My Big Life Change!

Picture taken by Abby Austin of 1000 Miles on my own two feet.


To transform my life, with God's help of course, one step at a time.

1. Get healthy & honor God with my body

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2.Become at least 50% sustainable with emphasis on doing our part to take care of God's planet.

3. Live life as an adventure, experiencing new places, things & people.
18 out of 150 bucket list goals accomplished

4. Become debt free & build security for my family, so we can then bless others financially also.

5. Continue to grow closer to God, building My family's faith & sharing the Gospel with those we meet, by using the talents and gifts God has provided us.

6.Continue to make money by creating and sharing my thoughts and beliefs through artistic expression: all the while hoping that my art will impact others. "Holly Kennedy

: All I know is, if you don't figure out this something, you'll just stay ordinary, and it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something... new, and there it is, and it's you, out in the world, outside of you, and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it... and you know a little more about... you. A little bit more than anyone else does... Does that make any sense at all?" Quote from PS I LOVE YOU

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Adventure Time

So I'm sorry it has taken a couple of days for me to write this. I came down with what I am calling the country flu. It started as allergies, then a sore throat and runny nose, the next day I had a fever and the worse sinus headache and now I am back to the sore throat and runny nose.

Adventure, what does that make you think of? My husband likes to say that I am allergic to adrenaline. I am not much of a risk taker. Adventure for me is trying a new restaurant or taking a back road. But there is a small part, and I mean small, that is dying to feel the speed of 200 miles per hour. SO in order to improve my quality of life, I am setting a goal of 150 new things that I wouldn't normally do before. My husband is all over this list. He is definately a risk taker. So I am going to put this out there for all to respond to and I will edit this list until I have come up with 150 things. Please feel free to give me ideas on what you think is adventurous. Let me say this though, I will not eat anything funky like bugs, chocolate covered or not! These adventures are not in order but the numbers that are next to the adventures is my goal of the year Joslyn will be when I accomplish this task. Give me your ideas and here is what I have so far...

1. get purple hair (accomplished 5/12/2010)

2. ride on a fourwheeler (accomplished 5/15/2010)

3.get legs professionally waxed (accomplished 5/26/2010)

4. shoot a bow (with ABBY) accomplished 5/30/2010 in a food fight (accomplished 7/10/2010)

6. Mystery gift exchange with Layla (accomplished 8/25/2010)

7.  visit my grandma (accomplished 9/3/2010)

8.  walk on eggshells (accomplished 1/15/2011)

9. Finish Financial Peace University! (accomplished 1/23/11)

10. Watch a scary movie that John picks out (accomplished 2/27/11)

11. learn to make balloon animals (accomplished 4/23/11)

12. hold a tarantula (if you know me at all, this is scarier then sky diving)(Accomplished 11/12/2011)

13.Write a song ( accomplished 12/25/2011)

14. Get my passport (accomplished 02/07/2012)

15. enjoy a dinner theater show (accomplished 2/12/2012)

16. prepare a meal for a friend in their home.(accomplished 3/18/2012)

17. ride on an elephant (accomplished 3/25/2012)

18.Make a starter bread and make a loaf out of it (accomplished 12/10/12)

19.go on a cruise (accomplished 1/25/2014)

20.go to a native american ceremony(2)

21.learn to sew(2)

22.stay the night on a moving house boat(2)

23.stand on a street corner with a sign for an hour that says "honk if you love Jesus"(2)

24.Learn to make cheese. (2)

25.go mudding in a big truck(2)

26.Dig for gems(2)

27.Catch a catfish(2)

28.dress up like a rodeo clown for a fair or festival(2)

29.squish grapes for wine and help in a vineyard for a day at Sandhill Vineyards(2)

30.Go to IHOP(International House of Prayer) with Toni(2)

31.Get debt free and speak with Dave Ramsey on the radio!(2)

32.go hunting for an animal (but not a deer, I could never shoot Bambi) something small gopher?(2)

33.milk a cow(2) on a cattle farm for a day(2)

35.take a motorcycle riding course (doing this only for my biker babe)(2)

36.make homemade butter (churn it myself) sounds exhausting(2)

37.ride on a seadoo(2)

38. go geo-cashing(2)

39.sheer a sheep(2)

40.Make a starter bread and make a loaf out of it (2)

41.John buys me an outfit and I must wear it one whole day(2)

42.go noodling (2)

43.take a cooking class (with Kim Ferrell)(2)

44. Go Mud Wrestling(2) golf(2)

46.learn to say hello in 50 different languages(2)

47.clean house for an elderly person in need(2)

48.try to water ski(2)

49.ride a mechanical bull(2)

