Mighty Life List
Apr 12 2010

March Domination, Part I

If I wait to publish the entire list of everything you got done in March, you won’t see it any of it until May. I keep stopping to read everyone’s posts, and get all emotional, and go in search of people to high five. For the purposes of momentum, I’ve decided to post installments:

We’ll start with Elly, who changed her first flat tire.

Daffodil Campbell quit a job she needed because she wasn’t being treated with respect, joined a roller derby team (yes, yes she did), and sent out her first ever query to a magazine. Daffodil Campbell also made me cry. Seriously girl? Nice job.

Almost Kinda Sorta took her newborn baby to see her grandparents home.

Tamera commissioned a piece of custom artwork by Julie Lewis. She also organized a blood drive, signed up for a dance class, and started working toward her fitness goals.

JJ is staying offline one day per week, and got a mammogram. She is cancer free. Suck it, cancer!

Sandy wrote down her list for the first time — huge. She saw Kevin Smith live and learned to cook really good steak, signed up for a sushi-making class, and looked into joining the cast of the local Renaissance Faire.

Nancy King finished three chapters in her Head First Guide to Programming, met up with friends from her grade school, and started Bikram yoga.

Dana Says:
“I’m working toward one proper pull-up with lots of practice, push ups and other strength training. I’ve made progress but when I get my chin about three quarters of an inch from the bar, my arms turn to concrete. And I simply CANNOT go any further. I’m so insanely frustrated because I can’t imagine how I’m ever going to cross this from my list. ARGH!”

This is on my list too, and I have deep-seated Presidential Fitness test flashbacks whenever I attempt it. You can do it, Dana. Maybe this will help? We’re rooting for you.

Dottie booked a massage for herself.

Suzanne started running trails in the hills above where she lives. She decided to “be happy where I am, while I’m here, while working toward being somewhere else in three months.” She also started on her resume so she can find a new job.

Stephanie made a soufflé, bought a lottery ticket, and was the first to borrow a new book from the library.

That’s it for now, but I’m coming for the rest of you soon. If you didn’t cross anything off in March, go ahead and get started now. This is officially a rolling project, but we’ll do another group push in May.

This project started over here, but you can jump in anytime. If you’ve made a Mighty List and started crossing goals off, please let us know in comments.

26 Responses to “March Domination, Part I”

  • Jen Says:

    Everyone has accomplished so much! It is so great that you check in on everyone, Maggie! And it is so good to see how many people are making lists and crossing things off!! I can’t wait to read about the rest of the accomplishments!

    Another thing on my list that I got taken care of in March was to schedule a professional photo shoot. My fiance and I are having engagement/law school graduation photos taken in May! yippee!

  • cmb Says:

    I’m told (by my mom’s former-Navy-SEAL-Extreme-athlete husband) that the best way to actually get to be able to do a pull up is to have a pull-up buddy who can help you lift yourself while you build up the muscle strength to support yourself on your own.

  • cjm Says:

    I’ll go ahead and add mine here in the comments. :) I threw beads from a Mardi Gras float and booked a trip to see one more new ballpark (in May). These first few weeks of April I’ve started booking another trip to cross off yet another ballpark and one new state. And last Friday I saw professional tennis live. Progress over here!

  • dakotagrrl Says:

    This is powerful, Maggie Mason. Powerful.

  • Kathleen Says:

    1. Host a dinner party for 20 people. (All foods and decor from scratch).
    2. Go an entire week without using any type of motorized vehicle.
    3. Shoot a gun.
    4. Take lessons for everything my mom wouldn’t let me.
    5. Photograph a wedding for a not-well off bride and groom.

  • steph Says:

    Maggie – you are like the new Oprah! :)

    I want you to know that this year, I have ditched my overeating sedentary lifestyle and started eating normal portions, avoiding empty calories, and (drum roll please) I have learned to swim! I have dog-paddled my whole life, and in January I started teaching myself to swim (with videos and such). Now I swim 10 laps (500m) freestyle every Tuesday… and it’s getting easier every week. I have always, always wanted to be able to do that. And, I have lost 25lbs already this year. Seven more and I will be pre-baby weight! Go, me!

  • elsie Says:

    Does planning and thinking and writing about doing something on my life list count?

    linked to you and your awesome list on my blog
    http://namaste-elsiee.blogspot.com/

  • JENA! Says:

    I’m so amazed by everyone’s accomplishments!

