Northern Living Bucket List

Dog Sledding

2015-2016

I had the incredible opportunity of living in Northern Ontario when my husband was -based in Timmins, Ontario when he worked for Thunder Airlines as a King Air 100 pilot. I made a commitment to myself that during my time in Northeastern Ontario, I would do as much as I could do and see as much as I could see. Since I knew living in the north wouldn’t be forever, I wanted to make the best of my experience and have as many adventures as possible. I immediately immersed myself in the community and found myself a job teaching at the local college half the time, while teaching vinyasa yoga at a local holistic spa, practicing yoga, traveling, and writing for Northeastern Ontario Tourism during the other half of the time. It wasn’t long before I was checking things off my northern bucket list. From snow tubing, winter fireworks, making s’mores over an open winter bush campfire, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hosting yoga workshops, to dogsledding, I pretty much did it all. During my time in the northern regions of Ontario, I visited as many northern communities that I could reach–even as far north as Peawanuck on Hudson’s Bay, which is the second most northern community in Ontario only accessible by plane or winter ice roads (as shown on Ice Road Truckers). Although the arctic temperatures last 8-9 months of the year, I was able to create the life I wanted to live and live my life to the fullest–even if it meant I lived it in alpaca fleece and thermal wool winter wear. It’s an adventure I will never forget.

Here are the experiences I completed during my 8 months of living in Northern Ontario and my multiple trips and visits to the north. Continue reading

Bucket List in Progress

Mexico

My in progress bucket list will probably never be as adventurous or extensive as my around-the-world bucket list, completed bucket list, or my  northern living bucket list. It’s hard to top the year I traveled to 22 countries, while checking endless items off of my bucket list from skydiving, hang gliding, sand boarding, body boarding, SUP, kite surfing, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, and beyond. Not only that, it’s hard to beat my 2015-2016 adventures of living in the north, while experiencing the best adventure travel tours anyone could hope for from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, yoga in the snow, snow tubing, seeing polar bears, wildlife tours, hiking, winter bush fires, to dog sledding. How can I compete? I can’t! I just keep on living. Even though I’m not traveling full time anymore, I’m still traveling locally, within Canada, and sometimes abroad, but now just half the time. I’ll never stop trying new things, visiting new places, and adding items to my ‘loving-life-list’. With each item I check off my bucket list, I find another thing to add to it. Here’s to living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, and enjoying this beautiful life we have been given.

My mantra is to live, dream, travel, and do yoga. I’m doing just that.
C.S. Lewis says it best: “you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Here is my in progress Bucket List:

1. Get engaged  (sneak peak, engagement photos)
2. Wedding Expo
3. Plan a turquoise inspired wedding (wedding shower bridal shower)
4. Find my dream dress (wedding dress shopping)
5. Tasting tour in Maine, US
6. Makeup lesson with a Professional Makeup Artist 
7. Complete my Yoga Teacher Training
8. Dominican Republic wedding ceremony on the beach
9.  Marry the man of my dreams 
10. Trash the dress
11. Start my 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training
12. Teach yoga
13. Adventurous honeymoon in Mexico
14. Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun 
15. Best kept secret: my husband is now a Porter Pilot
16. Be flown by my husband on a major airline
17. Move somewhere new (again)
18. Get a new job
19. Teach kids yoga
20. Ottawa, Fury FC Game
21. Boston 
22. Thunder Bay   
23. Kingston
24. Be a bridesmaid
25. Attend a national yoga conference
26. Host a yoga & wellness weekend retreat
27. Complete a yoga teacher training abroad
28. Teach yoga abroad
29. Attend a yoga retreat
30. Buy a paddle board
31. Buy a home on the water
32. Buy a body board
33. Visit every winery in Nova Scotia
34. Surf the tidal boar
35. Visit Chicago

***As always, travel somewhere new!

Any suggestions of what I should add to my list? Check out my other bucket lists to see what I’ve done and recommend something NEW: countries I’ve visited, completed bucket list, & around-the-world bucket list


*I’ll be adding items to my in-progress-bucket-list as I think of new and exciting things I want to try and unique places I want to visit. I may adjust/change experiences as I travel to new destinations.

