The other day I stumbled upon a really cool blog, Mighty Girl, written by Maggie Mason. About a year ago, Maggie came up with something she called her “Mighty Life List: 100 Things to Do Before I Go,” listing all the things she’d like to accomplish in her life.
I love, love, love, love this idea!
I always have the fear in the back of my mind that my life is passing me by and I’m not living it to the fullest. I have thought about doing this before, but I always put it off because I was too busy. Well, when I heard that doing this list was “transformative” for Maggie, I was in…all in. I had all of these things in my head, but to actually write them down makes it way more real. Plus, if me showing my list of goals and dreams (both silly and serious) encourages even one other person out there to write a list of their own, it will be worth it.
So, here goes nothing….I’ll keep updating as I accomplish things so keep checking back.
100 things to do before I go (in no particular order)
1. Ride in a hot air balloon 2. Become a Mom 3. See the Taj Mahal 4.
See the Pyramids 5. Run a half Marathon 6. Re-learn French – to fluency 7. Visit Paris 8. Go white water rafting 9. Safari in Africa 10. Scuba dive 11. Go horseback riding 12. Get at least one of my photographs published 13. Buy a vacation home in Greece 14. Read the Bible 15. Go on a cross country road trip 16. Research family tree 17. Visit long lost relatives in Poland 18. Visit Lawson chapel in West Virginia 19. Raise $1500 to have a well built in Africa 20. Volunteer at church 21. Hike the Great Wall of China 22. See the Terra Cotta warriors 23. Learn to ski 24. Be part of a flash mob 25. Times Square for New Year’s Eve 26. Sail the Caribbean in a 30 foot sail boat 27. Get a big dog 28. Run the half marathon at Disney World 29. Go to Angkor Wat 30. Learn to meditate 31. Go down the slippery rock slide on Kauai (like in the movie South Pacific) 32. Make homemade ice cream like my Grandpa did 33. Learn to use the lawn mower 34. Take flying lessons 35. Visit Eric’s ancestors’ castle 36. Go to the Christmas Bazaar in Germany with the family 37. Photograph someone’s wedding overseas 38. Swing on a real trapeze 39. Ride in a gondola in Venice 40. Go to a masquerade ball 41. Take a vacation sans computers 42. Swim in every major ocean 43. Visit Macchu Picchu 44. Snorkel Molokini 45. Spend a day wandering the Palace of Versailles 46. Stay in an overwater bungalow in Fiji 47. Have a successful garden 48. Learn enough Greek to carry on a conversation 49. Ghost hunting 50. Host a huge Halloween costume party 51. Buy a Moped 52. See the Northern Lights 53. Be self-employed 54. Publish a book 55. Cook all meals for a month 56. Set foot in all 50 states 57. Attend La Tomatina in Spain 58. Go on the Grand Canyon Sky Walk 59. Meet Dr. Zahi Hawass 60. Sponsor a child’s wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation 61. Go to the Ellen show and dance! 62. Take a spur of the moment weekend trip with Eric 63. Get 8 hours of sleep every night for a month 64. Try camping and make an effort to like it 65. Sleep under the stars 66. Get to know my neighbors 67. Spend a month in Europe without everything planned out 68. Be confident in a bathing suit, no matter the size 69. Swing dancing lessons 70. Be an extra in a movie 71. Walk a red carpet 72. Visit the Cliffs of Moher 73. Drink vodka in Red Square 74. Be kissed under mistletoe (really kissed!) 75. Go to the Summer Olympics 76. Finish our house addition 77. Grow in my faith 78. Be debt free 79.Take Eric to Ireland 80. Stay in a “haunted” B&B 81. Hug a redwood in California 82. Attend a photography conference 83. Go on a shopping spree in New York while staying at the plaza 84. Sleep in a castle 85. Learn to jumpstart a car 86. Learn to change a tire 87. See Japan’s cherry blossoms in the springtime 88. Visit Australia and pet a koala 89. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef 90. Dance at Carnival in Rio 91. Finish the quilt my Grandma and I started in the 90’s 92. Be a contestant on the Price is Right 93. Take a helicopter ride 94. Spend a weekend at a world-class spa 95. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany 96. See Da Vinci’s Last Supper (make a reservation this time!) 97. Spend a day at Auschwitz, have a good cry, and swear never to forget 98. Listen to the Dali Lama Speak 99. Visit the sailboat sail hotel in Dubai 100. Be a contestant on the Amazing Race