Life List

Don’t be fooled. This is not a “bucket list”. I am not working my way through a list of things I want to do before I die. Instead, it serves as a reminder to live intentionally, every day. I want to live with passion. Fiercely. I want to experience everything this world has to offer. I want to live.

The List:

  1. Go on an African Safari — a real one, no zoo! I want the guides to be carrying real guns on the off chance that we get chased by a lion or rhino or really angry zebra!
  2. Attend a taping of Jeopardy! and meet Alex Trebek
  3. Walk the red carpet at a celebrity event
  4. Swim with dolphins (March 2004 // May 2012)
  5. Visit Alaska in the winter and watch the Northern Lights!
  6. Write and publish a book
  7. Go zip lining in Costa Rica
  8. Learn to ride a unicycle
  9. Get tested and put on the national database to donate bone marrow
  10. Learn to sail (August 2011)
  11. Skydive (October 2009)
  12. Learn to surf
  13. Visit all 50 States (19 down, 31 more to go)
    (Alaska, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  14. Go white water rafting
  15. Spend an evening drinking ale at a small pub in Ireland
  16. Tour through Europe
  17. Hold a koala bear in Australia
  18. Take my kids to Disney World (December 2012)
  19. Take my girls to a real castle
  20. Learn to speak Italian
  21. Drive across the country with my family in an RV/camper
  22. Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  23. Take my kids to a hotel, order hot fudge sundaes from room service and eat them in bed
  24. Learn to tap dance 
  25. Launch my own business (Plain Jane Media LLC – 2010)
  26. Spend an entire month traveling around Michigan and taking in all the touristy spots and small towns along the way
  27. Learn to ski
  28. Fly on a trapeze
  29. Fly somewhere on a personal jet
  30. Capture fire flies in a jar on a summer night (Summer 2011)
  31. Become debt free
  32. Become ‘fluent’ in Sign Language
  33. Ride in a gondola in Italy
  34. Learn to knit/crochet
  35. Eat a hotdog from a street vendor in New York City
  36. Go hot air ballooning
  37. Photograph 1000 married couples
  38. Deliver flowers for a day. (April 2012)
  39. Go to the Kentucky Derby wearing a big floppy hat and sundress
  40. Sleep in a treehouse
  41. Learn to swim
  42. Teach my children the beauty of a handwritten letter! #Letter Project

And what happens when I do everything? Well, I happen to love this from Disney’s Tangled..

Rapunzel: I’ve been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?
Flynn Rider: It will be.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well, that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.

I’ll do just that, find a new dream!

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