2017 Bucket List

2017-bucketlist

My theme for 2017 is Fitness, Fun, & Family. Not necessarily in that order.

  1. Track my workout routine for 60 days
  2. Complete three 100 Pushup Challenges
    • 100 pushups in 24 hours
    • 100 pushups in 5 minutes
    • 100 straight pushups
  3. Bench Press 225 lbs.
  4. No soda for 60 days
  5. Family trip to Hawaii
  6. Attend Las Vegas 7’s Rugby Tournament
  7. Go skiing or snowboarding
  8. Go golfing
  9. Go clay pigeon shotgun shooting
  10. Go stand-up paddle boarding
  11. Go camping with the family
  12. Go snorkeling
  13. Hike Timpanogos Cave
  14. Attend a cultural festival
  15. Coach a youth sports team
  16. Visit an Aquarium
    • Feed penguins
  17. Attend a professional work conference
  18. Attend a trade show
  19. “Read” 8 books
  20. Start a Travel site
    • Reach 100 followers
  21. Write 30 articles / posts
  22. Reach 1,000 Twitter followers
  23. Reach 300 Instagram followers
  24. Spend 1v1 time with each kid, each quarter
  25. Go on a weekly date with Melissa
  26. Take a trip with Melissa
  27. Go on a mini-getaway with Melissa
  28. Visit somewhere new
  29. Help Melissa compete in a triathlon
  30. Help someone achieve their goal or Bucket List item
  31. Attend a play, musical, or concert
  32. Attend a Real Salt Lake soccer game
  33. Attend BYU football games
  34. Visit each of my siblings:
    • Brother in Northern Utah
    • Brother in Southern Utah
    • Sisters in Arizona
  35. Try 12 foods from different cultures:
    • American BBQ
    • Brazilian Churrascaria
    • Chinese
    • El Salvadorian pupusas
    • Food Truck!
    • Greek
    • Indian
    • Sushi / Japanese
    • Thai
    • Italian (non-chain restaurant)
    • Vietnamese
    • Something else?
  36. Do something spontaneous
  37. Go to bed earlier to get more sleep

Bonus Item: Take a trip to Brazil

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA!

ID-100427595I love international travel! I enjoy meeting new people, attempting to learn new languages, tasting new foods and experiencing new cultures. In the past year I’ve been to Italy, the Bahamas and most recently the Dominican Republic.

Returning home however, I’m always reminded that there’s truly no place like home. The familiar sights and sounds of home are comforting.

July is a spectacular time to be in the USA, especially over Independence Day weekend. I love the hot summer weather, parades, apple pie, American BBQ, picnics, and fireworks. While riddled with its own set of challenges I still believe this is an amazing country and I’m proud to be an American… after all I was born on the 4th of July.

May you enjoy friends, family, fun and food in your home this weekend – wherever that might be.

Happy Independence Day!

-DJ

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Living without Regrets

No one wants to live a life full of regrets. I certainly don’t. To that end each year I create a yearly Bucketlist. Despite my best efforts I have three major regrets that come to mind.

  1. Not taking a typing class in high school
  2. Not volunteering for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
  3. Not taking my mom on a cruise

Not taking a typing class in high school ID-100253306

In high school I took several elective classes generally based on what sounded fun. Practical life skills weren’t top-of-mind in this class selection. I’ve long since forgotten all I learned in astrology, ballroom dance and the like, mostly because I never used that information again. A typing class would have proved useful almost every day of my life since.

So, Now What?
I tell my kids they will take typing in high school and maybe I’ll take an online course myself. I could have written this post 65% faster if my typing skills were improved.

Not volunteering for the 2002 Winter Olympic GamesID-10078316

In 2002, Salt Lake City, Utah welcomed the world as it hosted the Winter Olympic Games. The actual events were held in various venues in the Greater Salt Lake area. Many Olympic venues 30 minutes or less from my home at that time.

