My Bucketlist

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

In July 2009 I had set out to accomplish a bucket list of 30 things before  my 30th birthday and well, life happened as did excuses and I put my list on the back-burner. There are soo many things I have always wanted to see, experience, do and feel and now I’m determined more than ever to grow my LIFE bucket-list and take action and mark them off as accomplished.

For now, this is my bucket list of things I’d like to accomplish and I will try and grow this list over time. If you see a ✅ that means I did it. I’d love to hear any other goals/ideas you may have on your bucket-list to help me build mine out!

PERSONAL GOALS

  1. Lose 75 lbs
  2. Research my family tree
  3. Get Married (and start a family)
  4. Accept myself for who I am
  5. Write letters to my teachers whom all made a significant impact on my life
  6. Hangout on a bands tour bus and watch movies 
  7. Start a crafty side business
  8. Make someone else’s dream come true
  9. Own a gun
  10. Be a mentor 
  11. Be a vegetarian for a month 
  12. Get my yearbooks back from Kelly (from our high school reunion)

FINANCIAL GOALS

  1. Start a 401k 
  2. Pay off student loans 
  3. Buy a vehicle on my own 
  4. Open up a ROTH IRA
  5. Buy a Harley Davidson
  6. Purchase a home on my own or with a loved one

EDUCATION BASED GOALS

  1. Earn my Bachelors Degree 
  2. Take Yoga Class 
  3. Go to Motorcycle school
  4. Earn my Masters
  5. Take a firearms course

VISIT ALL 7 CONTINENTS

  1. North America 
  2. South America
  3. Antarctica
  4. Australia
  5. Europe
  6. Africa
  7. Asia

SEE THE WORLD’S MOST AMAZING MAN MADE THINGS

  1. North America
    • Hoover Dam ✅
    • Statue of Liberty ✅
    • Tour Alcatraz
  2. South America
    • See Head Statues on Easter Island (Chile)
    • See Machu Picchu (Peru)
  3. Australia
    • See the Sydney Opera House
  4. Europe
    • The Pathenon (Greece)
    • The Louvre (France)
    • The Eiffel Tour (France)
    • The Colosseum (Italy)
    • Sistine Chapel (Italy)
    • Heidelberg Castle (Germany)
  5. Asia
    • The Great Wall of China (China)
    • Taj Mahal (India)
  6. Africa
    • Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)

SEE THE WORLD’S MOST AMAZING NATURAL THINGS

  1. North America
  2. South America
    •  Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil)
  3. Europe
    •  Ring of Kerry (Ireland)
  4. Asia
    • Mount Everest
  5. Antarctica
    • Deception Islands Hot Springs

COOL ACTIVITIES

  1. Go Snowboarding
  2. Helicopter Ride ✅
  3. Go White Water river rafting
  4. Hot air balloon ride
  5. Get hypnotized
  6. Go SCUBA diving
  7. Get Legally ordained
  8. Go in a submarine ✅
  9. Try out a chiropractor ✅
  10. Get a professional massage ✅
  11. Ride a camel ✅
  12. Have a song written about me ✅
  13. Go to a TED conference
  14. Go on a major cruise
  15. Go Zip-lining
  16. Go to a rodeo ✅
  17. Ride in a Gondola
  18. Build a snowman ✅
  19. Play a round of REAL golf ✅
  20. Swim with dolphins
  21. Stay the night somewhere known to be haunted
  22. Peg the speedometer
  23. Stay in a cabin in the woods
  24. Stand in the 4 corners
  25. Attend a Hockey Game 
  26. Ride a horse
  27. Make love on the beach
  28. Have my palm read or my future told
  29. Meet one of my favorite musicians, Travis Barker 
  30. Learn to sew
  31. Karaoke 
  32. Try paddle boarding
  33. Drive a golf card 
  34. See snow fall 
  35. Become a god-mom 
  36. Be a maid of honor
  37. Be a flower girl 

GIVING GOALS

  1. Give a homeless man my lunch 
  2. Volunteer at a children’s hospital
  3. Organize a toy drive 
  4. Collaborate with Ronald McDonald House Charities 
  5. Sponsor a child
  6. Sponsor a family

Made the News with AZPRO

If you happened to catch 12 News at 10pm last night you may have caught the story about “Valley company beautifies medical devices” The story covered how my company, azpro, is taking what would normally be a bland and boring white DOC Band and designing a creative wrap to dress up the band and bring more life to the medical device.

Alayah with her new princess DOC Band

Crazy fact… 1 out of 50 children has the condition that could require them to wear a cranial band and cranial bands cost upwards of $3,500 and usually not covered by most insurance plans. At azpro we offer to wrap the docbands free of charge for these kiddos. I’ve seen quite a few come through the office since I’ve started and nothing beats the priceless smile of the parents and child receiving the wrapped helmet.

