Mighty Life List
Oct 5 2010

Giveaway: Mighty Summit Gift Bag

When we were pulling together gifts for the Mighty Summit, we set a few aside to give away. There will be Summit giveaways on Mighty Girl all this week, but this first one is a doozy. Here’s what’s up for grabs today:

Tieks by Gavrieli

I bought a pair of these perfect ultimate travel shoes a while back, and they’re one of my new favorite things. Tieks fold in half so you can stuff them in your purse, but the quality is amazing. They come in all sorts of candy colors and metallics — plus they pack flat and slip off easily when you’re heading through airport security. The winner gets to choose any pair for $135 and under. I recommend orange.

Photojojo’s Tokyo Dreamer Strap

I can’t believe how long it took me to replace my ugly, logoed camera strap. Photojojo’s Tokyo Dreamer strap really dresses up your camera, and even has a little pocket for extra memory cards or a lens cloth.

Lola Epiphanie Camera Bag by Maile Wilson

Maile was an attendee at this year’s Summit, and she brought along her bright Epiphanie camera bags. I use mine as my everyday purse and have finally stopped busting expensive lenses and gadgets by wrapping them in hand towels and shoving them into an un-padded purse. Now I can have my SLR, my flip, and my phone(s) with me without anything banging together and cracking or getting scratched by my keys.

And that’s it for today. Pretty good, huh? To enter to win, please leave a comment about something on your Life List.

Now for the fine print: Please only leave one comment, because it’s the nice thing to do, and also because multiple entries will be disqualified. I’ll use random.org to select the winner, and I’ll announce who won at the top of this post and in a separate post next Tuesday.

2,401 Responses to “Giveaway: Mighty Summit Gift Bag”

  • Kerry Says:

    To have coffee and croissants in Paris.

  • Maggi Says:

    However impossible this dream might be, I’ve added Live in a Lighthouse as a new goal. Anything involving crashing waves, aran sweaters and saving the lives of mariners everywhere does it for me.

  • Brooke Says:

    Ride a tandem bicycle!

  • KT Says:

    There is only one thing on my lifelist right now. I’ve been telling myself that until that’s done, there will be no additions.

    It’s almost done.

  • Kristina Says:

    I tried to go skydiving this past weekend, but it was too windy. Trying again in a week.

  • Rachel Says:

    At some point, I want to travel to Germany to see the remnants of WWII – like the concentration camps. A bit of a downer, I know, but it’s a huge part of the world’s history. And I feel like being there will make a bigger impact on me than reading and watching historical videos can. I want to truly understand the scale of it all.

  • shannon Says:

    Take a solo trip for personal growth, not professional growth in 2011 and OH get picked for Mighty Summit 2011.

  • Molly Says:

    At the top of my life list: get a Ph.D. in immunology. That means a second B.S. first. Then a Master’s.

    Also: finding a babysitter so I have time to do any of it.

  • Megan Says:

    Maintain a snail mail correspondence for one year.

    I started this, now I just need to complete it.

  • Tracy Says:

    Oooooh, I love all of those things.

    On my Life List:
    Attend Holi in India
    (Preferably not as a tourist. I want to have been living there for at least 6 months at that point.)

  • Brandi Says:

    Finally take a photographer class.

  • Meadow Says:

    I am still working on making a life list. Currently I am just loving the life I am living now. But, man, it could use a new camera bag in it.

  • Catherine Says:

    On my life list is taking voice and dance lessons. You know, so I can become a triple threat – a singing, dancing comedian. Isn’t that what everyone’s looking for in an entertainer?

  • Sarah Says:

    My son started preschool yesterday and he went to bed last night with ease and slept through the night. It’s the first time the two have happened in one night in his entire two years and it made me feel like I could conquer my world, one life list item at time.

  • Heather Hansen Says:

    To go to Italy, as cliche as it sounds, and wander around and eat too much prosciutto and pizza and drink tons of wine.

  • beyond Says:

    find a job i love!

  • Liz Says:

    Invent a sandwich. Yeah, yeah. Silly. I know. But it will be a really great sandwich.

  • Laura B. Says:

    I’m working towards my goal of knitting myself an entire sweater. Currently: knitting a small dress for my niece. This will be the first thing I’ve knit that I’m going to give to someone (if it doesn’t turn out horrendous that is!)

  • Lauren Says:

    Run a 5K!

  • Mairead Says:

    To get really really good at something. I have no idea where my talent lies, but I must have some in there somewhere…I just need to figure out what it is!

  • jodimichelle Says:

    Watched my girl teach something to my boy earlier today. Pretty satisfying.

  • Aly Says:

    A doozy indeed!

    I want to learn how to do calligraphy. That would help make my life really beautiful.

  • Katherine Dey Says:

    Make a truly spectacular martini!

  • Donna Says:

    To take my son up in a hot air balloon.

  • Chrissie Says:

    Visit the very remote island, in Ireland, where my mother grew up.

  • Anna Says:

    Wow, scary cool giveaway! There are several items on my list that I’m working toward (long-term stuff), but the one affecting me day-to-day is to do some yoga every day for a month. Even just one sun salutation counts!

    Thanks!

  • Raven Says:

    To read the books in the library alphabetically, just like Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

  • Heather Says:

    Something on my life list is to visit France and Germany. I’ve been saving up frequent flyer miles for years and I think next summer may be it!

  • Anne Says:

    Speak French fluently

  • mia Says:

    wear shorts, miniskirt, or dress next summer (uh… have body issues… working on it…)

  • Amy Says:

    I put raise a guide dog on mine last year when I did the mondo beyondo class – so far so good – we have been raising Orchid since December and she is a super dog.

  • kristen Says:

    Wow, I so want all of that amazing stuff. From my life list, recently accomplished:

    - Unearthed an arrowhead on an archaeological dig
    - Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge

    Hoping to accomplish in the near future:

    - Take a drawing class
    - Treat my mom to a Caribbean cruise

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to visit my hometown again, in the Mojave Desert, California. It’s been YEARS since I’ve been back…around 13, and I miss it.

  • Dana Says:

    I crossed #66 off my list this weekend: Cook an ostrich egg. http://bit.ly/8XhgpO Great fun to drill into it. Not so much fun to smell.

  • Chantel I. Says:

    I’m working on finding a job that I love or, finding a way to make a job out what I already love to do.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • yasmara Says:

    To take my kids to Paris!

  • Lesley Watson Says:

    Live in Tuscany for six months!

  • Laura Says:

    Create something and sell it. Also, taste 50 bourbons.

  • Emily Says:

    I haven’t written out a life list, but I did take the plunge and get pregnant this year, instead of waiting for the mythical “perfect timing.” I think it’s all going to work out, too! Very exciting.

  • Abby - Bright Yellow World Says:

    To stand on top of a mountain in New Zealand and just breathe.

  • Lisa Says:

    Own my own business!

  • Liz Says:

    I just crossed off my #91, which is to get classy family photos taken. Next up? Finish knitting a baby sweater whose instructions have foiled me FOUR times. My baby is only two months old, but I’m gonna make it toddler-sized just in case things don’t go as planned…

  • kiera Says:

    my mom instilled in her children the importance of healthy living (she was a nurse after all!). when she lost her battle with cancer, i seemed to forget those lessons. i began running again a few months ago, and began to find a place where i felt the self-love, strength, and determination my mom so easily brought into my life each day she was alive. this january will mark five years since she has been gone, and my goal is to run a 10k to remember her, raise money for cancer research, and celebrate her life and the feelings she always enlivened in me. (after a 10k we will move on to a half marathon!)

  • Lori Says:

    I just started my life list and right now the two things I am actively trying to complete are:
    1) find the perfect little black dress
    2) make a baby
    These two things may potentially conflict :)

  • Brooke Says:

    I haven’t officially compiled my Life LIst yet. But, the events of the last week have inspired me to become more socially active, and volunteer.

  • Elaine Says:

    Accept that I, and not someone else, am responsible for my sense of self-worth.

  • Tasha H Says:

    I recently told my dad that I wanted to learn the names of trees in my area and keep a notebook of drawings of the flowers, leaves, bark, and tree shapes. He bought me a tree identification book for my birthday! Right now I’m headed outside to tackle tree #1.

  • Anna Says:

    On my Life List: going back to Hawaii, with my children. The journey itself might kill us, but when we get there, I’d like for them to experience the utter peace and beauty there. It’s otherworldly.

  • AB Says:

    Style a shelter mag story!

  • liz Says:

    to live on an island in maine!

  • abby Says:

    I would like to learn to line dance or square dance (or both!)

  • Danielle Says:

    Take tango lessons, preferably in Argentina.

  • Megan G. Says:

    It’s not the sexiest thing on my list but I’m working on growing my emergency fund and just this morning took a step to help more cash flow into it.

    I’ve also started to tackle “Expand my community” by finding a new volunteering gig.

  • Kassie Says:

    In September I crossed off #35 from my list, right after turning 35, take artistic nude photos of myself. It was fun and also traumatic. See here, totally sfw, I promise. http://tiny.cc/ixmwp

  • Celeste Says:

    I feel silly about this one, but I really really hope it happens someday: I would like to wear matching underwear consistently. There’s just something so charming and French about having a lovely bra and panties to match.

  • Megan G. Says:

    AB, I can help! Come to my house and style away! Ha! (Please?)

  • Amy (Minimally Invasive) Says:

    I decided that I couldn’t let my life go by without learning to make a kick-ass focaccia. Since I put that item on the list last year, I’ve gone gluten-free, but that hasn’t deterred my pursuit of heavenly bread. If anything, I’m that much more determined to make something that’ll curl my toes!

  • Carolina Stumpges Says:

    knit a sweater…seems silly but it REALLY intimidates me

  • Marianne Says:

    Move to the Yukon…except I did that almost 2 years ago now. What’s next? How about…mush a dog team!

  • Krysta Says:

    #64 Learn to drive a motorcycle.

  • Jen Says:

    I recently got to check something off my list! Eat a meal at Alinea restaurant in Chicago. No small feat for me, since it’s both pricey, and far from my home in Vancouver, Canada. It’s been on my list for about 4 years, and the feeling of getting to check off one of the biggies made the experience that much more incredible!

  • Kristin Says:

    It’s my husband’s dream to own his own garden center, and it’s my dream to help him do that. It would make him so happy! Fingers crossed that this is our year.

  • Arina Says:

    I’m working on my list, and really loving that it will force me to take risks and step outside my comfort zone.

    Number one on the list? Take a ballroom dance class.

  • Megan Says:

    Currently high on my Life List – get my teeth straightened (again) so that I don’t dread photos for the rest of my life.

  • Heather Says:

    My life list, which is short thusfar, includes learning how to use a camera. For real.

  • Kelly Says:

    - go to an NFL game? check.
    - go to an NFL game without having a panic attack upon hearing the roar in the stadium? workin’ on it.

  • Sarah Says:

    publish a book, baby.

  • Katie Kruger Says:

    I’ve always wanted to see the aurora borealis. AND i just learned that when I do this that I should (and will not) whistle while watching it. To do so would bring evil down upon me and that does not sound like fun.

  • Ruthie Says:

    I want to become a certified EMT.

  • Kenz Says:

    Visit the country of my birth and meet a long-lost relative.

  • Candice Says:

    Right now I’m working on a “101 in 1001″ list, but when that’s done, I’m creating a life list. One of my 101 in 1001 items I haven’t completed yet is travel to a foreign country with my husband. I’ve been to several but he hasn’t ever been outside the U.S. and I think it’s so important to travel as much as one can afford to. It’s so enriching and eye-opening.

  • Sheryl Says:

    I’m half way there; this is my work-in-progress right now: create a bedroom haven for myself.

  • Angela Says:

    Confession – I need to get my list officially written. However one thing on it is to take a hot air balloon trip.

  • Kristen Says:

    One of the things on my list (#41, actually) is to organize a 5k for charity. I’ve talked to a few people who have done this and gotten tips, and, I might have just found a route. I’ve talked to my charity of choice (Puppy Hill Farm Animal Rescue) and they’ll support in any way they can, of course, so I’m really hopeful I can make this happen within the year!

  • whitney Says:

    I would like to bake a pie from scratch. I cook but do not bake at all.

  • margosita Says:

    I would like to spend one Bloomsday reading Joyce’s Ulysses!

  • karla Says:

    life list item: climb mount everest!

  • Leah Says:

    To take Improv classes (which I started doing! – yay!)

  • Chris C. Says:

    OMG, I want one of those camera bags SO bad. I actually just checked off a life list item last night – score a hat trick (3 goals) in a soccer game! Woohoo! In fact, I slam dunked that puppy and went ahead and scored 4 :-)

  • anne Says:

    run a second marathon (and beat my time from the first).

  • Khadijeh Says:

    I’m working on changing my lifestyle to include both daily exercise and daily artistic expression.

  • Jamie M. Says:

    I want to go back to college when my kids get older and finish college.

  • Alicia Says:

    Skydive!!!

  • Sierra Says:

    What a glorious collection of things!

    I’ve been doing yearly lists for a couple years now (currently working on 27 before 27) and have been drafting my life list for the last couple of months (but haven’t published it yet!). However, that hasn’t stopped me from working on it already – this summer I learned how to pickle and can and will be eating very well come winter!

  • Nikki Says:

    I want to make sure that my kids inherit my love for reading.

  • Robin Says:

    To publish a book. Actually, several books: a book of my poetry, an academic monograph, an edited collection, and a book of translations. All of them are started, none of them are published…YET.

  • Michelle Says:

    Buy a new car with 0 miles!!!

  • Alex Says:

    For my life list, in March 2011, my husband and I are quitting our jobs, selling everything, and backpacking around the world. I am so excited!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Besides actually transferring my life list from my notebook to a public space (we all need a little public encouragement), I will finish (I will!) my memoir about getting a Women’s Studies degree in Texas during the Bush Administration.

  • Alexis Says:

    To write a book!

  • Andrea Says:

    I’m working on one of my Life List goals right now: Make regular exercise a real habit.

    I’ve started running and am training for my first 5k.

  • caprice Says:

    have an affair with a frenchman. :)

  • Heather Says:

    On my life list: Teach my nephew something new everytime I get to see him.

  • Homa Says:

    Ever since I read Anne of Green Gables I’ve wanted to see Prince Edward Island!

  • heather Says:

    I’m working on the idea of a life list. I would really like to go hang gliding. I bet I can try to make that happen.

  • Lisa Says:

    I want to sing the National Anthem at a major league baseball game!

  • Liz Says:

    We seemed to have missed it again this year, but one of these days, we’ll make it up to the mountains to see the Aspens change.

  • NSH Says:

    Get my work published in a print magazine, with my name right under the title!

  • Kelly H Says:

    To visit the Greek Islands.

    I was so inspired by your Mighty Summit (and Broad Summit last year) that I’ve planned my 40th birthday party celebration to be a sort of mini summit of sorts. I rented a house out in the wine country of Sonoma County (I live here…) and invited 8 of my closest girlfriends for a ladies only sleepover. I’ve made gift bags for all my friends like you would for a kids party but instead filled it with things I love or things they can use during the sleepover (fluffy socks, eye masks for sleeping, etc.) I even “borrowed” a few ideas I saw in your pics of the Mighty Summit. I bought gallon sized mason jars and tea candles to have on the deck of the house for our outside lounging and have made gift tags for all the party bags with quotes about friendship. You are always so inspiring to me on how to really enjoy life. It’s the details that can really make a big difference. Thanks for always offering such great ideas and making me make my life list.

  • Blair Says:

    Design a holiday window display for a department store in NYC.

  • Erin Says:

    Watch the sunset from the top of Table Mountain.

  • Jenn dePaula Says:

    I officially started my Life List this week by starting to run in order to do a 5k. I’m excited to get started!!

  • Katie Says:

    To record my (remaining) grandparents telling stories from their lives.

  • Sarah Says:

    I just checked off two items on my life list!

    1) Go to Oktoberfest (didn’t realize it WAS on my life list until I stumbled upon the opportunity, go me)

    2) Visit Italy

  • Naomi Says:

    Climb a Colorado 14′er!

  • Cecilia Says:

    My Life List is full of travel adventures. Hong Kong is pretty high up there. Hoping to go in the next few years.

  • Jill P. Says:

    Live in a house with a lemon tree.

  • Jessica Says:

    Homebrew beer!

  • monica Says:

    One life list item crossed off: go to Las Vegas and see “O”. It was amazing.

  • Rachel Says:

    I ran in Oregon’s Hood to Coast cross-country team race event this August! It wasn’t on my list until I was asked to be on a team until 2 weeks prior to the race, but since a lot of my items are sports/activity/trying new things related, I said yes and went ahead and did it!

    http://monstergoldfish.blogspot.com/2010/08/hood-to-coast-life-list-accomplishment.html

    It was hard but fun, and I definitely have a strong feeling of accomplishment for having done it. Which is awesome since I’m not doing so hot on my List item labeled “get along with the ex-bf better” right now.

    That gift bag is great swag – would love to win it!

  • Stephanie Says:

    My life list has always involved living abroad, which I’ve now done…so on to (slowly) starting my own business.

    Writing a book is also up there, but somehow it seems far more intimidating than a business.

  • Jana Says:

    Work on an archeology dig.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Make my own wine!

  • Victoria Says:

    At the top of my life list, at least at the moment, is to go back to school and get my master’s degree. I know that I can’t move forward without also moving up.

  • Courtney Says:

    Learn how to make some fancy truffles. Yum!

  • Sommar Says:

    To not work for a summer. No school, no work, no plans.

  • Jessica Says:

    I finally got around to blogging about my honeymoon, in which I was able to complete TWO Life List items: Ride an Elephant and Take a Cooking Class in Thailand!

  • Jodi Says:

    I’ve been constructing my life list in my head for the past two years or so… I think I’m finally ready to put pen to paper and do this thing. I mean, life is going on with or without me; I’d better hurry up and figure out what I want it to be!

  • Dina Says:

    On my life list: “Throw awesome birthday party for myself.” I just did that last month. I turned 40, and celebrated with a bonfire picnic and friends at the beach, where we played and sang American and Balkan folk songs (ok, if Johnny Cash and Bob Marley are folk music…) It was amazing.

    Hey, #68/Katie: That’s on my list too! But I have no plans/ideas on how and when to make it happen…

  • Molly Says:

    Live abroad again. Have some babies. Working to make both happen within the next 5 years!

  • Summer Says:

    Life List Item #23: Go to Iceland (inspired in part by the Masons!) became a reality last June, when we started trying for a baby. Now my son’s 5 months old, and his middle name is Thor.

  • Pictou Says:

    I want to fly over the Blue Ridge Mountains in a hot air balloon.

  • Lisa Says:

    To spend a summer living in another country with my family.

  • Meredith U. Says:

    I want to dance at my daughter’s wedding, I don’t know how to dance, and she’s only 16. I have time to learn to dance, but I desperately hope I am around long enough.

  • ame Says:

    TAKE A TRAIN SOMEWHERE! I can’t believe I’ve never taken a train, but I want to, even if on a short trip… this is the year – I have a few months left! :) – oh… and what a fabulous prize!!!!!!!!

  • Eliina Says:

    Harvest cranberries in a cranberry bog!

  • Desi Says:

    Swim the front crawl endurance swim (500 metre). I learned to swim earlier this year, I’m now in lessons to refine my stroke, and hope to be able to actually finish a whole 50 metre lap by the end of this week. Progress!

  • haya Says:

    i want to climb a for real mountain (maybe 16000 ft or higher)

  • Cara Says:

    I scratched off a doozy, to ride in a 168km two day bike event to raise money for MS. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life!

  • Marina Says:

    To drive a dump truck.

  • souphead Says:

    Learn to play the eukalele(or at least learn how to spell it)

  • Isela Says:

    Now that fall is here I am doing this one:

    Make a lattice apple pie from scratch.

    (I’m a pie dough rookie.)

  • nic @mybottlesup Says:

    to one day buy a house that has a library in it.

  • Erin H. Says:

    Have a private vow renewal with my husband in an ultra-romantic, exotic location.

  • sara Says:

    Nothing fancy, but something I’ve always wanted to do:

    Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

    And… This will actually be happening during a whirlwind 20-hour trip to NYC in November! I am almost more excited about crossing this item off my list than the actual reason I’m making the trip in the first place.

  • Rena Gray Says:

    Starting my own dog shelter. :)

  • Stephanie Says:

    Recently accomplished goals from the Life List:
    - barefoot winegrape stomping
    - giving a tear-inducing speech at my sister’s wedding

    Need to accomplish:
    - host an utterly fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for friends
    - live for a year in a climate that doesn’t change (much) with the seasons

  • Karen Says:

    To ride my bike to work, which means riding it from Queens into Manhattan. I accomplished this once so far, and it was pretty terrifying. But I hope to do it again soon. I should probably add “get over fear of biking in the city” to the list as well.

    Great shoes!

  • Erin Says:

    Visit every U.S. national park!

  • Christi Says:

    to write my mother’s story.

  • Cindi Says:

    Visit a new country every year

  • Samantha Says:

    I want to make a time-lapse video – I’ve loved them for years, but being inspired by The Unseen Sea sealed the deal. So, thanks for that.

  • Shayna Roosevelt Says:

    get our vegetable garden and fruit trees up to snuff to actually grow enough food to sustain our little family.

  • Amanda Says:

    Buy my dad a ’69 GTO– Matador Red inside and out.

  • Kate Says:

    I’ve started my Life List a dozen different times on paper scraps. If I win, I’ll compile them all together into one proper list this weekend… okay so I’ll do it anyway even if I don’t win:)

  • Meghan Says:

    To take my mother to Europe, because she deserves it.

  • A.M. Says:

    The strangest item on my lifelist is to learn about voice work – ideally being the voice of an audiobook. I love reading the funny bits out loud! But it’s so completely different from all the other things I’m doing with my life.

  • Joy Says:

    I want to make croissants from scratch.

  • Lisa F Says:

    To dance the tango in Argentina.

  • Kathy Bollinger Says:

    Oh, man, be around long enough to hold a grandchild.

  • carolynn Says:

    This may sound crazy, but it’s on my list.
    TO DO A CARTWHEEL
    After cancer and chemo, my body (and skeleton) is weak and my confidence in my body’s abilities has diminished. Just one more cartwheel….

  • Suebob Says:

    Visit all 7 California channel islands. Three down, four to go!

  • Kelly Says:

    Learn to change a tire by myself.

  • Katie Says:

    That is THE most beautiful purse I have ever seen!

  • Addie Says:

    Become a really good home cook.

  • kathleen Says:

    my best friend and i just went on a trip to new orleans, and each picked a life list item to complete before our trip a year from now. mine?? write 50 poems in the next year. i’ve got some time set apart tonight to start.

  • Kendra Says:

    learn to play an instrument

    My seven year old wants my husband and I to be in a band with her, my husband already plays the guitar, I suspect my ability to learn an instrument will take longer than her desire to have her parents in a band with her. And yet…..

  • Erin Faye Says:

    oh man i really want that camera bag!!

    at the top of my list is to go to Iceland and learn about my family’s history.

  • Sheila Says:

    Life List: Roundtrip road trip from coast to coast! Eastbound northern route, westbound southern route.

  • Emily Says:

    Go to Germany!

  • Louise Says:

    To swim in a phosphorescent ocean!!

  • Corin Boyko Says:

    I need to update my life list, but still near the top is to live in Europe for a while.

  • aly Says:

    mine was to become a mom. lucy was born on 8/18. :)

  • Melanie Hanly Says:

    One item was to go to the Olympics. And I did, this past February! It was spectacular!

  • Katie Says:

    Sorry I didn’t read the fine print thoroughly enough. Here is my REAL comment!

    Leave the country again!

  • kayjayoh Says:

    What lovely giveawys!

  • JoAnna Says:

    The very first thing on my life list is to create a life list. But when I do that, I know one of the things on it will be to ride in a hot air balloon.

    The summit looks amazing, Maggie! Do you invite people to attend or can people sign up for it (I didn’t see a sign-up form anywhere on the Might Summit page)?

  • Emily Says:

    My volunteer orientation is next week. Afterward, I plan to tutor the HECK out of some kids. Let’s go, theoretical teaching plans!

  • Amihan Says:

    I didn’t know it was on my life list until I learned that I can do it Sonoma – ziplining through the Redwood forest! I’m going in November with a girlfriend to celebrate our birthdays.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Because of MightyGirl and Chookooloonks I recently started my own life list! One of my favorites is run with the bulls in Spain!

  • Jana Says:

    To raise healthy, happy children.

  • Emily Says:

    Love those Tieks! Am thinking they would make great bridesmaids gifts, especially if I can afford 5 pairs (eep). As for the Life List, I am completely supportive of adding things that are already done to instill a sense of accomplishment from unplanned but still momentous events. Thus I have simultaneously added and crossed off: “Bail a loved one out of jail”. Last but not least, momma needs a new pair of shoes.

  • Emira Says:

    30. Crack my grandma’s cinnamon bun recipe, which is written down no where and which she seems incapable of making in front of other humans (it never comes out right when there’s an audience).

  • MJ Says:

    Vacation in New Zealand!

  • Danielle Says:

    Learn to play the banjo!

    I’m four weeks into banjo lessons and was just able to pick out the melody of Beethoven’s 9th as I practiced!

  • Margaret M Says:

    One of my list items is to go to the Galapagos. I’m pretty close, since I’m already living in South America, but I only have a year left to get it done!

  • Jo Ann Says:

    To live in a really tiny space with minimal stuff.

  • samantha Says:

    Right now I badly want to finish grad school, probably because I’m only halfway through and so the end seems so far away.

  • MontanaJen Says:

    Skydive.

    Send my husband to Culinary School.

    Speak at a commencement ceremony (invited, not as a crasher)

  • Maggie Says:

    I want to have 3 months of salary in a savings account.

    I want to go tubing down a slow river with beers in a cooler.

    I want to make Julia’s lobster thermidor.

  • Jamie Says:

    I want to take my mom on a vacation to Europe. She has always been so supportive of my travels abroad and I would love to experience that with her.

  • Stephanie Says:

    This month I’d like to cross learn how to drive stick-shift off my list.

  • Sarah Says:

    To get married at the top of Vail mountain. On skis. In a wedding dress.

    To be accomplished 12.11.10

  • Lindsay C Says:

    I want to complete a 5k without walking! (I’ll be making my first attempt on November 20 at my local Turkey Trot- wish me luck!)

  • kara sue Says:

    Drink grappa in Italy. :)

  • Stephanie Says:

    My favorite thing on my life list is to have a Cadbury egg mcflurry. It’s kind of a dual goal, because I do not live in a country that serves them, and I’ve always wanted to leave the US.

    Also, it’s the one most likely to happen soon!

  • Michelle Says:

    Me, my two boys, my husband and my camera in Prague.

  • Jessica V Says:

    I want to learn how to really use my camera and take better photographs. Also, to get back into shape – this is on my life list because it will make my daily life so much better.

  • Stef Says:

    I recently added: Write a song, music and lyrics.

  • Laura Says:

    I want to visit Tokyo, climb to the top of Mt. Fuji and visit the Harjuku district to people watch, find fashion inspiration, and take photos to document the glorious madness!

  • Saoirse Says:

    I want to live abroad for a year. Anywhere but where I’m from and immerse myself in another culture.

  • Jessica Says:

    Write a book!
    Also, take a cooking class in Italy.

  • Claire Says:

    Ride a horse across a field (or beach) at a full gallop. If I’m escaping from evil bad guys, added bonus. :)

  • Beth Says:

    One of the items on my life list is to learn how to make cheese. So far I’ve taken a class on making yogurt, ricotta, farmer’s cheese, and feta (and have been mildly successful at making yogurt and farmer’s cheese). Next month – brie!

  • CM Walsh Says:

    Have my younger sister learn from my mistakes, while making some mistakes of her own.

  • JessicaP Says:

    #44 – Try pistachio ice cream.

    After sampling both pistachio ice cream and gelato I am now completely addicted to them both.

  • nichole Says:

    Someday, I will buy a house.

  • aubriane Says:

    I want to learn to order a meal in the language of every country I visit. And I’d also like those shoes and that bag, thanks. =]

  • AmyB Says:

    Visit Cuba while Castro is still alive, I better get on this one!

  • Amanda Says:

    It’s a simple one, but one of much importance to me.. I want to see the Grand Canyon.

  • Megan Says:

    Get my masters degree!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kate Says:

    Become multilingual. Over the summer I stayed for a while with some French friends of my family, and the six-year-old boy in the family, Raphael, taught me how to count to 10 in French. I told him that when I come back to visit next summer, we’ll be able to have a whole conversation in French.

    My French classes start tomorrow! :)

  • Emily Says:

    To bring my son back to San Francisco for Swensen’s ice cream some day. We’re moving from SF to Arkansas tomorrow!

  • Jamie Baird Says:

    Visit Australia.

  • Madison Says:

    Giant goal: get into graduate school.

    Smaller goal that seems a bit more feasible in the midst of so many applications: learn to knit in a basic fashion, and stick with it long enough to make a scarf.

  • Beks Says:

    to visit all the seven continents! africa, australia and antarctica to go!

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    Take a road trip this autumn with our new baby and my camera.

  • Deb Says:

    I rode a recumbent bike at the beach this weekend. That should have been on my list and I’ve added it retroactively. Next week I fly to St. Lucia to take a flash photography class with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby. That’s a big one to cross off the list!

  • hilary m Says:

    stay in home in provence and learn about wine.

  • Megan Says:

    Get my masters degree! (I’m SO close to crossing this baby off my list!)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • melissa Says:

    Spend a month (or more!) in New Zealand.

  • Judy Says:

    Complete the Couch to 5K (as part of the larger goal of losing 170lbs)

  • Sue Robinson Says:

    To walk quietly around the Taj Mahal. Breathing in and out peacefully as I take in it’s beauty. I do this my my dreams and I can only imagine what it would feel like to do in reality. Ahhhh…

  • Natalie Says:

    This year, I beat my first video game, which was on my life list. I’m currently working on learning to dance.

    This giveaway would help motivate me to take one good picture a day for a year, which is also on my list :)

  • heather Says:

    learn to play the xylophone. :)

  • Ilsa Says:

    1. Run a half-marathon before I turn 40.
    2. Knit something (wearable) for each member of my immediate family.

  • Annalise Says:

    A porch with a rocking chair and a view.

  • Stacey M. Says:

    Live abroad for at least 6 months with my family.

  • Gina S. Says:

    To run a marathon.

  • Amanda Says:

    How lovely, Maggie.

    To moo at cows in Scotland and brood upon a moor.

  • Jolie Says:

    My life list is illustrated and directly above my desk. I want one of my paintings in a museum. I want to be interviewed on All Things Considered. I want to see all 7 continents.

    I really want this bag… I’ve officially added it to my life list.

    Fingers crossed! Thanks!

  • Sara Oberg Says:

    to make salted caramels.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Reykjavik.

  • Courtney Says:

    I am being completely honest when I say that I have never won anything online, isn’t that crazy?

    Here’s one thing I’d like to do: I’d like to go to Puerto Rico with all my kids, my siblings, their spouses & families, and my parents.

