In 2009, I heard a motivational speaker who challenged me to make a detailed, specific list of “Outrageous Goals,” aka a Bucket List.  I was 37 at the time, so I listed 37 travel-related goals that seemed pretty far-fetched. I was desperate to get out of our remote, one-horse town in Missouri, but our travel budget had been virtually non-existent for years. I had traveled the U.S. with my parents when I was little, and I wanted that plus more for my boys… to see the world and to ride all sorts of planes, trains, boats, and taxis to get there.

It’s several years later, and Life has taken a totally unexpected turn for the better!  We’ve happily relocated to southern Utah.  My homeschooling days are over, and I’ve gone back to college to finish my French degree. Stretching myself to think beyond my present situation was the fist step to changing it. I’m incredibly grateful each time I’m able to cross something off this list.

It keeps evolving over time, as I remove things that no longer seem as interesting and add others I discover. You may notice it reads a little like a Rick Steves travel show – maybe cliché, but who cares? And there’s lots of food involved, because that’s just how I roll!

My “Outrageous” Travel Goals:

  1. Drive through the English contryside and be delayed by a herd of sheep crossing the road
  2. Have real English Tea in England – DONE!
  3. Go to the top of l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris – DONE!
  4. Take a lazy river cruise down the Dordogne in France, hopping on/off in small towns
  5. Enjoy a gondola ride down the Grand Canal of Venice
  6. Cruise down the Rhine River and eat giant pretzels in Germany
  7. Climb a pyramid in Mexico
  8. Tour lighthouses and eat fresh lobster in Maine
  9. Present to my kids their high school diplomas – One down, one to go!
  10. Learn to play pétanque with the old French guys wearing berets near the Eiffel Tower
  11. Walk through a lavender field in Provence
  12. Attend a French-language immersion program in France
  13. Stay at an Italian villa and help harvest grapes
  14. Climb the stairs on the Eiffel Tower – DONE!
  15. Visit Monet’s studio in Giverny & walk across the Japanese bridge – DONE!
  16. Speak fluent French with no trace of American accent (this will be a lifelong pursuit!)
  17. Ride the London Eye – DONE!
  18. Send Wyatt to China or Japan for his high school graduation gift – DONE!
  19. Visit Montréal & Quebec and learn to understand the French Canadian accent
  20. Visit Boston in the fall and have crab cakes
  21. Fly first class – anywhere!
  22. See the Bayeux Tapestry in France – DONE!
  23. Do a fall foliage tour and maple syrup festival in Vermont
  24. Teach French classes to homeschoolers
  25. Temporarily work at a streetside crêperie making crêpes for happy people
  26. Stroll through a lemon tree grove in Amalfi
  27. Drive over the Millau Viaduct in southern France
  28. Do a stint working at a French farm or chateau making cheese
  29. Invent a brilliant board game or software for teaching French
  30. Live in Paris for 6 months to a year
  31. Mind the gap” while getting on the Tube in London – DONE!
  32. Ride a boat inside the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri
  33. Take my boys to Lego Land (in England) – DONE!
  34. Teach baking classes online (to fund travel goals) – DONE!
  35. Visit Prince Edward Island, Canada and see an Anne of Greene Gables play
  36. Attend baking/cooking classes in Paris – DONE! here’s one of them
  37. Eat crêpes in Normandy/Brittany – DONE!
  38. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea, on the Côte d’Azur
  39. Visit every state in the USA
  40. Eat an omelet on Mont St. Michel
  41. Lead an educational trip to France for homeschool families and/or lifelong learners
  42. Sing “Sur le pont d’Avignon” on the real Pont d’Avignon in France
  43. Go island hopping in Greece
  44. Be one of those crazy, “blue-haired” ladies who travel in groups when I’m old

How about you? I’d love to hear about your Bucket List, whether you’ve done any of it or not. Don’t be afraid to dream too big — make it OUTRAGEOUS!

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