Hello! I’m Annette, the owner of a Michelin recommended restaurant in Northern California, freelance travel writer and creator of this award winning blog, Bucket List Journey. As an obsessed new experience collector, my writing centers around exploring the world in search of once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
This is my husband Peter, Pistol or Puddin’, whatever I decide to call him that day.
I really find it amusing to embarrass him by making him do weird things that he absolutely does not want to do, like eating bugs in Thailand and zorbing in Spain. I swear he secretly loves it, but will never admit it.
We have no kids and no pets, but we own a restaurant and have lots of employees. They are like having kids sometimes.
Several years ago, after getting a handle on a case of severe anxiety, I made myself a promise. That promise was to not let fear make my decisions for me. When an opportunity presents itself and I want to say “no”, I always ask myself if that negative is fear speaking. 90% of the time it is. In that case, I vowed to turn that no into a yes.
That promise, along with the dedication to completing my bucket list, has led me to some amazing experiences all over the world: I have eaten insects in Thailand, swam with thousands of jellyfish in Palau, went on safari in Africa, rappelled into the depths of a cavern, fed a stingray, zip-lined through the Costa Rican rain forest, scaled the 463 stairs of Florence’s Duomo and even got my hair pulled by a monkey in Honduras. I kind of liked that. I have also tried to curl like an Olympian, went hunting for ghosts in Goldfield and flew through the sky on a trapeze…unfortunately, without the greatest of ease. You can also see the top of my head in a Bollywood movie (don’t be jealous) and I, once, put on my big girl panties to give blood.
When I am not planning my next adventure, chowing-down at a new restaurant, writing for my 2+ readers or trying to turn my body into a pretzel through yoga, I am creating delicious food at my Michelin recommended Italian restaurant, Sugo Trattoria. There, I wear many hats; I am a chef, marketing executive, accountant, part-time psychologist, prep cook, and, sometimes, dishwasher (not my happy day).
I know that my lifes new adventures will never be over and I look forward to the unknown that is waiting. It is my hope not only to continue living a life I love, but to also inspire my readers to not let fear make their choices.
Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you stay a while and join the journey.
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