A’s Life List
I had never given much thought to a formal life list, that is until I read Mighty Girl’s life list. I was completely inspired to not only come up with my own top 100 items but to also encourage my friends to start their life lists.
I found that once I started going, ideas just kept coming to me. Some ideas are quite grand – Take a trip that would make Travel + Leisure blush. Others are quite feasible – Use balloons in my life. Some ideas are lifted and/or modified from Miss Mighty Girl herself – Eat 500 different types of fruit.
Since creating the list, I have found myself thinking about it on a weekly basis. It has become a strong reminder to keep pushing myself to try new things. I get quite giddy as I plot how I’m going to accomplish or at least start working towards many of these goals. And really that’s the beauty behind writing down this list – I have it in front of me and can start working on things.
Vamos lá! | Here we go!
KEY: Done! Work in Progress! Started & Ongoing! Where do I begin?
1. Stay in hut over water on an island | 2. Step foot on seven continents | 3. Run an ultramarathon | 4. Learn how to use power tools | 5. Begin and continue a family Christmas tradition | 6. Start and stick to a budget | 7. Create a photo book for each year | 8. Wear a fancy gown to a fancy event | 9. Stay in Paris for a month (or two) in a lovely apartment | 10. Buy or commission a piece of art | 11. Take a ride in a seaplane | 12. Write down and make all of my mom’s favorite recipes | 13. Meet all of the Dixie Chicks | 14. Finish Bangles in Slovenia | 15. Afford to stay home with Mo until he is in Kindergarten | 16. Take an art appreciation class | 17. Take a photography class | 18. Make fancy chocolate | 19. Reupholster a piece of furniture for my home | 20. Drink Malbec in Chile | 21. Tango in Argentina | 22. Show family MY door in Montpellier | 23. Travel to Portugal during São João and São Pedro with family | 24. Attend a World Cup match | 25. Eat 500 fruits | 26. Make really good ribs | 27. Take a meat class | 28. Take a small ship cruise to Greek islands | 29. Live in Portugal for a year with family | 30. Own a small business | 31. Ride a camel in the desert | 32. Walk across the Great Wall | 33. Regularly enjoy Flor de Caña | 34. Host an outdoor dinner in a public place | 35. Attend a wedding in India | 36. Host an exchange student | 37. Pay for my children to study abroad | 38. Help pay for other children to study abroad | 39. Make an obscenely large donation to PICC | 40. Camp on Shi Shi beach | 41. Throw an epic surprise party | 42. Meet Oprah | 43. Live in a home where I love all of the furniture | 44. Go to Vegas with girlfriends | 45. Go to a horse racing rack | 46. Be really generous | 47. Take Mo backpacking | 48. Own a house in a place I love | 49. Be a fun house for Mo’s friends to come and play | 50. Celebrate a wedding anniversary at Flor da Rosa | 51. Take Mo to a Pearl Jam concert with Brian | 52. Create a photo book for each trip | 53. Take Mo to Disneyland | 54. Take a cooking class | 55. Have a use for everything at home | 56. Drive a stick shift in Europe | 57. Visit New Zealand | 58. Meet Reidun’s family in Norway | 59. Have a creative financially-viable career | 60. Have my own creativity cave | 61. Take a multi-day kayak trip | 62. Teach Mo how to speak Portuguese | 63. Make handmade gifts for kids in my life | 64. Help my friends check off items off their life list | 65. Create a painting I’m proud to hang in my house | 66. Visit Victoria Falls | 67. Take a pilgrimage | 68. Put azulejo in my home | 69. Have a spa weekend with friends at a spa where we each enjoy multiple spa treatments | 70. Friend vacation abroad with kids | 71. Vacation with my parents and Mo | 72. Repay Em & Sid for Eurostar surprise | 73. Help Mo use his passport during his childhood | 74. Attend an Olympic event | 75. Sell things created by me | 76. Stay in 15 pousadas in Portugal | 77. See a musical on Broadway | 78. Visit the Amazon | 79. Use balloons in my life | 80. Knit Mo a sweater | 81. See Northern Lights | 82. Visit Alaska (or similar locale) in Summer with sunlight 24 hr/day | 83. Live on the ocean | 84. Go to Croatia | 85. Learn how to Intarsia knit | 86. Host Thanksgiving dinner | 87. Take a pastry course in France | 88. Make microbrewed beer | 89. Visit the Scottish Highlands | 90. Take a trip that would make Travel + Leisure blush | 91. Write and publish an article | 92. Be friends with my neighbors | 93. Read Saramago in Portuguese | 94. Play ten songs on ukelele from memory | 95. Visit the Grand Canyon | 96. Attend a Pearl Jam concert in Portugal | 97. See Great Barrier Reef | 98. Do three pull ups | 99. Take a trip around the world | 100. Drink a bottle of really old Port with people I love in one night