My Bucket List Has a Hole in It

Years ago, like many others, I created a bucket list. A list of all the things I wanted to do before I died, provided that I didn’t die before I planned on dying. I have one, maybe two, things checked off on my list. Seriously, my bucket list has a hole in it. There are a myriad of reasons why I haven’t done the things I have always wanted to do. Let’s face it, life gets in the way. I was climbing the corporate ladder after all. My focus essentially was work. The Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm routine suddenly became life. The goal…retirement. That’s when I would do everything I wanted to do. Provided that I could retire at a reasonable age, right? Nothing beats being 75 and mountain climbing. Ha, who was I kidding, I am in no shape to mountain climb, let alone at age 75.

Mountain climbing never made it to the list.

Anyway, COVID happened. Right smack dab in the middle of the COVID fiasco, I switched companies…another rung up the ladder. I haven’t made it into my new office yet (it’s much larger than my last) because we have stay-at-home orders. I don’t even know when the corporate office will open again, if ever, to capacity. But here I am, new job, higher position, but still the bucket. The bucket somehow always made it into my thoughts. I wanted to write, I wanted to paint, I wanted to create, I wanted to captivate the world word by word, person by person. I never found the time…again that life thing is getting in the way and let’s not forget the hours spent on social media. Work, bills, social media, it was all designed to stop us from doing the things we were meant to do.

Little did I know a pandemic would come along and help me change my life.

Stay-at-home orders meant my husband and I were at home 24/7. Literally, a dream come true. We have the same future goals and wanted to achieve them. A goal without a plan is just a wish and we knew that. So, we sat down with a pen and paper (lots of paper) and began to plan our endeavor. The very next day we got to work. Every day we committed to our plans and made some serious progress. Because of that I published my book in the middle of a pandemic, the biggest goal on my bucket list!

In Between - Not Quite Heaven...

is my pride and joy and I am thrilled that I get to share it with the world. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we can rise above and set and achieve goals. I am so eternally grateful that I did. The book was just the beginning and over the next year you will be a part of the events, surprises and plot twists that our plans will start to unfold. We make a good team and our dreams are coming into fruition. I can't wait for you to be a part of the surprises we have in store for the world over the next few months.

XOXO, Stacey



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