28×28

I have decided to create a 28 before I turn 28. I bucket list to complete before my 28th birthday. I would have chosen my 27th, but that is in 2 months and for one of the tasks on my list I need 100 days for completion. I have always wanted to do this and thought why not, why not now. Nothing should be stopping me from doing this.

I have never been an adrenaline junkie by any means. I would say that my husband is. He has been skydiving, bungee jumping, and parasailing. Me, well I would say I get my ‘rush’ from different things like business and work (nerdy things). We once were in the Mayan Riveria and I thought, ‘Let’s go parasailing’. I thought that it wouldn’t be that bad. But in reality by the time that I got on the jet ski to go on the boat I was shaking, violently shaking. As we climbed on board I saw others being strapped into harnesses to descend upwards into the sky. I immediately started shaking even more so. Sid was so excited to go up into the sky and float looking over all of the resorts and beach goers. I, on the other hand, was glued to my seat unable to speak. So, what do I do, I get strapped into the harness, I was going to go up there, I talked myself into that much.

A mother and her daughter came down from the sky and were so excited that they had just sailed over the water. Their faces were overjoyed with happiness. The mother said it was the best thing that she had ever done. She came to conquer her fear of heights and did it. When she said that I thought, wait a minute. I did not come here to conquer my present and ever in your face fear of heights. Kinda ironic isn’t it, when your husband is a firefighter and always climbing tall ladders and buildings. Anyways I thought to myself, I didn’t come here to conquer a fear, I came here to enjoy my tasty drinks by the beach and get a tan. Nowhere in that equation was there flying in the sky with a safety harness, and signing your life away. I accepted my fear of heights long ago, it is not something that I have regrets about. I just don’t look down in glass elevators or don’t go in them at all.

This also happened when I was 12. It wasn’t a fear of heights this time, but it was a fear of losing control and falling off into unknown waters. We were on vacation in Manzanillo, Mexico and decided as a family to go on the banana boat. I was on the back with my Dad and Papa and everyone was bouncing to try and get people off. Well, let me tell you, I did not like this one bit. I screamed and I guess people could hear me from the beach. I think it was something about falling in and thinking there were sharks. After this, I choose to remain on land. 

I think my fears are different, everyone has their own and personal experiences that envoke them. Not being able to accomplish something or make something of myself. Fear of relationships lost. After scouring social media and reading posts with the hashtag #100daysofgratitude, I thought this is something that I need to do. It is a mindset challenge that shows you the meaning of what matters in your life. This also got me thinking and mind mapping of other things that I want to be doing. A list that grew and grew until this is what it became. My goal is to complete each of these by January 13th, 2017, my 28th birthday.

  1. Learn how to make sushi
  2. Re-open One Up Communications
  3. Do yoga each morning for 15 minutes
  4. Be able to run again
  5. Be able to play the guitar again
  6. Participate in the #100daysofgratitude challenge
  7. Get a small tattoo that means a lot
  8. Become a pen pal
  9. Meet Andy Cohen
  10. Ride a segway
  11. Visit a fair
  12. Go to a beer festival
  13. Become a regular somewhere
  14. Start a tradition
  15. Read a book a month
  16. Meet one of my entrepreneurial icons
  17. Eat at Noir in Toronto
  18. Learn how to saber a champagne bottle
  19. Complete one Pinterest project per month
  20. Submit a piece of writing and get published
  21. Interview for/Launch a podcast
  22. Give back to my community
  23. Eat at a place featured on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’
  24. Sponsor a child
  25. Have a spontaneous adventure
  26. Start a garden
  27. Hike in Algonquin Park
  28. Make my own wine

So this is the list! As I complete each one I will be posting and ticking them off of the list. Here’s to crossing each one off!

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