Life List

The dear Maggie Mason was one the first bloggers I discovered (2nd only to Dooce), way back before I really even understood what blogging was. I have been copying her ever since. I signed up for Mondo Beyondo on her recommendation. I fell in love with Etsy just like she said I would, and I created a Twitter account because she was all like, “Hey! Look at this thing! It is new and exciting and you will do it!” And I did. And I copied her mighty life list. (Or, more accurately, copied her life list idea. I couldn’t simply copy her list. That would be weird.)

My list includes lofty items like #29 (take a year-long road trip) and #47 (step foot on all seven continents) and more simple – but equally drool-worthy – desires like #36 (sleep through the night). Every item is measurable, because I actually was paying attention in all those business meetings (definable, measurable goals). So, for example, “read more” became #s 17 and 18: read 100 fiction books and read 100 nonfiction books, respectively. Otherwise, how would I ever know when to mark “read more” as complete? The list currently contains 58 items, a strange number to select for an ending point. Which is because it’s not an ending point, it just means I got sleepy last night and stopped listing. But that’s okay. It’s an evolving list. I’ll add things. I’ll mark things off. I’ll replace things like “read 100 books” with “read 100 more books.” And I reserve the right to eliminate things, should they become less important to me over time (I’m looking at you, Antarctica).

  1. Walk the Cinque Terre
  2. Visit Venice before it sinks
  3. Host a dinner party
  4. Bake a pie from scratch
  5. Make cookies with my kids
  6. Camp on the beach with the family
  7. Learn to can
  8. Get paid to write
  9. Learn to take a decent photo
  10. Redesign blog (I didn’t exactly do this – I just started a new one. Still, I’m counting it complete.)
  11. Leave an enormous tip
  12. Work for a non-profit
  13. Celebrate BIG on my 40th birthday (10-10-15)
  14. Learn to sew (better)
  15. Make 100 96 lovely things
  16. Read 100 86 fiction books that I haven’t read before, including these classics.
  17. Read 100 99 98 97 96 non-fiction books that I haven’t read before
  18. Go to the dentist
  19. Stop using plastic for anything food-related
  20. Make my own shampoo
  21. Swear off anti-perspirant
  22. Make my own deodorant (Super awesome recipe here.)
  23. Live abroad for a year
  24. Attend a yoga retreat
  25. Stay in one of those cabins on the water in Bora Bora
  26. Take a romantic, child-free vacation with my man
  27. Take a chaotic vacation with my man and our gaggle of children
  28. Take a real vacation with my man and our gaggle of children
  29. Take a year-long road trip
  30. Clean out the basement
  31. For 1 month, make every single meal from scratch
  32. For 1 year, purchase no new clothing (making my own or buying 2nd hand is okay) (See how it went, here.)
  33. Sleep through the night
  34. Figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and do it
  35. Teach my kids to grow their own food
  36. Spend an entire summer playing with my kids
  37. Introduce The Baby to the aquarium
  38. Introduce The Baby to the zoo
  39. Kayak
  40. Turn my backyard into a pleasant place to hang out with the family
  41. Learn to use the grill
  42. Eat at 25 20 new restaurants
  43. Take the family to the Hoh Rain Forest (See how it went, here.)
  44. Step foot on all 7 continents. Yes, even Antarctica. (2 down, 5 to go.)
  45. Storm the steps of the capitol in the name of public education
  46. Attend a rally
  47. Create a home that comfortably accommodates all of our kids
  48. Live in a house that functions off the grid
  49. Coffee. Paris.
  50. Stay in those caves in Italy
  51. Teach art to children
  52. Take a painting class
  53. Take a pottery class
  54. Attend the opera
  55. Ride in the Fremont Solstice Parade. Yeah, the naked part. (See how it went, here.)
  56. Learn how to open a bottle of champagne, for chrissake!
  57. Train ride with the kids.
  58. Guide my oldest son through an activism project. (See how it went, here.)
  59. Get my yoga teaching certificate.
  60. Give new life to an old piece of furniture (refinish/makeover/upcycle)