Before I Die….

Yesterday, my uncle and I spent the day at the most amazing farmers market in all the land!

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The West Side Market, right here in Cleveland! I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. I could’ve spent hours there, but it wasn’t in my cards since I have 54239 assignments due each day. (…Or at least that’s what it feels like)

I saw this wall when we were out last weekend and I meant to write on it and take a picture. I’m so so so glad we saw it again so I could share it with you guys!

Note: This blog post gets pretty deep.

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I shared this photo on my Instagram yesterday and listed my top 5:

1. Inspire others through my blog 
2. Finish my bucket list
3. Be the reason someone wants to wake up in the morning 
4. Travel the world
5. Be so happy that it makes others want to do the same

As I sat there staring at the wall trying to figure out what to write, I was at a loss for words. If you know me, you know I’m a really deep thinker, so the whole “ride an elephant” idea just didn’t suffice (although I would like to ride an elephant some day :-).) That’s why my #2 says finish my bucket list… I’m not kidding when I tell you that I have a running bucket list that I keep in my phone. I’m constantly updating it as I think of new, crazy ideas.

To share a few items on my bucket list:

  • Skydiving in the Grand Canyon – Although I’ve already been skydiving, I’m a huge nature lover. I’d ultimately love to get my skydiving license someday. World traveling + skydiving? Count me in!
  • Visit a third world country and genuinely pour my heart & soul into helping out
  • Climb Mount Everest… I dream big, huh? 😉
  • Compete in a triathlon
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Go to Mardi Gras!
  • Cruise to Alaska (and Europe, for that matter)

And a few things that I’ve been able to check off my bucket list include: Snorkeling in the Cayman Islands; Zip lining in Cozumel, Mexico; Skydiving; Country concert (checked this off about 5 times now…); Cruise

I’d really like to emphasize #3 and #5 on my list. I think it is so, SO important to give back what you were so blessed to have. I want to live a life that makes others want to follow suit. I’d like to be known as someone who is always happy, always smiling and able to carry others through tough times even when she has her own problems to deal with. I want to be the reason that someone looks forward to their day (this includes friends and family & obviously someday a significant other).

I want others to want to know Jesus because of my actions and I hope to fulfill this through integrity, respect and providing unconditional love to ALL who surround me… Friends and strangers alike. It only takes ONE PERSON, ONE WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT to make someone’s day. My goal each day is to fill others up with so much love that, in turn, they do the same for someone else. I’m not perfect, but it’s an effort I make daily. After all, this life isn’t about US. It’s about helping other people. 

What would you write on the wall?

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10 thoughts on “Before I Die….

  1. wow! love this post and love you being so open about God. ( mentioning Jesus’ name in a not-swearing way took a lot and i thank you for it!) keep up your blog and keep shining! ❤

  2. ‘I want others to know Jesus because of my actions’…..I absolutely love that.
    I personally wouldn’t know what to write, I have so many ideas floating around in my head, it would be hard to choose. One thing I have always wanted to do was participate in a flash mob though.

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