single Person

The ultimate risk with lots of reward – leave your friends and family behind, pack your bags, and head to a city where you’re forced to make new friends. Who would be willing to go on this journey? There’s no better feeling than setting a courageous goal for yourself and defying the odds to achieve it; jumping headfirst into the unknown with an open heart and an open mind. While you may be comfortable living in your hometown or your cozy college city, sometimes you need to ask yourself if you’re truly taking advantage of the world’s opportunities — especially while you’re in your 20s. Your 20s are your years of freedom, before mortgages, kids and general grown-up responsibilities kick in. Too many people let fear of the unknown stop them from taking chances and forget that only with great risk comes great reward. Moving alone to a new place (whether it’s the other side of the country or the other side of the world) is an experience like no other: part terrifying, part exhilarating. If you decide to take the plunge and move to a new city where you don’t know a soul, here are some of the wonderful things you’ll discover along the way: You’ll make new friends who are refreshingly different from your old friends A foreign city opens up a diverse mix of people and cultures, including locals who have vastly different perspectives and experiences to yours, and will enrich and widen your outlook on life. There’s no cast of “Mean Girls” telling you whom you can and can’t be friends with. Make connections with anyone and... read more

ABRACADABRA!!! I Create What I Speak!

Aside from a magical incantation used by wizards and witches while waving their wand, do you actually know what these words mean?  – was derived from an ancient Hebrew or Aramaic phrase meaning, “I create what I speak”. This is obvious proof of the fact that we have known, since ancient times, the power of the words we use when we speak. Equally as powerful as the words we use in our internal dialogue when we speak to ourselves.   The story we make up about our lives and keep telling to ourselves and others over and over again has absolutely everything to do with the world around us that we have created for ourselves. An amazing example of this was illustrated in The Bucket List Life Podcast Epsiode # 6: The Story We Tell Ourselves Determines our Life with Giles Fabris. The words we use and repeat continuously, whether positive or negative, to describe our lives concerning the situations and events are accepted by our subconscious mind as true and subsequently attract more of those corresponding situations and events in to our lives. So choose your words wisely in conversation with others and most importantly in your internal dialogue. Affirmations are very effective statements that imprint on the subconscious mind the desired situation or outcome. When repeated again and again, it pushes the mind to take action to make the statement true. I encourage you today to be mindful of your thoughts and the words you use when trying to manifest your dreams and check off items on your bucket list. Try creating three or four affirmations of... read more

You’re Over 50! Now What?

 Hidden Falls at Grand Teton National Park (Photo taken by Barbara Kiziah) When I was first asked to write for The Bucket List Life, I wasn’t sure if this was something I could do. Then I thought, hey, this isn’t about you; get over yourself and try something different. This is about helping other people. Well, I’ve never written or published anything. This would be a new challenge for me, but I believe it is possible. I was really excited, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about. It had to be something other people could relate to, people my age…over 50.  So if you’re sitting there wondering whether or not you should continue reading this article, because you’re not that old, well maybe you know someone who is, and you can share this with them.   What motivates us after the age of 50? By this age, most of us have faced a lot of struggles and challenges in our lives. As for me, I’ve had quite a few. I’ll be writing about some in future articles. For some of us, this journey has been more difficult than others. However, I’ve realized over the years that no one can fight your battles for you; you have to do it yourself. Sure it’s nice to have the love and support of your family, but not all of us have that. I’m one of the lucky ones. Fortunately, my husband was and still is always by my side, along with my son, who grew to understand all the things that complicated my life. But despite my disabilities, I have always believed that I could be an incredible wife and... read more

The Dusit Tahni Maldives – Purely Gorgeous!

The Dusit Thani x Maldives The Dusit Thani Maldives is a spectacular green dot in a sea of blue. This stunning hotel is located on Muhdhoo Island on the Maldives and provides its guest a taste of paradise. The 100 villas and residences offer a haven of modern sophistication with luxurious amenities and technology. The selection features Beach Villas, Beach Villas with Pool, Lagoon Villas with Pool, Ocean Villas with Pool, and the exclusive Ocean Pavilions and Beach Residences. All villas are finished with modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, Internet Protocol TV with a 46″ plasma screen and a Bose surround system, plus in-villa wine coolers. Sound like a place you’d want to go? Still not convinced it’s paradise? Check out all the gorgeous images below…we bet this is will now be added to your bucket list! Visit the Paradise: : www.dusit.com   Article... read more

Surrendering to the journey…

 “Making a decision is only the beginning of things. When one makes a decision he is really diving into a current that will take him to places he never dreamed of when he first made the decision.” The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho   Before departing for one of my biggest solo journeys to South America several years ago, I meticulously packed my bags. My well-researched and thoroughly-planned itinerary was to pass quickly through Peru and Bolivia before arriving in Chile, where I would teach English and begin life in a foreign land. Though I limited myself to only the bare essentials, I also included in my belongings a small metal ring puzzle. It was one of those cocktail party brainteasers I’d received as a stocking stuffer for Christmas, with two steel pieces interlocked and bent into byzantine curves to prevent being easily separated. Weeks earlier I had made several bullish and unsuccessful attempts at forcing the puzzle open, and frustrated, tossed it aside. Now, nervously boarding a plane to an unknown world with an open-ended itinerary of 6-plus months, I figured that I’d have plenty of free time to crack the code, (or at least find a hammer to smash the thing to bits if I couldn’t will it into submission). Walking down the tarmac, the metal links rattled in my pocket, mocking me with their jingling melody of union. Several hours into the flight, I decided to take another stab at the puzzle, and reached into my pocket, this time determined to win the war. I fumbled for a moment and found – to my astonishment – that there were... read more

Who are the Crabs in Your Bucket?

Have you ever heard the term “Crabs in a Bucket”? I teach a graduate course on motivation theories, and it was while teaching this course that I first learned about this phrase.  In case you haven’t heard of it, the term “Crabs in a Bucket” is used to describe a person, a community, or a subculture that does everything in its power to destroy the ambitions of those among them who wish to better themselves. Now think back… Have you ever caught a crab at the beach and placed it in a bucket? If so, you might have noticed that the first thing it will do is try to escape. It turns out that a great way to keep it from escaping is to place one or more additional crabs in the same bucket. As soon as one crab tries to climb out of the bucket (i.e. attempts to elevate itself above the rest), the others will grab it and drag it back down to share the mutual fate of the rest of the group. In the end, no one ends up escaping – and they often end up on someone’s dinner plate. Keep that visual in mind, and try to apply it to a goal you have been trying to accomplish. I think we all have these “crabs” in our lives – I know I do, and it seems like they have multiplied exponentially since I began pursuing my dream of becoming a professional photographer. Maybe I’m just better at picking them out of the crowd since I started teaching that class on motivation. Regardless, I don’t let... read more

16 Perfect Places To Have A Picnic With Your Lover In London

In case you happen to be in London today, we have some perfect places to escape to just for you. If you’re not in London, be sure to save these ideas for later! 1. Holland Park. This West London gem is a skip away from Kensington Palace Gardens, and far less crowded. Pick up a baguette from Maison Blanc to carry with you. Nearest station: Holland Park. 2. Somerset House. The spot for a fashionable picnic. Think a layered salad in a mason jar, rather than a blanket and pork pies. Nearest station: Temple. 3. Richmond Park. Beautifully leafy, and home to hundreds of deer. If you’d like something even more upmarket, visit the nearby Kew Gardens, or York House Gardens. Nearest station: Richmond. 4. Postman’s Park. Avoid the summertime rush in Soho Square, and choose the Postman’s Park instead. Or, if you’d rather the Phoenix Garden. Nearest station: St. Paul’s. 5. Victoria Park. A picnic haven in East London. You could of course go to London Fields, but does London Fields have a pagoda? Swing by Broadway Market first to pick up some delicious snacks. Nearest station: Cambridge Heath. 6. Lincoln’s Inn Gardens. Only open Monday to Friday, so this is a lunchtime treat for those in the know. Or, if it’s busy, you can try the beautiful Gray’s Inn Gardens. Nearest station: Holborn. 7. Horniman Gardens. Visit the museum and then lounge in the tree-dappled gardens. Or, if you fancy, visit a food market in East Dulwich and then flop in Peckham Rye. Nearest station: Forest Hill. 8. Hampstead Heath. A summertime staple. You’ve probably even got your favourite spot – whether it’s by Kenwood House, or by the bathing ponds, or... read more

Live Year Around On A Cruise Ship…Is That Even Possible? Yup!

So there is a Cruise liner where Homeowners Permanently Live as it Travels the WorldAs a proponent of trailblazing voyages into great beyond and generally all thoughts off the defeated path, cruise liner probably aren’t my kind of thing. However then I can not quite decide whether this principle is really dreadful, or one that I intend to covertly try in an additional life. I repent to say I think it might be the last but practically, this could be considered as “off-beat realty” (simply roll with it).The Globe is a private domestic cruise ship working as a residential community, had by its homeowners which live on board as the ship takes a trip the globe. It has 165 houses (106 apartments, 19 small apartment, and 40 centers), all owned by the ship’s Locals that could enhance with their own furnishings, art, publications and personal touches. There’s a delicatessens and grocery store onboard and 6 restaurants if you really did not seem like doing the washing up in your very own kitchen. Just before I start sounding like a sales representative for the residential cruise ship, I’ll just let you have a look at their marketing video.On the one hand, it does feel like it might be one large drifting cult. On the other hand, it’s a globe-trekking deluxe house. I’m so split … So just to be extensive, this is what the centers resemble … (a little bit like a luxury hotel room) And these are examples of their bigger one and two bedroom apartments … The ship is currently on its way to Easter Island according to... read more

