Monday, November 21, 2016

The Bucket List Revisited


I was writing a blog post and like just about every post I've started the past 8 months ... it wasn't lighting me up (we'll get to that when there's time). For now, I thought revisiting this little list might be fun. Crossed a bunch of stuff off that I wasn't feeling anymore, and added a few things that do. Good think about a bucket list - is that you are allowed to do whatever you want with it. My list was meant to dance. 

The Bucket List, Nov. 21, 2016 (I'm 40)

1.  Participate in the IM World Championships 
2.    Be part of a team that raises $1,000,000 for a charity
3.    Complete a 3 day adventure race
4.    Publish book 
5.    Participate in the XTERRA World Championships
6.    Watch the Olympics live
7.    
8.    Watch a live birth can be my own (April 17, 2015)
      * repeat coming June, 2017
9.    Attend Burning Man Festival
10. Be the keynote speaker at a conference
11. Run a marathon
12. Start my own company and take holidays that are out of the school calendar
13. Buy a house in Canada and call it “home”
14. Visit the Grand Canyon – and ride mountain bike there
15. Knit something – and give it away
16. Own a house by a lake (could be married to #13 – or not)
17. Attend a silent retreat
18. Ride a/my bike on all 7 continents (N. AmericaS. AmericaAsiaEurope, Africa, Australia, Antarctica)
19. Cross a country on a bicycle
20. Fly on a trapeze and dismount with a full back flip
21. Hang my own painting in my home - Done December, 2014 - The bike, the zebra and the Buddha
22. Buy a round-the-world ticket
23. Pay for a strangers groceries
24. Write myself a letter and read it in 10 years
25. Read the Bible
26. Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
27. Give Blood
28. Participate in SEVA Safari for Africa Yoga Project or finish my ambassadorship
29. Run a sub 45 minute 10k
30.  Become 100% debt free
31. Attend Tony Robbins seminar and make a connection with the man himself
32. Learn to cook my mom’s Yorkshire pudding - close enough - Summer of 2014
33. Learn to bake my mom’s butter tarts
34. Ride in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti
35. 
36. Teach a yoga class pre-triathlon (preferably pre-Ironman)
37. Master a second language. (None of this 1.6 proficiency BS)
38.  DO A PRESS HANDSTAND - and when I do, I can buy a SUP
39. Do headstand on SUP  … even better, a press handstand - November, 2013
40. Fill an auditorium of people for a yoga class
41. Help build a house for someone other than myself
42. Organize a family picture with all of my brothers/sisters/in-laws/nieces and nephews and dad (I think that’s close to 50 people)
43. Make boxed card sets with my mothers artwork
44. Learn the words to the Mexican National Anthem
45. Say YES to someone and have it change his or her life. (Originally from Steph Corkerhttp://stephcorker.com/bucket-list/)
46. Assist at a yoga conference or teacher training
47.  Plan and pay for a sister trip to wherever
48. Inspire at least 25 people to try a tri (Leslie, Lauren, Martha, Kristen, Carol, Ron, Rachel, Torrey, Daniel, Martha, Brooke, Trent, )
49. Write down 3 things I am grateful every day for a month
50. Make a commercial
51. 
52. Publish another article for MindBodyGreen (January, 2013) Click here to read.
53. Learn to play the guitar (again)
54. Make jam or Bailey’s (or both) as Christmas gifts
55. Publish a story for Ironman.com or Triathlete Magazine 
56. Own a Vespa
58. Become a Baptiste Certified Yoga Instructor - November, 2015
59. Eat clean
60.  Speak to over 1000 people (at the same time)
61. Skateboard down Reforma on a Sunday in Mexico October, 2015
62. Learn a complete tango dance choreography with my Ricky P.
63. Throw a surprise party - December 2014
64. Meet up with Val Drake for a glass of wine
65. Race an Ironman with my niece Rachael
66. 
67. Help build a school
68. Visit the east coast of Canada
69. Hang my stained glass ornaments from childhood on a Christmas tree December 2015 and happily every year after.
70. Host Thanksgiving dinner (bonus point if at my home in Canada)
71.
72. See Riverdance
73.              Donate my hair to locks for love   (July 2013) Click here to read. Repeat April, 2016. 

