About the Site

If ever there was a quote that best sums up my philosophy on life, it’s this one by the talented poet Beau Taplin.

“The difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary life is only a matter of perspective. Pull the blinds. Look around you. It is a mad, mad world and you do not require ten digit bank accounts to immerse yourself in it. Travel down dusty roads without a destination in mind. Climb a mountain and scream out into the void. Kiss the hell out of a stranger. Skinny dip in a lake. Get lost and lose yourself (they are two separate things). Explore the wilderness (especially the one within). Think less of destiny and more of the moment right here. Because when you are old and ill with your loved ones around you, fame won’t matter, nor will the extent of your wealth. You are the sum of the stories you can tell.” – Beau Taplin

If reading that doesn’t make your soul feel a burning fire – this website is probably not going to do much for you.

But if it does – welcome! You and I are going to get along splendidly.

The Origin Story

I started my first bucket list at age 14. My list was inspired by legendary explorer and all around cool person, John Goddard. Which means it had some really wild items. Such as “swim with sharks” and “chase a tornado.”

As I grew up, my bucket list continued to grow and evolve. I discovered there was more to life than adventure, travel, and personal triumphs.

I wanted a life beyond a mere checklist. I want to fill my life with stories.

Bucket Lists + Big Lives

The goal of this website is to explore how you can use a bucket list to live a big life. Let’s quickly define both.

Bucket List:  a list of all those things that add intentional experiences to your life. A bucket list can make you dream bigger, step outside your comfort zone, and makes you feel grateful and excited to be alive.

Big Life:  everyone should define this for themselves. To me, a Big Life is

  • appreciating moments big and small
  • loving and being loved
  • giving back to the world
  • having a story worth telling

What You Will Find on this Site

This website began as a way to document my bucket list and share it with a few close family members and friends. Now I’m hoping it can serve as a place of inspiration for others.

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