My Bucket List

I just checked my little bucket list I have going on and realized that this little house is going to help me check of SO many things, there is one more reason this is suited for me.  Here is my list, the bold items are going to be achieved or can be achieved through this little tiny house study:

The goal is to list 150 things that you want to do in your lifetime, essentially a bucket-list I suppose… It was a pretty fun process to go through and obviously I have a lot more to come up with, rather than forcing it and adding silly little things just to get to 150 I decided I will post this and gradually build on it as more ideas come to me :)

One hundred and fifty things I want to do in my lifetime:

From the most simple,
to the most extravagant,
to the utterly ridiculous,
these are my dreams:

  1. Play the violin
  2. Play the piano (First Song http://open.spotify.com/track/2xgnmbpjThj3iyxxZtHlrt thanks Dan)
  3. Learn French
  4. Ride an elephant
  5. Teach a horse how to lay down
  6. Visit Ireland
  7. Get a masters degree
  8. Build my own house
  9. Work from home
  10. Raise a family
  11. Live with purpose
  12. Surround myself with only positive influences
  13. Have chickens
  14. Have a greenhouse attached to my house
  15. Be wikipediable
  16. Give a worthy speech to over 1,000 people
  17. Sew a wardrobe
  18. Tour Europe for three months
  19. Get my architectural license
  20. Give random complements to strangers
  21. Have a ridiculous tip for a deserving waitress/waiter
  22. Practice yoga consistently for ten years
  23. Wake up an hour before I have to leave for work and enjoy my own quiet time
  24. Run a marathon
  25. Never rely on a bank for finances
  26. Surf in the ocean
  27. Own a jersey cow (and milk it!)
  28. Move outside of the United States
  29. Get my ears pierced
  30. Own my own business
  31. Have an awesome backyard with hanging lights
  32. Found a non-profit
  33. Be an amazing life partner
  34. Quit a job in a ridiculous way
  35. Write a thank you letter every day for a year
  36. Make my own natural cleaning supplies
  37. Grow a garden that will produce enough veggies for the entire year
  38. Have a monthly girl day
  39. Create every week I am alive
  40. Learn to can my own veggies
  41. Start to compost
  42. Go an entire year without producing more than a shoebox full of garbage (this will begin once I finish up the tiny house)
  43. Go an entire year without going out to eat
  44. Never eat fast food again
  45. Visit at least 10 countries
  46. Walk a great dane and a chihuahua at the same time
  47. Give back to my community
  48. Work with Mike Reynolds building earthships
  49. Learn to swim
  50. Create crafty animated short films
  51. Vote in every presidential election that I can
  52. Continually show my family how much they mean to me
  53. Send my mom and dad on an all expenses paid cruise
  54. Own a rental property to pass on to each of my kids
  55. Fund my house in cash
  56. Spend less than $100 on my utility bills in one year
  57. Make my own wine
  58. Learn how PV’s work, really
  59. Work for/with Mithun
  60. Move to a random location
  61. Learn to do a tarot reading
  62. Join a sports league
  63. Volunteer at a womens and childrens shelter
  64. Matter to people
  65. Redo an entire house from the ground up
  66. Start a blog and stick to it
  67. Build a family cabin with my brothers
  68. Lead a life that doesn’t require a car
  69. Maintain a lifelong friendship with at least two people
  70. Always tell the truth and be honest
  71. See aurora-borialus
  72. Build one of these and live in it for at least 2 years http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses/fencl/
  73. Skydive with Nate for his unbirthday
  74. Save someone’s life
  75. Redo a small aluminum boat for a lazy summer day of fishing and reading
  76. Get good at making my own bread
  77. Learn photography and make enough from it to pay for the equipment
  78. Get over my not dancing thing
  79. Be in a movie
  80. Be a big sister
  81. Learn HDR Photography
  82. Be a guest on a radio talk show
  83. Travel to a random city to watch a band
  84. Pet a giraffe
  85. Give a TED Talk
  86. Help a child/adopt a child/volunteer my time with children
  87. Spend more time with the elderly
  88. Watch the ball drop in Time Square
  89. See a flash mob
  90. Get published
  91. Play in one of these
23 things, not too shabby! :)
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§ 23 Responses to My Bucket List

  • Love your bucket list!! I share some similar ones, but my list isn’t nearly as long haha. I’m excited to follow along in your tiny house building process too. Since we’re just starting out, it’ll be nice to learn from others who have done it before us :)

  • John Deyber says:

    I’ll be a volunteer for #74. Great job on your list. I went minimalist a year ago. I’ve never been so free. Good luck Macy

    • Macy M says:

      Hahaha! Deal! Good to have some experience behind the advice, sometimes it’s a scary move, I have no doubt it will be worth it though! Thank you for the well wishing!

