9 THINGS I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO

There are always those moments where we look back and reflect on all the things we wish we could have done but never got around to doing them. As we start to age, you realize that your future is much shorter and you do not have all the time the world to get around to doing those things and pursuing your dreams. Looking forward to doing these things is half the fun too. Dreams keep us hoping and Hope is what we all need in this ever changing world. 

Last month, sweet and talented Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls posted 10 things she has always wanted to do and it really got me thinking!

From the silly to the fulfilling to the inspiring, we all have things we've always wanted to do. What are some things you've always wanted to do? Tell Me or Do a Post like this to share. I love hearing other people's goals and dreams!


9 Things I've Always Wanted To Do

Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego to San Francisco
I've always heard about what a treat this is. I can just imagine all the beautiful California coast spots to stumble upon. 

Train Trip around Europe
My husband and I have both been to places in Europe but on a trip to Italy, we started thinking about seeing as much of that continent as we could via train. Now, this may have to wait til my post blogger days as how am I going to fit all my pictures outfits in one toting on a train suitcase? LOL.

Run/Walk the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago
One Spring we were in Chicago and as I was looking out the window, I noticed the streets were blocked off. In a few seconds, here came this sea of green. Thousands of people were doing the Shamrock Shuffle, an 8k run walk through the streets of Chicago. I decided then and there, "I'm doing that someday!"

Host a Shower for my future Daughter-in-Laws, at least one
Hold on....no, none of our boys are engaged. However, you know I long for further daughter-in-laws who will like me, think I'm cool and actually want to spend time with me. How I would love to host an amazing bridal shower for at least one of them.

Host a Blogger Meet and Greet in Chicago
The Blended Blog ladies and I had talked about doing this but renting a beach house for our next get together won. However, it is still a dream of mine to host a big blogger meet and greet in Chicago. Since I am just 2 hours away, it would be fun to get put together a Bloggy weekend so even more of us can meet each other and bounce ideas off one another.

Take a future granddaughter on an amazing trip which will of course, include major shopping
Again, no grand babies even on the horizon but one day, one day, I hope to call a little girlie my sweet pal. How great would it be to take her on an amazing trip somewhere and spoil her rotten. A grandson would be just as sweet.

Go to the top of a wind turbine
On our recent vacay Mr. Nine got me a little closer to them but oh the ultimate would be to go to the top and I'd do it despite being scared of heights. I'm mesmerized; is it a ladder to get up? Stairs? An elevator? I want to see the country side from the top of my beloved turbines.

Take Care of my mom and NOT put her in a home
When my mother-in-law was ill, my sweet sister-in-law was able to take care of her in her home in her last days. I have always told my mom I never want to have to put her in a home and if it all possible, when she gets older is and if she is in need of end-of-life care, I hope I'm in a position to take care of her. 

Buy a house on Lake Michigan in our favorite town 
It's no secret around these parts that we are crazy about Lake Michigan. In the future or when we retire, we hope to get a house probably right on the lake if we can or at least close by in our sweet little beach town!


51 comments:

  1. What a fun post, Andrea! I'm with you on a trip on the Pacific Coast Highway. It's something I've always wanted to do, I really need to make it happen. I'm sure the views are just incredible! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  2. Since I just did the PCH - you MUST do it!! It's amazing!! I have no doubt you'll be the best MIL one day! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

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  3. Fun Post! I would love to drive the coast in a convertible!!
    You will make a fantastic mother in law and grandmother one day!!
    Happy Monday!

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  4. 1 and 2. Yes. Happy Monday.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  5. I love this post idea! The Shamrock Shuffle is so fun. Bummed the Blended Bloggers won't be coming to Chicago. I hope I get a chance to meet all of you one day!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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  6. I would meet in Chicago for a Blogger Meet and Greet ! Make it happen lady :) Happy Monday !

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  7. Such a fun post idea! You definitely have to do the Pacific coast drive! We only did a brief version from LA to Santa Barbara and that alone was so gorgeous!!

    Rosy Outlook

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  8. I love the Chicago meet & greet, I'd be there!! These are all awesome ideas. We always talk about buying a Lake Michigan beach house, ahhh that would be amazing!