  • amanda Says:

    umm DANG this is one snazzy giveaway. one of the points on my list is to make the best homemade chai latte ever. ever!

  • Alex Says:

    Learn Arabic well enough to bargain and make small talk, and do so (preferably in Egypt or Morocco).

  • Steffanie Says:

    Travel to Australia.

  • JennyZ Says:

    Buy a house.

  • heidi Says:

    For a period of time I would like to run a restaurant that serves New Orleans cuisine.

  • Dev Says:

    Take each of my daughters to NYC for their 13th birthdays. They are 4 and 6 now, so I have a while yet! :)

  • Deb Says:

    Try to do something creative/productive most days of the week.

  • cjm Says:

    I’ve been super inspired by Mighty Summit and have come up with 5 of my own Life List items to tackle in the next year. The biggest? To birth this baby.

  • Susan Says:

    Run a 10K. I did a mini-tri this summer, which included a 5K. Now I want to stretch the distance out a bit, and get off the treadmill to run outside.

  • Arrie Says:

    Be able to identify any type of architecture by name and era.

  • Ivy Says:

    Take a trapeze lesson!

    @kara sue: I had grappa in Rome last year, and I thought the 70-something-year-old sales guy in the liquor store was going to split his pants laughing at the face I made when I tasted it. I highly recommend the experience. :)

  • Kate Says:

    Relearn to ride a horse (for real, jumping and everything).

  • Leah Says:

    My life list includes traveling solo… In a foreign location (maybe Vietnam).

  • Jenny K Says:

    I’m in! Please randomly pick me! :) I need a camera bag baddddd! I put mine in my purse, but it always gets turned on and my battery ends up dead when I take it out. Bummer.

  • Megan Says:

    My life list is a work in progress, but of the 11 things I have so far, getting emergency/disaster relief certified is my favorite. I would love to be able to contribute in some way when disaster strikes and I know that without the proper training I’d cause more harm than good. Simply wanting to help isn’t enough – training is important :)

  • MomVee Says:

    This year I crossed off “put 20 gallons of photos into albums” and “finish a triathlon.” Next up: sing cabaret.

  • Melanie Says:

    I began my Life List on a plane last Friday afternoon. After spending the weekend in Toronto (and knocking “Have sex in a foreign country” off my Life List), seeing and understanding most of the bilingual street signs, I’ve decided I want to brush up my high school French and become fluent. It’s such a beautiful language.

  • Beth Says:

    Up next on my list: do a headstand in yoga. I’m so close, but need that last little something to get there. Marked off this year: scuba certification, pickling vegetables, going to a shooting range, and buying my dream house. Busy year!

  • Katie Says:

    great giveaway! hmm… one off my life list: find the best damn mac and cheese recipe ever, and perfect it

  • pseudostoops Says:

    Learn to make beer, and brew my own “signature brew” to give to friends.

  • Cate Says:

    Live where I can’t see my neighbors.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Love reading all these comments! I want to go see the aurora borealis or australis. I think this spring might be the time. I have to figure out where (Canada, Iceland, somewhere in South America?).

  • Lisa Villiarimo Says:

    Have a successful pregnancy.

  • eliza Says:

    Actually go to the bar and defend sexual assault victims and children whose parents are going through ugly divorces. This has been my dream for so long I can’t even remember when I started dreaming it.

  • denise Says:

    1. Ride a century! 2. Write my memoirs.

  • NotoriousMLE Says:

    Read the Chronichles of Narnia to my son.

  • Roseanna Says:

    Earn my PhD. in neuroscience.

  • Deanna Says:

    To have really awesome sushi in Japan, which I will be doing in two! weeks!

  • Maura Says:

    You totally inspired me to write up my life list, and you’re right. It’s way easier to tackle things when you’ve written them down. So far I’ve swam from Alcatraz, met 2 of my favorite bloggers (yourself included), and unfortunately had to cancel skydiving plans temporarily…but for a good reason. I’m pregnant! Thanks for all the inspiration and sharing the love, Maggie.

  • meg Says:

    I think I mentioned this one last time, but it’s a current favorite: Play the Old Course at St. Andrews with my dad.

  • Sarah Songer Says:

    Its been a dream of mine for years to open a holistic yoga retreat and spa in Central PA near my grandparents and the rest of my family. Its a big dream.

  • LisaB Says:

    Learn how to play the violin. The violin is in the closet waiting, but I’m busy learning how to ballroom/latin dance. So much to do!

  • Ana Says:

    I want to make things of all kinds, and I want to start with getting my hands on a decent DSLR camera and enrolling in a photography class. Bliss…

  • Erin Says:

    I would like to learn to play guitar and to knit. I would also like to complete a triathalon.

  • Erin Says:

    My dream of visiting Paris is slowly becoming reality. Another one to start work on: become a certified homebirth midwife.

  • Kate Says:

    After one of my best friends died in August I realized there is no more time for waiting to do the things I’ve always wanted to do. Since August I have:

    1. Taken a 5 week Lindy Hop class with my boyfriend so we can dance more together.

    2. Taken a knitting class. I learned I do not really want to be a knitter.

    3. Taken a photography class to learn how to use my camera. I’ve only gone to one so far but I’m learning a lot and so so excited about becoming a better photographer.

    4. PAID OFF MY STUDENT LOANS! What what? SUCK IT, THE MAN. That’s 40k bucks I am no longer enslaved by.

    5. Started Health Month and have successfully gotten at least 7 hours of sleep almost every night.

    6. Cooking dinner at home almost every night. This is good for my health AND my student loan busting budget.

    7. Also part of health month, I’m doing cardio at least 3 days a week. Going dancing with my boyfriend really helps!

    So here’s to living the life you WANT, now. Cheers!

  • Josephine Says:

    Go to a Liverpool FC match at Anfield. I’ve already visited the stadium but it was a few weeks before the season started.

  • liz Says:

    buy my first house. and i just did!

  • Amanda Says:

    Be a speaker at the Moth!

  • RubyDu Says:

    I’m tackling two things on my list — learn to speak French and learn photography — by taking classes at Purdue right now.

  • Lauren Says:

    Visit Japan and eat my weight in raw fish.

  • Mara Says:

    So is it too ingratiating to say that meeting you is one of the things on our life list? In my defense I actually did tell Cecily that I wanted to at Type A Mom last week, so you know I’m not just making it up now.

    But I’d also like to take a photography course. I’m such a rank amateur photographer and I finally have a snazzy camera – I’d like to learn how to use it.

  • Anabel Says:

    I want to sell something made by myself. First, I have to get it together and actually make something, but that’s a thing I really really want to do

  • Michelle B. Says:

    To be in the room when someone else is giving birth as a witness and a support.

  • JC Says:

    Life List – Renew wedding vows on the beach in Hawaii.

    SIGH. I think about it every day while working out……

  • adrienne Says:

    Raise a happy son :)

  • Layla Says:

    Learn French.

  • lindsAy Says:

    Probably the biggest thing I could cross off my Life List? Work at an Olympic Games!

  • Rebecca Says:

    I want to sew a dress for myself. And with one sewing class under my belt, I’m that much closer!

  • Bethany Says:

    Ooh, pretty! Love those shoes. Number 14 on my life list is winning a national title for speech and debate. Only got 1.5 years left to do it before I graduate college, but I’m optimistic :)

  • Hilary Says:

    Have a baby.

  • Laura Milner Says:

    I want to travel to Italy and stay for at least a month. While there i just want to eat, cook and love!

  • Sarah @ Celiac in the City Says:

    Love the giveaway. Love, love, reading these comments!

    Just starting my Life List. One that will be at the top: take piano lessons. Never too late to learn!

  • kate Says:

    learn to play piano. or learn to play Fire and Rain on the cello. Or both.

  • Liz Says:

    To find a way to sell my baked goods & jams that doesn’t give me heart palpitations. Or at least, gives me excited palpitations instead of terrified ones.

  • Amanda Says:

    I would love to tour vineyards in Italy…

  • abi Says:

    Maggie, the Life List thing has been such a tremendous inspiration for me. Here are some of mine: Take my family camping. Finish my Bachelor’s degree. Write something and get paid money for it. Sew an item of clothing and actually wear it. Post something on my blog every week for a year.

  • See-Dub Says:

    For the Sporty Spice section of my life list: see my favorite team play in all of our conference’s stadiums. Four down, five to go!

  • Jessica Says:

    Learn how to sew clothing. I’d love to be able to make something and wear it and know it looks good on me.

  • Dominique Says:

    I want to take a bookbinding workshop at Hollander’s.

  • Sheryl Says:

    Grow a vegetable garden. Small, I know. I haven’t quite learned how to dream big. It’s a little scary for me.

  • Katie Says:

    I just started my Life List a short while ago (it grows daily), and I was able to cross one off about a month ago – shoot a gun. Wow, it’s a serious rush, and now I am now more than all set with firearms.

    The “biggies” on my list include attend culinary school, learn to speak Italian, and pay off all of my (embarrassing, former relationship baggage) credit card debt.

    Here’s to beautiful swag and living life to its mightiest!

  • ktbuffy Says:

    I’m excited to be crossed #5 — Take a Photography Course — off my Life List this week. It’s just a one day thing, but I’m already looking at signing up for another class after this one is done. And I LOVE that red bag!!

  • karin Says:

    My next item on my LL is to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Tzena Says:

    Donate money to my highschool and my child’s elementary school. Donate so much money in order to be tempted to do it anonymously.

  • Dacia Says:

    I want to live on a boat. Even if just for a month!

  • Jasmine Says:

    I need to write a Life List!! I keep meaning to and I just need to DO IT!

  • darlene Says:

    complete a full on triathlon … planning on starting small with a baby one this spring!

  • Lisa Says:

    Compete in a triathlon!

  • Melissa Says:

    I want to travel to the places in Scotland where I can still find people with my name.

  • Jennifer Wong Says:

    Learn how to play Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” on acoustic guitar.

  • Amy Sly Says:

    What a nice tootsie roll pocket on the camera strap!

  • Ashley Says:

    Attend a taping of the Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart!

  • Ashley Says:

    To take my kids to see the ocean- out of my four, only one has dipped their feet in salt water!

  • Maggie Says:

    #43 Spend a day in the life of a Parisian cheesemonger

  • Elisabeth Says:

    I want to find a way to finish school. A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I took a very serious look at our finances, time and the amount of classes I have left and we’re coming up with a plan to make it happen.

    I’m terrified but ready.

  • isabel Says:

    I just crossed off my list get my Pyro operators license! Hurrah!

  • Tia Says:

    To (obviously via motorcycle) recreate my own Motorcycle Diaries trip around South America as Che did.

  • theurbancowgirl Says:

    I crossed an item off my life life this weekend – I met a blogger in person! I’ll be crossing another off on Sunday by completing a half marathon.
    I love my life list! :)

  • Eclaire Says:

    Obtain my masters degree in public administration!

  • parsingtime Says:

    Cook a gourmet meal for 20.

  • McClure Family Says:

    on my list is to fly in a helicopter!

  • Shelley Says:

    I wouldn’t be lying if I said that “win an on-line contest” wasn’t on my Life List ;-)

    But on a serious note, I have “live in a foreign country for at least 1 year”… on there as well!

    Keep up the “Awesome” Maggie, you’re really good at it!

  • Jessica Mae Says:

    My camera and I are praying I win.

    One thing on my life list is go play Bingo at a Bingo hall. My husband teases me about this one… but told me that he would be my date that night as long as I call him Earl. =)

  • Erica Lucci Says:

    Have a bicycle custom built for me with chrome lugs.

  • LauraSt Says:

    On my life list last year was to “grow vegetables” and I just harvested 40 pounds of carrots. Troubling but delightful consequences. Heh.

  • Katie B. Says:

    One day, I will eat gelato in Italy with the love of my life.

  • Candace Says:

    I have slowly, but surely been composing a life list. The big ticket items are daunting: run a marathon with my boyfriend, publish my novel, get married, wear a bikini on the beach… it’s the random things that comes out when I start writing that bring me lots of happiness. I want to paint a room yellow, and learn to arrange flowers skillfully. I didn’t know these things about myself until I started writing.

  • Amy Says:

    celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary

  • Ali Says:

    Ooh ooh I started this one today: design and make a bed-size quilt. The Victoria and Albert museum has a website that converts any image file into a quilt pattern, so I created a stylized version of the Montreal metro map. So excited!

  • Megan Says:

    On my list: Ride an elephant in India…

  • Sarah Says:

    I’m working on one of the things on my life list right now – founding a weekly open mic night in my neighbourhood.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Krista Says:

    Learn to refinish furniture.

  • Caroline Says:

    Always have wanted to live in France. Sent out my CV to a University in Paris and am now on the short list to fill in (for a summer, semester, or year) when someone in the department goes on sabbatical. :-)

  • Amanda Says:

    Someday I will conquer my fear of fondant and make the prettiest G.D. cake ever.

  • Lauren Says:

    I want to learn how to sew!

  • tara Says:

    to see dutch tulip fields in bloom …

  • Katie Says:

    Next semester at school, I will begin learning a new language!

  • Amanda Says:

    It sounds silly, but I really want to learn how to cut hair.

  • christine Says:

    Every single day, I take a moment, hush down, listen to my heart and ask myself, “Am I being true to myself?”

    I don’t know if I will ever really check this one off my list, and that’s okay. I will try to be kind to myself until the day I die.

  • kristin a Says:

    Take the leap from getting a steady paycheck and open up my own business

  • SarahThe Says:

    a.) graduate nursing school
    so I can
    b.) spend more time with my camera
    while
    c.) cultivating my photography into a money maker.

  • Krystyn Says:

    To take my children to another country. (I’ve never left the US, personally.)

  • Ms. Huis Herself Says:

    My silliest, and most recently added, item on my life list is to make 12 different kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches. Today for lunch I made one with thin slices of leftover leg of lamb, colby jack, cheddar, and this amazing mustard from Das Wurst Haus in Lanesboro, MN.

  • Lyndsay Says:

    On my life list: learning how to take amazing photographs.

  • Samantha Says:

    About a year and a half ago, I wrote my Life List, and one of the items on it was “Re-create V–J day in Times Square with someone I love.”

    Two months later, I fell in love with a (ex-)sailor. Coincidence? ;)

  • pj Says:

    become a runner..a real runner.

    and watch the sunrise in Maine

  • kat Says:

    I would like to live in another country for awhile. Think I actually have my husband on board for this one!

  • Maggie Says:

    This is my biggie one: I want to find something that I can’t wait to get up and go to work at every morning (which also will pay the bills).

  • Jessica Says:

    I want to white water raft through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river. Among other things (like traveling to China, owning a fancy camera, and having a baby).

  • Sromeo Says:

    To last a full year in my first “grownup” job. (I’m a little more than 3 months in so far)

  • Alissa Says:

    I would like to visit Cuba and see the house my Mom grew up in. What lovely pretty items!

  • jjzach Says:

    #12 on my life list is to help save a farm. We are currently attempting to save a piece of farmland in my town with the goal of starting a community farm on the land. We are about to submit our proposal to the town and hope our plan is more attractive than a soccer field.

  • Rachel Says:

    To finally satisfy my childhood yearning and add a dog to my household. Any dog will do. :)

  • Christy Skelton Says:

    Downsize my house and get rid of stuff!! It may seem mundane, but with a toddler and another baby on the way, plus a lot of “precious family heirlooms” from various deceased relatives, we have stuff coming out our ears!! And my cluttered space is making my mind cluttered and thus unable to move forward with other goals and dreams.

    I was uber impressed with your recent post about family living in a tiny apartment, would love any more info on how you make it work!!

  • La Banane Says:

    Take both of my little sisters on a weekend getaway somewhere that none of us have never been. Bonus points for not making them stress about hotels and feeding themselves.

    Also: bike cross-country with my dad. Which means learning to ride a bike first.

  • yvonne Says:

    I would love to visit the philippines!

  • Kirsten Keane Says:

    I want to teach English in Spain for a while. It combines a few of my “life list” items–to travel more, to live in a foreign country for a while, and a new one: to teach.

  • The Other Laura Says:

    To publish a book!

  • rena Says:

    i want to scramble around the rock formations in Cappadocia, Turkey.

  • Catherine Says:

    To do a week-long solo camping trip in Glacier National Park!

  • Bethany Says:

    Amazing Giveaway!
    Make puff pastry from scratch.

  • Ashley, the Accidental Olympian Says:

    My Life List lives here, http://www.accidentalolympian.com/the-accidental-olympian/my-life-list.html

    And my favorite Life List to check off, and also my most scary worthy so far was to try tubing.

    http://www.accidentalolympian.com/the-accidental-olympian/2010/08/life-list-tubing.html

    Please excuse the screaming…

  • Debbie Says:

    I haven’t written out my life list yet, but I’ve begun it in my mind. Three things that I KNOW I want to do are:
    1. Give birth and/or become a mom.
    2. Make so many good and loving friends that finally someone throws a surprise party for me on my birthday – and I want it to be a true surprise. (Does this count, since it’s something that happens TO me, rather than something that I make happen for myself?)
    3. Attend a Halloween costume party wearing a really clever costume. (Have never dressed up for halloween as an adult!)

  • Kari Says:

    To swim with a dolphin! :)

  • lucyv Says:

    I want to collect copies of all the books I loved as a kid to keep for my future children. I wish my mom hadn’t thrown them all out!

  • Christianne Says:

    I want to trek across Europe, visiting abbeys and monasteries and spending my days writing, taking photographs, and talking to people who live there and in each town.

  • Darcy Says:

    I’m going to Give Birth (Again)this coming February!

  • Erica Says:

    To learn to knit with my daughter.

  • megan Says:

    Wow. This is the best giveaway EVER.

    Life List #27: Learn how to give really good massages. Hot stones and all.

  • Nora Says:

    Become a parent.

  • Melissa Says:

    Truly “learn” to master my camera!

  • zud Says:

    to design and landscape my own backyard, with my own hands!

  • Krissa Says:

    I’m going to learn how to bake bread soon, which is the most intimidating item on my life list (not including, you know, becoming a parent. Which is definitely more intimidating than bread.)

  • kristy Says:

    The few that come to mind most readily:

    I want to write a book.
    I want to meet Bill Clinton.
    I want to not suck at taking pictures.
    I want to never get plastic surgery.

  • Anne O'Neill Says:

    One of the items on my Life List is to learn to play piano well again. I have the piano. I have the time. I also have a four year old daughter who would rather have me play with her than at the piano keyboard. So I don’t practice much. Yet. And I don’t regret it one bit. :)

  • Amanda Says:

    I want to go a month without wearing make-up. I don’t wear much to begin with, but I have a hard time being confident going completely au naturel. It’s time to overcome that!

  • Virginia C~ Says:

    Read all of Shakespeare’s plays! This one might take awhile…

  • Erika Says:

    Things I can check off: take a photography class, go white water rafting, visit China, fly on a private plane.
    Still to do: travel to Vietnam, find time to get out and shoot at least twice a week, take a cooking class in every country I visit and go zip lining in Costa Rica.

  • Sarah Says:

    To buy really cute shoes. I lean toward comfort and I want to find the cute and the comfortable.

    A few months (years?) ago your life list inspired me to come up with 25 and they were nearly all travel related. We are going away tomorrow and I am anxious. I think I need 25 more.

  • Anita Says:

    Run Race for the Cure, not walk.

  • elsie Says:

    take flamenco dancing lessons… OLE!!!

  • Nicole Says:

    Climb Mt Kilimanjaro!

  • Ashley Says:

    Get into grad school for library science.

  • Sarah Says:

    Ride in a hot air balloon.
    *sigh*

    Teach my dog to go to the bathroom outside.

    Live in a state besides NY or CA.

  • Carly Says:

    On the top of my list is going to Burning Man!

  • Becca Says:

    To ride my bike up Loveland Pass in Colorado!

  • Liz H. Says:

    Visit the ten most beautiful lakes in the world!

  • Sarah Says:

    go to algiers

  • Nan Says:

    Build a yurt for an art studio (now at the top of my list!).

  • Jenni Says:

    Make a piece of wood furniture – all by myself!

  • emily Says:

    Number one is still finish my dissertation. I am hoping when I finally get to crossing it off the list that I feel a sense of lightness because right now it just makes me crabby :).

  • ccr in MA Says:

    Finish writing a book, already.

  • jess @ fushmush Says:

    I really want to swim with Whale Sharks in Western Australia, visit every continent in the world, see La Sagrada Familia when it’s finished and most importantly stop procrastinating!

    Hrm, mine are all travel related…

  • Haley Says:

    On my life list is to travel to Brussels, Belgium, and to live it up in Europe for a month.

  • Emily W Says:

    I want to knit big, warm blankets for everyone in my family. Starting this soon hopefully!

  • Michelle Says:

    To piece together the trip my Dad took around the world in the 1970′s from the stamps in his old passports, and then to make the same trip at the same times of year, to get a glimpse of what he saw.

  • a. Says:

    To ace- to pass yes but also to ace- my boards. I’ll find out in November!

  • Lisa B. Says:

    I really really really want to live in France for 6 months. In a village, where I can actually speak French to French people, and buy French vegetables, then take them home and cook them in a French fashion.

  • christina d Says:

    Visit Seoul, South Korea with my husband (who was born there and has never had the chance to return) with our now-20 month old son, Miles Jae. In my mind, this is on my life list timetable for when MJ is in high school.

  • Sunny Hunt Says:

    I want to learn how to be comfortable in the water – learn how to *really* swim. That’s the latest thing on my life list.

  • Heather Says:

    I want to go to Montreal!

  • Abbie Says:

    I want to win a cooking contest at a state fair!

  • nicholle Says:

    Life list – go dog sledding at midnight under the aurora in northern Canada. It still counts if I’ve done it, right? :)

  • Juliann Says:

    Own a pair of red cowboy boots.

    I’ve wanted a pair ever since I saw Footloose when I was 7. I finally have the disposable income to make it happen, I just have to find the perfect pair.

  • Heidi Says:

    Learn to pop and lock!

  • Liz Says:

    I have so many things to check off but the one I’m working on right now is perfecting the art of baking chocolate chip cookies. May sound simple to some but I’m awful at it!

  • Laura Says:

    Learn the art of cake decorating!
    And then eat the results :)

  • Portia Says:

    Live in another country.

  • Holly Says:

    To set foot on the northernmost, southernmost, easternmost, and westernmost points in the U.S. And to learn whether I should have capitalized N, S, E, and W in that sentence!

  • Tiffany D Says:

    To do what I love for a job- baking!

  • Nuala Sawyer Says:

    There are so many things on my life list! The top one which I’m most looking forward to is owning a dog. I grew up with a menagerie of cats, horses, dogs, guinea pigs, and newts, and am excited to reach a point in my life where my lifestyle can support having a dog of my own (from San Francisco SPCA, of course).

  • Michelle Says:

    It’s on my list to master packing light – inspired by Maggie who does it with such style!

    Going away this weekend and I plan on practicing just that!

  • Aurora Says:

    Learn to play acoustic guitar!

  • Beth A. Says:

    Paint a portrait that I am proud of.

    This first involves re-learning how to paint. I’ve started attending a weekly figure drawing class… baby steps.

  • Kate Says:

    I want to make some quilts for my son like the quilts my grandmother made for me. And retire to Lucca, Italy.

  • rachael Says:

    Play ‘freight train’ the entire way through on my epiphone guitar.

  • isahrai Says:

    Have a photoshoot in the rain – with yellow rainboots, a fantastically unique umbrella and the biggest smile ever. I ordered the boots yesterday. I’m on the lookout for the umbrella…

  • Katie Says:

    Do my part to keep libraries alive and well.

  • Ashley Says:

    To see whales in their natural habitat. I can’t wait!

  • Kat Says:

    My life list includes really boring things though! Hmm, trying to pick the most interesting. Oh! I have been working toward (and I’m getting closer) learning how to spin my own yarn. Okay, still lame. But it’s on the list! (along with becoming a mom so really you can see how ordinary mine is)

  • Krista Says:

    Just checked off walking across the Brooklyn Bridge – now focusing efforts on riding in a hot air balloon.

  • natasha Says:

    on thursday they announce the latest winner of the nobel prize for literature, which is pertinent to my life list goal of reading something by every single winner

  • Isa Says:

    One of the items one my life list is to make it a habit to take more photographs. My son’s childhood is flying by, and I seldom remember to pick up my camera.

  • Sarah Brown Says:

    I want to go see an opera at the Metropolitan Opera House when I’m back in New York.

    I also really want those flats.

  • Liz Cogswell Says:

    At the top of my list is a trip with my husband to Costa Rica.

  • Carly Says:

    I would like to travel out the of country! I live in Oregon and the only country I’ve visited besides the US is Canada – I’d like to go to France.

  • Lindsay Says:

    I want to learn Spanish well enough to converse (at least with pleasantries) and order at restaurants! :)

  • Amy Says:

    My next life list item: to finally sit down, as an adult, and have a detailed conversation with my mother about my biological father, about whom I know nothing. It’s going to happen this Thanksgiving.

  • Stacey Ball Says:

    I’m still working on my life list but one of the biggest challenges on it is to lose 100lbs and not find them again.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    I just crossed one off last week – learn how to poach an egg perfectly (yay! so much easier than I thought it would be!)

    To do this winter: learn how to knit something other than a scarf or a hat

  • DC Says:

    Visit my cousin in Turkey, and travel around Ireland with my mother. Both happening (hopefully) next year!

  • minx Says:

    To give a substantial amount of money to a worthy arts organization.

  • Linda Says:

    I want to take cooking lessons in Greece with my husband.

    (This is the first time I put that out to the world!)

  • La Katie Says:

    To be a poet laureate.

  • Emma Says:

    One of my life list to-do’s to hike a portion of the Appalachian trail! I have been wanting to do it for years and I finally decided to start training/planning and saving for it after making my life list this year!

  • freddy Says:

    I want to start bike touring! It has always been a dream of mine but I sort of gave it up when my son was born. I’m realizing I’m not quite ready to give up on it.

  • Meredith Says:

    My list includes:
    Learn how to row (done!)
    Carry my camera with me everywhere, every day (done! since November of 2009!)
    Learn to play an instrument, preferably piano or guitar
    Live Somewhere Else for at least a year (I’m moving to Spain in 6 weeks!)
    Become fluent in another language (see previous!)
    Own a house by the time I’m thirty (6 years to go on this one)

  • Victoria Says:

    To travel through one European country the seedy, hostel-y, student way.

  • Beth K. Says:

    #19. Tour the White House.

    Just so happens, I’ll be able to mark that off by noon on Thursday! Woot!

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to run a paper and stationery store.

  • Rachel Says:

    I want to take cooking classes at the Culinary Institute in Hudson Valley and then using the awesome techniques I learned to throw a fab dinner party!

  • Christine Says:

    Learn to use my SLR camera as more than just a point-n-shoot.

  • Caitlin Says:

    I would like to do another half-Ironman so that I can stitch the two together and pretend I did a full one.

  • mando Says:

    Donate my hair to create a wig for cancer. Currently in the growing out phase. Cut off the majority of my hair last year to get all the hair dye out because I was getting impatient.

  • Emily Says:

    Next to do on my list – buy a roasting pan and roast a chicken!

  • pinkleahtard Says:

    I REALLY want to sing an Ella Fitzgerald song on stage, preferably into an old microphone while wearing a blue sequined dress. Not that I’ve given this any thought.

  • Kate in the Shade Says:

    I want to have a novel published.
    It’s scary just to admit that.

  • Maggie Lillis Says:

    If I can’t be naturally ambidextrous, I will teach myself a skill with my left hand.

  • Miss K Says:

    I will run a bookmobile!

  • Carly Says:

    to make space for the enjoyment of the now rather than always planning for enjoyment in the future.

  • kim b. Says:

    I want to spend a week in a quiet cabin by a lake where I’d spend days reading, tossing the ball for the dog, and playing in the water with my kids.

  • Patsy Says:

    Host an outdoor movie party in my backyard. Must contain jammies, picnic blankets, a projector and a white sheet as a screen.

  • Jemia Says:

    Have a solo exhibition of my art in New York City.

  • Janet Says:

    Travel to Egypt.

  • sheryl Says:

    I’m adding “Visit all of Arizona’s dams” to my list, because apparently, we’ve got a lot.

  • Jilly Says:

    Attend a Tour de France race in person.

  • Gin Says:

    Participate in a dancing flash mob.

  • Tasha Says:

    Have the best little knitting/yarn store that people love to visit and sit and knit with me.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Become fluent in a foreign language. Oh, and develop some hand-eye coordination…

  • jami Says:

    I’d like to attend BlogHer!

  • Tamra Says:

    Own a home again and decorate it perfectly for me however impractical others might think it is

  • Alexis Says:

    Write and record a song. Maybe even perform somewhere.

  • Funnelcloud Rachel Says:

    I just checked this one off the other weekend: sell my art at an art market/fair. It was a small market, but the experience has inspired me to apply to a bigger one. Also – 10 days until I leave on an RV trip across the west – that’s been a biggie on my Life List for a while!

  • Allison Says:

    I’m working on learning to crochet. I’ve gone the chain stitch down.

  • Sassafras Mama Says:

    My whole life list is here: http://sassafrasmama.blogspot.com/2010/08/life-list-update.html

    One of those items is to teach my son to appreciate a variety of fruits of veggies. On my mind because tonight’s broccoli effort was a fail. Onward and upward.

  • Laura Says:

    Start and finish a triathlon.

  • Min Says:

    I am going to run a marathon. Today I ran my first whole mile without stopping.

    xxm

  • Christa Says:

    This is quite the giveaway. Right now I am working on number one on my life list, trying to have a baby. Currently recovering from my (second) ectopic pregnancy a few weeks ago, but hoping to be back at the fertility doctor soon.

  • simonoe Says:

    I’d love to vacation with my family and our best friends at a tropical beach with warm water.

  • Meegan Says:

    Learn to not just drive, but dock a speed-boat.

  • Lynda Says:

    Go on a mountain sleigh ride.

  • Heidi Says:

    I want to have a good come-back story – and I’m already on my way!

  • Cait Says:

    Swim in the Mediterranean. I’m eyeing this little town… http://www.bougainville.it/images/positano_beach.jpg

  • Jane in CA Says:

    Is it a LifeList if it isn’t written down yet? I’ve been working on it though, in my head, and at the top of the list is “write a book”. Trying to decide if it should be “publish a book”–or perhaps they are two separate items?

  • BonnieB Says:

    Travel to Spain. My favorite thing to do when traveling to a new country is to visit local spots and not just tourist places.

  • Ann Kru Says:

    A ten-day, silent retreat. :)

  • Cait Says:

    Swim in the Mediterranean. I’m eyeing this little town… http://www.bougainville.it/images/positano_beach.jpg
    [it's saying I sent the comment already but I really don't think I did, hopefully this works]

  • HG Says:

    Relearn my piano skills so I can play charmingly at a party.

  • Rachel Knecht Says:

    #32 – take pictures of 1000 strangers by just going up and asking them

  • Michelle Says:

    I turn 35 in December and set a goal of doing 35 things on my list. I am on track to get to 35. So far, the best have been going to Spain, feeding a giraffe, and trying more ethnic foods.

  • Gabrielle Says:

    Go to the Memphis in May BBQ World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest – love, love, love BBQ and that is Mecca!

  • Andrea M. Says:

    To wing a blog giveaway…no joke!

  • Sarah G Says:

    Currently in progress: Have a guest room that visitors look forward to staying in. T-minus 10 days: the in-laws arrive on the 15th!

  • Lauren Says:

    I’m was going to work on replacing my ugly, super-pink bathroom countertop, but I think I’m going to just do something wacky to it instead. Maybe draw all over it with permanent marker, or something less dumb-looking but cheap and eco-friendly.

  • Cheyenne Says:

    Make a cash budget and stick to it. This ties in with my life list theme of living as simply as possible.

  • Lindsay Says:

    Learn how to sew, and I’m taking a class next week to get started. yay!

  • Marisa Says:

    Live abroad.
    Visit Jordan.
    Drive a car (preferably vintage) up the PCH.

  • Greta Says:

    I only just finally started writing my life list down last week, so it’s still in development. But one thing that was on there, that I’d really like to do but scares me a little, is take singing lessons.

    I’d also really like to win this stuff! What an awesome goody bag. :)

  • Crafty Dayeseye Says:

    Waiting to see my husband and I in the reflecting pools at the Taj mahal.

  • Janet Says:

    I’m currently working on a sub-life list based on things I want to see/try/eat/etc in San Luis Obispo, where I just relocated to last month (yes, I have lists within lists). I’m calling it the Mighty SLO List and it includes things like paddle boarding, eating basil ice cream at the Basil Festival, and staying at the Madonna Inn. So much fun!

  • Stacey Says:

    See blue ocean.

  • Heidi Simms Says:

    Teach
    Get grad degree
    Organize my closet/room/house/life

  • jodie Says:

    Make a baby quilt (and learn to sew)

  • Priscilla Says:

    Bake cake from scratch. Really!

  • Courtney Says:

    I want to surprise my musician husband with a trip to SXSW.

  • Jennifluff Says:

    Go to a Steelers game at Heinz Field with my husband. I bought the tickets for his birthday this year. SO EXCITED.

  • Nancy Says:

    Last month I biked across the Golden Gate bridge. Up next is moving across the country to Vancouver. :)

  • kelley Says:

    i want to thru-hike the appalachian trail. all 2175 miles of it.

  • Debbie Says:

    Open up a bed and breakfast!

  • Shelly Says:

    To bicycle through the South of France with my husband.

  • Britni B. Says:

    Become an accomplished large animal veterinarian. …And I turned in my application to veterinary school last week!

  • Daffodil Campbell Says:

    There is an item on my life list that is gaining a life of it’s own. Someday, I will own my own cafe. Someday I will own my own cafe. Someday I will own my own cafe. When I have checked it off my list, I will have you for lunch, with pleasure.

  • Allison Says:

    Become an expat! Live abroad!

  • avb Says:

    #34 on my list: Spend a night at Grey Gardens (in the Edies’ bedroom). I’m determined to make this happen. It would be creepy and a little spooky, but so completely awesome.

    The rest of my Life List can be found here: http://highbrowlowbrow.wordpress.com/life-list/

  • Pam Says:

    Visit Yellowstone with my hubs and son!

  • Laurel Says:

    To stay on a houseboat for a vacation.

  • MSH Says:

    I just added: learn to play the cello.

  • Christine feenstra Says:

    Live in Paris for at least a year!

  • Valerie Says:

    This past month I had Mom teach me to make grape jelly, and then we made an elderberry pie from fruit we picked ourselves. Two items in one weekend! Right now I’m working on another one: I’m knitting a sweater.

  • Cori Says:

    See my sons g

  • Laura Says:

    Hike the Pacific Crest Trail!

  • rebecca Says:

    To photograph the sunset over the Pacific every day for a year.

  • Rachel Says:

    Next on my list: See palm trees in Scotland.

  • Cori Says:

    That is… See my sons graduate from college.

  • Bertha Says:

    One of the items on my life list is to run a 5k without significant pain or loss of life!

  • Amy Hustad Says:

    Successfully complete a Master Gardener program.

  • Kelly Says:

    Road trip across America! My husband, who is from Canada, has been to more states than I have on tour with his former band. I, of course, have romanticized this and now want to road trip with my husband and son for a month. My husband tells me that it wasn’t all I imagine it to be, but you know what? It could be!!

  • Kate F Says:

    Learn enough Italian to talk to my extended family.

  • Katie Says:

    - Get a PhD in Computer Science. (Passed my qualifying exam!)
    - Make a quilt out of my old t-shirts.
    - Gamble in Atlantic City. (Hoping to do this over Christmas break!)

  • Emma Says:

    I completed my first goal, participating in a 12km run/walk. I was sore but it was so satisfying!

  • nancy Says:

    i want to be a mom.

    … i really don’t think there would be anything more beautiful to accomplish.

  • sara Says:

    a life list item…to learn how to letterpress and make my own cards.

  • Charlie Says:

    #9 Build a well for a village in Africa. This means saving $5000 that I can give away. With 2 kids in college right now, that is some serious saving…I will do it though!

  • Joelle Says:

    Oh Maggie, you’re killing me.

    Did I mention the excuse to buy sexy shoes? Ah yes, that was in the last one. But these are such nice pretty sexy shoes, that would work with my poor deformed painful feet…

    On the last giveaway, I read every single entry, thinking it would inspire me. I got exactly one new idea for my life list. Are people so uncreative they all want to travel to Ireland, Italy and Iceland? I mean, yes, traveling in those places would be great, but what will you do once you get there?

    Ok, enough bitching. Should have my own blog, huh?

    I want to make a set of wooden blocks for a baby. And play with them. The blocks, and the baby, together.

  • E-Money Says:

    I just crossed #14 off my list: get engaged! Even after finding my wonderful boyfriend (of 3.5 years), I still had to get comfortable enough with marriage to let him know I was ready. That was the not so easy part, but once I realized that life is one giant leap of faith, sometimes more calculated leaps, I just had to trust…and more importantly LOVE. And we both couldn’t be happier.

  • patricia Says:

    Own furniture that is solid, pretty and doesn’t require an Ikea allen wrench to put together.

  • Stacee Says:

    I got to mark something off my life list this past weekend! After having not seen my faraway best friend for more than three years, we snuck away from our regular lives and met up for a getaway weekend in Portland, Oregon. It was divine!

  • Carrie Says:

    So many wonderful life list entries in the comments… My next list item to cross off is to throw an amazing and memorable 30th birthday party for myself next month.

  • ElizH Says:

    I’m taking my first digital photography class as part of my life list. It’s even better than I had hoped!

  • Sarah Says:

    As an Italian New Orlenian who loves food and spent her childhood in the kitchen listening to my mother’s stories while she cooked, my favorite item on my current life list: create a family cookbook

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to attend a live performance of Saturday Night Live. Apparently you can only get them by emailing ONLY in the month of August. Someday…

  • April Says:

    Hmmm… master the 50mm/f1.8!

  • bre Says:

    Something on my life list that I work toward every single day: graduate medical school!
    I think I need to add some simpler goals as well though, too many of mine will take too many years…

  • AnEmily Says:

    I must learn to preserve and can!

  • Diana Says:

    To speak French fluently – I currently live in Paris so I’m working on it!

  • Andrea Phillips Says:

    One thing on my life list: Join a secret society. I don’t know where to find one, so I just started my own! ^_^

  • Ariel Says:

    Lake Titicaca.

    For reals.

  • AmandaL Says:

    I’ve been dying to try a pair of those shoes, but just can’t see myself swinging the cash right now. as for my life list? I want to sell the things I make, but am afraid no one out there will want it. I need to just take the plunge, but the water seems oh so dangerously cold!

  • wendy Says:

    earn my ph.d.
    I’m about one month away from reaching this goal and I couldn’t be prouder of myself and my husband who has supported me in every way.

  • Vanessa Says:

    Ooooooh! All of these would be perfect right now, I’m going on a trip to Italy with two of my girlfriends next month.

    One item from my life list? To visit 6 of the 7 continents… all but Antarctica.

  • Riona Says:

    Own nothing that I do not use at least one a month (for most things it would be once a week, but hey, I don’t bake very often.)

  • Tori Says:

    Resurrect my writing career.

  • Wendy Says:

    I want to learn to scuba dive!

  • Courtney Says:

    Learn how to ride a horse! I always wanted to take lessons when I was little but my dad thought if I did I would want to *own* a horse, so he wouldn’t let me.

  • Laura Says:

    I’d like to finally receive my doctorate.

  • Jacqueline Asher Says:

    Learn to cook/recreate my grandmother’s recipe for roast and homemade noodles (a longtime family favorite) and serve it to all of my immediate family and inlaws.

  • Beautifulmess Says:

    attend the annual Over the Rhine Christmas concert at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati . . . just might make that one happen this year.

  • Stacie Says:

    To make a quilt with my grandmothers fabric!

  • bene Says:

    I’d like to be able to do 5 unassisted pullups

  • Ali Says:

    Next thing on my life list to tackle is to get a degree in fashion design. 2011 you’re looking like a good place to start.

  • Bealapine Says:

    23.Prepare for and climb Mira Peak in Nepal with my husband sans porter.

  • Becky Says:

    Learn to use my sewing machine (to repurpose old clothes and make cute things for my kids and home)!

  • Shauna R. Says:

    I’d like to have a baby in my living room.

  • Carla Says:

    Same dream my entire life …

    Buy land, build a cabin, and care for rescued farm aminals. :o)

  • Tamera Says:

    Go apple picking and bake fresh apple pies.

  • Emma Christensen Says:

    From my life list: master a few good Indian curries!

  • Chelle Says:

    Start a vegetable garden in my backyard.

  • Candice Says:

    Find the perfect lipstick. I have it pictured in my mind, some sort of raspberry/plum color but have never found it. Is that life list material? I have big life list items but I’ve been dreaming about this lipstick for 10 years that I think it’s worthy now of being a life list item :)

  • Ashley Says:

    To go an entire month without wearing jeans!!

  • SeattleSchmitt Says:

    Learn conversational Spanish (classes start next week) and then take a trip to Spain.

  • Erin Says:

    Knit something amazing. Swim in every state. Become a doctor.

  • Selena Says:

    Become a Scotch drinker. Check!

  • Suzanne Says:

    Become a nurse and work at a free clinic for the uninsured.

  • f.charli Says:

    get my masters degree.

  • Melissa Says:

    Oh, those shoes. COVET.

    I started writing a novel in July and am about 35,000 words into it – about halfway done the first draft. I want to finish it and then map out the rest of the trilogy I see it kicking off, then sell those bad boys so the rest of the world can read them. It’s a big, crazy dream and no one knows about it yet but my husband. And now all of you :)

  • alison Says:

    I am totally smitten with the idea of folding shoes in half and keeping them in my purse. I tried this with some cheap, old flats the other day, but the results were not pretty!

  • karen Says:

    find the perfect pair of jeans. learn to knit.

  • Katherine Says:

    I want to go whale watching in Massachusetts.

  • Gloria Says:

    I just booked my ticket to Austin, marking “Get to Austin before I get old” off my list!

  • Marla Says:

    I realized some time ago that I didn’t have to become a teacher to teach – so in my position as a Lunch Room Supervisor, I’m going to teach the kids who need an activity on a rainy day to knit using their fingers. After I teach myself.

  • Marla Says:

    I realized some time ago that I didn’t have to become a teacher to teach – so in my position as a Lunch Room Supervisor, I’m going to teach the kids who need an activity on a rainy day to knit using their fingers. After I teach myself.

  • Abigail Says:

    Oh, pick me pick me! I want to start my own business, to have an in home barista, and to get married!

  • elizabetht Says:

    Oh wow.. this is beyond amazing! All three of those have been on my wishlist for a while!

  • Maureen Says:

    I’m starting a new life list after completing my first one between 1985 (skydiving) and 2000 (completed my BA) In between, I took tap dance lessons, swimming lessons, bought a guitar and learned to play well enough for me to sing along. I also learned sign language, and took a leave of absence from work to travel with a backpack and passport. My new life list includes (among other things) learning to use a cordless drill, pulling out my sewing machine again, and traveling through Newfoundland.

  • Jenny Says:

    Watch a meteor shower in the dark, dark desert!

  • Veronica Says:

    To learn to dance well, and not just fake it (like I’ve been doing my whole life!).

  • Kathleen Says:

    I have added “learn sign language”, even though I don’t know anyone hard of hearing. I hope it leads me to a new world of communicating.

  • Victoria Says:

    Some of the things I have on my life-list include learning how to snowboard and participating in a Latin ballroom dance competition (like Dancing with the Stars!).

  • Christine Says:

    You inspired me to get off my butt and make a life list. Next week, I’m tackling #8: a Chinese calligraphy class so I can honor my grandfather

  • Katherine Says:

    Do a cartwheel on the Great Wall of China!

  • Lisa Says:

    I want to write an article that gets published in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

  • Lindsay Masten Says:

    The item on my life list that’s getting the most attention lately is definitely:
    Sell an original painting for what it’s worth.

    I’ve sold prints before, but I’m hanging in a small (teeny tiny) gallery show soon, so maybe I’ll get to cross this off!

  • amy b Says:

    learn how to REALLY use my camera!

  • Junita Says:

    To open a culinary bookstore/donut shop and walk to work!

  • Bridie Says:

    Here is one of my favourites from my life list:

    Organise and execute a Flash Mob at the local Farmers’ Market

  • Heather Says:

    learn to ride a skateboard : )

  • Bronwen Says:

    Sing lullabies to a baby while accompanying myself on the acoustic guitar.

  • Annie Hall Says:

    I want to learn to make lobster. I am plum terrified of making lobster and yet I find it delicious. Perhaps my abject fear stems from my youth spent landlocked in Nebraska where there are cows aplenty, but very few lobsters. Now that I’m living on the East Coast, I’m ready to master the crustacean. I can already imagine he’ll be delicious with butter sauce ala Julia Child.

  • sissy Says:

    Write

  • Cynthia Says:

    My life list changed recently; I added this to it: help my hubby by being his own personal wonder woman health advocate while he goes through some stuff in the coming year!

  • Michelle Says:

    Deliver a child without drugs. Currently pregnant with number three… third time’s a charm?

  • Erinn Says:

    like many other people, getting to a healthy weight and fitness level is on my life list. i just started with a personal trainer, and when she asked me what my ‘fitness goal’ was, i told her that i wanted to feel and look better by the time i turned 30 next July. then i hesitated for a minute and admitted that my slightly more *specific* goal was to have great calves so i could finally wear slutty boots.

  • Rachel Crisman aka meeyeehere Says:

    On my list is to fly in a plane,to go to NY to see my sister and to move out of this God forsaken town!!!Sorry,got carried away
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

  • Jess Says:

    Running a half marathon.

  • Julie M Says:

    I would like to sell the watches I make at craft fairs/Etsy.

  • samantha jo campen Says:

    To drive Route 66 with my husband. No planning. Just doing it.

  • Racher Says:

    Yes! Ma’am!

  • Gabi Says:

    To play cello in an orchestra. To learn cello first.

  • Cora D Says:

    I posted my life list on my blog and have had several friends mention writing one of their own. It warms my heart that I could take something that inspired me (your list, Maggie) and have it inspire others. Thank you.

  • divrchk Says:

    I’d love to take a photography class. What a fantastic gift basket!

  • Spring Says:

    To write a book.

  • Erin O. Says:

    I want to learn how to perfectly toss pizza dough like the pros in NYC pizza parlors!

  • Kristina Says:

    To live in another state.

    I get to cross that one off in 6 weeks when we move!

  • Jen Says:

    One little item on my list is to make and can apple butter. My great-grandmother used to make it and it was so good, and I’d like to do it myself. I’m planning on crossing this one off any weekend now, as soon as I can get a whole bunch of fresh apples.

  • Megan Says:

    To get published for my photography in a national/international publication. :-)

  • amandaC Says:

    to become fluent in ASL. i took a semester class, learned TONS about Deaf culture and ASL, and have always wanted more. so far, life has had other plans. but, someday!

  • Christina M Says:

    Complete my Masters in Social Work.

  • joanna Says:

    start a business with some friends.

  • Mir Says:

    I would like to hike the Grand Canyon with my husband; I’ve actually never been there and feel like it’s somewhat criminal that I’ve gone nearly 40 years without managing it!

  • Jessica Says:

    Take a 10 day road trip around the Pacific Northwest.

  • heather Says:

    I would like to take a trip across the country with my husband and two kids this summer – Those shoes and that camera bag would make my trip that much better

  • jackie Says:

    Learn how to french braid hair.

  • Tracey Says:

    Make my home a more calming and inviting place; in progress. It’s taking awhile. ;)

  • Susan Says:

    I want to walk across England, stopping at pubs and tea houses along the way!

  • Karly Says:

    sleep in a yurt

  • Kerianne Says:

    My husband and I are trying to reach every continent before we have kids (2 left – Antartica is one of them.

    Would love the giveaway, am so inspired & entertained by your blog daily!

    ~Kerianne.

  • Sarah Says:

    I’d like to travel throughout the rural south, finding small towns like the one I grew up in and photographing a book of portraits with short accompanying bios. Churches and flea markets, I think, will be the best place to find subjects.

  • Kristy Says:

    To drive alone across the desert, in a muscle car at least twice as old as I am, while blaring ‘Spirit in the Sky.’

  • Amy C. Says:

    I want to find a job that I love so much that it makes me unreasonably excited to get up in the morning. I want to learn to make a souffle. I want to eat dinner at an expensive fancy schmancy restaurant and feel totally comfortable.

  • elif Says:

    Live in a foreign country for a year or more.

  • Judy R Says:

    I did my first Olympic distance tri last year and my big goal is to do a full Ironman in the next few years. First, I have to have this baby due in Feb and get back to triathlon shape afterward!

  • Rachel H Says:

    One of the things on my life list is getting married. Hopefully I can make it a few more weeks!

  • Amy M Says:

    When you blogged about ziplining in the redwoods, I added it to my list. At the time, we lived in Orlando, Florida, and I had never been to the West Coast. But we moved to San Francisco a month ago. :-) I’m getting closer!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    I just started writing a life list last night! Item #1 is walk the Inca Trail.

  • Redneck Mommy Says:

    To one day take my quadriplegic son hang gliding off the cliffs of Greece. So that he can know that even though he will never walk, he will always be able to fly.

  • Tiffany Says:

    I want to travel somewhere that requires a passport. I got one a few years ago and have yet to use it!

    As of now I don’t have a life list, just alot of ideas swimming in my head. I think it’s time to start writing things down and start making them happen!

  • liz f. Says:

    what a wonderful giveaway! i hope i win!!

  • Earth Girl Says:

    I haven’t finished writing my life list, but raising a few chickens for eggs and entertainment is on it. I am reading a book now as the chicks are purchased in the spring. I rejected the idea of a life list for a while because it seemed appropriate for younger women and I have done so much already. But then I realized how much I need the list at age 60 to make sure I’m living my life desires.

  • janet brashear Says:

    28. Become a mom. Check! I’m due May 1st! :)

  • Rebekah Says:

    Interview my parents and write their story.

  • grammaoffive Says:

    Live in a home alone with my husband for the first time in our lives. We have been married 34 years and have always had a family member living with us. 3 kids, Mother in law, sister, daughter w/2 grandkids…
    I would love to decorate one of our spare rooms as a guest room.

  • Melissa G Says:

    I checked go to Italy with my mom off my list this summer! What an accomplishment!

  • grammaoffive Says:

    Get a passport so we can travel to Australia and Greece, and Isreal, and London, and Scotland and…

  • jana Says:

    Photograph a tornado.

  • Emily @ NewlyWife Says:

    I’m still gathering up thoughts on my life list. Right now, I think to completely renovate a fixer upper would be on it.

  • DLG in Mich Says:

    Swim, bike and run a Half Ironman-distance triathlon. Next summer!

  • Dayna Says:

    I’m going to start a website.
    I’m going to organize my photographs.
    I’m going to become a teacher.
    In doing so, I’m going to show my kids what kind of students they need to be.

  • Min Says:

    My godson will graduate college.

  • Rachelino Says:

    I want to finish my grandmother’s biography by the end of the year. Well,I want to have a draft for her to review by the end of the year. She will definitely have comments!

  • Pearl Says:

    Own chickens!

  • KK Says:

    See the Great Migration in Africa, Holi in India, Lunar New Year in China.

  • Kristy Says:

    Ooooh…small manageable thing from life list…organize and beautify my mess of a spice collection!

  • Jen Says:

    To have a baguette, brie and a glass of red wine in Paris.

  • SarahF Says:

    To run and not die while doing so a full marathon. I”m signed up this weekend so we’ll see how it goes! :)

  • Megan Says:

    Win an online contest! Just kidding. Life list: do a major road trip across the US.

  • val Says:

    to go on a hot air balloon ride!

  • Rhonda Says:

    Just finished a 3 week tour of Europe. HUGE tick off many items on my life list!

  • MelissaF Says:

    Go to Alaska.

  • Coraniaid Says:

    To return to school & finish, at least, my bachelor’s degree in Art History.

  • Wendy Says:

    I want to drive around the country in an RV for a year, visiting as many states as possible and homeschooling my kids.

  • M. Says:

    Read at least 200 books before i turn 40 (in 20 years, that is..)

  • mintte Says:

    see tierra del fugo – going next month!

  • Cait Says:

    Dissertation submission in 5 months and 9 days. I can do it. I know I can.

  • velocibadgergirl Says:

    To visit the Mayan ruins

  • Margie Says:

    This summer I crossed off taking my mom to a Storycorps booth, but now I’ve added taking my husband to one. Thanks for the chance!

  • Azar Says:

    I’d like to go skydiving.

  • Courtney Says:

    48. “Grow a row” for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank

  • Janice Says:

    I want to attend a ball.

  • Amanda Lauren Says:

    Camp in Crater Lake National Park

  • Elena Rosemond-Hoerr Says:

    A recently completed item- making eastern north Carolina barbeque by myself!

  • Sarah Says:

    To finish my early childhood education degree. I also achieved something on my list: I’m now the supervisor of the child care centre I work at!

  • Hillbilly Betty Says:

    To become fluent in French – beyond the minimal amount that I learned in the sixth grade.

  • Krista Says:

    Pick and eat a coconut.

  • Jen Says:

    To knit myself a sweater. I know how to knit, but I’ve never completed an actual garment. I want to knit something I can wear that isn’t a scarf or a hat!

  • Chiara Ogan Says:

    I’m still working on my life list (only up to 50 items), but I’ve started to make progress on some of them. The biggest progress has been to meditate on a regular basis. I find a feel better after wards and miss it if I don’t do it.

  • Vanessa Says:

    This giveaway is spectacular! On my life list: to save as many abandoned and misunderstood dogs as possible through volunteering, training, and rescue.

  • Lorrie Says:

    I had one career doing something I love (was a pastry chef for a while) and now I want to figure out what inspires me like baking for and feeding people did. I think this involves travel.

  • Kelly Dyer Says:

    My Life List includes going back to school to get my Christian Ministries degree.

  • Bextoronto Says:

    Direct and choreograph a full-length dance show. I have the music and the idea. Now I just need a plan.

  • Beth Says:

    I want to learn to quilt, so I can make a quilt with my kids’ baby clothes.

  • Zandra Says:

    I randomly chose #27. grow food for my family.

  • Natalie Says:

    #87 Take karate lessons for a year with my 15 year old son.

    We’re starting classes next Monday!

  • Leah Says:

    I would like to scrape up the courage and sing on stage. By myself. Loud enough for people to actually hear it.

  • Julie Cannon Says:

    I want to sing in a choir filled with other women AND I want to have a yoga practice.

    And orange shoes:)

  • Mary Jenkins Says:

    I made a life list 10 years ago and have done almost everything on it! How crazy is that? I still haven’t ridden in a hot air ballon, but after having a kid, I had a change of heart about that one! I have added a new one in its place: Finish the book I began writing!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

  • Amanda Mae Says:

    Visit Iceland and drive the “ring road”, the road that goes all the way around the island.

  • Kathryn Humphreys Says:

    Write a book. So far I have the outline.

  • Elly Says:

    Number 20 – Complete a 365 project. Finished it yesterday. Woo! :)

  • Jen M. Says:

    One that is in progress is trying 1000 new recipes. One that I hope to start and complete this winter is taking a glass blowing class.

  • MacKensie Says:

    I want to volunteer on archaeological digs on six continents. (2 down, 4 to go!)

  • Melissa Says:

    I have recently decided to add learn to fly an airplane to my life list. Just seems like an awesome experience. Handy, too.

  • Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) Says:

    Visit New York City.

  • Duyen Says:

    I threw a wig party last weekend. It was a little itchy, but fabulous.

  • Victoria Sum Says:

    One of my goals is to ride a horse! Thankfully my sweet boyfriend is taking me to Marfa, Texas Halloween weekend to check it off my Life List. I’m stoked.

  • Kate Says:

    Make it to Antartica, which will be my 7th and final continent.

  • Erica Says:

    Bake a cherry pie from scratch, including the crust.

  • Alaina Says:

    Number eight on my life list is to learn how to make my grandmother’s bread pudding. Yum!

  • Christine F. Says:

    To take voice lessons and audition seriously for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The hope would be to make it, of course. :) But the life list is to seriously audition.

  • Marian Says:

    I crossed the first item off of my life list this summer: Ride a horse on the beach. My parents took me on a super swank vacation to Turks and Caicos where Pilgrim and I rode into the clear turquoise water until he started to swim. It was possibly the most frightening yet exhilarating experience of my life to date.

  • Samantha Says:

    top O the list – decide what I want to be when I grow up. Second – be that.

    #1 is taking a bit longer than I planned…=)

  • jennie Says:

    one day i’m going to buy a house on the coast with a vintage kitchen.

  • Clarissa Says:

    I am currently attacking the following:
    1. Academically approach my wardrobe and acquire clothing that is both flattering and reflects my personal style.
    2. Learn to part with my money without a)having a panic attack, b)returning all items purchased with said money, or c)both.

    Awesome giveway!! Thank you!!!!

  • Rebecca S Says:

    10. Become friends with my nieces.

  • Janelle Says:

    i want to run a marathon!

  • Maggie E. Says:

    Someday, while singing to my ‘someday’ baby I want to sing a lullaby that I’ve written. So I guess I’d better:

    Write a lullaby.

  • Lucia Says:

    Love a mighty giveaway! This week I am going to make an appointment with a fertility doc! WOOT!

  • Jen Says:

    Turn my printmaking into income.

  • Pamela Says:

    I’ve just started thinking about a life list though I have been a “what would I do if money is not object” list maker from waaaaay back. And lots of the things on those list came true so I know it works….the one most often on my mind lately is–to live for a year in a foreign country–preferrably either Mexico or France….but I’m open to other opportunities!

  • Catherine Says:

    Open an Etsy store…

  • Sam E. Says:

    To throw a successful fancy multi-course dinner party!

  • Emily Says:

    One of my life list items is to learn how to pack a carry-on bag without feeling deprived of clothing and shoe options. Thinking the Tieks would help with that!

  • Tiffany Says:

    Regularly write, publish and distribute a zine serial about something.

    A bit sillier: ever since you posted your outfit with magenta superhero boots, I’ve wanted a pair of colorful boots (preferably in teal or turquoise), preferably custom-made since I have large wide feet and fat calves. Because everyone needs to have a pair of awesome superhero boots.

    Also, due to pondering my Life List (thanks to y’all) all this time, I’ve been slowly realizing with increasing strength that I really, really want to travel, perhaps somehow make a living from that. Not sure how to accomplish that yet, however (teaching English? hmm).

  • Megan Says:

    To run a 5K race.

  • Naomi Says:

    To see the Northern Lights. Also, learn to drive (mundane but necessary).

  • Heather M. Says:

    Witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace without laughing at the funny hats.

  • Shannon Says:

    Beat this cancer without surgery.

  • Elli Says:
  • Catheroo Says:

    Submit an answer to the Sunday Puzzle on NPR and get chosen to call in to the show. (And yes, I realize getting chosen is a bit out of my control, but I *did* submit an answer this week!)

  • Brandy Says:

    Become fluent in Spanish. A few of my co-workers are bi-lingual and have been gleefully sharing their culture and language with me. It’s really fantastic so far!

  • Helen S Says:

    to be able to wear a bikini and feel good in it!

  • Lauren Says:

    Getting a lovely olive tree tattoo on my side so celebrate creation and creativity and life! :) Just call me hippy dippy!

  • Katie Cook Says:

    I want to drive up the Going to The Sun Road at Glacier National Park.

  • Julianna Says:

    A few things on my life list are:
    1. Get an essay published in the New Yorker
    2. Hot air balloon ride
    3. Learn to sail
    4. Meet Oprah
    5. Meet HH Dalai Lama
    6. Live in Thailand for 3 months
    7. Live in India for a year
    8. Run my own business
    9. Swim with biolumniesence (sp??) – yes, Maggie, you inspired me!
    10. See Northern Lights

  • Amy Brown Says:

    To host a Thanksgiving Dinner.

    (Won’t happen this year though.)

  • dgm Says:

    I’m wondering if I will be as fast a sprinter as I imagine when I finally join a Masters Track Team.

  • Sherri Says:

    Go on a vacation… with my mother!

  • Helen Says:

    Climb to the top of Machu Pichu.

  • Michelle Says:

    My friend Emilie and I have both recently been inspired to continue listing and have agreed to help each other get 5 things crossed off in the next year. I had recently crossed off wearing skinny jeans in public and attending a cooking class! A few things on my list to tackle next are becoming comfortable eating alone at a restaurant (it’s taking a lot of practice), cooking a new recipe every month (and in the process resurrect my old blog), read Arabian Nights and listen to 20 full length classical musical masterpieces! Thank you for the inspiration and the stories! Did I mention my best friends all live in different states? Life lists will help us stay close!

  • Leah Says:

    Run a 10k, sew my son’s Halloween costume

  • Jennifer Says:

    Beekeeping!

    And, more immediately, take a course at the Apple Store to teach me how to make/edit awesome videos on my laptop.

  • amanda Says:

    Own a house.

  • Sarah Says:

    Complete yoga teacher training.

  • Kelly Says:

    To open a wedding photography business. That bag would be wonderful going on engagement sessions!

  • Darci Says:

    I want to teach English in Paris or Italy…whatever comes first. I have started the registration process – hoping for this summer.

  • Ariel Says:

    I’ve started transitioning to a new career and soon I hope to be my own boss!

  • Marisa Says:

    Took my son fishing at Walden Pond.

  • Kathi Says:

    Touch my toes without bending my knees!

  • Rocki Says:

    Cook a nine course Victorian dinner.

  • emma Says:

    I simply couldn’t decide between “making waffles on my Foreman grill” (i’m completely intimidated!) or “visiting Bhutan” (when? how? with what pocket change?) because they basically exemplify the range of items on my list, which I’ve labeled “Intentions” because I so strongly associate “Life List” with you.

    Anyway, these are gorgeous items you selected for your bag – of course. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, and cheer for whoever the lucky winners are if my fingers don’t do the trick.

  • Karyn Says:

    Someday I will learn to sew something that I can wear. Preferably something that doesn’t turn out ugly.

  • Gloria Chen Says:

    Go to Italy and eat myself silly.

  • Lisa May Says:

    One of the biggies is to live in Barcelona with my family for at least a month. Related: learn Spanish.

  • Maria Says:

    I want to teach all of my kids Spanish–at least enough to get by.

  • Emily Says:

    At the top of my list right now is to have a natural childbirth. Positive thinking is leading the way!

  • Cary Says:

    to conquer my social anxiety. taking baby steps!

  • Alex Says:

    To study Yoga and not fall down alot.

  • April Says:

    Learn how to use my new camera. Specifically in manual mode.

  • Sarah Says:

    i want to live in Sweden!

  • Helen Says:

    Other than make these two toddlers happy, healthy,loving, and productive members of society…I would like to uproot and move to France for a year (or, you know, for ever a year is easier to wrap my mind around)

  • Brittany Says:

    To try every type of coffee at Starbucks until I find one I love. I am determined to like coffee.

  • Erin S. Says:

    Drive a Zamboni is on my life list. I have no idea how to make it happen, but I’m just itching to do it!

  • Rachel Biggs Says:

    See Greece!

  • Alyssa Says:

    Make a damn chocolate chip cookie that doesn’t flatten!

  • Caitlin Says:

    One thing on my life list is to work in a restaurant as a pastry person, at least for a week. Just to get a feel for the professional side of baking.

  • Jane Says:

    Visit Dog Bark Park!

  • Bethany Says:

    Visit Iceland.

  • Andrea Says:

    I want to learn how to sew my own clothes!

  • Audra Says:

    On the top of my life list right now– become a Psychologist.

  • Ruth Thomson Says:

    For my life, I want to see wild horses and build a house.

  • melissa Says:

    #44 Photograph the troll doors in the Icelandic countryside in the summer

  • Kasey Schroeder Says:

    keep my house clean for a week
    go on vacation with my girlfriends
    have a family band-me, my husband, our son, and whatever subsequent children we will have
    go to New York and eat everything
    piggy backing off of that, i’d also like to be in amazing shape.

  • Laura Jane Says:

    I just started my blog which was on my Mighty Life List for a long, LONG time. It feels pretty good and I’m really excited to start cooking one thing that scares me each month (also on my list). First up: MUSSELS?!

  • Susan Says:

    On my life list is to buy and wear one pair of awesome cowgirl boots.

  • Caroline Says:

    I want to have a house that is big and comfortable enough to house my parents in their retirement for as long as they want to live with me.

  • Lauren Says:

    One of the first things I hope to cross off my Life List is “take 100 photographs in 100 days.” Having such a lovely camera bag would be inspirational!!

  • LittleWit Says:

    I would really like to some day make my own life quilt based on the old tradition.

  • Leah Says:

    Well, on my Life list is “Become a Giants season ticket holder”, but now that they’re in the playoffs everyone will think I’m just jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve BEEN ON the bandwagon! Truly.

  • Brittany Says:

    I hope to finish a book. I don’t care if it is published, or finds any kind of success, but if it’s something I can give to my daughter that she will be proud of I will fulfilled my biggest goal.

  • Steph Says:

    Mine- travel to Madagascar and buy a house!

  • dcfullest Says:

    I want to own the perfect pair of red cowboy boots. I keep searching but we haven’t found each other yet!

  • Melanie Says:

    I’ll tell you the thing I’m working on off my life list right now – learn how to use (really use) my camera. I’m taking a class, and my camera and I are taking our relationship to the next level.

  • Beth Says:

    To take a glassblowing class- hopefully in just a few months…

  • Wehaf Says:

    Get my PhD.

  • Lisa Says:

    Be able to support my husband financially so he can pursue his dream of writing a novel. Right now we’re in the opposite position — he’s supporting me while I pursue my dreams and I desperately want to return the favor.

  • Cameron Says:

    Hi Maggie!

    I checked another item off my life list in September. Throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. I’m not kidding. I was one of the first responders recognized at “Heroes Day” at the Los Angeles Dodgers September 19th game. I represented the LAFD and our educational non-profit, MySafe:LA. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=272059&id=738326396

    Usually I’m shooting this kind of event -stills and video – but this time I was in front of the camera. Not an easy spot for me. That Lola Epiphanie Camera Bag by Maile Wilson is making me drool!

    –Cameron

  • alyson Says:

    One that had been on my list for awhile that I have accomplished this year (!) was to be my own boss. Which is great, because I’m kind of the best boss ever. New life list addition? Earn enough to support me and my husband with my business. The three month vacation I’m planning for next year (ALSO a life list entry) may delay that….

  • Elizabeth Says:

    To run the Big Sur Marathon.

  • Eilis Says:

    I crossed of “run a 5K” earlier this year. Have been training for, and will be crossing off “run sprint triathlon” on October 23rd. Long live the Life Lists!

  • Adrienne Says:

    Mine is to go to culinary school, something I am currently doing AND IT IS SO AWESOME. Ahem.

  • Maria D Says:

    To make my almost two-year-old son birthday garland.

  • Donna Says:

    On my life list: I want to stay overnight in a windmill in Greece. I’ve even picked out which one I’d like. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Jae Says:

    My husband and I are crossing something off our Life List together at the end of the month: we are moving West-something we have dreamed of for the nearly 10 years we’ve been together. We’re leaving the flat, boring Mid-West for Portland, OR and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

  • Peggy Says:

    A few from my list:
    – learn how to juggle
    – visit every state in the US
    – read the Bible from start to finish

  • Amy Says:

    On mine and my husband’s life list: “Touch the snows of Kilimanjaro.” A fleeting experience that would reveal a bit of the breadth and depth of Africa.

  • rebecca Says:

    learn to swing dance/lindy hop (i just signed up for my second set of classes – so much fun!)

  • Jeannie Says:

    When my kids are all in college I will be in my late 50′s. THEN…I’m planning on conning some poor soul into letting me be a roadie for her band for a year. I’ve always wanted to be a roadie!!!

  • Amy Ferguson Says:

    Learn to drive stick. I just need to do it!

  • g Says:

    Long before you had The Mighty List, I had “this thing I need to do”. That’s how I always referred to it. When my parents asked why I didn’t want children, I always had “this thing I need to do” first. I am in a PhD program and I am just about half way through this thing I need to do. Better yet, I am just about to the good part – fieldwork! Nearly everything in my life has been put on hold for this thing, but it’s totally been worth it. My husband, too, is working on his PhD and it’s been an incredible adventure for the two of us to do together (even if we don’t see that much of each other any more).

    I do my research on another continent, so I board lots of airplanes, take lots of pictures, and spend an insane amount of time worrying about the right kind of bag to carry.

  • Catherine Says:

    I’m a lit professor, so here’s an appropriate one from my life list: 1. Read every Pulitzer Prize for fiction award winner of the 20th century.

  • shokufeh Says:

    An item on my life list is to go back to school. I’ve started studying for the GRE.

  • Jeanette Says:

    Throw a kick-ass Halloween party!

  • Sally C. Says:

    My list is short at the moment because I lak perspective due to newborn sleep deprivation. My list? Sleep for six hours…in a row.

  • Karen N Says:

    Take a whole-foods cooking class.

    Find a great vegetarian lasagna recipe.

    Take a class or private lesson in watercolor painting.

    New Year 2012 in Hawaii.

  • Teri Says:

    Writing a book has been on my life list before I’d ever even heard of a life list. My first book comes out this month, and I’m going to be celebrating it. A lot.

  • Leanne Wiener Says:

    Learn to play the dolsimer

  • Desiree Says:

    This is very timely as I am just about to post my list on my site! A few things on mine include:
    -Go to Scotland and have an awesome guided historical/ancient sites tour.
    -Try glassblowing.
    -Learn to enjoy cooking and make food I love.
    -Take a photography class.
    -Spend several consecutive days being pampered at a spa.

  • nelking Says:

    First. Redo my life list like I said a would when I took it down. :(

  • Ann S Says:

    I want to learn how to play an instrument and sing at the same time.

  • Sandra P. Says:

    Visit Greece!

  • Lindsay Says:

    Go to Italy (coming true next week!!!).
    Write a book with my sister.
    Tour the Jelly Belly factory.
    ;)

  • Rachel Says:

    Just want to finish this year of nursing school first, then on to ARNP hopefully.

  • Dulcie Says:

    Learn how to build a house.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Visit Naples, Italy, my birthplace.

  • Francina Says:

    Raise bees!

  • Martha Says:

    Those shoes look awesome! I’ve never spent that much on flats, I feel like I can justify boots for that much, living in the Northeast. But they look nice for traveling!

  • Ashley Says:

    Learn to ice skate backwards (lessons)
    Run in an all-woman charity race

  • Lauren Says:

    My life list: I really want to be a midwife. My personal prerequisite to that is having a baby. My husband just quit his job to go to grad school, so for a long time we have felt like its not the right time, or we don’t have enough money, but I think its time we through caution to the wind and just go for it!

  • Nicki Ingram Says:

    Run a 5K. Just started the Couch to 5K plan last week.

  • Jessica Says:

    Watch my daughter read her first book all by herself.

  • Michelle Says:

    Have high tea in London!

  • Dawn Says:

    Restore my smile (mentally and physically).

  • Kristin Says:

    Knit a sweater that I can wear.
    Tour Turkey.
    Read the classics.

  • Kelly Says:

    I really would love to take a weekend spa trip with my best girl friends. Ahhhhhhhhh :-)

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] Says:

    Take a Mediterranean cruise!

  • Em Says:

    Throw a “frat party,” adult-style: trompe l’oeille jello shots in delicious thematic flavors.

  • Jo Says:

    To spend a night in a treehouse

  • Sharon Says:

    For next year I want to swim to the island at our cottage.

  • Becky Says:

    Co-design and teach a course with a good friend.

  • Em Says:

    trompe-l’œil, that is. i meant trompe-l’œil!

  • Ann Says:

    Make a proper cassoulet – with the fancy beans from France, and everything but the sausage from scratch.

  • Brooke Says:

    Go to a silent zen retreat in northern california.

  • Nicki Says:

    I’ve always wondered what bangs would look like on me…& today I found out! Not too bad, not too bad at all :)

  • Ros Says:

    I finally took a mini step toward selling things I make. Mini but big all at the same time.

  • Amy Says:

    Three things on my life list (and I’m not even kidding about this): finally find a pair of shoes that don’t kill my feet, learn to use a DSLR, and carry a bag that doesn’t look like I only paid ten dollars for it (even if I did).

    Thanks for getting me to dream big, Maggie!

  • Sarah Says:

    Circumnavigate the earth. (I’ve gone > 1/2 way and back, but not all the way around.)

  • Pauline Roy Says:

    Go back to the Philippines. I was born there but haven’t been back since we left when I was 8.

  • Laura Brown Says:

    OHhhhhh! I would love to learn to play the accordion.

  • Karen Says:

    Lose another 12 pounds by the end of the year. Lost 38 so far since January!

  • mollie Says:

    go scuba diving!

  • JC Says:

    …somewhere on my list is have enough courage to be with my true love…i’m working on it

  • Lisa Anderson Says:

    Witness (in person) the aurora borealis (Northern Polar Lights)

  • Cat Says:

    learn how to can/preserve like my mother and grandmother did . . . good time to try here in michigan with the abundance of apples . . .

  • Haley J. Says:

    I want to read all of “A La Recherche du Temps Perdu” in French. I figure it will take me the better part of a decade to be that fluent, but it will be worth it when I accomplish it.

  • megankay Says:

    to teach my kids spanish. which involves learning spanish, and then having kids.

  • Laura Rehbehn Says:

    I found your website a week ago and have been trying to spend 15 mins a day thinking/adding to my life list. I want to make sure its thorough and thoughtful!

  • michaela Says:

    Spend a weekend (at least) at Kripalu, the very Zen hippie retreat center in the Berkshires. Oh, how I long to do this….

  • lisa may terwilliger Says:

    karate chop something (or someone)!

  • Liesel Says:

    OMG..I want that bag soooo bad!

    On my life list is to actually learn how to use my Nikon D90. My sweet husby got it for me last year for my bday and all I ever use is automatic. I would like to change that.

  • Mandy Says:

    Fill my passport so I need to get extra pages! I’m super close; I just have one page left! :)

  • Brenda Says:

    Celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa!

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy Says:

    I want to own my own business some day – I don’t know what I want to do yet, but I know I want to be my own boss!

  • Jenny Says:

    Live in Hawaii and open a coffee shop there.

  • Meghan Says:

    Make a wedding cake for someone.

  • Katherine Says:

    To overcome my hatred for running. I’ve been training for a 10K that I’m running on Monday. Mission (almost) accomplished.

  • Nicole Says:

    on my life list, which is still very much in progress as I only recently learned about all of this — to learn to forgive myself for not being perfect.

  • Becky Says:

    I have been coveting those shoes for a while now. But- I just finished grad school (1st item to get crossed off the Life List- Become a Physician Assistant!) and am doing the unemployed/job hunt thing. So, shoes are a low priority now. How great would it be to get them anyway?

    I want to someday have a house with a spiral staircase. In the short term I’m going to go puddle jumping. In colorful rainboots. And, I want to give a kid a library of classic children’s literature.

  • Gretchen Alice Says:

    Wowza. I’ve been lusting after that bag for the longest time.
    Life list: Ride on a motorcycle.

  • Mo Says:

    Those shoes would be The Business.

  • Kika Says:

    ride a bike (preferably one with a cute basket on it).

  • Jamie Says:

    I will see a spectacular showing of the Northern Lights someday. I am thinking Norway. Snowy nights with that indefinable mid-winter calm in the air, followed by fire-lit lounging in a warm cabin.

  • Ricki Says:

    I’d love to return to Switzerland, minus the 25 teen Jazz Band members I was with on my first visit!

  • chriss Says:

    Kiss the blarney stone in Ireland.

  • Lora Says:

    Complete a sprint triathlon.

  • Jenn N Says:

    going away to a french immersion program in a lovely place

  • Carrie Says:

    Learn to do a handstand.

  • WendyB Says:

    I will run a 10k!! I will learn to make bread! I will win this contest! (I hope)

  • Shelly Says:

    Go to Portugal!

  • Andi Says:

    Spend part of my 40th year in India (I turn 39 this month!)

  • tessa Says:

    i checked off a couple things from my life list this summer…and now i’m ready to expand on my pottery goals. i made lots of tiny bowls (check) and now want to make a giant serving bowl (yikes!).

  • Amber F Says:

    to hike and camp along the Appalachian Trail in the Spring

  • ChaEsq Says:

    get married & have babies.

  • Casey Says:

    To have my picture taken with a drag queen.

  • Sharon Says:

    Publish a novel

  • Kendra Says:

    To live in a foreign country for a year.

  • Claire Helene Says:

    To start developing my black and white film. And then to set up my own dark room.

  • Alta Says:

    To have a home with a nice backyard and a dog.

  • Lacey Says:

    One of the things on my life list is to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall.

    P.S. — I’m job hunting! So if you pick me, you can tell everybody that there’s an awesome PR/communications person up for grabs. :)

  • Niamh Says:

    I’ve added a few new things to my life list since I began work as a tenure track professor in a Midwestern city.

    1. Consciously work to educate myself about fashion and develop a coherent fashion of my own, in which I feel comfortable and beautiful.
    2. Learn to play the banjo! (Hey, I live so close to Kentucky now…)
    3. Attend 10 sporting events at my new university.

    Also, last month I crossed another item off my life list: I learned how to score a baseball game!

    Thanks for being such a great source of inspiration.

  • Camie Says:

    I want to finish and publish my first novel. <3

  • Anne-Katherine S Says:

    I would love love love to go to Germany and see the Neuschwanstein Castle. The one Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty Castle on. I think that would just be absolutely fantastic.

    Also, go to every Disney park that exist. 2 down so far!

  • Ursula Says:

    Bathe in an outdoor bath in Costa Rica.

  • Christi Says:

    24.Write and produce a documentary piece (film or radio).

  • amanda Says:

    Root around in the dirt at Olduvai Gorge!

  • Karen Says:

    become an aerialist
    learn to swing dance
    be happy with myself

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Live my motto every day “half the kidneys twice the fun”

  • Liz B Says:

    To stop buying so many “disposable” clothes, and invest in some long lasting classics. But still save room for the fun stuff.

  • Christina Says:

    i need to edit my life list. as i’ve been checking things off of the list i’m refining my idea of what should be on it. i thought i wanted a lot of solo experiences, but i find them more lonely than i thought. it was fun taking myself out for a fancy dinner, but it would have been awesome to have a friend with me!

    one new thing: i want to learn some swedish and go visit my cousins in sweden.

  • Sophia Says:

    Learn to bake really good bread!

  • Cynthia Says:

    Something that’s been at the forefront of my list right now is to write a short story. Then another. Then a novel. Baby steps.

    Your life list has been pretty inspiring. I’m glad it’s motivating people (myself included) to get moving on their life goals!

  • Erin K Says:

    learn to shoot manually

  • keyla smith Says:

    scuba dive!

  • Sarah S Says:

    Number two on my list: fold 1000 paper cranes.

  • juliloquy Says:

    A goal to live overseas – I lived in Bulgaria from 2000-2002 while in Peace Corps. I’d love to do so again when the kids are no longer minors.

  • Anne Says:

    To win a drawing from Mighty Girl! (although I’m not into photography so I would take the shoes and see if you could randomly choose someone else for the strap and bag. Except the bag is so cute maybe I’d keep that as a handbag. Hmmm.

  • Mary Says:

    Write a children’s book and have it published!

  • Heather Says:

    Stay overnight in a French chateau.

  • Jennifer Says:

    lawsy mercy, woman, i hope you pick me!

  • amanda Says:

    to take a year off from work and wake up every day doing what i love.

  • Charm White Says:

    i’m still working on my life list… but one thing that is definitely on there is to buy a house that has a yard big enough for chickens and a dog, i’m just so sick of renting and having to deal with real estate agents!

    i have a question about the life list though… can it include things you’ve already done that were challenges and dreams?

  • Robin (noteverstill) Says:

    Find the perfect red lipstick – and wear the hell out of it!

  • Breanna Says:

    To compete in a Three Day Event. I used to ride very seriously, but stopped due to kids and lack of time/money. But I will get back on the horse again!lol.

  • Sara Antone Says:

    Finish my Bachelor’s degree! I started school again this semester, and though it is uncomfortable to be the oldest student in class, I love that I’m working towards my dream. Also, I’d like to learn how to make a soufflé.

  • Camille Says:

    Surfing in Tofino.

  • Bianca Says:

    Get a job where i can use my French and become fluent, or a job where I can learn another language.

  • Jessie Says:

    Bake a pie entirely from scratch, crust and all!

  • Jenn Says:

    Run a 5k, then a 10k, then a half marathon …

  • Amanda Brown Says:

    Get saucy boudoir photos taken and give them as a surprise to my husband.

  • Betsey Says:

    This past year, New Years Day in fact, I rode in a helicopter. Life list check off thank you very much. I also started aggressively paying off debt, and took on a saying as a way to inencumber myself of things. “Love people, use things. Never confuse the two.”. It’s been a great year.

  • Courtney Says:

    Ride in a hot air balloon! New Mexico Balloon Fiesta, here I come!

  • Sara Says:

    Figure out a way to make a living on my own.

  • Andi Says:

    The most important item in my list is to move to another country. I’m halfway there!

  • CarolynC Says:

    Take more pilates classes. Knit more. Swim with stingrays (will be doing this in less than a month!)

  • Leta Says:

    Visit England. Take a photography class. Keep learning new things.

  • Stace Says:

    Learn to do “Around the World” with a yo-yo before I have this here baby (any day now!)

  • Ashlee Says:

    To get out of debt so I can be free!!

  • Cathi Says:

    I hope to tackle two life list items in the next few months: 1) teach my children to read (they are four) and 2) learn to make really good bread.

  • christine Says:

    Hang a sheet in the backyard under the stars and project a Pixar or Harry Potter movie, with popcorn, mind-blowing candy mixes, the works. Quick, before our 3 kids get too big!

  • Liz Says:

    to finally publish that book.

  • molly Says:

    I want to visit all 50 states with my husband and kids. I’d also totally lose it if I won this giveaway!

  • Amanda Says:

    To start and run a successful photography business and get out of the portfolio building stage!!!!
    With that Hot Red Camera bag I would be in STYLE!!

  • Jessi Says:

    To win something in an internet giveaway contest. For real! It’s on my list. And it hasn’t happened yet. This is where YOU come in. ;)

  • Ms. Bunny Says:

    Watch my gay friends legally get married anywhere in the United States.

  • Marge Says:

    1. Become a Nurse Practitioner and start a family practice with my health profession friends (MD, Midwife and genetic counselor)
    2. Run a 5k
    3. Learn to speak Danish

  • Jenn Says:

    Be able to run at least an entire mile without having to stop to walk….and also have babies.

  • Laura Says:

    Travel to Denmark someday, hopefully with my kids while they’re still young!

  • Martha Says:

    To learn to can veggies and jams. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I love that bag!

  • ladyloo Says:

    To learn how to sew. And wouldn’t you know it I passed a sign for sewing lessons in a shop window today. Gonna sign up tomorrow.

  • Molly Says:

    Run a marathon. I ran ten miles on Sunday, and I’m doing my first half-marathon in November.

  • dani Says:

    To go to a surf’n'yoga retreat in Bali. On my own. Sorry georgeous partner and deliciously lovely toddler. Mummy needs some me time.

  • Katrina Says:

    Oh the Teiks! I have been coveting a pair of those. One item from the list? Machu Picchu.

  • Liz Says:

    Finish my novel.

  • alexis Says:

    go dog sledding (please, please, please pick me!!)

  • Sarah Says:

    Catch a salmon!

  • Cabogirl Says:

    Enjoy running.

  • Becky Says:

    Complete a race…I ran two 5k’s last month!

  • Adrianna Says:

    Now that I’m in the midst of post-B.A. retail hell, the majority of my life list boils down to this: Go to graduate school and get my PhD. Oh, and staying sane through the final month of wedding plans is pretty high up there right now too.

  • nicole Says:

    Open (and cook in) a restaurant somewhere in Northern California (well: a b/b, with a restaurant on the first floor), possibly in wine country, where most of the food comes from the garden grown out back.

  • Sarah-Rose Says:

    To visit Iceland.

  • Jaclyn Says:

    learn how to poach an egg, how to mesh video with still photos in one project, take Sunday afternoon naps.

  • emily Says:

    i think it might be time to actually write a life list down! i’ve been taking opportunities as they come … but the next big scary thing might be a real full marathon.

    hence, i would kill for some sensible flat shoes. :)

  • Amie Says:

    To run a marathon! Doing it in may!!

  • anne Says:

    kayak through locks on a river

  • Sarah Says:

    To buy and learn to use an SLR.

  • amelia Says:

    have a photo gallery up in a public place

  • Kelly Says:

    To paint a picture of the house my dad built and give it to my parents as a gift.

  • Kris McElman Says:

    I wanna learn how to ice skate. I think I might take lessons this winter!

  • famousamy Says:

    To take a vacation without any extended family. Just me, my husband and my girls.

  • everydayamy Says:

    Make soundtracks to commemorate different periods of my life; Organize my photos into some kind of beautiful art piece; Send my Mom to space camp.

  • Claire Bidwell Smith Says:

    To print and bind together all the letters I’ve written to my daughter since she was born.

  • Janelle Says:

    To travel to all 4 grand slams (Australian, French, Wimbledon, and US Open)

  • amy Says:

    Tops on my list right now is to get healthy and organized.

  • Toni Says:

    This weekend I am checking off an item on my list!

    See a Van Gogh in person [Check!}

    Up this month is applying for entrance to UIC! Wish me luck :)

  • Sara Shoys Says:

    Own a house!

  • Megan Simpson Says:

    Start my own business. As a lawyer, am hoping to consult others with small businesses on the legal side of things…

  • robin Says:

    learn how to make cheese!

  • Jamie Says:

    On the docket for completion in the next 5-10 years – Have a dog named Haricots Vert (Harry for Short)

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Play the guitar on stage.

  • Beth S. Says:

    I want to ride on six different rapid transit systems throughout the world. Because I’m a nerd for transportation!

  • sara Says:

    just conquered a life list item – taught myself to sew buttonholes and sleeves. Neckties, here I come!

  • Beth D. Says:

    Live abroad, again.

  • Erin Says:

    Paddle a canoe.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Learn to sew. Being 5’4″ I need to be able to hem my own pants!

  • Jenny Says:

    Me too, ME TOO!

    I want to host a clambake.

  • Holly Says:

    I’m THRILLED to hear the report on your Tieks! Sounds like a wonderful candy-colored investment. :)

  • Rochelle Says:

    Travel to Italy!

  • Jill Says:

    Travel to Antartica!

  • Whitney Says:

    Travel to Europe and eat the best chocolate, olive oil, and bread there.

  • Kris Says:

    To drive through London and be able to be totally serious when I say “Look kids- Big Ben, Parliament.” ;)

  • Laura W. Says:

    I want to be on Ninja Warrior!

  • Abby Says:

    Travel through Midwestern autumn woods in a convertible in the early evening, preferably while wearing something vintage.

  • kristyk Says:

    I want to get a passport, even if I never get to go anywhere.

  • Sarah Says:

    Read the Bible all the way through.

  • Martha Says:

    Get published in a Respectable Poetry Journal!

  • Beth Says:

    Sell one of the quilts I make on Etsy. The quilts aren’t perfect, but they’re made with love, and making them brings me incredible joy and not a small amount of peace after pushing numbers around on spreadsheets all day. Working in tech, balanced by actually physically making something. I love it for me, would love to see if others like the output as well.

  • leela Says:

    i desperately want to go to morocco and tangiers

  • Lindsey Says:

    I want to dress how I feel.

  • Tanya Says:

    Something on my life list would be to go scuba diving. I have always been amazed by marine life and hope that it happens one day

  • Elly Says:

    Life list: Take my parents on vacation anywhere out of the US.

  • Erin Says:

    Go with my family and my sister’s family to Norway to visit our good friend, and former exchange student (back in 1990)!

  • Courtney Says:

    Life List: visit each state and each continent.

  • Aine Says:

    I’m wearing a skirt or dress every day for one year. And that year is 2010. After 10 months, it’s kind of hard to imagine putting on jeans or pants again.

  • Jenn Says:

    To dig a well with my family, especially my husband, in Africa. He’s a Civil Engineering major and this is the dream that first brought us together.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Take an island vacation, solo.

  • Kate Says:

    I want to throw a fancy dinner party. I’ll probably need a place with a bigger kitchen to pull it off though!

  • Angela K. Says:

    I want to visit England, Scotland, and Wales. I want to have high tea every day for a fortnight.

  • Liz Says:

    Finally, once and for all, finishing my dissertation and receiving my PhD!

  • Nancy Says:

    Make sure every woman I know and then some, gets a mammogram once a year, so they won’t have to go through what I did.

  • amie Says:

    I’ve always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon!

  • Tonya Says:

    I recently crossed off my very first adventure on my lifelist – go whitewater rafting.

  • robyn Says:

    I never made the time to compose a life list for myself – until I realized that I had just crossed the first thing off of it: move to a brand new city.

    Some people might say that was starting with the hardest thing first. But now there are dozens upon dozens of hardly-easy things I want to try next, like running a half-marathon and living on a boat for a year. Or maybe just learning to knit (seriously, knitting is complicated!).

  • Jess Says:

    To go sledding down the ashes of a dormant volcano. In Nicaragua. In two weeks. :)

  • janie Says:

    I am currently working on my life list goal to sign up for a camera workshop/class. Everything for this giveaway would help me have fun while completing another thing on my life list!

  • rebecca Says:

    Learn to surf! (Considerably easier now that I’m now living in California.)

  • Carolyn Says:

    I want to make a documentary. Maybe this summer? Need to learn how to use a video camera first…

  • Nicole Says:

    I want a small farm, with a horse, and a huge veggie garden…with a house that has a wood burning fireplace.

  • Amy Says:

    I want to FINALLY see the nympheas room at the Orangerie in Paris – something I’ve wanted to do since I was seven or eight.

  • Toni Says:

    Enter a photo contest. And win!

  • Chi Says:

    I want to live in France for a month.
    I want to take a photography class.
    And I want to take a year off from work.

  • Alissa Says:

    I loved your idea so much for trying different fruits that I made one of my life list items to try 500 fruits. I’m up to 60 in only a few months with two more sitting on my kitchen counter right now.

  • Shelley Says:

    To hire a stylist. I’m hoping this one will be done by the end of this year!

  • Jeninlb Says:

    Go to Africa and see the Mountain Gorillas

  • Jes Says:

    Oh, pretty please!

  • Rachel Says:

    i am crossing “teach a bookbinding class” off of my life list next weekend!

  • Amalia Says:

    To grow old with the love of my life, and be happy.

  • amanda Says:

    I want to become SCUBA certified.

  • Stephanova Says:

    Do yoga every day for one month.

  • Anyabeth Says:

    To take my husband to Yankees Spring Training.

  • K. Bell Says:

    Work in a winery.

  • Jaime Says:

    I want to go to Ireland and drive on the left side of the street!

  • Jenny Smerud Says:

    I don’t have a Mighty Life List so much as a Play the Piece Before I Die List. I am a professionally educated amateur clarinet player and I managed to find a really phenomenal local community orchestra in which to pursue my dream of becoming a professional clarinettist. This year I was named principal clarinet after seven seasons with this orchestra. The first concert we are playing includes Mahler’s first symphony, which I have wanted to play since I was a freshman in high school. We are three rehearsals in toward a performance on October 30 and 31 and I am thrilled to check Mahler 1 off my list. Now, onto Ein Heldenleben.

  • Gennie Says:

    I’m nearly 11/12ths of the way to completing Library School!!!

  • Jen Says:

    I want to take photography, painting and sewing classes.

  • Julia T. Says:

    To go to Ireland and have a Guiness in a pub with my husband

  • Lisa Says:

    To go to Alaska and kayak, hike a glacier, and ride a train – all in Alaska.

  • Nell Says:

    I just crossed off “have a cool portrait taken” as a part of this project http://iliveheresf.com/.

  • stefanie renee Says:

    to drive a vw bus cross country with my family

  • kelli Says:

    Ride the train across America.

  • Chelsea Says:

    The first three on my Life List:

    1. Get a tattoo
    2. Learn how to french braid my own hair
    3. Go on a two week long backpacking trip

  • Shalini Says:

    Buy a house in Joshua Tree

  • Danni Says:

    I have been drooling over that camera bag for awhile now! Sure would help me (look the part) when I accomplish my goal of taking a photography class and learning how to use my camera!

  • alaina Says:

    After moving across the country in August to complete life list item #1: Go to grad school, I started adding oodles of new things to the list like: camp on the Appalachian Trail, attend a Bluegrass festival, and learn how to make grits from a true southern woman.

    I definitely need a good camera bag to go with me (and travel shoes for when I fly back home!)

  • Heidi Devereaux Says:

    Start a “Creativity Group” of women who meet once a month for some creative pursuit…like a bookclub only much more fun! (First meeting…Oct, 26..Yeah!)

  • Mary Beth Says:

    go back to Utrecht or Paris with my husband and our two young boys. thanks for the opportunity!

  • Nora Says:

    I recently re-read my life list and there was ‘live in New York’ on there. It was that last push that I needed to apply to grad school there.

  • Cynthia Says:

    Learn to dance well, and take a vacation by myself!

  • Stephanie Says:

    To go to bartending school!

  • Leah Says:

    Choreograph another hip-hop routine! I may change this to any kind of dance routine. I choreographed a dance routine for a group of high school students last year and loved it. It’s also something I didn’t know I could do!

  • Leonora Says:

    I suppose it’s rather cliche, but I really want to visit Britain. I’d love to spend several weeks and just explore all of it.

  • verdemama Says:

    To kill everyone with kindness, particularly my nagging MIL.

  • Amanda Says:

    I want to start a scholarship fund for seniors at the high school I attended.

  • Kathleen Says:

    Learn to weld

  • Katie Jane Says:

    I’ll be crossing off a pretty major Life List item this Saturday: I’m getting married! And then we’re off to Italy for our honeymoon, where I shall cross drinking wine at an Italian vineyard off my list. It’s a big week for the Life List. :-D

  • Meagan Says:

    Run a marathon. A year ago I would have sworn that I had no desire to EVER do something as absurd as running for 26 miles, now here I am two weeks away from race day! Funny how our sense of what is possible grows with a little faith (and a whole heck of a lot of work!)

  • march hare Says:

    I am writing this comment from India right now. Can I still enter?

  • Natalie Says:

    I just started my life list this afternoon, coincidentally! So far the only thing I have on it is to double my website traffic within the year, which, now that I think about it, doesn’t seem to be the point of the life list. But, count me in for this lovely giveaway anyway!

  • Kelly T Says:

    Moonlight as a hibatchi chef.

  • Melissa Says:

    The magic of the life list for me is that it has forced me to overcome fears that may have otherwise held me back. An oppertunity arose to tackle a fairly significant. and very personal item on my list last year. Honestly it wouldve been easy to put it off, telling myself “now” was not the time, or doubt it was worth the stress. Those “little lies we tell ourselves” wouldve won. But then I thought – its on my list! I want this! Its worth working through the fear and insecurities! So I took the leap, and that one cross off now is the one for which I am most proud.

  • Cindy Says:

    Get my driver’s license before I’m 40.

  • Bem Says:

    Speak Italian

  • JordanM Says:

    I cannot believe the response you’ve had to this, amazing. I have two things I am currently crossing off my list; we are in the process of securing a mortgage for our first house!!! GAH!!! and I have gone back to school to upgrade in something I already love doing, drafting. This means being able to leave my soul crushing job on completion. Life is getting extremely exciting! Thanks for all the encouragement you don’t even know you have been giving me.

  • Lisa K. Says:

    I want to take my babies to Japan to meet my Mother in Law’s brothers and sisters. They are amazing people (I got to meet them in 2005), and I would love for my Mother-in-law to be able to show off her Hapa grandbabies. I need to make this happen!

  • Lenore Says:

    Perfect my Arabic.

  • Michelle Says:

    Plant bulbs for the spring/summer and keeping a houseplant alive.

  • dana Says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement to start my list… I want to visit Hollyhock http://www.hollyhock.ca/ with my husband.

  • Emily Says:

    Wow, it’s great to read everyone’s comments!

    I crossed off one item this very evening: sing karaoke by myself, in public. It was awesome. Another step toward a major life list item: feel confident and comfortable in my own skin.

  • Momo Says:

    I will make Hatha yoga a regular part of my life. I want to be strong, I want to be flexible, and when I am old, I want to be hot!

  • Emily Says:

    Live in another country.

  • Torry Says:

    Create a peaceful office space in white and yellow…

  • Kathryn Says:

    Sing and strum in a small bar for pay without letting in the not good enoughs.

  • shiba d Says:

    Cruise down the Nile , see the pyramids!

  • Allison Says:

    A new thing I’m adding to my life list: go soak in some natural hot springs, out west somewhere.

  • Laura Says:

    Knit a sweater for myself or one of my children.

  • maki Says:

    I want to go cage-diving with great whites around Seal Island.

  • karen pery Says:

    I baked a challah from scratch (#45), and it was a delicious non-disaster (http://karenpery.com/2010/03/21/its-the-yeast-i-could-do/). Really want to teach an adult to read.

    Maggie & Mighty Readers, thank you for the inspiration.

  • Alicia Brown Says:

    #17 Stand on the stage at the Hollywood Bowl. Just stand (not even preform or anything) and take it all in.

  • Tatiana Says:

    learn to play the violin.

  • Leeza Says:

    Rub shoulders with the mighty gals :) (Ok, more than complimenting you on your momversations at Dooce’s signing in Mt View and blushing and trying not to be a goober while posing with Heather.) Shameless kiss ass right here.

    Take a vacation without my three sons.

  • Sarah Says:

    I’ve recently begun my progress toward achieving my life list goal of finding a job that isn’t just a job, but a career (one that is enjoyable and rewarding) by leaving my adopted second home of the past three years, New Zealand, and returning home to the USA, where more plentiful opportunities exist. The best part is, my new kiwi husband is with me doing the exact same thing!

  • Syd Says:

    To take my family on the road, living in an RV for a year traveling from state to state.

    Bonus (recently added due to the amazing-ness of said event): Be chosen to attend the Mighty Summit.

  • Denene Says:

    I want to have children. I have always wanted to be a mom, so having children is number 1 on my life list. Hopefully it’ll happen naturally (we’ve been trying for over a year) but it will happen however we need to make it happen.

    ps.. I love those shoes!

  • Sandra G Says:

    To find the perfect part-time job that would allow me to be a present mom in my little boy’s life but also still feel like an accomplished adult. I want to continue to be “me” but also be there for him in his life. That is my #1 priority on my life list right now! ;)

  • kelly Says:

    My younger sister has inspired me to run a marathon. I currently don’t run anywhere, but for some crazy reason I completely want to do this. It’s going to take a few years, but I’m starting to take some baby steps.

  • Julie S. Says:

    One of the things on my list that I have been actively working on, is #9. Living Debt Free.

    While it is going slowly, it isn’t one of those things you just do in a day and cross off. But that is how I am treating it. I am just going to make positive progress, every day. Then, I am never going to look back.

    But, I can tell you now, I am going to relish the sound of that pencil sliding across the paper on that one.

  • mme_M Says:

    I still want to be in a Wes Anderson movie!

  • Mia Says:

    One of my life list goals was to get health insurance, and thanks to Obama’s health care initiative, I was able to do so last month! And for a reasonable price. I realize this is a rather boring goal, but it’s also a super important one.

  • Lara Says:

    Travel internationally with a good friend (instead of always travelling with my family). :)

  • nicole truelock Says:

    write a letter (and mail it) every month for a year to unsuspecting friends and family.

  • Joyce R. Says:

    Great contest…very inspirational!

    I have crosssed several off the list recently:

    - moved to Europe
    - learned a second language
    - spent two weeks on an organic farm with my family in the south of France (woolfing)

    still on the list: learn to ride a horse, start a new green business and do yoga everyday.

  • Amy Says:

    Life has brought me and kept me in Arizona for the past seven years, but I would like to live very near the ocean and walk regularly on the beach. My Turkish man might move me to Istanbul next year, so walks by the Bosphorus would also be excellent!

  • Caitlin Says:

    I want to become a midwife and help babies come into the world.

  • Britta Says:

    Getting married. ;-)

  • Katie Says:

    I want to buy and live in a house with a screened in back porch and sleep out there on summer nights with my kids. And oh man, winning this would be oh so good! Love your site!

  • Lisa Says:

    See a total solar eclipse!

  • Erica Says:

    Tryout for a local theater production.

  • sprizee Says:

    Learn how to drive a stick-shift. Not freaking out that the car will roll backwards when stopped on a hill would be nice too.

  • Fran Says:

    I want to learn the harp and perform in public.

  • Rhea (Greek Feaster) Says:

    To go to a nap cafe.

    By the way, I have a long flight (SFO to Logan!) tomorrow, and I plan on drafting my full list.

  • Kate Says:

    To surf in Portugal.

    To learn to sew a dress.

    To have a baby, and a garden for he/she to play in.

  • Kelsey Says:

    Tonight I added one to my life list while making an impromptu fall dinner with a friend, take a cooking class so that friends and family can say ‘she sure knows her way around a kitchen!’.

  • Sue Stu Says:

    Start a blog and be happy with the life I have

  • barb Says:

    Learning/Improving my guitar playing!

  • Cora Says:

    added to my list:
    become a scuba-dive instructor
    visit 10 mediterranean islands (done: Sicily, Crete, Malta)

  • Morgan H Says:

    I want to spend enough time on every continent to know them all intimately. This year marks 5… I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to do this!

  • Regina Says:

    Go to lake Como Italy on a honeymoon with my fiance. Eat ourselves giddy on pizza, pasta and vino.

  • Jen Says:

    learn the Argentine Tango

  • Rachel H Says:

    To live overseas for a year. The ball is rolling on this one!

  • Christina V Says:

    To live in another country (or more) for a year (or more).

  • Rebecca Says:

    My number one spot on my Life List is thaken up by this:
    1. Visit India for the Holi Festival
    There’s something about all the colour and fun and madness that looks unreal.
    I look forward to ticking that off my Life List most.

    Thanks!
    R

  • Susan Says:

    Taking a break from studying for my general exam (blargh)! I am one step closer to being a competent bike rider. I bought a bike about a month ago and I’ve been riding around town with my husband. Yeah I screamed like a banshee going down the reaaaally steep hill, but we made it to the farmer’s market! Rejoice :)

  • Melanie Says:

    Learn to speak French, spend some time in Paris, and take a cooking class there.

  • Anna Says:

    To write my ph.d.-thesis abroad

  • Stacey Says:

    Learning to sew so I can make a dress for my daughter.

  • Laurel Says:

    To fly all of my family and friends from Texas here to New Zealand for my wedding. Or to fly all of us to my favorite island off of Malaysia for my honeymoon. How about both.

  • amanda a. Says:

    Had the opportunity at the last minute to complete a goal on my life list (take a knife skills class!), but decided to finish up my homework (grad school’s a pain!) and take care of myself instead.
    So, priorities win?
    Winning would feel more complete with a sweet new pair of shoes!

  • Laura Says:

    I want to research my ancestry and create a family tree going back as many generations as I can possibly trace.

  • JIll Says:

    I tandem skydived a few weeks back. It was on my list- now crossed off. Had I thought about it more beforehand I could have put on the list “skydive through a cloud with my eyes open.” That was the BEST part.

    Here’s a photo I took of my feet from 3000 feet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillsmooch/4959442320/in/set-72157624881812172/

  • Erin B Says:

    I want to run down a dock and cannonball into a lake without getting wet first. Usually I take FOREVER to get into the water!

  • Amber Says:

    I hope to someday design and build my own home using 100% natural materials. I’m sick of renting the lead-paint-and-asbestos mistakes of the past :-)

  • gillian Says:

    One of the things I have on my Life List and that I’ve wanted to do for ages it take a trip with just myself and my sister. I have always thought that we would make the perfect travel companions…

    Last week we both booked aeroplane tickets to San Francisco for a week in November! I am excited to cross that one off, though I may have to put it back on again with a more specific qualifier so that we have a good excuse to do this more often!

    It is also going to let me cross something else off – Attend a world premier of something. We’re timing our visit to S.F. to be there for the world premier of Rufus Wainwright’s compositions commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

  • Ella AD Says:

    I just started dating a fantastic guy- who happens to be a tattoo artist. He is going to help me with #101 on my list “Get a really vulgar word tattooed on the inside of my lip”!

  • Miriam Says:

    Learn to play the accordion and stage a street corner performance for loose change!

  • Kairu Says:

    I want to finish writing a novel. I’ll start with 500 words. And then another 500…and another…until it’s done.

  • Margarita Says:

    Sew a fifties style dress.

  • Lady M Says:

    To become a really good Argentine tango dancer

  • helmetnona Says:

    Cook a multi-course meal for more than two people.

  • Kate Andrews Says:

    I’m halfway to number 29 on my list: “Get a design plan drawn up for our garden and make it happen”. I now have a large format plan for our garden, commissioned from a local landscape designer. Chickens, veggies, fruit trees, native grasses, fragrant flowers… now I just have to make it happen!

  • Educated Tatya Says:

    Talk to Devdutt Pattnaik: Sometimes, I forget I’m a journalist. So instead of hanging around cafes, waiting for Pattnaik to walk by, be enamoured by my aura and settle down for a chat, I just called him up for an interview. He can truly force your mind open with a crowbar.

  • Katherine H Says:

    To study Spanish in Madrid

  • Carrie Says:

    Run a 5k. Hopefully this would get me to eat better and help me with another item on my list, get down to pre husband weight.

  • Alison N Says:

    Take my puppy to puppy training school while she’s still, well, a puppy.

  • brie Says:

    Create an awesome kitchen space and fill it with perpetually yummy smells.

  • Melissa Says:

    hold a baby panda in china (they let you do this at a reserve so it isn’t as random as it sounds)…ooh and own one of these awesome camera bags!

  • Ari Says:

    To teach my son to sail (he turned one last Friday, and I want to teach him *everything*, but I’ve been trying to narrow it down a little).

  • Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy Says:

    I’ve had a Life List since 1999 – I actually wrote a post about it earlier this year on my other site, WhenIHaveTime.com :)

    I’m steadily cutting a path through mine – I love to see your progress, too! The Summit sounds like an awesome idea.

  • geek anachronism Says:

    30 presents over 30 days for my partner’s 30th birthday.

    Yeah, it’s coming up fast!

  • leah b Says:

    to have a pet goat

  • Deborah Says:

    I’d like to develop a serious yoga practice. By “serious,” I mean attending classes more than once a week and also being able to do poses in my basement without feeling completely foolish.

  • Shevon Says:

    Go on a roller coaster road trip across the US!

  • Shem Says:

    So on Friday I attended my first spinning class. While a very small and achieveable item, this is something I’ve been putting off for fear of failing miserably and embarassing myself. In reality it was fine, so has spurred me on to tackle some of the other items I’ve been a bit daunted by.

  • Shilo Says:

    Holy wow, the commenters really come outta the woodwork when there are good giveaways at hand huh?

    Anyway, to pitch my lot into the fray, I’m currently working on #62 Learn yoga and get really flexible and strong.

  • AbraCat Says:

    My one and only thing on my life list is to figure out how my family can move to France in the next two years.

  • Michelle Says:

    I want to renew my wedding vows atop Table Mountain.

  • Sara Says:

    Eat at a 3-star restaurant in Paris

  • erin power Says:

    i’m not sure how this is going to sound, but i would like to do a serious self portrait project with my photography. i’ve always hated photos of myself and think i’m so unphotogenic… but i want to have a go.

  • Maureen Says:

    Current goal: learn to drive a 4X4. Lessons start in November!

  • Tara Hanks Says:

    One item on my life list is to drive across the US… and we’ve planned a road trip for next summer!

  • Cati Basmati Says:

    Hike the Appalachian Trail. Which requires neither Epiphany bag nor travel shoes, but…

  • Amy Says:

    Travel to New Zealand for several weeks: it was going to be our honeymoon destination, but our cat is chronically ill so we decided to go away but not so far in case we needed to come home suddenly. Someday, though!

  • Sarah Says:

    Eat Haggis and hike the whiskey trail..conveniently, my friend is getting married in Scotland. Awesome.

  • Marianne Says:

    Sew my daughter a dress.

  • Jessica Says:

    To drink a bottle of wine that costs over 100 dollars.

  • Gabrielle Charles Says:

    Run Hood to Coast next year.

  • Aarika Says:

    Just last night I added something new to my list: to become an afficionado (whatever that means to me) about the different types of coffee, wine and chocolate.

  • mandy Says:

    to self publish my book.

  • Theresa Says:

    To stand on top of a mountain. Not a gigantic one or anything. ha ha ha I’m not talking Mount Everest or anything. A reasonable sized mountain.

  • jayme Says:

    learn to roll in a kayak & kayak the fjords of iceland woot!

  • Jennifer Says:

    Learn to play the piano again. I have the piano, and I have my sheet music. Now I need the time.

  • Kristina Stonehill Says:

    Think of a theme for a half-sleeve and get one!

  • JenB Says:

    To see the Aurora on a different continent.

    To buy a house

    To get a Masters’ – and to figure out what in first!

    To make an intimate meal for 6 or 8, with an least 6 courses

    To spend an afternoon with kids, preferably my sister’s or mine (the latter yet to be conceived), cloud-gazing, ice-cream-eating and swinging from a tree (perhaps this is three-in-one)

    To plant morning glories around the light pole in front of our house

  • Rebecca Says:

    To have a baby, at 14 weeks I am working on it!

  • Kristin Says:

    I’d like to run a marathon someday. Considering I only recently completed my first 5-mile run, I’d say it’s a lofty goal.

  • Rita C Says:

    recently added: run a marathon :)

  • Jami Says:

    Take a photo safari in Africa.

  • Ginny Says:

    Go to Alaska with my camera.

  • Siobhan Says:

    Great giveaway. Also, one of my goals is to be a “plus one” for a restaurant critic.

  • Ryan Elizabeth Says:

    One of my life list items is to have dinner at Alinea, and I was wondering if I would be the kind of person who takes pictures at a dinner like that. After dinner at Chez Panisse for the first time this year, I think I can safely say I am not, and I’m totally cool with that.

  • Amanda Zenner Says:

    to finish the marathon this weekend (10/10/10)

  • Sam Says:

    Spend a summer in Italy.

  • Sarah Says:

    To learn how to cook w/o using recipes.

  • Heather Says:

    Working on “Build dream house” right now. Just got permit yesterday!

  • Becky K Says:

    to hike the Appalachian trail

  • Crystal Says:

    Oh! Gorgeous giveaway! My life list includes learning French, Italian, and Ruby on Rails.

  • Sarah Knight Says:

    To take a wine tasting tour through Europe!

  • Kim Says:

    Travel to another country on my own.

  • Lee Says:

    To take my family on a hot air balloon ride — looking into companies right now!

  • Tracee Says:

    To become confident enough with my camera and new lens (woo hoo!)to take photos of three families this year.

  • Lisa Says:

    Learn how to properly use my camera!

  • Jennifer Says:

    I need a happy. Pick me, pick me please :)

  • Kristen Says:

    To run a half marathon (already started training, the NYC half is March 20!)

  • Caitlin Says:

    To finally learn Spanish.

  • Hilary Says:

    Go to Africa. Ideally South Africa, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo where my dad was born.

    Learn to speak French fluently. You know where I know what they’re saying right then rather than 5 minutes later when my brain finally finishes translating what they’ve said.

  • Elise Says:

    Learn how to do a cartwheel.

  • Alicia Says:

    I want to learn how to quilt and then make my children their own baby quilts. (I’m currently childless so I still have time.)

  • Candice Says:

    I have a gaggle of sisters, spread out all over the world. On my life list, is to have photo sessions of us done at least once every two years so we can document how we change and grow, together.

  • Kristi Says:

    To visit Italy with my husband.

  • Leeann Says:

    Buy my first house with my fiance. Whether it be in GA or NY or anywhere else (but in south FL) I’d be happy. I want something we can fix up and make it all ours and has plenty of room for our family with room to spare for any future children! I’m almost 26 and would really like to see this happen before I turn 30…

  • Terra Says:

    Still working on my list but at the top is to own a house.

  • Jaye Says:

    I want to start a part time photography business!

  • Catriona Says:

    I have a bunch of running goals on my life list – 5k, 10k, half-marathon, marathon. I’ve beat out the 5k several times over (most recently, and most fun: http://www.ruggedmaniac.com ), and I’ll have the 10k and the half-marathon under my belt in the next (yikes!) week and a half. The marathon… the marathon can wait just a little bit longer.

  • leah klein Says:

    On my life list is to live in Washington, DC. I’m scared to move away from my city where I have a large group of friends, but DC is so wonderful, how could I not?

  • Lesley Says:

    I want to learn to speak Japanese.

  • elainepill Says:

    live in a foreign country for 6 months…

  • linda Says:

    To have a (relatively) clutter-free house.

  • Susheela Willis Says:

    I want to see a space shuttle launch!

  • Karen Says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and the violin (or at least one of those!) When I was in elementary school and everyone had to pick an instrument for band, I had to learn the clarinet because we had access to my dad’s old one. But the piano and violin were what excited me. I’ve already lined up piano lessons to begin in the spring!

  • gimchi Says:

    to win a freebie on a website!!

    (ONE DAY….)

  • Lauren Says:

    I’ve started a 365 project from my 29th b-day to my 30th to celebrate the end of my 20′s.

  • Jenna Says:

    One of the items on my life list is to get to each of the 48 contiguous states, and last week I added Maine(!) and New Hampshire to the list. Maine gets an exlamation point cuz I figure it deserves it, what with being one syllable and all. We also crossed New Brunswick, Canada, off while we were at it. Bonus!

  • Michelle Says:

    To visit Hawaii with my whole family!

  • Karen Says:

    to serve on the board of a non-profit.

  • Caroline Says:

    To get my photography business up and running.

  • lisa Says:

    to live in the mountains for a ski season

  • CarlaMae Says:

    To “just breathe.”

  • Stacy Says:

    I want to be free of real estate that is holding us back…putting both up on the market in the spring!

  • libby Says:

    To live in another state for a while.
    To learn how to sew and make a baby blanket!!

  • Ann Says:

    to run a marathon!

  • Steph Says:

    The first thing on my life list is to be brave enough to write a life list!

  • jenG Says:

    Build a chronological, hard-bound book from my mother’s photos…added: with captions, because capturing the stories is kind of my thing.

  • Emily Says:

    To create my own family traditions.

  • Cris Richman Says:

    I want to run in a marathon and finish the race.

    truthhole@gmail.com

  • Patti Says:

    I want to go camping in a remote area…..and enjoy it.

  • Flannery Says:

    To attend a birth
    To host a brunch once a month

  • Kimberly Says:

    Travel the world off the beaten path and meet people who are NOTHING like me….and to live on a houseboat.

  • Angela Says:

    I actually just decided yesterday (the day you posted this) to start a life list. First on the list: Learn to play Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

  • Abby-Wan Kenobi Says:

    Learn sign language.

  • Carly Says:

    I love baking bread, so like a crazy person, I just added go one year without buying any bread, only making it. I should start buying yeast in bulk i think.

  • Beverly Says:

    So many things on my life list. One is to run a vineyard. Crazy!

  • kates Says:

    Just last week I almost accidentally completed one thing on mine: sell something I baked. My friend asked for lemon bars for an event at her store. $20, satisfied customer, done!

  • amanda Says:

    I do think I can cross “be kinder to myself” off the list! Hazzah!

  • Teresa Says:

    Zipline!

  • Sara Says:

    Go sky diving

  • Erin Says:

    So every once in a while my hair falls out in clumps. It is genetic–I had a bald great grandmother. So every time it starts to fall out I feel sad.

    Life list: Next time I’ve got all my hair, I’m going to shave it off (i’ve done this before, but only when it has already balded itself) and have some pictures taken of myself so I can remember: I am an attractive bald person. And the hair will come back (eventually). And I’m not afraid of it falling out again.

  • Melinda Says:

    To meet one of the bloggers I admire most…and I might get to do that next week!

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to learn to like (and discuss) Scotch, just like my great grandmother!

  • robin Says:

    Hike the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada).

  • Margaret Says:

    Visit Patagonia!

  • Brook Says:

    Road trip Rte. 1 from Key West to the tip of Maine.

  • Ines Says:

    Spend a few months in Puerto Rico researching my family tree and interviewing the oldest members of my family…

  • sarah Says:

    Well have a drug-free birth was on my list, and I did do it epidural-free, with just a little fentanyl when my water broke at 9cm. I think that deserves something. Next up: lose the baby weight!

  • I.D. Says:

    I would love to see the Northern lights!

  • Kelly Says:

    Own a business. Wow. Even writing that down is scary!

  • jenna Says:

    To learn conversational Spanish and use it in birth work.

  • Angeerah Says:

    I would like to have something published! (And win a contest, could this be the time?)

  • Cara Says:

    To become a mother… done it once, now in the process of round 2!

  • Kelly Says:

    I am going to learn how to do a drum roll!

  • dreadpiraterach Says:

    One of my lifelist goals is to learn to play the saxaphone again (I have lived away from home for 5 yrs sans my sax, and have forgotten everything I learnt).

    But my parents came to visit recently and brought my saxaphone with them! Hurrah!

  • Kari Says:

    To have a latte in Paris.

  • Kristine Says:

    I would like to found a dog rescue group.

  • Annie Says:

    Be 100% comfortable in my own skin.

  • Julie Says:

    Great giveaway! The first thing on my life list has been to prioritize the rehabbing of 2 chronic injuries – PT, chiro, easing up on hard exercise. It’s not fun, but it is working. Yay for acting like an adult!

  • Katie Says:

    I want to figure out how to go to paris for vacation and enjoy it with 2 kids under the age of 4.

  • tasha Says:

    go crawfishing! Random, I know, but I have always wanted to do that!

  • Kate24 Says:

    I want to do a lot more traveling – specifically I want to visit Italy and Australia.

  • Barbara Says:

    I have always wanted to write a book.

  • delia Says:

    live for a year or two in rural ireland, writing and learning about my heritage from the inside out

  • Jaci Says:

    Complete an Ironman 70.3…July ’11!

  • Nicole Says:

    I want to go to the Field of Dreams in Iowa, but I think I have to do it quick bc I’ve heard they’re in some financial trouble!

  • Aylin Says:

    See the Pacific Ocean!

  • Heather Says:

    Create a piece of wheel-thrown pottery, paint it and fire it in my own kiln.

  • michelle Says:

    take a picture of my daughter every day for a year.

  • jillian Says:

    An unpublished item: to actually be my real liberal hippie self in front of my in-laws. I have unconsciously created a sort of alter-ego for them that makes me dread their visits even more than I normally would.

  • Heather Kinsman Says:

    It is on my mental life-list to write a hard-copy life-list.

  • melissa Says:

    drive cross country in an RV!

  • Carla Says:

    Be able to fit into the jeans I wore in highschool.

  • Rachel Says:

    To visit every national park.

  • Candace M. Says:

    To visit England and Ireland and see all the places I’ve read about.

  • 50centlove Says:

    I cannot find the right vanilla coffee creamer that I like that has zero weight watchers points!

  • Christina Says:

    Own a “successful” photography business.

  • Jilly Says:

    Run a marathon and a 1/2 marathon… checking off the 1/2 marathon this Sunday!

  • Tracy Says:

    Visit the art museums of the world to see the paintings in person that I’ve only seen in textbooks. Meet the old world artists as well as discover some new ones!

  • JodyG Says:

    To travel to Tahiti with my husband! Aaaah….warm sand, clear waters, a hut over the water where I can dive in from my deck. That’s the life! Dream vacation. One day.

  • journie Says:

    I’m less than a month from crossing off Veruca Salt costume off my list! YAY!

  • Casey Says:

    Say what I really think. (I’m so “diplomatic”, I might as well stamp “Welcome” on my forehead and lay out on the porch.)

  • mary catherine Says:

    life list item #1, sit down and make a really awesome life list. i’ve been meaning to do this for far too long now.

  • mrs.magoo Says:

    To some day upgrade my camera and buy a new lens so I can expand my passion for photography.

  • Caitlin Says:

    Travel to Peru and trek through Machu Picchu!

  • Raven Mathis @ LMMP Says:

    I want to photograph a wedding at every LDS Temple in the United States – and then bind one or two photos from each into a book or album to keep forever. :)

  • Kelly Says:

    To sleep one night on the clouds in an old fire lookout in the pacific range (with my camera, of course!)

  • Clara Says:

    Break some plates, just for fun

  • Juju Says:

    Finish my PhD.
    Or, as an alternative, own an Epiphanie Bag! :)

  • Dawn Says:

    Attend the ballet with my daughter (as soon as she’s old enough to sit still through the performance! ;)

  • Lisa Says:

    I want to spend an entire weekend just reading a great book. It seems like I’m always so busy, and end up just reading for five minutes here and there between other things. But I’d love to just set aside all the ‘To Do’ lists for an entire weekend and just immerse myself in a book. Easy, right? Except, it’s been on my Life List for over a year and I still haven’t had the time to do it.

  • erika Says:

    Travel abroad with my husband.

  • Leslie Says:

    Knit a blanket (I’m nearly done with this one).

  • Sunny Says:

    Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise!

  • KellyBrz Says:

    A trip to Japan with my husband!

  • Jenn S Says:

    Travel to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids! I’ve wanted to see them ever since I learned about them in elementary school. :)

  • harmony Says:

    Become a docent at a museum I love.

  • Melissa rieke Says:

    I hope to sit on my back deck while my grandbabies play in the yard!!

  • Cindy Says:

    I’m making mozzarella cheese this weekend. It’s on the life list. Then, I think we’ll slice it and put it on a pizza.

  • Erika Says:

    Get into school to become a photographer!

  • lee i. Says:

    To go on a loooong Mediterranean cruise.

  • Natasha Says:

    To set foot on, explore and Photograph Antarctica! :)

  • Jenn Says:

    To have one of my photos published. many things are on my list, but this one excites me.

  • Debra Dean Says:

    I have always wanted to go on an African safari. :)

  • Lisa Rae Says:

    teach my son how to make photographs (when he’s old enough)

  • Jodi Says:

    To ride a horse on the beach.

  • brandie Says:

    To live overseas, possibly Germany, for a year or two.

  • Elsie Says:

    To strap my camera to my back and ride my Harley across the country … while capturing the journey in a photo journal!

  • Melissa B Says:

    Travel the world!

  • Carrie Says:

    To learn to do a cartwheel…because there is a long hallway in my office just BEGGING for cartwheels.

  • Audrey C Says:

    To scuba dive with Manta Rays

  • Ashley Says:

    To buy a house..with a yard, a fenced in yard for my kids to run around in the backyard. And with a basement that I can make into a playroom to keep there rooms a little bit more clean! Also with a sun room for taking natural lighting newborn pictures :)

  • Corinne Noel † Says:

    Wow, I love your list :) So many great things on yours, it’s inspiring me to make one of my own & I really think everyone should! I will gladly wear a big hat to the Kentucky Derby & we can have a mint Julep together & place a bet on a horse with a funny name that reminds us of something silly. I’ve always wanted to do that :) Thanks for reminding me to live this precious life again. I forget sometimes…I think we all do. Such a shame to waste it :) Blessings to you!

    Corinne Noel †

  • Heather Says:

    #49 Run on a spinning log like in lumberjack competitions

  • Jaden Says:

    To learn Spanish!!

  • Liz Says:

    Skydiving. Last thing on my list from when I was a teenager, somehow I’ve managed to do everything else. Guess it’s time for a new list.

  • Karen W Says:

    Visit Napa Valley with my husband (and no kids in tow) and visit as many wineries as possible and drink lots and lots of wine! :)

  • Kim Martin Says:

    I want to learn to swim so I can swim with my grandchildren. I am nearly 50 years old and this is on the top of my list. :)

  • Lisa Says:

    To visit Paris with my family!

  • erin Says:

    I put just one item on my life list for the year–run the Army 10-miler–it’s three weeks away, and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna make it. I may be the slowest runner in the race, but as long as I finish, it’s all good.

  • carolyn Says:

    I want to learn to dance en pointe. I took dance lessons growing up, but quit just before we got to go en pointe.

  • Andi Manion Says:

    To FINALLY get the designs I have had in my head for 10 years….out into the market, reaching every woman hunter out there!!

  • margie stroman Says:

    Learn some geography. I have trouble locating China on a map.

  • Karen Says:

    To become a painter. I am on my way; I’ve painted a picture for each of my three boys, based on their favorite books. Next is a Tolkien-themed painting for my husband.

  • kish pisani Says:

    To take a photography class so I can take my bad ass SLR off “auto.”

  • Linda Says:

    I really really want to become fluent in Portuguese!

  • amber Says:

    To travel with my kiddos on an airplane to somewhere awesome in the near future. Also to go to Iceland, but without the kids. Travel, travel, travel!

  • Dorinda Says:

    Travel to Ireland, I have always felt a desire or a ‘pull’ to go there.

  • Robin Says:

    I want to go to Hawaii!

  • bethany cox Says:

    ireland…. i must go.

  • Amanda Deibel Says:

    To conceive a child.

  • Michelle Says:

    I want to see all six of my kids graduate from high school and go on to college!

  • Julie Says:

    To sing on a Broadway stage…in front of a real audience. :)

  • Tina Francisco Says:

    To travel to Europe and sepnd a whole abroad… Oh and Africa, I really want to go to Africa too. And Bali and Australia. Ok, how about we just say travel? lol

  • jess Says:

    wine tour in europe… either southern italy or spain.

  • Sara Says:

    Meet the family of my organ donor and tell them how grateful I am….and that I hope that I’m doing him proud every single day.

  • Christi Says:

    My big dream from my life list is to help a friend start a company so that s/he can earn her/his living doing something s/he loves. If I could do that, I would be so happy!

  • Beverly Says:

    I’ve never had a life list, but if I were to create one, at the top would be to see my boys find special someones to spend their lives with, raise happy, healthy kids with that someone, and be as happy as I am!

  • Heather Says:

    To have more children and have one big happy family. :)

  • Liz Says:

    To be a photographer on a mission trip to a third world country for Compassion International or to have the opportunity to photographically document something socially important.

  • Jenny Ann Says:

    Photograph the world while traveling. I specifically want to visit Tahiti, Africa, Greece and Australia. I know ill do this one day!

  • Maria Krebs Says:

    To publish some poetry!

  • Helene Says:

    Visit Disneyland, Disneyworld og Eurodisney. I don’t care if it will have to wait until I’m 80(I’m 25 now), I’m going!

  • Erin Jackson Says:

    To open a run a dog rescue!

  • carlotta Says:

    I want to have a family of my own.

  • Marie Rush Says:

    I’d like to sit on a beach in Hawaii, after taking photos all day and watch the sunset through my camera lens…

  • Sadonna Lingnau Says:

    One of my items on my long list is to get certified with PPA (professional photographers) and also NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers). Along with upgrade my camera and hopefully one day buy a Epiphanie bag or win won :o)

  • kirida Says:

    To take a family photo with my husband and two boys on the beaches of Saipan, the tropical island where I was born.

  • suzanne Says:

    live in kathmandu for a year with my family.

  • Liyana Zainal Says:

    To have a garden themed wedding :)

  • Jenn S. Says:

    To get the time to really go into business. I want something for ME for a change.

  • Mimi Says:

    I want to bring my husband to Rome.

  • Amanda Capps Says:

    I think my ultimate goal in my life list, is to be in my husbands arems when we are delightfully old and watch our children with their children. To see these wonderful people that are here because of the love between my husband and me.

  • Brenda C Says:

    Live in an exotic place for one year. We are thinking about Belize.

  • Susan P Says:

    To open my own photography studio

  • Krista Sparkman Says:

    Hmmmm….to actually start working out and eating better regularly and to then stick with it for the rest of my life!!!!!!
    And to hopefully someday have my own precious little family :)

  • Susan Nawyn Says:

    To see the French Riviera…

  • Jody Williams Says:

    My life list – hmmm… I would love to travel and take photographs of my travel and wallpaper a room in my house with them.

  • Jodi Krautkramer Says:

    One of my lifelong dreams is to take a hot-air balloon ride.

  • Dawn Says:

    - To photograph a wedding in Greece. :) <3

  • Sunshine Says:

    To travel to all 50 states in an RV!

  • Natasha S Says:

    oh my,what an awesome giveaway,please count me in:0)

  • Logan Says:

    Take my wife to Europe.

  • Becky F Says:

    Staying in a hotel on stilts in Bali.

  • Stephanie Says:

    To photograph weddings on the weekend, teach yoga anytime anywhere :)

  • lacy_jeffries Says:

    Lacy-jeffries says: my life list is pretty long but the # 1 thing that’s at thr top of my list is to show someone GODS love. I’m a born again christian and I struggle everyday. I want to help someone find the Lord and lead by example.

  • Melissa K Says:

    I don’t have anything major on my Life List currently but just enjoying every day and experiencing the season’s with my young daughter… this month has already been filled with first zoo trips, apple picking and next week; pumpkin patches hot air ballon festivals. Life is grand right now. :)

  • Rachael B Says:

    Play a violin duet with my two year old son… once he gets old enough not to use the bow like a sword!

  • Jacqie Says:

    To take a tropical vacation with my husband (sans kids) to reconnect.

  • Misty Says:

    Learn to sew and make my daughter a holiday stocking she can have always, that reminds her of how much I love her.

  • Gillian Says:

    Latest life goal: To live the 100-mile diet – for serious! – for a year.

  • Melody Says:

    Run a successful vegetarian cafe and magazine.

  • Kelly Says:

    one of the things that has been on my life list ever since I was a kid, in so Cal and flipping thru surfer magazine’s amazing photos, was to have the guts to be out in the water photographing the surfers. I now live in New Hampshire.. and I’m learning to surf and I am a photographer. I am getting closer!

  • MJ Says:

    Refer to myself as a “Professional Photographer” and actually get paid for what I LOVE to do..Take Pictures!~XO

  • Elisa Says:

    To take a trip by myself.

  • Natalie Says:

    I want to travel the world with the love of my life and capture every step of our way with my camera so I can always cherish our trip together!

  • Sarah Says:

    I just started my life list a few weeks back. I started it by making a 45X45 list with (mostly) achievable (if challenging) goals…and I’ll be expanding it and making it a full, challenging life list. Right now the one that’s at the forefront for me is making a full Victorian Era gown from the skin out from scratch. I’m partway there, but its a little at a time with money and time limitations!! Another goal is to make it to a blogging conference. I’m REALLY hoping to attain that one this coming year!!

  • Kelly Says:

    To visit Italy for two weeks.

  • Maria Says:

    Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef

  • Ashley S Says:

    To take a photo that becomes an icon.

    To be around to see a cure for my mother’s disease.

    To have my mother see me get married one day.

  • Lee-Ellen Van Voorhis Says:

    to take my girls on a trip to Europe

  • Stephanie Says:

    Go to Disneyworld :)

  • Jessie Says:

    I would love to go to Italy and visit the city my grandmother grew up in and maybe meet some relatives while I am there :)

  • Joni Says:

    Oh Lovely! What a fabulous giveaway! On my life list is to take a trip with my kids to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Spending at least a few month in Hawaii is also high on the list.

  • Tami Says:

    “Surviving” being a mom is on the top of my Lifelist right now…thank gawd I have photography as an outlet!!!

  • Kate Says:

    I’ve just recently starting trying to bake really good artisan bread.

  • Miranda Says:

    Wow…I could really make quite a list. Right now my priority is to learn how to quilt so I can make my 8 month old son a quilt from all of his old baby clothes. And just to complicate things more I want it to be a queen size quilt so I can wrap up in it with him and snuggle him.

  • Jennifer K Says:

    life dream..to find a job I love, then be able to travel to places I have never been. I would love to go to Paris and Ireland.

  • yotko Says:

    I’m flying to LA in one month to visit my brother (who’s been out there for 5 years!) Next time, I’ll bring my 3 year old to visit “Uncle B”!

  • Becca Good Says:

    See a volcano at night.

  • Sarahd Says:

    I want to learn to play the piano. I’m almost 33 and have never had a single lesson. This could be the year!

  • Catherine Says:

    Go to Italy!!!

  • Susan Says:

    I want to bust through a paper wall, milk a cow and go on a hot air balloon ride. Among other fun and silly things.

  • SarahH_SC Says:

    Take a two week trip around Italy!

  • Monica Brown Says:

    I want to take a boaters safety course so I can drive my own boat. I honestly can’t say why I haven’t done that already. I also want to learn to sail.

  • Nick D Says:

    Send my kids to college without them needing any loans, and live a long and full life with my beautiful wife!

  • Amanda M Says:

    One of my things is to concur my fear of yeast. So that I can successfully made yummy baked goods!

  • Sarah Says:

    I broke out a bit of my life list and made it into a 30 before 30 list (ala Making It Lovely). The one I am working on now- going on a vacation with my sister.

  • Carley Says:

    I want to travel the world.

  • Kim Says:

    To live in the UK.

  • Heather Says:

    To learn to scuba dive!

  • melissa Says:

    To vacation in Greece. The photos of your trip suckered me and now I want to go. Also I WANT THOSE TIEKS!

  • seth Says:

    hmmm..part of my Life’s list is to experience riding the zip line…I love to experience the adrenaline rush that it will bring :-)

  • Lorna Says:

    Having overcome illness, I plan to just enjoy every single day of the rest of my life! Be happy & be positive :)

  • Michele Says:

    Learn Italian. And then sit in a cafe and use it. =0)

  • nicole stover Says:

    I hope that by leading by example, I will lead others to Christ.

  • Shannon Harrison Says:

    This has encouraged me to write a Life List! Such a simply perfect idea! So many great ones on here. I finally started my blog this year so I can finally scratch that off my list after talking about it for two years! Yee Haw! My new goal is to not be so hard on myself and enjoy our last and final pregnancy. It’s been hard to do with two under 4 and a business to run…

  • Emily Says:

    Own a sewing machine – and learn how to use so that I can make pretty dresses for my daughter.

  • Kristen Says:

    To take my kids on a real family vacation.

  • GB Says:

    Visit Europe once.

  • Candice Says:

    Get married to my best friend and have a loving marriage that dwells in Jesus and that blesses others.

  • Meg Says:

    I have recently added “Build a house” to my lifelist, after being inspired to up the ante a bit. I’m not sure what kind of house this will be – a treehouse? Tiny house? Playhouse? All I know is that it will have walls, a floor, windows and a roof and it will be built with these hands and this head. It will be a place for dreams to grow.

  • Marla Says:

    To see my children grow up happily.

  • Jessica E. Says:

    I would love to take a family vacation somewhere very different and not have to worry about financial bothersome the whole trip

  • Taryn S Says:

    On my life list…..

    -Take a coast to coast roadtrip so my kids (and I) can see and experience all of th cool things we read about/see on tv

    -take my kids camping in Alaska

    -Turn the thing I love into a productive career

  • Jill Says:

    Eat lobster rolls in Maine. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Jule Says:

    To build a brand new barn for our horses….complete w/laundry and a sweet office space! For all the love they give…I want to give back!

  • Katie Says:

    Some things on my life list are taking my kids to Disneyworld and scuba diving in Australia.

  • Courtney Says:

    open the pages of a magazine and see my work featured.

    I work towards that everyday, and even though there are a lot of other things on my list, this one isn’t just buying a ticket or taking the time. It’s about persistence, rejection, hard work, and joy- all rolled into one little goal :)

  • raych Says:

    I am just starting to knit my first ever sweater (it’s for a baby, on account of I figured that’d be easier to start with).

  • Sally Says:

    I want to make a pie crust that doesn’t taste like sand. And I want to spit off the Eiffel Tower.

  • Christine Says:

    To go to ireland and meet family that I have never met before!

  • Lucy Says:

    teaching my babies (boy=4 & girl=2) the art of nurturing and cherishing each other so their relationship can withstand the fiercest pressure.

    a bit (a lot?) cheesy but that would be one of the greatest goals to achieve.

  • Marlene Says:

    To travel. Greece, Italy, France, across the USA and use my new Nikon!!

  • Colleen R. Says:

    This is going to sound a little nerdy, but my lifelist includes investment goals for each year. I’m not too far from completely mine for this year.

  • Heather Mead Kim Says:

    To take a month or two off and do the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain, WITH my husband and babe in tow.

  • apryl Says:

    to be debt free!

  • Sandi Says:

    Go on a family vacation to California!

  • Amber Says:

    To witness the birth of a baby. Birth is a miracle and I would love to be a spectator. I watched my own little miracle born, but I was the one writhing in pain. :) ((Another life list: win a giveaway! :))

  • elizabeth Says:

    I want my children to grow up knowing my parents.

  • Misti Tracy Says:

    Something on my list?…own a red vintage Schwinn bicycle. Every time I see one, I want it a little more! :)

  • Lisa B Ellison Says:

    To lose over 80 pounds. I’m almost there and it’s been less than a year! Wow, it feels good. 8 pounds to ‘goal’.

  • Melissa Mc Says:

    Visit all 50 states!

  • Miranda Says:

    To visit India

  • Tierney Says:

    To run a half marathon… attempting/COMPLETING it in 3 weeks!!!! Wish me luck! :-D

  • Melissa Mc Says:

    I want to visit all 50 states!!!!

  • Michelle Says:

    This will go a long way in helping me realize goal No. 57 – learn how to really use my “big girl” camera. Accessories are half the battle, right?

  • Lisa Schadt Says:

    My life list includes enjoying fresh made pasta and red wine overlooking the coast of Amalfi Coast ;0) mmmmmm

  • Rachel Says:

    Visit Iceland.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Jessica Says:

    Finish my PhD!!!!

  • Arielle Says:

    I have done quite a bit of traveling, mostly to Europe and Latin American countries. My dream, for as long as I can remember is going to Africa (w/ my DSLR in hand) to go on a safari and see the pyramids!!!

  • wintor Says:

    Oh! I really want to learn how to eat fire :)

  • Jen Says:

    Run a marathon. I’ve done a half-marathon, but the 26 miler has eluded me thus far. One day!

  • Ami Says:

    I just took my Mom to NYC for a weekend for her 60th birthday, which was an item on my list. Those Tieks would have come in handy!
    (Good grief. “Come in handy” is a very odd expression.)

  • Din T Says:

    I love my job and a college degree would not help with a promotion, but I would love to finish my college education.

  • Naomi Says:

    See an active lava volcano

  • Melissa Hawley Says:

    Travel to Europe!

  • Jenny Says:

    Go bike riding with my son.

  • Katie Says:

    I want to have coffee in a coffee shop in Italy.. :) and I want to spend at least one week in an orphanage working with orphans..:)

  • Anne Says:

    suceed with my children! and win an epiphanie bag! annemolino at hotmail odt com

  • Sarah N. Says:

    Do the Chinese splits, finish my book, and take a three-month break from dating.

  • Niki Says:

    To travel to every European country with my love and my camera.

  • Carrie Says:

    Visit Bergen, Norway is written down on my list, but what’s not written down is that I want to take my mom with me. It’s the only one of my ancestral homelands that I know about that’s from her side of the family.

  • Heather Says:

    Ride horse in the desert.

  • Mariann Says:

    I want to be happy

  • Joleen Tufts Says:

    Finally take a primarily-for-the-pictures, but also for the tranquility and beauty, trip to Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.

    Planning, planning, planning….

  • leslie c Says:

    to make a turducken.

  • Vanessa Says:

    There are so many things on my life list it’s ridiculous. At the top of that list though is my need to spend an entire summer in Barcelona.

  • Stephanie Says:

    I love these prizes!

    Life list: take a sewing class this Fall
    (looking at various choices today!)

  • Erin Says:

    My dad is not a long-distance traveler, but he’s always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, and I want to be there with him when he does. Next year he turns 60, so this may be the year it happens!

  • Ursula Says:

    Top of my Life List is a trip to India, taking beautiful portraits of the beautiful and colorful people.

    Lola would fit in nicely…;-)

  • lasha krasko Says:

    to go to New York Fashion week!…and Italy’s, Paris’ ;)

  • JodiS Says:

    Visit Italy.

  • Kelly H Says:

    To become a RN :)

  • Christina z. Says:

    I am saving up to replace my bed. I’ve never owned a new bed before..and my old one will give me a bed for a guest bedroom….*squeal*.. :)…but for long term…my husband and I have dreamed and talked about going to Italy for over 9 years…and one day….it is going to happen!~!! :D

  • Michelle Bowman Says:

    to earn my motorcycle license and buy myself a motorcycle. Then take a photography road trip by bike !

  • Erin Says:

    Visit (and connect with average people) in all of the “-stans”. (Afghanistan [done], Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan [done])

  • Rona Kay Says:

    Travel back to China with my beautiful daughter to visit the city where she was born.

  • Heather Says:

    Watch a tornado funnel cloud from afar.

  • Camila F. Says:

    The most important thing on my lifelist right now is getting an awesome new job!

  • Christina hartman Says:

    To become a better cook for my family!

  • Natalie Clayshulte Says:

    To step foot on every continent. :)

  • Lora Says:

    Own an old-fashioned claw foot bathtub.

  • vicki nees Says:

    To learn my camera and work in photography

  • Rebecca Says:

    To visit the Taj Mahal :)

    Thanks for the opportunity… would be a dream to win!

  • latenac Says:

    Recently added learn how to do a handstand.

  • Irene S Says:

    To travel to Africa.

  • Kelly Wardrop Says:

    Take a trip to Hawaii, kid free!

  • Kerry Says:

    My life list is a work in progress, but I’d really like to go to Ireland. I studied Irish history – even took Gaelic – and have yet to visit. Someday, though, I will!

  • Janel Says:

    Someday when our son is a little older we would like to take a family safari vacation in Africa. To show our son that animals come from this magnificent place not the zoo.

  • Toni Says:

    To take a photography workshop in Tuscany with David duChemin.

  • jamaila Says:

    I want to conquer my fear of cooking live lobster. Intellectually I know they are not screaming tiny horrible lobster death screams, but I’m having a hard time getting over it. Lobster at home would be so much more delightful than lobster out, though, that I’m determined to do it.

  • Rebecca Says:

    To not worry about money.

  • Ann Montgomery Says:

    I LOVE the life list :)
    A few of mine are: to have no mortgage, to travel Europe with my mom and daughters, and to own a LOLA bag ;)

  • Natasha Says:

    Travel to Utah ( a place I never thought to go) and have Ashley Thalman take my family photo’s..

  • Anna Says:

    Learn how to drive a stick shift (I know, I should already know that, but I don’t).

  • amy Says:

    Drive the AlCan in fall.

  • Emily Says:

    To live in a house that I designed myself.

  • living eventfully Says:

    travel to at least 15 countries!

  • Jennifer Beavers Says:

    To be able to randomly walk around and take pictures of what ever I choose with out kids in tow. Oh and they will turn out fabulous.

  • Mande Says:

    To visit Paris with my best friend.

  • Irene Says:

    The last travel destination from my original Got-To-Go list (age 18) is an African Photo Safari. I would love to take incredible photos that would move people to try and save the remaining wild animals that still exist…

  • Ris Says:

    I’m planning an overseas trip in February, both to explore the world and to get the heck out of Chicago during what has to be the most depressing month of the year!

  • Trish T. Says:

    I’d love to adopt a retired racing greyhound. They are such amazing dogs and many are in need of homes.

  • Kim Says:

    Go visit my Grandmother’s childhood home in Sweeden.

  • Christina Shippey Says:

    To backpack across Europe with my hubby!!! :)

  • Kylee Heuer Says:

    To travel to Australia and take beautiful pictures of everything there!

  • Perfectly Imperfect Jenn Says:

    Honestly my #1 goal in life is to become a mother.

  • Sarah Says:

    I know lots of people say “Go to Paris,” but I was supposed to go in junior high–but couldn’t, I wanted to go in college for study abroad and was too sick. I was supposed to go on my honeymoon, but my (now ex) husband changed his mind because he’d “been before and didn’t want to go again.” (I spent our “honeymoon” in the hospital.) I was going to go with my ex-boyfriend but he wanted to go in the dead of winter and/or only stay three days because “you’d get bored” (who would get bored?)

    So NOW I am planning a trip for myself and if my current boyfriend comes along, good for him.

  • Miranda Says:

    I added something to my list that I never thought I would do — running! I’m doing it now and even though I can only run in tiny little spurts it is AWESOME.

  • elizabeth anderson Says:

    One of the items on my life list is to become a runner. Not just to run but to enjoy it as a release.

  • Sasha Says:

    Gosh… something on my life list? I think it would be to have kids and be a good mom. :)

  • Emily Says:

    Ride a horse through Patagonia.

  • AnnGeeDee Says:

    One of my items chosen at random by the really scientific process of closing my eyes and pointing: host a wine tasting.

  • Sarah K Says:

    To turn my hobby in photography into a career.

  • Andrea Says:

    I would like to throw an amazing dinner party. I want there to be fancy cocktails and ridiculous over the top appetizers. I love bite size food!

  • Lissy Says:

    To explore Italy with the love of my life, my husband.

  • Dawn Says:

    Run a 5k. I started running for the first time since high school two months ago and I love it. So now I want to actually sign up for a race.

  • Darcie Rose Says:

    In a few years when my youngest is a bit older I would love to be able to take my family on a trip to the East Coast to visit historical sites.

  • MelanieL Says:

    A life list… My least interesting is to learn the functions of my camera better, and the biggest is to retire in Hawaii.

  • April W Says:

    Well I have always wanted to start a life list, but I find that I am so busy, that it isn’t a priority. So for now mine would be, START A LIFE LIST!

  • Cindy Davis Says:

    On my list: To sail a boat through the Panama Canal.

  • Christine Neutgens of Pixelations Photography Says:

    I’m currently working on the highest priority item on my life list: to get in SHAPE!

  • Sherry Says:

    I really want to finally be able to relate to my dad…Just once before the cancer takes him.

  • Kerilyn Says:

    Travel to Italy with my husband. And eat a lot while we are there.

  • Shawna Sweeney Says:

    1 short term goal I have is to get a photo of my 3 kids with our 2 horses and pony! My horse is 26 (I’ve had her since she was 4)and our pony is 19…I need a super nice canvas of the 6 of them above my fireplace:):) (I’m not even going to try to get the dogs in this one! lol)

  • Joanna Says:

    On my list: Take a circuitous bicycle vacation through France.

  • Hilary Says:

    To backpack thru Europe taking pics

  • emily Says:

    to see the world one country at a time and take millions of beautiful pictures!

  • Haley Says:

    To bake bread from scratch. Once the radiators are turned on in the apartment (so the bread can rise) I’m setting aside an afternoon for it.

  • Celina Wyss Says:

    One thing I have always wanted to do is to learn to golf. :) Too bad no on in my family shares this lol

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to conquer my fear of flying and go to Ireland!

  • Laura Jennings Says:

    I played a violin recital at my husband’s great-grandmother’s nursing home. She is 94 and sharp as a tack, but I didn’t want to wait until it was too late (like I did with my own grandparents). It was my favorite performance ever! :)

  • Andrea Boettcher Says:

    To shoot a wedding in a foreign country.

  • Meghan Says:

    I want to visit all 7 continents!

  • Lara K-W Says:

    I will visit the Alhambra in southern Spain!

  • Meg B Says:

    I crossed off a big one last week: launching my business website. Hooray!

  • Kristyn Says:

    To Hug A Cow. And I’m going on a tour of a dairy farm in the North Bay to do just that!

  • Erin Says:

    Love my husband like no one else can, be half the parents my parents are, and laugh until I feel like I’m going to burst.

  • andrea Says:

    this is fantastic!
    *see the sunrise,with a coffee in my hand.

  • Susan Dingess Says:

    Life list #1–loose 10 pounds! Trying with Weight Watchers.

  • Michelle Says:

    I want to snorkle or scuba dive and see the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Jenny Says:

    Go to Grand Canyon!

  • Kim P Says:

    On my list…next year I turn 40 and I want to run a marathon in less than 5 hours. I did my first one ever last year and it took me 6 hours to go all 26.2 miles.

  • Jennie Says:

    My number one Life List goal is to have a book published.

  • Cheryl Says:

    To become proficient enough in Spanish to have an actual conversation. “Una cerveza por favor” doesn’t count!

  • rebecca Says:

    have a baby. or two.

  • Amy Jo Says:

    Go on vacation with my nephew and niece. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Amy Says:

    These are all amazing….I want to own my own horse and learn to ride really well. This has been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old.

  • Lorelie Says:

    To live near the ocean. Thinking the Maritimes…

  • Claire Utley Says:

    I have a long list! Number one is to spend some time in another country, preferably in Europe.

  • Nicole Polhamus Says:

    To travel all over Europe with my husband

  • Toni Says:

    Become a mom!

  • Beth Says:

    I want to see both of my special and unique boys lead successful, self-dependent lives

  • jen Says:

    To learn to make jewelry.

  • Nicole Says:

    Top of my life list is to travel to Europe for several weeks with my adolescent daughter. I want her to see different cultures, appreciate art and history, and remember how awesome her mom was. :)

  • dee Says:

    I don’t have a formal life list (yet) but I have always wanted to visit every state in the U.S. before I die. I’m over half way there.

  • cella Says:

    to learn everything about my camera and have a great bag to carry it in!!<3

  • Melissa Says:

    I woke up last Friday and there was a coupon for a discounted hot air balloon ride in my email. Purchased! Now I just need to get it scheduled :)

  • Quinci Anne Says:

    What great life goals everyone has! Also what fantastic prizes! I’d love to win!

    My main life goal right now is to be the first one in my family to graduate from college. I’d like to do photograph and graphic design. And one day soon I will!

  • Jennifer O. Says:

    Write something that truly makes a difference.

  • Brooke Says:

    This looks awesome…

  • houpley Says:

    i hope to one day have christmas dinner with all of our family at our home

  • MomofDavid Says:

    Not to kiss up to you or anything, but a few are: 1) put my MFA in creative writing to use by starting a blog that will (among other things) 2) help me to attend a Mighty Summit one day. Also, 3) win a fabulous prize off your site.

  • Sarah Says:

    To learn archery (and then convince my husband to let me shoot an apple from his head, ha!).

  • Erika Ruth Says:

    Go to an island in the South Pacific called Pohnpei, where some family friends built a library when I was 17. I wasn’t allowed to go, and I always regret it.

  • sueteg Says:

    When my children get older, I want to read chapters of Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables with them before they go to bed each night.

  • Nicole Says:

    I’m gonna climb Kilimanjaro

  • Rose Says:

    Number one on my life list right now? Get a book published.

  • Claudia Says:

    go skydiving!!

  • Natalie Says:

    Live in France for six months (at least). Ooo-la-la!

  • Kristin Says:

    On my life list: spend a month in Europe with my hubby and 4 kids!

  • Susie Says:

    Get an NIH multi-year grant funded.

  • Sommar Says:

    complete a 365 day photo project

  • Kimberly Says:

    On my list are many things, but the most important one that I am working to check off is to get a work transfer so that my husband and I can live together full time. I guess the larger goal is to make family my ultimate priority.

    Another that I hope comes soon after achieving this one is to start a garden again. I miss playing in the dirt. :)

  • Jenna Says:

    Go to Italy for sure!!

  • Amanda De La Cruz Says:

    On my life list: Visit Egyptian pyramids and not be cursed.

  • meaghan Says:

    Watch the Northern lights

  • Vanessa Quintana Says:

    Run a 5k in honor of my grandmother for surviving colon cancer!

  • Elizabeth in Chicago Says:

    To own a home.

  • carole Says:

    On my life/ bucket list?

    -Tapas in Spain.
    -Surprise my husband with his dream motorcycle– big red bow and all.
    -Take my (far in the future) grandchildren to my mother’s hometown in England.
    -Rock my new d7000 in that red Lola bag!! :)
    …and much more.

  • Jody Says:

    Oh, yes, making a quilt made of my kids’ jammies is also on my life list! Those jammies that have made it through three rough and tumble little boys, countless washes, countless memories…I’ll never part with those! :)

  • Kristen Says:

    get a college degree!

    see hawaii

    go back go Germany

    have my daughter meet my husband’s family

  • ROBYN Says:

    is there still time to enter? if so, on ething from my list is to knit 1000 squares for charity!

  • Nicole @TeamPipkin Says:

    Traveling Europe is on my life list.
    My hubby & I started our family pretty quickly that we never got to travel. Oh I take that back, I got to go on a business trip w/him when he went to Chicago. But I was stuck in a hotel room all day while he had the rental car & was in class. Oh yay! lol

  • Cate Says:

    To go to every Cirque du Soleil show.

  • Kristen Says:

    To move to Venice, Italy.

  • Natalie Lawson Says:

    On my life list is to travel the world!

  • Rhiannon Says:

    I want to be able to travel to a natural disaster state like Haiti or a war zone refuge and photograph that raw human nature and emotion.

  • Rebecca Says:

    To learn every button, dial, and function on my camera.
    To take my kids to all my favorite cities and explore new ones together.
    To win a contest. ;)

  • Alison Says:

    I don’t have an official life list, but I’d like to live in San Francisco someday.
    (love those shoes!!)

  • Stephanie Says:

    One thing on my life list is to move to Portland Oregon or somewhere in the Northwest and own a “tiny house” :)

  • Rebecca Says:

    Build a tree house.

  • KC Says:

    Plan, fund, and take my parents on a fabulous overseas adventure

  • Jen Says:

    One of my life goals. I would love to one day have the resources and the means to go on a honeymoon with my husband of 5 years!

  • Jillian Says:

    Invent a savory sandwich that tastes good on cinnamon raisin bread

  • Kendra @Kendra Jean Photography Says:

    ahh.. maybe a cruise with hubby?! Travel the world too, someday!

  • Leslie @ {Tiny Wings} Says:

    I want to travel leisurely through Europe with my husband, enjoying all of the sites, scenery and each others’ company!

  • Angie Says:

    Just one, from dozens? Can I toss in a couple extras?
    Climb Kilimanjaro.
    Watch my children marry (man or woman, whomever they love) and have children of their own.
    Have a house with a library with bookshelves from the floor to the ceiling.
    Travel the world with my love, capturing photos of the sights that we see.

  • Heather Says:

    Write a book.

  • Gianina Says:

    I would like to take my boards and license, is almost 8 years since I graduated, but decided to start a family and pospone that. Someday.

