04 September 2012

A Life List


I felt compelled to jot this down in the wake of my grandmother's passing (thank you for all of your sweet words: they meant a lot to me). I can't predict exactly where life will lead me or the curveballs it might throw my way, but what I know right now is this: When I am a little old lady with a wispy gray bun and rainbow stockings, I hope I can look back and say, "I am so glad I made that happen."

Swim with dolphins.
Ride in a hot air balloon, preferably at sunrise or sunset.
Own a small house with a porch, hardwood floors, art-filled walls & a yellow door.
Plant a peony bush.
Put our dual citizenship to use and live abroad.
Raise lots of babies with big, sensitive hearts and strong, creative minds.
Make enough money to live modestly but comfortably, steadily build savings, and travel regularly.
Ride an elephant in Thailand, a camel in Israel & a safari in Africa.
Have fresh flowers in the house, always always.
Learn to play a respectable tune on the piano.
Laugh with my husband every day of our lives.
Tell the people I love that I love them over and over and over and over again.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a pretty great list to me! Where else do you have citizenship?

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    1. Victoria, my husband is Bulgarian, which is part of the European Union. In two years, he'll obtain full American citizenship and I'll obtain full EU citizenship (which means we can both live and work anywhere in the USA or Europe).

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  2. I've been working on mine, crossed a few off this year! Love your list, we share a few wishes. ;)

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  3. you've inspired me to make a list as well. yours fits you to a tea. so sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing, dear friend.

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  4. I adore this–and I'm with Rebecca, I think it's time to write one of my own, too. Your list is so full of you, it brought tears to my eyes.

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  5. Perfect list! I love it, especially that yellow door.

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  6. Oh you gave me goosebumps you sweet girl. I love the simplicity and grandeur of your dreams. I think my favorite was your mention of children with big hearts

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  7. Oh you gave me goosebumps you sweet girl. I love the simplicity and grandeur of your dreams. I think my favorite was your mention of children with big hearts

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  8. I love this list. What a wonderful life you will lead!

    My grandpa passed away last night and though I know it was time, and that he's not suffering any longer, still it breaks my heart. A piece of our family is gone, and I feel lost. Perhaps a list like this will help me find my way through the sadness. Thank you, Kayla.
    xo

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  9. Kayla, this post is so moving. I can't imagine the range of emotions the last week must have brought - glad you enjoyed your birthday, and hope you're finding comfort after losing your grandmother.

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  10. I love lists like this. It's always a good thing to take time and really think about, or we'll be old & gray before we know it!

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Your thoughts always bring a smile to my face. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave them.