Reverse Bucket List


I may have not done extravagant things in my life, but I have so much to be grateful for. And I am proud of my accomplishments, big or small. I figured I needed to do a blog post for my readers to help you all get to know me a little better. So I read THIS blog post about a Reverse Bucket List, after hearing someone from my church bring the concept up. I wondered what this bucket list entailed. The woman from my church began to explain it and how it related to being grateful. So I decided to try it out.

The basis of a reverse bucket list is to not dwell on what you haven’t done, but on what you HAVE done. I started brainstorming all of the accomplishments (small and big) that I have succeeded in doing during my 25 years of life. I hope this gives my readers a closer look into what makes me me, and what I am grateful for! And I hope you each create a reverse bucket list to remind you how very special and capable each one of you are!

Studies have shown that identifying what you are grateful for on a daily basis increases your happiness. And I would extend that to daily gratitude increases positive interactions with those around you.

A teacher is only part of who I am. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a singer, a reader, an adventurer, a believer, and a strong and capable woman.

Karla’s Reverse Bucket List

  1. A church singing audition that jumpstarted my love for singing. The audition landed me my first solo/trio performance. I was more nervous than  I have ever been in my life. I was 14 and felt like I needed to do something more with my shower singing. I am so glad I did.
  2. Sang at Candlelight at Disneyland-As my singing continued I eventually joined high school concert choir, which led to chamber singers.
  3. Barbershop quartet-Joining this was on a complete whim. I was approached by my cousin and two friends from choir. They said “Can you sing high?” I stared at them, “Ya”. That was the basis of how I made 3 of my best friends in high school and started a popular women’s barbershop quartet. We later performed at two Dick Van Dyke benefit concerts (ON STAGE WITH HIM!).

4. Learned sign language- Started my sophomore year of high school and quickly picked it up. I was able to use it often after that, and still use it off and on to this day.

5. Sang at my high school graduation with my cousin


6. Got in to BYU-Idaho for my undergrad


7. Lived with some of the best people I know for 4 years

8. Bridge Jumped (An Idaho Thing)


9. Taught integrated preschool as a class-recieved an award for best inclusion for a student with special needs

10. Learned to surf


11.  Served in several church callings that required me to teach, sing, lead, and visit wonderful people

12. Sang at college graduation


13. Placed in Utah for student teaching


14. Hired to teach at Title 1 school teaching 1st grade

15. Was in some of my best friends weddings

16. Met and married the love of my life! (enjoy a brief slideshow)

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17. Honeymoon in Hawaii

18. Slid down the cement slides in San Francisco


19. Guest privileges on NBC 4’s news set

20. Biked down a Volcano in Maui

21. Snorkeled and Paddle boarded in Maui

22. Took my mom to swim with dolphins (her dream)


23. Started an elementary school choir

24. Earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from WGU

25. Started a blog and a TPT store

25 incredible memories, for 25 years of life. There are many more, but these are some of my most treasured moments and memories. These moments are a part of who I am, and what I am capable of. I look forward to adding more items to my reverse bucket list.


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