Bucket List

My sister and I were recently talking about traveling after graduation. We each have some money we had originally saved up for a summer trip that never worked out. As we talked about all the places we wanted to go, the list kept growing longer and longer, and we never really decided on a place to go.

It made me think though, I really need a new bucket list. Not just an updated one, but really a new one with new ideas as the person I am now. Especially now that I’m graduating and I’m going to be in the real world, I don’t want my life to become mundane and boring all the time. I want to be able to look forward to things and keep some excitement in my life, even if it’s only once in a while that I get to do it.

So here’s a short list of the types of things that would probably make it to my official bucket list, if I ever get around to actually making an official bucket list.

  • Run a Disneyland Half Marathon
  • Read 1,000 books
  • Go to Comic Con in cosplay
  • Learn to make really good coffee
  • Adopt a Corgi
  • Learn another language and speak it fluently
  • Get engaged at Disneyland (the engaging is optional, the Disneyland part is not)
  • Visit Hobbiton
  • Get a book published
  • Go to a Stanley Cup playoff game
  • Travel through Europe
  • Have my photography published
  • Meet a penguin

What’s on your bucket list?



For my last semester in college I’m required to take a capstone class (think like super senior project class) for photography. I basically had to choose a theme for a photo project that I will work on for the whole semester. I decided on portraiture, specifically portraits of cosplayers in costume. At the time I thought it would be amazing and unique and really fun, and I still think that now, except I’m having a teeny bit of trouble actually getting cosplayers to photograph. I’ve got 3 months so I’m not going to worry about that quite yet…

With all of the research that has gone into Cosplay Portraiture I’ve definitely been inspired to make my own costume. I’ve been looking into making a costume for Rey from the latest Star Wars movie. I really admired the character and thought the costume looked simple enough (but very cool at the same time). So I started doing some more research, looking for bits and pieces of the costume and very quickly learned that actually putting together a decent cosplay is hard.


Source  (I mean who wouldn’t want to look this amazing?)

Let me tell you. I have searched through amazon, looked up diy videos, compared cosplays already made… and it’s gonna be some work. Work I think I might be willing to do. I have no sewing skills, no costuming expertise or experience really. But I really want to try this. I’m sort of laughing at myself as I type this (I do that a lot in case you all were wondering.)

I’ll keep you updated on my progress 🙂


Liz is a Ravenclaw

I want to be one of those people who can record everything everywhere I go so I can make those inspirational youtube videos that make my life look awesome. Perhaps a blog is a good enough excuse not to seem creepy when I’m recording my friends eating cereal when we’re casually hanging out.

I spend a lot of time day dreaming up ways I wish my life could be. Reading a lot as a kid did that to me. It’s so easy to get lost in the world of a book and just forget about what’s actually happening around you, avoiding responsibility, pain, fear, and whatever else the world may be made of at any given time. But I think lately I’ve come to terms with the fact that I need to be a bit more present in the world I live in, and maybe even do some things to make it better.

This year, I think my ultimate goal is to do the work to become the person that I think I should be. I have a lot of expectations for myself, and I think I get so wrapped up in imagining what I could do and who I could be that I’m exhausted by the time I actually try to initiate anything. My ability to sleep in and eat junk food are really my most significant weaknesses.


Things about me: I’m a Photography student at NAU in Flagstaff, AZ. It took me much longer than the usual person to decide what I wanted to go to school for, and there are still days that I wonder if I made the right decision. Photography is cool as a major, I definitely feel as if we all get more general life lessons than other majors offer. But it also ruins your ability to look at images normally on a day to day basis (perhaps that’s a topic for a later date…)

I’m a huge geek. I don’t like to go out and party to celebrate the end of the week or get crazy for the next big event. Chances are, if I’ve had a rough week, I’m somewhere in Skyrim battling dragons, or in Middle Earth hanging with Merry and Pippin. I read, play video games, watch movie marathons, all usually in my pajamas, no matter what time of day it is.

I’m a Christian, and that part of me is becoming more and more important in my life. I think if I can prove to the world that Christians aren’t about hate and judgement as much as the media makes us out to be, and that we’re really all about love and acceptance instead, I’ll feel as if I’ve accomplished enough in my life.


Anne reminds me that I’m better than I think I am. I think every person needs a friend who goes through life in a completely different way and sees the world from perspectives you wish you could have. That’s Anne for me. What’s amazing is that though we were in band together in high school and we thought each other were cool… it wasn’t until after high school that we became closer. I won’t try to understand the science behind that, or explain how we can live in separate states with minimal contact for years and still pick up like nothing changed whenever we want… It’s just pretty fantastic that we can do that, and that’s all there is to it.


I’ve tried keeping blogs in the past, but never really had a good reason to keep them going. I can already tell this year is going to be a weird one and I think that’s a good enough reason to record my crazy wonderful life.