Everyone Has a Story: Pete Bludworth

Today’s mini-interview is with Pete Bludworth, a former member of the US Marines and currently an Assistant Warden in Louisiana. On his LinkedIn profile, Pete describes himself as having “keen insight of how the lessons of the past affect today and how today prepares us for tomorrow.” Below, he shares a few thoughts in this brief post.

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"April 15, 2006: Baseball" Photo Credit: Matt McGee on Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Read the interview to learn Pete’s baseball-themed advice
Photo Credit: Matt McGee on Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

What is one of your dreams for your life?
To see my two sons enjoying a vacation with their families together, seeing them being Dads!!

What is something on your bucket list?
To see my wife be a GrandMa!

What is the best advice you ever received?
“Yesterday’s home run doesn’t count in today’s ballgame.”

Thanks for sharing your time and dreams with us, Pete!

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Watch a roller derby bout (2015)

Photo Credit: schadenfreude lola on Flickr - Used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Photo Credit: schadenfreude lola on Flickr – Used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Paramedics walked hurriedly toward the athlete, rolling a stretcher as hundreds of people looked on. The crowd watched as they discussed the situation with the injured athlete and the medical volunteers who attend every bout. As the paramedics took their patient to the ambulance, people clapped in support. Only a few minutes later, the serious mood changed and the crowd cheered as the two teams skated back on the track.

With players using derby names like Shock Therapy, Buster Up, and Kamikaze Kim and team names like Grave Danger and Throttle Rockets, you know it’s a rough sport. I watched a rugby match in college, and this was way more intense. The injured athlete, Oh So Final (#26 for the Sockit Wenches), ended up needing surgery for “a broken right fibula and dislocated ankle” (according to this article posted by the Rat City Rollergirls (RCRG), the flat-track female roller derby league in Seattle.

Roller derby, I learned from my friend (who just made the roster on one of the RCRG teams!), has a history of being scripted entertainment like some TV wrestling shows, but has left that behind and is establishing itself as a legitimate sport. The basic idea is that two teams skate around the track, attempting to help one of their teammates to pass the other team as many times as possible. The announcer did give explanations of some of the game play, but like any sport, there are a lot of other rules and exceptions. If it’s your first time watching roller derby, I suggest going with someone who knows the rules (like I did) or reading up before and asking questions to fans who seem like they know what’s going on.

It was fun to learn about a new sport and spend time with fans who were that excited. I also enjoyed the sense of humor, from the silly jokes the announcers told, to some of the skaters’ derby names (like Jill Nye the Science Guy, Mayja Look, and Patience Grasshopper). It’s an exciting sport to watch, and easy to pick up the basic rules, so it’s very accessible to a first-timer. While I wouldn’t want to skate in a roller derby bout, I would recommend watching one for an interesting bucket list experience.

Have you been to a roller derby bout? What was your experience?

Resource for your own list:
Read the basic rules of roller derby at the Rat City Rollergirls website, and then find a bout near you at one of the leagues in the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association).

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Everyone Has a Story: Zebulon Dimmett

Today’s interview is with Zebulon Dimmett, who was suggested for this interview by a friend. Below, Zebulon shares how his first life dream came true (and how it’s helping him achieve his current dream), speaks out against “parent shaming” in today’s culture, and passes on the best advice he’s ever received.

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Zebulon Dimmett

What is one of your dreams for your life?
This question, to me, has two answers. At face value, I guess I dreamed first of being a pilot. It probably started when I was about 12, the vulnerable stage where coolness and reputation begin to matter. The image, skill, and level of expertise seemed like a good goal that would separate myself from the Average Joe. It wasn’t until later in life, probably college, that I realized that I just didn’t dream of being a pilot, I dreamed of making a difference. I decided that this could actually go hand in hand with my first dream of being a pilot. At pilot training I did pretty well, enough to choose my eventual fate. So I chose to be a helicopter search and rescue pilot. I enjoy what I do, and dream that later in life I will continue to be able to use what I have learned to help others and make a difference.