The Best 32 Restaurants With Stunning Views

While we travel we see some spectacular things.  Then most of us go inside a restaurant and eat.  Confined by four walls.  This is not the case at these unreal restaurants that boast some of the best views in the world.  You will salivate at the view as much as you do at the great dining experiences. Chris Ritter/ BuzzFeed 1. Sierra Mar, Big Sur, Calif., U.S.A. Post Ranch Inn / Via postranchinn.com You’re sitting: on top of a cliff At: Post Ranch Inn Looking at: the Pacific Ocean Ordering: the nine-course Taste of Big Sur tasting menu 2. Eagle’s Eye, Golden, Canada Eagle’s Eye at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort / Via kickinghorseresort.com You’re sitting: 7,700 feet above sea level after a 15-minute gondola lift ride At: Kicking Horse Resort Looking at: the Purcell, Selkirk, and Rocky Mountains Eating: local wild salmon 3. Elements Restaurant, Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain / Via sanctuaryoncamelback.com You’re sitting: on Camelback Mountain At: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Looking at: Paradise Valley, Ariz. Ordering: from a menu by Food Network star and executive chef Beau MacMillan 4. Sunset da Mona Lisa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Sunset da Mona Lisa / Via sunsetmonalisa.com You’re sitting: at the tip of the bay of Cabo San Lucas Looking at: the Pacific Ocean Eating: seafood and Italian food (i.e., homemade pasta and swordfish or sea bass) 5. Dasheene, St Lucia, West Indies ladera.com You’re sitting: on an old cocoa plantation returned resort At: Ladera Restort Looking at: the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea Eating: local cuisine like potato and coconut soup and Caribbean lamb salad 6. The River Cafe, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A. The River Cafe / Via rivercafe.com You’re sitting: under the Brooklyn Bridge Looking at: the East River, New York skyline, and the Statue of Liberty Eating: poached Nova Scotia lobster,... read more

The Top 25 Coolest Hotels For Your Bucket List. All In Photos!

These are Best Hotels In the World!  Most Unique and Coolest! 25 Das Park photo – www.dasparkhotel.net This interesting blend of modern decor and concrete sewage pipes is situated right along the banks of the Danube in the Austrian city of Linz. Each segment weighs about 9.5 tons, so you don’t have to be too concerned about your friends rolling you into the river at night. 24 The Hobbit Motel photo – www.woodlynpark.co.nz Complete with small doors and circular windows, Woodlyn Park in New Zealand allows you to experience a night in the life of a hairy footed midget. It’s not just for geeks though, as you can opt to sleep in a beached ship or an authentic freighter plane from Vietnam next door as well. 23 The Old Mount Gambier Gaol photo – www.hmgetaway.com.au Located in Southern Australia, it was opened as a prison in 1866, closed in 1995, and reopened as a hotel. For those of you that laugh in the face normalcy, you should be excited to know that the only real difference now is that the doors can be locked from the inside. 22 Exploranter photo – www.exploranter.com Dubbed the “hotel on wheels” it goes to and fro across the continent of South America, shuttling weary travelers up mountainsides and across deserts. Don’t let the exterior fool you though, it comes fully equipped with 30 beds, hot showers, and continental breakfasts. 21 Null Stern photo – www.null-stern-hotel.ch Although Null Stern means “zero star” in German, don’t pass judgement quite yet. Okay, we know, a former Swiss nuclear bunker turned hotel might not sound too appealing... read more

Tragic Death Of A Daughter Turned Into An Inspirational Bucket List Story

What her parents did after finding her bucket list is absolutely heart warming. Video and Original Article Below: “A 21-year-old woman’s bucket list has inspired her parents and others to complete her wish list after her untimely death. Kristina Chesterman was killed by a drunk driver while riding her bike in Chico, California. A memorial, featuring her bike adorned with flowers, marks the place of her death. While cleaning out her apartment, Kristina’s parents discovered a make-up bag that did not feature make-up, but a bucket list of things Kristina wanted to accomplish in her life. “I opened up a drawer and I found just this make-up bag,” her mom Sandra told CBS News. “I mean what kid writes a bucket list? There’s not many.” There were a variety of things on Kristina’s bucket list, like visiting Niagara Falls, saving lives—Kristina was studying to be a nurse—and having two guys fight for her affection. “She wanted to tour Niagara Falls. Save someone’s life, which she did that, many times over,” Sandra said. “By donating her organs, she saved lives. This next one makes me laugh. She wanted to break up a fight between two guys over her, which I think is so cute. And I don’t know that it ever happened, but it should have.” Finding the list inspired Kristina’s parents to complete what they could on the list for their daughter. “Because she didn’t get to do this, we wanted to complete it for her,” said her father David. Some of the items they have completed thus far are visiting Niagara Falls, taking flying lessons, and running through a... read more

26 Reasons To Visit Peru ASAP

Pack your bags, it’s time to visit Peru! Need a reason? Here are 26 of the best. 1. Macchu Picchu is truly incredible but there’s much more to Peru. View this image › IngaL/IngaL 2. Like the Nazca Lines, which are 100 times cooler than Stonehenge. View this image › About 970 ancient geoglyphs and biomorphs exist on the Nazca desert plains, with figures of a hummingbird, trapezoids, and more. There’s even many rumors as to how they were made. 3. And the paradise of Tarapoto, which is only an hour away from Lima by plane. View this image › Miroslav Horák / Flickr: horak / Creative Commons If you want to experience the Amazon without going there, just stay here. 4. You’ll wish you lived in Peru so you could be served the freshest ceviche every day. View this image › Thomas S. / Flickr: 95786359@N05 / Creative Commons Ceviche is a fresh raw fish meal, stewed in citrus and peppers. The meat is usually tender and soft and perfect to eat after a hot day. 5. And nowhere else in the world has a meat dish as hearty and delicious as lomo saltado. View this image › Daremoshiranai / Flickr: daremoshiranai / Creative Commons The stir-fry dish consists of steak, red onion, tomato, vinegar, and french fries — what could be more perfect?! 6. There’s even pollo a la brasa, a dish so simple, you’ll want to eat it for every meal. View this image › Krista / Flickr: scaredykat / Creative Commons A type of rotisserie chicken that many will either eat as is or with a fresh avocado salad ‘cause you want to feel slightly healthy ya know? 7. Then there’s new drinks to... read more

5 Important Movement Lessons, for Everyone.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”-Bruce Lee This article is for those who are starting their movement journey,  the experienced movers, and even the desk jockey’s. After spending the past couple of days with a paint scraper, and a squirt bottle; I learned a little bit about movement through scraping wallpaper. Wall paper from the 80s is ugly, and after 30 plus years of hanging tight it doesn’t want to let go. If you’ve ever removed it you know it involves the time consuming process of stripping away layers with a paint scraper and some elbow grease. Least to say it’s a tedious process, and a beautifully meditative process. It is possible to experience a a flow state while scrapping wallpaper. A flow state, in my experience, is where you become one with what you’re doing. Your body becomes an extension of the earth; you find that through effort things become effortless. 1.Technique As with anything, technique plays a huge role, not only in biomechanics, but overall feel of what you’re doing. All moves should feel good. It shouldn’t hurt or put unnecessary strain on your body ; technique is king. While removing wallpaper I found my wrist was starting to hurt. I looked down during a stroke and realized that my wrist was at a disfigured T-Rex sort of angle, why hadn’t I noticed I... read more

If you really want something in life, give it away to others!

The Power of Reciprocity is a very useful tool to keep in mind while striving to achieve your goals in life. The fact is that when you freely put something out into the universal flow of your life, you are more likely to experience more of that thing return back into your life. If you really want something, give it away to others. If it’s something you don’t have that you want, take a good look at your life and appreciate all that you do have and give thanks for your good fortune. Sometimes this requires you to reframe your thinking, and the story you tell yourself. Let me make it really simply for you: If you want love: be a loving person and learn to love even the smallest details of your day. Love yourself, love your environment, love your dog, your family, your friends, love the way the sun shines through the trees on a cold winter day. And I promise you, eventually, when the time is right, all of that love while be returned to you in the way you desire. If you want money, prosperity and abundance: We all have abundance around us and there is more than enough for everyone. You just have to learn to see how fortunate you are in your current situation and be grateful for all that you have been given. So grateful that you feel compelled to put $5 in the tin cup of the homeless person on the street or you feel like buying the persons coffee in the drive-thru behind you. Start giving more, even in the... read more

25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy & Successful and Live The Bucket List Life

The secret of being happy, is accepting where you are in life an making the most out of every day. Who amongst us does not wish to be a satisfied, healthy and effective person? Still, it could be easy to shed your method, which is why I have actually compiled a list of practices you can utilize to help reach your goals.Exactly what is it about delighted people that makes them the method they are? Below are simply a few of the means they separate themselves from the rest of the group: 1. They do not hold grudges. 2. They believe beyond the box. 3. They go by a routine and make exercise a component of it. It takes exercise to create healthy behaviors and stick with them. As soon as you do, your inner foundation will certainly be strong. 4. They have a supportive tribe, thus not wasting time with negative or poisonous people. 5. They uncommitted regarding exactly what other individuals believe. Does a tiger lose sleep over the viewpoint of sheep?6. They don’t people please. 7. They view challenging and challenging scenarios as opportunities for individual development. 8. They think about dealing with denial an ability and are resistant. 9. They make time for themselves. Whether it’s acquiring 8 hours of sleep every night, discovering 15 mins to read the newspaper in peace or an hour to head to the gym, they make it a top priority– similar to every little thing else. When you take care of yourself, you have a larger effect on others. 10. They are spiritual. This does not necessarily indicate spiritual.... read more

5 Incredible Tours You Can Afford On A Budget

Money often holds people back from living their bucket list, but luckily, we’ve found 5 awesome tours you can actually take for not as much money as you might think. Enjoy! “Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn’t enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don’t want to leave yet — it’s too soon, and you’ve just begun to discover what makes your destination so special. Luckily, there are longer grand tours that provide you with enough time to fully explore a new place, whether it’s a month-long journey through Southeast Asia or an in-depth two-week Peruvian adventure. We’ve scoured the world of extended travel deals for packages that give you the most bang for your buck, listed here in order from the least amount of money you’ll spend per day to most. At first it might seem like you are spending a little more than usual on some of these trips, but the perks included — meals, intra-country transportation, airport transfers, professionally guided small-group tours with a personal touch — and the unique travel experiences you’ll get more than make up for any initial sticker-shock. Click here for photos of where you’ll go with these affordable grand tours! India: basics on a budget Highlights: Visit ancient forts and colorful modern cities throughout Northern India. Looking to do some traveling abroad while on a budget? This three-week tour of Northern India and Rajasthan is full of unique experiences — an overnight camel safari in the desert, anyone? — and gives you just enough free time to explore the cities on your own. You’ll also get guided tours... read more