Jessica,

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Countries Visited

Countries visited:

Hawaii

  1. Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia)
  2. United States (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, California, Nevada, Michigan, Washington, AlaskaHawaii )
  3. Bahamas
  4. Cuba
  5. Jamaica
  6. Dominican Republic
  7. Trinidad and Tobago
  8. Mexico
  9. Belize
  10. Honduras
  11. Nicaragua
  12. Costa Rica
  13. Guyana
  14. Brazil
  15. Puerto Rico
  16. Australia
  17. New Zealand
  18. France
  19. Monaco
  20. Switzerland
  21. Italy
  22. Vatican City
  23. Greece
  24. Albania
  25. Croatia
  26. Montenegro
  27. Germany
  28. Czech Republic
  29. Slovenia
  30. Netherlands
  31. Belgium
  32. England

Check out my other bucket lists: completed bucket list & around-the-world bucket list

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Jessica,

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Completed Bucket List

Skydiving

I started completing items on my “bucket-list” when I was in high school. Even though I have no intention of kicking the bucket anytime soon, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of having a rolling adventure to-do-list. Each year, I add new items to my list and try to accomplish them before the year is done. Often times, I find myself experiencing an activity I didn’t even know existed!  I get anxious with excitement just thinking about the next journey I will take or new thing I will try. Until I can’t think of another place to visit or another activity to do, I will continue to live my life to the fullest by checking off items on my ‘loving-life-list’. There is still so much more for me to see and do.

This is what I have been able to complete thus far in no particular order:

Experiences:

  1. Snorkeling
  2. Scuba Diving
  3. Surfing
  4. Whale Watching
  5. Swim with Dolphins
  6. Swim with wild whale Sharks
  7. Swim with wild sting rays
  8. Catamaran tour
  9. Deep Sea Kayaking
  10. Canoeing
  11. Wind Surfing
  12. Water Skiing
  13. Tarzan Swing
  14. Canopy Tour/Zip lining
  15. Rappelling  
  16. Visit an active volcano
  17. Swim in the only lake in the world with fresh water sharks
  18. Drive-In Movie
  19. Christmas & New Year in NYC
  20. Back Pack throughout Mexico & Central America
  21. Travel by myself
  22. Stay in hostels
  23. Ride on the back of a motochonco
  24. Hitch Hike
  25. Downhill Ski & Cross Country Ski
  26. Snow boarding
  27. Ice Skating
  28. Snow Shoeing
  29. Ice Climbing
  30. Rock Climbing
  31. Cruise
  32. Stay at a resort
  33. Hiking
  34. Visit the Mayan Ruins
  35. Swim in a Cenote
  36. White Water Rafting
  37. Horse Back Ride in the mountains
  38. Parasail
  39. Visit the aquarium at Atlantis
  40. Camp on the beach
  41. Boogie Boarding
  42. Body Boarding
  43. River Boarding
  44. Drive on the left side of the road
  45. Ride in a horse and carriage
  46. Tent Camping
  47. Drive a jet ski
  48. Disney World
  49. Live in a big city
  50. Visit Hollywood
  51. Fishing
  52. Ottawa for Canada Day
  53. Watch the Canada Day fireworks from the roof top of the Chateau Laurier
  54. Helicopter Ride
  55. Fly an airplane
  56. Caving
  57. Sailing
  58. Driving Range
  59. Buggy Tour
  60. Parliament
  61. White House
  62. Drive a Mustang
  63. Hotel Hop
  64. San Diego Zoo
  65. Lazy 5 Ranch

Life Moments:

  1. Start a blog
  2. Become a teacher
  3. Book a flight and just leave
  4. Dye my hair Rihanna red ombre
  5. Fall in love
  6. Road trip with friends
  7. Study Abroad
  8. Study at a private School
  9. Meet Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers
  10. Mom and daughter trip
  11. Bachelor of Arts
  12. Bachelor of Education
  13. Master’s in Education
  14. Volunteer
  15. Meet new friends
  16. Learn Spanish
  17. Tutor second language learners
  18. Try new things on each trip
  19. Train at a Crossfit box
  20. Try a new class
  21. Learn to make my own jewellery
  22. Buy a house
  23. Pay off my student loans
  24. Plan a vacation for someone
  25. See my favourite band in concert
  26. Sing in front of thousands of people
  27. Sing in a band
  28. Fly first class
  29. Travel with carry-on luggage only (a big deal for me)
  30. Visit a new place in my home province
  31. Remain pen-pals with childhood friend
  32. Reunite with old friends
  33. D.C. & L.A. Holocaust Museum
  34. Fly in Diamond Aircraft across 4 provinces
  35. Run a 5km marathon
  36. Play varsity rugby
  37. Coach high school soccer and rugby
  38. Principal’s Certificate
  39. Throw a surprise party for someone
  40. Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
  41. Go to the movies solo
  42. Teach at a college
  43. Move to a new city
  44. Try different jobs
  45. Stay in touch with a childhood pen-pal

In every city that I visit, I try to experience as much of the culture as I can by visiting as many of the iconic landmarks, monuments, museums, parks, restaurants, markets, sporting events, and festivals as I can. My fast-track travel style enables me to see much in a short amount of time. Although hyperactive traveling can be exhausting, it is also rewarding. I always make an effort to try something new in each destination that I visit. I would rather have memories of experiences had, rather than souvenirs.

