This is my journal on documenting love, finding joy, and living life to the fullest. I'm so glad you're here, and hope you enjoy your stay!

This is my journal on documenting love,
finding joy, and living life to the fullest. I'm so glad you're here, and hope you enjoy your stay!

HELLO, I'm JENNIFER! welcome to MY blog!








Life List Update

Filed in: Personal

If you’ve been following the JSP blog from it’s humble beginnings, you’ll know all about my Life List. While I haven’t kept up with updating you guys on it, the list will always hold a very special place in my heart. It’s a little known fact that B actually won me over by helping me find ways to mark things off this list, and on a cool afternoon in September 2010, he swept me off my feet by teaching me how to drive a stick shift. True story!

I haven’t looked at the list or posted anything about it since we moved to the new blog last year, so I thought I’d give you an updated version today. Do any of you keep a Life List? What are some things you have on yours? Leave your insight in the comments below!

Anyways, here it is…my life list.

  1. Graduate college/ Earn a degree. —DONE  May 2007
  2. Follow my heart with wreckless abandon. — DONE
  3. Get married.  – DONE! 11-16-13
  4. Have children.
  5. Make exercising a habit.
  6. Take photos of my parents.  – DONE
  7. Record my Mom and Dad’s voice.
  8. Be debt free!!!—DONE
  9. Buy a new car. – DONE, it’s not new but it’s completely paid for!
  10. Buy a house.
  11. Buy all the camera equipment I want/need. — DONE, but there’s always something new I want!
  12. Give to charity.
  13. Work on a Habitat for Humanity build.
  14. Volunteer at the soup kitchen.
  15. Read the Bible.
  16. Donate blood.
  17. Go on another mission trip.
  18. Learn to play and memorize a song on the piano.
  19. Learn to speak another language fluently.
  20. Learn sign language.
  21. Read all of Emily Post’s Etiquette or take a course in it.
  22. Take a flower arranging course.
  23. Take a cake decorating course.
  24. Take a calligraphy course.
  25. Make a list of 100 books I want to read and read them all.
  26. Learn to drive a stick shift.— DONE, although I probably couldn’t make it around town if I had to.
  27. Fly first class.
  28. Drink Dom Perignon somewhere fabulous.
  29. Throw a surprise party.
  30. Get a surprise party.
  31. Go skydiving.
  32. Go on a helicopter ride.
  33. Ride a mechanical bull.
  34. Take a canopy tour on a zip line.
  35. Grow a garden.
  36. Plant a tree and watch it grow. – DONE
  37. Have a personal day at the spa. – DONE
  38. Swim with trained dolphins.
  39. Go whale watching. – DONE February 2014
  40. Milk a cow.
  41. Go parasailing.
  42. Go on a weeklong cruise.
  43. Go on a hot air balloon ride.— DONE
  44. Go white water rafting. – DONE
  45. Go snow tubing.
  46. Go to a shooting range. — DONE
  47. Ride by train.— DONE
  48. Keep an orchid alive for more than 3 months.
  49. Go to a foam party.
  50. Go to a murder mystery dinner party.
  51. Go to a live taping of a talk show.
  52. Attend the ballet.
  53. Attend the opera.
  54. Wear a large hat to the Kentucky Derby and drink a mint julep.
  55. Pick fruit at a pick-your-own farm and do something with it. — DONE
  56. Learn to shag.
  57. Make a loaf of bread from scratch. – DONE
  58. Be a bridesmaid or Maid of Honor. — DONE
  59. Eat vegetarian for a month.
  60. Go camping.
  61. Learn to quilt, complete a project, and go for a picnic with quilt.
  62. Visit all 50 states. (I’ve made it to 29 so far!)
  63. Take Momma to Vermont.
  64. Take Dad on a fishing trip.
  65. Travel Italy. — DONE and I would go back in a heartbeat.
  66. Travel Europe.  – DONE, March 2013
  67. Travel to Australia. — DONE, November 2011
  68. Travel to New Zealand.
  69. See the…
    1. Grand Canyon
    2. Eiffel Tower- DONE
    3. Wall of China
    4. Northern Lights
    5. Niagara Falls
    6. Stonehenge
    7. The Great Pyramids
  70. Go to New York at Christmas and see a Broadway play.
  71. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany.
  72. Shoot a wedding on the beach. — DONE
  73. Book a wedding in another state.— DONE
  74. Book a wedding in a state not surrounding SC. — DONE
  75. Book a destination wedding in another country. — DONE
  76. Book a wedding in Italy.
  77. Photograph an engagement proposal.
  78. Photograph a courthouse marriage.
  79. Get certified as a professional photographer.
  80. Donate an entire wedding package to a deserving couple. — DONE, and might do again!
  81. Get published for my photography.
  82. Hire an intern.
  83. Hire associate photographer/s for JSP.
  84. Mentor an upcoming photographer.
  85. Start a photography workshop/seminar.
  86. Become a member of the ISWP.
  87. Complete a marathon… maybe a half!
  88. Learn to play golf or tennis.
  89. Take a horseback riding lesson.
  90. Learn to surf.
  91. Learn how to french braid my hair.
  92. Learn to whistle with two fingers.
  93. Go on a safari.
  94. Shower in a tropical waterfall. – DONE, February 2014
  95. Experience weightlessness.
  96. Drive a racecar.
  97. Swing on a circus trapeze.
  98. Ride an elephant in the jungle.
  99. Ride a camel in the desert.
  100. Be an extra in a movie.
  101. Try acupuncture.
  102. Go to Harry Potter World.


Yep, that crazy person in the water on the right is me! (Taken on our honeymoon in Hawaii.)


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