My life list

My Life List was first committed to writing in September 2011, inspired by Maggie and in preparation for Camp Mighty, though for as long as I can remember, I’ve kept a mental tally of “things I want to do someday”. It is a constantly shifting, brutally honest accumulation of my goals and dreams – both big and small. Having this list has inspired me to be, make, and do more than I ever accomplished before putting it into words. It unlocked me.

If you’d like to help me meet of my goals, hit me up! I’d love to hear from you. And if you’d like to create your own life list (which I highly recommend), Go Mighty is a fabulous resource.

    1. cultivate and maintain an herb, sprouts, and veggie garden
    2. learn to compost and make it a practice
    3. learn to run, and run a 5k
    4. Do the Run for Your Life Zombie 5k in 2012
    5. run a 5k without stopping
    6. run a 10k
    7. establish a meditation practice
    8. know the sources of our meat
    9. replace grocery store shopping with farmers market/independent butchers
    10. exercise habitually
    11. quit diet coke, replace it with water and tea
    12. cut back on processed foods
    13. write a book proposal
    14. get a book deal
    15. write my book
    16. publish my book
    17. set up a survivors support network online for victims of in-flight sexual assault
    18. book a segment or appearance on national programming as BAB
    19. learn to take a decent photograph with a camera
    20. attend TED
    21. climb machu picchu
    22. sail the greek isles and eat saganaki there
    23. throw a proper greek easter feast for my los angeles family
    24. do karaoke in tokyo
    25. learn to exercise moderation in my vices – {ongoing}
    26. visit bob marley’s home / smoke a spliff at his grave in jamaica
    27. pay off my student loans
    28. volunteer in africa
    29. hug oprah
    30. take a private cooking class and have dinner with Rick Bayless
    31. write $1m check to charity for auto-immune disease research
    32. remove money as a concern
    33. create an office space that cradles and inspires me
    34. pay the people who work/ed for free on BAB
    35. experience pregnancy and childbirth
    36. attend a yoga retreat
    37. practice living in the moment, not focused on the outcome – {in process}
    38. rent a beach house in SoCal for a month in the summer, have a party every weekend
    39. re-learn to use a sewing machine
    40. become organized and learn to love it (or at least maintain it) – {in process}
    41. own a brand new car
    42. establish my personal brand {that’s this blog!}
    43. find a brilliant COO for Broke-Ass Bride
    44. throw a huge, themed party at least once every 5 years
    45. hear a live symphony perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
    46. attend Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand
    47. set foot on all 7 continents
    48. set foot in all 50 states
    49. move my parents to SoCal in retirement
    50. wear a bikini in public with confidence
    51. hug a koala bear in australia
    52. rescue my next dog from the street or shelter (or rescue a retired greyhound)
    53. get confident in photoshop
    54. spend a day at a spa in Bali
    55. get my palm read
    56. have a beer with Anthony Bourdain
    57. eat at Per Se in NY
    58. see Peter Gabriel perform live
    59. see David Byrne perform live
    60. see David Bowie perform live
    61. see Elton John perform live
    62. see Don Henley perform live
    63. see The Police perform live
    64. meditate in an ashram in India
    65. see the taj mahal
    66. have dinner with Ina Garten
    67. have dinner with Ellen Degeneres
    68. volunteer at a no-kill shelter or with newborn babies at hospital
    69. take an african dance class
    70. take a bollywood dance class
    71. buy spices at a Moroccan bazaar
    72. dance at Carnival
    73. stay the night in a castle, preferably haunted
    74. drink a guiness in ireland
    75. look for nessie in scotland
    76. see Edgar Oliver perform live
    77. picnic on a volcano in Hawaii
    78. do the “Lost” tour in Hawaii
    79. cliff dive in Hawaii with Daffodil Campbell
    80. produce a film
    81. fly a plane
    82. experience Zero G / anti-gravity
    83. take a pole dance class
    84. take a trapeeze class
    85. take a spanish web class
    86. parasail
    87. swim with manatees
    88. make peace with my past – {in process}
    89. put experiences over material possessions
    90. eat fondue in the alps
    91. play blackjack in macao
    92. walk through cherry blossoms in kyoto
    93. be a zombie in a zombie movie
    94. appear on sesame street
    95. hug big bird
    96. go apple picking and make a pie with the fruits of my labor
    97. make preserved lemons
    98. stay at peacock pavillions in morocco and have dinner with maryam
    99. rent a flat in london or paris for a season
    100. rent a loft in new york for a season
    101. be able to afford a regular cleaning service
    102. hire a reliable bookkeeper/accountant
    103. visit farm sanctuary and spend a day with the animals. feed the turkeys I’ve adopted
    104. go to david lynch’s nightclub in paris
    105. anonymously pay someone’s bill at dinner
    106. drive a vespa through the streets of Rome
    107. pay medical bills as they arrive, with no more debt
    108. take a girlfriends-only trip with stacie
    109. take a siblings-only trip with dawn, michael and kim
    110. visit Napa/Sonoma
    111. make pasta from scratch
    112. walk across the brooklyn bridge
    113. walk across the golden gate bridge
    114. see the aurora borealis
    115. attend the Twin Peaks festival in WA
    116. attend the artichoke festival in Castroville, CA
    117. drive a sky-high highway ramp without panicking
    118. drive up the California coast to San Francisco, stop in Big Sur, Monterey on the way
    119. throw a party at Demetria Vineyard in Santa Ynez, catered by Hitching Post II
    120. stand on a glacier
    121. eat at NoMa in Copenhagen
    122. help baby turtles to the sea for the first time
    123. visit the galapagos islands
    124. ride a zipline through a forest
    125. hug a chimpanzee
    126. see the Grand Canyon
    127. see Radiohead perform at RedRocks
    128. explore the pyramids in Egypt
    129. excavate at an archaeological site for a day
    130. eat at French Laundry or another Thomas Keller restaurant
    131. shoot a gun
    132. stay on a houseboat for a week or more
    133. change my entire outfit in a restaurant booth, Crocodile Dundee style.
    134. appear on NPR
    135. write a candid memoir
    136. properly frame the art I care about most
    137. write something, anything, every day (establish a regular writing practice)
    138. lose the 30lbs I gained last year. replace with strength and confidence
    139. complete my divorce
    140. visit my favorite TV/movie locations: One PP, NY; Austin (Dillon), TX; Aurora, WA; 221B Baker Street…
    141. book a feature film
    142. perform in a play again
    143. order everything off a menu in one sitting
    144. go sober for 6 months
    145. visit the Magritte museum in Belgium
    146. establish a spiritual practice
    147. get a tattoo of Paco’s pawprint
    148. get a tattoo of Watson’s pawprint
    149. spend a month in Cinque Terre
    150. learn korean – {in process}
    151. do a buddhist temple stay in korea
    152. marry again, this time for life
    153. experience pregnancy and childbirth
    154. Spend a season in korea
    155. fly a plane
    156. skydive