21 Travel Quotes That Truly Capture The Joy Of Adventure

Need some travel inspiration? These should do the trick thanks to BuzzFeed 1. lofilolo / ThinkStock 2. Flickr: kokorowa / Creative Commons 3. Flickr: martinaphotography / Creative Commons 4. Flickr: tir_na_nog / Creative Commons 5. Flickr: london / Creative Commons 6. Flickr: bikeman04 / Creative Commons 7. Flickr: albertocarrasco / Creative Commons 8. Flickr: mckaysavage / Creative Commons 9. Flickr: meanestindian / Creative Commons 10. Flickr: ronnie44052 / Creative Commons 11. Flickr: 31246066@N04 / Creative Commons 12. Flickr: barthelomaus / Creative Commons 13. Flickr: marfis75 / Creative Commons 14. Flickr: muha / Creative Com 15. Flickr: kokorowa / Creative Commons 16. Flickr: kjcs / Creative Commons 17. Flickr: fr4dd / Creative Commons 18. Flickr: mhatrey / Creative Commons 19. Flickr: nicksie2008 / Creative Commons 20. Flickr: sparkys / Creative Commons 21. Flickr: epsos / Creative Commons Source:... read more

17 Ice Cream Shops To Visit Before You Die

1. Salt & Straw — Portland, Ore. Facebook: SaltandStraw Why we’re screaming: BERRIES, BERRIES, BERRIES. Oregon is known for its berries, so be sure to try one of the joint’s limited edition flavors that showcases the fruit: strawberry with cilantro lime cheesecake or goat cheese marionberry habanero, perhaps? If you’re not in the mood for fruit, don’t be sad. Delightful flavors like coffee & bourbon or freckled woodblock chocolate await! 2. The Comfy Cow — Louisville, Ky. Facebook: thecomfycow Why we’re screaming: Where do we even begin? Maybe with the mouth-watering signature flavors, like Bourbon Ball, which features candy treats in a bourbon-infused ice cream? Or maybe with the INSANE ice cream pies? You can’t go wrong either way. Bonus: The Comfy Cow has an Indiana location in addition to its four Louisville storefronts. 3. Island Creamery — Chincoteague Island, Va. Why we’re screaming: Island Creamery has been churning up frozen goodies for nearly 40 years. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their many eclectic flavors, like Iced Nirvana (espresso ice cream with fudge swirl and chocolate chips) or Java Jolt (strong coffee ice cream with chocolate-covered espresso beans and brownies pieces). Oh, and for bragging rights, you can say you ate at the top-rated ice cream shop in the United States on TripAdvisor! 4. Giolitti — Rome Flickr: axmai / Via Creative Commons Why we’re screaming: Yes, we know gelato and ice cream are different things. But guess what? Wandering the streets of Rome will leave you HUNGRY so we don’t care! Giolitti has been serving up ice cream for more than a century, and with good reason. The classy gelateria has pleased customers like the Obamas, it used to deliver to Pope John Paul II(his... read more

These 22 Places On Earth Actually Exist? There’s No Way Number 3 Exists…

It’s hard to believe these places actually exist. Most of these look like scenes out of a dream. Maybe they are just a dream? Guess we’ll have to check them out for ourselves to verify. TUNNEL OF LOVE, UKRAINE TULIP FIELDS IN NETHERLANDS SALAR DE UYUNI: ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST MIRRORS, BOLIVIA HITACHI SEASIDE PARK, JAPAN   MENDENHALL ICE CAVES, JUNEAU, ALASKA   Red Beach, Panjin, China   BAMBOO FOREST, JAPAN   STREET IN BONN, GERMANY   NAICA MINE, MEXICO WISTERIA FLOWER TUNNEL IN JAPAN BLACK FOREST, GERMANY   FIELDS OF TEA, CHINA   TIANZI MOUNTAINS, CHINA   HANG SON DOONG, VIETNAM   SHIBAZAKURA FLOWERS, TAKINOUE PARK, JAPAN   ANTELOPE CANYON, USA   LAKE HILLIER, AUSTRALIA   LAKE RETBA, SENEGAL   LAVENDER FIELDS, UK AND FRANCE CANOLA FLOWER FIELDS, CHINA MOUNT RORAIMA, SOUTH AMERICA   ZHANGYE DANXIA LANDFORM, CHINA  ... read more

9 Most Common Traits Of Happy People

Are you born to be naturally happy or is it something you can obtain? We believe that by embracing these simple habits, you will become a naturally happier person and live a more fulfilling life. 1. Love Themselves For Who They Are On the surface this may sound incredibly egotistical, but by it I simply mean that they are truly comfortable in their own shoes. They accept and embrace themselves physically, they maintain their true character traits regardless of whether or not they receive approval and they work to make the best of the human experience they are living -rather than wallow in what others would define as weaknesses or shortcomings. 2. See Relationships As An Extension To, Rather Than The Basis Of The Human Experience Relationships, whether friendly, familial or romantic, are certainly one of the greatest parts of the human experience. However, far too many of us let their presence or absence, and even more so the value we attribute to them dictate our overall happiness in life. I’ve found that genuinely happy people tend to find complete contentment within themselves, and see all relationships as the awesome extension to their self-content. It’s often when we are not looking for others to fill a particular void, or to make us feel a certain way, that most of the truest and most-valuable relationships are formed. 3. Embrace Change Life is a constant lesson and happy people tend to be well-aware of that. Not only are they always open to change, but they truly listen to suggestions, respect and consider all opinions and take criticism constructively rather than offensively.... read more

Travel Will Change Your Life For The Better In These 10 Ways

If you’re living The Bucket List Life, then you already know travel is essential to fully living. However, just in case you weren’t already convinced, here are 10 ways travelling will improve your life (thanks to Thought Catalog) “Travel is transformational. It changes who you are to your very core. Out there on the road, without any baggage, you encounter life in a way that’s not always possible when you are working all the time. I know I’m biased since I write about travel but my experience meeting others has shown me that travel changes you for the better. It brings out the best version of you possible. Here are ten ways travel will better your life and why you should start planning your next trip away: (1) You become more social It’s sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable approaching new people. You get better at the small talk. When I first started traveling, I was an introvert and uncomfortable talking to strangers. Now, I find myself able to talk to people like we’ve known each other for years. (2) You gain confidence You’ve traveled the world. Hiked Mt. Everest. Dived the Great Barrier Reef. Wined and dined that beautiful French girl in Paris and navigated unknown cities with ease. In short, you’ve done awesome things. After accomplishing so much, you’re going to feel a lot more confident in your ability to achieve anything. (3) You’ll learn to go with the flow You’ve dealt with... read more

Amazing Feat!: El Capitan’s Dawn Wall Climbers Reach Summit at Yosemite!

Pursuing the Impossible, and Coming Out on Top Tommy Caldwell, left, and Kevin Jorgeson after completing their 19-day free climb of the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.CreditMax Whittaker for The New York Time YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — On the 19th day of their climb, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, both now bearded, reached the summit of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, completing a quest that included years of planning and that many considered the most challenging rock climb in the world. Dozens of family members and friends greeted the climbers when they reached the top at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, a cloudless day. After Caldwell hugged his wife and Jorgeson hugged his girlfriend, they were given sparkling wine. Jorgeson sprayed his. “That’s the first shower you’ve had in a while,” Caldwell’s wife, Rebecca, said. Jorgeson said of their feat: “I hope it inspires people to find their own Dawn Wall, if you will. We’ve been working on this thing a long time, slowly and surely. I think everyone has their own secret Dawn Wall to complete one day, and maybe they can put this project in their own context.” On El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, Climb Thought to Be World’s Toughest Progresses SlowlyJAN. 4, 2015 It was the first ascent of the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall in a single expedition with the use of only hands and feet to pull climbers up — a challenge long considered impossible. Ropes were merely safety devices to break the occasional fall. Caldwell, in green, with his wife, Rebecca, and Jorgeson embracing his girlfriend, Jacqui Becker, at the top of the... read more

20 Phenomenal Books That Will Change Your Life Forever!

“Read the best books first, for you may not have a chance to read them at all.” –Henry David Thoreau The Bucket List Life is all about following your passion, sharing life’s experiences and helping others do the same.  Our time in this existence is ephemeral and none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  If there were ever a time to take a chance and live the life you have imagined, that time is now.  The following list of 20 Amazing Books That Will Change Your Life, will also inspire, motivate and encourage you to embrace The Bucket List Life. I have read most of these books, and some have been recommended to me.  I have a lot of reading ahead of me and I look forward to each new book like an adventure that is sure to change me, in all the right ways, and guide me closer to living the life of adventure, passion, success and accomplishment that I desire.  The very first book I read that changed my world forever, is one that I often give as a gift and  highly recommend to young teenagers and those most impressionable. I wanted to share with them the gift of believing in their dreams, listening to their heart and following their passion.  Although I read this book in my early 20’s, it was the catalyst for me quitting my job as a Computer Programmer, becoming a Fitness Instructor and traveling around the world teaching on cruise ships for 3 years. The book that changed my life forever, in the most powerful way, was The Alchemist. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho The... read more

Finding Your Soulmate on Your Bucket List? Here’s 10 Signs You’ve Found The One!

