20 Wishes

This year has been and still is all about transformation and actualization of goals. There are quite a few things that I wanted to accomplish not necessarily in the year 2012. but certainly before I turn 25. I created what most call a “Bucket List” a few years ago–around 2009 maybe–  after I read a book called 20 Wishes, by author Debbie Macomber.  Oddly, I initially had a very hard time coming up with 20 wishes; this made me uneasy, so I began my list with simple things like “Let my nails grow,” and gradually what was intended to be a list of only 20 wishes, grew to over 100 wishes with target ages for achievement.

In dedication to the book, I decided to keep the title of “20 Wishes,” as “Bucket List” does not suit my fancy due to the fact that for me the word “bucket” is associated with hoards of scaled fish collected from family fishing trips years ago. “20 Wishes” just sounds more dainty and feminine, and I like that. It also works well because a majority of the items on this wish list are things I hope to accomplish in my twenties 🙂

That which has been achieved in 2012 is in bold

——————————————–By Graduation——————————–
1. Volunteer [at least] 1000 hours
2. Get my license 
3. Start going to weekly bible study
4. Not be shy about dancing in public  2012
5. Go to a Poetry Bar/Lounge
6. Help children who are terminally ill and make them happy
7. Play a sport/game in the rain
8. Have an extreme pillow fight  2012
9. Make someone smile
10. Understand American Football
11. Try the world’s hottest hot sauce
12. Become a Big Sister (mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters o.A.)
13. Join the American Red Cross Rescue Team
14. Let my nails grow
15. Take a picture of at least one thing everyday
16. Re-Start the tradition of volunteering at a food shelter on Thanksgiving
17. Balance: Money, Time, Work/Pleasure

18. Learn to be present in the moment 2012

19. Move off campus 2012

20. Decorate my apartment 2012 Still in progress, but it’s coming along 🙂

21. Learn to stop worrying and TRUST GOD 2012

——————————————————By 23——————————————–
1. Find and achieve my own definition of happiness and success
2. Study in Europe   2012 studied abroad in Paris this past semester
3. Intern  2012 currently working as a marketing intern
4. Graduate (undergrad)—Magna Cum Laude
5. Go to Grad/Law School
6. Forgive both my dad and my step mom
7. Do something special with Kourtney—make sure that she knows she’s loved
8. Start spending more time with Kourtney and my dad
9.Make history
10. Learn to whistle normally and with two fingers (like they do at games in the movies)
11. Go to New Orleans Burbon Street 2012
12. Re-make a funny music video and upload it to Youtube
13. Learn my way around DC
14. Get a full body massage
15. Learn the techniques of a masseuse
16. Visit the LOVE Park in Philly
17. Sing Karaoke in front of a crowd
18. Eat a Magnolia Bakery cup cake
19. Go Green
20. Be a coffee girl (for like a week…not permanently)
21. Drive a Stick Shift (Car with a manual transmission )
22. Start Recycling
23. Fix my family
24. Ride a Bull (electronic)
25. Learn Arabic
26. Go on a date where all we do is go for a walk, talk, and get ice cream 
27. Make breakfast with someone 2012
28. Learn Photo Shop
29. Take up Yoga or Pilates
30. Do something really special for my birthday
31. Go snowboarding 2012
32. Kiss and be kissed on New Years
33. Construct something from clay and paint it
34. Visit the Museum of Natural History in NY
35. Visit Coney Island
36. Eat at the Serendipity Café
37. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
38. Visit the Empire State Building Observation Deck
39. Visit Ellis Isle
40. Go to the top of the Statue of Liberty
41. Eat at “Cafeteria” and “Monsoon” in NYC
42. Go on a really unique and fun date 2012
43. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
44. Toast with and drink a cosmopolitan/champagne on my 21st birthday 
45. Kiss and be kissed under mistletoe
46. Shop at the “Unclaimed Baggage Center” in Scottsdale, AL
47. Visit the Botanical Gardens in NY
48. Wrap all of my Christmas gifts
49. Ice Skate in Bryant Park
50. Master Modern [dance]

51. Take up photography
——————————————-BY/FROM 25-40(s) —————————————
1. Graduate from Grad/Law School
2. Have a career [title]
3. Race in a race car
4. Learn how to spin a basketball on one finger
5. Give or receive a shout-out on the radio
6. Master my craft
7. Take a nap at “Yelo” in NYC
8. Learn how to DJ
9. Skinny-dip in Tahiti
10. Lay in a canopy
11. Go to a dessert bar
12. Go to a chocolate bar (even though I don’t really like chocolate..)
13. Participate in a food fight (not extreme—powdery substances, flour etc.)
14. Drive with no destination 2012
15. Shower in a waterfall
16. Attend the Tribeca Film Festival
17. Buy silk sheets 2012
18. Brew Tea from loose leaves
19. Steer/Drive a boat

