Friday, January 20, 2012

What Are You Doing with Your Life?

A list of life goals in no particular order (but with numbers so I can count them!). These are in addition to my travel goals. I suppose what follows is my bucketlist, which I will update as goals are achieved (for I mean to do everything listed here...and more besides):

1) Try to play the fiddle, stick with it for a minimum of six months with weekly lessons, and see if it can become a lifetime habit
2) Volunteer to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader
3) Be a blood donor in the States upon moving
4) Turn the condo into a garden by cultivating window box planters (both edible and non-edible) and hanging baskets, in addition to the plants we already have
5) Be 100% out of debt by December 2015
6) Climb Kilimanjaro in 2015
7) Climb Maccu Picchu in 2013 (probably April or May)
8 Complete all travel goals
9) Finish my PADI Dive Master course (swim test etc. coming up on the 28th!)
10) Find a great job in Seattle
11) Develop a more sincere connection with family
12) Surf in Tofino
13) Try sailing
14) Complete the experience rowing class (May 20th!) and if I like it, take up rowing
15) Take a dance class with Gabe
16) Float in the Dead Sea
17) Give short bow archery a shot
18) Master my new Canon camera!
19) Plan an annual siblings trip
20) Start camping, or at least decide whether Gabe and I are camping sort of people
21) Create savings for travel, a new car, a house, and (a) child(ren)
22) Commit to doing yoga once a week after 2012April
23) Fly a cessna
24) Cultivate a reputation for kindness, intelligence, and love
25) Milk a cow
26) Develop a more advanced vocabulary
27) Have sheep again
28) Only purchase items that are needed/ planned
29) Make a short movie
30) Participate in my community
31) Attend a football game in the States
32) Swim with a dolphin in the wild
33) Sunbathe with seals
34) Watch a space shuttle launch in person
35) Learn how to take a compliment
36) Move with grace
37) Get rid of the inner critic in my mind that keeps me from writing
38) Negotiate my salary or a raise
39) Be a mentor
40) Spend more time with my dad and get to know him better
41) Record my Nana's stories
42) Get fit
43) Ride a hot air balloon
44) Run a half-marathon
45) Kiss the Blarney Stone
46) Ride an elephant
47) Dive with whale sharks
48) Try white-water rafting
49) Ride a camel
50) Figure out how to do a handstand
51) Build a giant sandcastle
52) Plan a surprise party
53) Work to get arms like Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica (go Google her)
54) Get my PhD
55) Eat delicious, healthy, home-cooked food every day
56) Fly a kite...without it crashing into the ground
57) Go on a meditation retreat
58) Host a picnic
59) Hold a tarantula (biggest must be conquered)
60) Watch a lightening storm at sea
61) Conquer my fear of snowballs
62) Do the Warrior Dash
63) Buy a house
64) Raise (a) child(ren)
65) Attend a human birth
66) Build the dollhouse I have stored away in the condo -- in all its meticulously planned and careful detail
67) Shoot a firearm (yikes, this one scares me -- though I have my restricted and non-restricted gun licenses)  Completed January 24, 2012
68) Have a booth at a street fair
69) Attend the opera
70) Get my Wreck Diver certification
71) Go boarding down a sand dune
72) Try bobsledding
73) Go zorbing in Calgary
74) Participate in a Polar Bear Swim on New Years Day
75) Adopt a sibling group
76) Put my hand print into wet concrete/ cement
77) Go on a helicopter ride with Gabe
78) Ride in a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park, New York
79) See the tulips in Holland
80) Make ice cream from scratch
81) Learn sign language
82) Spend a night in an underwater hotel (these exist!!--how did I not know sooner??)
83) Touch a giraffe
84) Give roller-skating a go
85) Ride in a gondola in Venice
86) Do 30 push-ups in a row...good ones
87) Pierce my tragus
88) Perfect a magic trick
89) Blow glass
90) See a performance at Shakespeare's Globe
91) Meet Patrick Stewart, or at least see him in person
92) See a platypus in the wild in person
93) Do the splits (intentionally, without injuring myself)
94) Help others find their own love for budgeting
95) Celebrate Summer Solstice at the Stonehenge
96) Learn to juggle
97) Ride in a dogsled
98) Take Homer to an agility course
99) Live with my husband!

**EDIT: Future updates will be found under the "Longer than Life" tab on the blog for easier tracking.**

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