Check. Check. Check.

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.  ~Plato

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older.  But it turns out it’s something you have to choose to do.  ~From the television show Scrubs

The ball of panicking nerves that I was is no more. At least not for my yoga class.

It was a great first class – quite the workout, yet very relaxing. Yes, I was sore the next day…right now my body is quite wimpy…but my goodness was I relieved of much of my stress! My “classmates” and instructor are wonderful, and I am definitely quite proud of myself….which is something quite rare for me to say.

The days of someone glaring at me from behind braces and a peanut butter sandwich saying I look funny are over! Granted, today I still tripped twice and spilled coffee on my shirt….but thats just an everyday occurrence. Still awkward, but at least I have confidence in my awkwardness.

6 more classes to go and I can officially cross #3 off of my list.

I feel so rejuvenated. So empowered. So mighty!

So I decided to start working on another bucket list item.

#9. Return to and finish college.

I spent the afternoon yesterday getting the first steps all completed. I filled out applications for both UW-LaCrosse and Viterbo University, and all the other requirements such as FAFSA and transcript requests. I feel productive and accomplished! Which is another set of feelings I rarely have.

Yet now, the next steps lie in the hands of other people – admissions counselors.

For the next few weeks I have to sit back and play the waiting game.

This is my least favorite game.

I hate having not having full control of a situation.

If I force myself to look at the bright side, I should be a pro at patience by the time the news comes.

Patience is very becoming. Or something.

Until then, myself and my new-found confidence will be jamming out to a “new-age-new-view-it’s-not-so-bad-and-easier-than-I-thought-why-have-I-been-hiding-under-a-rock-hey-cute-guy-would-you-like-to-go-get-coffee” playlist –>


  1. Heartbeat – Kopecky Family Band
  2. Awkward – San Cisco
  3. Applause – Lady Gaga
  4. From the Morning – Nick Drake
  5. There is a Light that Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  6. Piazza, New York Catcher – Belle & Sebastian
  7. I Love It – Icona Pop
  8. Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  9. Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
  10. The Promise – When In Rome
  11. Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band
  12. Against the Wind – Bob Seger
  13. Stay – Rihanna
  14. Cleopatra – Minature Tigers
  15. Good to Sea – Pinback
  16. Up – Rob Crow
  17. She Doesn’t Get It – The Format
  18. Books from Boxes – Maximo Park
  19. I Feel It All – Feist
  20. Caring Is Creepy – The Shins
  21. Major Tom – Shiny Toy Guns

feel free to jam out too!

…and ask that crush out for a coffee.

….and start your own “live without regrets” bucket list, and get to work!!!

in no particular order.



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