  • Amanda Says:

    To take an multi-day train ride.

  • Nicole Says:

    On my life list: Learn how to make sauce and meatballs the way my mom does. This involves setting aside a Sunday for her to come over to my kitchen, and listening to her instruction.

    After that: Making Sunday dinner for my family, including my parents. A Sunday dinner that would make Mom and Grandma proud.

  • Keri Holcombe Says:

    This may sound silly, but I’ve always wanted to be Minnie Mouse for a day at Disney World. :)

  • emily Says:

    to learn how to make amazing fruit pies. my mom’s the queen of cheesecake and i love apple pies, so therefore i want to be the queen of fruit pies. :)

  • Kelley Says:

    To own a hobby farm.

  • Rachel Says:

    To start my own business(es)! One of these days…

  • Liz Says:

    My big life list item is to travel in New Zealand… Conveniently, my aunt and uncle live there. Now if only I could get there…

  • Sara Coffey Says:

    To have my mom teach me how to sew so that the family tradition doesn’t end with her.

  • Melanie Says:

    I jumped off a pier at sunset into the Med. while taking an impromptu trip to the Greek Islands! There may have been Canadian boys involved. ;-) Life list? Living it!

  • Le Says:

    To see my son become a great man.

  • Celeste Says:

    Write and publish a novel (or more than one…)

  • Johanna Says:

    To go back to Spain…we spent our honeymoon in Andalucia and want to go back so it made my list!

  • Kaitlin Says:

    To get (and keep) my house completely organized!

  • Mishaun Says:

    Become a mother

  • Missy Says:

    My list includes “find the perfect pair of red cowboy boots” — I thought this was a very unique list item, so I had to smile reading through the comments to see that someone else had that on their list as well! :-)

  • Jennifer Operhall Says:

    I’ve always wanted to be a zombie in a zombie movie.

  • Ashley Says:

    To run a 5K in honor of my 29-year-old best friend, who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I’ve never run a step in my life, but for her, I’ll do it.

  • Jill Says:

    I would like to travel to Australia and visit all the places my Grandmother lived. And to visit her family that’s still there.

    And in 2011 go on a Disney Cruise with all the kids and are best friends and their kids. This one will happen.

  • Michele Says:

    To actually learn how to use my DSLR.

  • Jacquelynn Says:

    I’d like to throw the perfect, Gatsby-esque dinner party, complete with twinkling lights, delicious food and wonderful company.

  • Erin Says:

    The problem with my life list is that I add to it more often than I cross off! This year, I’m focusing on my mini version: “30 when I’m 30 list”, which will help with momentum toward some of the bigger Life entries.

  • Megan Says:

    See great white sharks at seal island in South Africa or spend a week vacationing in Tahiti (bonus points for spending that week in a hut over the water).

  • Heid Says:

    I love thinking about my life list, it’s so motivating. There are SO many things I’d love to do!

    The longest standing dream I have is to learn to play the guitar and sing several songs on stage in front of a crowded room! Eeeek!

    Oh, and I would love to blow bubbles off the Golden Gate bridge with you some day…that’s a combination of two of my favorite things of all time!

  • MaryLu Says:

    Take a family vacation to Norway!

  • Jess Says:

    Dogsledding!

  • Lindsey Adams Says:

    Take my 2 boys to Disney Land!!

  • Mollie Says:

    I made an appointment for this coming Saturday to dye my hair blonde, which is on my life list. Want to see if they do have more fun.

  • Emily T. Says:

    To visit Italy…Greece…Ireland…etc. I have a lot of traveling in my future. :)

  • corley Says:

    First I crossed “quit smoking” off of my life list. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. That accomplishment has made it possible to move onto “run a 5k.”

  • Heather Allgood Says:

    Just to continuously grow and learn from my children and life…

  • julie allen Says:

    The top of my life list is to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora!

  • Corey Says:

    The best giveaways I’ve seen!

    On my life list: climb to the top of every 14er in Colorado

  • Katherine Says:

    Go on a photoshoot in Rome, Italy!

  • Dawn Says:

    Retire to a sea-side apartment in Croatia.

  • Sarah Acevedo Says:

    I want to photograph on all 7 continents.

  • birdgal Says:

    To hike to Machu Picchu!

  • Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) Says:

    Swim with dolphins :-)

  • Julie Patterson Says:

    I will tour Italy and see where my Great-Grand parents are from. And eat as much food as possible.

  • Lil Says:

    Finish my doctorate degree

  • Lori Says:

    To not let me dread of traveling long (I mean loooong) distances with my children stop me from taking them to as many different countries as we can.

  • Kari Says:

    Start up my own wedding planning company.

  • Milissa Says:

    I have a two part goal: I want to speak in sign language with an ape(gorillas, chimps, orangutans, or any other ape). So first I need to learn sign language. That shouldn’t be too difficult. Then I need access to a an ape that knows sign language. Anybody know any apes?

  • Karlise Says:

    Visit Europe and some of it’s many historical treasures. I want to see castles and the Tower of England, I want to see the Eiffel Tower and walk thru the streets of Italy.

  • Lindsey Says:

    right now “make life list” is on numerous other much more mundane “to do” lists. I will get there soon though!

  • Aimee V. Says:

    To take the honeymoon we didn’t have after our wedding.

  • Kathy Says:

    I will admit, I don’t have anything numbered or written down. But I do know that I want to finish college (at 37) and sky dive.

    Maybe I should start writing these things down…

  • Sarah Says:

    visit the South Pacific

  • Peni Norman Says:

    I want to go to Italy and do a wedding shoot of a lifetime!

  • Jesse B. Says:

    Fabulous!! I don’t have a written life list yet. But this summer was filled with many things that could easlily have been on it. Things that I’ve been wanting to do for years and finally DID them this year. We had such a great time as a family!!

  • Sara Says:

    I want to think deeper, ask fearless questions, and really live the answers.

  • Faith Says:

    To visit New York City!

  • Mauryn Says:

    To start a blog!

  • Gwen Allen Says:

    To take my camera on travels throughout Europe!

  • Caitlin V Says:

    To have my dream wedding (I am already married, e eloped, but I promised myself if I loose a certain amount of weight, we will celebrate by a real wedding dress and reception)

  • Constance Says:

    To find a job I really love. Where I can wear jeans every day. It might be at an investment bank, a winery or a horse barn, who knows.

  • Jenna Says:

    To fly coast to coast on the 4th of July!

  • Karinny Cezar Says:

    I want to travel through Asia for a couple of months.

  • Jen T Says:

    To own a house (not a condo, which I have, but a real house!)

  • Catie Says:

    Buy a house and make it our own!

  • Carrie S. Says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing a variation of the life list and do “40 books by 40″ featuring all those books I meant to read, but haven’t gotten around to. Like Darwin’s Origin of Species.

  • Jessica R. Says:

    Learn to make gumbo from scratch!

  • Brittany Says:

    I dream of taking our 3-year old and 1-year old boys back to our honeymoon destination, Disney World.

  • Michelle Davis Says:

    I’m from the west coast and one thing on my life list is to spend a Christmas in New York! I’ve heard it’s amazing!

  • Christine Says:

    Awesome giveaway!

    Lifelist:
    1. Vacation in Bora Bora
    2. Visit my friend in Seoul

  • Kasey Says:

    Go to Norway

  • Julia Says:

    Something on my life list travel. I have always wanted to see Scotland, Greece, and Australia.

  • Trish Millard Says:

    Be a healthier eater, eat fruit and veggies everyday … I LOVE COOKIES!

  • Alicey Says:

    Visit the Amalfi coast in Italy and make tarte au citron from the amazing lemons that grow there.

  • Tori Says:

    To travel by myself overseas in an ‘independent’ trip.

  • Nicole W Says:

    To travel to Europe and take wonderful pictures of the countryside!

  • Corri C Says:

    Yesterday I picked out the patterns for my next three holiday quilts. Here’s hoping they don’t take me as long as the Halloween quilt, which will be finished before this Halloween..9 years later. :)

  • Jenn @ Gaffney's Gabs Says:

    I would love to be able to say that I’ve been to every one of the states here in USA. There’s so much to see and appreciate right here.

  • Renee Says:

    I want to visit the pyramids in Egypt.

  • Christine G. Says:

    Learn to play the violin.

  • Courtney Says:

    Here’s one from my life list: To teach someone else how to sew!

  • Lisa Says:

    I’d like to say that owning an Epiphanie bag is on my Life List, but that seems like cheating. Although it’s true.

    So what’s on my Life List, let’s see… I would like to learn sign language. That’s a big one.

  • Kathy Says:

    There is a large international quilt show coming up next week that I look forward to attending every year. I always say, some day I’ll have a quilt in this show. I think I need to work on making that actually happen. I’m not saying I’ll win any awards, but getting a quilt accepted would be quite an accomplishment.

  • Donna Says:

    My life list has lots of fun and interesting things, but first up is to see the Magic of Disney World through the eyes of my daughters.

  • Ashley B. Says:

    Assist Annie Leibovitz on a Vanity Fair photo shoot. Or shoot a Vanity Fair spread on my own! Either one :)

  • Tammy Says:

    I love love to travel….
    the next places on my list are:
    costa rica, austrailia….
    Also to have a successful photography business….

  • Wendi Says:

    To take an all girl roadtrip.

  • eve Says:

    I’m going to finally learn to use the sewing machine I bought 6 years ago. I’m signed up for a class later thi month. :)

  • Liz S. Says:

    My life list includes learning to use an SLR to greatest display of its greatness, and then photographing California and Nevada ghost towns on a long road trip.

  • Susie Says:

    I want to live in an area that has the weather that I want with family close by, wonderful friends and time to enjoy them all.

  • Nikki K. Says:

    To learn how to run…

  • Kari Says:

    Travel the world w/ hubby and camera in hand!!!!!

  • Brenda Mc Says:

    I want to host a spectacular, fancy dinner party for 10 or more people. With pretty clothes and multiple courses and appropriate background music and decor.

  • Ashley Says:

    I’m about to achieve something grand from my life list: having my second child. 38 1/2 weeks today!

  • Sandy Says:

    to visit Italy and spend Thanksgiving in Colorado with all my family!

  • megan Says:

    visit ireland.

  • Erika Says:

    Complete a triathlon in the top 10 percent of my age group!

  • JR Says:

    Sleep in a castle!

  • Raquel B Says:

    To go the the Azores (Portugal) and visit family and do research on my family tree.

  • Jodi - Mom's Favorite Stuff Says:

    Spend a month in Tuscany!

  • wendy h Says:

    cooking school in Italy!

  • Catherine K. Says:

    I want to visit Ireland and Prague to see where my family came from. I also want to show my children the world.

  • Janica Ellsworth Says:

    I love to travel. I’ve accomplished one ‘travel’ on my list. The Eiffel Tower. Now I would love to travel around Africa.

  • erin Says:

    ride our motorcycle all the way up the coast along highway 1.

  • Elizabeth Anne Watkins Says:

    Being 21 and half Italian one of my life dreams (on my list.) Would be exploring Italy for three months and capturing moments with my camera. Plus, finish my fictional book which I started at 16 and get it published.

  • jen Says:

    To run a half marathon…

  • Laura Says:

    Just started learning to juggle this past weekend! Totally lame Mondo Beyondo item but totally hilarious!

  • Abby Lefebure Says:

    Finish my bachelors in photography!

  • Susan H. Says:

    Visit my grandmother’s homeland (Denmark) with my mother.

  • Ines Says:

    cook professionally.

  • Valeri Says:

    One of the things on my life list is to cook dinner every day for a week. I’m on day 4!!

  • Monica Says:

    Start a business making specialized pj’s for hospitalized children.

  • Charlene Says:

    Learn to be a better baker… I will not buy another supermarket cookie again. Which is part of the larger idea of removing high fructose corn syrup from our diets. Easier said than done!!!

  • Danialle Foy Says:

    Right before I decided to get a divorce and start my new life over, I made a Life List to power me through and get some goals on paper. So far I have crossed off one thing: Grown my own vegetables and it feels AMAZING to have accomplished it! Thanks for being inspiring!

  • Haley Says:

    I started a life list when I was 13. It’s amazing to see the things on there that haven’t changed, including…backpack across Europe. Granted, 10 years ago when I wrote it I didn’t realize I would be blessed to have someone else come with me…my husband and I are planning to go next Summer!

  • Maggie Says:

    I would like to take my dad to London. He’s never been to Europe and I would love to be the one to take him there.

  • Danielle Says:

    get married

  • Tanya L. Says:

    I would love to be a mom.

  • Kristin V Says:

    To have a gallery showing of my art. Wow, did I just say that out loud?

  • Nina Says:

    Learn to knit so I can go yarn bombing. Instead of knitting scarves for trees and utility poles I will give them to homeless people.

  • Amanda Says:

    To finally learn how to balance keeping my house clean (to actually get it clean) and be able to spend quality time with my children! It would be amazing if I could learn to do this by 2011!!

  • Jennifer Says:

    To expand my horizons beyond travel to Europe, and explore South America. And take a safari trip in Africa.

  • Sara C Says:

    I would really love to become better at photography. I work for a newspaper and often have to take my own photos but I’m a writer by training and have no real training with a camera. Taking a community education course or something like that is on my life list because it will benefit my work but also just because I love photos and it would feel pretty great to get better at taking them!

  • Mindy Says:

    I would love to run a marathon.

  • Hillary Kuehn Says:

    One thing very high up on my life list is to visit Italy. There is so much to see there and so many amazing things to photograph.

  • Nicole Says:

    I scratched off one item on my Life List this summer — scuba diving!

  • Tehmina Says:

    go on a vacation to Bora Bora and swim with the Dolphins with my husband and my son!

  • Leslie G Says:

    I would love to see puffins. When I was younger I went to a zoo and remember seeing a zookeeper in the enclosure with the puffins. They were so cute and just hopped all over her clipboard and on her lap. Ever since then I’ve wanted to see puffins in the wild!

  • francine Says:

    The first thing that popped into my head is a goal that is so special to me – I want to have my own gallery showing of my art. It can be my painting, printmaking or photography, the medium doesn’t matter. To have my own showing would be such an accomplishment & personal fulfillment!

  • MelissaS Says:

    I’m entering…and if I win I know it will seem weird. I just really want that camera bag! :-)

  • Sonya Says:

    to finally figure out what I want to be when I gorow up and quit my awful job!!

  • shannon Says:

    to visit every major league baseball stadium.

  • Erin B Says:

    Set foot in all 50 states!

  • Jocelyn Downie Says:

    Next item on my list is 70-200 2.8 lens :O)

  • Jamie Elizabeth Says:

    I’ve been hard at work at getting my photography business off the ground.

  • Jessie Says:

    I’m going to Bonaroo in June and currently working on how to knit while completing my thesis.

  • lacy_jeffries Says:

    I have always wanted to enter a contest and actually win :)

  • Celia Says:

    become conversational in my use of Spanish – and then USE it. :)

  • Jen Says:

    Mysore classes!!

  • Lynn Says:

    To finally have a baby.

  • Bridget S Says:

    I would love to travel overseas.

  • Amy Says:

    Bake the perfect pizza from scratch, it’s a delicious journey!

  • Megan! Says:

    I said this in another comment on here recently, but mine is: Meet/hang out with Maggie Mason.

    Cheers!
    And thanks.

  • K8 Says:

    to go on a solo trip

  • Allie Says:

    Go to New York to see all the broadway shows!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE musicals!!

  • Lisa N Says:

    I have many cool things on my life list, thanks to your inspiration. However, I think one of the best ones is to learn to drive a Big-Rig. Big trucks = fun!

  • Nikki Says:

    Drive across Canada with the kids, camping the entire way.

  • Lauryl Says:

    Be as great of a mother to my kids as my mom was to me. I miss her every day.

    Thank you, Maggie, for being such an inspiration. You are wonderful!

  • sarah Says:

    Learn to nap so I have energy (and temperment) for adventure.

  • Brandy Says:

    To win this would make my year! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Leslie B Says:

    I am currently unemployed and know, in my gut, that corporate America is not where I belong. There’s something waiting for me to discover…I can FEEL it.

  • Erin Says:

    to watch the jesus lizard walk on water in costa rica.

  • Sarah J Says:

    Go to Hawaii with my hubby.

  • Kirsten Says:

    This one is about to happen: have some of my photos be part of an exhibit. Granted it’s just a student exhibit, but it will be nice to see them printed and displayed on a wall for lots of people to see.

  • Jacqueline C Says:

    To learn to surf!

  • Rachel Horne Says:

    Man, I’m starting my list today..great idea!! One thing Im putting on that list is to date an exotic guy..as long as he has an accent I’m good! :)

  • April Merrick Says:

    I want to travel the U.S. coast-to-coast.

  • Dorean Says:

    I want to help fund 1,000 adoptions.

  • Meredith Says:

    I want to take my husband on a trip to the Arctic.

  • Truda Says:

    I want to be published in a national magazine.

  • Christi S. Says:

    Travel with my husband to Italy, and tour the country. (BTW I love that Lola bag)

  • Sue Says:

    To go to Paris with my husband!

  • r8chel Says:

    I’m in the process of creating my life list, and just posted my unfinished list on my blog yesterday. One of the items on my life list is to sew 100 things, and I just finished my first two projects last night — Tinkerbell and Lightning McQueen covers for my kids’ booster seats in our car.

  • Stephanie Degenais Says:

    Travel to Europe. Seems simple, but we never seem to have the time or money.

  • Karin Says:

    To take my mom to a Broadway show in NYC :)

  • Christine Says:

    Run a marathon. This is a self-proclaimed prerequisite for childbirth. I figure if my body can do something like run 26.2 miles, it can DEFINITELY survive passing a small human.

  • Diana Says:

    One of my life list goals is to coordinate a fund-raising effort / event for a local animal rescue organization.

  • sunny Says:

    Beautiful items you’re giving away!

    Since I read about the Mighty Summit life lists, I’ve been pondering my own life list. So far, the only item on it is to visit Paris just to hang out and watch people and maybe see some sights.

    Realized that just saying I want to go won’t get me there. I need to book a plane ticket and make the plans to go!

    So along with going would be to learn conversational French.

  • lorie Says:

    I’d like to learn how to use my old-school 35mm SLR on fully manual settings.

  • Jennifer Cooper Says:

    Something that is on my life list is to become a mother. I don’t care whether I become a mother naturally or through adoption, but I want to give the gift of life to a child, or the gift of family to a child who doesn’t have one.

  • shawna Says:

    live in another country with my family for at least a season.

  • Colleen Says:

    Visit China is the next thing I’m hoping to cross off my life list.

  • Jillyj Says:

    Take my son to Salzburg to visit the Schloss where I stayed/worked after college.

  • Tammie Says:

    Become fluent in Spanish

  • Liz Says:

    I want to surf Mavericks, of course I’ll have to learn how to surf first!

  • Lois Sparks Says:

    I’ve written my life list a long time ago and have crossed out some. Right now the top ones in my long list are: be a good mother to our son, get a driver’s license, take photography classes, jump off of Waimea Rock in Hawaii (lived there for 6 yrs. and never had the chance to do it), be a certified scuba diver, scuba dive with my husband, and go to Africa and experience a Safari.. :)

  • Denise Barba Says:

    I want to learn to sew. I’ve found a local class to take and I’ve signed up for it. Halfway there!

  • Jen Says:

    Preparing to leave (on January 5) to backpack around SE Asia for 10 months … those shoes would be a great addition to my pack!

  • Jessica Says:

    Two girlfriends and I made our life lists on a car trip from Ohio to NC. Next up on my list? Learn to play the piano.

  • Danielle Smith Says:

    I would love, LOVE, love, to voice a cartoon….. Someday.

  • Rachel Says:

    I want to knit up the beautiful handmade yarn I bought that’s just gathering dust.

  • heatherf Says:

    I’d like to one day have a functioning farm. Could be the tiniest farm in existence, but a farm nonetheless.

  • Julie B. Says:

    One item on my life list is to visit Madrid and find where my parents lived. I booked a ticket last night for a tip in June 2011. I am beyond excited to finally make it happen!!!

  • Jessica Says:

    Someitems on my Life List: Earn a Master’s degree, speak a language fluently, perfect a great marinara sauce, grow massive amounts of peonies. :) Pick me, pick me!

  • Cait Says:

    One of my new Life List items is learning how to whip butter, sugar, and eggs into the magic that is Genoise and buttercream. Right now my frosting curdles and my sponges are pound cakes. :)

  • Angela Says:

    I would love to someday write a novel. I’ve always wanted to do that since I was 13. One day . . .

  • brittney Says:

    I would love to teach people how to grow food in their backyard, cook with what they’ve grown, and get paid for it.

  • Heather D. Says:

    To go to Italy!

  • Nakesha Says:

    One of my life goals is to help save lives through photography. I was a teen mom and now my daughter is 5. I would love to volunteer and take pictures of young pregnant moms and help inspire others around them to choose life. :)

  • Lisa Says:

    I’ve just completed one, which was to see a movie put on by our local film society. It was lovely – they were running a film noir series – and now I have a membership. Next up this fall is to create my own signature cocktail.

  • Tonya Says:

    Learn another language. I know English and Spanish but I’ve always dreamed (really, since I was a wee kid) of being trilingual. I took a semester of Russian back in college … didn’t quite cut it. Some day!

  • Nancy R Says:

    After plugging away at several multi-step items, and not documenting them (tsk, tsk), I finally knocked something off my list! I enjoyed a frozen concrete at Ted Drewes in St. Louis.

  • katie Says:

    Explore a pyramid with Zahi Hawass

  • Laura Says:

    Take my parents to New Zealand. That dream’s at least 5 years from being realized!

  • heather Says:

    drive across the country, hugging the northern edge, in my ’73 Karmann Ghia (I’ve got the Ghia, just need to make it run).

  • Meg Says:

    I want to start my own greeting card line. :)

  • Stephanie Says:

    Cross country roadtrip–stopping to see friends and family along the way.

  • Lorelai Says:

    To paint The Picture or take The Photo that makes me tear up with happiness when I see it. then put it on the wall.

  • Marissa Says:

    To visit Norway and Germany and find the towns my ancestors came from!

  • birgitte Says:

    I want to learn to dance tango…

  • Christineellen Says:

    To travel to Ireland with my mom and two sisters!

  • Andie Says:

    To go to Disneyworld, baby! This is my ultimate goal right now. I have to wait for my younger son to get a little older before tackling a very long road trip, and a week away from home! Others will come in due time. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Kristi F Says:

    To have a beautiful, old farmhouse where my girls can run around in a huge, green yard and play with the dog they have been begging for.

  • Leah Says:

    perhaps one of the most fun items on my life list is that I want to learn to double dutch. I always wanted to go to double dutch camp as a kid (I loved jump roping), and my parents always said no. you’re never too old, right?

  • Cass Says:

    To learn how to use my camera on manual! The automatic setting is my crutch…

  • Jennifer Stager Says:

    I have not completed an ueber-list yet, but I got started on a piece of paper and then misplaced it. A few weeks later my parents were visiting and my husband handed me a piece of printer paper with my list, among which were some earnest and explicit post-baby sex-life goals. Apparently he had found it while cleaning up for my parents arrival. Item now checked off!

  • Hana K. Says:

    Stay a month or two traveling in Asia with my family.

  • Rachael Says:

    Travel to Europe before I turn 40!

  • Michelle G. Says:

    Go back to the places I lived at in Spain…but this time with my husband and a nice camera to document and show him all the people and places I loved.

  • Jenny Says:

    Have a Belgian beer in Belgium. Cheers!

  • Simona Says:

    One of the items on my Life list is to visit 11 new places in 2011, whether it be in the US or abroad. First place on the list is Hawaii. oh and ah, another item is to lose 50lbs

    I think Lola would look nice there.

  • Joni Says:

    Hike a 14er (14,000 + foot peak) in Colorado!

  • deborah Says:

    I wish to begin publishing the many books that are currently floating in my head.

  • Shannon Says:

    I want to finish my masters before 40 and travel outside the country.

  • amelia Says:

    To take on some interior design projects for someone as a client instead of just for friends.

  • Alexandra Coody Says:

    Spend a year in Europe working on my drawing & photography!

  • Michelle Ley Says:

    To create and finish a photo documentary. I’m so busy with work, I’ve left no room for my creative outlets. My room is filled with half finished paintings and my mac is filled with un-edited photos. It’s time to dedicate myself to a good project.

  • Dodi Says:

    Write down life list instead of keeping a mental tally.
    Get a passport.
    Vacation in UK.
    Sew a shirt for myself that I would wear to work.
    Learn ukulele well enough to accompany family during Christmas Eve sing-along.

  • Jennifer Ramp Says:

    I want to take a real vacation with my family!

  • GT Says:

    Get my private pilot’s license — I’m fifteen hours into it, and getting close to my first solo flight!

  • Jaclyn Says:

    Go on a mission’s trip to Africa.

  • denise Strobel Says:

    I have on my list to go to NYC someday.

  • Michelle Says:

    57. Start and grow a business. There are so many great lady entrepreneurs to choose as models!

  • Jennifer Says:

    To make art every day.

  • Jessica Says:

    Visit a tuscan vineyard!!!

  • Beth Says:

    On my Life List: Get the hubs to Europe one of these days. I’ve been to Europe without him, backpacking and staying in hostels. I’d like to stay in actual hotels this time, take more photos, and enjoy London, Paris, Barcelona with him.

  • Jet Harrington Says:

    The newest thing on my life list is to make a dance video, inspired by Joy Tanksley’s.

    That’s number 99. When I hit 100, I am publishing it on my blog.

    And asking for help.

  • Misti Says:

    I would love to spend 6 months traveling, visiting all of the far away places whose images fill my head, taking pictures and writing poetry along the way, and just simply enjoy the people, the places, and the magic of each and every destination.

  • Kathy Says:

    To be happy with a career I have that makes us our main income.

  • Danielle Says:

    I’m planning a getaway with my favorite ladies, a la the mighty summit. You’ve inspired me to action!

  • Jenna Says:

    To become a mom (and be an amazing one just like mine is!).

  • Cristin Says:

    To travel to the coast of Spain and just lay on the beach with no distractions. :)

  • Eeva Says:

    To get enough sleep!

  • SK Says:

    Laugh every day

  • auntjone Says:

    To visit all of the Indiana State Parks. 2 down, 23 to go!

  • bioEgirl Says:

    Make it back to Octoberfest, with my own dirndl (not borrowed this time).

  • Tiffany R. Says:

    I want to take my daughter on a mother daughter trip to another country

  • Arena Thompson Says:

    I want to learn to play the cello.

  • Grace Says:

    It’s quite possible I am going to be doing #45 on my life list in the next two weeks!

    http://www.noonewatching.com/archives/2010/04/life_list.html

  • methodpam Says:

    Travel to Poland to see where my Dziadzia was born.

  • amy a. Says:

    To get a stamp in my passport

  • Jess Says:

    Be more courageous.

  • Lucia Says:

    #14: Go to a MetaFilter meetup.

  • poeiap Says:

    To sit on a beach, surrounded by grandbabies. I can wait 25 year +/- for that.

  • Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy Says:

    I want to go to Greece with my entire family!

  • Carolyn Says:

    I want to go bungee jumping!

  • Jill Says:

    Learn to play the guitar;)

  • Robin Says:

    To travel to Greece, Italy, and France.

  • Tabitha Says:

    I have a strong, strong desire to learn how to play the harmonica. A handy skill whether I’m sitting around a bonfire with friends or killing time in prison.

  • Mareshia Says:

    Conquering Life List No.9: Have at Least One Squishy Baby…by having TWINS!

  • Mandi Says:

    I would like to go to Naturopathic Physician school, and become an ND.

  • Kathryn Says:

    Traveling to Hawaii with my hubs.

  • Jules G. Says:

    To have a short story published.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Check: I just adopted my new love, Bennett (a gorgeous English Pointer and retired show dog) and joined the Mitten Mavens roller derby! woop woop!

  • Julie Says:

    I’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland.

  • Ellen Says:

    Ride an elephant in Thailand!

  • amanda Says:

    On my list is a long hike to a high alpine cheesemaker!

  • Lacy Says:

    I want to enter a contest and actually win

  • Tawny Says:

    Take a ride in a fighter jet. This might come ture because of my father-in-law (keep you fingers crossed for me).

  • Kara Says:

    I am working on one of the items in my life list right now. (Well, not right now…right now I am typing, but you know what I mean)

    I am learning how to can the vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, 5 different kinds of peppers) from my garden. It is a lot easier then I thought that it would be.

    Next up, figuring out what to do with all of the canned veggies. I hope everyone on my Christmas list wants homemade canned salsa!

  • Leigh Says:

    I want to finish a knitting project before starting another one. There are too many half-finished scarfs in my knitting bag!

  • amy Says:

    one day own lake property so all my kids and future family will have a place to spend summer vacations together:)

  • Heather Says:

    Awesome! I would like to see the aurora borealis.

  • Julie Says:

    I want to tell as many others as I can what the Lord has done in my life!

  • Ainsley Says:

    I want those Teiks so bad I can taste it! And it tastes of buttery leather.

  • Jen Hornbeck Says:

    To be in Oaxaca, Mexico for a Dia de los Muertos celebration.

  • Kay Drenth Says:

    To learn to read music and play the piano.

  • Whitney Says:

    On my list: Do one random act of kindness for a year.

  • Mel Says:

    To find an occasion to throw an epic roller disco party!

  • Lisa Jurrens Says:

    To be my own boss – and have that cozy little shop that welcomes everyone to come and stay a while!

    Lisa J.

  • Sara Martinez Says:

    Something that is high up on my list is to be a great photographer and to have my one studio one day!!!! I hope i win!!! : )

  • jessica hulse Says:

    To live overseas with my (yey unborn) kids.

  • Erin Says:

    To stand at the edge of the grand canyon at sunset and just take it all in.

  • Mary Says:

    Live in NYC for a year!

  • Kristie Bradley Says:

    To see Paris in the Fall!!

  • Panduh Says:

    To finally get off my butt and go back to school and get a degree. And maybe take a photography class. Its calling me.

  • joanne Says:

    I would like to find someone to share the rest of my life with. And then, I’d like to travel Europe with him… ahhhhh.

  • Sharon Allen Says:

    Just crossed making pickles off my list!

  • Lindsay Simmons Says:

    To take dancing lessons with my hubby!

  • Kristie Says:

    I have 2 major items on my list that I’m wanting to accomplish within the next year.

    Personal~ I just started running. Two goals in mind. Run a 1/2 marathon in February. Run in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure MARATHON in Oct. 2011 in Phoenix.

    Business~ I want to start a non profit volunteer group that provides images to families w/ children under the age of 18 who have a parent w/ terminal cancer.

  • Flora Says:

    To learn to play the cello!

  • Katie Says:

    I want to take a bicycle tour of every major city I visit. (Inspired by David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries.)

  • Jo-Anne Says:

    Get my motorcycle license – oh, and have a meal at the French Laundry.

  • Belinda Says:

    Take a class for fun not for work

  • Emily Says:

    Visit all the wineries in the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. I’ve lived here for years and have only visited two!

  • Amber H. Says:

    Learn to swim.