21. Translate for the UN
22. Be genuinely happy and trusting in a relationship 2012
23. Receive flowers for no reason. 2012
24. Be serenaded to on my birthday
25. Be comfortable holding hands with my significant other 2012
26. Know what it feels like to be unfoolishly smitten  2012
27. Sub-For-Santa for a needy family
28. Make dinner with someone  2012
29. Attend and NCAA Final Four Tournament
30. Be a MOH (Maid of Honor) 2012
31. Be a Brides mate
32. Learn to play a song on the acoustic and electric guitar
33. Play the drums
34. Adopt a European Lifestyle 2012
35. Try a burger from the “Heart Attack Grill” in Chandler, AZ (just to see if it’s as good as I’ve heard
36. Get a dog
37. Take a cooking class
38. Go to Columbia  or Cuba(Country)
39. Go to Rio’s Lapa District
40. Go Jet Skiing
41. Go to a wedding  2012
42. Throw a surprise party for someone
43. Give something needed to a struggling stranger 2012 
44. Go to my High School reunion
45. Have an overwhelmingly romantic moment 2012
46. Buy a loft with a view
47. Spend Christmas in New York
48. Make a great holiday meal for my family
49. Stay for a night at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
50. Go to an extravagant roof top party
51. Try my hand at broadcast journalism
52. Interview a celebrity or be interviewed
53. Dance with my closest friends
54. Spend two years in L.A.
55. Visit the Eiffel Tower  2012
56. Crash a wedding…or two =)
57. Start a Column
58. Make a really extravagant and difficult dish/meal 2012
59. Buy a home
60. Buy a huge trampoline
61. Find/Meet my soul mate
62. Fall in love 2012d
63. Get Married
64. Give birth to and raise two healthy children
65. Adopt a baby and raise him/her as my own
66. Build a tree house with my family for my children
67. Involve my children in extracurricular activities
68. Start and maintain a blog 2012
69. Have season tickets to the NY Giants
70. Put my children through college
71. Learn American Sign Language 2012 (in progress)learning from Gary now

72. Get my phD
————————————————-BY 50(s) ———————————————
1. Learn how to toss [a] pizza (dough)
2. Learn calligraphy
3. See a Constellation
4. Learn to sculpt
5. Walk where Jesus walked in Israel and Jerusalem
6. Make pasta from scratch
7. Be sung to, or have the piano or saxophone to/for me. 2012
8. Master the piano
9. Learn to play the violin
10. Give a rousing, touching, meaningful toast
11. Buy my mom a boat
12. Stay in an Ice Hotel
13. Visit Nepal and Spin Prayer Wheels
14. Go on a Safari
15. Go to Bali
16. Visit the Taj Mahal
17. Get real a henna tattoo
18. Have either box or floor seats at a Lakers game
19. Help someone in rehab
20. Attend an Auction at Christie’s [Auction house]
21. Make Strawberry Wine
22. Star my own business
23. Attend Fashion Week in New York City, Milan, and Paris
24. Live oversees as an adult
25. Be named as someone’s God Mother
26. Be a missionary overseas for a summer/ year
27. Become the editor-in-chief of a popular Women’s Magazine—preferably Marie Claire
28. Design my own home and have it built
29. Fill my passport
30. Raise my children to be *at least* tri-lingual
31. Start “eNola”
32. Start an AIDS charity
33. Open a boutique where the proceeds go towards AIDS
34. Donate money to a Hospital
35. Write [a] book(s) (at least 1 Best Seller)
36. Model in a professional show
—————————————————FOR LIFE——————————————-

**Somethings under this subheading will never be crossed off as they are intended to be ongoing.**
1. Stay spiritually grounded
2. Please God
3. Make my mom proud
4. Love ALL of me
5. Maintain my own definition of happiness and success
6. Be as great of a grandmother as my Grandma is to me

7. Be a good person
8. Be a good Christian
9. Be a supportive friend
10. [upon marriage] Be a great wife
11. [upon motherhood]Be a great mother
12. Progressively improve both my own, and my family’s style of living. And my way of being.
13. Stay in contact with friends
14. Make children laugh
15. Make people feel loved, and special
16. Receive a real hug
17. Be more face-to-face instead of always relying on  technology 2012
18. Let my hair grow out
19. Play a sport in the rain
20. Fulfill someone’s wish
21. Innocent, unbroken, happiness
22. Make someone genuinely happy
23. Pillow Talk 2012
24. Maintain and improve my flexibility
25. Give an amazing massage 2012
26. Make someone smile 2012
27. Ride the fastest and tallest roller coasters in the country
28. Surf
29. Read at LEAST one good, inspiring book per year
30. Take pictures at all of my most joyous moments 2012
31. Find pleasure in little things 2012
32. Buy a Mac
33. [starting when I get married] Have a happy Marriage, one that lasts—stay married
34. Be as a great of a mother as my mother has been to me
35. Be present at all of my children’s events
36. Fill my family’s passport
37. Keep my life adventurous and not routine
38. Go natural  
39. Make a Difference. Leave a mark.

————————————-DOWN THE LINE—————————————
1. Donate Organs upon death
2. Save [a] life
3. Leave money for my family and charity

4.Participate in Nanowrimo (www.nanowrimo.org )

5. Finish the list