THE List

Hopefully you’re starting to get the idea of what my greatest inspiration is for this blog – to simply DO all the things I’ve dreamed of, thought of, pondered about, and watched or heard other people doing. Some are easy, some are really scary. Some are adventurous, while some are more emotionally challenging – but I believe that, for me, the best way to live life is to experience it, embrace it, try something new, try it again, and then write about it all.

So, I’ve created a list – THE LIST if you will – it’s a bucket/impossible/radical goals/whatever the hell you want to call it list – but it’s not a “to do” list because “to do” sounds too iffy like, “Oh, that’s just something I need to do or want to do.” No, this list is THE DO LIST because these are the things I’m going to do.

It’s also my way of staying on track and reminding myself that there is only one chance to live the life you want to live and I have no plans of wasting any time. I’ll keep this list updated, and add to it or subtract from it as I see fit.

So, here is THE LIST:


  • Visit all 50 States in the US (currently a little over half way there)
  • Take a long RV Trip (ideally across the Continental US)
  • Live in a Foreign Country for at Least a Month
  • Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian Mountains (Oct. 2010)
  • Drive along the Sea to Sky Highway in BC, Canada (Sept. 2011)
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Visit the Bahamas
  • Visit Mexico (Nov. 2010)
  • Visit Almost Every Continent (I could do without Antarctica)
    • North America
    • South America
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Europe
    • Australia
  • Need a 2nd Passport
  • Spend Christmas in NYC
  • Spend Christmas at a Ski Lodge
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston (2007 and 2011)
  • See an event at Madison Square Garden in NYC (March 2010 – Big East BBall Tourney)
  • Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
  • Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah
  • Celebrate NYE in another Country
  • Take a Safari in Africa
  • Attend a Full Moon Party in Thailand
  • Stay in one of those bungalow cottages in Thailand, Bora Bora, or similar
  • Snorkel/Scuba the Great Barrier Reef
  • Bikeride in another Country (BC, Canada – September 2011)
  • Spend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
  • Visit the Swiss Alps
  • See a concert at Red Rocks in Colorado
  • Snowboard in Whistler and in the MidWest
  • Visit the Wine Country in California
  • Drink Wine in Tuscany
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park
  • Learn more about my heritage on a trip to Ireland (O’Brien and Buckley)
  • Climb a Volcano
  • Eat Fish n Chips in England
  • Stay in a Hostel
  • Visit New England in the Fall
  • Visit Morocco
  • Ride a Camel in a Desert

Adventure/Adrenaline Rush:

  • Skydiving (Feb 2010)
  • Bungee Jumping (7/6/12 at WDS)
  • White Water Rafting (2003)
    • White Water Rafting FOR REAL (scarier)
  • Hang gliding
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride (12/27/11)
  • Ziplining in a foreign country
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Parasailing (2000, 2003)
  • Jetskiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Learn to Kitesurf
  • Paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Snow Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Shoot a Gun
    • Own a Gun
  • Learn to Sail
  • Ride in a High Speed Train
  • Kayaking in the Ocean (Nov. 2010)
  • Ride in a Helicopter
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Swim with Sharks (purposely)
  • Horseback Riding
    • Horseback Riding on an exotic beach


  • Run a 5k (11/24/11; 2/25/12)
    • Be able to run a mile without stopping (11/22 – Turkey Trot 5k)
    • Be able to run two miles without stopping
    • Be able to run a 5k without stopping
  • Run a 10k
  • Run a Half Marathon
  • Run a Duathlon
  • Run a Sprint Triathlon (2008)
    • Run a 2nd Sprint Triathlon (in better shape)
    • Run an Olympic Triathlon
  • Run a Mud Obstacle Course (Savage Race, 3/10/12)
  • Try Crossfit
  • Try Pilates
  • Formally Practice Meditation
  • Try Yoga
    • Practice Yoga regularly
    • Participate in a Yoga/Meditation related retreat
  • Swim One Mile Nonstop

Learning for the Sake of Learning:

  • Make my own beer (6/9/12)
  • Make my own sushi
  • Take a formal cooking class
  • Candy/Chocolate Making
  • Develop my own Film
  • Take a Photography Class
  • Take a Photo Editing Class
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Learn to Oil Paint
  • Learn to Make Pottery
  • Learn to Mosaic Tile
  • Read 5 Classic’s I’ve never read
  • Take a Dance Class with my Husband
  • See a Professional Psychic/Tarot Card Reader
  • Finish the Artist’s Way Course
  • Reteach myself how to play piano
  • Learn HTML & CSS

Events to Attend:

  • Bonaroo (June 2005 and 2006)
  • Wanee Music Festival (April 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Bear Creek Music Festival
  • World Domination Summit (July 2012)
  • SXSW
  • Austin City Limits
  • Mardi Gras (2005)
  • Gasparilla (2011 and 2012)
  • Blogging Conference (9/15 – CFL Blogging Conference)
  • Writing Conference
  • Burning Man
  • Attend TED talk (Did go to TEDx Conference 2012)


  • Start my Blog(Jan. 2012)
    • Get to 100 Followers
    • Get to 1,000 Followers
    • Get to 5,000 Followers
    • Purchase my Domain Name
  • Build my Own Website
    • Get Paid to Build a Website
  • Create my Own EBook
  • Create and Host an E-Course
  • Get Paid to Speak Somewhere
    • Speak in Front of 50+ People
    • Speak in Front of 100+ People
    • Speak in Front of 500+ People
    • Speak in Front of 1,000+ People
  • Write a Manifesto
  • Get an Article Published
  • Get a Photo Featured in a Gallery/Show
  • Write a Book
  • Get My Book Published
  • Teach a Class
  • Teach a Webinar (11/20/12
  • Host my own Writing Workshop (7/2/12)
  • Become proficient in Adobe Photoshop
  • Write 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight
  • Make a full-time income online


  • Not Own a Car for at Least a Year
  • Help Build a House for Charity
  • Live on the West Coast
  • Have a pet dog
  • Celebrate my 10-year anniversary
    • Celebrate my 20-year anniversary

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