The Original List, 2013
1.    Participate in the IM World Championships 
2.    Be part of a team that raises $1,000,000 for a charity
3.    Complete a 3 day adventure race
4.    Publish an amazing book that speaks from my heart but doesn’t bounce around like my head
5.    Participate in the XTERRA World Championships
6.    Watch the Olympics live
7.    Participate in Escape from Alcatraz triathlon
8.    Watch a live birth can be my own (April 17, 2015)
      * repeat coming June, 2017
9.    Attend Burning Man Festival
10. Be the keynote speaker at a conference
11. Run the Great Wall of China a marathon
12. Master a pole-dancing routine
13. Start my own company and take holidays that are out of the school calendar
14. Buy a house in Canada and call it “home”
15. Get rid of the remaining grudges that hold me back
16. Visit the Grand Canyon – and ride mountain bike there
17. Knit something – and give it away
18. Watch every movie that has won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
19. Discover my life’s purpose
20. Open a Swiss bank account
21. See a platypus
22. Ride a camel in the Sahara desert
23. Own a house by a lake (could be married to #16 – or not)
24. Spend a week at Attend a silent retreat
25. Ride a/my bike on all 7 continents (N. AmericaS. AmericaAsiaEurope, Africa, Australia, Antarctica)
26. Cross a country on a bicycle
27. Climb one of the worlds seven summits
28. Visit Redwood National Park
29. Fly on a trapeze and dismount with a full back flip
30. Hang my own painting in my home - Done December, 2014 - The bike, the zebra and the Buddha
32. Sleep in an Ice Hotel
33. Buy a round-the-world ticket
34. Pay for a strangers groceries
35. Write myself a letter and read it in 10 years
36. Read the Bible
37. Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
38. Give Blood
39. Do a fire walk
40. Participate in SEVA Safari for Africa Yoga Project or finish my ambassadorship
41. Be on a game show
42. Golf 18 holes without picking my ball up
43. Run a sub 45 minute 10k
44. Change a car tire
45. Drink wine in Italy with my Colombian crew
46. Buy a car
47.  Become 100% debt free
48. Attend Tony Robbins seminar and make a connection with the man himself
49. Learn to cook my mom’s Yorkshire pudding - close enough - Summer of 2014
50. Learn to bake my mom’s butter tarts
51. Ride in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti
52. Travel by jeep for at least three months in Africa
53. Cook something featured on “The F Word”
54. Teach a yoga class pre-triathlon (preferably pre-Ironman)
55. Master a second language. (None of this 1.6 proficiency BS)
56.  DO A PRESS HANDSTAND - and when I do, I can buy a SUP
57. Meet Chrissie Wellington and tell her how fabulous she is
58. Do headstand on SUP  … even better, a press handstand - November, 2013
59. Fill an auditorium of people for a yoga class
60. Help build a house for someone other than myself
61. Live in Colorado for at least 6 months
62. Organize a family picture with all of my brothers/sisters/in-laws/nieces and nephews and dad (I think that’s close to 50 people)
63. Make boxed card sets with my mothers artwork
64. Learn the words to the Mexican National Anthem
65. Say YES to someone and have it change his or her life. (Originally from Steph Corkerhttp://stephcorker.com/bucket-list/)
66. Assist at a yoga conference or teacher training
67. Develop a new position for myself called Director of Teacher Wellness
68. Work from wherever, whenever but always be available
69.  Plan and pay for a sister trip to wherever
70. Inspire at least 25 people to try a tri (Leslie, Lauren, Martha, Kristen, Carol, Ron, Rachel, Torrey, Daniel, Martha, Brooke, Trent)
71. Write down 3 things I am grateful every day for a month
72. Make a commercial
73. Be a better communicator
74. Organize a lifetime of photos
75. Publish another article for MindBodyGreen (January, 2013) Click here to read.
76. Learn to play the guitar (again)
77. Make jam or Bailey’s (or both) as Christmas gifts
78. Publish a story for Ironman.com or Triathlete Magazine 
79. Own a Vespa
81. Become a Baptiste Certified Yoga Instructor - November, 2015
82. Stop procrastinating (be clear about my priorities)
83. Eat clean for a month
84. Achieve my ideal triathlon weight (I ate 5 chocolates for breakfast yesterday)
85.  Speak to over 1000 people (at the same time)
86. Skateboard down Reforma on a Sunday in Mexico October, 2015
87. Learn a complete tango dance choreography with my Ricky P.
88. Throw a surprise party - December 2014
89. Meet up with Val Drake for a glass of wine
90. Race an Ironman with my niece Rachael
91. Volunteer in a disaster relief
92. Take a train across Russia
93. Help build a school
94. Visit the east coast of Canada
95. Hang my stained glass ornaments from childhood on a Christmas tree December 2015 and happily every year after.
96. Host Thanksgiving dinner at my home in Canada
97. Create a team of amazing, robust, open-minded power houses and work together on lighting up the world
98. Spend at least a week living off the grid
99. See Riverdance
100.               Visit the Ancient Wonders in Egypt
101.              Donate my hair to locks for love   (July 2013) Click here to read.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Things I've Never Done #4

Stand on a stage. In front of an audience.