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  9. I love this list. Some are immediate goals like the shamrock shuffle, and others are distant dreams like grandchildren and retirement. Great idea for a post...I'll try to snag it and make my own list soon!

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  10. What a fun blog post. I think it is amazing that you want to care for your Mom, should she need it. It's not an easy thing to do and I commend you for it. You will such an amazing Mother in Law and Grandmother. The world needs more people like you in it.

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  11. These all sound amazing in the area of adventures and prove what a beautiful person you are-wanting to care for your Mom and throw showers for daughter in law's and shop with granddaughters. You are seriously the sweetest. Hope you're doing well gorgeous, XO!

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  12. This is a great list full of love and life! I hope you get to do every single thing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  13. What a great list full of wonderful ideas! I love the thought of throwing a shower for your future Daughter-in-laws. My MIL threw me one with all of Brandon's family and they each hand-wrote Brandon's favorite recipes from childhood (even his grandpa) and made me a recipe book. If my house burns down, that is the one thing I would save. It was such a special day and one I will never forget. I hope you get the chance to do the same! Shopping with your granddaughter and taking her on a trip will be the best as well! You are the sweetest! Have a wonderful Monday!

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  14. Aw Andrea, I love this list! First, I have NO DOUBT that you will be blessed with not just one but three DIL's who will ADORE you! I mean, how could they not??? Any shower you'd host would be one I'd want to attend! I hope you get a little grand-daughter too (and I want one😉) The blogger meet up in Chicago sounds sooo FUN and I'M IN!!!! Have a great week you darling woman!

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  15. Love this list!! Where in Michigan!? My family has a cottage on Duck Lake just outside of Traverse City!!

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  16. Put me on the hostess list to help with the shower for your future daughter-in-laws! Can't wait for that great shin-dig to go down!! Happy Monday Beautiful! I loved this post!

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  17. Oh how I love Chicago, I'd be totally down for that as long as it was during the warmer months lol! And the Pacific coast drive is on my to-do list as well <3
    Green Fashionista

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  18. I love this post, Andrea! You have so many great things on here, all of which could definitely be accomplished one day! B and I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway back in 2014 and it was SO amazing. We only drove from LA through Malibu to Ojai, CA, but it was a bucket list check anyway! And it was gorgeous! And we took a convertible, too... that is a must if you ever do it!

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  19. This was a great post idea! Love all your bucketlist ideas. I would love to do the Pacific Coast too... Blogger meetups are the best!

    Brittany ;)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  20. I love this! I lol'd about the train trip and not being able to bring all your outfits! LOL!! So cute. Your future DILs will adore you! How could they not? I would LOVE if you were my MIL! :) Also, I want to come to the Chicago meet and greet! haha!! I will be there!
    xxoo
    Mary
    www.BelleOnTrend.com

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  21. All great things to want to achieve. My sweet MIL was able to stay in her own home until a week before she passed. Such a blessing (and a promise my hubby had made to her). And, we now have that house on the lake...problem is it is 800 miles away :-(

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  22. Don't wait for retirement. When you get there you discover you don't have the time (or good health or money) to do the things you saved for your retirement!

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  23. A road trip along the Pacific Coast is a dream of mine as well! I can just picture us driving in a convertible and exploring the beautiful coasts and California cities. I LOVE the idea of a blogger meet up in Chicago and would definitely be interested in joining or even helping you plan it out! Sounds so fun! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  24. Oh my gosh- I can't wait for your boys to get married and have kids so you can be a grandma! Your grandbabies will be the best dressed!

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  25. You are going to be the best MIL and you are the BEST daughter. Your mom is blessed to have you. :)

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  26. I want to go on a train trip too! That list sounds pretty interresting! I hope it will all happen for you!

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  27. Super post, Andrea! I love that you're already planning your future daughter-in-law's events and talking about your grandchildren. How exciting!! How about a blogging event in Europe ;)
    Suzy Turner
    xxx

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  28. Well you'll just have to work up a set of posts on how to restyle the same 9 pieces while riding the train around Europe or something! You can make it happen!