Olympic games require large volunteer support. As the games drew near multiple requests were made for volunteers. I highly enjoy sports, competition, and interacting with people from different countries and cultures. Multiple times I considered volunteering, each time I talked myself out of it. There was always a reason (excuse) why I shouldn’t.

My wife and I were able to attend an Olympic hockey event and had a great time cheering on the different countries. However, I missed out on an amazing opportunity to serve the Olympic community while interacting with athletes and fans from across the globe.

All these years later in the winter I see people wearing the Official 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games coats they received as a volunteer – a brutal reminder that I didn’t.

So, Now What?

When a “Once in a Lifetime” opportunity comes… I’ll grab it and hang on tight!

Not taking my mom on a cruiseID-100348000 (1)

Just a few short years ago my mother told me she’d always dreamed of going on a cruise with her kids. It was the #1 thing on her Bucketlist. We talked about it, but never set a date; never make a real plan to make it happen.

Six months later she got extremely sick requiring a liver transplant. For two years after the transplant she had varying degrees of health, but never got back to her normal self. Never again was she healthy enough to travel.

In March 2016 she passed away due to liver complications. She told me just weeks before passing how sad she was that she’d never had that experience with her children. I regret not taking her on that trip.

So, Now What?

One of my Lifetime Bucketlist items is to go on a cruise my wife and children. We’ve decided not to delay. In a few weeks my wife and I will take our children on their first cruise.

While we can’t change the past, we can change the future… starting by what we do in the present.

– Doug

 

Photo creds: Photo by Suwit Ritjaroon, Photo by Salvatore Vuono, KEKO64

2016 BUCKET LIST

2016 BucketlistReally nothing too crazy this year, but still a lot I’d like to do. Not officially on this list but something I’d like to find a way to do is travel to this Brazil this year. it’s not exactly in the plans, but hoping to find a way and make it happen.

  1. Get a job
  2. Attend a trade show or marketing conference
  3. Give a public speech, talk or presentation
  4. Travel internationally
  5. Visit a new state
  6. Go on a trip with Melissa
  7. Travel to a soccer tournament for Brendon
  8. Travel to Arizona to visit my sisters
  9. Spend a day at the beach
  10. Go on a family campout
  11. Go to a zoo or aquarium
  12. Go Snorkeling
  13. Go stand up paddle boarding (lots!)
  14. Go on a family picnic up the canyon (roast marshmallows)
  15. Attend a play or musical
  16. Attend  a cultural festival
  17. Get a gym membership – for the first time in my life
  18. Lose weight – get down to 210 lbs
  19. Stick to a 90-day workout routine
  20. Go mountain biking
  21. Hike Timpanogos Cave
  22. Coach one of my kids’ sports teams
  23. Play on an indoor soccer team (again)
  24. Attend a Real Salt Lake game
  25. Have a water balloon fight
  26. Take the family sledding
  27. Go fishing with my boys
  28. Get off automatic mode on my DSLR
  29. Try a new food or new cuisine
  30. Try a new restaurant
  31. Take Melissa horseback riding
  32. Have a candle lit dinner with Melissa
  33. Help someone move in
  34. Help someone move out
  35. Finish the home office (it flooded again)
  36. Read 4 books
  37. Listen to 12 audiobooks
  38. Write 20 blog posts
  39. Reach 100 total blog followers (82 on Jan 1st)
  40. Gain 93 new Twitter followers (507 on Jan 1st)
  41. Write 2 chapters in a book
  42. Prepare a will

Notably absent from my list this year is to go ice fishing. I tried to add it three years in a row and it just never happened.

Happy 2016 – Hope you can do and achieve all of your goals or Bucket list items this year.

– DJ

2015 BUCKET LIST

The Sky's the Limit
Wow, another year in the books, another chapter ended and a new one begins. I didn’t complete all of my 2014 Bucket List items; it was a great year though – two trips to Orlando, days at the beach, Sevens Rugby Tournament, a trip to Brazil that included visiting Rio de Janeiro, fishing, kite flying, hiking, camping and so much more including a new job.

This year’s Bucket List combines travel, personal improvement, professional development and well… hopefully lots of fun!

1. Travel to international destination
2. Attend 3 trade shows or conferences
3. Spend a day at the beach
4. Take Melissa horseback riding
5. Go on a trip with Melissa
6. Take Melissa dancing
7. Go on a family campout
8. Travel to Arizona to visit my sisters
9. Attend a BYU football game with Dylan
10. Attend a Real Salt Lake game
11. Travel to a soccer tournament for Brendon
12. Read 6 books
13. Listen to 12 audiobooks
14. Attend a play or musical as a family
15. Try a new restaurant
16. Bike 250 miles
17. Go mountain biking
18. Go skiing or snowboarding
19. Hike Timpanogos Cave
20. Go hiking in Southern Utah
21. Enter a Biggest Loser weight-loss contest
22. Lose 35 lbs
23. Play on a sports team
24. Become a USSF licensed soccer coach
25. Take a photography class
26. Take an online story writing course
27. Have a water balloon fight
28. Take the family sledding
29. Go fishing with the family
30. Go ice fishing (3rd time is the charm)
31. Write 25 blog posts
32. Get a guest blog post published
33. Increase blog followers by 25%
34. Increase Twitter followers by 20%
35. Write 2 chapters in a book

Taking a Vacation to Improve Business

Recently I spent a week on vacations with my wife and a couple friends. We took a cruise on Carnival Cruise lines to the Western Caribbean. Despite a slew of bad press I still believe cruises are one of the safest and most enjoyable ways to travel. During the cruise I was reminded of a few business principles that are too often forgotten.

Service: There is no replacement for great customer service. I didn’t say good service, I said great! The ship we were on had approximately 3,000 guests. However, the house keeping staff and each of our waiters always greeted us by our first names. The service was personal, it was friendly and it excellent. It reminded me that we need to do a better job of providing not just good, but great customer service.

Be Daring: Every night at dinner there was a different appetizer called DIDJA (Did you ever want to try?). Our waiter encouraged us to try the daring culinary creations. Over the week long trip I tried alligator fritters, frog legs, escargot and more. Some of the appetizers were delicious, others I wasn’t a big a fan of. Tasting new and unique foods was the highlight of our dining experience. Had we not been a little daring, we’d have missed out. The same goes for business; sometimes we need to take some risks and try something new. Employees should feel comfortable doing the same. Giving people a little latitude could create some unexpected, yet impressive results.

Disconnect: Traveling outside of the U.S. with little to no access to internet proved to be a nice break. For 7 days I didn’t carry a cell phone or log on a computer. A week of no phone calls or email was bliss. Business owners, managers and employees all need time to relax and recharge. Allow yourself, your employees and/or your co-workers chances to disconnect. People are generally more productive and less likely to get burned out.

Connect: You’re thinking “Wait, didn’t you just tell me to disconnect?” Often when we hear ‘connect’ we think of phone calls, email, texting, and technology. On our trip we connected with dozens of people through personal interaction. Interactions occurred during a bus riding through the jungles of Honduras or on a boat being ferried to the island of Grand Cayman. We interacted with people sitting near us at dinner or while lounging around the pool. We meet many staff members, allowing us to get to know people from all over the world. All of these interactions were personal conversation, handshakes and often hugs.

When at work, find more ways to connect. Connect with co-workers; learn more about the people around you. Look for opportunities to develop true partnerships that can mutually benefit all parties involved. Above all else, go out of your way to connect with customers. Customers are the lifeline of your business. Notice I said “connect” – emailing and posting to your Facebook wall is not the kind of connecting I’m talking about. When you connect with people personally they’ll be more likely to continue to do business with you.

Traveling is one of my greatest joys. I love seeing new places, meeting amazing people and building long lasting memories. Learning from my vacation was a wonderful added benefit. I’m already anticipating the next adventure, wherever that might be. In the meantime, hopefully a better job can be done while at work; making a job and a career, an experience in itself.