Tuesday, January 4, 2011

100 things to do before age 60

When I was 21, I decided to write a list of things I would like to see, do, or accomplish within the next 40 years. There's something very satisfying about making goals and seeing them accomplished! However, full disclaimer: this list is a work in progress. From time to time, I take out things that are no longer important to me or add others that strike my interest. Along the way, I try to record pictures of the journey when I can. :) Some are things I can do immediately. Others will take time. Day by day, I can't wait to see the adventures to be! 

Life's List  
Complete: 23/100
In Progress: 13/100
1. Live in another country for at least a year
2.  Watch all of the Planet Earth videos as a reminder of how big and majestic God is 
3.  Take a multi-day boat trip or cruise 
4. Learn how to play piano
5. Learn how to play guitar in progress
6. Teach for at least five years [1/5] 
7. Study at least 10 languages [So far: Spanish-proficient, French-basic, Latin-limited basic, Japanese-basic, Indonesian-basic, Portuguese-basic]
8. Learn a language primarily by immersion in a country where it’s spoken learning Indonesian was a glimpse!
9. Read a book (not for class) in another language
10. Donate 5 feet to Locks of Love (multiple donations) [currently @ 4 ft, 2 in]
11. Write a book (fiction or non-fiction). Maybe publish it. Nanowrimo progress!
DONE 11.3. 11 12. Do karaoke at least once
13. Sky dive or bungee jump
14. Go on a road trip/cross-country train trip 
15. Go white-water rafting
QUEBEC August 2017 16. Take a Canada road trip to Quebec and another to Bamf/Vancouver 
17. Make a piece of pottery
18. Ride on the Detroit Princess or Diamond Jack or jetski down the Detroit River
19. Take a personal retreat for 5+ days
20. Run in Detroit Free Press half marathon, crossing to Canada on foot ;)
21. Plant a garden
22. Knit something (i.e. start and FINISH a project)
23. Hike in the mountains 
24. Ride the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and visit Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
25. Learn to ride a bike kinda sorta started Summer 2015
MARCH 2015 26. Learn to ski
27. Visit Brazil 
28. Travel abroad with my mom
29. Visit the Grand Canyon
DONE 8.16.17 30. Visit Niagara Falls
31. Find my soul mate and get married to him
32. Raise happy and healthy children
33. Make Christmas gifts for everyone on my list at least once
34. Work in a coffee shop/learn to make quality homemade espresso drinks ongoing
35. See a Broadway play on Broadway - or just at Fisher Theater :) 
36. Visit Mexico 
2016 Detroit 37. See a shooting star
38. Stop biting my nails once and for all many attempts!
EXPERIENCED Fall 2012 39. Become an early riser (I say "experienced" because with a change in circumstances, maybe there will be a change in habit, but I now get up between 5-6am every day for work and usually between 7-9am weekends. For the first time in my life I am regularly wiped out by 10 or 11 at night!)
40. Build a Habitat for Humanity home in another country
EXPERIENCED Nov 2014 41. Participate in NaBloPoMo or NaNoWriMo 
EXPERIENCED 10.15.11! 42. See someone I’m close to come to know Christ (hopefully many more to come!)
43. Disciple someone and see them mature to the point of discipling others
44. Try an escape room.
45. Adopt a cat. 
46. Go ziplining in a rain forest
47. Visit Jerusalem; put a prayer in the wailing wall
DONE 1.7.12 48. Go to a U of M Hockey Game (U of M vs. Lake Superior State)
DONE 3.13.12 49. Sit in on an engineering class
50. Study the Bible [ongoing]
51. Eat a whole lobster 
52. Eat 100% locally grown food for a week
53. Mackinac Island bridge walk
DONE 11.23.14 54. Host a Thanksgiving dinner
DONE 9.28.15 55. Bake bread (with yeast, kneading, and the whole 9-yards)
DONE May 2013 56. Learn to make sushi
57. Learn to make chocolate truffles
DONE 3.17.11 58. Drink green beer
59. Visit the four corners
DONE 6.18.16 60.Get cartilage pierced and/or small tattoo on hand
61. Ride on the top of a double-decker bus in England
62. Visit where my grandparents lived in Scotland
63. Buy food for the person in line behind me or people at a nearby table
DONE 64. Translate a longer work or interpret for a day Parent-teacher conferences 3x/yr
65. Visit the first Starbucks in Seattle 
66. Learn how to write grant proposals
67. Take a book-binding class 
68. Publish a poem, short story, or article
69. Participate in Global Scavenger Hunt -- or create my own with a friend/family member!
70. Learn more about different religions (ongoing)
71. Learn more about our family's genealogy with something like 23 & Me 
72. Finish at least one of the “100 books to read before you die” lists [BBC list 52/100]
73. Travel to all 50 states [Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, N. Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Maine (14)]
74. See the Great Wall of China
75. Break a Guinness Record on something like recordsetter.com
76. Get to know my sisters on a deeper level (ongoing)
77. Be involved in a church plant Detroit
78. Learn to make basic metalwork jewelry
79. Take a cooking class
80. Travel to Japan a second time to visit friends
March 2015 Honduras! 81. Travel to Central/Latin America
82. Try Butterbeer at Harry Potter World
DONE January 2012 83. Go to a concert or performance in Hill Auditorium
84. Learn to drive stick shift
DONE 85. Dance and sing in the rain (a la Gene Kelly) running in the rain summer 2014...there was a tiny bit of singing :) 
DONE 86. Go on a picnic
DONE 2.26.11 87. Go ice skating
Summer 2017 88. Try Nitro coffee 
89. Brunch at a French café
90. Visit any country in Africa
91. Help someone get into or through college
DONE 9.25.11 92. Throw a block party
93. Visit a national park 
94. Learn to play Euchre
95. Finish a 3000+-piece puzzle
96. Send out holiday cards to everyone on my list at least once 
97. Taste milk with fresh cream on top 
98. Visit Boston 
99. Blow bubbles from the Golden Gate Bridge and visit the Full House set
DONE 11.11.12 100. Go fairy door hunting

#12: Karaoke with IMAX!

#58: St. Patrick's Day 2011 (21st!)

#49: Sit on an engineering class--CEE 265: Sustainable Engineering Principles

We learned about biomimicry...Thanks Mee Sun!

#88: Ice Skating with JOLT in Detroit

#93: Geddes Avenue Potluck

#101: Go fairy door hunting - with Ms. Elizabeth - here are a two we found!

#54 Host a Thanksgiving Dinner

#41 Participate in NaBloPoMo (#932)

#55 Bake bread

#60 Get cartilage pierced


Megh said...

Okay, I have a plan for you. You can tackle 1, 7, 8, 14, 16, 36, *47*, *48*, 71, 89, and 94 and potentially 2,3, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 25, 26 (Yes, you can SKI in Israel and then go visit the beach), take your mom along for 28, 31 (convinced everyone's soul mate is in Israel :P),37, 39, 44, 45, 64, 76, 86, 87, and 91 by running off to Israel with me! :D ;)

And see I so read through your whole list! ;) I should make one but we have a lot in common. But look at how many of your dreams can come true in Israel! :D I think i have a list of 100 things just to do in Israel, at least... including find my soulmate. ;) ANd if I do make it to Israel this summer envy me as I do many of those list thigns of yours. ;)

Megh said...

Also. Birthday time let's go out and drink green beer and sing karaoke! I don't know about you but I'd need some alcohol to actually face up to the singing at all! ;)

Elizabeth said...

hehe thanks for helping me make my dreams come true :) we should definitely grab a bday drink together!

Megh said...

We can drink on the flight to Israel! ;)