Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Life Goals List (aka The Bucket List)

There are so many things that I want to experience in my life, places I want to go, food I want to eat, and people to see. The following list is a collection of a few of those things, at least what I can think of at the current time. This list is not comprehensive by any means. Things will inevitably be added in the future. Especially the travel lists. I'm the sort that's happy to go anywhere, as long as it is new. You can find adventure anywhere I say, even in small towns a few minutes away. And for your listening pleasure "Cups (When I'm Gone)" by Anna Kendrick from Pitch Perfect. It seems like a nice song for the theme of today's blog post.

Kristin's Official Life Goals List (doo dee dee doo!)
  • Finish writing my book
  • Get the book published
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Go on an overnight ghost hunt with a professional ghost hunting team
  • See a ghost or experience a supernatural event (or something that cannot be explained)
  • Visit all 50 states in the United States (Not counting flight layovers)
    • Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina
      North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
      South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
  • United States Travel (not a comprehensive list)
    There would be one stop in all 48 contiguous U.S. states,
    as well as Washington D.C.and two stops in California for an even 50 stops.
    • Route 66 Road Trip
    • Smithsonian Museum (!)
    • Niagara Falls
    • Grand Canyon
    • Go to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH again (this time with the family)
    • Salem, Massachusetts
    • Cape Code + Eat a ton of seafood
  • International Travel (these are just a small number of the places I want to go)
    • Ireland
    • Scotland (castles)
    • England (Stonehenge, museums!)
    • Rome, Italy
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Great Wall of China
    • Machu Pichu in Peru
    • Iceland
    • New Zealand (Especially the shooting locations from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Learn to play keyboard or piano
  • Learn a different language
  • Take a class with a master photographer
  • Ride in a helicopter over an active volcano
  • Run a 5k race
  • Go hiking in the mountains
  • Eat at a restaurant operated by Gordon Ramsay, Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck, etc.
  • Meet a famous author like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, etc.
  • High five any of the actors from Supernatural (They seem like awesome guys.)
  • Be on television
  • Ride a hang glider

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lights! Camera! Switzerland! Contest Submission

This is my video submission for the Lights! Camera! Switzerland! travel hosting contest at

EDIT: I didn't make the cut for the finalists. They were way out of my league.  Oh well. Life goes on. 

"My name is Kristin. I'm a 28 year old stay at home mom with two kids. But I'd like to think that I'm not your average stay at home mom. I'm an artist, amateur photographer, and writer in the middle of writing my first book. Ever since I was young, it has been my lifetime goal to travel the world and to write a book about it.

Unfortunately, being from a single income family doesn't really give me the option to travel like I'd like to. So I find adventure in my own backyard. I volunteer for local events, like dressing in 1700s style costume for the OK Mozart music festival or being a tour guide for the downtown Ghost Walk in October. I've also been an actress in local productions at a community theater. I absolutely love being out in nature, especially hiking and finding new unknown trails. You can also find me, along with some like minded friends, spending time with my camera in graveyards at night as an amateur ghost hunter.

I love trying out and learning new things... like trying bizarre new foods or joining a local drum circle to learn to play the djembe drum. I'm not perfect at it, and probably never will be... but it sure is fun. And that is why I would love to go to an amazing place like Switzerland with its history, landscapes, and exciting new experiences. Because life always needs a fun, new adventure."