List Making is the New Black

Lately I’ve been wondering about what I contribute to the world. On any given day, I offer nothing major to the grand scheme of things.

I recycle, I give oodles of love to my dog, I try my hand at advice-giving when my friends need it. Sure, these things matter in their own way, but I am at a point in my life where I need to jump into something wholly for myself. I was feeling a bit off last week and spent a good hour searching the web for whatever came to my mind. Initially, I started out ogling photos of happy people on nice beaches, “fitspo,” inspirational quotes… all that Tumblr stuff that is cool to look at but makes you feel shitty afterwards.

I found this website called Tiny Buddha. I can not explain my love for this page in words, so if you care to know, head over there and do a little perusing. To make a long story short, there are contributing writers who share deep stories and real inspiration: many of which had non-motivated lives prior to an epiphany or awakening of some sort.

James McMurphy had the most powerful post of all. 6 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever got me thinking on an entirely level, delving deeper into my true self interests. I set aside all the people, things and situations that consume me presently to focus on what  exactly that I want to do in this life. So I started taking notes, and the notes gave birth to tinier notes, side notes, notes that were taking up every inch of my notebook. My free write was so free-flowing that it turned into lists: what have I accomplished, what do I want to accomplish, what would I do with a million dollars?

His first question was all I really needed to ask myself. What do I absolutely love in life?

Animals. I love them all equally, but when my dog got sick last month, I felt an intense desire to help them, but how? Do I have it in me to go to veterinary school, especially after years of college in a completely different field? Could I see animals die in front of me? Could I put them down? What are my alternatives?



MusicI am the most happy when I attend a concert, or live a weekend at a festival. The energy, the people. Being immersed in music is something I want to be a part of always. Luckily, I have the right degree and the passion. However, trying to land a job working for a big-name festival seems impossible. The best part of a gig like that? It’d get me out of Connecticut.



TravelMy truest passion is reading about culture and experiencing new places. More than anything in this world, I need to get out in the world; I want to eat creepy delicious food and learn a new language. I thought about Habitat for Humanity, but what I’m really looking for is the opportunity to finally get free and explore beyond The United States. What are my options? Serious question.



One of my favorite people to follow on Instagram is a model of sorts… who isn’t on Instagram? Anyway, she just went from Machu Picchu in Peru (my ultimate go-to destination), to Easter Island to Iceland. I mean, really? Looking at stuff like that just makes me sad, because I have no idea how people make it work.

If I have learned anything in the past 26 years of growing up and molding into a functioning human with interests and opinions, it’s that I know nothing at all. The only way I could really feel fulfilled, I believe, is if I can understand more about culture by way of my own two feet and my own two eyes.

I must admit, however, list-making the other day was fun. I learned a lot about myself through that process alone. I was able to look back at my notes and generalize the type of person I think I am, and what I really want for myself. But until I resurrect those notes into action, that’s really all they are, a scribble of words of things I dream to become.


8 thoughts on “List Making is the New Black

  1. “If I have learned anything in the past 26 years of growing up and molding into a functioning human with interests and opinions, it’s that I know nothing at all.” Such is life…all you will ever know is limited to your own unique experiences.

    Suggestions: Join the Peace Corps….OR Teach English as a Second Language (TESOL), loads of opportunities from Latin America to Asia…Certification is relatively easy, then – take a 9 month assignment here, a 6 month assignment there, see the world, learn a foreign language, LIVE in different cultures, take advantage of opportunities to make peoples (and animals) lives a bit more pleasant. The ideal candidate for these jobs – college grad (not always required), TESOL Cert., single with no children (aka, free to set sail). Cheers…and all the best.

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

    1. Wow, thanks for such great feedback. I will absolutely look into TESOL. I’ve actually never thought about that for myself before. I appreciate you coming by the site! Hopefully soon I will be able to post about my upcoming adventures overseas!!

  2. Hey Sarah,

    If you are wondering where to start with travel, just think of what you would like to do when you’re traveling or rather how you would like to travel. If you would like to see a country like a traveler rather than a tourist, which means being a little more immersed and interested in the culture and the people rather than tick sights off a list, I would suggest to go volunteer in Asia. Why volunteer? Because its absolutely fulfilling and there are a host of ways you can help, plus you get to meet a lot of fellow volunteers from all over the world and also develop fruitful relationships with local people. Why Asia? Because its very cheap to stay, eat and travel in and also because a lot of help is needed there. Plus countries like Thailand and Vietnam among others see a lot of tourists and so they are very easy to travel in even if you decide to go solo.
    Remember whatever you decide to do, just take the first tiny step (like buying a ticket) and just go from there.
    Good luck!

    1. Thailand is one place I have always dreamed of living. I heard with the Peace Corps there is a long waiting period. But I have the time. Thanks so so so much for coming by this blog and offering your advice. I will absolutely think about your comment and start some research :)

  3. The fact that you put yourself out there, and allow others to connect with you
    in such a way is awe inspiring in itself, never underestimate the small things.
    It is the intimate moments that leave us the most profoundly affected.

    Solitude, like ownership are both illusions of the mind.
    It’s what we share with each other that is special and important.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, reflections, and insights.
    Sending you good vibes, love and sunshine from Miami :D

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