I began a project on my 35th birthday with hopes of growing as a person by tackling items designed to challenge me mentally, emotionally, physically and creatively.
Determined to survive middle age without giving up on my dreams of making a mark on the world, I created a list of adventures and ideas with plans to document my progress along the way.
Though this was originally meant to be a year-long adventure, it has turned into an ongoing bucket list that I hope lasts a lifetime.
Here's a look at some of the ideas, goals and adventures I hope to tackle someday before I go to that big ol’ code repository in the sky:
L.A. may have more glitz and glamor and San Diego is definitely special (already been there…) but San Francisco has ranked as the top place in California I’d like to see before I die.
What needs to be said here?!? It’s the biggest and arguably the greatest city in the world and I’ve never been, so it’s about time to change that and see if it lives up to all the hype from all the TV shows, movies and songs, etc.
Call me a mark. Call me an overgrown child. Call me what you will. I’m a huge WWE fan and have followed this amazing spectacle of sports entertainment for 20+ years. But I’ve never been to the Grandest Stage of Them All and I really want to experience it someday.
A dream I never knew I had, has become one of my biggest goals over the past several years. I want to be able to build my family a new home which they can grow up in.
There may be a lot of fitness goals on this list, but probably none more elusive than this one. I just want to be able to once in my life do an actual pull-up.
Though the event increasingly skews toward a cooler-than-thou hipster vibe that is totally not what I’m about, something about the cutting-edge mix of music, tech and the “Keep Austin Weird” vibe of the city, still drive me to want to check out SxSW someday.
Whether it’s still the allure of 90s grunge and the rock scene here, its reputation as a tech hub or its standing as the capital of the Northwest — a region I’ve always been curious about but never visited — Seattle stands out as one of the top U.S. cities I’ve never visited. And I’d like to fix that.
As a huge music fan and a lover of beautiful things, it’s no wonder that Red Rock Amphitheater, just outside Denver, Colorado, has always been a desired destination.
When I started CrossFit, it was with the intent of someday being able to complete a Spartan Race.
I’m sure Europe’s enchanting, Africa’s amazing and India is interesting, but when it comes to international destinations on my “must-see” list, Australia ranks right at the top.
Though I’m much more of a rock, hip-hop or pop fan than I am a purveyor of modern country music, there’s still a part of my soul and musical roots that comes from a long-line of folks who worshipped Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams.
I often joke about being the oldest fans of the CBJ someday when they finally reach the cup in the 2052-53 season. But ideally I’d like to not have to live to 70+ years old to achieve the goal of someday attending a Stanley Cup Finals game in Columbus.
How could you not want to visit a place this colorful … Tokyo, looks amazing, right?
After years of wanting to participate, but not getting around to it, I decided this would be the year to put my money where my mouth was (literally) and take the leap.
One of my biggest regrets in recent years is that I wasn't around when my grandfather passed away and though I can't get that chance back I'd like to take this chance to remember him
It’s been a long time since I’ve gone even a week without a drink, so I feel like it’s important to prove that I can give it up if I want to.
In nine years of living in Myrtle Beach I’ve rarely seen sunset from the beach and never made a point to stay up and watch the sun rise from the beach.
Having covered tourism in Myrtle Beach for several years, I’ve gotten to do some awesome activities as part of my job. This is one I’ve always wanted to try, but never had the guts.
There's no real deep-seated reason behind why paintball is on the list — it just sounds damn cool and the only time I had the chance to go with some co-workers I ended up having to bail at the last minute.
As someone who’s always identified an artist, I’ve only ever really dabbled in fine arts and not done a lot in terms of creating art for art’s sake.
I'm not a musician, but In looking to challenge myself creatively I thought it would be interesting to put my writing skills to the test and try to come up with a tune of my own.
While most of the items on this list are about growing in some way, this one is simply about letting loose and reliving some past glory from my college days.
This year for Thanksgiving I plan to take some time to reach out to those who’ve made an impact on me; to thank them and let them know I’m thinking about them.
For years, I’ve watched my wife help others with disabilities and special needs, so I'd like to try and understand her better and also just to see what it’s like to actually “give back” to the community.
Though I've never been truly fast as a runner, I think I have the ability to be significantly faster than what I have been in recent years and plan to hit the track to prove it.
As a kid, some of my favorite memories were days spent skiing with my family. I'm hoping to recapture a little of that magic by convincing someone in my family to take a trip with me out west.
One of my original goals with The 35 Project was to break 4:30 at the 2015 Myrtle Beach Marathon. I missed it just barely but plan to shatter that mark in 2016.
Here's a look at some of things I have already checked off my list. Click on any of the entries to read more about the experience: