Wednesday, January 18

#BucketList Update pt. 1 - for another time items

Ok. So it begins. The first post in my journey to knock off as many #BucketList items I can in 2017.

There are a few on-going tasks that need to be mentioned and removed from the updates. These items for many many reasons will be future items. They are not off the table for 2017, but they are off the targeted list. There are more on the actual list, however, I like to set the bar high. And these are the once removed off the target list.

On going - These are ones that I will keep knocking out, as they are more long term items. Also, they are points of search, like the doppelgänger. -Field of Dreams Tour (4/30)
-Be a better person : will this ever end? I think not.
-Complete Motorcycle License - maybe by 2020

-Complete a half-marathon in every state (48 to go) : At my current rate - maybe 2035
-46 Fix (at 12) : At my current rate - maybe 2020
-Go to every state capital (13/50) : At my current rate - maybe 2030
-Write a book : At my current rate - maybe 2135
-Pay off D : At my current rate - maybe 2019
-Pay off S
 : At my current rate - maybe 2018
-Find my Doppelgänger : At my current rate - never-ish
-Meet Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski At my current rate - never-ish
-Meet the Kid in the Front Row At my current rate - never-ish
-Meet Arnold Schwarzenegger : At my current rate - never-ish
-Meet Bill Elliott : At my current rate - never-ish

Future? - These items are more for the future, maybe. They involve working in various areas and field whose time may have passed. They are also items that just are not on the schedule this year.

-Attend the Olympics
-Go to the State of the Union: At my current rate - never-ish
-Run for Office
-Work in CaliforniaAt my current rate - never-ish
-Work in the NY State HouseAt my current rate - never-ish

-Work in the White House
At my current rate - never-ish
-Hike the Appalachian Trail : At my current rate - maybe by 2020
-Go to Africa : At my current rate - maybe by 2020
-Go to Hawaii : At my current rate - maybe by 2020
-Go to Ireland
 : At my current rate - maybe by 2020
-Hike Mt. Washington : At my current rate - maybe by 2020
-Hike the Rockies : At my current rate - maybe by 2020
-Learn to Fly : At my current rate - maybe by 2020
-CROSS COUNTY ROAD TRIP - maybe by 2020
-Survive to see my 20 year reunion - 2025

-Go to the Daytona 500 - maybe by 2020

-Fly in the Goodyear Blimp - maybe by 2020

-Visit Red Square in Moscow - maybe by 2020

-Bike from Portsmouth to Vernon - maybe by 2020

-Civil War-gasm (don't ask)
 - maybe by 2020

Maybe too much for right now - mostly the time is not right. Too strong of emotion for some of these. Just a lot. I think that says enough.
-Watch all of How I Met Your Mother (season 9)

-Spend a day, with someone I love, in New York City

So, at the moment, these are off the list. And I am ok with that.

Sunday, January 15

Ode to Mickey Mantle

I never thought I would live this long - so why not enjoy every day.

If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.

In my mind, about 9 years ago I hit something I call the "Mickey Mantle Syndrome". I heard once that the great Mickey Mantle said  that he never thought he would live past 30, as his father and grandfather never did. Moreover, he lived as if it were his last second, every second...he drank too much, worked too hard, partied too hard; among other things. And this resonated with me.

I am not a partier, never have been. But, a workaholic I am.

In fact, I work myself into the ground.

I never thought I would live past 30. I thought I would do something, get hurt, get sick; something due to the amount of hours I was putting in. This was especially true when I was in the political world. And, if I stayed in the political world, I felt  I would not live long - and one day I figured I need to get out of this life. I thought about running away. I thought about separating from all that is good in my life. But that wouldn't have hit the note I needed to.

But, now, all I want is a future.
All I want is for more tomorrow's.
To see where the tomorrow goes.
Enjoy every single day.
Love every single day.
Seriously, I try to love every single day.

So, this is my note, my ode, the great Mickey Mantle. A man whose life steered mine in a small way.

Monday, January 9

My Yawp

"i sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world."

My Yawp
From the world. Across the land and sea.
I will send my word.
I will find a yawping stance.
I will find me and what I can be.
Louder, I will yawp like no one before.
I will picture Uncle Walt and find the Mad Man of me.
My yawp is mine, and I will embrace it.
To embrace it will equal my yawp to the world.
Finding truth that always leaves your feet cold.
My yawp.

Thursday, January 5

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken 
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
    And never breathe a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
    If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Monday, January 2

My goal for 2017 - A year focused on the Bucket List

There is a journey to be had.

There is a journey ahead of me.

I feel, I know, 2017 is going to be a good year.

