My bucket list

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There are some things in life that are always evolving and changing. One of those things for me has been my bucket list. I’ve put things on this list, checked some things off it, and feel like it’s always a work in progress. What do I want to do next type of thing. Without further ado..

  • Go skydiving (again)
  • Visit Taiwan with Joyce
  • Visit Australia and New Zealand (find the hobbits)
  • Visit Egypt/pyramids
  • Help those in need in my local community
  • Help those in need overseas – thinking Africa but open to where-ever God leads me.
  • Run a sub 5 hour marathon.
  • Run another destination race.
  • See the northern lights
  • Visit Machu Picchu.
  • Attend Comic Con.
  • Visit London, Greece, France and Spain.
  • Learn a martial art (continue my Kung Fu or find something new)
  • Learn how to meditate.
  • Learn how to practice mindfulness.
  • Fall in love.
  • Have a destination wedding.
  • Become a mom.
  • Buy a brand new car.
  • Start and own a business.
  • Work for myself.
  • Achieve financial freedom.
  • Drive Route 66
  • Go ziplining.
  • Kayak with whales
  • Run the New York Marathon
  • Go skinny dipping.
  • Volunteer abroad.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
  • Meet Gwen Stefani
  • See Gwen perform again, either solo or with No Doubt

What are your bucket list items?

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Relationships and compromise

Because without compromise no relationship would ever work out, today we are going to talk about how much of yourself you truly have to give up to make that “perfect” or (in reality) not so perfect relationship actually work. This is a perk of my always-thinking (read: overthinking) mind and also has been inspired by other people in my life who have opened up to me in regards to their relationships.

Self Love

A lot of us, as humans, are selfish. At the end of the day, we only have ourselves to rely on and love. And self-love is very important! Actually, if you don’t love yourself you won’t be able to properly love someone else. It is nearly impossible. So the very first thing you must learn to do is love and respect yourself. Without that, the relationship will consume you. You know, that “perfect” relationship with the “perfect” guy or girl. It will chew you up and spit you back out. It will destroy you, if you let it. But defend yourself with the proper mindset and it will help you grow and become a better version of yourself.

But on the other side of the same token, if you’re too selfish and focused on yourself that relationship will shrivel up and die. And you’ll be left with just yourself again, wondering what went wrong since you seemed to be doing fine the entire time.

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You have to find the right balance between yourself and your significant other. You have to compromise the right amount, and spend the right amount of time together (growing together) but also still have time for yourself and your hobbies/passions. And sometimes those passions and hobbies will overlap, but you still have to have your own interests so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the other person. As humans, it is important that we feel a few things as listed below.

  • Unique. We want to feel special, like there is no one else like us.
  • Loved. We want to feel wanted by others, their love validates us that we are lovable.
  • Strong/Independent. We don’t want to feel weak or that we have to depend on someone else to live our lives the way we want to.

But what about me?

With all this in mind, there will be sacrifices and compromises that we will have to make to be with someone. While the idea of there being “the one” perfect person for us is nice, it isn’t true. Instead of hoping/waiting for the perfect person to fit ever so perfectly into your life, you should create a list or two to help narrow down your choices (plenty of fish) so that you can find someone to work towards having a healthy relationship with. The lists that I created that have helped me are the two below:

  1. A list of ten deal-breakers. If the guy I’m dating doesn’t meet all ten, I move on.
  2. A list ofΒ red flags. Everyone has luggage, no one is perfect, but after going through my marriage, my husband cheating/living a double life, and my divorce I learned which red flags I won’t accept. If these pop up, bye felicia.

Are you in a healthy relationship? One that helps you be a better person? If not, perhaps you should make these lists and re-assess that relationship and what you’re looking for in a significant other. Feel free to comment below your deal breakers or any red flags that make you leave. And let me know if you’d be interested in my lists I’ve created for my next relationship.

Orange you glad I met ya?