    I am definitely with you on having an epic shower for my future daughter-in-law and having sweet grandbabies to spoil rotten. Won't that be fun? It seems like a million years away, but still something to look forward to!
    Now you have me thinking and dreaming, that should help today go faster at work. Thanks, Andrea!

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  29. Thank you so much for the sweet mention friend. Chicago is only 8 hours away from me. I have been saying the same thing about a blogger meet up, only in St. Louis since it is a bit closer. Chicago may be more fun though. Can you believe I have never gone! Love your list. You are going to make a super cool MIL, someday!

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  30. What a great list Andrea! I will come to Chicago and do the Shamrock 8K with you and I'm all over a Blogger Meet Up there as well. I love Chicago! I think you will accomplish all of those things on your list and you will make the best mother in law and have the cutest little granddaughter to spoil! I borrow my nieces to do all the fun girly things with but I can't wait to have a granddaughter some day, fingers crossed I actually get one, my husband's family is all boys!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  31. I love this list--quite different from the usual ones I see out there. I so enjoyed shopping and even flea market shopping with my grandmother as a kid, so I hope you have the same experience one day!

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  32. This is a great list! Let me tell you that shopping with a grandchild is the bomb. Alana and I used to take Zoe in her stroller into Designer Shoe Warehouse. We started her young! She has graduated to Vera Bradley...oy vey... A few years ago, Papaw took Chase shopping for school clothes and they were picking out clothes they thought the chicks would like. The PCH would be a beautiful trip. xoxo

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  33. Awwww you are going to be the best MIL and grandmother when that time comes!!!!! That is so sweet you are already thinking about hosting showers for them :) I will have to visit Chicago and Lake MI since you love them so much!

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  34. Pacific Coast Highway is on my list too -and so is a blogger meet and greet. I would love to help you plan it!

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  35. I love this bucket list, lady- you WILL do these things, I just know it!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  36. Love this! The drive in California is one we share. I went to school in Europe for a semester and we train traveled like that and it was amazing! You can vacuum pack those clothes! I just know you will be blessed with at least one adorable granddaughter with all those sweet men in your life!

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  37. Love this Andrea!! You know any future DIL of yours would be crazy not to love you!! And you should host all of your blogging friends in your new home haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  38. I so adore the granddaughter & shopping one. SOme of my best memories of my grandmother are her taking me shopping. She had 2 sons & I was the first grand daughter :)

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  39. Lovely Andrea this is adorable. I might have to steal this idea from you soon. Thanks for sharing with us all. x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  40. This is such a fun idea for a post! I'm like you and would love to spend some time just training all around Europe, although I feel like I might need more vacation days to do that than what I actually have!

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  41. It's fun to think and dream about the things we want to do. Now, you've got me thinking!! Thanks for a great post!

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  42. This is such a fun post. I have no doubt that any future daughter in law or grandchildren would love nothing more than to spend time with you.

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  43. I love posts like this because you learn more about the blogger! This was fun to read! It sounds like you will be an amazing mother-in-law one day!

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  44. Yes! I love all of those things! If your boys weren't so young I'd love to be your daughter in law lol.

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  45. Love this!!! You should just keep on driving up the coast until you get to my house though! I'm with you - I hope I have some lovely daughters in law some day!

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  46. I had to laugh about your suitcase comment! ha! I seriously hope I have daughter-in-laws who love me. Daughters are always yours but I want to make sure I continue to be part of my sons lives too and those DIL's will have everything to do with that. Taking care of your momma...what an amazing person you are sweet Andrea that this would be tops on your list. How proud she must be of you!

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  47. Yes to the chicago thing, and I will go with you on your trip up the West Coast, I've done pretty much all of it, how fun would it be to have the top down driving PCH?! So fun. So many stops a long the way...hehe. I hope you get an awesome daughter in law too. I hope I do too, and I don't immediately hate her like I have all of my brothers past girlfriends, hehe.

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  48. So many different goals! Hope you get to do them!

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  49. It is fun to dream of such things. :)

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  50. I want to do the blogger meet and greet. That would be so much fun. I have also wanted to take a train all over Europe. That would be an amazing trip. So many good things on here. We are definitely alike.

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