On a daily basis I find it so easy to get caught up in the things that I HAVE to do or NEED to do that I forget to include the things I LOVE to do. The point of this isn’t to create yet another list of things for me to feel pressured to complete. But rather to serve as a constant reminder to include in my life the things that truly enrich it. Maybe I’ll add stuff, maybe I’ll delete stuff, maybe 20 years from now I’ll think I was crazy. I might do everything on the list, I might do nothing. But just the thought of accomplishing even the most mundane of the items on my list brings a smile to my face.
- Travel to 20 countries.
- Ride a gondola in Venice.
- Learn to whistle.
- Take photographs for a charity.
- Ride the Orient Express.
- Visit all 50 US states.
- Celebrate Christmas on a tropical island.
Cook a really amazing lasagna.
- Send handwritten thank you notes.
- Witness the Aurora Borealis.
- Take a RV trip across America.
Grown a herb garden. Send flowers anonymously.
- Stand atop the Great Wall of China.
- Have 10 songs I can always play on the piano.
- Institute date night.
- Chop vegetables like a professional.
- Kiss the Blarney Stone.
Buy coffee for the next person in line.
- Write a book.
- Throw 100 parties.
- Share a holiday in an Italian villa with my family.
- Find the perfect lipstick.
- Attend the Monaco Grand Prix.
- Be an advocate for healthier toxin free food.
- Host a slumber party.
Attend a photography retreat.
- Get a treatment in 20 spas around the world.
- Take Little Monkey to see the real Santa Claus in Lapland.
- Make an oil painting.
- Organize a surprise birthday party.
Exhibit my photos in a gallery.
- Make a sandcastle on 20 beaches around the world.
- Take a week holiday without electronics.
- Own a pair of Louboutins (even if I can’t walk in them).
- Treat a friend to a spa day.
- Have a dog (again).
- Live in a custom-built home.
- Watch every Best Picture Oscar winner.
Listen to Little Monkey read me a book.
- Give my time to teach computer skills to the elderly.
- See the Egyptian Pyramids.
- Visit all the capitals of Europe.
Bake Christmas cookies with Little Monkey.
- Be conversational in another language.
- Give loving gestures as a habit.
- Drive the Amalfi Coast in a Ferrari.
- Read 300 new books.
- Take a cooking class at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
- Make a Halloween costume from scratch.
- Call my friends on their birthday.
- Own a home overlooking the ocean.
- Create 100 playlists of new music.
- See Darwin’s Galápagos Islands.
- Build a treehouse.
- Create an annual family holiday tradition.
- Own a telescope and read the stars.
- Style my own hair in a trendy up-do.
- Attend the Super Bowl.
- Photograph 100 kids with bubbles and/or balloons.
Hunt the Loch Ness Monster.
- Own a bike with a basket on the front and a kid seat on the back.
- Learn to play chess.
- Leave 100 inspiring notes in random places.
- Climb a mountain.
- Twirl atop the Alps like Julie Andrews.
- Cook every recipe in a cookbook.
Have traditional family Sunday roasts.
- Attend a hip-hop dance class.
Take and share portraits of my family and friends.
- Campout in the back yard and catch lightning bugs.
- Drink local wine in the top 10 wine making countries.
- See U2.
- Take an annual self-portrait.
- Organize a cheese tour of the UK.
- Make a time-lapse video.
- Take a portrait of someone famous.
- Cycle through the tulips in Holland.
- Have an annual girls only holiday.
Make recognizable Play-Doh animals.
- Live without Crohn’s disease.
- Stay at the Hilton Bora Bora.
- Go skydiving.
Search for fossils on the Jurassic Coast.
- Fill my closet with clothes I love to wear every day.
- Learn to snowboard.
Photograph a field of sunflowers in bloom.
- Celebrate Thanksgiving every year (even when not in America).
Make a good latte.
- Ride in a hot air balloon.
- Walk the Thames Path.
- Have a granny flat.
- Stomp grapes to make wine.
- Write stories that make people laugh.
Make a coffee table book of my own photographs.
- Eat dessert in 50 new restaurants.
- Win a tennis match.
Travel to Land’s End.
- Have more cowbell.