Bucket List

I made some goals, resolutions, and general I-would-like-to-do-this for 2011 ~ follow along as I try to accomplish most (if not all) of them. You can see the original post here. What are your goals or resolutions for 2011? Whatever they are, I wish you luck!

Bucket List for 2011

  1. Don’t make unrealistic resolutions for 2011 – just getting that out-of-the-way early!
  2. Get a digital SLR camera….Santa came early this year! Kevin bought me a Nikon D5000 and an additional telescopic lens.
  3. Learn to use the camera, including Photoshop …went to a photography class with B and B from Bella Pop at the Kimball Art Museum
  4. Make sushi at home.
  5. Stop using “cheaters” and eat sushi with REAL chopsticks! Thanks to JB at Blue Saki in Fort Worth, I used “real” sticks on 09/12/2011….woot woot!
  6. Successfully pass the PPR exam for my permanent teaching certificate in Texas…took the test 01/26/11, score was sent 02/24/11 and the result is: PASSED!!!!!!!!! 
  7. Become a certified teacher in Texas. received my “standard” teaching certificate July 1, 2011
  8. Contribute the maximum amount to a Roth IRA account
  9. Make a list. Then complete it.
  10. Tithe $5,000 to my church, First United Methodist Church in Joshua
  11. Participate in an international mission trip ~ Went to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with nine others from my church. You can read about our travels by visiting the team blog and my personal posts here, here, here, here, here and here. It was a life-changing experience.
  12. Complete a Bible study
  13. Continue my book blog and read 30 books in 2011 (I attempted this in 2010 but only read a third of my goal because of situational circumstances – new role at church, full-time teaching – but I love to read and I am committed to reading as many books as possible.)
  14. Increase traffic and visibility on my blog, 27 & Counting
  15. Remodel our master bathroom…our bathroom underwent a major over-haul and looks amazing. I’m one lucky girl!
  16. Replace the carpet throughout our house (just three bedrooms)
  17. Replace countertops in kitchen and utility room
  18. Keep my house clean(er)
  19. Host a few get-togethers throughout the year Super Bowl XLV (02.06.2011) at my house with Genesis Youth Group; hosted a Recipe Swap and Potluck Luncheon on 03.14.11, but it was pretty much an epic failure (for details, click here), hosted a Dinner Party for the Haiti Mission Team on Friday, June 10 and nine people attended; played Hostess With the Mostess for Kim Hulsey and her mom, sister, and neice the weekend of July 30 as they were in town for wedding planning stuff; hosted a BOOK CLUB GATHERING September 17 with 10 ladies in attendance, all interested in starting a book club
  20. Develop 5 blogging skills that I never knew 1. purchased a premium blog template design and successfully inserted all my posts, pages, and links
  21. Travel to a state or country I’ve never been to ~ Haiti Mission Trip (August 3 – 11)
  22. Go to Kentucky at least twice (Trip #1 – Flew to KY to spend Spring Break, March 12 – 17; Trip #2 – Flew to KY and spent countless hours in the garden, corn patch, and Tapp Lake trying to cool off, July 20 – 30; Trip #3 – Flew to KY for the Simpson/Steele Wedding, spent a few days with the Tapp’s on the farm, and enjoyed the cooler weather, Sept20 – 30)
  23. Participate on a building team for Habitat for Humanity
  24. Send birthday and anniversary cards to at least 50 people I’m adjusting this because I’ve also been sending “funny cards” to friends and blog readers as a just-because gesture…..you can read about it here and here.
  25. Send Christmas cards (I usually do this, but did not in 2010 and I got harassed by all my friends – so I am committing to getting this done in 2011 so people will be nice to me)
  26. Eat at the Brownstone Restaurant in Fort Worth (executive chef Casey Thompson was a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef)
  27. Dinner at Eddie V’s in Fort Worth
  28. Romantic weekend getaway for our 4th anniversary (click here or here to read about our anniversary, it was NOTHING spectacular!!!!!!!)
  29. Tour “Jerry’s World” – also known as Cowboys Stadium – in Arlington, Texas
  30. Purchase a new couch and finish decorating the living room and entryway
  31. Continue blogging with Mrs. H and 27 & Counting…had 500th visitor at 27 & Counting on 02.06.2011 – I’m super excited!
  32.  Try a new recipe once a month for an entire year…and post the recipe and results on my blog
  33. Donate to a charity or non-profit organization
  34. Create a project at The Art Barn Studio besides pottery (i.e. Barn Art, tile mosaic, silver jewelry, etc.)


  1. On my bucket list for this year was hiking up to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) near Stavanger, Norway. I made it last Saturday, but these 60-year-old bones and muscles paid a price! Google it. You won’t believe the pictures!

  2. You will soon be able to check off # 19 & i want to do # 21 too!

  3. What a great list, and putting it out here… major accountability! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love your bucket list. Congrats on passing your test! I admire your goal for tithing. My husband and I tithe each month and try to do a little more each year. We have never been able to be as much of a blessing to others as we have blessed. God is good!

    I hope that my husband and I can go on a mission trip in the next couple of years after our two youngest are finished with college. Until then…that’s where every extra dollar goes these days.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing such kind words! The test definitely gave me anxiety, but in the end it was a success. The tithing goal I’ve set for myself is high, but I will try to get as close as I can. I’m really looking forward to the mission trip this summer to Haiti. I served on a youth mission trip last summer and it was incredible, such a blessing to serve others in need. I know Haiti is going to be difficult on several levels, but I need to get out of my comfort zone.

      Blessings to you and your family. :>)

  5. postadaychallenge2011 says:

    Congrats! On the goals you have accomplished. I have yet to get a list together. 🙂

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