Uncategorized, Unschooling

Crossing it off the “Bucket List”

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When you think of the term “Bucket List”, chances are it conjures up images of two old men on a road trip set up with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”.  And with those images maybe a bit of remorse or sadness, maybe even a bit of fear of that final chapter we all must reach.  Though, recent events have changed my perspective on this, I have to admit that when my daughter Livy came to me about a year ago to proudly show me her bucket list she had comprised, my feelings were a bit of a mix.  But the truth is, her writing up her bucket list wasn’t a sign that she was pondering over the end of her life but rather because she saw the import of embracing each moment, really truly making the most of  her time here in the NOW.  She sees her life as a gift and our purpose here to make the most of it.  Isn’t that what free will is for, isn’t that why we are here?  To find joy!  For her to be able to see clearly at thirteen years of age (what I only now see at nearly 40), not only what her life goals are, but to be so full of hope and intent that her dreams (that everyone’s dreams, really) can come true; I think THAT is awesome! And once again, just proves to me that we have so much to learn from each other; our children are no less wise and no less equipped to teach us a thing or two.*

I am so grateful to have been alongside Livy for so many of these dreams coming true, to be present in the moments when she is able to cross these things off her bucket list.

Recently, one such dream came true when she met the members of one of her favorite bands; Little Mix.  We drove across two states to make it happen; first to join our friends at their house in New Hampshire and then onto Massachusetts.  A two hour road trip with five girls (including us moms)! It was so fun!

We were the first to arrive at the mall.  The girls bought their cd’s (to be autographed by the band), got their ID bracelets and then we headed over to the area to save our spot in line.  Only six hours to go! haha

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But just before we did that, I saw a photo op I was not about to miss out on . . .

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It was crazy because you’d think waiting all those hours would’ve been such a bummer but the time really passed quickly and it was just so fun to be together.  And as other people showed up, just as excited, just as thrilled to be there as we were, the great energy just intensified.  And when the members of Little Mix finally made their appearance . . .  to witness the girls’ excitement and anticipation was incredible.

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Livy and her friend Tiffany were the first to go up and meet them.  Dayna and Ivy followed close behind and I with my camera in hand to capture what I could of the moment.  The Little Mix girls were all smiles, so sweet, so genuinely pleased to meet their fans.  The highlight for Livy was when Perrie said “Hello Love” and after Livy handed her the gift she bought her (a pearled kitty cat ear headband) she said in such a sincere voice “Thank you very much” .  She also told Tiffany she was “gorgeous”.  It meant the world to our girls and Dayna and I both agreed we are so grateful that we were able to make that happen for them.

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There was press at the event and Livy and Tiffany were the first to have their picture taken.  These are two of my favorite of the shots. 

To see the others, click on the link HERE.

 

And for the real experience of being there . . . Check out Livy’s video HERE.

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Last but not least . . . my two favorite moments of the day captured:

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Livy bought a gift for Perrie and also a card for the entire band. This is her writing out her feelings, expressing her gratitude to the girls for how they inspire her and what valuable role models they are for so many young girls.
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Overwhelmed with the entire experience, moved to tears of happiness. So sweet! I teared up too.

As always, I am grateful to share our experiences with you!  And by extension spread our joy and love to all. Remember that when it comes to fully embracing our lives here, fulfilling our dreams, the sky need not be your limit. Reach for BEYOND!!

Next up for Livy: attending the One Direction concert this summer 🙂

 

Love and Light,

Amber

*one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite of wise souls:

Parents often think that they are here to guide the little ones. When – in reality – the little ones come forth with clarity to guide you. -Abraham (Esther Hicks)

 

AND

speaking of Bucket Lists, most recently I have become acquainted with Rick Cowley (of SURF LIFE; an amazing organization) and his fantastic plight to get everyone involved in a positive life change, to following your passions, and fulfilling your dreams via what he calls your “F*ckit List”.  And his personal story is nothing short of inspirational!

If you’re not yet familiar, check it out! (http://www.isurflife.com/fuckit-list/)

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