Bucket List

Things to Do Before I Die:
Because life’s too short to waste.

REVISED 10:59PM, 10/28/2015

Currently, I am participating in the JET program as an English teacher in Japan. (This was on my bucket list a few years ago, and now I’m living my dream!)

Here are my goals while I`m here:

  1. Be the best ALT that my school has ever seen
    1. How can I do that?
      1. Integrate myself into the school
        1. Play sports with the kids
        2. Eat lunch in the classrooms
        3. Push myself to talk to as many teachers/students possible
      2. Learn Japanese
        1. Try to make friends with teachers
  2. Stay healthy
    1. Continue to drink green smoothies daily
    2. Keep my pescatarian life!
    3. Have a 95% plant based diet 
      1. (My diet is inspired by a book called ‘The Blue Zones Solution’)
    4. Play sports or work out 3-6 times per week
  3. Explore Japan
    1. Make a lot of friends!
    2. Travel as much as possible!
      1. But also stay grounded in my awesome apartment. (Come visit!)

General Goals (in the next 5-10-20 years)

1. Do a road trip across the USA, stopping to car camp, hike, and rock climb
2. Do a multi-pitch climb in Yosemite or somewhere equally inspiring
3. Do a big hike in the USA, possibly the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail
4. Go busking and sell my own CD!
5. Volunteer on Farms around Europe for at least 6 months.
 Visit friends in Germany, France, Holland, Finland, Estonia. Couchsurf, hitchhike, camp
6.  Learn Spanish and live in South America. Visit friends, volunteer, teach English, travel alone, visit Patagonia, sustainable communities.
7. Learn Chinese and travel in China for 6 months or a year. Yangshuo, Guilin, Tibet. Visit Mongolia, Trans Siberian Railway.
8. Learn yoga and meditation in India at the Sivananda Ashram, trek with my dad in Nepal
9. Live and work in Portland, Oregon (or Seattle, or Boston, or some cool American city)
10. Visit my parents for at lest 2 weeks of every year in Santa Barbara
11. Visit my sister for at least 2 weeks of every year wherever she is

General Knowledge I Would Like to Learn:

1. How to make balloon animals (I’m not kidding.)
2. Nutrition, healthy eating, recipes, cooking, veganism, raw food, etc.
3. Meditation, breathing, yoga, relaxation techniques, etc.
4. Any kind of healing art: massage, reiki, chiropractic, reflexology…
5. ANY LANGUAGE but first focus on Japanese and Spanish
6. Graphic design, website design, HTML coding
7. How to start a non-profit, grant writing
8. Business, finance, etc
9. Hula hoop tricks

When I “Settle Down” (Not For AT LEAST 10 Years)

1. Have places to live in multiple countries
2.  Have my own garden, goat, bees, and compost toilet
3. Be in a bluegrass, folk, indie, or any kind of band
4. Continue to swing dance, play ultimate frisbee, and do all the things I love: yoga, meditation, painting, art, learning, philanthropy…

What I’ve Already Accomplished (in no particular order. Click the links to see photos.)

1. Did a solo motorcycle trip in Taiwan
2. Done some epic multi-day hikes in New Zealand – the Routeburn, Greenstone Caples, Mount Aspiring, Stewart Island
3. Visited the house that my great grandmother grew up in
4. Graduated from university – and had a great time doing it!
5. Kayaked and rock-climbed in Vietnam
6. Volunteered to teach english twice in Southeast Asia – Cambodia and Indonesia
7. Traveled with my mom in Australia and Thailand
8. Went on a road trip with some awesome people in New Zealand
9. Was part of an amazing ultimate frisbee team in Santa Cruz
10. Went skydiving in Northland, New Zealand – see the video!
11. Get paid to travel and write – just getting started on my career!
12. Partied with my friend Sajira in Manila, the Philippines
13. Lived at a raw food detox retreat in the Philippines



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