NJ State Police Search & Rescue helicopter

Zebulon achieved his dreams of becoming a pilot and now works search and rescue in a helicopter (not actual photo of today’s interviewee, but you can pretend, right?)
Photo Credit: jason jenkins on Flickr, Used unmodified under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

What is something on your bucket list?
I want to learn another language. I don’t know what or when, but someday I hope to have enough time and brain bytes to learn another language.

What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I ever received had to do with being a parent. That advice was to ignore everyone else’s advice. There is a lot of “parent shaming” that goes on in social media today and I think that it is insensitive and adolescent to think that your ideas (about any subject) could be so flawless that all others that differ are somehow inferior. I believe that most parents genuinely love their children and want the best for them and most do the best they can with what they have or understand. Be slow to judge and quick to love, the pressures of raising a child in such an evil world are great.

Thanks Zebulon, for sharing your time and stories with us!

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Resource: Goal Setting Printables from Think.Make.Share.

Need a little help thinking of bucket list ideas? Hallmark’s Think.Make.Share. blog has two free printable resources for you. The first is called “2015 Bucket List” and has prompts to list things you want to do this year in the categories of “2 Do,” “2 See,” and “2 Try.” The second is titled “Goals 2015″ and has categories for “At Home,” “At Work,” and “For Balance.”

Click here to go to the blog and get the downloads.

Interview with Jody Lundrigan at Adventures of a Blond White Girl

Photo provided by Jody Lundrigan (Adventures of a Blond White Girl) - Used with permission

Photo provided by Jody Lundrigan – Used with permission

Today’s interview is with Jody Lundrigan, who loves sharing her travel adventures with the world via her blog. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” poem, Jody makes time to travel while fulfilling the responsibilities of a full-time job. She has been on many adventures, including living in a cave house and going on a 10-day travel double date with her parents and significant other. Below she shares stories of some of her experiences, the thing that makes her know she loves blogging, and the best advice she’s ever received.

Name and blog:
Jody Lundrigan at Adventures of a Blond White Girl

Fun fact about you:
I am a scuba diver. The world under the waves never ceases to amaze me. I love it! My dream is to spend my life discovering new corners of the blue planet.

Funner fact:
Lately it seems I am always traveling on Halloween; spending evenings at fancy restaurants and dive bars as butterflies and flowers. One year, my boyfriend and I thought it would be hilarious to play Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while backpacking in China. It was…to us. No one else had any idea what we were doing, but we’re the kind of people who think that kind of reaction makes our craziness even more entertaining.

Funnest fact:
I am almost always smiling. I love to laugh. I think you can find humour and joy in any aspect of life. But when something strikes me as particularly hilarious, I can laugh until I lose my breath, which leads to me letting out the loudest snorts. It’s so embarrassing, but you gotta love a real belly laugh.

What do you think has been essential to your success as a travel blogger?
I am still a rookie blogger. With a full-time job and life responsibilities, I sometimes measure success simply by doing a post. That said, every time I do I get such a tremendous and positive response and that makes me happy and makes me feel successful. But the key to that success, I think, is my lack of fear in sharing my thoughts and feelings and sometimes political views in my writing. In this way, when I write people are getting to know about the place but they also getting to know about me. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am an opinionated lady. But that’s not necessarily a negative thing. And I think it serves me well in my blog.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
How vulnerable it makes me feel. I still get nervous before I hit the publish button…everytime. It is simultaneously super scary and super exciting. It’s how I know I love it.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
This blond white girl is awesome.

Who or what inspires you?
The people I meet. I love the sights and sounds and sometimes the tastes and smells, but it’s the memories made and moments shared with the people along the way that make it all worthwhile.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Scuba diving (ice diving) in Antarctica.

If you aren’t doing anything related to travel, what are you doing in your free time?
Thinking about how I really should learn to cook even though I really don’t want to.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Live everyday to the fullest because you never know… So while I am always dreaming of my next trip, I don’t live in the future – or the past. I work hard, I love my friends and I appreciate my family every moment of my life.

Thank you Jody for sharing your time and thoughts with us.

Want to keep reading? You can learn more about Jody and read stories from her travels on her blog and Twitter.

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