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What’s On Your Bucket List?

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For those seeking out mentors, we often only think about seeking a mentor for professional aspirations, but mentors can be helpful in shaping life experiences as well.  I find having a “Bucket List” is helpful in identifying experiential goals and creating the life you want.

I decided to create a Bucket List to help me get clear on what I wanted out of life and mentor others to do the same. As of today, I have completed 70 items on the list, which was created eleven years ago.  This activity forced me to decide what I wanted and provide me with a vision to really work toward.  I would love to know what experiences and activities are on your list!

Here is my list:

  1. SKYDIVE
  2. GO ON VACATION BY MYSELF
  3. WRITE A BOOK
  4. GO TO TIMES SQUARE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE
  5. HAVE LUNCH IN ITALY
  6. SWIM WITH DOLPHINS.
  7. SEE THE GRAND CANYON
  8. GO TO HAWAII
  9. GO INDOOR SKYDIVING
  10. SEE THE WHITE HOUSE
  11. LEARN TO ROLLER BLADE
  12. SET UP A SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR SINGLE MOTHERS
  13. KISS SOMEONE AT THE TOP OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
  14. LEARN TO BARTEND
  15. FALL HOPELESSLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY IN LOVE
  16. GO TO THE SUPER BOWL
  17. SEE NIAGARA FALLS
  18. VACATION WITH MY MOTHER AND SISTER
  19. DO A BUNGEE JUMP
  20. GO SCUBA DIVING
  21. VISIT THE EIFFEL TOWER
  22. GO ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI
  23. WALK ON THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
  24. RIDE ON THE TROLLEY IN SAN FRANCISCO
  25. SPEND A WHOLE DAY WATCHING OLD MOVIES IN BED
  26. PLAY IN A TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT
  27. DANCE IN THE RAIN
  28. KISS THE BLARNEY STONE IN IRELAND
  29. LEARN TO GOLF
  30. SPEND A WHOLE DAY READING A GREAT NOVEL
  31. VOLUNTEER IN A SOUP KITCHEN
  32. SLEEP UNDER THE STARS
  33. RENT A CABIN IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
  34. TAKE A COOKING CLASS
  35. BECOME A CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR
  36. LEARN TO BALLROOM DANCE
  37. GO WHITEWATER RAFTING
  38. REVISIT THE FAMILY HOME I GREW UP IN
  39. START MY OWN NONPROFIT.
  40. VISIT GROUND ZERO
  41. RIDE IN A HOT AIR BALOON
  42. GET A MASTER’S DEGREE
  43. HAVE MY PALM READ
  44. TAKE A PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS
  45. RIDE A MECHANICAL BULL
  46. ROAD TRIP ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  47. FLY FIRST CLASS
  48. OWN A DREAM CAR
  49. GROW A VEGETABLE GARDEN
  50. TAKE A ROAD TRIP WITH A GIRLFRIEND
  51. TOUR A CASTLE
  52. VISIT THE MALDIVES
  53. HAVE MY PORTRAIT PAINTED
  54. GO SAILING
  55. STAY IN A BED AND BREAKFAST
  56. SING KARAOKE
  57. DANCE ON STAGE
  58. SHOP ON RODEO DRIVE
  59. GO ON A CELEBRITY STAR TOUR IN HOLLYWOOD
  60. ATTEND A LIVE TAPING OF THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW.
  61. SPEND A DAY AT THE SPA BY MYSELF
  62. TAKE A FLYING LESSON
  63. GO HORSEBACK RIDING
  64. BE AN EXTRA IN A FILM
  65. MENTOR SOMEONE
  66. RIDE A GONDOLA IN ITALY
  67. WATCH MY DAUGHTER GET MARRIED
  68. WITNESS THE BIRTH OF MY FIRST GRANDCHILD
  69. GO TO THE MOVIE THEATER BY MYSELF
  70. REDECORATE MY HOUSE TO MY TASTE
  71. HAVE MY CAR DETAILED
  72. SPEND A YEAR TRAVELING
  73. LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  74. GO ON A $1000 CLOTHING SHOPPING SPREE FOR MYSELF
  75. RUN A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
  76. GO ON A TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES
  77. DYE MY HAIR RED
  78. SEE A BASEBALL GAME AT FENWAY PARK
  79. SEE A BROADWAY SHOW IN NEW YORK
  80. SEE DAVE MATTHEWS IN CONCERT
  81. GO TO THE SAN DIEGO ZOO
  82. SEE MY SON GRADUATE COLLEGE
  83. RESEARCH MY GENEOLOGY
  84. BUILD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH MY FATHER
  85. AUDITION FOR A PLAY
  86. SEE THE EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS
  87. HELP SECURE A MILLION DOLLAR GIFT
  88. HELP ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES GET PROMOTED
  89. MARRY MY SOULMATE
  90. BE A FOSTER PARENT
  91. SEE MY NAME ON A BUILDING
  92. THROW A HUGE PARTY AS A SINGLE PERSON
  93. HOST A THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR 30
  94. TAKE A SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
  95. SHOOT A GUN
  96. GO PARASAILING.
  97. ATTEND MARDI GRAS.
  98. LEARN HOW TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE
  99. TAKE A SURFING LESSON
  100. ENJOY A NAPA VALLEY WINE TOUR
Alison Martin

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Alison Martin-Books is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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