The List

I started this list on May 22, 2007, hoping to complete everything before my 28th birthday.  When that didn’t happen, I decided to take my original list, super size the ideas and extend the deadline by, oh, 50 years or so.  The list started with 75 items but is growing all the time.  Some of the items are new, some have been here all along, but the goal has always been the same – I want to find passion, happiness, and a real sense of accomplishment.  This list is here to help.

  1. Move away from Florida.
  2. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.
  3. See the Grand Canyon.
  4. Visit New York City.  Done.
  5. Take an extended road trip.
  6. Visit Las Vegas. Done.
  7. See the Eiffel Tower.
  8. Walk across Abbey Road.
  9. Sit in a hot spring in Iceland.
  10. Go scuba diving in the Caribbean.
  11. Eat beignets in New Orleans.
  12. Go sailing.
  13. Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean. Done.
  14. Visit ten national parks.
  15. Complete a 5k, without stopping, in under 45 minutes.
  16. Go fishing and reel in my very own catch.
  17. Go on another missions trip.
  18. Give blood.
  19. Make an entire Thanksgiving dinner, from scratch, by myself. Done.
  20. Bake a cake from scratch.
  21. Make homemade strawberry jam.
  22. Perfect 10 recipes.
  23. Ride on a motorcycle.
  24. Win something, anything.
  25. Get married. Done.
  26. Get a dog. Done.
  27. Have a baby before 30. Done.
  28. Build a tree house with the kids.
  29. Take my kids to a Gator football game.
  30. Take my parents out to an expensive dinner.
  31. Go parasailing.
  32. Go waterskiing.
  33. Forgo soda for one week. Done.
  34. Eat raw tomato, brussel sprouts and cooked cabbage.
  35. Take public transportation everywhere for 1 day.
  36. Get a pedicure. Done.
  37. Sing at a karaoke bar.
  38. Go to a professional football game. Done.
  39. Watch the classics (It’s a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II).
  40. Create a time capsule.
  41. Buy land and build our dream house.
  42. Redesign and re-launch Splendorly.
  43. Research and invest in stocks, IRAs, or mutual funds.
  44. Attend a music festival (Bonaroo, Austin City Limits, etc).
  45. Go organic for one month.
  46. Go camping.
  47. Get organized, and stay that way.
  48. Create the perfect home office.
  49. Buy a new computer. Done.
  50. Follow one band to at least three consecutive concerts. Done.
  51. Learn to speak Icelandic.
  52. Host a dinner party.
  53. Redecorate the living room.
  54. Find a career that I love.
  55. Take a class… (Pilates, yoga, photography, graphic design).
  56. Take a photo every day for 30 days.
  57. Write everyday for 30 days.
  58. Develop a collection of original art.
  59. Write a song.
  60. Knit or crochet something, from start to finish.
  61. Paint a picture.
  62. Write a children’s storybook.
  63. Refresh a thrift store or flea market find.
  64. Commission a piece of original art.
  65. Participate in a protest.
  66. Learn to drive stick shift.
  67. Go to a civil war reenactment.
  68. Draw a family tree.
  69. Read “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens.
  70. Learn to juggle.
  71. Reconnect with at least two old friends.
  72. Learn how to change a tire.
  73. Sponsor a child.
  74. Spend a weekend one-on-one with my sister.
  75. Take a risk, a really big one. Done.
  76. Read “The Odyssey” by Homer (added July 6, 2010)
  77. Read “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles (added July 6, 2010)
  78. Read “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradybury (added July 6, 2010)
  79. Read “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (added July 6, 2010)
  80. Go to the Texas State Fair and eat my weight in fried food. (added July 21, 2010)

2 responses to “The List

  1. Pingback: Confession « Splendorly

  2. Time to cross #27 off the list Ms. Mandy.

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