Before I go…

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

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