What’s on your bucket list?

Brittany Maynard shared her heartbreaking journey with us all through articles and social media, and this morning I heard the news that she chose to end her life this past weekend.

May Brittany fly on the wings of an Angel to everlasting peace. Condolences and prayers to her family and friends. I hope the wonderful memories they created together will help them all heal as they move forward.

From the articles I read, Brittany shared a list of things she wanted to do and places she wanted to visit with her husband and parents before she became too sick to travel. It was heartwarming to read that Brittany did in fact experience some of her adventures she had written on her bucket list with her family.

Which reminded me–like many of you–I have a bucket list, but tend to forget about it at times.

I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the things we want to do, see and experience.

What is on your bucket list?

I’m sharing some of the things on my bucket list.

Write my parents story, from the time they met to their journey from Italy to Canada.

Both my parents were orphaned at a young age. My mom was raised in a convent and was going to become a nun, until she met a young man on a motorcycle (an agnostic who loved leather jackets no less), and the rest as it is said is history. My mother the rebel nun. Of course she used to say that he hypnotized her and she lost her mind, because nice girls do not leave the convent and elope. (That was her story and she stuck to it) She used to feel that any time she overcooked lasagna noodles it was her penance for leaving the convent. A quiet (unlike her daughter) woman, my mother did not seem the type to want to run away and get married, which makes their story all that more intriguing (and comical at times).


I admired Audrey Hepburn and one of my all time favorite movies is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


I have paid for a stranger’s coffee, soft drink while waiting in line, but paying for a whole meal would be such fun, and then walking away without them knowing who did it.

One Valentine’s Day, my in-laws who were renovating their house at the time and just having a busy week with things going wrong with the renovations, went out to dinner. When it came time to pay their bill, they were told it was all ready taken care of. They never found out who paid it (I think I know, but I’m not 100% sure), but it made their day. They paid it forward many times, so it’s something that I would love to do for another couple.


This would be spectacular!


This is right up my alley.


I grew up reading Anne of Green Gables. Anne Shirley actually was a huge inspiration for Maddie (heroine in What A Girl Wants). I always related to Anne’s quirks.


Another activity that is so me.


Visited Paris many years ago, but never added a lock. This is such a loving gesture.


Take another family trip to Italy.

Even though we have done this a few times, I added it to my list as our family grows and we make new memories in the mother-land.


Celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary with the man who keeps adding chapters to our love story.


Would love to hear what’s on your list.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ― Audrey Hepburn


I’ve always been a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. Her style, her acting, her outer and inner beauty and her charitable work. She epitomizes class and humility in ever sense of the word (Lindsay Lohan, are you listening?).

The main character in my first novel (Sabrina’s Destiny) is named after Audrey’s movie, Sabrina (look at me, using her first name as if I knew her in person. . .I wish).

My favorite Audrey Hepburn character is Holly Golightly in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

I recently re-watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and saw the similarities between Holly Golightly’s personality and Maddie Saunder’s (the heroine in my current release, What A Girl Wants).

Maddie and Holly don’t look-alike, talk alike nor do they have similar interests nor the same profession. However, they do possess comparable traits which I admire in women and especially in heroine’s in a novel.

They both have had to deal with great disappointment in their lives and in doing so, they didn’t allow the tragedies in their lives to consume them or alter their goals. They both have fears and insecurities, but again, they didn’t allow these fears to take over their life, instead they tried to conquer them by facing them head on, or bury them deep and live their life as if it didn’t bother them…you know, like the old saying...”fake it, till you make it.” (The disappointments in life that is, not the other faking it. I doubt either Holly or Maddie  would fake THAT, because they’d have no problem telling the guy, “dude, not happening“).

Maddie and Holly have a huge capacity to love, even though they do their best to not go there with their emotions (they are not perfect women, they still do have hang-ups, they just choose to live their life a certain way and stick to their principles about it).

Both characters are a mixture of naiveté, class, impulsivity and both posses a unique and wicked brand of humor, that at times is hard to understand, but one can’t help but embrace and love them for it.

Holly and Maddie have no problem putting their quirks on display and they really don’t care what other people think.

In this age of paparazzi, social media, camera phones, and online bullying, it’s admirable these two ladies use the philosophy of not giving a damn and really meaning it.

They have the ability to truly forgive, “get over it” (which is Maddie’s attitude) and get on with the business of living life.

Along the way though, they have broken hearts, made a ton of mistakes, even made fools of themselves, because, as I said, they’re not perfect characters, but it is how they remain true to who they are as women in the face of adversity, criticism and unresolved pain that they will have to live with the rest of their lives that endear us to characters like these.

My Favorite Audrey Hepburn Quotes

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

“True friends are families which you can select.” 

My Favorite Holly Golightly Quotes

 “I’ve got to do something about the way I look. I mean a girl just can’t go to Sing Sing with a green face.”

“You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.”

 “It’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”

“I’m not Holly. I’m not Lula Mae, either. I don’t know who I am! I’m like cat here, a couple of no-name slobs. We belong to nobody and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.”

Do you have a favorite character or person who has inspired you?