50. get a henna tattoo(accomplished Sept. 28th, 2012)

51.learn to play bridge, p-nuckle, and canasta(2)

52. carve my name in a tree(2)

53.learn origami(2)

54.make beef bourguignon(2)

55.sumo wrestle in blowup suits (2)

56.Ride in a horse drawn carrage.(2)

57.learn to drive a tractor(2)

58.take a glass blowing course(3)

59.go sailing(3)

60.hand glide(3)

61.take a self defense class(3)

62.grow crystals(3) a radio(3)

64.clean and cook a fish(3) a rocket and shoot it off(3) paintball (3)

67.learn to throw a baton and catch it(3)

68.ride in a blimp(3)

69.go on a zipline(3)

70.go zorbing(3)

71.take a dance class(3)

72.go to an Oktoberfest (3)

73.make a quilt (Aunt Carolyn)(3)

74.wash a dog at a dog wash (3)

75.go to a fashion show(3)

76.catch a greased pig sulphur rodeo(3)

77. get certified to go into the prisions(3)

78.take a hip hop dance class(3)

79.learn to juggle(3)

80.go cave climbing(3)

81.offer a stranger a ride(3)

82.touch an ostrich (terrified of these)(3)

83.go on a Ghost tour!(3)

84.make a model ship(3)

85.make a doll house for Joslyn (3)

86.throw a mystery party(3)

87.learn how to salsa dance(3)

88.spend a day volunteering at an orphanage(3)

89.make a scrapbook for Joslyn (3)

90.go to a really big food festival(3)

91.stay at a monestary for one night(3)

92.float the talequah river with my husband(3)

93.go white water rafting (hope Sharla will go with me)(3)

94.flock someone(put flamingos in someones yard)(3)

95.learn to snorkel(4)

96.write a childrens book(4)

97.go rock climbing(4)

98.Inspire 10 other people to do an Adventure List (4/10)Kristi,Chad,Stephanie,Tiffany A.,(4)

99.make a stained glass window(4)

100.make 100 new recipies from around the world( see posting from June 11)(4)

101. go snow skiing (terrified of this)(4)

102.take a log rolling lesson(4)

103.take a honeymoon with my hubby(4)

104.make a piece of pottery(4)

105.get my fortune read(4)

106.Sky diving (thank you Andrea)(4)

107.take a yodelling course(4)

108.go kayaking(4)

109.see a broadway play(4) a chicken coop(4)

111.start and maintain a garden(4)

112.ride in a hot air balloon(4)

113.go to marti gras(4)

114.see 100 musicals (see post from December 6th, 2011)(4)

115.learn to wind surf(4)

116.swim with dolphins(4)

117.ride in a race car going over 100 miles per hour(4)

118. go parasailing(4)

119.take a helicopter ride(4)

120.Ride one of the ten largest roller coasters(4)

121.visit a haunted house(4)

122.ride a unicycle(4)

123. go to the top of a volcano(4)

124. bungee jumping(4)

125. take a surfing lesson(4)

126. participate in a Hanukkah celebration (4)

127. read the entire Bible (4)

128. fast for 48 hours (4)

129. go for a long hike with Abby (4)

130. go to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show (4)

131. Eat a Chicago Dog (2)

132. be a part of a flash mob (4)

133. go kiteboarding (4)

134. gutting and clean an animal, and then eating the kill (4) John's choice

135. learn make beer

136. Go deep sea fishing














150.Get a tattoo (only if I get 100 followers) with my sister

P.S. Tomorrow I will talk about my next goal, the picture is of my pink laptop, which I love very much and am typing on right now.


  1. Timmy keeps trying to talk me into zip lining with him, and I'm still saying.... no.

    Check out for number.... 72, I think. The Oktoberfest one. It's not too far from us. ;)

  2. Thanks for that info Beth, I hope to accomplish one or two of the really dangerous adventures this year. I will look into it.

  3. Other suggestions: eat pasta in Italy; share a gondola in Venice; go to a women's retreat together; take our girl to Prince Edward Island once she's old enough to read the Anne of Green Gables books.

    P.S. Next time you're in this neck of the woods, I can help take care of the horsedrawn carriage thing.

    What a wonderful list!

  4. thanks Green! I have so many that require the money to go to other countries. I am not putting htem on here because I have a time limit and I am on a budget, but those are definitely going on my bucket list. I can't wait for Joslyn to read Anne of Green Gables!

  5. This is quite the list! Have fun accomplishing each and every goal.

  6. can make butter in mason jar with real cream shake it till it turns to butter. amber did it at school as a science project.

  7. I may be able to help you with a few of these while you are here!

    Plus I know how to make the mason jar butter as well. The result isn't bad. :)