Hello! My name is T.B.M and welcome to my blog. The inspiration for this blog was the fact that I needed to refocus my negative energy into positive thoughts and inspiration. I felt that I was dwelling too much on the aspects of my life that I didn’t like, such as my job, doing chores, paying bills…I want to focus on the happy aspects of my life and pursue interests that I enjoy and that reinvigorate and challenge me. I don’t want to wake up to my alarm each morning and think to myself: ugh…I hate going to work! So I decided to change things up a little bit. Make my life more exciting and new. I narrowed down 3 things that I really enjoy doing: traveling, reading, and watching movies. This blog will be about my pursuit of visiting 192 countries, reading 1001 books, and watching the top 100 movies before I die. The postings will include thoughts and feelings about the books and movies and experiences from past travels and future travels to keep me inspired and focused on the fun aspects of my life. I don’t want to bog down my mind with negativity, but want to remind myself that going to work allows me to pursue my goals. Also I will post photos from my travels and experiences to remind me what all the hard work is for. All of the photos that are posted are from my personal collection.
Here are the rules:
Books: I have to read all the books from the list, in no particular order, even if I have read them in the past.
Movies: I have to watch all of the movies starting from 100 to 1.
Travel: I have to visit all of the countries on the 192 list. However, before starting this challenge I have been to 10 countries and I do not have to travel to the nations again in order to complete my goal. Of course this doesn’t mean that I won’t visit them again.
I hope you enjoy following me on this quest to be happy and centered on the good.
Great idea for a blog! I will definitely be following your progress.
Thanks! I appreciate your support!
I agree… I found you on the dotcomgiftshop ’15 unusual blogs’ post (I was featured in it too) I have a bucket list blog, which has a similar theme, except that mine was inspired by the loss of a loved one… Have you thought of adding experiences to yours? So far I have done so many things, wing-walking, sky-diving, bungee jumping, lots of travel… I have a few books on my list too, but more in the way of festivals and concerts… I have never thought of adding films! …Perhaps I will now too. Can’t wait to read the rest of your blog!
I’m sorry to hear about your dads. And I admire your determination about your bucket list. So many people makes lists, but that’s it. You are out there making it all come true. That’s admirable. We try to add new experiences all of the time, either in our normal lives by going to concerts, sporting events, theater, neighborhood walks–you name it. When we travel we love to try new things. And we will travel to attend certain events, such as concerts and sporting events. AS for creating an actual list, I’ll have to give that some thought.
I just love this. I’ve already found, at age 24 with nearly 3 years in the full-time work force, that I need to refocus my energy in a positive way. That’s why I started blogging, and I’ve thought about making lists (especially of books) so this may just be the inspiration I needed. Thank you! And good luck!
Thanks! Blogging is a great way to refocus. How many books do you have on your list so far?
very interesting 🙂 :*
“…traveling, reading, and watching movies.”
Wow, these are some of the things I enjoy doing as well! Interesting blog. I hope you succeed!
gosh where were you and your ideas when I was young?
:). Never too late to chase your dreams!
Inspirational. It’s right in line with a project I’ve been planning. Would love to share ideas.
Hi Shane. I would love to hear about your project.
Cool ideas! Look forward to watching your progress!
This is an interesting blog. I love the idea.
Btw, thanks for subscribing to our blog.
I look forward to getting your posts. Thanks for stopping by.
Out with the negative; in with the positive! You deserve an Oscar for a film that’s already opening to rave reviews!!!
will be watching this movie via rss feed…hugmamma. 🙂
Hello Hugmamma! Thanks for visiting. I’m looking forward to your blog updates as well.
Have added you to my blogroll so I can visit regularly, and my readers may want to check out your blog as well. 🙂
I appreciate the mixture of subjects in your blog, like “The Last Picture Show” and a Honduran lizard.
Thanks Steve! I like to post about all the things I love to do.
And I, as a lover of math, meant to comment on your plan to read 1001 books. 1001 is the product of three consecutive prime numbers: 1001 = 7 x 11 x 13.
Great blog! And a great adventure!!
Thanks Craig. I’m looking forward to getting to know your blog!
Good luck on your adventure. Cheers to positive energies! =) And travels, books, and movies.
Thanks! I’ve been loving the adventure so far!
So who picked the top 100 movies?
Hi Jo. I am using the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of the top 100 movies.
You’ve got exciting plans! I’ll be following this blog.
Well, this sounds very interesting ^_^
I’m working on 1001 Books myself! I’ve read many more of them than I’ve actually posted about, but I’ve got to read them again to write fair reviews. Good luck with your endeavors, and kudos for chipping away at those three huge goals!
Thanks Bridget! Good luck to you. I’m enjoying the 1001 books!
I think you take beautiful photos.
Thank you for subscribing to my blog as well. Please do not take offense to any of it, it is my place to vent while learning to raise my teenage son. (No he does not read it.) I like to warn newcomers, however, since I have offended one person already, though unintentional.
Looking forward to our new online banter.
I do enjoy taking pictures. I usually have a camera in my hand.
I’m looking forward to your blog updates. Now I am really curious. I can imagine that raising a teenage son can be stressful and venting as a healthy way of handling that stress.
wow! Good goals. Sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck!
Thanks! I’ll need the luck, but I’m hoping this will be a lot of fun in the process.
Love your personal challenges! Where is the 1001 novel list coming from?Look forward to reading your travel experiences travel and writing about it is my passion too!
Thanks. I got the list from “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.” The actual book with all the titles was edited by Peter Boxall. I hope you enjoy! And I hope you share your travel experiences as well!
Thanks for stopping by and subscribing. You have a very cool blog! What a great idea! I have always wanted to go on an African safari so I love looking at your animal photos. I look forward to following your travels.
Thanks! Africa was amazing. I look forward to your blog updates!
Need help. Put some photos up from Africa – birds. As it was 27 years ago no longer know what some of them are. Can you help identify them at all ???????
Hello! I will do my best to help, but I have to warn you that I’m having difficulty remember all the birds. There were so many. I have a book on African animals and there is a small section for birds. Before I go back to Africa I want to get a larger book that identifies more of the birds. This might be a work in progress.
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I love the way you think! Life is hard, and there is a lot of negative in the world. I, too, am trying to take pleasure from my favourite hobbies (which include reading, photography, movies, genealogy) no matter how busy I am. These joys in my life keep me positive and sane. Good luck with your goals.
Thanks! I find that is it so easy in today’s world to get wrapped up in the stressful parts of one’s life and to ignore the actual fun that we have. I wish you luck in your pursuit of happiness and I look forward to following your blog. It sounds like we have a lot of the same interests.
