My Bucket List

Even if most of us don’t have it written down, I think we all have a mental “bucket” list.  There are things that we know might not happen, and maybe, probably won’t happen, but it’s nice to dream.

I’ve never written out my bucket list, but looking back on my life, I’ve been so blessed.  I’ve known God since I was a little girl and met a man who, even though he didn’t know the Lord at the time, was open to Him. I’m a wife, a mom to six of the most amazing kids on the planet, and now am adding adorable grand kids and sons and daughters-in-law to the mix.

I’ve lived in the states, in Europe and in Africa and have had my eyes opened to how much we take for granted and how blessed we are as a country. On a lighter side, I’ve been to some of my favorite sporting events, like the U.S.  Open, several Colts games, and, of course, the ultimate sports experience, a Buckeye game at the Horseshoe!

Throughout my life, I’ve seen quite a bit of the United States and those wonderful memories bring more than a few smiles, remembering special moments with family.  I was also able to take two short-term mission trips to Poland and be involved with several wonderful churches.

For the most part, I loved being at home with my kids during their growing up years.  My youngest, Jordan, was in high school when I struck out on my own and started a business, Yikes Organizing.  I’ve met SO MANY amazing people on this journey and have so much to be thankful for, including good health for most of my life.

But, as you know, life is never static and this is especially true for us!  In August, Brent and I decided to try something new…again!  We sold almost everything and bought a Winnebago Minnie Winnie and started traveling the country.   People don’t really ask us how we like it, but if they did my answer would be that I’m glad we are doing it, but it isn’t always easy.

When we first decided to RV full-time, I guess I thought if we hated it, we could go back to renting, and I could probably start Yikes back up, either in Nashville or another city.  I felt stuck in life and knew it was time for a change.  I’ve read a lot about failure and that it’s better to try something and have it not work out than not try at all and this made sense to me in some sort of warped way!

Sometimes I get bogged down in the forest of the moment and miss the trees.  It’s hard to totally appreciate the special moments in life when you are in them, but then I look back and realize how much I have.  Brent and I did this little overview of our lives the other night and it was so encouraging the things we remembered, the people we were able to help, the friendships made, the things we’ve been able to see and do.

Recently, I’ve decided to try another new thing with a business aimed at RVers.  I guess my primary market is full-timers but there are a lot of people who are in transition to full-time RVing or who just love camping and I want to reach out to them as well.

If asked how to describe this new business, I would say if Yikes Organizing and Full-time RVing had a baby, it would be Organized Kamper!

So, the proof is in the pudding as to whether I can make a go of this or not.  I think in my first two months with Yikes I made like $800 so the bar is set kinda low, which is good!  It is fun though to imagine the possibilities.  It seems like RV renovations are huge right now, so if I could tap into that market, that would be amazing.

In closing, I’m grateful to those of you who read this.  Thank you for giving me a reason to write!  And I would love to hear what’s on your bucket list!

The one that got away…


  • On a lighter note…some goals are truly unattainable. I’ve had this picture for probably at least ten years and I’ve never been able to get the outfit.  When I first saw this in a magazine, I couldn’t afford it, and then later, when I could, it wasn’t in stock anymore.  I guess if that’s where my head goes when I think of regrets, that’s not horrible, right?  But, seriously, isn’t this just the most classic look ever? 😊


2 Replies to “My Bucket List”

  1. Howdy Barbie! Enjoyed reading the last post. I’m still not quite sure what’s on your bucket list. Perhaps there is A tattoo in the bucket!

    Hope you guys are somewhere warm and having fun and staying organized.

    Party on


    1. I know…I’m running out of excuses not to get the tatoo.

      I’ve gone to the dark side and have taken up pickle ball here in southern CA. They have six pickle ball courts where we are and no tennis courts and we are staying a month so I decided to give it a try. Am actually liking it WAY more than I thought. Yes, you can say what you are thinking…I am getting old! 🙂

      Hugs to you and the fam!

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