The Life List.

I started 2012 without much direction. I didn’t set goals. I didn’t set anything, really. 2012 just sort of happened, without much effort or input from me.

I’ve flailed a bit this year, daunted by an uncertainty as to what, exactly, my next life steps should be. There are a lot of possibilities out there, endless roads to travel, countless directions to point my life in and I’ve been stuck for a bit, trying to decipher which way is the right way. All I really know is that I want more – more education, more experiences, more adventures.

I started writing this life list months ago. I didn’t share it sooner for who knows what reason, but here it is. I’m a person who needs direction, who needs something to shoot for and who loves lists more almost more than I love chocolate, so having a list of adventures to embark on, knowledge to gain, and goals to accomplish suits me. Life lists aren’t for everyone, of course, but I think they might be for me.


.Eat macaroni & cheese in each of the 50 states. {3/50 – VA, IL, NY}
.Learn to swim.
.Spend a day in silence.
.Drink French wine at a cafe in Paris. (3.12.12)
.Ride in a hot air balloon.
.Feed a giraffe.
.See the Taj Mahal.
.Make tortillas from scratch.
.Visit all 58 U.S. National Parks. {3/58}
.Sail through the Panama Canal.
.Host a Murder Mystery Dinner.
.Complete a Spartan Race.
.See the first dog sled team come across the Iditarod finish line.
.Make a quilt.
.Dance in the rain.
.Go to grad school.
.Visit a Buddhist temple.
.Attend a Unitarian Church Service.
.See Buckingham Palace in London. (3.10.12)
.Walk across the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges.
.Run a 10k.
.Donate at least $100 every month for a full year.
.Go on safari in Africa.
.Take a cooking class.
.Have my palms read.
.Read 50 books in a year.
.Be an extra in a movie.
.Have $50,000 in savings.
.Run a half marathon.
.Graduate college.
.Learn to knit.
.Ride a bike somewhere.
.Become a godparent.
.Run 5 Warrior Dashes. {1/5}
.Volunteer at the SPCA.
.Visit our friends in Sweden. (3.14-18.12)
.Go vegetarian for at least a month.
.See the Aurora Bourealis.
.Be published in a magazine or scholarly journal.
.Place 1st in the MG Keith L. Ware Awards Competition.
.Brew my own beer.
.Build a piece of furniture.
.Attend a music festival.
.Visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.
.Attend an Olympic event.
.Max an Army Physical Fitness Test.
.Run 1000 miles in a single year.
.Mail 100 handwritten letters.
.Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
.Write a book.
.Take dance lessons.
.Buy stock.
.Go on a spiritual retreat.
.Attend a TED event.
.Take myself to dinner.
.See the Grand Canyon.
.Eat tapas in Spain.
.See a show on Broadway.
.Spend my 5th wedding anniversary in a far away and tropical land.
.Visit a redwood forest.
.See the Egyptian pyramids.
.Learn to bake a perfect loaf of bread.
.Write a personal manifesto.
.Eat pizza in Naples.
.Have a tarot card reading.
.Go wine tasting in the Napa Valley.
.Road trip the American Southwest.
.Drink tea in China.
.Ride horses on the beach.
.Cook a whole chicken.
.Ride an elephant.
.Complete the 365 photo challenge.
.Visit Stonehenge.
.Ride a gondola in Venice.
.Visit the Pantheon.
.See the Colosseum in Rome.
.DNA test the dogs.
.Visit the Sistine Chapel.
.Climb the steps of Mayan Ruins.
.Spend Christmas in NYC. (Dec. 2011)
.Drive route 66.
.Cruise the Mediterranean.
.Read 100 books in 1 year.
.Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary.
.Grow my own vegetables.
.Make cheese.
.Own a home outright.
.Get a tattoo.
.Be a bridesmaid.
.Go camping in the wilderness, not at a campsite.
.Bake a cake.
.Shake hands with the President of the United States.
.Have an herb garden.
.Renew my wedding vows in Vegas with Elvis as the officiant.
.Make candy.
.Live somewhere other than Virginia.
.Make pasta from scratch.
.See the Sydney Opera House.
.Spend the summer traveling in an RV.
.Attend Bloggers in Sin City 5 times. (1/5)
.Learn to lay tile.

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21 thoughts on “The Life List.

  1. what a fun list – i love this!
    i can help you cross 2 of those off…we are starting to plan for a girls’ trip to run Nike Women’s Marathon & Half Marathon in San Francisco on 10/14 and then will spend a couple of days in Napa. you should come!! :o)

    1. I would love to! That would be absolutely amazing! No clue what my life will look like in October though so that might be tough. I’m determined to run a race with some BiSCuits at some point though!

  2. Ash

    I love how very diverse your list is, and have to admit I giggled when I saw DNA test the dogs mixed in with things like shake the President’s hand & visit the Pantheon (which I had to look up, actually – thought you misspelled the Parthenon). I am sending hopes & wishes that you get to do all these and many, many more “adventures” & accomplishments! **hugs**

  3. 🙂 I want to eat tapas in Spain and drink French wine n France too!

    From your list I’ve seen Buckingham Palace and rode an elephant. Do you guys have Renaissance Festivals? There’s usually an elephant to ride there. I also want to DNA test my mutt!

    1. We do have Renaissance Festivals and I’ve never thought about trying to find an elephant there. I’ve been to a few and haven’t seen one, but I bet with some research I could find one – that would be amazing!

  4. Great list!

    My coworker wrote her own murder mystery dinner, which I found amazing.

    I also want to make a quilt, see the Grand Canyon, & eat tapas in Spain.

  5. If (when?!) you visit SF I will feed you truffle mac and cheese that will melt your face off with it’s goodness. Actually, I see a bunch of items that can be accomplished with a trip to the Bay Area!

    1. Truffle mac & cheese?! YES PLEASE! Sounds amazing!

      And we’ll definitely head to the Bay Area sometime in the near future. It’s on the list of places to visit soon!

    1. Yes! I’ve heard you can feed them there too and ever since hearing about it, I’ve been obsessed with the idea. We’re probably taking our friend’s toddler to the zoo this summer so fingers crossed I can cross this off the list!

  6. 1) There are so many on here that we should do together!!! 2) i love that mac & cheese is first! woo! 3) there are some on here that I need to add to mine – like ride an elephant. I know i’ve always wanted to but totally forgot to put that on mine.

  7. Holly

    You have a murder mystery dinner kit and you HAVEN’T USED IT YET? When can we make this happen. I was totally the killer in the only one I went to–with friends of my former professor. Was way fun. This was also where I was turned on to Pimms Cup.

  8. Dude. I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but when you come to Iowa again, I know a place that is known for their Mac & Cheese. Actually there might be a couple, but there’s one I have in mind for sure.

    Also, this list is amazing.

    I’m really intrigued the most by the “100 handwritten letters.” It just seems so… I don’t know. Nostalgic. Romantic. Lovely. It’s a lost art form. There’s just something about the idea of honest-to-God letters. I kind of miss that that’s a thing that’s slowly disappearing into the past.

    I really wish I lived closer to you because I’d totally be all about helping you check some of these off. I love doing stuff like this. My own list is sorely neglected and I’m about to panic because I only have two years left to achieve it (mine was a 30 before 30 list, because the grand scheme of Life was a bit daunting for me.)

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