However, one step further, I need to make 2017 a better one. I need to help me, find me. I need to find something a bit more than I have experienced to this point. The combination of a new year, putting myself out there and running into walls, and realizing I have just spent 30 years on this world and I want a bit more - I am going to be selfish and put a bit more in to me.

So, with that, I am marking 2017 as the year for me AND, the Bucket List (the wonderful tab to your left). I will, in some way, in some fashion, find a way to complete or update every one of them. Starting on January 1, 2017, I will randomly start updating every single one of them. Impossible. Trying. Attempting. Date to be completed. Completed. All of the above. 2017 will be the year that I focus on that list and so much more. And see where it goes.

The best part? YOU ARE INVITED. Are you interested in any piece of this? Let me know! Offer some suggestions - What am I missing? What should I be doing? Or don't join and read too much about me.

Game on for 2017.

Friday, December 30

2016 in Review

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." ~Desmond Tutu

The Key Events:
Montreal for New Years!, The Cashman Roast, Adele 25, Goodbye David Bowie, Trump and Sanders seriously?, Teaching INT 303B: Diversity Through Film, CLG 517: Group CounselingCLG 545: Cultural Context of Counseling, The Important Places, A brand New Student Association Legislation, SA Training, Navient 1-6 paid off, head under water, Goodbye Grandma Jeanette, an amazing class, Home, dropping the ball a few times over, reconciliation, Parenthood, East of Eaden, Spring Break, Cascade/Porter, Phelps, Spring is here, An incredibly grueling Gothics and Armstrong, blindsided, A countdown clock : 43 days, Friday Night Lights, The Student Association, Sun is back in Plattsburgh, JACK OLIVER KRUG, Goodbye Prince, A Crisis of Confidence, Last Desk Supervisor meeting :/, 11 days, Spring Commencement - finally, Summer Planning :), Navient 1-8 paid off, Yes, Please, Memorial Day, LG gets hitched, !!!, INTERNSHIP pt. I, Ohio Country Fest, !!!, ERIC CHURCH, Florida Tragedy, Inside the O'briens!!!, Summer 2016 Orientation, ML is incredible, Giant, The New Jim Crow, Fourth of July Vacation Time, !!!, Boat Troubles, White Like Me, Nippletop and Dial, Orientation is done!, 500 miles biking,  Bird by Bird, Rainbow Falls Hike/Run, Hyperbole and a Half, 500 miles of running, Once a Runner, Not that Kind of Girl, Complete 35 books before 30, COLDEN PELLERIN, Opening Weekend, CLG 505: Counseling SkillsCLG 545: Career DevelopmentINTERNSHIP pt. II, Teaching INT 303B: Diversity Through Film, An introduction to Neil Hilborn, 22 push-ups a day for 22 days challenge, BOOM, On Love, 1,000 miles biking, !!!,  #BlackLivesMatter, LUCY, all fronts on guard, LGBTQ march, so much pain, Navient 1-11 paid off, You vs. the Year 100km, COMP's, Diversity Plan, Operation Thin Ice, Operation Loop Hole, Completing internship hours, Gray Peak - Mount Skylight - Mount Marcy, a retry, A depressing election cycle, A light at the end of the tunnel, a budget crisis, a chapter update, 30, Paint and Sip, Election 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump, Thanksgiving, Assistant Director of Campus Activities, and again, 2016 Gala, understanding Happenstance, Winter Commencement, The Great Dean Delano Birthday, The Nightingale, Leaving Time, donate blood, breakfast with Mom, this year is done...

Top Ten Thing in 2016 :
1. !!!
2. Jack Oliver Krug
3. Goodbye Grandma Jeanette
4. 30th Birthday
5. Montreal for New Years!
6. Armstrong and Gothics
7. COMPs
8. How I Met Your Mother
9. Parenthood
10. Summer Orientation

Picture of the Year:
I think this sums up my year.

Song of the Year: Just to see you smile ~ Tim McGraw

A Summary:
What a year, what a really great year. The more I think about the last 12 months, that is the only thing I can say - what a great year. It did not end the best, in fact, I would say it ended pretty miserably. But, just because the last 3 months have been rotten, no good; does not negate the other 9 great months.

This year, I have been challenged professionally, personally, in my education, in my family - in every way possible to date. There is really no way to fully summarize it. And it all combined for the perfect storm for the end of the year.

I continue to put myself out there in my job and surrounding projects. Challenging all I can, attempting to make everything around me a bit better. I found a lot of challenges to this and began shaping my learning edges. I completed the most challenging academic semester of my life - and survived. I have been given freedom to explore every aspect of my career. Culminating in an academic research project that I began this summer. I received a promotion and in 4 short months will finish my second masters. I am figuring it out, slowly I guess.

Personally, I put myself out there more than I ever have with someone incredibly amazing (understatement). There were so many belly laughs, incredible adventures, and projects completed. I shared more of myself than I have with anyone in my life, and I am happy I did. I am so lucky to have had her in my life, even if it did not the way I expected. She helped me become a better person, challenged me, and truly touched my soul. For that, I am so thankful for her coming into my life.

The world around me is insane. State and National issues effected me in a way that I do not recall ever in my life. I do not even know what to say about world around. How would one explain what is happening nationally - just hoping for some peace in 2017.

To summarize, this year challenged me like no other. I found the highest of highs, and the most prolonged lows. However, one of the most important things from this year, I learned to be in the present. My mind is typically in the future - the 1 week out, the 3 month out, the 1 year, the 3 year. The plan. Or dramatically stuck in the past. However, 2016, brought the present to the forefront, and I was able to stay in the moment (at least most of the time).

To 2017, I hope you offer some peace. Not just to me, but to my family, my friends and loved ones throughout. I wish I could say there is a solid foundation to work off of, however wishes are just that. So, I will, we will, need to make you as strong of a year as possible.

"True love doesn't have a happy ending, because true love never ends. If you really love something set it free if it comes back it's yours, if not it wasn't meant to be."
A5p/5p: +1,135

Tuesday, December 27

Bucket List / Goals 2016

The Bucket List / Goals (12/27/2016)

-Complete a 2,000 piece puzzle
-Complete Motorcycle License Course
-Complete a Paint and Sip
-Complete Sim's Legacy Challenge
-Find my Doppelgänger

-Finish my Masters in Student Affairs
-Finish over 100 miles biking in a single week
-Gain 500 Twitter Followers
-Hear ice melt live (I didn't even know this was a goal)

Learn to ice skate 
Somewhere not home for New Years
-Watch 2001: A Space Odyssey

-Watch all of How I Met Your Mother (season 9)
Watch all of Parenthood
 Week without my phone

-500 Posts on Mimi and Joe (at 456)
-Attend the Olympics
-Be a better person

-Bike from Portsmouth to Vernon

-Civil War-gasm (don't ask)

-Complete "35 Books to read before turning 30"
-Complete a half-marathon in every state (48 to go)

-Complete a triathlon

-Complete a Tough Mudder

-Complete a Warrior Dash on my own

-Compete in a race with said bike

Day without my phone
-Fly in the Goodyear Blimp
-46 Fix (at 12)
-Create a movie trailer

-Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

-Donate Blood

-Draw Something New on a Canvas
-Get 5,000 posts on Twitter (4,703)
-Get a picture with Senator John McCain

-Go parasailing

-Go to a Coldplay concert

-Go to a Bruce Springsteen Concert
-Go to a Lumineers Concert

-Go to Africa

-Go to Austin, TX

-Go to British Columbia

-Go to Chicago
-Go to Comic-Con
-Go on a Cruise-Go to the Daytona 500
-Go to Disney World
-Go to the top of the Empire State Building

-Go to the "Field of Dreams"

-Go to Florida

-Go to Hawaii

-Go to Ireland

-Go to Las Vegas

-Go to Mexico

-Go to New Orleans, LA

-Go to every state capital (13/50)
-Go to Talladega

-Go to Texas

-Go to the State of the Union

-Go to Wilderness/Shiloh/Richmond

-Hike the Appalachian Trail
-Hike Mt. Washington

-Hike the Rockies

-Learn basic computer code (pass all lessons in Code Academy)

-Learn basic Spanish (pass all lessons in Duolingo)
-Learn to drive standard
-Learn to Fly

-Meet Arnold Schwarzenegger
-Meet Bill Elliott

-Meet Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

-Meet the 
Kid in the Front Row
-NYC for New Years
-Learn basic Sign Language

-Paddle down the Mississippi River

-Participate in the Burning Man

-Pay off D

-Pay off S

-Race over 120 mph (starting slow)

-Relearn to swim

-Ride 1,000 miles in a year
-Ride a segway

-Ride an elephant

-Run 1,250 miles in a year (725 miles)

-Run for Office
-See the Grand Canyon

-See the last NASCAR race of the season

-Spend a day, with someone I love, in New York City

-Survive to see my 20 year reunion

Use all Quote Guarden "Life" quotes
-Visit Red Square in Moscow

-Watch all of 
ER (season 11)
Watch all of Friday Night Lights
-Work in California
-Work in the NY State House

-Work in the White House

-Write a book

-Write an Academic Journal Article

-Write an Editorial