That’s right. I’m a girl who finishes things.

Here’s the list (with limited journaling because most of that’s for me):

Places I want to travel

1. Sonoma

2. St. Lucia

3. Ireland

4. Tuscany

Things I want to own

5. 2010 Honda CR-V (Black with black leather interior, 4wd, MP3 jack, and moon roof)

6. The Camera

7. iPhone 4g

8. The Dyson Pet Vacuum

9. A pair of Chucks in every color of the rainbow (but starting with yellow and green)

. . . for my life

10. A nice booty. . . actually, a nice bod that results from regular Pilates, but a booty would be a good start

11. Some kind of personal style that’s NOT the mindless Bee uniform

12. Cute, colorful, fun, livable organization — In my dream June-Cleaver-meets-Martha-Stewart-but-so-much-cooler world, I am an incredibly organized woman with a cleverly and cutely organized home.

. . . for the house

13. A sweet man cave (that will really be an HP and Bee cave) complete with bar, giant tv, surround sound, and pool, poker, and air hockey tables

14. An organized office that is pretty and that has spunky personality

15. Spa-like bathrooms for us and for our guests

16. A beautiful backyard with pristine flowerbeds and a built-in pool and hot tub

17. Dinner parties in said backyard

18. A nursery

Artists I want to see in concert

19. James Morrison — soulful, smart, survivor-style tunes

20. Sister Hazel — MAD sweet harmonies

21. Sugarland — Don’t judge.  Jennifer Nettles can outsing anyone.

22. Elton John — Classic

23. Lady Antebellum — A real trio with sick harmony skills

More for my life

24. Learn to cook the kinds of meals that make people excited and to learn how to arrange flowers and place settings and all the other bells and whistles that make guests feel special.  Learn to entertain.  Then do it.  Often!

25. Be that couple — the couple who’s so in love, even after decades of marriage, that we disgust people.  Be happy.  Choose it and make it happen.

26. Be an inspired version of myself.  Be who I could be if I were the leading lady in a movie–a cool, pretty movie about an amazing girl who makes the world a better place, especially for those she loves.

27.  “Remember happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”

28.  The image reads “There is a direct correlation between the level of happiness in one’s life and the amount of silliness they allow into it,” she said.  “I know.  I’ve done studies.”  And my journaling here says this: Dear God — Please don’t ever let me forget that my silliness is a gift; that my willingness to be a carefree, goofy soul is part of my appeal; that grown up, somber seriousness is seriously over-rated, and that this is what makes me happy (so that’s all that really matters).

29. Remember Sara Henderson — “Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel; stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself!”

30.  From a magazine — “I’m a Busy Bee, Mover-and-Shaker, Up & At ’em.”  My journaling — And I’m not afraid to let my freak flag fly, Baby!

Shame on me

I’ve been thinking a lot about my vision board for the upcoming second installment of B4.  I’m having a hard time moving my thinking away from things I already have and love.  My tendency, it seems, is to just want a replenished supply of my favorite (often guilty) pleasures.  But if this vision board business is as powerful as it seems, then I should use it for really incredible, important things that I don’t yet have. 

So that those pleasures that will not make it onto the board are duly noted and appreciated, I give you Bee’s top ten guilty pleasures:

  1. Dry red wine
  2. Deep, dark chocolate (we’re talking 75% or more cocoa)
  3. Extra sharp white cheddar cheese
  4. Chuck Taylors (these still might make it onto the board because I’d like a green pair)
  5. Booty shakin’ songs, like this and this
  6. Sushi
  7. Silly commercials like this and this
  8. Large silver hoop earrings
  9. Pretty office supplies
  10. Fuzzy creatures–particularly dogs