COOKING LIFE LIST (written 5/2013)

  1. croissants
  2. brioche
  3. pie crust
  4. mool naeng myun
  5. kimchi
  6. homemade dill pickles
  7. prime rib
  8. spanakopita
  9. great fried chicken
  10. sikhye
  11. shortcake
  12. madeleines
  13. homemade jam
  14. prime rib

These items were COMPLETED before I wrote this list, but would have belonged there anyway:

  1. see wild whales, in the wild – {check}
  2. speak at a conference – {check}
  3. get flown internationally for work – {check}
  4. visit london, paris, cinque terre, amsterdam, venice, south of france – {check}
  5. go vegetarian – {check}
  6. go vegan – {check}
  7. downhill ski – {check}
  8. snowboard – {check}
  9. swim with dolphins – {check}
  10. meet Rick Bayless – {check}
  11. book a segment or appearance on the local network news as BAB – {check}
  12. take UCB 101 improv class – {check}
  13. Get my SAG card – {check}
  14. Move ‘cross country – {check}
  15. Fall madly in love – {check}
  16. Have a fabulous wedding – {check}
  17. Escape cubicle hell – {check}
  18. Have my writing published in print – {check}
  19. Get paid doing what I love – {check}


4 thoughts on “My life list

  1. Pingback: How an episode of New Girl changed my life | LaRue.

  2. I started my own list on Go Mighty and started following you! I used Broke Ass Bride quite a bit in 2012 when I got married. Even though we waited nearly 10 years to do it, we were separated within 6 months and divorced at the beginning of this year. AND I fell in love again in the mean time. I feel like we are kindred spirits.

    • Oh Robyn, thank you for your comment! Perhaps we ARE kindred spirits. I wish you so much happiness. Please come by often, and let me know how you’re doing! xo

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