It’s much more fun to live The Bucket List Life with that special someone. Follow this guide to help you find the right one! Original Article: “Your soul mate makes you feel entirely intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and long-time companion, but is limited in his or her capacity to enrich your spirit.” ~ Dr. Carmen Harra Soul Mates. Soul Reminders. Soul Connections. We hear about it, read about it and some of us are lucky enough to experience it.  Soul mates differ from life partners. Some people, not ever encountering a soul mate or soul connection, settle down with a life partner. These relationships can be very satisfying. They are often built on mutual trust, respect and friendship. You see, in life, we have no control over timing and sometimes less control of circumstance. Some cannot wait forever in hopes of encountering a soul mate, so they are satisfied with a mature life-partner relationship. For some it is about survival, security or simple companionship, and the word soul mate does not resonate. The concept may seem flighty, dreamy and unrealistic. Life circumstance, timing, availability, security and many other factors may all influence our relationship choices… BUT… Chances are if you are open, ready and blessed enough to meet a Soul Mate in this life time it will happen unanticipated and unexpected. It can feel unsettling, destabilizing and ungrounding because it is a different connection than any other you have had. There are no words or explanations that can clearly articulate such a... read more

15 Of The Most Amazing Places In The World On Everyone’s Bucket List!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only the first page.” –St. Augustine To travel in seek of adventure and exploration to the four corners of the world, is to both lose yourself and find yourself, at the same time.  How many of these amazing places around the world are on your bucket list? 1. The colourful Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China 2. Famous Temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia 3. The protected Yosemite Valley, USA 4. Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru 5. Cave in Algarve, Portugal 6. Salar de Uyuni: One of the World’s Largest Mirrors, Bolivia 7. Tianzi Mountains (Son of Heaven), China 8. Breath-taking Santorini, Greece 9. Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Vietnam 10. Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) Thermal Pools, Turkey 11. Rice Terrace Fields in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam 12. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah, USA 13. The romantic canals of Venice, Italy 14. The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe 15. The Great Pyramids of Giza,... read more

10 Of The Best Parks Around The World You Have To Visit. Number 2 Is Close To Home For Us.

When you’re out of ideas, grab some friends and head to the nearest park. Sunshine, flowers, fresh air, and good memories await! 1. Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada Stanley Park was Vancouver’s first park, and a is a national historic site of Canada. The 1,001-acre green oasis is almost entirely surrounded by Pacific Ocean waters, and features trails, beaches, local wildlife and historic landmarks. IMAGE: FLICKR, CARISSA ROGERS 2. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado This National Natural Landmark is known for its enormous and beautiful red rock formations. The park attracts climbers, horseback riders, bikers and more. IMAGE: FLICKR, MARLEAH JOY 3. Central Park, New York, New York This expansive, 843-acre park is a National Historic Landmark located at the center of Manhattan. Visitors can rent boats from the Loeb Boathouse, visit polar bears at the Central Park Zoo, have dinner at Tavern on the Green and much more. IMAGE: FLICKR, M01229 4. Millenium Park, Chicago, Illinois Millenium Park serves as a public art venue, home to the famous reflective Cloud Gate sculpture, and a showcase for postmodern architecture. Visitors can ice skate in winter, catch musical performances at Harris Theater or visit the Crown Fountain. IMAGE: FLICKR, MIKE WAROT 5. The High Line, New York, New York This public park is built atop a historic elevated freight rail line above Manhattan’s west side. The 1.45 mile long park features lush greenery, ample seating and lounge areas and small food and shopping kiosks. IMAGE: FLICKR, ROBERT S. DONOVAN 6. Kings Park and Botanical Garden, Perth, Australia More than 5 million people visit this expansive, 1,003-acre park located on the western edge of Perth’s... read more

15 Places You’ve Probably Never Seen And Now Have To Visit

Not many of us are lucky enough to experience all this incredible world has to offer. While much of the population sits indoors on the latest technology, beautiful landscapes blanket the Earths surface, only to be seen by the luckiest of us. Just as the human body is a truly amazing creation, this is a truly amazing planet.  (Above) Antelope Canyon is the most photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest.  It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. (Above) A terrace is a piece of sloped plane that has been cut into a series of successively receding flat surfaces or platforms. These are terrace rice fields in Bali, Indonesia. Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia,  largely in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. (Above) Derweze is a village and area rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 metres (230 ft). Giant’s Causeway. An area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, Giant’s Causeway is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. (Above) Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan (Above) Leshan Grand Buddha is a famous cultural and historical spot in Sichuan Leshan, China, which is the world’s biggest stone sitting buddha statue. (Above) Odle mountains chain separating the Funes valley from the Gardena valley,  taken from the Seceda refuge, Italian alps. Travertine pools and terraces, Pamukkale, Turkey, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The world famous Grand Prismatic... read more

When You Just Can’t Make A Decision, Let The Coin Decide For You

It was great to see on Facebook recently the 2015 new years party with the bucket list life crew in Colorado. Alongside all the fun that was had during the evening, a competition was held where someone threw a dart at a world map and then was awarded the prize to go to Machu Picchu in Peru! Fantastic. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to simply make a choice as big as this by flipping a coin or throwing the dart? I recall such an experience and maybe this story will help give you a small hack on how to make a difficult choice when faced with a double negative or double positive. Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once – Lillian Dickson During my time in South America, I had a clear budget limit and an endless list of places I would like to see, experience and enjoy. Upon arrival I spent a few hundred bucks going skiing in the Andes – worth every cent in memories. This had been a dream and top goal for my bucket list so I got it done first. After this, I was left with a budget to get me around my main goals through various countries. You might also have had similar experiences in life during any given year. “You can’t do it all” is often the phrase we hear. To a point I agree with the phrase and yet it does surprise me what we can achieve if we are willing to sacrifice some other... read more

Take A Vacation And Get Fit? Awesome! Here Are 17 Of The Best Fitness Vacations.

Lounging around under the sun’s tropical rays with a sugary cocktail in one hand and a gossip mag in the other isn’t everyone’s idea of an amazing vacation. Don’t get us wrong; we all need rest and relaxation, but sometimes, there’s no better way to recharge than getting a move on—especially when we spend most of our days feeling chained to a desk chair. “ Sometimes, there’s no better way to recharge than getting a move on.  ” Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, an all-inclusive retreat, or a fit family vacation spot, and regardless of whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a gym rat, or someone seeking the mind-body connection, we’ve got a trip for you. Even if you can’t afford to go just yet (We know; some of these boast a hefty price tag), you can still draw inspiration from (and drool over) these whole-body vacays—and maybe open up a dedicated savings account so you can go in person in the future. To select these 17 stand-out vacation spots, we considered several factors: Availability and diversity of fitness programming Availability of individual fitness classes and active excursions Accessibility for a range of activity levels, from leisurely to intense Availability of healthy, customizable meals meeting various dietary restrictions Availability of relaxation services such as spa treatments and massages Diversity of locations Availability of specialized staff trained in featured fitness activities Stellar fitness and overall reviews on Trip Advisor Did we miss any good ones? Let us know in the comment section below! FOR THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURER 10. Living La Vida La Jolla Marine Life and Water Activity Adventure Location: La Jolla, CA... read more

10 Places ‘Unhappy’ People Search for Happiness

The Constant Search For Never Ending Happiness In Places That Happiness Does Not Exist. “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” ―Paul Simon There are absolutely some solid points in each of these 10 places.  Get this…none of the places are actually a physical place.  Hmmmm. 1. In the fantasy of an easy life. Life is tough, but you are tougher. Pain makes you stronger. Facing fear makes you braver. Mistakes and heartbreak make you wiser. Sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best. Your journey isn’t supposed to be easy, it’s supposed to be worth it. To never struggle is to never grow. It doesn’t matter what’s happened or what you’ve done; what matters is what you choose to do from here. Accept the circumstances, learn from them, and move on. Letting go is often a step forward. Sometimes you have to walk away from what you thought you wanted to find what you truly need and deserve. 2. In a past that no longer exists. You are changing. The universe around you is changing. Just because something was right for you in the past doesn’t mean it still is. This could be a relationship, a job, a home, a habit, etc. Giving things up doesn’t always mean you’re weak; it may simply mean you’re strong enough and smart enough to let go of the old to make way for the new. Don’t stress about the closed doors behind you. New doors are opening every moment and you will see... read more

3 Steps To Improve Accountability For Your Bucket List Life

Have you written your bucket list yet? Do you have some ideas and have not yet wrote them down or shared them with others? Have you considered what may be holding you back from making that step? If you feel a little fear then look deeper. Do you not want to be held accountable for making your dreams and goal ambitions come true? Setting the scene for every day accountability We often hear the complaints of people discussing lack of political accountability and yet the very same people do not involve themselves in the political system to ensure accountability occurs. Why not make direct contact to the representatives, lobby bodies, think tanks and media sources to share views and hold more account to the triggers of this system? We also hear about company organizations and business cultures where accountability standards are not meeting customer expectations. Why not embrace again your inner values and champion actions to bring consequences of accountability for yourself and surroundings? The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.” ― Steve Maraboli, If you do not share and communicate your bucket list desires then you avoid being held accountable to make them happen. Sometimes we see ideas created and then a blame on external circumstances as reasons for those goals not being met. Occasionally we see the symbolic gesture of another “taking responsibility” for delay in your path and yet no consequence or action occurs. The idea fizzles away and left as a warm memory. Consider the issue with this approach, it becomes supported by environmental design of your circle... read more

What Does It Mean To “Be A Woman of Power”?

What does “being a woman of power” mean exactly? Being a woman of power means putting a new paper towel roll in when you’re out and not waiting days before replacing it. Being a woman of power means making your children a healthy meal when you don’t feel like it. Being a woman of power means taking time for yourself because you realize in order to BE a woman of power, you require time to yourself to recharge and refocus. My mentor and success coach Jeffery Combs (self-made multi-millionaire and founder of www.goldenmastermind.com) and I had a coaching call last night and he asked me, “Who are you?”. A question that is so simple, yet so hard for people to answer. The first response for people is usually titles. I am a young woman, a friend, a good daughter, a massage therapist, etc. I knew that was not the purpose of the question, so I “do-nutted”. Demonstrated by the beautiful Taylor Swift below . After a moment of silence I came up with some answer just to break the silence that I literally don’t even remember and he said, “How about a woman of power?” He knew exactly what I required hearing. That resonated with me so deeply I connected instantly to the line which is provoking this post right now. It got me thinking. What does a woman of power look like? How does she act? How does she speak and live her life? The Bucket List Life is a way for women to not let fear determine their actions anymore. Creating new possibilities, reconnecting to her creativity.... read more

A Goose Flying Alone Goes Nowhere Fast – The Power of TBLL Team!

