Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Before It's Too Late"

(by the Goo Goo Dolls)



"I wander through fiction to look for the truth
Buried beneath all the lies
And I stood at a distance
To feel who you are
Hiding myself in your eyes

Chorus:
Hold on before it's too late
We'll run 'til we leave this behind
Don't fall, just be who you are
It's all that we need in our lives

And the risk that might break you
Is the one that would save
A life you don't live is still lost
So stand on the edge with me
Hold back your fear and see
Nothing is real 'til it's gone

Chorus

So live like you mean it
Love 'til you feel it
It's all that we need in our lives
So stand on the edge with me
Hold back your fear and see
Nothing is real 'til it's gone

Chorus..."

On somewhat of a monumental birthday (or at least half-way between two of them!) & inspired by my friend Laura's Livin' Large List, I decided to make a list of 35 things I'd like to do before I die. As I accomplish these things, I will blog about them & add links, of course! I may even add to this list as things come up, because I don't want to limit myself! OH THE PLACES I WILL GO:
  1. Visit our friends in England
  2. Go on a cruise with my mister
  3. Take the kids to Disney World
  4. Re-visit Los Angeles, CA
  5. Enjoy a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity3 in New York City
  6. Smell the wonderful scent of chocolate in the air at HersheyPark
  7. Meet Amos (the child we sponsor in Kenya)
  8. See the Grand Canyon
  9. Drink coffee at Cafe Du Monde (French Market location) in New Orleans
  10. Walk where Jesus walked in the Holy Land
  11. Go to a luau in Hawaii
  12. Take the family to White Sands & Carlsbad Caverns (like I did every summer as a kid)
  13. Drive to the geographic center of Texas
  14. Stay at Brooke's rental cabin in Tennessee
  15. Take my whole family to India
MORE BANG FOR OUR BUCK: (Yes, this looks an awful lot like Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps):
  1. Pay off ALL of our remaining debt (medical & taxes ~ ugh!)
  2. Build up our 3 to 6 month emergency fund
  3. Invest 15% of our income
  4. Open up 529s for the kids
  5. Pay off our house
  6. Be free to give generously to organizations like the Oasis of Hollywood when they have a need
CRAFTY GOODNESS:
  1. Learn to make some cool jewelry
  2. Get caught up on my scrapbooks
  3. Refashion that t-shirt that Jana told me about
  4. Make a quilt out of my high school t-shirts
  5. Make another quilt out of some special items (it'll remain a secret until it's done, 'cuz it's a surprise gift!)
AROUND THE HOUSE:
  1. Paint a decorative vase at a pottery place
  2. Decorate my bedroom
  3. Extend my garden across the remainder of the fence line
  4. Replace my much-loved & very worn out living room furniture
  5. Make my mister's office look great (& somewhat professional)
JUST BECAUSE IT WOULD BE COOL TO DO:
  1. Get a REAL camera (instead of just a point-and-shoot)
  2. Take a refresher course in Spanish & learn to speak it fluently
  3. Participate in a walk benefitting Ocular Melanoma research
  4. Reach the point that I've been with my mister longer than without him
  5. Learn to play the piano
  6. Cook up the perfect brownie recipe
  7. Watch a rocket launch live (preferably when my friend Misty is an astronaut)
  8. Play hide-and-seek in a corn field
Amy

4 comments:

The Messy Mom said...

Great list. I have wanted to do a list like this. If I did we would have a lot of the same stuff. You just made me realize that I have known Jeremy as long as I haven't (as of this year). I met him when I was 14. As far as being with him as husband and wife I still have 8 years to go.

Brooke said...

"32.Reach the point that I've been with my mister longer than without him"

i love this one. i'll be 53 when that happens for me!!!

Sisters Blog said...

34. Cook up the perfect brownie recipe

Let me know when you come up with that perfect brownie recipe!

love your blog ...

Connie

Laura said...

Amy, I LOVE your list and you've inspired me to add some new categories and items to mine! We'll have to help each other cross some off of our own lists, both with accountability and a few excursions!