I just wanted to let you know:
Thanks for the nomination! You are so nice!
Congratulations on your Liebster Blog Award, and especially on your very admirable quest! What a fine inspiration, and I wish you very well on *all* your journeys!
Thanks for your well wishes. It is a fun quest so far. Thanks for stopping by!
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What a great way to shift perspective from what you haven’t got, to what you have. It’s a lesson we could all do with, isn’t it? Great and positive idea!
Good luck with your quest. 🙂
Thanks for the kind words. I knew I needed to change my way of thinking to appreciate my life. It is working! The quest, so far, has been wonderful. Thanks for stopping by!
Very inspiring. Like me in-order to avoid boredom I try to focus myself into positive things and outlook. Being nega wont help you mentally and physically.
I love your blog. Well done to you TBM.
Thanks! I find that being negative wastes a lot of energy and doesn’t get you anywhere. And you are right, it doesn’t help your health or spirit. I wish both of us a lot of positive thoughts and experiences. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Because I love your blog so much, I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Congrats!
Thanks! That is so very kind of you!
I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award, i love reading your blog and wanted to share it with others 🙂
Thanks for the nomination!
Hi TBM 🙂
Keep up the great work. Hope you enjoy your journey of 50-year project.
Thanks Nandini! And Congrats to you!
Hi I nominated you for the “Kreativ Blogger Award.” Here’s a link to the entry on my blog: http://lightscapesphotography.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/kreativ-blogger-award/
The “terms” of receipt are included in that post. I know that some folks see this sort of thing as a nuisance rather than an honor and, while I don’t feel that way I can understand why others might, so if you’d prefer not to deal with it, as far as I’m concerned, simply disregard the whole thing.
Dear TBM, you are one of my beautiful blogger friends. A Candle Lighter in my world. Thank you for being YOU and for being There… Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia
Good morning, T.B.M.,
I just wanted to let you know how inspired I am by your blog. You have a huge goal and that’s admirable. I particularly enjoy your posts on other countries, probably because I’m partial to the photography side of things. I just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award in my post this morning. Can’t wait to read more from you!
Thanks Mel! That is very kind of you to think of me.
Very Inspirational !! You are truly living my dream life 🙂 Good Luck to you!!
Wow, amazing project, really love the idea.
As a photographer I am particularly enjoying the photography side of the blog but the writing is brilliant too.
Thanks Dave for the kind words. I’m a new follower of your blog. I look forward to seeing your photos!
Mis Experiencias Personales had been nominated YOU for The Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations!!!
Congrats on your award and thank you for nominating me. That is very kind of you.
Hi TBM. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Turning 50 was a big reson I started it last year. I had a sense that there was a list of great authors I wanted to read and that, over 30-50 years I could do it. I have a prelimnary list on my site (for this year) but, going off your blog, it might be fun to make a longer list. Thing is, from other bloggers I have found new, wonderful authors. Guess that just means the list will grow! Good luck with your great project, Ruby
Hi Ruby. It is always nice to meet another book lover. I know what you mean, my list of TBRs is ever expanding since I read so many great reviews on blogs. I don’t stick to the 1001 list completely, but my ultimate goal is to read them all. And along the way, I hope to read many other novels as well. I just love to read. Good luck to you!
This is such a good idea. Just saddened that I have only come accross your blog now, better late than never :p
Thanks Todd. This project will take many many years to complete so no worries about that. I’m glad you found it. I hope you enjoy.
I am sure I will. Thanks for following my travel blog too. I cant wait to get away and post my next entry…but until then I will be enjoying yours. Nice one
I hope you can travel again soon!
Just discovered your blog. Like you, I love traveling, reading, and watching movies. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far, and I’m looking forward to following the rest of your journey. Good luck!
Hello! It is always nice to meet another blogger who loves traveling, reading, and movies. I’m a new follower to your blog and I look forward to getting to know your blog. Thanks for stopping by and the comment!
I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Participate if you want to, but there is no obligation to.
Thank you very much Kim. That is so kind. Have a wonderful weekend!
Nice to know this blog. Wish you all the best. I am from Vietnam.
Hello! I’m looking forward to getting to know your blog. I’m from the US, but recently moved to England. Thanks for stopping by!
I will try to post some English posts for you to understand about Vietnam.
That is very kind of you! I haven’t been to your beautiful country yet, but it is on my list.
Danke für deinen Besuch auf meinen Blog,wünsche dir einen schönen Sonntag ,viele liebe Grüsse Klaus.Habe noch einen Fotoblog schau mal rein. http://banane11myblog.wordpress.com
Thanks for visiting!
It is nice to meet you and I love your ideas, photo’s and inspiration.
Thanks Jackie! It is lovely to meet you!
Einen schönen Tag schön das du mich besucht hast,es ist immer schön von Menschen zu lesen,was sie im Leben ändern möchten,viel reisen das möchte jeder gerne ,aber dazu gehört das nötige Kleingeld,hoffe das du alle deine Träume verwicklichen kannst,sei ganz lIeb gegrüsst wünsche dir allles gut,Klaus, habe noch einen 2 nur Fotoblog
Thank you for the link!
Sounds like a fabulous approach to life! I can’t wait to start reading your blog.
Thanks! It is helping me to focus on the fun in life and not the ‘routine’ parts! Glad you like it!
What a great blog! I love that you set a goal and are striving to reach it. It is inspirational to see the progress you post. I am adding you to my blogroll.
My apologies! I didn’t see that this comment was waiting for me to approve. I’m so sorry about the delay. Thanks so much for your support and adding me to your blogroll. I have also added yours as well. Good luck on your adventures!
i love your work and you enjoy life, class!
WÜNSCHE DIR EINEN SCHÖNEN VALENTINSABEND VIELE LIEBE GRÜSSE KLAUS
Thanks! I hope you had a wonderful evening as well!
One of the good things about blogging is every now and again coming across a new blog that I should have been following already!
That is so kind of you to write Andrew. I’ve been enjoying your Greece photos!
Hallo wünsche dir einen schönen Abend ,danke dir für deinen Besuch in meinem Blog,wünsche dir einen schönen Abend das wünscht dir Klaus.
I hope you have a great night!
Einen schönen Tag wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende,viele liebe Grüsse Klaus
I hope you have a wonderful weekend Klaus!
Ja ,leider regnet es hier und da fällt für uns Karneval sprichwörtlich ins Wasser ,aber wir machen uns es gemütlich zu Haus,Viele liebe Grüsse Klaus.wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende
Sorry to hear about the rain. I hope you can still enjoy the weekend from the comforts of your home.