  • Rob Miller says:

    Huh ? I can’t believe you haven’t seen the Northern Lights . That far north I would have assumed it was a rather frequent sight for you Idaho folks . I saw it once back in 93 here in Ohio . Very rare to ever see it here . I would love to see it up in canada with the timber wolves howling their approval :)

    • Macy M says:

      I know I know, I am told it happens here sometimes, we have too many city lights around to really see though. I have made a few drives to the boonies to try to catch a glimpse when they were supposed to be ‘fairly visible’ but I have never had any luck… one day…

  • mamalulu1 says:

    Wow! I finally sat down and read through your blog. Love it! I only wish I had discovered tiny houses sooner. I have 3 kids, a corgi mix and a soul mate. We live in about 1200 sq. ft. in the middle of no where. I totally dream of making my own tiny house on wheels so that I can retire and travel around the US with it. More than that – I hope my kids will discover the tiny house movement as a way for them not to be in debt! I now have a trailer but we will be using that for moving a tractor around so I can’t steal it for my tiny house
    :0( I’m considering a bus which I’ve found really cool ideas for. I hope you continue to write and post pictures about your tiny house. I find it inspiring!

    • Macy M says:

      Well thank you Lulu! I’m glad you find it inspiring! I assure you, 1,200 s.f. for a family of five is not too shabby as far as keeping your footprint small :). I have heard of much worse! Show your kids, they may just be interested when they are old enough! I had no idea it was out there, i wish I did this 10 years ago! Thank you for the comment!

  • mamalulu1 says:

    ps. – love the blog. wish it was bigger font size though. My eye sight isn’t the best.

    • Macy M says:

      I can’t change it because it is a pre-made WordPress template BUT, if you hold down the control key and use the scroll wheel on your mouse you can adjust the font display size in any web browser. That will work for all websites, not just mine. I found it accidently one day but it is a trick I use often!

  • SteveR says:

    79 and 91 are the same, so you can strike one of them off of your list.
    I’m a bit older than you and it’s good to see that, looking back, I can strike off a lot of things on your list .
    I’ve never pet a giraffe or ridden an elephant, however. I did pet a camel.
    And I’ll never be wikipediable, but I perfectly ok with that!

    Btw, 42 is very tough! In the last 8 months, I have generated one small shopping bag of trash and I can see that if I compacted it, it might fit in a shoebox, but I do have 4 more months to go. It’s senseless packaging, even if you shop carefully.

    • Macy M says:

      Good catch! I must have really wanted to do that… I get to actually check that one off now too, If you ever see TINY: A Story About Living Small I am in it! :)
      I would say you are doing pretty good as far as #42 goes, most people would have a hard time going a week… unfortunately.

  • sagesadvice says:

    Item #10 sounds like it might come to pass – what with Denny and all.

  • chelsea*b* says:

    love your list i am planning on making one up my self but it will have to be smaller and realistic to what I can a achieve as I am not well but really want to keep my mood up and give myself some good memories as I haven’t got many as I have bee unwell for 4 years now and I am not getting better so thought a mini list would be good if you have any ideas please let me know, just curious what movie have you been in ?

    • Macy M says:

      Hi! Thanks Chelsea! That is totally the point of a bucket list but the other main idea is to dream big, you should definitely include some things you thing you may never ever do but that you want to. You might surprise yourself ( I know I have so far). I was in a very short clip in the movie TINY: A Story About Living Small (http://tiny-themovie.com/). Very fortunate (I never really thought that one would happen). I think it’s important to keep the mood up, I hope you get better :/. It makes me sad that some people just get a raw deal, can I ask what is wrong? Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • Macy,
    You can check of #54, too. You matter to a LOT of people, especially lil miss minimiller.
    Never forget your worth.

  • Tammy Hudson says:

    Hi Macy,
    I’m super excited to have come across your blog. I just watched Tiny a few days ago and it gave me ‘a way out’ of this ‘stuck’ feeling I’ve been having for a while. I’m in love with the idea of building my own tiny house!! Your story is inspiring and you’ve provided a TON of resources!! Thanks!
    In return, check out http://www.zerowastehome.com for #42 on your bucket list. One of my favorite sites in the www!

  • tatumann says:

    I love this. Just found your blog while researching tiny house living and I’m basically reading every post at this point. May need to sit down and make myself a bucket list too. And I’m going to give number 42 a try myself. If you ever find yourself in Florida, we’ll teach you how to swim and surf. :)

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