Bucket Lists

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound
Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

I’ve written about my bucket list before- my foodie bucket list here, and some places on my travel wish list here. I wrote here about how I want to immerse myself in some places and the other day on the Facebook astro page I asked readers to nominate an item each from their bucket.

As my 46th birthday approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve done- and what I still want to do. The things I’ve ticked off my bucket list, and the items still in the bucket. As scary as it was to turn 40, the last 6 years have been an amazing ride. I’ve worked flipping hard to do what I’ve done, but have been fortunate to have been able to take the opportunities that have come my way. My gratitude is boundless. Long may it continue.

Over the last six years I’ve snorkelled on a South Pacific island, swam with dolphins,

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walked across the Brooklyn Bridge,

on the Brooklyn Bridge
on the Brooklyn Bridge

gone to the Top of the Rock,


and the Empire State Building.

I’ve watched the Moon rise from behind Mitre Peak on Milford Sound,

Sunset on Milford Sound
Sunset on Milford Sound

marvelled at the colours (and smells) of geo-thermal Rotorua, sat in a hot springs in the middle of a freezing NZ winter,

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been across the face of Mount Cook in a helicopter and landed on snow on the top of New Zealand.

Mount Cook
Mount Cook

I’ve had a tattoo, learned astrology, had articles published in magazines and written two (as yet unpublished) fiction manuscripts and 70% of an astrology book.

I’ve travelled to Fiji, Malaysia,

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Hong Kong, Macau, the South Pacific, New York,


Singapore, New Zealand and Bali.

I’ve relocated offices and supervised renovations in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong and Brisbane. I’ve dealt with the chaos of losing an operations site to floods in Brisbane and I’ve changed careers- going from the well paid corporate role (that allowed me the luxury of doing everything I’ve done) to struggling creative.

As far as bucket lists go, last year I ticked off having Christmas somewhere other than Australia (Bali), went hot air ballooning (in the Hunter Valley)


and discarded run 10kms without stopping. That’s so not going to happen.

So, my bucket list- as it stands right here and now- is below. The fine print is that it’s subject to change without notice. The fine fine print is that I intend to make a dent in this before I’m 50. The fine fine fine print is that this doesn’t include places I want to go- just the things I want to do!

  • Sign a publishing contract
  • Make a living from writing
  • Walk the Routeburn Track or Milford Track. I haven’t decided which…yet.
  • Walk the Overland Track or Bay of Fires in Tasmania. I haven’t decided which…yet.
  • Parapunt off the Gondola Hill in Queenstown. The idea of bungey does nothing for me, and I can’t even consider jumping out of a perfectly functioning plane. I’ve done paragliding off the beach in Penang, but if I’m going to jump off anything, Queenstown is where I would do it.
  • While in Queenstown, I’ll add zip lining to the list. That’s where you zip down the hill through a series of flying fox type lines.
  • Climb a volcano- I’m thinking Tongariro in NZ.
  • Climb a mountain- I’m thinking Mt Kinabalu in Borneo.
  • I’ve done the jet boat thing at Huka Falls, and on Lake Wakatipu, but really want to do it at Shotover Canyon too. Yep, Queenstown again.
  • Ride a camel on the beach at Broome at sunset
  • Ride an elephant in Thailand
  • Ride a horse in the Victorian high country or Snowy Mountains
  • see the cherry blossoms in Japan
  • swim with whale sharks
  • Go snorkelling in the Barrier Reef
  • Spend a week at a posh health retreat- something like Gaia or Gwinganna where you do yoga at the crack of dawn and eat gourmet health food.
  • See the Northern lights
  • See a whale breach- you’d think this one would be easy, but sadly, despite a few efforts at whale watching I’ve yet to see one.
  • Attend an AFL Grand Final at the MCG. It would be an added bonus if St Kilda were playing.

So tell me, what’s at the top of your bucket list?

Confessions is a weekly link up hosted by Kirstie at My Home Truths

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

24 thoughts

  1. Even though I am a first time visitor to your blog, I can tell you are a very adventurous person!

    I’d like to travel overseas. Not sure where – US, or UK or Europe, as I’ve only ventured to Asia and the South Pacific up til now.

    PS nice to meet another 40 something blogger! I’m 46 😉

    1. Hey there- nice to meet you too. The thing I love about Asia is how the culture hits you square in the eyes- it’s a true escape.

    1. It’s funny, I was feeling down & old & just started writing everything down & then all of sudden felt alive & grateful.

  2. Hi Jo, you certainly have achieved so much! I am a bit jealous of all the travelling & I forgot about wanting to swim with the dolphins too..

  3. It’s amazing how much you have achieved already and how much is yet to come for you Jo! I am not an adventurous person at all (could you tell??) but I would like to travel more – just hold the paragliding, etc! Thanks so much for linking up again – I loved reading all your bucket lists!

  4. WOW! This makes my “already done” list look very amateurish! Glad I found your blog through Kirsty’s I Must Confess link today. What an inspiration! ps. I saw Milford Sound for the first time last October and fell in love, and actually this reminds me that I must put the 5-day milford sound trek on my bucket list!

  5. You look so happy in the pics you’re in! Love the rest of your bucket list and if ‘what you’ve done’ is any indication I think you’ll churn through them!

    Happy birthday!

  6. Well done Jo, great number of acheivments, well done. I know you will achieve all you set out to do. At 46 I started seriously travelling it is very addictive. I am now 71 and don’t reget any of the travelling I have a LARGE cupboard full of photos and memories, and still intend to do more…

  7. Wow, sounds like you’ve already achieved heaps! Your life sounds very exciting – especially compared to mine!

  8. Wow what an inspiring list. Mine is very much a work in progress but we’re currently working through my five year old’s “Bucket & Spade List”. 🙂

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