Life List

I started my Bucket List in 2008. My life was full of change, and I was finally starting to see myself for who I was and who I wanted to be. I was feeling really positive about the future, and I just started jotting down things I wanted to happen. Then came the movie The Bucket List, which helped me realize all those little notes were just the beginning of my very own Bucket List.

To be accomplished/Works in Progress:

  • skydive
  • have and raise healthy, happy, respectful and intelligent children (working on it with Wolverine)
  • teach at the college/university level
  • sing the National Anthem in Fenway Park
  • sunbathe naked
  • go horseback riding
  • ride in a gondola under the Bridge of Sighs in Venis, Italy
  • ride an elephant
  • go to at least one Red Sox game a year (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • attend the ALDS, ALCS and World Series if the Sox are playing (Went to ALCS with Amy in 2008; ALDS with Mr. O and Wolverine in 2013)
  • grape stomping to make wine
  • ride in a hot air balloon
  • be in two places at one time
  • meet Nicholas Sparks
  • complete as many 101 in 1001 projects as possible consecutively (Current project:10/2/11 to 6/28/14 and first project was 1/3/09 to 10/1/11)
  • do a boudoir photo shoot
  • fill up a passport before it expires
  • go paint-balling
  • have my own consultation business for event planning and design
  • donate to a charity I believe in at least once per year (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • Visit all 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,  New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Accomplished Items:

  • completed my first 101 in 1001 project on 10/1/2011
  • swim with a dolphin (June 2009- Mexico)
  • go on a cruise (May 30-June 6, 2009- Western Carribean)
  • shoot a gun at a shooting range (October 2008 in GA with the Emersons)
  • meet Jodi Picoult (March 2009)
  • pet an alligator again (first time was approx 2002. The next time I held one in August 2012)
  • get an MFA in Creative Writing (graduated in July 2012)
  • write a book  (August 2012; technically I could count this done as my thesis is a bound book, but I’d still like to publish a book! )
  • marry a kind, trustworthy man who loves me and our children (June 14, 2014)
  • stay at an all inclusive resort (June 2014)

Things that weren’t on the list, but I’m proud of:

  • Start a literary journal! (Launched December 2012)
  • recorded a CD (August 2006)
  • go to Dialogue in the Dark in Atlanta (October 2008)
  • did the Polar Bear Plunge (1/1/11- CT, 1/1/12- RI, 1/1/13- MA)


  1. Lexah says:

    Hey Erin… This list of yours is really awesome and a great idea. I just started a “22 Things to Do in the Year of 22” List. By the way, I love how you have “be in two places at one time” and “meet Nicholas Sparks” right next to each other. Let me know when you are going to meet him, if you need a buddy to tag along 😉

    • erin says:

      Lexah, yesterday (3/29), I found out that Nicholas Sparks did a public reading at Bridgewater State College, which is SO NOT FAR AT ALL from my house. Did I mention he did the reading the night before (3/28). If I’d known 12 hours earlier, I could have gone. BOOOOO.

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