101 Accomplishments

PastFuture#34 on my list of 93 in 930 challenged me to create a list of 101 things I have already accomplished in my 27 years of life. I thought this task was the best place to start on my list as it reminds me that it is equally important to appreciate my past as it is to anticipate the future and that life isn’t always about anticipating the next best thing, but learning from where you’ve been and being happy with your accomplishments to date (plus, I thought it is a great way for you, my lovely/supportive readers, to get to know me too). As I wrote this list, I soon discovered how important travel is to my life and how easy it was for me to write down all the places, monuments, and experiences I have seen/done in the last seven months, but I sincerely tried to challenge myself to include accomplishments from my childhood years as well. What do you consider your biggest achievement to date?

Start Date: Sunday, December 1st, 1985
End Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Educational:
1. Graduated from high school
2. Graduated from The University of Iowa with a B.A. in Elementary Education
3. Taught 4th and 2nd grade at Sumner Elementary School in Chicago
4. Got my driver’s license
5. Learned how to play the piano (not well by any means)
6. Ran a Sports and English Summer Camp in China
7. Worked with children on a military base in Germany
8. Taught English to monks, orphans, and hill tribe children in Thailand
9. CPR and First Aid certified

Blog:
10. My Striped Dress, Two Ways post was Freshly Pressed and received over 250 comments and 8,000 views
11. My Inspired by Instyle outfit post was featured in the April 2012 issue of InStyle

Personal:
12. Married my high school sweetheart, best friend and love of my life in 2008
13. Moved to a new city, Chicago, in 2008
14. Tasted cupcakes in 14 different countries
15. Won a beer pouring contest in Brussels (1st out of 4)

Friends/Family:
16. Became a big sister in 1989 and 1992
17. Added the two best fur-babies to our family (Maddie and Oakley)
18. Became a godmother to my cousin, Ian, in 2004
19.
Maid of Honor for my best friend, Cece, in 2012
20. Helped both my brothers celebrate their 21st birthdays 🙂
21. Visited the birthplace of my husband (Reuthlos, Germany)

Health/Beauty:
22. Completed two Chicago marathons with my mom
23. Coached a Girls on the Run team in Chicago
24. Volunteer and Equipment Director for RiverRun in Iowa City
25. First tattoo in London to commemorate our world trip
26. Didn’t shower for two weeks while hiking the Everest Trail
27. Earned my Varsity Letter in Track, Volleyball, and Soccer
28. Nominated for high school Athlete of the Year in 2004

Fun/Entertainment:
29. Skinny-dipped in 2009
30. Shot three different types of guns in 2012
31. Cheered at a USA soccer vs Honduras World Cup Qualifying Match
32. Met Mia Hamm, my childhood idol
33. “Learned” to surf in Mooloolaba, Australia
34. People watched in Amsterdam’s Red Light District
35. Have seen 9 “Broadway” Shows (Les Miserables in London, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, How to Succeed in Business, and The Rockettes Christmas Show in NYC, A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, Wicked, Jersey Boys in Chicago)
36. Met 98 Degrees, NSync, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears (thanks Aunt Peg!)
37. Saw Mumford and Sons in two countries (Dixon, Illinois, USA and Gold Coast, Australia)

Travel:
38. Visited 18 countries (Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom *twice*, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, China *twice*, Nepal, Turkey, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany *twice*, Netherlands *twice*, Belgium, France)
39. Visited 12 US cities, not including normal family vacation spots (Nashville, New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Vegas, San Diego, Portland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Breckenridge, Woodlands, Houston, Orlando, Myrtle Beach)

Seen:
40. Niagara Falls
41. Walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame and saw the famous Hollywood sign
42. The Colosseum in Rome
43. The Parthenon in Athens
44. The Eiffel Tower in Paris
45. Big Ben in London
46. Westminster Abbey in London
47. Times Square in NYC
48. The Forbidden City in Beijing
49. The Leaning Tower of Pisa
50. Vatican City
51. Sydney Opera House
52. Dachau Concentration Camp
53. Neuschwanstein Castle
54. Louvre/Mona Lisa in Paris
55. Changing of the Guard in London (twice!)
56. Statue of Liberty
57. Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Experiences:
58. Skydived at 15,000 feet
59. Bungee jumped from the original bungee founding site
60. Kayaked the Tasman Sea in Milford Sound
61. Heli-Hiked Franz Josef Glacier
62. Snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef
63. Hiked the Everest Base Camp Trail
64. Kayaked in down-pouring rain in Ireland
65. Walked the Great Wall of China (twice!)
66. Ate dinner atop the Seattle Space Needle
67. Witnessed the Pope give a Sunday blessing
68. Watched NYE Fireworks in Sydney
69. Visited China during Chinese New Year
70. Walked onto the glass look-out atop the Sears (Willis) Tower
71. Rode the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
72. Went to the top of the St. Louis Gateway Arch
73. Hiked in the dark to stand atop Mt. Warning, Australia, the first place the sun hits
74. Four Wheeled Fraser Island
75. Slept in a camper-van on the beach beneath the most amazing starry sky in New Zealand
76. HikedMt. Cook, New Zealand
77. Slept overnight in a KFC in Shanghai
78. Stayed in one of China’s oldest hutongs
79. Turkish Bath
80. Took the chunnel from Paris to London
81. Rode bicycles in Amsterdam
82. Slept overnight in Colmberg Castle
83. Hiked to all five cities in the Cinque Terre, Italy
84. Made a wish in the Trevi Fountain
85. Traveled 7 days worth of in-air time on a plane from Sept-April

Animal Experiences:
86. Fed kangaroos (twice!)
87. Cuddled a koala
88. Swam with and “petted” sea turtles
89. Watched a sea turtle lay 125 eggs and helped rebury them
90. Went whale watching while migrating south, even saw the baby breach
91. Ate crickets in Thailand
92. Rode an ostrich
93. Kayaked next to a sea-lion
94. Rode an elephant in Thailand
95. Swam with dolphins in Jamaica
96. Saw a family of wild dingos on Fraser Island, Australia
97. Ate peking duck in Beijing (brain included)

Investments:
98. Burberry quilted jacket
99. Mountain bike
100. Purchased our first piece of original artwork in 2012
101. Paid off all student loan debt

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  1. Pingback: 93 in 930 | The Thread Affect

    • I apologize that it came across that I was trying to brag about my “accomplishments” that was not my intention. The purpose of this post was in response to a bucket list I created earlier and to generate appreciation for what we’ve already had the opportunity to experience in life instead of always looking to the future for the next best thing.

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