Fly as high as you can with smart help through The Bucket List Life. I trust you have listened already to some the bucket list life podcast’s. If not, stop here and try now! This article will become more relevant after….. Listen to The Bucket List Life Podcasts HERE: Hi again, what did you think? Are they not diverse and inspiring, covering many metaphors and lessons we can apply in daily life before and whilst living our bucket list lives. This article is written at point 35 in the podcast episodes and they do encourage me to reflect and think about how and why I choose to live my own bucket list lifestyle. The podcast’s share examples of leading achievements, often perceived as initial solo feats and adventures. However, it is clear when we listen to the details, that these inspiring individuals are more often part of a wider and broader team. We see this in everyday life: Michael Jordan the amazing basket-ball player whose performances where enhanced by the best team players and coaches around him, Richard Branson supported by talented genius business professionals and Everest climbers been assisted by a strong support team on each expedition and world-class equipment researched for over 40 years. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ― Michael Jordan Your own bucket list may also need some help and support to become reality. But how can an “ordinary” person make all these great things happen? Well, let me take you on a tangent journey and let us meet again below. If I said “goose”, what color and size of a... read more

10 Places You MUST See Before You Kick The Bucket!

You may not be ready to kick the bucket, but it certainly time to put these places on your list and make your dreams come true.  Be inspired by the photos, enjoy putting yourself in a place where you feel as if you are already there.  These are the ten places you must see before you kick the bucket.  #thebucketlistlife Whitehaven Beach, Australia Whitehaven Beach is located in Whitesunday Island, Australia and covers 7km of sea shore. This magnificent beach was announced as the cleanest beach in Queensland, it was also named as Eco Friendly Beach via CNN. Whitehaven beach is closed for animals, and smoking is prohibited too. Enjoy the neat and magnificent shore. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest park in Southeastern Europe, it’s also the largest one in Croatia. The park is located in mountains of Karst, in central Croatia. There are 16 lakes arranged in cascades, which makes the perfect view. These lakes have several colors, depended on quantity of minerals and small organisms in it. More than 1’200’000 tourist visit this place every year. Here, you can come across over 120 species of birds . Amazing nature, flora and fauna is waiting for you. Glacier National Park, Montana Glacier National Park of United States is located in state of Montana. This is the amazing place for camping lovers. This park is also known as the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. If you want to see the beautiful landscapes, you will undoubtedly love this awesome park. For tourists there are different services, wonderful hotels and great accommodation for a... read more

50 Most Romantic Places On Earth – Let The Romantic Vacations Begin!

Table for two in Florence? Quiet canoe trip through Botswana’s Okavango Delta? Think bigger than just a dinner date and movie this Valentine’s Day! Moroccan Moyen Âge Take a few days to explore the souks and winding streets in the ancient medina of Fez; not only will you forget it’s the 21st century, but you’ll wish it were still the 14th. The sounds, scents, and colors of the cobbled alleyways and mosques, the figures cloaked in djellabas—all create an intoxication that teeters on the overwhelming. Moroccan National Tourist Office, 212-37/681-541; www.tourism-in-morocco.com. Garden over the Big Apple New Yorkers are always searching for new ways to see their town. But somehow, most dyed-in-the-wool denizens overlook the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, a 10,000-square-foot terrace atop the Met decked out with wisteria and yew trees. Central Park never looked better, and the skyline evokes the same complex feelings of possibility and glamour as a Burt Bacharach song to Manhattan. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 212/535-7710;www.metmuseum.org. Rule India The sandstone fort in the town of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, rises from the eastern desert like a volcano emerging from the sea. It still serves as a citadel, as it has ever since 1156, but its havelis (town houses) decorated with intricate latticework and royal residences converted into hotels make it feel more like a living museum. Here, in the dry, dusty air, time seems to stand still.Government of India Tourist Office, 213/380-8855; www.tourisminindia.com. Enchanted Evening in Italy Built dramatically into the vertiginous Amalfi coast, Positano is for sun slaves, water babies, gastronomes—and lovers. Reserve a front-row table on a summer evening at a waterside restaurant, order a pizza and a glass... read more

The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World! Stunningly Awesome! The Bucket List Life

As travelers we often like to go to the new, updated and modern place.  But what about the past, the forgotten and the abandoned.  These photographs show us all the beauty that exists in stunningly awesome abandoned places from around the world.  Enjoy. Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Italy Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert Abandoned dome houses in Southwest Florida The remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Australia The abandoned Wonderland Amusement Park outside Beijing, China Fishing hut on a lake in Germany Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay The Kerry Way walking path between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland Pripyat, Ukraine 15th century monastery in the Black Forest in Germany Kalavantin Durg near Panvel, India The remains of the Pegasus in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica Angkor Wat in Cambodia The Maunsell Sea Forts in England Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, England Częstochowa, Poland’s abandoned train depot Sunken yacht in Antarctica Abandoned distillery in Barbados Hafodunos Hall in Llangernyw, North Wales 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo Craco, Italy Russian military rocket factory Abandoned mill from 1866 in Sorrento, Italy Cooling tower of an abandoned power plant House of the Bulgarian Communist Party Abandoned city of Keelung, Taiwan Lawndale Theater in Chicago North Brother Island near New York City, New York Abandoned Blade Mill, France El Hotel del Salto in Colombia Asuncion, Paraguay The Tunnel of Love in Ukraine Nara Dreamland in Japan Source:... read more

25 of the Best Bucket List Destinations To See – By Yourself!

Right now you prepare to venture out around the world! However you are wondering about the need to travel with someone else. Well, occasionally it’s ideal to take a trip by yourself. It could be scary, it could seem harmful, however I guarantee you Solo Travel has transformed greater than a single person’s life. Each and every individual that has done this will tell you that their solo trip was the very best thing that ever before occurred to them. So real-time # thebucketlistlife and go out and endeavor. Just before you do … below is some motivation for 25 spots you might wish to apply your travel plan! 1. Taipei, Taiwan Located at the northern suggestion of Taiwan, Taipei is situated on the Tamsui Stream. Taipei depends on the Taipei Basin. Just what You Ought to Do While There: Have a look at the outstanding night markets. Just imagine hundreds of street-food carts and pop-up shops all in a 10-block stretch. Experience the meals, the style, the culture– all for a quite good cost. If you’re looking to leave the city buzz, Taipei has numerous amazing day rambling destinations right in the city. What else could you need? Expense: There is no lack of atm that accept overseas cards. Beyond that, Taipei is a huge city with things in almost every price array, however some tourists could locate it to be on the costly side compared to mainland China. Still less expensive compared to Japan, it’s rather feasible to get by on very little once you arrive in Taipei. Relieve Of Travel: Buses are a fantastic intercity travel... read more

30 Bucket List Items To Do Before You Turn 30

Shutterstock Even if you’re older than 30, we’re still 100% sure you need to check all of these off your bucket list. We believe life is about making the most memories possible and helping others do the same. So here’s 30 items to help get you started. Run a half marathon (it’s okay if you have to walk a little). Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Travel somewhere TRULY exotic — anywhere that feels like the end of the earth. Shutterstock   Buy tickets to a music festival and rage with the best of them. TheMusic.FM/Flickr Go skinny dipping. nikfass/Flickr Splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime meal at one of the world’s best restaurants. Daniel Krieger   Cook a huge meal and throw a dinner party for friends. Flickr/Taz Test drive your dream car. Rob Libetti / Business Insider Grab the microphone and perform at a karaoke bar, even if you have stage fright. REUTERS/Nir Elias Stay up all night partying in a big city like Los Angeles, Tokyo, or London. Shutterstock Watch a meteor shower. Wikipedia Go bungee jumping or skydiving — really, anything that involves heights and massive amounts of adrenaline. PomInOz/Shutterstock Throw yourself a huge birthday party. Lavo Climb a mountain (it doesn’t have to be Mt. Everest). REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler Learn to bartend. David Silverman/Getty Images Go scuba diving — or at least try snorkeling. Shutterstock Travel somewhere all by yourself. It’s not as scary as it sounds. ReverendMungo/Flickr Eat something that makes you squirm (may we suggest bugs, pigs’ ears, or intestines?). REUTERS/Michael Kooren Learn to speak a new language. REUTERS/Albert Gea Spend a night camping under the stars. Maxim... read more

Scared to take the next step? Consider this…

  In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield asserts, “The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”   Take a moment to review your personal bucket list. Now, after reflecting on the objectives that you’ve set out to conquer, consider – which ones scare you the most? I now challenge you to move those most terrifying items to the top of your list. Why? – Because I’m willing to bet that they are some of the ones most important to you. That’s right. Your most frightening goals should be your top priority, because they will likely offer an opportunity for personal growth and transformation unrivalled by any previous life experiences. We are petrified by our greatest dreams, perhaps because of the amount of dedication and hard work it will take to realize them, or the fear that we might fail in reaching toward something that means so much to us. Maybe it’s the fear of shedding our current skin and becoming that new version of ourselves. Said the great E.E. Cummings, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”   I remember how terrified I was the first time jumped off a 10-meter high dive. I stood on the edge, contemplating my future. With tunnel vision and trembling feet, I became hyper-aware of my shallow breath, sweaty palms, shaking nerves and those god-awful butterflies in my stomach. Every cell in my body called for retreat. Eventually, I took the plunge and emerged victorious, pulsing with nervous energy.   In hindsight, I... read more

What is INSPIRATION?