I really like the reason for starting your blog. I think a lot of us need a bit of a re-think and re-shuffle in our lives. 🙂 Good luck with your pursuits, and enjoy!
Thanks Zelmare! I’m looking forward to learning about your new start in life as well!
I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – please click on the link for all the info, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog!
Thanks for the nomination. That is very kind of you.
I do hope it brings more readers to your blog, because it’s really a fantastic blog!
Thanks! That means a lot.
Such a unique, inspirational idea! All the best!
Thanks for the kind words.
Hallo! I came across your blog some days ago and since than I can’t stop reading. Such an inspiring idea. You have collected in one the four of my most favourite things – reading, travelling, watching movies and photography. I wish you all the best and you should definitely list Bulgaria in your route map. I am sure you will love my country:)
Have fun! Nadia
Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement. And yes, your beautiful country Bulgaria is on my list. Not sure when I’ll make it there, but it is on my list. Thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to getting to know your blog.
Dear TBM, you are one of my nominated bloggers for Hug Award. Thank you, with my love, nia
Thank you Nia. You are always so kind!
You’re it! Have fun….
Thanks. I’ll pop over and check it out.
+1 Versatile Blogger Award (in case you weren’t sick and tired of it already)
has more details including other nominees and other blogs you might be interested in
Thank you Abu. That was so very kind of you to think of my blog. And congrats to you and all of your awards. I love your photos.
Hi, very interesting blog! And great idea since it helps you to be more positive in life!! Keep up the good work!
Hi! Thanks for visiting and the kind words!
TBM first of all I am very glad to have come across your blog, I like your ideas and will be waiting to read as you excuse each task
The second thing , when I read your name TBM the first thought came to me was
To Be Me 🙂
Have fun , wish you the best
Will wait to read more 🙂
It is not excuse i meant execute
Thanks for the kind comments. I’m also excited to execute all of the goals 🙂 I never thought that my initials could stand for To Be Me…that is very fitting for my blog. Thanks for letting me know that.
What a great concept for a blog! Can’t wait to read about your continuing adventures!
Hi Stephen. Thanks for visiting. I’m a new follower to your blog as well 🙂
cool … I appreciate that! I launched it just a month ago, and it’s a work in progress, but I’ve got lots of new content lined up!
cool … I appreciate that. I launched it just a month ago, and it’s a work in progress. Got lots of new content lined up!
Congrats on the launch and I look forward to your posts!
You’ve set yourself quite a challenge! I admire your positive approach and am glad to be joining in to see how you get on.
Thanks for joining in! I figured if I’m going to dream and hope, I might as well go big. I’m really curious to see how much I accomplish. 49 years left to the challenge. I’m a new follower to your blog. I look forward to getting to know tearooms. I’m a tea addict.
50 years is a long time-scale to set for a personal challenge, but I’m sure having that long to do it all in takes the pressure off a bit. If Scotland is one of the places you’re going to visit I hope I can provide you with some nice tearoom suggestions. If you’re going to take on a mammoth task like the one you’re doing, you’ll need plenty of tea to keep you going! 🙂
Tea does help keep me going. I would love to visit Scotland. I’ve been seeing TV commercials for it lately and each time I say, “Let’s go.” So hopefully soon we will finally book the trip. Fingers crossed!
Hallo wünsche dir eiene schönen Tag ,ist schon eine NEUE Urlaubsreise geplant,bin halt neugierig viele liebe Grüsse Klaus
Hi Klaus I am planning a trip to Germany, Norway, and Copenhagen this summer. I’m excited since I’ve never been to any of them. Thanks!
This is an incredibly refreshing blog.
This may give me the kick in the pants I need to challenge life a little bit more and enjoy it fully!
I look forward to following along.
Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind comments. I would love to follow any and all of your own challenges. I wish you luck!
So, now that you’re a little over a year into this, I’m curious–what are your top five movies, books, and trips thus far?
That is a good idea. You’ve given me an idea for a new post. Thanks! Let me think about it and I’ll get back to you.
Great! I’ll look forward to your assessments. 🙂
It takes courage and strong will to counteract negativity and turn it into grateful actions. But an important step is awareness, knowing that being in a negative state equates to limbo which gets you nowhere. I try to be positive everyday even if it’s hard. Your blog definitely serves as an inspiration. 🙂
Thanks Jox. I agree with you. It is important to be aware negative states. It is so easy to fall into a rut and let it dictate your life. Congrats to you for staying positive. After a while it becomes a great habit.
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I have a little award for you 🙂
Ah thanks so much for thinking of me. And congrats to you!
Great idea! So inspiring…
I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. You can go to my blog here to get the pictures and read about it. I think you have a very inspiring blog. Congratulations. http://drses.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/my-heart-is-full-thank-youvery-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thank you Sherry. That is very kind of you and congrats to you on your award!
I just noticed you were following my blog and wanted to check in and thank you! I love your “about” page and your determination in finding the positives in your life. Hooray! I’m looking forward to following your travels, and hearing about what you are reading and what movies you are watching!
Hi Elisa. Thanks for the kind comment. I look forward to following your travels in life as well!
Hi! I have chosen you for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. Here is the link: http://antenehseifu.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/my-first-award-ever-for-photography-doing-my-celebration-dance/ . You were inspirational!!
Thank you so much for your kindness. And congrats to you on your award!
Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Abend,viele liebe Grüsse Klaus
Thank you Klaus. I hope you had a wonderful evening!
I’ve only just discovered your blog but am so glad I did that I’d like to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award: http://juliedawnfox.com/2012/03/15/yet-another-award/
Looking forward to reading more of your tales!
Hi Julie! Thanks so much for the nomination. That is very kind of you. And congrats on the award. I’m a new follower of yours. I look forward to getting to know your blog. Thanks and have a lovely weekend.
Thanks, you too.
I have nominated you for the H.U.G. Award for your blog is full of hope and help. Please go here to get all the information and congratulations for you have a very hope filled blog. http://drses.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/the-h-u-g-award/
Thanks so much Sherry! You are so very kind. And congrats to you!
Your blog is extremely inspirational, and I really enjoy reading your posts! As a fellow book lover and travel enthusiast, I feel that I can really relate to your passion. All the best in your journey, T.B.M. You got yourself a regular! 🙂
Hi Isaac! Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoy my blog. I look forward to discussing books and travel with you. Have a wonderful weekend! Happy reading and travels Isaac!
Your blog has immensely inspired me, Thank you!
Yep! This might take you 50 years!
LOL…I love a good challenge. Even if I don’t complete everything, the journey will be fun! Thanks for stopping by.
equal parts ambitious and awesome. I’ll be following you. – Luke
Thanks Luke! I’m a new follower to your blog and can’t wait to hear about your life and adventures. Safe travels!!!
