50 Amazing Life Moments

The idea that stimulated this post came from Jenna MacDonald at There’s a Shoe for That.  When I was considering starting this blog, a conversation with Jenna tipped me over the edge to actually do it.

The thought of finding 50 moments seemed daunting at first.  However, when I sat down to write, I actually had to trim out moments because I passed 50.

The lesson I took away from the exercise is that in a world where the next instant moment of gratification is the goal of many, I believe a path to happiness comes from being present, taking chances, and living a life of gratitude for opportunities that may cross your path.

Reluctant to classify these moments in any ranking that could be interpreted as one being better than another, they are random within four categories:  cradle-to-grave moments, travel moments, unique opportunity moments, and existential moments.

Cradle-to-Grave (Moments 1-6)

According to Dictionary.com ‘Cradle to grave’ means: “extending throughout one’s life, from birth to death”.

  1. Pregnancy, I only had one but I loved the experience
My baby
Holding my baby, 2002

2. Holding my baby for the first time

3. Being with my Mom on her last day of life

4. Finding my soulmate

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Revisiting our 2nd date spot (2014), Ice Caves in Springfield, NB

5. Realizing our kids know how to make good choices

6. Watching our children develop/perform/create

Travel (Moments 7-32)

These moments all happened because I travelling away from home.  The range of dates for these experiences begin at age 7 with my first trip to Scotland and extend up to last year when Eric and I cruised from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Haiti and Jamaica.

7. Seeing the Grand Canyon by both small plane and land (Arizona, USA)

8. Visiting standing stones (near Inverness, Scotland)

9. BBQ and hot tub at King Ranch (Texas, USA)

King Ranch, Texas 2008 (approx)

10. Breathing the air at the Icefields Parkway (Rockies, Alberta, Canada)

Athabasca Glacier 2015
Athabasca Glacier 2014

11. Snorkeling in Cozumel (Mexico)

12. Dog sledding (La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada)

2016 La Malbaie, Quebec

13. Seeing the terrain of Iceland for the first time

14. Sailing in the Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

15. Swimming with dolphins (Costa Maya, Mexico)

16 Experiencing a desert (Palm Springs, California & Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

17. Days in Liverpool (England)

Strawberry Fields
On our Fab Four tour in LIverpool, England 2015

18. Any visit to Scotland

19. Putting my toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time (British Columbia, Canada)

20. Riding a pony on the beach in Blackpool (England)

21. Visiting a fortune teller in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA)

22. Experiencing the Napa Valley (California, USA)

23. Meadows in the Sky Parkway (Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada)

24. Airboat tour of the Bayou in Louisiana (USA)

25. Kayaking with dolphins in a South Carolina marsh (USA)

26. The many layers of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

27. Introducing Eric to cruising

Voodoo demonstration while in Haiti on our cruise (2018)

28. Day cruise on the Rhine (Germany)

Germany 2001
Somewhere on the Rhine, Germany 2001

29. The Giant’s Causeway (Northern Ireland)

Giant's Causeway
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland, 2012

30. Chicago Art Institute (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

31.  CN Tower view (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

32. Experiencing Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA)

Unique Experiences (Moments 33-47)

These moments all happened, or started, at home in New Brunswick, Canada.

33. Tour of the potash mine in a Jeep-like vehicle (700 m below surface)

34. Discovering Eye of the Needle for the first time

35. Flying in a helicopter

36. Sleeping on a train (in a sleeper car)

37. Figuring out how to make Lorne sausages and having them taste just right

38. Spending days outside with my Dad while he created art

39. Catching my first fish

40. The smell and feel of cool air in early autumn

41. Growing to love lobster

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Christmas week traditions post-2014

42. Whale watching

43. Walking on the ocean floor, regularly

44. Feeling the wind in my face while riding a bike

45. Being hooked by a good book

46. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean

47. Learning to knit

48. Meeting Prince Charles (1996 and 2012), Prince Andrew (1985), and Prince Edward (sometime in the 2000s)

Existential (Moments 49 & 50)

For lack of better classification, these moments where philosophical reflections that have come to me in the last few years.

49. Realizing I’ve found contentment

50. Knowing home is the best place to be

Number 50 is my life lesson from the list. I have been fortunate to see and do so many things in so many places but as Dorothy so aptly puts it “There’s no place like home”.

With a click of my heels I’m out for this week.


10 comments on “50 Amazing Life Moments”
  1. JR Jean says:

    Great balance of experiences – and I’m sure that you had to weed out many to come to “just” 50! When I write my annual newsletters, I often have to weed out what I’ve done throughout the year. It also reminds me of what I did & to be grateful for being able to do it…we can easily forget especially as we get older. 😉 Lovin’ your posts!

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    1. Thanks Jacinte. I agree. It is nice to reflect and think about how things that happen or you experience can shape you.

      We enjoy your annual letter, our daughter Carly reads it aloud to us every year. She is fascinated by your travels and adventures.


  2. Kathy Craig says:

    Love this Paula! Keep them coming. Made me think of my special moments/events in my life

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Kathy! I appreciate the feedback. It’s important to remember those moments!


  3. Rachel LeBlanc says:

    Loving your blog, Paula, your travel experiences brought me back to my own travels 🙂❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Rachel. I am glad my words stimulated some memories. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.


  4. MADELEINE Ashley says:

    You are so unique my niece in that you so appreciate everything day. Whether a huge adventure or a night at home reading a good book, you make the most of your experiences. So happy we are related my dear. Love You and keep them coming!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Awww thank you. I do try to enjoy all moments equally and live every day to its fullest. Love you too!


  5. Deborah Fisher says:

    Thanks for sharing, Paula. Your list sparked many of my own memories AND gave me ideas for my bucket list! Looking forward to more!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Deb! I appreciate the feedback and glad I could help add thoughts for your bucket list!


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