Alayah, was our spotlight baby on last nights news and she received a pink wrap with a gold tiara.  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and look forward to bringing more smiles to parents and babies.

To take a peek at the full story and video segment you can check it out here on 12 News: Valley company beautifies medical devices

And If you are interested in getting a DOC Band wrap, please email star@azprogroup.com.

 

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay an Issue Close to my Heart

Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide and every 41 seconds someone is left to make sense of it.

Three years ago, I lost my Uncle. My step-mom lost her brother. His parents lost a son.

This year my step mom is walking on September 20th to raise money for suicide/depression awareness. She’s so very close to her goal so I wanted to share in hopes that you can help kick her over the top! You can take a peek at her page here: Out of the Darkness – April Baker-Padilla

you are worth it

Lastly, to anyone who’s every been there in my time of need, through my countless anxious moments or depressed times, Thank you. You can’t begin to understand how much you may have helped me and those two simple words, ‘Thank you’ can’t even begin to express my appreciation for you.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault

 

Just remember…

 

YOU are worthwhile.

YOU are loved.

YOU are amazing.

Don’t let anyone ever tell you any different.

 

If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

I Will Always Remember You, Laurel May Bond

It is with a heavy heart, I write this. Laurel May Bond, you were absolutely one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Your love for life, your quick wit and ability to find comedy in almost every situation was admirable. By far one of the strongest women I have ever known.

laurel may bond

Not only am I going to miss having you around, I’m going to miss your comical holiday cards featuring Manchester.

Thank you for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to write for you. I am forever grateful.

While I’m sad, I’m happy to celebrate your stellar life. Love you lady!

Writings by  Laurel

Cancer is the New Black by Laurel May Bond

BreastCancer.org

 

My Little Friend Atticus Needs YOUR Help

I ask the biggest favor of you all, my subscribers, friends, family, social connections, and business professionals… please share the following post with everyone you know to help Atticus.

My friend Krys and his family are up against one of the toughest battles I would never wish upon anyone or any parent. Atticus was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma (cancer) – a tennis-ball-sized tumor on his adrenal gland, a smaller one on his liver, and other metastases in his lymph nodes, bone marrow, and bones (including legs, arms and skull). he has a “high risk” assessment and treatment

It pains me that Atticus is going through all of this. Krys and Melissa, his parents are some of the strongest people I know as are his sisters.

 

I Love you guys. My prayers are  ‪#‎TeamAtticus‬

You can find the full story and donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/AtticusNY

Egg White Omelette Bites

Egg White Omelletes

 

I made some delish, egg white omelette bites this morning for breakfast this morning. Super simple process and ingredients.

Check it out!

What you will need:

Cupcake Pan

Olive Oil spray (or something to grease  the pan well)

Ingredients:

Green Onion

Green bell pepper

Sliced turkey

Egg Whites (the carton is the best/easiest for this)

Tater Tots

Shredded cheese of your choice

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Basically, I greased the pan threw in 3 tater tots in each cupcake space baked it in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. I then pulled out the pan smooshed the tater tots to the bottom of each cupcake space, sprinkled in bell pepper, sliced turkey, green onion and poured the egg whites from the carton almost to the top of each cupcake space and sprinkle your cheese at the top.

Let that cook for 20-25minutes at 350 degrees and voila! You have yourself some delicious egg white omelette bites! These are great to prep and have to grab and go for busy morning work weeks. You could really put any ingredients you’d like, and I have a number of different combinations if you’re looking for some other creative twists on this recipe.

Hope you enjoy! And be sure to share your recipe combinations in the comments!

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

So today is my last day at V Digital Services. It’s been a good run and I feel I’ve accomplished a great deal in the time I’ve been with the company. My patience has improved, my knowledge has grown and I’ve had the pleasure of working aside some of the most passionate individuals in their field.

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m not traditional by any means. I’m not telling you how to quit your job and give you the play-by-play on saying goodbye, but I knew personally I’d had to add my nerdy touch, and creativity and share a farewell newsletter. Yes, I said newsletter.

Below is a snapshot of my “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” newsletter I sent to my colleagues yesterday afternoon.

Farewell Newsletter Page 1

 

Farewell Newsletter Page 2

I start my new adventure on Monday with a company called AZPRO Group. The official title is still getting ironed out, but I will be a mashup between a Community Marketing Director & Brand Ambassador. I’ll be handling all the internal and external communications for the company, while maintaining their social presence and involvement within the community & charities. I’m really excited to get involved with the print industry again, and look forward to the future.

Thank you again to everyone for your well wishes and being so incredibly supportive of my new opportunity!

With Ambition-

Star

 

am·bi·tion | A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination & hard work

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