They’ve been popping up everywhere lately, and with all the introspection I’ve subjected myself (and you) to over the past months, I decided just to make the damn list already!

So – here it is: 50 things I want to do/learn/see/accomplish. As I accomplish, I’ll cross them out. A couple things that I’ve already done were awesome enough to include on this list pre-crossed-out. I update this list regularly – take off things that I no longer care about and add things that become priorities…

  1. Attend a yoga retreat
  2. Be my own boss
  3. Become a marathoner (October 4, 2009)
  4. Brew my own beer
  5. Buy a piano
  6. Climb a 14,000’+ mountain
  7. Complete a 70.3
  8. Develop into a competent public speaker
  9. Do three pull ups
  10. Drink at a pub in Ireland (February/March 2018)
  11. Dye my hair a color not found anywhere in nature
  12. Eat Mexican food in Mexico (October 2017)
  13. Finish a Century Ride
  14. Go to the opera in Italy
  15. Gracefully and easily do headstands in yoga
  16. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  17. Host a formal dinner party (September 30, 2011!)
  18. Ice skate
  19. Kayak
  20. Learn to fence (July 27, 2015)
  21. Live in another country
  22. Make my own cheese
  23. Not worry about money
  24. Open a Swiss bank account
  25. Own chickens no longer a priority
  26. Photograph the Parthenon
  27. Publish a novel (Fuck yeah, bitches!)
  28. Receive money for writing (April 13, 2015)
  29. Road trip across the U.S.
  30. Run 1,000 miles in one year
  31. Scuba dive
  32. See the Taj Mahal
  33. Serve homemade lefse
  34. Set foot in all fifty states (15 Remain: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia)
  35. Sew a quilt
  36. Speak a foreign language fluently
  37. Stand in one of the great pyramids
  38. Stay in the penthouse suite of a luxury hotel (May 29, 2015)
  39. Stop by Stonehenge
  40. Successfully meditate
  41. Take dance lessons (March 31, 2015)
  42. Throw pottery (on a wheel, not against the wall)
  43. Tour Sedlec Ossuary (March 2019)
  44. Visit Machu Picchu
  45. Watch the championship singles matches at Wimbledon
  46. Wear a bikini in public (summer 2015)
  47. Finish a 50K
  48. Travel alone (for fun) to somewhere I’ve never been before (Iceland August 2016)
  49. Get back to pre-baby fitness levels before said baby is 10 (goal date to run 15 miles is 4/7/22)