Reverse Bucket List

Saw this Reverse Bucket List on Alison’s blog and it’s such a fun idea, a spin of the famous Bucket List, I decided to join the fun and link up with Angela from Happy Fit Mama.

Instead of listing the things you wanted to do, Reverse Bucket List will list the things that you’ve done in your life. What a great way to count your blessings, right?

So ladies (and gents) here are mine, all 35 of them:

  • Despite being in Indonesia, I rode the yellow big school bus when I was little.
  • Seeing baby orangutans and their mama (or papa?) swaying and playing around from our balcony. Yes, they were our neighbors many years ago.
  • Having wild monkeys came up to our backyard in Borneo.Monkey Business
  • Survived a 3 days road trip with the whole family, slept by the side of the road under the blanket of millions of stars in the middle of no where.
  • Left home at an early age. From the deep jungle of Borneo to Jakarta  for High School.
  • Survived college years and all it’s drama.

  • Went white water rafting and loved it. Unfortunately I don’t have the pictures, just a little small certificate that says I did it. Hah! Bummer!
  • Worked and lived on my own since graduated high school.
  • Went for a job interview in Bali – all expenses paid – didn’t get the job but hey, I got a free weekend getaway alone in Bali.
  • Set foot in United States of America alone and started a life in a foreign land.
  • I managed to keep my baby inside me up to 35 weeks after being diagnosed with severe preeclampsia. He was born prematurely.
  • Took care of the preemie baby alone with the ex’s help without any nannies/babysitter/family member up until he’s 2 years old.
  • Drove – well it was my friend who drove – from Dothan, AL to Houston, TX with a baby and a toddler in tow. Yeah, we were crazy moms!

  • Flew internationally several times alone with my boy.Flying with a baby
  • Survived being lost in translations in China for a couple of months.Lost in Translations
  • I lost about 50lbs and has managed to keep it off for over 3 years now, no diet pills, no crashed diets, no magic pills just ole’ hard work and sweats also eating healthy.2009 & Current
  • Was mistaken for 23 years old at the gym! One of the best moments ever.
  • Took my boy to the concert of his life in Singapore, The Wiggles and he shook hands with the red wiggles: Murray.
  • Getting a job again to rebuild my life after years of being a stay at home mom.
  • Won second place a photo contest that sent me, my brothers and my boy to Bangkok for free where we were treated like VIP guests.Winning Picture
  • Seeing Krakatoa Mountain up-close – although I couldn’t hike up because of my flaring herniated discs.
  • Worked from home for a little while.
  • Won free tickets to see Il Divo live in concert and had eargasms.
  • Been blogging since 2001, that’s 13 years! Holy-long-time-Batman!
  • Being part of amazing women writers of World Moms Blog. Such an amazing community of women.
  • Quit smoking after +13 years!
  • Building some booty – believe me those squats they work! Project Build A Booty
  • Finding and meeting my true love, I love you, D!
  • Flew to Melbourne, Australia for the first time ever to meet him, my sweet sexy man.
  • Growing more and more deeply in love with all of me, the real woman inside me.
  • Becoming an Auntie for the first time. My little niece will call me Mama later not Auntie. It’s part of the tradition in our family.How cute is she?
  • Went on a romantic getaway to Lombok with my man.
  • Trying anti-gravity yoga and loving it.
  • Being a memory keeper for my late grandma’s old photographs dated as far as 1930’s. Precious.
  • Being able to tell my 20’s something years old self that life after 30s is actually pretty awesome!

What’s your Reverse Bucket List?



  1. January 28, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    What a list! I love that you have taken so many leaps of faith…keep it going! And 13 years blogging? Whoa! Thanks for linking up!

    • January 30, 2014 / 9:32 am

      Thank you so much Angela for creating this truly wonderful link up 🙂
      Yeah, 13 years and reading my old posts made me so embarrassed lol.

  2. January 28, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    Major Kudos for your weight loss the good old fashion way. It works!!! Living proof here. So much to be proud. Your independcy is inspiring. Congratulations to you on all that you’ve accomplished! You’re a vet in this blogging game. Glad to have finally connected!

    • January 30, 2014 / 9:36 am

      Thank you so much Joi! You are amazing yourself and I love how you and your mom are working out together that’s like my dream. 🙂 No not a vet really, still so much to learn about in this bloggy world.

    • January 30, 2014 / 9:37 am

      YAY can’t wait to read yours!

  3. January 28, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Oh I adore this meme, too! So much fun to learn about your full life in this way!

    • January 30, 2014 / 9:44 am

      It’s a great meme isn’t? I just adore it 🙂

  4. January 29, 2014 / 1:44 am

    Wow! You’ve done so many cool things! I feel like I know you so much better because of this post! My reverse bucket list includes: three degrees, living abroad and passing the NY State Bar Exam!

    • January 30, 2014 / 9:45 am

      Living abroad surely is an amazing experience, isn’t Britt? 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your own reverse bucket list. 3 degrees? Girl, you are so amazing!

  5. January 29, 2014 / 4:34 am

    That was a fun read! You have seen so much of the world! Congrats on quitting smoking and getting fit. You look fab! And funny you mention Il Divo because my aunt just told me she is so excited she will see them in concert later this year. I had to look them up on You Tube haha!

    • January 30, 2014 / 9:49 am

      I’m sure your aunt will enjoy Il Divo 😀 They are amazing and I didn’t mentioned it but after the first half of the concert my brother (who went with me) somehow got our seats moved to the VVIP rows so we were pretty close to the stage. Thank you for your kind comment, Marie 🙂

  6. January 31, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    What a great way to live life – just going for it!

    • February 3, 2014 / 11:42 am

      Thank you Alison 🙂

  7. February 2, 2014 / 9:18 am

    You’ve had a wonderful and charmed life, Maureen. And I love that you are the one that made it happen. Such a great attitude.

    I had no idea that you’ve been blogging for 13 years!

    • February 3, 2014 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Carla.
      It’s actually hard to believe that I’ve been blogging this long. I started off on blogpost. 🙂

  8. February 11, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    I love these reverse bucket lists. I think the quitting smoking is the BEST thing on yours. Good job momma.

  9. February 13, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    Love this post!!!

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