    1. Miranda July project (thanks for the inspiration – had a blast with this one)
    http://bouched.com/2010/03/22/life-list-miranda-july-project/

    2. Life a Movie Moment
    http://bouched.com/2010/03/23/life-list-live-a-movie-moment/

    3. Clean out the whole house!
    http://bouched.com/2010/03/26/boxes-and-tape-and-bubblewrap-oh-my/

  • Kristina Says:

    I have to say, I always feel so intimidated when i see what others have accomplished, but end of March/beginning of April has been…weird. Things I just realized I’ve done:

    1. Signed up for graphic design classes
    2. Bought another bike (previous two were stolen)
    3. Completed two freelance design projects
    4. Attended my first roller derby bout.
    5. Went to the library and read all that YA lit that’s been on my amazon.com wishlist for ages.

    Not sure what I’ll be doing next month, but I think I’ll keep to this inadvertent thing I seem to have going.

  • Joelle Says:

    It took more like 6 weeks than 4, but I’d say I can check off 2 of 3 goals I set for March.

    The trees are chipped. I’m not quite ready to cross it off the list, but I’m as done with http://www.43things.com/things/view/2707505/cut-down-those-trees as I’m going to be until fall (there’s a lot of chips. Even mulching all summer long, it’s going to take a while to use them all).

    And I didn’t take any pictures of the care package I sent my friend’s grandma (though I did get a thankyou note from her!), but I did chalk up one lovely thing: http://www.43things.com/entries/view/4555576 . Though, she didn’t tell me how it tasted…but I know the frosting and coulis were delicious.

  • Tamera Says:

    Maggie,
    You have motivated me to do so much more living and then to mention my accomplishments on your site – *blush*

    That settles it – I have to add meeting you to my life list!

  • Emily Says:

    I am on the exact same page with Suzanne… I want to “be happy where I am, while I’m here, while working toward being somewhere else in three months.”

  • Dana Says:

    I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT! I surprised the hell out of myself and managed an honest to goodness pull up on April 1. No joke. http://www.feastafterfamine.com/home/2010/4/1/i-did-a-pull-up-no-joke.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Beth Says:

    I went to the shooting range to fire a gun for the first (and probably last) time. I also started my diving certification course and learned to drive stick shift (mostly, still need more practice). And my book blog is almost ready for launch. All while keeping up with yoga since it is my goal to exercise consistently (must be at least 3 years before I can cross it off the list). Busy, busy month.

  • Jessica Says:

    So excellently composed, I love it!!!! Months galore, any and every price.

  • Rebekah Says:

    Since writing my life list, I’ve:
    -Run a marathon
    -Gone crabbing
    -Spent a month in another country
    -Planted bulbs in a public place
    -Smoked a Cuban cigar

    And I’m about to
    -Move for someone I love

    Huge thanks for the inspiration, Maggie!

  • Kat Says:

    In the last month (or so), I have:

    -sent flowers to two more friends (goal: 20)
    -gotten rid of 63 things (goal: 100)
    -started to plan a clothing swap cocktail party (May 8 – you are invited)
    -given up caffeine (over two months now!)
    -took a burlesque class (learned lots of different ways to slowly remove gloves)
    -got an A on my Statistics midterm
    -bought flower seeds to plant in my boxes outside (now I just need soil)

    Life is exciting!

  • Desiree Says:

    Hooray for everyone!

  • Elly Says:

    Hurrah indeed! :)

  • Yael Says:

    I love reading your Lifelist posts Maggie. This month I crossed an epic item of my list – Driving across Europe. I did it for charity and raised over £3000!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration Maggie!!

    http://thefightsequence.com/projects/life-list/11-drive-across-europe/

  • Michelle Says:

    Maggie,
    I love your letter to Oprah. You have turned her inspiring you into you inspiring us!

    http://star-livingdeliberately.blogspot.com/

    March was a big month for me:
    1. Started fund raising for the 2010 Arthritis Walk
    2. Got a fancy Scrabble game and scored over 250
    3. Got an espresso machine and have been making my own lattes–it is saving money!
    4. I WENT TO SPAIN!!!

    It feels so good to be living so fully.

    All the best,
    Michelle

  • katie Says:

    Things I accomplished in the past two days:

    1. I bought my first motorcycle. Yeah!
    2. Posted about it on a stranger’s blog. Yikes!

    Things to accomplish tomorrow:
    1. Practice riding said motorcycle. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

  • katie Says:

    Oops. File under “not paying attention”, as I accomplished this task in April.

  • April Says:

    Okay, I haven’t formally started a list, but I shall do so soon.
    I’m working on my first item of business, which is to get in shape by running, something I’ve never been able to enjoy. I’m on week 4 of the couch-2-5k running plan and actually enjoying it.

  • knighton Says:

    Just started drum lessons. So, my #34 is officially “in progress”. Yay!

  • vajinismus Says:

    Things to accomplish tomorrow:
    1. Practice riding said motorcycle. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight.