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The Bucket List: 10 Ultimate Experiences to See and Do Before You Die

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Writing your bucket list has become a popular thing to do in last decade or so, and the options to include in that list have never been so numerous as they are today. Here are some suggestions of experiences you will want to have before you pass on.

Hang From Toronto’s CN Tower

Known as the “EdgeWalk,” this experience involves hanging by safety gear from a platform that is 1,800 feet off the ground from one of the tallest freestanding building ever built. If you have a fear of heights, this may be a great opportunity to overcome that fear and feel accomplished!

Set Foot On All Seven Continents

At the heart of this experience is travel and seeing more of the world, which can be a valuable, empowering and positively awe-inspiring experience. Also, don’t underestimate how jealous your friends will be when you book your trip to Antarctica.

Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Since 1974, this extremely popular puzzle game has taken the hobbyist’s world by storm. You can find a Rubik’s cube in most homes, so when you master the skill of solving a Rubik’s cube, you can impress your friends and family.

Explore the Great Pyramid Of Giza

Though the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most iconic images you may have encountered in history class, not many travelers end up making the trip. If you have the ability to make it there, you would be in for a once in a lifetime view of history.

Ride An Elephant

Aside from being a thrilling ride atop one of the largest mammals in the world, riding an elephant will bring you closer to nature and all of the fantastic creatures the world has to offer.

Become a Foster Parent

One of the most enriching experiences you can have, becoming a foster parent helps children in need while they wait for a more suitable home. You can be personally responsible for making a child’s present situation a positive and memorable one.

Learn a Martial Art

Learning a martial art takes discipline, hard work, mental acuity and meditation, all characteristics that will make you a better, well-rounded person. Anytime is the right time to foster your inner martial artist.

Participate In a Polar Bear Plunge

This is one of the most invigorating things you can do that costs nothing at all. Many of these events are also held for charity, so you can have this life-changing experience while raising money for a worthy cause.

Get Married

Maybe the most intimate and meaningful thing you can do in your entire life, getting married is like climbing aboard a ride that will last the rest of your life. Marriage, in that sense, is the ultimate adventure.

Visit Walt Disney World Resort

The goal of almost any child in North America at some point in their lives is to make it to Disney World, and 40 million people make the trip every year. Even if you’re an adult, Disney has so much to offer, so channel your inner child and book your trip today. Your bucket list is not something to write out and then file away for another day. If there is something on this list that fits into your category of things to do before you die, don’t delay, because you never know what tomorrow will bring!

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Kicking ass & crossing off Bucket List items in 2013!

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Kick the Bucket: #11 complete!

costa rica zipline

Ziplining in Costa Rica!

AND IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!

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{guest post} Shacking Up? 5 Signs You’re Ready to Move in Together

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On the scale of relationship biggies, shacking up together ranks right below engagement. You will finally see each other in your least glamorous states (like washing dishes, groggily waking up, and lazily watching TV in your sweats.) Since this is a total change in the dynamics of your partnership, and it will make it harder to call it quits should you decide to part ways, moving in together is not a decision to be made lightly. 

Before you take the plunge for the sake of halving your rent, check out these 5 signs you’re ready to move in together.

1) You’ve Had Arguments Before

You know the old saying “familiarity breeds contempt.” Well, the quickest way to get very familiar with someone is to share the same living space with them. Seeing someone day in and day out will increase your intimacy, but it will probably also increase the number of issues you fight about.  Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having a lover’s spat now and then — as long as you both already know how to handle it. If you’ve gotten into a few heated arguments with your loved one and your relationship managed to survive, then you are ready for the new stress that living together will put on your bond.

2) You Know Each Other Very Well

Do you know each other outside the confines of fun dates? Lots of people dive into getting a place together assuming their partner is always the fun-loving, exciting person they are during nights on the town. However, people behave very differently when they are grocery shopping, unwinding after a long work day, or just generally going through the mundane day-to-day errands of life. If you know how somebody acts even when they aren’t working hard to impress you, then at least you won’t be shocked once you start spending a lot more time together.

3) You Already Spend Nights Together

If you frequently drive to work from your lover’s place already, then moving in together is just a formality. If seeing them at their least sexy hasn’t kept your relationship from flagging or given you second thoughts about putting both your names on a lease, you are probably ready to make it official.

4) You’ve Had a Vacation Together — And Liked It

While obviously living in a hotel room in an exotic locale for a week or two is very different than living in a apartment for months or years, it at least gives you a taste of seeing that person day in and day out. If you managed to take a joint vacation without getting irritated at your partner’s little habits (you know the ones), then you can be somewhat confident you won’t get any unpleasant surprises once you are living under the same roof. 

5) You Can Talk About These Signs

Honest and straightforward communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. If you two are able to have an adult conversation about where you are in your partnership, and are able to be completely candid about whether or not you are really ready to take such a serious step, it’s a positive sign that you are mature enough to takes things to the next level if that’s what you decide. 

Of course, there is always a level of uncertainty with moving in (or making any advancement in your relationship). While you can never been 100% sure that living under the same roof is the best thing for you, carefully considering where you are and how you feel about your partner will increase your odds of happy cohabitation.

Logan Strain is a writer for Instant Checkmate, a simple and convenient way to examine anyone’s public records.

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In pursuit of… vacation.

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This post brought to you by Aruba Tourism Authority. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have a travel Bucket List — there are just SO MANY places that I want to visit. And since I have my passport (finally) renewed, I've also renewed my list. With an upcoming trip already planned to Costa Rica, my interest has grown for Aruba (several friends have recently traveled there for honeymoons and destination weddings and what-not and to say my interest is piqued would be an understatement). 

I'm an activity-based traveler; I enjoy the combination of things-to-do on both land and water, and I generally just like to stay busy. I especially like a place that has history. My Aruba travel plans would include: the Aruba Aloe Factory, the Archaeology Museum… Ostrich Farm (!!!). I would probably do a lot of hiking in Arikok National Park and the Indian caves too. There are so many cultural events scheduled throughout the year too — Caribbean festivals, regattas, music festivals… it's no wonder the country attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists. I'm pretty sure that Carnival (starting November 11 at 11:11) would be an amazing time to visit too (although the Pajama Parade closing ceremony in San Nicolas sounds like a grand time).

You just can't beat the view of turquoise waters (thinking: horseback riding on the beaches and kayaking). Aruba seems like a place where I wouldn't get bored, but also have the luxury of relaxation (in secluded beaches!!!) when needed.

Have you done Aruba travel? Tell me your favorite reason why I should go (and what time of year)!

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This is NOT a sex & the city blog.

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I don’t know why I get so annoyed by someone describing this site as a “sex in the city blog.” Which, AND not IN, amiright, ladies?! But it really makes me bonkers. First off, Sex & the City was not a blog. Also, I haven’t really written about my single-something dating life in, well.. four years of my no-longer-single relationship. Our baby projects and stories are individual and personal to our own life experience. And I did NOT start this blog to “be the next Carrie.” (I’m totally a Samantha anyways). Ultimately though, wanting some experiences to be kept personal is the reason why I killed the blog. This isn’t a dating project anymore. Lifestyle blog, maybe. SATC, no. But it’s not even a blog because I have no desire to post or update regularly. Thousands of you still come back every day to make sure.

And that’s why I’m posting. TEN YEARS LATER. Because there’s still yet some life to suck out of here. SATC lasted, what, 6 seasons? And that last one was a total mess.

So, I’m reading this book about sex toys right now. The history of the sex toy, really — and its inventors, testing subjects and physiologists doing secret research about human sexuality. The 50s and 60s of last century. Infamous (and apparently, urban legend) motorized pumping devices. The days before the fleshlight. Or any sort of sexual revolution. Perhaps there was one for some people, but these test subjects were considered the heathens of society. Most of the research was under a cloak of anonymity or desensitized with BIG MEDICAL WORDS.

The topic has once again captured my interest in studying sexuality and identity. There’s a great discussion made in the book about where the lines of studious passion and personal deviation blur. People, generally speaking, are still in this holding pattern of being really shy, uncomfortable and awkward talking (and listening and reading or watching) about sex — especially if it’s a reflection upon their own lives. But this is NOT a blog about my sex life.

Know this though: If you’re a stranger talking to me about my “sex in the city blog,” you’re just creepy.

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