Oooh, super exciting!
Are you going to write a book about all this? Because I think you should.
That would be fun…we’ll see how long it takes me. That might be the deciding factor. Thanks for following along!
I love the idea of this blog and will have to explore your journey, past, present and future!! Thanks for visiting mine and thus introducing me to yours!! You might want to check out my current blog of my life in Oman. I see you joined my Korea blog, but I won’t be posting there anymore since I no longer live there!!
Oman…what is the link to your blog? It would be fun to follow your travels and such.
Hi there! It’s http://www.catbirdinoman.wordpress.com I really hope you’ll visit… 🙂
Thanks! Looking forward to your posts.
Hello! You are given Versatile Blogger at http://nizamhappieboyz.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/one-more-versatile/
Congrats and keep blogging!
Thank you very much. You are so kind. And congrats to you!
Wonderful idea for a blog. Good on you! How long have you been working on this and how often do you get to travel? Good work.
Hello! I’m in my second year on the project and I travel when I can. I like to take one big trip each year and then a couple of small trips whenever I have the time and money. Thanks for stopping by!
Good to know. All the best to you. A great idea.
This is EXACTLY the sort of blog I need to be reading. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and I look forward to following your progress. I’ve just started my own blog and I’m lacking focus, this is definitely giving me some inspiration.
In case you get a moment my blog is http://blissfulbelligerence.wordpress.com
Hi Grace. One of the best things about blogs is that they don’t have to be super focused. I tend to post about other things, not just travel, books, and movies. And it is a great way to meet people. You may find that your readers will have suggestions for topics and such. Good luck with your blog and thanks for following my progress.
Thanks for the advice! Very helpful, looking forward to seeing more of your travels!
Thanks Grace! I look forward to your posts as well.
I enjoy reading your blog, (and you may already have this!) but I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! http://bringingeuropehome.com/2012/04/09/playing-favoritesbeing-versatile/
Thanks so much for the nomination. That is very kind of you. I enjoy your blog and congrats to you on the award!
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It’s a super day! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
Thanks Jennifer! And congrats to you on your award! You deserve it!
To show my appreciation of you blog, today I have nominated you for the Geniune Blogger Award. See my posts for details:
Thanks so much Colline…this is so very kind. And congrats to you!
Hi. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award for blogs. I love reading your blog and appreciate all the comments you have made on my blog. The post on my blog will go up tomorrow morning. 🙂
Thank you Matthew. It is always nice to know that fellow bloggers enjoy my blog. And congrats to you. It is well deserved.
I linked to your blog from Third Eye Mom. My motivation for starting my blog was very similar though I don’t have the same type of goals that you do. What do you feel is the best part about setting a long term goal like that? Keep up the good work.
Thanks for stopping by. I set long term goals since I knew it would take me years to accomplish my goals. But also, I wanted to change my mindset and to really focus on the fun aspects of my life. The best part of setting a long term goal is that I feel less pressure and it is becoming a normal part of my life, to pursue my dreams.
nice to meet you!
just wanted to stop by and say a big thank you for following my blog. much appreciated.
Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to your posts!
nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting my blog, glad you like my photos.
Thanks for stopping by!
Very nice blog. check out my photoblog. you might find something you’d like. Have a nice day!
Thanks for stopping by and I have signed up for your blog. I look forward to seeing your pictures.
A bucket list…. That’s great!!! You’re on my “following” list 🙂
Thanks! I appreciate the support.
Wow. I really admire your enthusiasm and commitment. However, I don’t get one thing – 1001 books, but only 100 films? Really? I thought it took much longer to read a book than to see a film, or you are such a passionate reader?
It does seem odd I know, but I’ve always wanted to watch the top 100 AFI films but never got around to it. This way I have to. Once I complete the 100 I’ll have to amend the movie goal. I have started a project that includes watching foreign films from all the countries around the world but I haven’t decided is this will become the replacement for the top 100 films.
I found your blog today. Inspiring! I know I do the same, to challenge myself, but still it’s pleasant to find somebody else is pretty much doing the same, and more challenging, in your case, so I should think of more challenges too. I thought I wasn’t so enthusiastic anymore to do much travel, but when i saw your 192 countries as goals, I feel like doing it too, oh. Thanks 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and commenting…I don’t think the size of a challenge is important just as long as you are happy pursuing your dreams. For me, I like to set big goals since it is fun to see how much I can actually accomplish, but others like more realistic. To be honest, if I complete all of my goals on this blog I’ll be astonished…happy…but astonished. For me, the journey is about the end, but the trip along the way.
What a fantastic project! I am curious about one thing. I can understand 1001 books and 100 movies, but what made you decide on 192 countries? Is there a particular significance to the number 192?
(I hope you’ll make my country, Israel, one of them, anyway.)
Thanks for the kind words. When I started this project the UN recognized 192 countries, which is how I came up with the number. Now there are 193 members in the UN so we’ll see if I make it to 193. And yes Israel is on the list and I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
A noble endeavor – best of luck on your progress in each category! Thanks for stiopping by and liking my photo. 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement!!
Great blog idea TBM. Good luck!
This is a great idea! You’re an inspiration to take time to do the things I really enjoy–life doesn’t have to be about just living day to day, laundry, etc. Thanks!
Thanks for your kind words…I agree, there is so much more to life than surviving. Obviously you have to still do the laundry, unless you found a way around that one and if you did please share, but I like to focus my energy on the fun. I hope you have loads of fun in life!
I love this self-challenge! I wish you all joy and success! I will be following along for the ride, wherever it goes! 🙂
Thank you very much for your kind words and support. I’m happy to have you aboard. I’m curious where this challenge will take me and I appreciate people following along. It makes it even more exciting to have people listen to my adventures.
What a fantastic idea and goal TBM, wish you all the joy, happiness and success on this adventure.
Thanks for following me too 🙂
Thanks for the positive encouragement. I look forward to getting to know your blog.
I have not (really) travelled in a couple of years so now will get to do so vicariously – thanks!
Thanks for following along! I hope you enjoy the places we visit.
Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂
This looks interesting I look forward to exploring yours… I agree we need an outlet! I have found blogging fun, supportive and a good place to get postive feedback… after hard days and too much negative it is nice to hear the good 🙂
I second that. Hearing about the good parts of life is very encouraging. I love following blogs from all over the world and reading their stories and such. Bloggers are super supportive and I’m so glad I have this forum to connect with people. I’m a new follower to your blog and I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
Thanks for the follow 🙂 I too have found it supportive and encouraging. This is my ‘stress relief’ and ‘feel good place’.
