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Life is short, and my list is long {My Mighty Life List}

There are only a couple of blogs that I have been reading since the beginning of time, and one of those is Mighty Girl.  I’ve adored Maggie and her impeccable style since about 2003, I guess.  She is hilariously funny and has the ability to fit an entire closet into her carry-on bag.  What girl doesn’t envy that?  (And I’ve secretly wanted red, curly hair since I saw the movie Annie as a kid.)  When she first posted her lifelist, I thought it was an awesome idea, but I never thought about writing one for myself.  I have three small kids, ages 4, 3, and 1.  I knew what my future held – potty training and playdates.  But there’s something about having kids that makes you ponder your own mortality, and with my 31st birthday coming up, I had been thinking about how it seemed like just yesterday I was turning 30.  It’s easy to get caught up in our day to day routines, and before you know it a year has passed.  I didn’t want to wake up one day, and suddenly I’m 75 and I hadn’t taken the time to do, or see, or accomplish, certain things in life.  For me, if I write goals down, or in this case, post it on the internet, it makes me feel like I’m held accountable in a sense, to try to acheive them.  So I started writing my lifelist a few weeks ago.  It’s not complete by any means, but it’s a start – a work in progress.  Something I can look at occasionally to remind me to live more outside my comfort zone, rather than in it.  A reminder that there is more to our short lives than the day to day rat race.  A little kick in the ass, if you will.  And I think everyone can use one of those every so often.  

  • Take surfing lessons
  • Visit Moab, Utah
  • Run the a 5K
  • Take kids to a Braves game
  • Attend WPPI
  • Visit a winery in California
  • Knit a blanket
  • Take a photography workshop
  • Learn to two step
  • See Pearl Jam in concert
  • Take a road trip out West
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Finish baby books
  • Sew homemade halloween costumes for my kids
  • Throw a themed party
  • Create a family tradition
  • Visit New York City again
  • Take family camping
  • Live in a different state
  • Volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner to homeless
  • Invent something useful
  • See the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Learn to throw pottery
  • Photograph sunset in Santorini, Greece
  • Open an etsy shop
  • Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
  • Enter a photography contest
  • Buy all my kids Christmas presents from American companies
  • Renovate an old house to live in
  • Learn to make 50 different drinks (I’ve always wanted to be a bartender)
  • Have a portrait taken of me that I actually like
  • Conquer my fear of public speaking
  • See the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
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