Bucket Lists! Do You Have One?

If you’ve read RUN TO YOU already, you may know that one of the themes in the book is Ethan helping his beloved grandmother to finish all the items on her bucket list before she dies. Ethan’s Gram is one spunky lady, and I totally fell in love with them both while I was writing this book.

“I’ve saved the best item on my bucket list for last,” Gram said, her blue eyes sparkling. “I can’t wait. I want to ride the whole zip-line course, all five lines.”

Yep, 70-year-old Dixie couldn’t wait to ride the zip-line her grandson built. Which got me thinking about my own bucket list. I had one a long, long time ago, back before I’d ever heard the term “bucket list.” My list was called “Things to do before I die,” and the #1 item on that list was to publish a book. Check! :) But I lost my list somewhere over the years so I let Dixie inspire me to create a new one. This one is more casual – and visual – making use of my love of Pinterest. It looks a little something like this:

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You can check out the full list here. So then naturally, I had to make a list of completed bucket list items. Because what’s the fun of having a list if you can’t check things off? :) Here’s a sample from the completed list:

bucket-list-completed

You can see my other completed items here. (and yes, I’m an extra in the movie Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep! That is a super fun story for another day.) :) I’m a visual person, and I love seeing all my goals laid out for me on Pinterest. And it’s motivating me to check more things off! Plus, it turns out other people have already made cool graphics for just about everything I wanted – ha!

Now, I want to know about you. Do you have a bucket list? Care to share something that’s on it, or something that you’ve already checked off?

Shiny and New!

If you’re reading this, then you’ve seen my new website. Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you love it as much as I do. And now that I’m here, I’m going to be keeping the blog much more up to date, so feel free to follow it from the link on the right. And sign up for my newsletter while you’re at it! Someday soon, I’ll have books to give away :)

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artwork by Jessica Lemmon (c) 2013

Speaking of blogging, I’ve joined forces with several other contemporary romance authors to start a new group blog, The Ever Afters! We’ll be introducing ourselves in the coming weeks, so check back soon. We’ll have lots of fun posts to get to know each other, and plenty of giveaways too. You’ll be hearing me talk a lot more about this as we get everything up and running!

And one final bit of news. Okay, not really news, but I finally fell down the rabbit hole and got sucked into Pinterest. If you’re interested, come visit me there. I’ve created inspiration boards for Unleashed and my new WIP (that’s work-in-progress), as well as a few other things. I could get totally addicted, but I’ll try to keep myself in check… :)

Anyway, I’m very excited about these new things, and many more to come soon!