Awesome, love your idea on spinning life around from negative to positive. I think there are a lot of us out there in the same boat. Great concept! Might pick it up myself 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement. This blog has really helped me focus on the positive. It is alarming how easy it is to get bogged down by the negative and to forget to enjoy life. I look forward to getting to know your blog. I signed up to get updates. Thanks for stopping by.
Loved to read the purpose of your blog and your efforts to make a change in life.
I’ve been depressed last year, like you I hated work and all my thoughs were dark.
Since I like photography, my “diary 366” project was a way to force myself to grab the camera and look for something to point and shoot.
I’ll follow you from now on, wishing you the Best. Keep it up, your plans will come to life 🙂
By the way, is Portugal amongst your countries list?
I’m sorry to hear about your struggle. I know with me, my negative thoughts were hard to conquer and my blog helped me change and to concentrate on the things that make me happy. I hope that you find some fun and happiness taking photographs. Taking pictures is a wonderful way to explore our world and it has helped me appreciate all the things I was missing out on. The flowers, birds, animals, nature, and people are wonderful inspirations. Thanks for following. And I will follow your progress. I look forward to seeing the world through your eyes and I wish you the best of luck!
And yes, Portugal is on my list. Some friends of ours went there a couple of years ago and had a blast and since then I have been itching to go. I saw Portugal play Spain in Cape Town in the 2010 World Cup. Your country has so much history that I want to explore and experience.
Thank you. I’m feeling much better now, it was just a bad time on life.
I use to say Portugal small but very rich and multi colored. From north to south the variety of gastronomy, culture, people and landscape is notoritous.
That’s great to hear! And I look forward to visiting your country. I do love to eat 🙂
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Good luck on your endavour 🙂
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Wow!! That is definitely a challenge… wishing you all the luck for it 🙂
Thank you…I’ll take all the luck I can get.
Good for you! I love how you noticed your negative patterns and are actively looking for constructive ways to channel that energy and turn it into something positive. 🙂 Great luck to you.
Thanks! I figured that negative thoughts have so much power that I should use them to my advantage and refocus them for good. Thanks for the luck!
Just wanted to let you know that I have awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award! Keep up the good work!
Thanks so much. I enjoy your blog and congrats on your award.
Your quest is definitely an inspiring one! I agree that when we focus on the positive in our lives, things take a drastic turn for the better!
I’m also a huge fan of all three of those things! Question for you, are the 100 films on your list the ones from AFI’s 100 Years 100 Movies by any chance? I just ask because I’m aspiring to watch all of those too.
I am watching all of AFI’s 100 movies. I always meant to do it, but never got around to it. Now I am forcing myself and I’m loving it. Some of them I’ve seen but there’s been a few that I hadn’t watched yet.
That’s awesome. Kind of the same thing here. I’ve been meaning to do that for a while. I love classic film. I look forward to seeing how your progress goes!
Very nice to “meet” you, TBM! Lovely blog you’ve got here, I’m very happy to have found it! Hope to be back soon!
Hello! Just wanted you to know that I’ve given you the Inspiring Blog Award. Hope your day’s going well.
Thanks for the nomination…that cheered up my day! And congrats to you.
Great page you have here my friend , I update my about page too More power to your blog
Thanks Jake…positive thoughts can go a long way. I wish you luck! And I’m looking forward to the next Sunday Post.
Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I regularly enjoy your posts, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://theretiringsort.com/2012/06/14/in-accordance-with-award-rules-the-nominees-are/
All the best!
Thanks so much for the nomination. You are very kind to think of my blog. And congrats on your award!!!
Thank you – and you’re more than welcome! 😉
I could not resist nominating you for this award. Please read my post for details: http://collinesblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/one-lovely-blog-award/
Ah thanks Colline. That is so very kind of you and congrats on your award!!!!
Hello, I wanted you to know that I think you have a wonderful blog that is very inspirational! I am also nominating you for a Versatile Blogger Award!
Thanks so much for the nomination and congrats on your award!
T.B.M, I enjoy seeing your blogging on your quests and have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. http://asianandhiscamera.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/a-house-and-some-sunshine/
Keep traveling…and keep posting!
Thanks so much for the nomination and congrats to you on the award and house. Soon you will be a dad…how cool is that 🙂
I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Check my blog for what you have to do. -Marjorie, amazingazaleas
Thanks so much Marjorie and congrats to you on your award!
Good luck with your challenges – I think this is a wonderful idea. Turning the negative thoughts and mundane chores on their head and focusing on positive, enjoyable achievements instead.
Thanks Carla for your encouragement. And my apologies for not responding earlier. I’ve been out of town and had limited internet access. Slowly I’m getting caught up. I appreciate your comment!
Inspiring ideology. I hope you cruise through your current goals and find yourself adding more countries (recognized or not), 999 more books and what ever movies suit your fancy.
Thanks Janna. I hope to visit more than just the UN recognized countries in this world. There are so many beautiful areas. And the books and movies keep adding up way past my goals. I just need to find the time and money 🙂 Nice meeting you!
Hi TBM… your blog’s so cool.. 🙂
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Thank you and nice meeting you!
What wonderful fun goals! I’m inspired!
Thanks! I’ve been having fun chasing them.
Thank for following my blog. Yours is a great idea and I commend your courage to go after a life that feels worth the living! I wish I could visit 192 countries–there’s so much of the world to see!! Best of luck to you!
Thanks for the encouragement! And it is so nice meeting you!
Love everything about this blog and will be following!
Thanks so much! It is always fun to meet people through this blog. Thanks for the encouragement and I look forward to getting to know your blog as well.
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Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! To see more about the award and this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-xl.
I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. All the best!
Thanks for the nomination. And congrats to you. I enjoy your blog and I wish you much success. Have a wonderful day!
Great goals! I can’t wait to read more about your adventures.
Thanks for the follow! Enjoying your posts!
Thanks! I look forward to getting to know your blog.
Best life plan ever. Looking forward to reading more.
Thanks! I really appreciate the support. So far I’m loving it!
Greetings! What an excellent concept! Looking forward to following!
Hello! It’s nice to meet you and I wish you luck with your company.
I’ve just included you in my game of ‘tag’. I know this is a bit time consuming so no pressure (it’s not a chain letter after all). Would love to know your answers though.
How do you get so many followers, hits, comments, etc?!
Good luck with all of your goals by the way!
Thanks for the luck, I’ll need it 🙂 I’ve been fortunate to have made so many friends via my blog. The blogging community is so welcoming and supportive.
Great idea for a blog! I think this is the best idea I’ve come across on any blog, and inspired by positivity. I can’t wait to start following your progress!