I’ll continue to add to my bucket list in progress by creating yearly goals for myself; there is no better way to look forward to each new year!

Check out my other bucket lists: countries I’ve visited & around-the-world bucket list

Jessica,

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Around the World Bucket List

2013-2014

This is the bucket list I completed during my around the world travels:

Australia

Complete my Masters in Education & Principal’s Certificate
Ride in a helicopter 
Spend Canada Day in the Capitol 
Skydive
Fly first class
Hike in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park 
Take a year off from teaching to travel 
North Carolina 
Fly a plane
Mom and daughter trip
Go on a trip with a friend 
Miramichi River Tubing 
Visit a new place in New Brunswick
Visit a new place in Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island in the Summer
Reunite with old high school friends
Segway tour 
Cooking class
White water rafting
Camping
Las Vegas
Flight Lining
San Francisco
Indoor rock climbing
Sacramento
Hawaii
Paddle Boarding
Stay in a hostel
Kite Boarding
Learn something new
Swim with Galapagos sharks
Swim with wild dolphins
Ride in a submarine
Cliff jumping
Kayak in Hawaii
Snorkel in Hawaii
Hermosa Beach, Los Angles Area
Freedom Writers Teacher Symposium, Long Beach California
Night cruise on the San Francisco Bay
Yosemite National Park
Bike the Golden Gate Bridge
Montreal, Quebec  
Northern Ontario: Timmins
Travel to a new country – Puerto Rico
Christmas in my home town with family
Experience the new year in Atlantic Canada 
Eat healthier while traveling
Stay active while traveling 
Give Hot Yoga a real shot
Try different types of Hot Yoga classes
Crossfit while traveling
Explore Timmins, Ontario
Visit an alpaca farm
Play in the snow
Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa
Winter Wildlife Tour
See moose 
Nordic Baths
Miami Beach
South Beach
North Beach
Master traveling with a carry on
Key West
Everglades 
Los Angeles
Sydney, Australia  
Coogee Beach, Australia  
Bondi Beach, Australia  
Manly Beach, Australia
Blue Mountains, Australia 
Australia Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise
Byron Bay, Australia
Brisbane, Australia
Drive in a Ferrari 
Hang Gliding  
Wildlife Sanctuary  
Queensland, Australia
Camping in Australia Everglades 
Noosa, Australia
Fraser Island, Australia 
See wild dingoes
Sand-boarding in Rainbow Beach, Australia
Body Boarding
Whitsunday Island, Australia
Magnetic Island, Australia
Feed wild Rock Wallabies 
Sailing 
Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef 
Cairns, Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation 
Snorkeling 
Perth, Australia
Margaret River, Australia 
Spelunking 
Western Beaches, Australia
See wild kangaroos 
Mountain ranges in Victoria
Melbourne, Australia 
Great Ocean Road, Australia 
See a Kuala in the wild 
Road trip with a friend: Phillip Island
Mornington Peninsula
Surfing Lesson
Meet some travel bloggers
New Zealand  
Try something new-Blackwater Rafting
Maori cultural experience
Lord of the Rings tour
Abel Tasman National Park
Franz Josef Glacier
Wanaka
Queenstown
Raglan
Wild West Coast
Auckland, NZ
Blog for one year  
Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba- A new turquoise destination
Travel for 4 months straight (or more)
Maritimes
Northern Ontario
Northern Spirit Adventures
Wild Exodus Tour
Timmins
Just Natural Holistic Spa
Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa
Top Deck Tour
Travel Europe 
Europe bucket list: Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, Venice gondola ride, Swiss Alps, Vatican City, Monaco, swim in the Mediterranean, eat authentic Greek food, swim in the Adriatic sea, travel through eastern Europe, Kings Landing, Spelunking, see a live Oom-pah band, WWII History, Anne Frank Museum, eat Belgium chocolate, London walking tour, Stone Henge, and, Bath
15 countries in Europe 
Visit 31 countries by my 31st birthday
Enjoy some Canadian summer
Travel full time for a total of 14 months
Practice Yoga Full Time
Christmas in Montreal
GET ENGAGED!

Montreal

Check out my other bucket lists: countries I’ve visited & completed bucket list

Jessica,

Turquoise Compass is on social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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