Bucket List Success

Last August I put together two lists of things I wanted to accomplish in the nine months before Touch of a Thief is released on April 26th. I divided the items between personal and professional goals and tossed them up for all the world to see.

Writing down my goals focused my efforts and I have completions in both the personal and professional realm. First, the obvious one–#3 on the professional list ~ Launch the new Mia Marlowe website.

If you’ve ever built a house, you know there are myriad decisions to make. Same thing for a cyber-home. I thought turning the design over to professionals would be easier than trying to build the site myself. In some ways, it was. In other ways, it was hard for a control freak like me to turn over the reins to someone else. I’m very happy with the results. The process was an opportunity for me to grow.

Next, #5 on the personal list~ Take ballroom dance lessons. The DH and I have been tripping the light fantastic at Arthur Murray since early January.

This is such a win for us. For one thing, when I wrote down this goal last August, I was going through some health issues. I’d developed NSIP, a condition that robbed me of 50% of my lung function. At the time I wrote down this goal, walking from one end of the condo to the other left me breathless.

Then in September my DH had shoulder surgery that left him unable to lift his left arm high enough to form a dance frame.

Fulfilling #5 seemed like a long shot. But never underestimate the power of a goal. I went on high dose steroids (a wonder drug that’s a double-edged sword) and regular time on the treadmill. My DH applied himself to rigorous physical therapy.

He gave me the dance lessons as a Christmas present and the best part of the gift is that we are both physically able to enjoy it now. I chalk up the improvement in our health to the prayers of our family and friends. Thank you all.

If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to write down your own bucket list. Don’t worry about how you’ll accomplish the goal. Just commit to it and let your subconscious go to work.

What outrageous goal will you set?

10 thoughts on “Bucket List Success

  1. librarypat says:

    What a great idea. I’ve not sat down and written anything out, just thought about it. It really is a good idea. I’ll have my husband do one too and we can compare, then make a joint list.
    I have wanted to go to New Orleans forever and could never get my husband to cooperate. Too care of that this year. I booked reservations for a week for his birthday and we leave in a month. A bit self serving on my part, but he needs a break and I know he will enjoy it. We have enjoyed planning what we’ll do.

    I am glad both you and your husband are doing better health wise. Congratulations on checking off two items. I want ballroom dancing lessons too. I’m working on that one. I talked him into going to contra dancing once, but can’t get him to go back. It was great fun.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Pat, I’m so glad you’re headed to the Big Easy. Have a wonderful time.

      Tell your husband the thing my DH loves about ballroom dancing is that HE gets to be in complete control. I even take my glasses off so I’m not tempted to lead!

  2. Marcy W says:

    TWO items … you’re making such great progress! Congrats on both, and good luck with the others … I’m willing to forgive the nude beach one, by the way, and give you credit for just putting it on the list — although maybe your DH won’t thank me for that?! :-) Whatever, have fun dancing along the way …

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Well, the thing about the going topless is that I’d actually have to go to St. Maarten before I’m faced with dealing with whether or not I have the confidence to be French. So far, we don’t have a trip to the Caribbean on our schedule.

  3. Ashlyn Chase says:

    I’ve been enjoying watching you make your bucket list and tick off items one at a time. I never thought about making one of my own. LOL.

    Will give it some thought. First, I have to make it through the Feb. blog tour and book signings!


    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You have a bucket list already, but it’s in your head. I encourage you to write it down. The act of setting down your dreams and attaching a date to it really cements the goal in your mind.

  4. So glad to hear that you and the DH are healthy and enjoying the dance lessons–what a wonderful gift. The new site looks fab, too, and I’m thrilled that DUCHESS is getting a re-release. Best of luck with everything else on your list!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Leah. I hope you saw your name on my FAQ page in the explanation about my collaboration with NY Times Bestseller Connie Mason. I’m so excited about this project and love the cover of Sins of the Highlander.

  5. Mia says:

    Thanks, Penelope. It is lovely waltz around the room with my sweetie.

    Yes, I enjoyed Strictly Ballroom very much. Also the newer dancing movie with Antonio Banderas called Take the Lead. (As a side note, the fact my DH is in complete control when we dance is one of the reasons he enjoys it so much!)

    Oh, I’m so envious of your trip to Westminster! I love dogs and that’s such a fun show. I’ll be watching it on TV when it airs and looking for you and your daughter in the audience shots.

  6. Penelope says:

    Mia! Your new website is gorgeous! I love it! Glad to hear both you and hubby are better after health problems…always such a bummer to deal with stuff like that. Ballroom dancing is soooooo romantic. Have you seen the movie Strictly Ballroom? It is wonderful (and a great romantic choice for Valentine’s Day).

    I added something onto my bucket list which I’m doing this weekend. Attend the Westminster Dog Show with my 8 yr old daughter. Can’t wait! We’ll be checking out all the weenie dogs–short hair, long hair and wire hair, on Valentine’s Day in NYC.

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