Thanks! It does help me stay positive and happy. It takes too much energy to be negative.
Great blog!! I look forward to reading more 🙂
Hi Heather! Thanks!
Nice one.. I look forward to following this.. you’re going to be here a long time as am I… take a read of my about page on my 1500 Saturdays Blog.. http://hellenjc.wordpress.com/
Thanks for the link. I’ll be sure to hop over.
Hi TBM – Phew…it took a while to get down to the bottom here! I see you have lots of support and have been recognized by many – well, add me to the list! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – I really love what you are writing about – and I hope you reach your goals! If you’d like to accept the award and pass it on, the instructions are on my site: http://lauralamere.com/2012/08/22/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thanks very much for the nomination and congrats to you on your award!
Thanks and congrats to you!
Amazing idea. I am so jealous of you. But I love your blog, keep up the good work.
Thanks very much for the support and kind words.
Loving the Positivity!Looking forward to reading about your progress! all the best!
Thanks! I love your energy!
Great Idea! Life is to be enjoyed, dig in and have a ball!…:)
Yes! I agree!
Wow you have an amazing blog and I love following you. I see you have received countless awards but I would just like to add this one to show how much I enjoy you. “The versatile blogger award”
Thanks so much for the kind words and award. What a treat! And congrats to you on your awards!
Hi TBM, I haven’t seen you post for a while. Hope you are OK. You are invited to play along in a game of blog tag, I hope you can join in http://rainbowbakery.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/tag-youre-it/
Hello! Thanks so much for checking in. All is well here. I was taking a week off to spend with a friend.
This is a wonderful ‘about’. To consciously decide to see positives over negatives, is excellent. Should give you ‘a new lease on life’ 🙂
When you say you HAVE to watch the movies, read the books, sounds like a task! I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for coming by and viewing my life. I hope I can give you something worth reading.
Reading and watching movies are tasks that I enjoy. So far the project doesn’t seem like a chore. But I’m only two years in. Ask me again in 20 years 🙂 I appreciate your honesty on your blog. I’m a new follower so I look forward to getting to know you. I hope all is well.
Fantastic idea! and quite inspiring. I celebrate my 60th birthday in a matter of days, and after reading this I’m considering coming up with something similar–say, “Things I want to do in the next 40 years.” Won’t be the same as your list, but a bucket list for sure. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll be following you. (BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog, Inspired Vision.)
Happy birthday! Do it. I feel once you really set your mind to it, it becomes easier to accomplish your goals, whatever they are. I wish you luck and keep me posted on your progress.
I’ve already started setting up a blog just for this! I figure it will be easier to stay on track if I have a designated place to track my journey. Right now I’m working on the opening post . . . and defining what it is that I want to do, experience, engage in, whatever, over the next 40 years. 🙂 Wow. This is fun!
Let me know when the post goes up. I’m super excited for you. I started my blog so I could keep track of my progress and to stay motivated. So many bloggers have helped me and encouraged me along the way. I wish you luck…and let me know the new blog address.
Great goals. I am intrigued. Go my friend, travel, watch movie, read, and keep us posted!!
This is fabulous! I can so relate to this: “I needed to refocus my negative energy into positive thoughts and inspiration.” And it’s great you set such interesting amazing goals. But I’m wondering: where do your top book and movie lists come from?
Good for you! Here’s to reaching all your life’s goals. Thanks for the like over at my blog. Stay tuned for more.
you inspire me!
The best of luck with your bucket list! THANKS for visiting my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a “like.”
–John R.: http://TheDailyGraff.com
Thanks John. I’m still trying to find a four leaf clover 🙂
Love your rules 🙂 especially the 192 countries, sounds perfect!!!!
Thanks! I have many more to go. Oh, the excitement!
thanks for visiting our blog. we too were looking to move toward more positive lives. having five kids between us to put through college as single mom’s and having jobs that don’t pay all that well, our travel has been limited to field trips here and there. but we have learned to find things we can afford – learning to be better cooks, learning to can which has been not only great fun but very gratifying. there’s a line in Out of Africa about travelling through books. Now we can travel by following your blog.
I think your plan ideas are awesome…! Reading, traveling and movie watching..that’s 3 of my favorite things to do as well…
I wish you luck and may you reach your goal long before it is due and make new list again and enjoy!
~ a bunch of love
Thanks Super G and I would love to finish early, but only time will tell. I have so many goals I would love to accomplish. I hope all of you dreams come true.
i love the idea behind your blog. Travel, books and movies are probably my top favorite things too! When I saw your list of countries travel to, I felt woefully behind. However, it made me feel motivated to get out in the world more and maybe make my own kind of list. My mom died nearly five years ago and the only thing that was important to me to convey at her memorial service, was that she had a full, fun life and travel was a big part of that. I admire and aspire to do as you are doing!
I’ve very sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds like she was an amazing woman and had a wonderful influence on you. And I think it’s great that you want to enjoy life as much as she did. I wish you the best of luck and I look forward to following your adventures.
🙂 What a great blog, and a great reason for a blog. I look forward to following your progress!
Thanks for your support!
travelling 192 countries & reading 1001 books, very nice reading about you
Thanks for visiting my blog, with beautiful encouraging words thank you so much. be in touch with my blog browse through the categories, u will find it interesting.
Thanks very much. And I really do wish you the best. I look forward to following your journey as well. Take care of yourself!
thanks my friend
Interesting, honest, lovely and inspiring blog!
Thanks Judy. I’m loving your recipes!
Just went through your blog and loved the concept and passion. How many books, movies and countries till today ?
I’m close to 60 books, 24 movies, and 17 countries so far. I’ve been doing the challenge for almost 2 years. Thanks for the encouragement and keeping me accountable 🙂
hey TBM merry X mas.. by adhnan..
Thanks Adhnan–you too!
Great challenge. How were the lists created?
The countries are from the UN list of members. The books is from the 1001 books you must read before you die and the movies are from the 2007 AFI top 100 films. Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll need it.
wow. that’s a lot of work. keep it up!
I’ll do my best! Thanks for the nice words.
This is a great idea. Now that I’m about to retire, I may set myself some similar goals.
Hello and thanks for stopping by. And congrats on your retirement. I wish you luck with your goals and I’m curious to see what you come up with. Thanks for your encouragement. It means a lot that people out there are cheering for me to succeed.
This is such a great project and a great inspiration! So excited to read more from you!
Ah, thanks for the kind words. It’s always nice to have people cheering me on.
Love your attitude! It’s the only thing we really control, along with our relationship with God/Universe . . . No one can interfere or take away these two things from us. In short, the things we normally try to control – people, places and things are impossible to control, yet that’s what most people concentrate on controlling. Go figure.
