would you ever...?

now that my thesis is behind me (minus a few last edits) and i am inching closer and closer to the end of my academic career (for now, at least) i have been thinking a lot about what is next. what type of position do i want to accept? what are my goals for my future. you know, 

what do i want to do with my life?

i can't tell you how many people have asked me this question lately. do i enjoy being asked this question? no comment. 

but it does get me thinking... 

all that thinking about what i want to do with my life has made me daydream a bit about what i want to do IN my life. like, before i die. do you have a bucket list? what kinds of things are on it? here are some of mine. would you ever do any of them?

in no particular order:

-go skinny dipping (preferably at night).
-get published.
-climb Kilimanjaro.
-be an auntie to some darling little (half) rwandan children.
-be a mamma (heavy on the "someday"). 
-dream in italian.
-visit new zealand and meet all of those kiwis adam adores. and their cute kiwi babies. and backpack around the south island with him.
-take a trip on a sailboat. already got my captain picked out.
-read this book and this book, by Ayn Rand.
-learn to scuba dive.
-own a porch with a porch swing. sit on that swing a lot.
-see this band play in their home country, iceland.
-live in Charlottesville again (starting tomorrow, if possible).
-teach high schoolers about global health and how much bigger the world is than they realize.
-live on the water, own a little sail boat (hobie cat?), and sail a lot with my hubs. (and pup?) 

what are some things you dream of doing? would you ever do any of these things? 


  1. love the list! One of mine is to hold/play with/own(?) a miniature animal, I know it's silly! (http://www.thefrisky.com/photos/the-smallest-of-the-small-tktk-baby-miniature-animals/animals_041012_m/)

    1. the baby hipppppooo! so cute. i love that this is on your list. :)

  2. I highly recommend skinny-dipping, and scuba diving, at night! (I haven't tried scuba in the nude, but you could get crazy with that if you like.)

  3. great list! ...and sorry I am a culprit for asking! Sounds like you have a lot of great things to choose from. :)

  4. Kilimanjaro-do it! Ayn Rand- fountainhead is my favorite. Only book I have finished and immediately started reading again. I've read it 4 times. Sigor Ros- please take me with you, that is totally on my list. Trip on a sailboat-- I know a great place to go sailing... :-)

    I've knocked a few off my list-- ride a camel, go to Burkina Faso, live aboard a sailboat, go sky diving, go bungee jumping. I still want to see the aurora borealis, ride in a hot air balloon, and sail around the world!

    Love the 'bucket list'

  5. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com


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