What is the meaning of inspiration?           It’s a word that surrounds me everyday. I’m constantly in the company of friends and strangers that are inspiring to me. Everyday, on social media, I see dozens of quotes and pictures of inspirational stories that shape my perception of the world around me. How I see the world has absolutely everything to do with the attitude I project and the energy I exude out into it. When I am struggling in life I look for inspiration from others to help me over come my challenges. Someone or something can be inspiring to me by introducing me to a new creative way of thinking or helping me to see the world with a different artistic perception and through new eyes. But more importantly, someone is inspiring to me when I can relate to some difficult situation that they have endured in their life and see that they have triumphantly overcome that challenge. It’s because I can see myself in them that I celebrate their victory and renew my own hope and confidence that I can over come similar challenges in my life. That is what truly inspires me. I’m not inspired by a 25 year old bikini model that has always had a perfect body. I’m not inspired by a millionaire playboy heir that’s had everything given to him in life. But, undoubtably, there is something about every single one of us that can inspire others. We are but mere reflections of each other and we can relate to everyone around us, even if its in the smallest... read more

10 Amazing Mountain Hotels. Get Ready Early For Some Winter Getaways!

Call us crazy, but we don’t think it’s too early to start planning for an epic winter getaway. Here are 10 amazing and historic mountain hotels (big thanks to Unofficial Networks for the list) 3100 KULMHOTEL GORNERGRAT, SWITZERLAND 3100 Kulmhotel, located in Gornergrat, is the highest hotel in the Swiss Alps. The hotel offers minimalist rooms with fantastic view of no less than 29 of the 34 Swiss four thousand meter high mountains. The vantage point platform can be comfortably reached by rack-railroad, which takes visitors from Zermatt to Gornergrat via Riffelalp. [www.gornergrat-kulm.ch] TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, STOWE VERMONT The von Trapp family, largely fictionalized in The Sound of Music (based loosely on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp), left Austria shortly before its annexation by Germany in 1938 and ended up in Vermont in 1942. In 1950, a 27-room ski lodge was opened. The lodge was destroyed by a fire on December 20, 1980, that forced 45 people, including Baroness Maria Von Trapp, to flee in their nightclothes. The body of a 30 year old guest was found later in the rubble. In 1983 a new, Austrian-style lodge with 93 rooms was opened. By the time Maria von Trapp died in 1987, 32 family members owned stock in the lodge. Johannes von Trapp bought their shares in 1994. The Trapp Family Lodge now has 23 rooms and 100 guesthouses. [www.trappfamily.com] HOTEL JESTED,  CZECH REPUBLIC In the north of the Czech Republic, sitting atop the highest mountain peak of the Ještěd-Kozákov Ridge, is Hotel Jested. The hotel was built between 1966 and 1973 in a futuristic style by... read more

Why Time Feels Like It Passes Quicker as You Get Older

Absolutely nothing Ever Remains The Exact same.As you get older, it feels like time tends to move faster. As Dan Ariely explains over at The Wall Street Journal, we tend to fall into acquainted routines as we age and that makes time move quickly. We view time something like a pile of memories, so the much less brand-new encounters you have, the much less likely you are to fill out those memories with intriguing things: Time does pass (or, a lot more accurately, it really feels as if time is going by) faster the older we obtain. In the very first couple of years of our lives, anything we pick up or do is brand new, and several of our encounters are distinct, so they remain strongly in our memories. However as the years pass, we encounter less and fewer brand-new experiences– both ears considering that we have actually currently accomplished a great deal and given that we come to be slaves to our daily regimens. For instance, attempt to remember what happened to you on a daily basis last week. Possibilities are that absolutely nothing phenomenal occurred, so you will certainly be hard-pressed to recollect the specific thoughts you did on Monday, Tuesday, and so on Just what can we do approximately this? Possibly we need some new app that will encourage us to check out brand-new experiences, point out points we’ve never ever done, suggest dishes we’ve never ever tasted and advise spots we have actually never ever been. Such an application might make our lives much more diverse, prod us to attempt brand-new thoughts, decrease the... read more

25 Awesome Things The Bucket List Life Is Way Too Short For!

“I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste.” – Srikumar Rao   1. Not eating dessert. Get a cupcake if you want it. It doesn’t have to be justified– just enjoyed! 2. Staying in a relationship for the wrong reasons. 3. Not speaking your mind. 4. Not trying new things. 5. Not giving something a 2nd chance. 6. Making decisions based off of what others will think. You’re awesome…who cares what they say? 7. Doing something simply because you feel that you should. 8. Not going with your gut feeling. 9. Waiting for that special someone to message your first. 10. Not going out to eat with your good friends every now and then. 11. Plastic silverware. Buy actual forks. 12. Not setting aside time to call your friends and family. 13. Not speaking up when you really feel that something is wrong. 14. Constantly being a “grownup”. Let loose and play in the mud! 15. Not confronting your fears. 16. Seeming like you do not deserve to have dreams. 17. Not making your goals happen, or at the very least, promoting an environment in which they can expand. 18. Not being true to yourself. 19. Continuing to do something just because you’ve always done it. 20. Not tipping a little more than expected, especially for fantastic service. (If you can afford it, it would really make someone’s day) 21. Not taking a vacation now and then. 22. Having your phone... read more

Is Your Million Dollar Dream Really a Couple Hundred Thousand Dollar Reality?

“The speed of your success is limited only by your dedication and what you’re willing to sacrifice.”   ― Nathan W. Morris For those of us that are not millionaires, we first look upon such wealth as a true passage to freedom and enabler for our bucket list adventures and life. However, when I recently posted on the bucket list life Facebook page a copy from a billionaires bucket list http://tedstake.monumentalnetwork.com/2006/01/06/my-101-list-the-story/index.jsp  it was nice to see he has many things on his list that indeed cost very little money! My own bucket list started in my early 20’s without realizing there was a name for it! For me, it was a list of things I wanted to do, see, experience, learn and share. The list has changed over the years with some items having been removed and replaced with new ones. Part of the list was the desire to be financially independent. Be a millionaire is what I had written! I knew this would take something special and require a lot of work and so I put that priority lower on my list whilst I traveled, climbed, explored the world and created new skills in martial arts and skydiving. My millionaire desire remained but I guess I felt my gut telling me it was not as important as I first thought. Indeed – why spend all those hours of hard work when I could enjoy a nice sunset with family and friends. Eventually on my travels I met my Danish wife and we agreed that the best place for our future children to grow up would be in Denmark and... read more

What Are You Carrying In Your Backpack Of Life?

Many of us have so much in life that we always think about. And most of us think about worries on how to live. We take in so much that sometimes, it could be really exhausting. I think of life as if it is a backpack.  I put everything in my backpack. Why a backpack? Stick around to find out why. The backpack is probably my friendly travel essential that just goes with me to so many places. To school, work, staying at a friend’s house for a few days, doing groceries with my bike and so much more. My backpack is my buddy. I can take so much with it. I like how I can manage to balance the weight of all my things on both shoulders, and not have to worry about straining. When things are heavy, both shoulders suffer but when there’s not much in it, both shoulders are relaxed. You see, a backpack could be your pal, it carries your stuff. Kind of like life. I would put it in an equation like this: The Backpack = Our Life In life, we choose to deal with it or ignore it. There’s just so much going on around us that sometimes, we take in so much that makes it heavy on our shoulders. Life, I believe, can be as light as air or as heavy as a rock (depending on what we choose to put in our backpack of course). We make decisions everyday whether or not to take something in or leave it out. So, if anyone were to ask me what’s in my backpack right... read more

40 Brilliant Travel Tips You Need Before Your Next Trip

Don’t leave for your next trip without knowing all of these! 1. Use a private or incognito window when booking flights and hotels online. ShareTweet reddit.comTravel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited before. 2. Keep loose chargers and cables organized with a glasses case. ShareTweet pinterest.com 3. Use straws to carry travel-size amounts of skin care products. ShareTweet pinterest.com 4. Put a dryer sheet at the bottom of a suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh. ShareTweet diaryofasocialgal.com 5. Use a spring from an old pen to protect chargers from bending and breaking. ShareTweet imgur.com 6. Skip the long lines for airport bathrooms. ShareTweet It may seem like common logic, but the first bathroom in the terminal is the most crowded one. Use the next one to skip the long waits and save precious time.quora.com 7. Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors. ShareTweet imgur.com 8. If you forget your wall plug, charge devices through the USB slot on a TV. ShareTweet 9. Roll clothes, instead of folding, to save tons of baggage space. ShareTweet youtube.com 10. If you have clothes that need to be folded, use tissue paper to keep them from wrinkling. ShareTweet imgur.com 11. Use a pill container to keep jewelry organized and untangled. ShareTweet imgur.com 12. Scan important documents before leaving for your trip. ShareTweet In the event of theft or misplacement, it comes in really handy to have extra copies of your passport, identification cards and flight itineraries that you can easily access on your smartphone or tablet.lifehack.org 13. Speed Up Going... read more

12 Year Old Girl’s Letter Found After Death – Heart Breaking – Bucket List Item: Write Letter To Future Self

This 12 Year Old Girl Just Died. The Letter Her Parents Discovered Afterwards Is Heart Shattering. January 5th, 12 year old Taylor Smith passed away from complications with pneumonia. It left her parents, family, and friends absolutely devastated. She was a joyful child just like any other, full of life. But it was after some time had passed that they made a discovery they’d never forget. As her parents went through her belongings, they found several letters Taylor had written to others. Hosanna Fellowship Here’s a transcript of the letter: Dear Taylor, How’s life? Life is pretty simple right now (10 years in your past). I know I’m late for you, but as I’m writing, this is early, so; congratulations on graduating high school! If you didn’t go back and keep trying. Get that degree! Are you (we) in college? If not, I understand. We do have pretty good reasoning, after all. Don’t forget, it’s Allana’s 11th birthday today! Sheesh, 11 already? In my time, she just turned 1! I didn’t get to go to that party though, because I was in Cranks, Kentucky for my first mission trip. I’ve only been back for 6 days! Speaking of, how’s your relationship with GOD? Have you prayed, worshipped, read the bible, or gone to serve the lord recently? If not, get up and do so NOW! I don’t care what point in our life we’re in right now, do it! He was mocked, beaten, tortured, and crucified for you! A sinless man, who never did you or any other person any wrong! Now, have you gone on any more mission... read more