Peace . . . Steve
Great points Steve. I’ve learned over the years the only thing I can control is me and my thoughts and even that gets difficult at times. Negative thoughts are quite powerful. This blog allows me a way to focus on the positive, which makes me a happier person. I’m enjoying your blog and I’m super excited to hear about your travels this year. Happy travels and stay safe!
I love your blog! After reading your list of places a few months ago, I started really thinking about mine. I always used to joke that I wouldn’t meet the right guy until I had traveled through 5 continents. Well… over the next eight weeks I’m crossing the last two off! Guess my joke turned out to be quite real, who knows maybe I’ll hit six first! haha
That’s great and what an accomplishment! Which ones are you crossing off this year? Enjoy your travels!
Fabulous goals and a very worth pursuit. You are gonna have a blast. We’re only up to 57 countries, so 192 sounds SO exciting. Wishing you all the best on your journeys, Terri & James
I forgot to say that I decided to check out your blog from your comment on Becky’s book review blog, when you said that Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of your favourite books! I wouldn’t say it’s one of my absolute favourites, but I do love it and I wrote quite a long comment on it as well. And I love the reading list you’ve set for yourself – might have to copy a few of them.
Ah Dracula. Such a great book. I remember when I was reading that book I was living alone and every creepy sound had me convinced that a vampire was lurking outside. Stoker did an amazing job creating the tension in that book. If you read any of the books let me know. I do like discussing them. Thanks for stopping by. Keep in touch.
I terrible at monitoring my progress and if I start monitoring them I will end up not doing it :). But I have been looking for more book recommendations so I will definitely check your list.
My goal is to travel the world I don’t know how many countries but as many as I can and my passport will allow 🙂 Looking forward to more of your traveling adventure 🙂
I’m the opposite. If I don’t monitor I won’t actually make much progress. To each their own. And I hope you can see as many countries as possible. Happy travels and thanks for stopping by.
What a fun journey! I am looking forward to following along.
I’m glad to have you along, Jennifer. Feel free to make suggestions for trips, movies, and books. Or anything else. I love to experience new things.
Reading this about you is an inspiration. Life is so much more fun when focus is placed on the positive. So glad I’ve found you and Miles 🙂
And thanks for the follow over on my blog. I really look forward to our connection.
Me too! blogging is a wonderful way to meet people from all over.
Epic and I wish you all the best as you know. I feel exhausted just reading it all but I have a feeling you will achieve it all. Good luck and thanks for the lovely blog and photos. I love popping in for a look.
Thanks for the luck, I’ll need it. However, the journey is the fun part, not the end. Congrats on your blog reaching a year. I look forward to seeing what the next year brings.
Thanks and let’s see what the next year brings us both….me out of nappies and you been there, done that, read that perhaps?
There’s always so much to learn about blogging and so many people to meet and talk to.
I know and I am so lucky in that I have so many different people who pop in and comment and direct me to their blogs or those of others. Such an enriching experience and I really enjoy it. How else would you and I be chatting like this?
You have so many interesting topics on your blog. Thank you for stopping in and enjoying my blog 🙂
Thank you PC Photo.
Thank you for commenting on my post about cricket. While in India, my brother was an avid cricket fan and was in his university team as well. He has shifted to America and misses the game more than Indian Curry or his sisters back home.
He is a super fan. I wonder if cricket will ever take off in America. Has he tried to get a team together? And Indian Curry sounds wonderful even though it’s still early morning here.
This is a great idea and reason to start a blog, I always feel so much better when I know I have lots to look forward to! I look forward to following you on your challenge!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m the same way–the mundane parts of life seem easier when I know I have lots of fun planned as well. That was the reason I started this. To make my life more enjoyable.
When I watched the movie ” the Bucket list” I strated writing my own list 🙂
Though I wrote a lot after reading it I was not sure I can or have the time for all that so
I decided on one thing , to use my immigration and keep the child within me as active as possible
It is working for me 🙂
Thank you for sharing “you” in your about page
Hey T.B.M, I think what you’re doing is fantastic and I hope you succeed! I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the stamina to read all the comments above, you will no doubt have already been asked where you got the idea for this! I’ve just started blogging myself and hoping to improve my writing etc. I just wanted to ask if you made up these lists yourself or if you found them somewhere?
I’m using the book, 1001 books you must read before you die for the book list. currently I’m using the 2007 AFI best 100 movies as a guideline. As for the countries, I want to visit all of the countries recognized by the UN. Thanks for the encouragement. And I wish you well with your goals and travel!
Great blog idea. I’ll be following your posts! I’m a newbie to the world of blogging and look forward to learning from experts, such as you:-)
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I wish you well on your blogging. One great thing about blogging is that it’s versatile. Blog about the things you find interesting and what makes you happy.
I really get inspired from your project.. Makes me want to create my owm project, but maybe smaller than ur project hehe 🙂
Wish u all the best and hope u can complete your project…
Ps: You will love Indonesia 🙂
I bet I will love Indonesia. Lately they’ve been showing a travel commercial from there and it all looks wonderful. Thanks for your well wishes and I wish you luck on your creating your own project.
I love following this blog. Great pictures.
Thanks Stephen and congrats on your poetry success!
I recently learned that statistically speaking, human beings on average spend only 20% of their time on things/activities they enjoy or interest them. This seems like you want to occupy the remaining 80%. May you achieve success.
That would be awesome to spend 100% of my time focusing on fun. Sadly that’s not possible. But I am trying to spend as much time as possible. Does the 20% include sleeping?
Haha, probably 10% sleeping, 5% spent eating ice cream.
I do enjoy ice cream!
Love the idea of your blog! Glad you chose a positive outlook on life 🙂 It makes life so much more enjoyable!
It really does. And it demonstrates how powerful negative emotions can be. If you aren’t careful they can take over completely.
Your Idea is Amazing!! Hope you achieve what you want.. GOOD LUCK
Hi TBM! Really lucky to find your blog here! I also need to narrow my lists about what I want in life 🙂
Hello and thanks for visiting. I wish you luck on figuring what you want to do in life. I ponder that question all the time. And my answers keep changing.
I love what you’re doing here! It would be good to also be able to comment on your specific posts (I loved the one with the lions!). 🙂
Hi Rebecca. Were you not able to comment on other posts? I’m sorry if there were any issues. Thanks for visiting and I look forward to getting to know your blog.
