Reverse Bucket List

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I’ve seen a lot of people sharing their reverse bucket lists lately. Which is a nice idea since it helps you realize how much you’ve accomplished instead of emphasizing how many things remain on your to-do list. Frankly, I could use a little encouragement, so here is my very own REVERSE BUCKET LIST:

  • spent a month living in France during the summer I was 14
  • got inducted into the National Honor Society when I was a junior in high school
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Why didn’t anyone tell me not to wear matching tights for National Honor Society induction?










  • left my beloved hometown of New Orleans & went away to college
  • joined a sorority and served on its executive board
  • got published (anonymously) in the Millsaps College campus literary magazine, The Stylus
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yes, this is a real photo of an actual copy I still have (hoard)

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The night before I graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.


  • majored in English, minored in French; graduated on time in four years despite a leave of absence during junior year
  • applied to grad school, got accepted
  • completed my Master’s program on time in 18 months
  • earned my Master’s degree
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The hood was awesome. Master’s degree, CHECK.


Saturday, December 1, 2001

Saturday, December 1, 2001


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The surprise/miracle baby

The surprise/miracle baby

Want to read some other fun reverse bucket lists? Check out post by my friends Jennifer Williams, Alison Lee, Andrea Mowery, Katie Sluiter & Poppy Marler.

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  • Jennifer P. Williams

    You’ve done a LOT! I like these lists because, not only do they remind us of what all we’ve done, they also help us to learn so much about each other.

    • Erin Margolin

      Thank you, Jennifer. If it hadn’t been for you & other DBAers, I’d never have done this. I’m grateful for the idea! xo

  • Laura

    So impressive, Erin! I’m glad you thought through these things. And I *adore* the photo of you and the twins! Stunning!

    • Erin Margolin

      Oh sweet Laura! Thank you for saying that. It’s funny to even look back at those photos. It seems like such a different time. I mean, it was, but…. it wasn’t. Does that make any kind of sense? I guess it was 8 years ago, so it natural that it feels that way. Thanks for reading! xo

  • Elaine A.

    I absolutely adore that photo of you and the girls when they were babies!! You are amazing, so many accomplishments in your life already, Erin!! xoxo

    • Erin Margolin

      Thank you, Elaine. You’ve been on my mind these last few days….I hope things are going okay. I hope I’ll still get to see you when we come to NOLA next month. I’ll email you soon to chat about it! xo

  • Angela Youngblood

    What a list! You’ve done a lot. Love all the pictures, especially the one with your twins.

    • Erin Margolin

      Aw, thanks Angela! I’m grateful you stopped by. HUGS!

  • Kerstin Auer

    Wow, Erin – very impressive list. You go, girl!
    (Also: LOVE all your pictures!)

    • Erin Margolin


      Thank you so much for reading and saying hi here. It’s always nice to see your smiling face in the comments! xo

  • From Tracie

    I love this list. You are awesome.

    • Erin Margolin

      Thank you, sweet Tracie. It’s kind of hard not to seem awesome when you write a list like this. LOL! xoxo

  • Erin Margolin


    SO funny you brought this up b/c another blogger/friend posted a Fuck-It List today:

    which means that now? I have another blog post idea! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll head over to read your Fuck-It list shortly! ;-)

    • Issa Waters

      Haha, yeah, I can do a Reverse Bucket List post now, too! Always on the lookout for blog topics! :-)

  • Kim@Co-Pilot Mom

    This is awesome! Such a wonderful list of accomplishments, Erin – and I love your photos. :)

    • Erin Margolin

      Thank you, Kim! I appreciate your reading and leaving me some comment love!

  • Lady Jennie

    Focus on these amazing things, my friend! You’ve done so much, and so much good. :-)

    • Erin Margolin

      Thank you, sweet Jennie. Je t’aime. xo

  • Alison

    You have done truly amazing things, my friend!!
    (thank you for the shout out!)

    • Erin Margolin


      YOU have done amazing things! And I wouldn’t have written this if it hadn’t been for you, Jennifer, Poppy, Katie, and Andrea! I’m grateful for the idea….and for temporarily feeling like less of a chump. ;-)


  • Kirsten Piccini’re incredibly awesome, I’ve always known it (even before I read all the stuff you have done) Your heart is BIG, TRUE and EAGER and that makes you one of my very favorite people.

    • Erin Margolin

      Thank you so much, Kirsten. You’re a doll. I love you so much. How are you? xoxo

  • Julie Gardner

    You don’t ever need to add another thing to your bucket and you’ve already accomplished more than most people.

    But I know you. Your bucket isn’t even close to full.
    I’m so glad I get to watch you fill and fill and fill it.

    And every day you add to your own life is a gift to others.

    • Erin Margolin

      I don’t know how you do it every time, but you manage to slay me with your comments and bring me to tears. And My bucket feels painfully empty. I know it’s up to me to fill it. I’m working hard. xo

  • Roxanne Piskel

    I love this idea of the reverse bucket list! You have so many achievements. I’m proud of you.

    • Erin Margolin

      Thank you, Roxanne! I hope you’ll do one too?? I’d love to read it! JUST DO IT! xo

  • My Inner Chick

    Lovely list.
    Do you teach English, Erin? x

    • Erin Margolin

      Inner Chick,

      Thanks for reading & commenting! I don’t teach English. Which is a bit ironic, perhaps. I’ve often looked up to teachers and I still believe that along with mothers, they have the hardest jobs in the world. And I’ve never felt properly qualified to do either, although you don’t need a fancy certificate to become a mother, so here I am! LOL!

  • Andrea

    You are amazing, and I’m truly impressed by all your accomplishments. I’m so glad to know you!!

    • Erin Margolin


      You are very kind, as always. I’m glad to know you, too– and I hope I’ll get to MEET you soon! xoxo