Absolutely Magical Photos of Two Kids On A Farm With Animals – Heart Melting

These wonderful photographs by Elena Shumilova plunge the viewer into a beautiful world that revolves around two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends. Taking advantage of natural colors, weather conditions and her enchanting surroundings, the gifted Russian artist creates cozy and heartwarming photography that will leave you amazed. The boys in the photographs are the photographer’s sons and the animals belong to the farm she runs. “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is” Shumilova explained to BoredPanda. Rural settings, natural phenomena and the changing seasons seem to be the greatest stimuli in her works. “When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image,” the photographer said. Shumilova told us her passion for photography manifested in early 2012 when she got her first camera. Her most recent equipment includes the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and a 135mm lens. As a mother who doesn’t want to miss out on her growing children, she says she shoots every day and processes the images at night. We suggest you take a cup of tea, lean back comfortably in your armchair and browse this beautiful collection of Elena Shumilova’s photographs. See her gallery on: Flickr | 500px     “Children and animals – it’s my life. I’m a mom with two sons and we spend a lot... read more

10 Habits To Form If You Wish To Live The Bucket List Life

1. They see challenges as opportunities Most people interpret fears as obstacles and tend to run away from them. People who live their purpose successfully have developed the capacity to see fear as a sign of what they really need to go for and put all their courage and energy into it. 2. They see life as a game. Having this vision of life opens up space for playfulness and creativity instead of limitation. This also cultivates qualities of resilience, problem solving and confidence that helps them take risks to get to the next big place. 3. Living the life they want is the only option. They’re so committed to making their dreams a reality that they banish any possibility of a backup plan whatsoever from their mind. They don’t think things like, “If it doesn’t work, I’ll just go get a job.” 4. They always speak their truth. They’re able to speak it because they make a conscious effort to connect to their truest desires, their inner voice, and their spirituality without fear of judgment. This connection is typically fostered through meditation, journaling, being mentored and being surrounded by like minded-people. 5. They aren’t just dreamers: they act on their desires. Instead of getting stuck in their dreams, they snap right into action, no matter what it takes. Whether it’s quitting a job, getting out of a relationship that holds them back, investing in themselves or moving to a new location, they have the courage to do it. They do this by listening to, and then acting on, their intuition. 6. They expect and know that they deserve... read more

How You Can Make A Difference In The World – Just 5 Minutes A Day!

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens Sharing and helping others helps make the world a better place, some small numbers can lead to big changes. Do you want to help others but know your current lifestyle will generate time conflicts that stop you from joining a local, regional, national or global cause? Simply providing five minutes of your time each day amounts to a significant 35 minutes a week but then earns a huge 30 hours of help annually. Then, if you convince five others to do the same then you have a movement of positive change that comes to over 150 hours and in 10 years = 1500 hours of help to others. This is significant and easy enough for most people to manage, so why not start with my five minute challenge each day? Although I am involved in other community actions that require physical meetings and more time, here is how I add additional support by using social media in just five minutes per day. 1) Identify some areas in life that are important to you and your values. For me I identified areas in health, freedom rights, environment, rhino conservation, natural landscape protection, heritage, data privacy etc. If you do not have some sustained charity or cause names already then you can consider new petitions, try a peek at http://www.thepetitionsite.com  or https://www.change.org/  2) Identify some social media sources that share information on the causes you value i.e. https://www.facebook.com/savetherhinointernational?fref=ts  or https://www.youtube.com/user/savethechildrenuk 3) Create a social media account to “share” / re-tweet etc information and news from your... read more

Travel Hacks – The Keys To Learning To Communicate In a Foreign Land

So you imagine the sun warming the back of your neck and the sand flowing between your toes as you stroll down the beach at sunset. You imagine the sights of a new landscape and embracing the smells and colors and then you get scared. You freeze the image and become scared because the next image is you trying to buy local food, hiring a taxi, gaining help from the locals to point you on the correct direction, Ah I don’t speak Arabic/Malay/Swahili (insert any one of the hundreds of languages spoken in the world). Many great travel plans stop right there at that point, so here I offer a few hacks that can help you out in any language and script system. ❝You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.❞ ‒Geoffrey Willans Make sure you do not place too high standards upon yourself. I have traveled to over 50 countries and know it is impossible for me to be able to hold a deep and meaningful conversation in each land in their native tongue – so get over it! Recognize the reality, you are on a trip/adventure that is probably planned for a short-term stay and no one expects you to be fluent or even competent. The locals can often see you are from a foreign nation. This can be from subtle clothing style and color differences between different European nations or more obvious physical differences in skin or hair color to body height and structure. Therefore they are instantly aware this conversation may be a challenge for you and them. However the benefit... read more

9 Magical Places Around The World To Visit

Obviously, there’s much more to the world than these few places, but if you want to visit some of the best, we recommend these! Original Article: Earth Traveling Iguazú Falls, Brazil-Argentina The Iguazú River drops up to 82 meters over a 2.7 kilometer-wide ledge of the Paraná Plateau. The waterfalls are accessible from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The 80-meter Devil’s Throat falls sit astride the border of Argentina and Brazil. Coral trees, butterflies, toucans and hummingbirds are features of the area.   Rovinj, Croatia Rovinj is a city in Croatia situated on the north Adriatic Sea with a population of 14,294 (as of 2011). Located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, it is a popular tourist resort and an active fishing port. Istriot, a Romance language once widely spoken in this part of Istria, is still spoken by some of the residents.   Glass Beach, Fort Bragg in California Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.   Azure Window, Island of Gozo, Malta The so-called “Azure Window” is a natural stone arch situated on the western shore of the island of Gozo, Malta. Th Azure Window is situated between two other famous points of interests: the Inner Sea and Dwejra Bay. These three landmarks were created thousands of years ago when two limestone caved collapsed.   Sawyer Glacier, Alaska If anybody ever thought staring at ice was boring, they need just look at this photos of a... read more

A List Of 41 Regrets Not To Take To Your Grave

We recommend you read this list and ask yourself if you have any of these regrets now. If you do, that’s totally fine, because you now have a chance to improve your life with just a few little tweaks today. #1 Not having more passion. And I’m not referencing the cheap or diluted kind, but the fiery, sincere connection that only two bodies can paint, translate and share. The kind that when you reminise it, it electrifies your entire body. Be naked more. #2 Not getting into the best shape of your life. But instead giving in to the crappy processed selection that only feeds sadness, remorse and a lack of self-love.  #3 Not getting over your childhood. No matter the trauma. You made it. Try not to carry that backpack longer than necessary. And note, you are not your parents — defy your genetics. That’s why you are here. #4 Not saying ’yes’ as often as you could have. You know those times… when your gut was pushing you out the door but your insecurities or habits were keeping you inside? #5 Not falling in love with your body. I’m talking every square inch of imperfection — every blemish, stretchmark, spider vein, wrinkle and asymmetrical attribute possible. She’s carried you all this way, how can you not adore her?!  #6 Not staying in bed with your lover just a little longer. Because you had to work, because you had to send that one email, because you had to call so and so back, because you felt fat… #7 Not allowing your children to sleep in your bed. When it all comes to an end, do you really think it mattered? Those rules of... read more

Hedgehog Checking Off Bucket List Items Faster Than Us!

Hedgehog has a way more adventurous life than most of us [20 pictures] This awesome Hedgehog is seeing and doing more adventurous stuff than a lot of us can even comprehend.  If the Hedgehog can do it!  So can we! Biddy is an African Pygmy Hedgehog who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Whenever he gets the opportunity he goes on adventures, whether around town or out in the wilderness. Thankfully, his owners are with him to help him pose for some pictures and then post them to Instagram. Here are a few…   Source : 22... read more

Why Women Should Never Settle For Less Than They Deserve….A Gentleman’s Take.

It’s so common for people to put on their bucket list…  “Fall in love, Get Married, Find the perfect guy, Woo the perfect girl.”  There is an absolute place for love and everything you desire in your life.  This article is very well written and gives the perfect perspective to many women that are just settling when they deserve far more.   Growing up, I was drawn to poems, romantic songs, romantic comedies and other romantic-isms that led me to my current hopeless-romantic personality. There is nothing I enjoy more than having a special lady in my life who has me grinning all day. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of fun (and my accent doesn’t hurt when I try to pick up women — something about the combination of a few vodkas and some rolled R’s is magic). However, as I get older and meet more women, I grow more concerned that young women are setting the bar too low for the men they seek. Now, women seem to find people like me to be surprising because other men no longer act chivalrously. Of course, it puts us rare breed of gentlemen in a great position, but it makes me wonder: Who have these poor women been dating? Here are some things you should know about us: We know you are a grown, independent woman who can complete endless tasks without a man’s help. You can open your own doors, pay your own rent and put on your own coat — we know. But, we want to be the ones who make you smile nonstop; the... read more

Top 5 Best Places to Zipline In The World!

