The Bucket List movie set off a frenzied Bucket List movement of accomplishing certain tasks and experiences before your last day on earth. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Bucket List as : a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.

A Bucket List never resonated with me as it sounds so final and morbid.

Instead, I have created a Carpe Diem, or seize the moment, list.

Carpe Diem embodies optimism and hope.

Get inspired and create your Carpe Diem List for your healing cancer journey.


Jackie and her son visiting the Galapagos Islands

Carpe Diem List: The Galapagos Islands with my son


Many people have created their Bucket List with things they want to achieve before they die. Bucket List is derived from the phrase: kicked the bucket.

I encourage you to take a positive spin on this list and call it a Carpe Diem List.

This is list of all the things you would like to accomplish while living.

A Carpe Diem List creates optimism that “all is well.”

This list is a bold statement to the universe that you have so much to live for!

It creates a full life. An inspired life. A life worth living.

Ask for what you want. Believe that you deserve it, and then allow Life to give it to you. ~Louise Hay


  • Create list of things you would like to do.
  • Write them down or create a computerized document.
  • Break the activities down by: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, life-time.
  • Post your list in many places around your house, on your vision board, at work.
  • Reflect on your Carpe Diem list often.
  • To start, identify a few items on your list and do them.
  • Start small and increase to the larger items.
  • Check off the feats as you accomplish them.

Plan your dream vacation now and starting checking items off your list!

Just because you have cancer doesn’t mean you can’t dream. On the contrary, dream BIG! Give yourself something to live for…or many things to live for on your Carpe Diem List!

What’s on your Carpe Diem List?


Certified Therapy Dog

Carpe Diem List: A certified therapy dog for my high school students


Ask for what you want. Believe that you deserve it, and then allow Life to give it to you. ~ Louise Hay

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