Yes please.

The more I think about things I have never done, the more I realize, these things happen every single day. In the past few weeks I have: assisted in a police break in, raced a sprint tri, tried new restaurants, worn new outfits, stayed in new houses, taken ferry rides, won an award and done this and that ... all which I had never done before. But like I said, these are things that just happen.

A few weeks back I was approached about leading a warm up at the annual school race. Without hesitation, I said, "YES!" and started to think about what I might do. No surprise to me, that I waited until the night before to look up a routine and make a playlist. Don't do that. Don't wait till the night before.

I decided to go with Lesley Patterson's 10 minute warm-up as not only was it perfect in terms of timing, but she is a badass Xterra WorldChampion as well. So the night before the race I made a playlist while half-watching House of Cards. I decided I would take 10 songs and listen to the first minute of each. So I listened to the first minute of each song to make sure they were appropriate.

Playlist done.

The morning of the race, I set off the alarm of another car in our garage and couldn't turn it off. 6:00am on Sunday morning and an obnoxious horn honking from the garage. Sorry neighbours! That one event could have predicted how my day was going to go. I arrived early and got set up. A headset microphone. I don't even know if that's what it's called, but I had one. I plugged in my iPhone and called over the eager race runners and explained the warm-up.

Song one. This was fun. A blast. Though I was getting tired. Or warmed up? That's what I told everyone that was starting to sweat just minutes in.

Well it was drill number 3 (High Knees) and I really liked the cadence of the song (Slam the Door) I had chosen. I decided to used the same song for drill number 4 as well (Butt Kicks). 1:22 in I thought I heard something questionable, but hell, the loud speakers drowned out any questionable profanity. Until 1:33 ... did I hear what I thought I heard?

Loud Speakers. School Race. Admin. Parents. Co-Workers.

SHUT THE F&%KING DOOR!

Yep. That's what the music screeched out to the crowd. It wasn't confirmed until a little bit later that that's what was heard, but it happened. And it wasn't supposed to. What are the chances that the one song I play for two minutes had that line in it. 

I loved leading the warm up and I loved being on stage. I was comfortable and to be honest - I want more of it. 

You got a gig - sign me up- Promise to triple check my playlist. Unless profanity is your thing: This perhaps!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Things I've Never Done #3


I've never written an open letter. Until now. 

An Open Letter To the People Who Live in Top-Ranked Cities but Who Request that People Stop Moving There,

I tried to get the salutation down. I really did. Twice in the past few months I have read a Facebook status update, “please don’t move here” with an article that reads, “Why My City is the Best!” (or something to that end) attached.

I met both of you while you lived and worked abroad. I don’t want to engage in online banter, but do wish to express why this might (and did) offend.

People these days live in different cities, and different countries other than their birth city. They just do. As you did. It is likely that some (maybe most) of your friends are/were transplants at some point in their lives and you may not have met these great people had they not left familiarity and security behind. Likewise for the lucky people who got to meet you while you lived abroad. I am one on those people and I truly mean that.

Unless you are a property owner, you don’t own land in your city. Therefore you don’t have claim to the geographical turf you speak of.

That being said, the “geographical turf” is probably more expensive now that all of these people have moved in. That stinks. Truly. But it’s a by-product of your space being so rad. You got to be born there (not your choice - lucky you). You got to grow up there (not your choice - lucky you).

And I bet your parents taught you to share. So do that. Open your arms to your groovy space and – chances are, there is enough of it. We are not talking about densly populated cities here. You'll probably ... well ... make more friend.

We are free to move. I don’t think I need to explain this one. Or maybe I will. We live in a free country (I am writing to our Canadian and US friends here) and one of the many privileges we have (just by being born there) is that we are allowed to move.  Do you really deny people of that? Deny yourself of that?

Asking people not to move to your city is like throwing a life party (in an awesome venue) but keeping your door closed to all the people you haven’t met yet. Can you imagine? If you were told you would only meet passerby’s from now on. Tourists. Cause no one was allowed to move in – and no one was allowed to leave.  I guess I wouldn’t be so bad if there were rivers made of chocolate and Oompa Loompas.

Transplants probably brought a lot of flavor to your city. All those cafes, studios, the hand-crafted jewellery, the restaurants, the classes in the park, the artwork. I am sure it wasn't all the locals. And I am sure they are grateful to have a great place to call home. 

Last, but not least. Your cities are rad for a reason. One of them is that they are home to good people. When you ask people not to move there, we hear “You’re not good enough for us."  Or worse, "We don’t like you unless you are one of ours.” We are telling ourselves those stories too often already. No need to push us away. 

With absolute love for you and your cities,
Diane