While in college, my study habits were less than stellar. I frequently took 30 minute breaks after a 15 minute study sesh, waited until the final moments to study for that test, and couldn’t physically make myself exit out of the Pinterest screen (but who couldn’t, amiright?).

During my sophomore year’s spring semester “dead week”, I took another one of my typical study break and tried to convince my friends to to drive an hour south to go sky diving with me.

Yes, sky diving.

None of my friends thought it was a good idea, so I had to get back to studying. I began writing.

Writing that paper that was due next week? No.

I began writing my bucket list.

Sky diving was obviously on there, along with a bunch of other things. Below is a compiled list of the items on my bucket list when I originally wrote it in 2012 and some new things that I’ve added since then.

You might think I’m crazy for adding these onto my bucket list, but if you can only take away one things from this blog post (other than “Taylor is nuts!”), I hope you find the time to create a bucket list of your own. Set aside 15 minutes and write down some of the craziest things that you’d like to do in your lifetime! They may be absolutely wild, but I can promise you that if I hadn’t written down my bucket list in college, I wouldn’t have been able to do some of the cool things that I’ve done today.




  • Go sky diving
  • Meet Shania Twain (I consider a selfie to count)
  • Climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  • Paraglide (in the Alps)
  • Sing the ending of Dixieland Delight with The Alabama Band
  • Complete in a triathlon
  • Learn how to scuba dive
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Be an extra in a movie
  • Visit Iceland
  • Visit Greece
  • Visit Italy
  • Visit South Korea
  • Turn my own handwriting into a computer font
  • Compete in a Monopoly tournament
  • Fly first class
  • Learn sign language
  • Get married
  • Have a family
  • Meet Dennis Quaid (heart eyes)
  • Learn how to line dance
  • Vacation in Hawaii
  • Play Bingo in a Bingo hall
  • Ride the tallest rollercoaster
  • Eat only bacon for an entire day (cooked bacon to top on a salad and ended up eating the salad and the rest of the pack of bacon that afternoon… I’ll never do that again, because the stomach ache was bad)
  • Pee in every ocean (lol)
  • Be the maid of honor in someone’s wedding
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • Own real estate
  • Learn how to ride a unicycle
  • Spend Christmas in the mountains with my family
  • Attend a concert by myself (highly suggested, because you can snag that single seat up close to the stage)
  • Backpack through Europe
  • To be able to afford to go on a month long vacation (hence the above)
  • Have a wine collection
  • Ride a camel
  • Compete in a competitive eating competition
  • Be on the Jumboton at a sporting event
  • Invent something
  • Play on a Slip-n-Slide
  • Walk on stilts
  • Learn how to curl
  • Ride a tandem bicycle
  • Learn how to ride a pogo stick
  • Learn a new language
  • Tour a pickle factory
  • Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby
  • Compete on a game show
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Swim with sharks
  • Learn how to solve a Rubix Cube (thank you COVID-19 for keeping me isolated long enough to learn)
  • Learn how to juggle
  • Attend the Summer Olympics
  • Memorize the flags of the world
  • Become my own boss
  • Visit every state
  • Dance with Ellen DeGeneres
  • Watch Iowa State win a National Championship
  • Start the “Cyclone Power” chant at an Iowa State game
  • Milk a cow
  • Ride an ostrich
  • Visit Disneyworld
  • Visit a nude beach (note: I walked through it fully clothed)
  • Bathe in a waterfall
  • To create a successful photography business


Please note: I haven’t gone sky diving and to be honest, I’d either pee my pants or throw up mid free fall. I’ve even been invited to go and I couldn’t do it. MAYBEEEE someday I’ll mark that one off, but until then I have 50+ other things to mark off my list.

What are some of the items on your bucket list? Tell me below in the comments!

Taylor’s Bucket List