I love your blog and will check back to see how you are doing in your wonderful quest! ❤
Thanks for the encouragement Laura
This blog is beautiful…the concept, the idea, the thought and the energy you put into it. I just found you and started following. Good Luck with your endeavors and your goals. Myself…my goal for my job, my speaking, my writing, and my blog is to motivate and inspire people to change the world. Thank you for doing what you do.
Hello and thank you! Give me a couple of days to recover from my latest trip and I’ll pop on over and visit. Sounds like you have a wonderful and inspiring blog.
how old are you now?
I’m 38, for a few more days 🙂
This just made me smile and think of all the things I want to do in my life! My lists make sense after all! 😉
I’ll be following you for sure!
I’m sure your lists make sense, don’t let others tell you differently 🙂 I wish you luck!
I love the concept of this blog! So nice to see someone want to make the most of their life. Cannot wait to hear how you get on 🙂
Thanks! Via the blogging world I’ve found many people want to make the most of their life and many of us support each other. It’s wonderful.
Very interesting and exciting, good luck!
Thanks! I appreciate the encouragement and luck!
Just stumbled upon this and am excited to follow along in your journey! I love that you combined the ideas of reading and watching movies into this project. I am currently on a quest to find adventure around me since I don’t have the funds right now to travel!
I spend the majority of my time exploring the city I live in–it can be quite adventurous! Have fun exploring!
What a great concept 🙂 The daily drudgery certainly encroaches on one’s ability to enjoy life, I hear you. I also love change and shaking things up every now and again. Getting stuck in a rut is poison for one’s creativity. Keep going, I’ll keep an eye on you for inspiration…
Thank you. a rut ruins a lot of things: inspiration, happiness, and fun. Thanks for the follow and I look forward to getting to know your blog.
Thanks very much in return. I like people with goals 🙂
Thanks. The only way I can accomplish something is by setting a goal.
Same here. My only explicit goals right now pertain to language learning, although I’ve taken active measures to up my travelling and reading, which are the other two things I enjoy most. Oh, besides eating cakes. But I don’t need to set myself any goals there, funnily enough, lol.
I just scarfed half a chocolate bar–so I understand not needing goals when it comes to cake or other sweets. How’s your Spanish coming along?
HALF? What about the other half. What’s wrong with you??? lol.
My Spanish is excellent (according to everybody else) and seriously lacking (according to myself). Depends on your standards… I think it’ll take me at least another three years to get to where I want to be with it.
It’s a big chocolate bar and I’m saving the rest for tomorrow. It’s pretty cool–has pop rocks in it so it tickles my tongue. I’m still a kid.
After Spanish, do you plan to learn any other languages? My recent trip to Paris reminded me it’s been a really long time since I studied French. I understood very little and could speak even less. Will need to brush up before my next trip there.
I don’t know any French at all. Have just started on Portuguese. My goal is to speak five really well. And I will get there… eventually.
Five–that’s impressive. I wish you all the luck! I love your dedication and determination.
Dog with a bone, me 😉
Hiking up that mountain would have killed me. Am one of those crying girls…
Oh, I was close to tears on many occasions, trust me. If I wasn’t so tired I may have cried, but it takes energy to cry. And I swore a lot. Now I can say I did it and my next adventure hopefully won’t be so difficult. But I am young (39–that’s young to me now) so who knows.
Looking forward to following your story, 192 countries sounds like a great plan 🙂
Thank you very much. I’m looking forward to all the traveling so I can share the stories 🙂
very interesting and extraordinary! I definitely commend your incredible goals! I’ve just started a blog focused on constantly pushing myself to partake in NEW experiences…amazing what life can bring when we stretch ourselves! best of luck!
I agree with you. And every new experience adds something to our lives.
Wow – what an incredible and inspiring blog! I love this! I look forward to reading more! 🙂
Thanks! And nice meeting you 🙂
I have actually been happily lurking here for a bit.. 🙂 I also enjoy your comments at blogs we both visit. Thank you for the “follow”. I am an inconsistent blogger because I have PROcrastination.
At least you are a PRO at it. If you are going to do something, do it right 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and you can lurk all you want.
Great blog and really interesting ideas.
Thank you very much!
The 50 Year Project is such a good idea! I feel the same way about my job and life sometimes, and I don’t want to wake up every morning and feel that way. Your project is inspiring and I hope to follow suit!
Let me know what project you come up with! I find it does help.
I love the blog’s idea! And 192 countries… Wow… Such a dream come true. I’ll be following you! 🙂
Thanks. It would be great if I was actually successful. Will do my best!
That’s all you can do 🙂
Yep. And enjoy every second.
(And post pictures here, pleaseeeee!) 😀
Will do my best!
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All the best with your challenge ! Inspiring.
I do love your blog greatly! Please check out my recent post “10 books to read” it is such a great group of books and I hope you see some you might want to read. Have a great day and I look forward to the future posts.
Thanks for the book suggestions. I popped over yesterday and saw many that I haven’t read yet.
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Great idea for the blog! And great inspiration for me on my travels. I look forwarding to following you from now.
Thanks, Richard for the nice comment and follow. Happy travels!
Hi TBM, I hope you are well and settling into your new home. I’d like to invite you to participate in ‘Capture the Colour’ with me http://rainbowbakery.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/capture-the-colour/
Thanks for the invite. will have to think about this some. Loved your examples!
Great concept for a blog, but more importantly for life!
Thank you for the encouragement!
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Great idea for a blog and great attitude to life! I’m now following you. Could I make a suggestion for a film? It may not be in the top 100, but it is certainly great. ‘The Way,’ with Martin Sheen. If you haven’t seen it is a good one.
Thanks for stopping by and the follow! I’m always up for book, movie, and/or travel suggestion. And I haven’t seen that Sheen movie so thanks for the tip! Will pop over to your blog soon to introduce myself.
You are very welcome TBM. I’m glad I could suggest that one to you then. That would be great, thanks!
I’m just finding your blog. Curious to know which countries you’ve been to so far and which ones are next!
I’ve been to 20 countries so far and since I’m feeling a tad bit lazy this morning, here’s my progress page listing the countries: https://50yearproject.wordpress.com/progress/
The next ones are Italy, Austria, and back to Germany. I’m really excited!
Thanks for stopping by. I love the Bay Area and I look forward to seeing your photos.
What a wonderful idea for a project 🙂 Interesting your three things are very important to us too.
We love travelling (a LOT), we love reading (we have about over 150 on our bookshelf that are yet to read – so we love buying books too) and there are a lot of movies – classic and current that we are yet to see 🙂
Looking forward to following how your project unravels!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I popped in to say hi and love your blog. It’s always wonderful to meet fellow travelers. Best of luck!
that is such an amazing idea! focussing on the things you love in life and how to fulfil them. So inspiring 🙂
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