#265 Attend a Rodeo

Bucket List item #265: Attend a Rodeo

On 4th of July weekend, I attended the Greely Stampede in Greely, Colorado. This event was so much fun. the festival grounds had shopping tents, beer, and food trucks galore. The main event was obviously the rodeo itself. There was bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, mutton busting (kids sheep riding), and bull riding. All were highly entertaining to a city person like myself. I didn’t know there were so many different and specific skills that you could develop. Obviously, I had seen a bit of bull riding on television and knew generally what roping was, but I didn’t quite know what I signed up for with this rodeo. The steer wrestling, roping events, and mutton busting were all events that I didn’t even know existed. Bull riding, however, I knew was going to be the main event at the end, and it was.
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Futuristic Thinking

I took the StrengthsFinder test as a freshman in college and I have let my top strengths guide me a lot since then. Perhaps I gave it too much importance, but the output of that test was difficult for me to ignore because I felt that it helped define me. Specifically one of my top 5 strengths has been a driving force of a lot of my past actions and decisions. I believe it has truly influenced where I am in life today because it occupies most of my thoughts. This strength: Futuristic Continue reading “Futuristic Thinking”

#214 Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE!

Bucket List item #214: Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show live

Last Saturday, I attended the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Esquire Theater in Denver. The live experience started before I even got into the theater. A lovely woman came up to me and my roommate asking us if we had ever seen Rocky Horror live before. My roommate had, but I told her it was my first time. She took out her red lipstick, drew a large V on my forehead and said “I’m so happy that I’m the one who gets to take your virginity!” I was marked for everyone to see. Continue reading “#214 Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE!”

#37 Get a Tattoo

Bucket List item #37: Get a Tattoo

I got my first tattoo about 2 years ago and it was something that I didn’t really think about for very long. In one of my college classes, we read about a concept called “Ubuntu.” It is a Nguni Bantu term that roughly translates as “humanity.” There are many different definitions for what this actually means, but I like the one offered by Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee – “I am what I am because of who we all are.” Now, this still seems a bit confusing and circular, so the next thing I look to is an explanation provided by Nelson Mandela in 2008: Continue reading “#37 Get a Tattoo”

The Way I Think

I love taking personality and strength surveys… Meyers-Briggs, StrengthsFinders, and most recently Emergenetics. I was required to take the Emergenetics survey through work and participate in a 4 hour debrief. The average person would groan at the thought of this, but I was so giddy to find out my results and spend some time focusing on what it all means.

I really liked the Emergenetics survey because it dips into both behavior and thinking. There were to main parts to the results: your thinking preferences and your default behaviors with regards to Expressiveness, Assertiveness, and Flexibility. Here’s what I got:

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#15 Visit New Orleans + crossing off #125, #185, #187, #242, #255

Bucket List Item #15: Visit New Orleans

The best part of this bucket list item is who I got to experience all these things with. Just a month before I was set to leave for Colorado, I got to plan this weekend trip with my older sister. It was so great to have some sisterly bonding time and have four solid days of just the two of us together before I moved. It was such a fantastic trip. We went over Easter weekend, which I would definitely recommend. We got to experience New Orleans with a celebration in the streets. There were Easter day parades as well as a fabulous pride parade. I got hit in the face with so many beads, but I loved every single minute of it.  Continue reading “#15 Visit New Orleans + crossing off #125, #185, #187, #242, #255”

Best Days of Our Lives

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.”

Being only 23 years old, I am confident that this is very true for me. There are so many things that I have yet to experience. Number one for me would be all the joy in my future surrounding family and relationships. I have yet to be in love, get married and become part of a whole other family, start my own family, watch my siblings grow their lives, and see my parents become the wonderful grandparents I know they will be. The love I have for my currently small family is already so great, but someday I will be more than a daughter and sister. I will be a mom, an aunt, and eventually a grandma or great grandma myself. The amount of love and happiness that awaits is unfathomable. Then with relationships, I think about all of the friendships I have yet to cultivate. I just moved to a new state and am meeting new people every single day. Everyone I meet has the potential to be a great friend. Continue reading “Best Days of Our Lives”

Popping my Mountain Cherry

Yesterday, I climbed my very first Colorado mountain: Flagstaff Mountain located in Boulder. the view from the top is only about 7,000 feet above sea level, but I needed to start small for this first one. It was also over 90 degrees outside, so I didn’t want to push it too hard. Most of the climb was easy on the body, but my lungs were still feeling it. After being only 10 minutes into the hike, I was breathing harder. It was a bit of a wake up call for me though because it made me feel so out of shape. I used to run almost every day, but that hasn’t happened in months. I had long fallen out of my workout routine and was now pushing myself to hike a small mountain. After a few short brakes to check out the scenic views along the trail, I felt much better and found myself getting into the swing of things. The last ten minutes, however, was a steeper climb to the top with many, many stairs. I was thoroughly winded. Continue reading “Popping my Mountain Cherry”

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