Destinations, Europe, France, Journal

A Bucket List Item

July 18, 2014

Today’s moment of joy is a rather big one. I got to make a check off on my bucket list.

For years I have dreamed of visiting Paris and the Eiffel Tower—and it happened!

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Side note—I have only recently been really thinking about my bucket list/life goals. Don’t get me wrong, I really have dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower for years, but it’s only recently that I wrote it down to make it “real” per say [not that it wasn’t real before, but there definitely something profound to physically writing down goals].

It has been super rainy the entire time that we have been in Paris and we were waiting for a more clear day to go visit the Eiffel Tower, but as we looked at the weather report, it looks like it’s going to be bleak for a while, so we decided to just go for it.

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Rain or shine, it is a sight to be seen!

Not like the tower is made of gold, or puffs out fairy dust from the top, but there definitely is something majestic about such an iconic landmark.

Cold [in July] and soaked from the rain, we just stood underneath the tower and looked straight up and took a deep breath.

“Dang. I can’t believe we are here right now.” What a blessing–experiencing an actual dream in the moment.

That moment just gave me the realization that life goes by quickly, and how there’s a lot that I want to do.

That was a super cool moment, but it now after the fact, it also makes me wonder what if I had verbalized my life goals sooner? Would I have “accomplished” more?

For those of you who don’t know me well, I love lists…rather I love checking things off of my lists. 🙂 I always feel super productive and accomplished whenever I get to make that beloved little checkmark next to a “to-do” item.

With that being said, I just finished a book called The Circle Maker, and it is what really inspired me to start making a life goal list [It inspired me to do many things actually, but I’m sure I will talk about that in another post, it could get lengthy otherwise!].

The book taught me where to start with setting my goals, and helpful tips on how to split my goals into different categories.

It really helped me compartmentalize my thoughts and think about goals in every aspect of my life…not just my Eiffel Tower dreams [which are still super fun to accomplish, but there’s a lot more to life!].

One of the categories is Family Goals. That happened to be the first category that I filled out at the top of my page when I first started goal setting.

My first family goal: Have a baby. 

No, this isn’t a pregnancy announcement.

We have a little family of three right now [our pup Lily being the third]…

But someday I want human children too.

When I told Dennis to take a look at my first draft of my life goal list, he about fell out of his chair when he saw the word baby.

It was pretty hilarious [those of you who know Dennis, know he is very vocal about wanting to wait to have kids :)].

I gently reminded him that these are life goals, and not that I need them all accomplished right this very second. His tense shoulders loosened a bit as he read the rest of the list. 🙂

My list is still very much a draft and in progress, as I think it probably will be the rest of my life. I’m having fun though trying to really think about what I want to do, and who I want to be going forward in life. A little introspection is good every once in a while.

With that being said, check out an abbreviated version of what I used in this PDF for 10 Steps to Setting Life Goals adapted from chapter within The Circle Maker that talks about goal setting.

I definitely recommend this book though, it is challenging in so many ways, far beyond goal setting.

In sum, going to the Eiffel Tower was super cool. It was really neat to be able to check it off my life goal list, but also to just simply enjoy that moment underneath the tower.

It was a double-whammy in my book.

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xo Kelsey

 

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