Money & Morals – Using Your $$ For Good

A few months back I had the experience of a lifetime – I spent an entire week volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  This trip is one that I had been wanting to do for 10 years.  I first heard of The Elephant Nature Park from a flight attendant who had gone there on her honeymoon.  Though I thought it an odd choice at the time, as my honeymoon was spent sipping rum punch on a beach in Jamaica,  I have since come around to realize her experience far outweighed my gluttonous week of all you can eat restaurants and sand in my crotch…as far as honeymoons are concerned, she won.

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The result of 800 lbs of food each day…times 71 elephants!

I arrived at ENP unsure of how the experience would shape me.  I knew the basics of what we would be doing – prepping food (Did you know elephants eat 800 lbs of food a day?), picking up shit (400lbs a day…each!), and cleaning the park of the discarded corn tusks the elephants deemed inedible (picky, picky, picky).   I had no idea there would also be 460 dogs there (most saved from the flood of Bangkok in 2011), herds of water buffalo, endless cats, goats, chickens, and any other type of animal that has needed rescuing in the past 25+ years.  I also had no idea what the tourism industry had done to these magnificent creatures including torture, mutilation, and murder of many of the mothers in order to take the young.  That week I learned a lot.  I saw more than what I thought my heart could handle.  That week, I became a voice for those who can’t speak… Continue reading “Money & Morals – Using Your $$ For Good”

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I Wrote My Will Today…

Everyone should have a will…Right?  Right.

Truth be told, this is something I preach but don’t practice.  You know, like eat healthy and work out.  Sounds great but I rarely do it…the working out part.  Let’s face it – that’s the hard part.  And, like working out, planning for your death is hard.   Hard, but important.

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Next week I leave for Thailand to cross off one of my Bucket List items.  I realize this is a trip many have made before and I realize that volunteering with elephants is not likely to be my cause of death.  But… I also realize that shit happens.  And, though I have no intentions of getting swept under a stampede, I am not the type to sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by…I’ll jump (or attempt to jump) on the elephants back and enjoy the ride!  

With all that in mind, today I wrote my will.  It isn’t official but I have no doubt it will stand up in court – it is basic, but informative, and will most likely cause those to read it to both laugh and cry…as any will should.  The will is brief.  One printed page of instructions (front and back) for my assets, my Bubs, and my vacuum (My BF will be so happy!)…

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Bucket List Challenge – Join Me!!

Hey all!

I’m writing from a hotel room in MSP situated across the street from the Mall of America.  While many flight attendants would relish in their 15 hour overnight to spend half of it roaming the mall buying crap they don’t need, I’m not that kind of girl. I did, however, wander through the mall getting my steps in and picking up major points on Shopkick…but that’s another post.  On my walk back to the hotel I couldn’t help but pop into IKEA for a slice of pizza. Seriously, they have the best crappy pizza one can buy for $1.75 ($2.50 with drink) – if you haven’t tried it I implore you to do so.

Anywho, my real overnight began once I settled back into my room…

It is rare I use my TV on an overnight…unless they have Bravo and Real Housewives of NY is on.  Or The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is on…or Bachelor in Paradise.  Oh, or Law and Order SVU!  Ok – maybe I watch TV more than I think, but I don’t have cable at home so it’s easily justified. 🙂 So, today when I returned to my room I put HBO to see what was up on the movie channel. Enter The Bucket List.

Now, I love me some Rob Reiner films. And I love me some Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. But this movie I did not love. It was OK, and I definitely watched it from beginning to end, but it wasn’t mind blowing by any means.  That being said, the idea was great – two dying men trying to live out their final dreams and goals.  I can get behind that idea and, as sad as it is, I get it.  But what I don’t get is why people wait until they are DYING to motivate and LIVE their lives!  What a cruel way to go…finally living and then you die.  Bummer!

The movie reminded me of my own Bucket List. At the beginning of this year I spent twenty minutes having a brain dump and writing down all of the things I want to accomplish and experience before I die…um, in one hundred years.  The movie made me go back and reintroduce myself to the list.  It was super invigorating for my imagination to see what lies ahead in my future, both near & far…

 

Not a bad start…

A lot of travel planned ahead.  A lot of eating.  And a lot of time spent with our next generation.  Traveling expands my mind and perspective in so many ways that I can only imagine what the future will bring for this Bucket List!  I look forward to being challenged and (in my nieces and nephews case) challenging others.

My plan is to add to this list every year.  More importantly, I plan to check things OFF my Bucket List EVERY year.  I don’t want to wait until my dying days to find the joy and wonderment in life…that’s for suckers.  So who is with me??

** Do you have a Bucket List?  Post it in the comments section and let’s start crossing it off!  If you have a blog then join me in writing your own post about the Bucket Challenge!  Let us unite in our pursuit of the extraordinary adventures that make life worth, well, living!  Oh, and if you know how to surf or are fluent in Spanish – I am looking for teachers!!  🙂 **

Off to charge my phone now… 😉

Until next time…