If you’re the kind that likes delights without fuss, then you have actually reached visit these 5 outstanding zip line journeys. When you’re travelling along a zip line, it’s simply you, a steel cable, and the outdoors. Originally an approach of transport in mountainous areas, zip lines are quickly becoming one of the most popular visitor journeys. Today you could discover them all throughout the world in an array of sizes and strengths. Some are developed for a loosened up trip of neighborhood landscapes while others are built entirely for rate. Amongst the zip line adventures featured below, you make sure to discover one that meets your adrenaline requires. 1. Sky Trek, Costa Rica Zip Line Trip in Monteverde, Costa Rica As the birth place of the zip line tour, Costa Rica has no scarcity of treetop trips to select from. Among the biggest systems of zip lines is operated by Sky Trip Canopy Trip in the Monteverde tropical rain forest. In complete, the tour covers nearly two miles of wire from nine various launch points. At the tour’s highest point, you’ll be skyrocketing with the cover at 456 feet over the ground. When you’re not strapped into your harness, you’ll pass by foot from platform to system across an outstanding network of suspension bridges. 2. Dragon’s Breath Zip Line, Haiti Dragon’s Breath Zip Line in Labadee, Costa Rica With a name like “Dragon’s Breath” you understand this is going to be a good one. At an overall length of 2,600 feet, this zip line journey in the hotel community of Labadee showcases the lengthiest zip line over water.... read more

A List Of What You Need To Pack To Travel Around The World

“When preparing to travel… lay out all of your clothes and all of your money.  Then take half your clothes and twice the money.” I found over the years that one of the most common questions I have been asked about travel is  “What did you bring?”. We all have different approaches to our travel destinations and so your list will no doubt be different to mine, but here is what I ended up with after several trips lasting over a year each time, when I explored various regions around the world. 1 Tent – 3 season with detachable flysheet and net protection so you can see the stars without mosquito’s eating you 1 Sleeping Bag – 3 Season – Most of the year too warm but you can unzip to keep cooler. The extra season kept me comfortable when I needed it most. 1 Sleeping/yoga mat (acts as a layer of insulation for cold floors, ground) 1 pair of hiking boots – 3 season quality 1 pair of sandals – frankly these can be also bought local when needed 3 pairs of quality hiking socks (do not hold back on quality. It is no fun to be uncomfortable or unable to continue your exploration due blisters) 2-3 pairs of pants with zips to convert into shorts (One on, one dirty, one spare) 3 pairs of underwear 3 shirts with a pocket and long sleeves – (You can roll the sleeves in heat, put it on your head as a hat) 1 Fleece (with full front zip to allow a breeze in when needed and protect in chillier evenings)... read more

You Would Die If You Were Actually Standing There! 20 Hidden Wild Animals.

Can you find the hidden animals in these 20 wildlife photos? As we live #thebucketlistlife we may venture into new areas of the unknown.  It’s in this wild landscapes that we come across animals in their natural environments.  Camouflaged in amazing ways! The wildlife photographer, Art Wolfe is a master at photography and takes pictures of animals. But not just any pictures. He finds and captures scenes that include animals so at home in their environment that you can hardly tell they’re there… Giraffe Wolf   Willow Ptarmigan Caiman Great Horned Owl American Pika Blue-crowned Parrot Horned Adder Leopard Gyrfalcon California Ground Squirrel Spotted Deer Impala Cheetah Common Snipe Wandering Tattler Nighthawk Coyote Klipspringers Blue Dacnis... read more

The Top 26 Most Stunning Places In The USA You Can Drive To! The Bucket List Life

The best things in life take a bit of work to get where you want.  These 26 locations in the USA are worth every mile and effort it will take to see them.  I have seen a few of them and desire to see the rest.  What an amazing and stunning country the USA is. 1. Mammoth Hot Springs (Wyoming) Capturing the Beauty of Nature Through Light and Time / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 2. Arches National Park (Utah) Mike Berenson / Colorado Captures / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 3. Antelope Canyon (Arizona) Piriya Photography / Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 4. Portland Head Light (Maine) Arlo West / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 5. Garden of the Gods (Colorado) Matt Payne / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 6. Grand Prismatic Spring (Wyoming) Bryan Mullennix / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 7. Canyon de Chelly National Monument (Arizona) David Madison / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 8. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Oregon) Andrew Curtis / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 9. The Florida Keys (Florida) marcellus2070 / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 10. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (New Mexico) Greg Newington / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 11. Grand Canyon (Arizona) sierralara.com / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 12. Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee) Dennis Govoni / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 13. Acadia National Park (Maine) Michael Rickard / Via Getty Images HERE’S HOW TO DRIVE THERE! 14. Havasu Falls (Arizona) Jan Paul Schrage... read more

40 Little Things You Can Do To Make Your Woman Happy

Men – It REALLY isn’t difficult or expensive to please a woman. Here are 40 LITTLE Things you can do for her and she will think you’re the GREATEST! This entire article is based on two very basic, but enduring principles: 1. There is more happiness in giving than in receiving and 2. It’s the LITTLE things that mean the MOST. Now, it happens in almost every relationship, the two of you grow apart. Don’t let it stay that way! You can always work on making your relationship come alive again. There are things that the both of you can do to reconnect, come back and become one again. Although I am writing this for the benefit of the man in the relationship, it is most likely that once you take the first step and begin showing her how much she means to you, she will automatically and happily reciprocate. People forget that a good relationship doesn’t just happen on its own – it takes work! Yes, I said that four-letter word! WORK! But she is worth it! If you truly love her and know that you have a wonderful woman by your side, you will do anything to keep her, instead of trying to find someone to replace her! Because believe me, you may search forever and not find another woman like her. Trust me, if you do some, or even all of these things, she will fall in love with you all over again! The 40 different LITTLE things I am going to share with you are not difficult or expensive or perverted. These things are thoughtful, romantic, kind, funny, and yes... read more

How To Travel The World Free. Wait What?! Yep, It’s Possible!

Money is the number one factor (next to time) that prevents people from traveling the world and living their bucket list. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! “We know, we know. You can’t actually travel the world without paying for something along the way. But we’ve got a few ideas to help cut down on costs and ensure you’ll have a more authentic adventure. Barter your time and hard work for a place to stay Christine Maxfield, founder and editor of CompassMag.com and producer of the When In Roam: Conversations with Travel Writers podcast on iTunes, recommends work-exchange programs like WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), HelpX.net, andWorkAway.info as a way to immerse yourself in new culture and make local friends quickly. “Work exchange is a little different than volunteering because you barter your time for food and lodging with a host rather than spending money for the opportunity, said Maxfield. “I’ve learned the most interesting jobs that way, from black-pearl diving to working at a sea-turtle hatchery, and it only cost me my hard work! It was a very fulfilling way to travel, and I also made lifelong friends with my hosts so I was never lonely.” Another option is to pitch in at a local hostel you plan to stay in, as oftentimes owners can use the extra help and may be willing to offer you a free bed for the night as payment for a day’s work. How to get started: In the case of WWOOF, the hardest part is deciding where you want to go. Some countries have their own WWOOF organizations, websites, and programs, so visit the link listed above, choose a country, and... read more

25 Tips For Building More Meaningful Relationships

    While technology has made it more convenient to keep in touch with the outside world, and even become re-acquainted with long-lost friends, it has also changed how we define relationships. Someone with 1,000 Facebook friends may think they’re a rock star. But, how many of those “friends” would be there to support them when they start a business or go through a personal crisis? I’ve learned that the more success you are at relationships with your family, friends and customers; the more successful you will be in life with all of them. Because of the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, it’s even more important than ever to have these meaningful types of relationships. Want to know how to achieve that? Follow these 25 tips. 1. Be happy with yourself. You may have heard this one before, and there is a reason for that – it remains the best place to start. As Michelle Maros so elegantly puts it in,  Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, “Your relationships outside will flounder if you don’t have unconditional love and compassion for yourself.” 2. Learn to listen and understand. Throughout your life you’ve probably dealt with this problem. Your parents never listened. Your spouse never listens. Your boss just doesn’t understand, or listen.  George P.H. notes in, Pick The Brain, that we can connect with people simply by listening to them, hearing them out without interruption, and doing our best to understand where they’re coming from. 3. Take the punch. You can’t always take things personally. We all have bad days where we freak out, vent, or scream at those around us. My wife Kristy... read more

The Top 50 Cities You Must Visit In Your Lifetime

Life is far too short to not travel the world, however, it’s pretty hard to travel everywhere in one lifetime. Luckily for you, we’ve picked the top 50 cities you must see. Original Article: With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we’ve gone to the community of travelers atminube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. From the great ancient capitals to the modern cities of Asia, the Americas, and beyond, here are the 50 cities you must see during your lifetime. 1.) Venice, Italy – How could we not include Venice? From its picturesque canals and grandiose basilicas to its colorful homes and cozy wine bars, there’s simply nowhere like it on Earth.(Photo by Jesus Lopez) Click here for more photos of Venice 2.) Seville, Spain – Seville is the crown-jewel of imperial Spain and visitors can delight at the city’s narrow streets lined with orange blossoms, Moorish castles, and some of Spain’s most legendary tapas joints. (Photo by Zu Sanchez) Click here for more photos of Seville 3.) New York City, USA – It’s no wonder New York is often called the “Crossroads of the World.” Nowhere else can you find such a mind-blowing concentration of art, culture, cuisine, and business. (Photo by Iker F. Gavilan) Click here for more photos of New York City 4.) Lhasa, China – Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism and the rugged Himalayas set against Lhasa’s incense-filled monasteries and palaces make for one of the most unforgettable views on Earth. (Photo by Juanjo Fontanet) Click here for more photos of Lhasa 5.) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – From the world-famous... read more

The Top 23 World Festivals That Are Absolute Musts For Your Lifetime!

It’s in our DNA to learn, grow and experience the world.  Here are 23 amazing and quite unreal World Festivals that are just awesome.  I recently added each of these to a Google Calendar just to see what a year of cool festivals would be like. It was quite a thought provoking challenge as it made me think how cool the world, the people and the opportunities we have in life are.  These photos and write ups will inspire you. 1. Snow & Ice Festival — Harbin, China Flickr: zilpho When: Jan. 5–Feb. 5 Where: Harbin, China Why you should go: The Harbin festival is the largest snow and ice festival in the world, and it features carvings towering over 20 feet in height and full-size buildings made from gigantic blocks of ice. 2. Holi — Celebrated by Hindus Around the World Daniel Berehulak / Getty When: March 27 (for 2014) Where: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other Hindu regions Why you should go: Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It’s fun, safe, and free. Just remember to BYOD (bring your own dye). 3. Cascamorras — Baza, Spain Jorge Guerrero / AFP / Getty Images When: Sept. 6 Where: Baza, Spain, in the province of Granada Why you should go: Every year hundreds of Spaniards cover themselves in grease to reenact the stealing of a famous statue of the “Virgen de la Piedad,” which took place over 500 years ago. Best of all, after the greasing, a great big party ensues. 4. Carnevale — Venice, Italy Marco Di Lauro / Stringer / Getty When: Feb. 14–March 4 (for 2014) Where: Venice, Italy... read more

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