Thursday, October 7

Life List

I've always kinda wanted to have a To-Do List for my life, but have never taken the time to sit and sort it all out. It seemed like such a daunting task... What do I want from my life?
After reading about the ladies at the Mighty Summit, I finally decided, by golly, I'm going to have a Life List. I'm a sucker for all kinds of hope, and what better embodiment than an actual list of things I hope to do in my lifetime?

This, my original list, is filled with mostly tangible things. I fully intend to write another list comprised of Big Ideas: change someone's life, make the world a better place, promote peace, be content.

I started this list in my head a few days ago. I came up with a few "ooh, yeah!" ideas. I sat down to write them today, thinking I'd come up with a dozen or so To-Do's, and ended up with almost eighty. Some of the items have been hidden in my heart for years, some occurred to me only seconds before I typed them out, all of them hold some kind of truth about myself. There is nothing here so wild as swinging on a trapeze in Thailand. There is no "step foot on all seven continents." I wanted to have a list of things that I truly want to do. Things that maybe, possibly, hopefully, I could achieve. I could easily write another eighty things that I want for my children, for my family, but I wanted this initial list to be just for me.

So. Here 'tis.

My Life List

1. Capture my husband’s true smile in a photograph

2. Spend a week at Disney world with my family

3. Spend a week in NYC with my husband

4. Spend a week in Montreat, NC by myself

5. Spend a week road tripping to east Tennessee with my brother

6. Publish a novel

7. Publish a children’s book

8. Treat myself to a once-a-month professional massage

9. Own a ridiculous pair of stilettos

10. Bet on George Strait’s racehorse

11. Harmonize with Jason Mraz

12. Meet Snoop D-O-double-G

13. Talk about life, man with Ryan Adams

14. Tour a secret part of the Smithsonian

15. Own a Jaguar (the car, not the cat)

16. Read 100 books aloud to my kids

17. Read 100 classic novels

18. Watch all of AFI’s top 100 movies

19. Relearn to play the trumpet

20. Dance at a Dave Matthews concert

21. Dance on the beach to Bob Marley music

22. Watch a John Mayer concert from backstage without making a fool of myself (ok, maybe making a fool of myself)

23. Help build 50 Habitat for Humanity houses

24. Buy an Ark from Heifer International

25. Coach my best friend through labor and delivery

26. Graduate from college

27. Watch my children graduate from college

28. Tour the Holy Land

29. Convince my brother to record an album

30. Adopt a child

31. Work for CASA

32. Trace my family’s genealogy as far back as possible

33. Drink a pint in a pub. In Ireland.

34. Drink a cappuccino in a café. In Paris.

35. Drink a bottle of wine in a piazza. In Tuscany.

36. Drink a shot of tequila on a beach. In Mexico.

37. Walk across Abbey Road

38. Handwrite a long thank you note to my mother

39. Play croquet on the White House lawn

40. Finish learning to play guitar (aside from the first three chords of “Freefallin’”)

41. Attend mass in Vatican City

42. Buy my husband a just-for-fun Jeep

43. Pay a disgusting amount of money for an original piece of artwork

44. Convince a woman to rethink abortion

45. Make the preflight announcements on a flight to Hawaii

46. Fly to Hawaii

47. Make regular mission trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua

48. Build a house in the country

49. Give away a car

50. Donate a thousand books to a rural school library

51. Memorize an e.e. cummings poem

52. Renew my wedding vows on our 25th anniversary, and then again on our 50th

53. Bake a perfect batch of my grandmother’s cookies

54. Grow enough vegetables to feed my family for a summer

55. Be able to speak fluent sign language

56. Join a book club

57. Learn to fight well, without fighting dirty

58. Fight for someone who can’t fight on their own

59. Laugh inappropriately loud at the most inappropriate time

60. Watch every Friends episode in order

61. Spend one Thanksgiving in Hyannis Port

62. Karaoke “Summer Lovin’” with my husband

63. Anonymously pay for someone’s drive-thru coffee

64. Dance in the rain without an umbrella

65. Whisper a secret to my daughters right before their daddy gives them away

66. Wear a funny hat at the Kentucky Derby

67. Attend a conference on my own

68. Read every word of the Bible

69. Stand where Jimi stood at Woodstock

70. Initiate a no-holds-barred food fight

71. Write a check, buy a home for someone I love

72. Gallop a horse on the beach

73. Make dinner from scratch for my family for seven consecutive nights

74. Stumble into a really good concert in Austin

75. Wear one fabulous red dress, with confidence

76. Wear fabulous red lipstick, with confidence

77. Learn to be myself, with confidence

78. Add one to-do each time I cross one off

So, what's on your Life List?
Tell me one thing, then go post your own.
Do it.
It's good for you.



  1. I am shocked and appalled you have not done #60. I've done it at least 5 times. Also, I drank cappuccino in Italy and wine in France and I encourage you to consider the same. :-)

    Hmm, one of mine... sit on Maho Beach in St. Maarten and watch the airplanes.

  2. Love this! One of mine would be go to Italy. Mmmmmmmm.

  3. Love it. Now you and Audrea have me thinking about this stuff.

  4. Love it, I'm going to borrow this idea!

  5. Love this! One of mine would be go to Italy. Mmmmmmmm.

  6. Love it, I'm going to borrow this idea!


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