  • Kara Says:

    One main thing on my life list is to visit Austalia and photograph the wildlife there! :)

  • Trish Says:

    I need to learn how to use a sewing machine, even just for simple things like hems.

  • Keyla V Says:

    Travel to Italy!

  • Bea Says:

    I need to see Italy, at least once if not more than once.

  • natalyn Says:

    One thing on my life list is to go on a ministry trip with my husband South Africa. There is a ministry and orphanage there that we support.

  • Jill E. Says:

    Stand up for myself or something I care about, on the spot. Concisely and gracefully, without being weird. I’m not very good when i’m put on the spot, but I will improve!

  • Sarah C. Says:

    Sew something I’m proud to wear (I guess I should add that I don’t know the first thing about sewing).

  • Sarah Says:

    One of the first things I crossed off my Life List (only a few months ago) was going to a drive in movie. This was all inspired b/c there was a drive in in my town that we would always see and then it closed right after we moved there. This was 20 years ago.

    I JUST found out yesterday that this drive in that has inspired so much longing for 20 years showed exclusively porn. PORN has been fueling my Life List this whole time and I had no idea. Clearly it worked though.

  • Audra Says:

    To open my own studio in the DC area with my sister in law. With great photography, eclectic crafts and a little coffee shop too!

  • Debbie Says:

    To visit Barcelona and see/spend time at all the Gaudi sights (leaving tomorrow, for a long weekend!)

  • Racheal Hollowell Says:

    Travel and photograph all the old clapboard churches I can possible find, them make a book of them for myself.

  • Rachel Lew Says:

    One really big thing on my life is to knit a sweater for myself. It might take a year (or two!) but I will do it!

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to start a tradition of taking a trip for my birthday every year.

  • Shana Pote Says:

    Run a 5K.

  • Heather M. Says:

    One of the items on my list, is to go on a storm-chasing tour. I just discovered that not only do these exist, but they have ones that are specifically for photographers. Saving up right now–can’t wait!!

  • Krisha Says:

    To take a bike tour of Italy.

  • Carrie Says:

    Take a photography class and really learn how to use my camera.

  • brittany Says:

    buy and remodel my dream house and take lots of pictures of it

  • heathre Says:

    Travel (and excessively photograph) iceland.

  • Dina Says:

    kiss my husband under the eiffel tower! hope to do it next year for our 10th year anniversary!

  • Kasey Says:

    Get a job that allows me more time with my family.

  • Carrie Says:

    Graduate from college and get a great job

  • Jean MacLeod Says:

    To take the perfect picture, of course!

  • Betsy Says:

    Find out what job would make me happy and then go get it!!!

  • Amy Says:

    The two things on my life list right now are to finish my bachelor’s degree and find the love of my life. :)

  • Jenny, Crash Test Mommy Says:

    Teach my daughters to roller skate.

  • Amy Says:

    Visit Sweden.

  • katie Says:

    to ride on the back of a cute boy’s motorcycle (while he’s driving it, obviously!)

  • pixie sticks | Cathy Says:

    watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field (guess that’ll have to wait till next year….go giants!).

  • Julie Says:

    To run my first marathon which I will do November 7th in NYC!

  • Angela Says:

    To volunteer for a cat rescue organization (and not come home with an armload of kittens every day).

  • Celeste Says:

    Run a 5k!

  • Kizz Says:

    The first dog I ever had died a year ago this past Sunday. A couple of months ago my new dog found me. He’s only about 18 months old and 16 inches long but he’s turned up to 11, 12 if he’s well rested. I’ve been struggling. Struggling with the loss, struggling with the gain, struggling with having a new dog around, struggling with how smart he is and how dumb I feel when I can’t keep ahead of him (8 times out of 10, guaranteed). A few days ago, though, I hit on a way to help. I’m going to put “Train a dog to be a Canine Good Citizen or Delta Dog (hopefully Eddie)” on my life list. I think the extra motivation of the life listing community and how much I like to accomplish things on the list are going to help me enjoy the journey and see the process of training and trusting and loving this new dog in a kinder light. Kinder to him but kinder to myself, too.

    Thanks for the life list community. On this, as in so many other things, I really needed it.

  • Purnima Says:

    To be able to bake bread every week

  • Natalie Says:

    Taking pictures in Italy would be lovely! :-)

  • Anna Says:

    Take my dad out of the country. He has never been and traveling has always been my favorite thing. I want to share that with him. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Coyote Says:

    I’d like to own a tiny storefront where I sold my handmade photo greeting cards, candles, soaps, jewelry and muffins, and a few stellar thrift store finds. I would keep a pot full of tea brewing, and customers would be free to linger and chat in the super-comfy seating areas.

  • Shelly Says:

    To run a marathon.

  • Austin Says:

    I am just starting my life list, but three I want to complete are:

    1. Buy a house
    2. Visit the Caribbean
    3. Have a second baby

    and of course take lots of pictures of all three.

  • Amanda Says:

    potty train my daughter!!

  • JoAnn Says:

    I’m recording family voices … Grandma talking about quilting, the kids talking about video games, the uncles about football, etc… Anything ordinary.

  • Beth Says:

    Travel Europe and photograph it with my husband

  • Cristina Says:

    One of the items on my life list is to sleep in a castle. I think it has a strong possibility of coming true this next spring. We’re hiking Hadrian’s Wall, with a side trip to Scotland. As a matter of fact, I’m GOING to make it happen. I know it’ll be a cold place, and not the fairy tale most people imagine… But it’ll be AWESOME nonetheless!

  • Sarah Says:

    Finish an Ironman triathlon.

  • Betsy Says:

    In all honesty, to become a great photographer and get paid for what I love to do best!

    Also, find a cure for my dilbating Fibromyalgia…

  • Emma Says:

    The most pressing item on my life list is to become a professional photographer. I was just recently laid off from my job, so the pressure is on!!

  • Kelsey Says:

    I don’t have a Life List but I’m going to start one and the first thing on it will be ‘MAKE A LIFE LIST’… That way I will have already gotten one thing finished and hopefully will keep the momentum going!

  • Tracey Kretch Says:

    Go to Tokyo and spend time visiting the mountains, shrines and city. And, take a bazillion pictures of it all!

  • Carolyn Says:

    My biggest goal is to show my daughter the world. I also hope to go to college some day.

  • Zeynep Says:

    Learn to play a musical instrument.
    Pull of a multiple course dinner for extended family.

  • Kerri Anne Says:

    Wear a flouncy hat to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Stacey Says:

    I’ve had a list for years, it’s still being modified, fully fully back having one and you are awesome for all of your encouragment for others.

    Currently to be completed:
    restore something old (preferably a house)
    Live in a foreign country
    meet my future children
    Eat a regional food from every state while in that state (halfway done)

  • Diane Lee Says:

    Travel to the Galapagos Islands…

  • Kathi Says:

    I want to take my children to all the places where their dad and I lived when we were kids: Juneau, AK, Honolulu, and Middlebury, VT.

  • Kevyn Says:

    Live in Buenos Aires. Learn to tango.

  • Lacie R. Says:

    To climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

  • Renee' Says:

    Go to Paris…and I’ll be headed there on the 15th…all of these things would be great for my trip! :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Window Says:

    To live on a houseboat for at least a year. Preferably in a quaint European town (or Seattle).

  • Patty Says:

    Go zip-lining
    Take my husband on a cross-country road trip
    See glaciers

  • Alicia W. Says:

    I would like to live in a spanish speaking country for at least 6 months.

  • Talar Says:

    to win a tennis tournament!

  • Kelly Says:

    Travel abroad with my husband for our 10 year anniversary (6 more years to plan) and more immediately, have a new job by this time next year.

  • hillary Says:

    how sweet is this giveaway?
    Life List? It’s a perfect time of year for me to:
    learn how to can (tomatoes, applesauce, etc.)

  • Karen Young Says:

    Ride a bicycle from the northern-most to the southern-most tip of Sweden!

  • Debbie W Says:

    To have afternoon tea with my cousin in England as we laugh and talk together….just like when we were teens.

  • Andree Close Says:

    It is my dream to own property in Moab! Gorgeous place. I go there every March for the Half Marathon!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Volunteer as a teacher for the Adult Learn to Read program at the Community Centre.

  • Kelly Says:

    Going to ANWR to see polar bears in their natural habitat!

  • Lauren K Says:

    I want to create my dream home!

  • Julie Says:

    I didn’t get around to it this summer but next year I plan to learn to surf.

  • Rachel Says:

    I know it’s pretty cliche, but…run a marathon. I ran a half a couple of weeks ago, so I am on my way there!

  • Jen R Says:

    I ran my first (and let’s face it, probably only) marathon in June. Felt amazing to cross something off the list, and also to know that I could do it!

  • Kristi Says:

    To learn to bake the perfect croissant.

  • Faetra Says:

    Learn to play guitar and perform in front of a crowd of more than ten.

  • Anita Says:

    I am 6 chapters into writing a book. The only thing on my life list right now besides finishing that book is traveling to a new country every 2-3 months. Unfortunately work gets in the way of these things. Which is why the flats and that camera bag are so perfect!

  • Amber Arbello Says:

    I would love to travel to each state to see the beauty in it, to taste the foods, and to try what each state is known for. Then gather all of my findings, and document it all in a book. All while carrying my Lola camera bag with me.

    That, or take a 300 day world cruise doing the same thing!

  • Tracy Says:

    Visit Outer Mongolia. When I was a little kid, my mother would threaten to run away to Outer Mongolia when we started driving her just a leetle too crazy. When Mom died this spring, I realized she never made it there. I’m gonna make it there, for her. And for the yurts.

  • Lisa Says:

    Gearing up to make my daughter the homemade Halloween costume of her choice, just like my mom used to make for me!

  • Lauren E. E. Says:

    When my son is old enough, I want to take him to Angkor Wat. I think it would be a magical place for a young boy to explore, and I can’t wait to share my passion for world travel with him.

  • Jaime Says:

    Memorize a joke that I can tell WITHOUT MAKING A MISTAKE.

  • nikki james Says:

    One more baby…maybe two

  • Alicia Says:

    I will make my own coffee table, including turning the legs.

  • Katie M Says:

    Starting a book club!!

  • erin Says:

    ride on a float in a parade!

  • Jules Says:

    Create awesome holidays for my baby (and me).

  • Tara Says:

    Grow my business enough that I can live comfortably & be my own boss—- FULL TIME. and use my time to raise my kids :) and wear tieks!

  • Mandy Christian Says:

    Something on my life list that’s hugely important to me? #48. Dedicate my photography skills to an overseas mission organization

    Oh and # 19. own an Epiphanie camera bag! haha
    My entire list is here: http://mjphotos.squarespace.com/imported-20101001151620/2010/8/18/feeling-inspired-my-life-list.html

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to enter :)

  • Kristi Says:

    I want to take a long cruise through the Holy Lands.

  • Jeanette Says:

    To go to Paris with my husband.

  • Michelle Whitlow Says:

    Such a beautiful bag!!! I love that red!! One thing on my Life List is definitely to visit Australia!!!

  • Lindsey @ I Run in Heels. Says:

    Bungee jump off the Bridge to Nowhere

  • MissMaggieMay Says:

    I want to read Harry Potter in Arabic!

  • Allison Says:

    To turn my photography business into a full time career which will allow me to pay off my husband’s art school debt and be a “work at home” mom.
    I lust after those camera bags!! So beautiful!

  • Tonya Says:

    Take my mother on a long, slow trip to Sweden. Let’s walk the walk mom!

  • The Small Gal Says:

    I just started my life list a few months ago, and I’ve got 50 items so far.

    #24: Drink Coffee and eat Pain au chocolat with my mom in Paris.

  • Connie Says:

    To really, really , learn to let go of all annoying , worrisome and heavy things and just breathe in good clean thoughts and energy.

  • Photomagic Says:

    To get my photo business up and running full steam ahead!! :)

  • Alexandra Says:

    To publish a short story.

  • sarawr Says:

    One of the more achievable items on my Life List is taking a photography class and getting comfortable with my camera. This is clearly fate.

  • Laura Says:

    To go back to college and take Spanish language classes

  • Anne Says:

    Become a member of a local book club and stay in the club for at least one year.

  • Amber W Says:

    I know it doesn’t sound as thrilling and exciting as many of the other posts…
    But here’s mine..
    To become a mom

  • Carly Says:

    Part 2: Build a life size Scrabble set in our backyard!
    Part 1: Own a home with a backyard!

  • Lydia Says:

    On my life list… I’d like to sew a quilt.

  • Brecken Says:

    Write a comparable-to-fancy-nancy-but-for-boys book. I’ve got two boys, and find it depressing there isn’t any fun, cute, vocabulary building stories for boys. Don’t get me started on superhero books.

  • Sara Says:

    #1…make a life list! I’ve been meaning to, I swear!

  • Victoria Says:

    I really want to see the Northern Lights

  • Cassidy Says:

    to have a baby.

  • Wendy Says:

    Learn to speak French.

  • Shanee Says:

    To ride a roller coaster w/o passing out.

  • Skye Marie Says:

    At the top of my life list is living abroad for a couple of years. My fiance and I are working to make this a reality. We hope to move to Lima, Peru in May!

  • Stephanie Says:

    (Please don’t disqualify me if this shows up twice – my computer hung just after I hit the Submit button and then crashed. I wasn’t sure it went through)

    I want to volunteer as a teacher for the Adult Learn to Read program at my local community centre.

    I am also going to travel to and spend at least a night in each of Canada’s provinces & territories – I’ve done 6 already.

  • Linnea Krizsan Says:

    To really learn how to use my digital slr camera.

  • lois Says:

    I would like to ride in a hot air balloon.

  • Sarah Says:

    Hug a redwood.

  • Jenn Says:

    Climb to the top of a lighthouse- did a couple weeks ago while on vacation.

    Next- Try sushi.

  • Rose Says:

    Beat my roach phobia.

  • Jenna Says:

    Ride in the bucket of a bulldozer.

  • Jennifer Says:

    I finally picked an apple from a tree I planted, and it was delicious!

  • sugarleg Says:

    get married again, but this time to my true love. have joyous, surprise wedding. live authentically, exceptionally, happily ever after.

  • Andrea Meyers Says:

    To take my girls when they’re older, on the most fantastic family vacation to Europe. Or, ladies shopping trip to NYC for their 16th birthdays.

  • Tara Barragan Says:

    On my life list…… To finish my BSN.

  • Nicole Schlimmer Says:

    I would like to carve out a career helping brain injury patients. After suffering a traumatic brain injury a little over a year ago I realize how many people have helped me to recover this much, I feel like I could help someone else because I know where they are coming from…now I just have to figure out how to help!

  • Jenn Says:

    To walk/explore the Cinque Terre in Northern Italy.
    Bellissimo!

    (Oh, and to learn Italian before I go!)

  • Jen Says:

    I just checked something off my lift list this weekend: sew something I would be proud to wear in public. Made a pregnancy shirt, wore it to church, many nice comments ensued! Success!!!

  • Amy Says:

    Sew myself a dress.

  • Addie Butler Says:

    Learning how to create and love my photos straight out of the camera

  • Dani Degenhardt Says:

    To grow old with my hubby!

  • kate Says:

    I want to throw responsiblity to the wind and take my little family to live Italy for a year. And while there, I want to paraglide.

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Allison Says:

    Join a Brazilian samba band!

  • Caroline Milyard Says:

    To go back to germany!

  • Allison Says:

    Join a Brazilian samba band. I love that samba!

  • Melody Says:

    To build a sanctuary for people with environmental illnesses.

  • Sue Says:

    To photograph the chameleons in Madagascar.

  • Janice Says:

    I made it my goal to do 3 of my life list goals in 3 months and have managed 2 out of 3:

    -Show Andy how much fun Oktoberfest can be -> Done. Rocked out in our lederhosen and dirndls in Munich last weekend with steins of Bier!

    -Vroom! Vroom! Get my Irish driver’s license -> Done. Passed me test yesterday! Yay!

    -Take fancy dress for Halloween VERY seriously -> In progress. Shera costume purchased and Andy’s Heman is en route. Oh yeah!

  • Meagan Says:

    To get a handle on my camera and start capturing these magic moments with my 8-month-old… something a cute, comfy pair of shoes and amazing photography accessories would certainly help motivate!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Visit my brother in Alaska.

  • Gwynne Says:

    To make, start to finish, one shirt that I would be willing to wear in public.

  • Kristi Novotny Says:

    Own horses – at least 3 – and go riding with my sons.

  • Lauren Says:

    Spend Christmas in an Italian villa

  • Tricia Says:

    go back to college.

  • Kate @ Savour Fare Says:

    Make a croquembouche. Also, make a life list.

  • Lauren Says:

    Learn Photoshop!

  • Amy Says:

    To learn to play one song on the guitar all the way through.

  • Gina Says:

    Go to the Getty in LA.

  • Erica McIntosh Says:

    Take a real vacation with my family. One that doesn’t involve a wedding, photography, or the military!

  • Sarah Says:

    I have already checked off one item: I am spending the year living in Haifa, Israel! I am in the process of checking off another item: I’ve made inquiries into taking sailing lessons on the Mediterranean Sea and just need to find enough English speakers to split the cost of the instruction.

  • regan Says:

    try 100 cocktails.

  • Janna Says:

    I want to take my family to a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field.

  • Lisa H. Says:

    To drive the romantic road in Germany, stopping along the way to visit castles etc.

  • Kate Says:

    I only have a couple more months to finish up my thirty by thirty list. Next up…skydiving!

  • Ali Says:

    Have a baby! (on track for this winter…)

  • Katarzyna Says:

    To have my own house:)

  • Emily Says:

    To be debt free!

  • Emily Norton Says:

    To make some sort of positive impact in healthcare reform

    To see my children grow up to be happy adults

    Own a modern house on the hillside in Duluth and live there happily ever after

  • Tina Says:

    To master arm balances in yoga (so far my crow is grounded – no flight there!)

  • Leslie Says:

    To fit into my high school prom dresses again. I’m getting there! :)

  • Alyssa Says:

    Live in the mountains.

  • Emily Says:

    I’m finally crossing things off my list. I’m halfway through my photography class and next up is glassblowing!

  • Ari Says:

    To learn how to skate.

  • Deanna Says:

    Stay at the Ice Hotel in Quebec.

  • Shannon Says:

    Just crossed one of mine of my list on saturday: run a 5k. Next year: a half marathon

  • Caitlin Says:

    Pie someone.

  • Shauna Says:

    Finish my BA!

  • patricia williams Says:

    To travel to Greece to photograph the beautiful countryside.

  • carrie Says:

    see iguazu falls

  • Mary Says:

    I’d like to visit every state in the U.S. For starters…

  • Devon Says:

    I want to live in Argentina for a year!

  • Anna Says:

    I want to become a great Nurse Practitioner, love what I do, and learn spanish!

  • pixie Says:

    Oh I have a very long life-list but for this I’ll put, Visit Italy (sans kids!) with my husband! And of course, bring my camera :D

  • Lauren Clarke Says:

    Raise chickens from eggs

  • darah Says:

    to travel internationally with my daughter. or oldest daughter – whatever she turns out to be :)

  • Madge Says:

    To visit Barcelona!

  • Tara Says:

    Start a blog.

    I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. I write posts in my head while I lie in bed at night, but the fear of putting my thoughts out there paralyzes me. Ugh, damn anxiety.

  • Maia Says:

    Stay in a yurt for the weekend.

  • Krystle Says:

    Get a successful career in fashion.

  • jes Says:

    To watch the sunrise while kayaking on Lake Tahoe.

  • Meagan Says:

    I just added “take a photography class” to my list AND even better, I just checked something off – take a trapeze class. It was amazing and I recommend it to anyone who has ever wanted to run away and join the circus or who is convinced a workout can’t be fun. I went with two friends and we had so much fun we signed up for a 8 week course.

  • Molly Says:

    I’d like to meet a president. Any president.

  • Anjali Says:

    to build a house for Habitat for Humanity, preferably as a multi-generational family “vacation” – children, parents, grandparents.

  • Erika Says:

    Turn 14 years of family photos and video clips into kickass short movies set to good music, one for each year. Bonus points for making copies for each kid’s treasure chest.

  • brit Says:

    have a baby.

  • Meredith Says:

    Wow! It took a lot of scrolling to get all the way down here. I kinda wish I was Meredith #421, but I’ll settle for Meredith #1972.

    I want to see a moose in the wild, preferably in the snow while drinking cocoa from a porch.

  • Yanina Markova Says:

    Learn to tango.

  • laura.q Says:

    learn to take better photographs
    travel to denmark
    learn to letterpress and screenprint

  • Deena Says:

    To be able to quit my dayjob and pursue my photography full-time, capturing moments and memories around the world!

  • Amy Says:

    I want to spend a Girls’ Weekend in NYC with my mom and my sister.

  • Amy Says:

    I have a lot of things I want to do on my Life List but I am most excited to try to send my parents on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii. They deserve it.

  • elysia Says:

    to grow/raise all of the food i eat

  • michelle Says:

    Sunrise on a volcano. Preferably in Hawaii.

  • Tami A Says:

    I re-crossed something from my list: we took our son back to Disneyland. The first time he was only 4 months old, so it didn’t count (for him, I had a blast!) We took him back when he turned 4 years old, a few weeks ago. And HE had a blast too.

  • Kayt Says:

    I’m running my first half marathon this weekend, on my way to crossing “run a marathon” off my life list.

  • Ashley Says:

    Since making a life list, I find that I have so much more direction with my accomplishments.

    One of the ones I’m working on right now is “Learn to play the bass guitar.” It’s going fairly well, if I do say so myself. Bass playing chicks are hot.

    One of the ones I look forward to accomplishing is watching my sister and brother-in-law graduate from college.

  • Leslie Says:

    Visit the international space station.

  • MMR Says:

    Spend the night in “my” lighthouse without being removed by local law enforcement.

  • Elena Melling Says:

    I’ve been married 7 years and and am a professional photographer, but I have yet to finish our Wedding Album.–> Finish my wedding album keepsake!

  • Joanna Says:

    So…this is true. Last Saturday morning…I met Wonder Woman…together, we fought AIDS.

  • Deirdre Says:

    To get back into shape so that I can be the kind of mom my kids deserve.

  • Sif Says:

    Write a children’s book… even if it is only read by my own children!

  • Lori Says:

    Lie in the grass and stare up at the Eiffel Tower while holding my husband’s hand.

  • Kristin Steiner Says:

    Swim naked in the ocean. At night.

  • diana Says:

    to make merangues. and learn how to spell them! i meant meringues.

  • Emily Says:

    Make out with a celebrity.

  • Tali Says:

    The cooler weather has inspired me to focus on one of the items on my list – to learn how to knit! I was given a very basic lesson last year, and youtube and google have been helping me with the rest.

    This weekend I’m also attempting another item – to bake (cook?) a souffle!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Spend an entire day in silence….blissful silence.

  • Eleanor Says:

    Travel to all 7 continents (5 down, 2 to go!)

  • Sandra Says:

    Take aerial arts classes.

  • Carrie Says:

    Write a snail mail letter once a week for a year.

  • Melissa Says:

    Vacation in Italy with my husband and 3 kids before the oldest is 10. I have 7 years to achieve this.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Travel to Ireland to see the Winter Soltice sunrise at New Grange.

  • Life in Eden Says:

    travel the pacific northwest

  • Anne Marie Sumner Says:

    To see Paris with my husband

  • Kayemgi Says:

    Some of my favorites from my newly updated Life List are:

    2. Instill a sense of appreciation and respect, if not love, for reading, the outdoors and do-it-yourself-ness in my kids

    17. Feed a giraffe

    22. Celebrate 1,000 successes, small or large

  • Crystal Says:

    Raft the Grand Canyon

  • BB Says:

    Master a perfect pie crust.
    Read Little Women to a child.

  • San Diego Momma Says:

    Finish my novel; have it published.

  • Chryse Says:

    Knit a fancypants lace shawl.

  • Jenn M Says:

    Trace my genealogy back to my ancestors from Ireland.

  • Cassie Says:

    Make snow angels with my kids.

  • Marie Says:

    climb mount kilimanjaro!

  • y2k1sophie Says:

    Learn to surf

  • Micaela Says:

    To learn to sew from a pattern.

  • Laura Says:

    start each day for 1 month with 15 mins of meditation, go skydiving, and stop bitching about something and try to change it.

  • Hannah Says:

    Do something in the rain, in the nude!

  • Jemima Says:

    Build a house! This is very unlikely as I am very unhandy.

  • Michelle Says:

    Number 26 on my list: Waltz to “Moon River.”

  • Jan Says:

    I want to go to Ireland. Hopefully, this will happen next year, but if not, it stays on the list until it happens!

  • Laurie Says:

    Take my son to Disney world. I think we are on the right road here, and may pull it off in Feb. My husband was in a rollover this Feb, and our lives rolled over with the truck. Maybe a little time away from here, would be good medicine for our souls. I know my little guy would be jumping for joy if we get to.

  • Leslie Says:

    live in another country for a year! (for me that would be Vietnam!)

  • sp Says:

    next up on the life list: visit Vietnam – to learn more about my heritage and learn some medical Vietnamese so i can better serve my patients

  • Ilya Monroe Says:

    My Life List is 20 items deep and the next two I’m tackling are #15 Learn to Jump Double Dutch and #1 Become Fit Enough to Do a Back Flip. #1 is a process but can surely be done. #15 I’m SO excited about. I reached out to a friends younger sister and we’re going to set something up. I am going to be the coolest girl in 28th Grade!

  • Kristi K. Says:

    I would love to take a painting class.

  • Miss Britt Says:

    Visit Paris. For months.

  • Andrea Says:

    Wow – all these comments are so inspiring! I want to spend a day on a tugboat, start an apple cidery, and be proud of the way I raised my child(ren).

  • Nicole Says:

    Take a riding class!

  • Billie Earley Says:

    The eyes are windows to your soul. I would love to use my photography as a witness to everyone by taking photos that show God’s abundant love for all of us. It would be awesome to ride a train all thorough Europe doing just that!! Of course Lola would accompany me on my travels!!
    Blessings
    Blessings to all

  • Amy M. Says:

    Go to Europe with the Hubs

  • Cat Says:

    Go back to Vienna (I studied abroad there) and play tour guide for a loved one.

  • Abbie Says:

    Still working on the life list, but one of my recent goals is to “send my grandmother a care package each month.” So far, so good.

  • Jen Says:

    My life list has so invaded my mind that every so often I skim the list only to realize I’ve completed things on it without thinking “right now I am completing an item on my life list!

  • Nikki Says:

    Walk, not crawl, across the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Jacinta Says:

    Wow! This is fun! I wrote my list and started working on it. Then I went back and read it through again, only to be surprised at how inspiring it was. Thanks Maggie!

  • dani Says:

    I just decided to add this one: live in a state that has a real Fall season. 10 years on California and now 8 months in Hawaii and I would love to enjoy a nice fall evening.

  • Nicole Says:

    Travel to Africa – it’s been on my life list before I knew I had a life list.

  • SunnyMissRae Says:

    finish my BA, and actually do something with it!

  • cj Says:

    Run a marathon. See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

  • Kat Says:

    Crossed off in August: Get a dog.

    We got our second (and final) one today! :)

  • Brittany Says:

    I want to buy and fix up a VW van, paint it teal, and road trip with my husband and dogs across the US…oh, and run a marathon… and do a trek from Kenya to S. Africa.

  • Susan Says:

    To visit the Galapagos Islands and see the blue footed boobies!

  • Jill Says:

    to break an entire set of dishes.

  • Heather Says:

    Take my kids overseas (before they turn into teenagers)!

  • Shannon Says:

    To travel to greece with or without my kids, but with camera in hand!

  • Jen Says:

    Oh I would love love to win the bag!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tami Says:

    To go ziplining in Costa Rica.

  • Susie Jones Says:

    I want to go somewhere, anywhere, with my husband. We have been married 7 years, and the entire marriage, his elderly mother has lived with us. She has Alzheimer’s, and, due to a fall, has not been able to walk since. My husband works, and I stay at home and give her constant care. Our entire marriage, we have never spent one night alone, or away from home. To help with the isolation,my husband, because of my love of photography, bought me a nice DSLR camera. My life list would consist of finally going someplace with my husband and taking lovely photos to remember it by.

  • AmyS Says:

    To write a book.

  • Jessica Says:

    Skydiving!

  • Desiree Says:

    I want to run a half marathon and shoot 100 clients before next year!

  • Jennifer Says:

    I want to cruise the Greek Islands.

  • Rebecca Kaufmann Says:

    I want to go on an African Safari! This has always been a dream and really hope to do it one day.

  • Corrie Says:

    To take painting and photography classes!

  • Danyelle Says:

    I want my husband and me to go on a honeymoon. We didn’t get to when we got married and had hoped to after Thanksgiving this year, but the people we had planned on babysitting for us fell through.

  • Jenn Bo Says:

    One sweet: Be a foster parent during my sabbatical.
    One fun: Visit a coffee cooperative in Costa Rica.

  • Anna Says:

    Own and be able to use a dishwasher before I am 40 :)

  • Kristin Says:

    Take photos in NYC! (And I have a plan to get there!)

  • Madelyn Says:

    Run a Marathon!

    and, as I am not a runner this might prove to be quite difficult but I want to start enjoying to run with the ultimate goal of running a marathon.

  • wendy Says:

    Go to the Galapagos!

  • Kim Mangan Says:

    Get a driver’s license. (I turned 30 this year, by the way….)

  • Catherine D. Says:

    be a contestant on the price is right!

  • Jennifer Louise Says:

    To travel the world and then settle down in Nashville, TN.

  • Janet Says:

    Learn to knit socks…half a sock done!

  • Shevaun Says:

    A holiday alone with my husband & no kids! (Preferably Tropical)

  • Jenny Says:

    A week in Santorini…to ride in a hot air balloon…to drive around the racetrack in a Nascar track…

  • Julie Says:

    Near the top of my Life List is to hike Machu Picchu with my husband.

  • Virenda Mendoza Says:

    I desperately want to go to Costa Rica with my husband and spend the whole time walking through the jungles and taking a tour of all the volcanoes.

  • Jenny Says:

    Travel to South America….

  • Jackie Says:

    Speak pretty decent French to a pretty decent waiter in a pretty decent cafe in Paris.

  • Prairie Mother Says:

    Hike the Grand Canyon with my kids.

  • Kinsey Says:

    Someday, I will go to India.

  • Perry Says:

    Travel the world with a purpose- share a blog adorned with photographs where others can read about beautiful places, delicious food and interesting people.

  • Claire Says:

    make a quilt – unfortunately, I won’t be able to do this before my grandmother passes away – as she is in hospice and very sick – but I can do it in memory of her

  • Lee Says:

    Learn to swim before my 2.5 year old realizes I can’t.

  • LadyG Says:

    Travel to the highlands of Scotland and buy the warmest, knittyest sweater possible. :)

  • Anne Marie Miller Says:

    I want to learn to use (and use) a DSLR. When we were gearing up for our new baby, I got talked into buying a non-SLR. I like it and have taken some great pictures of our daughter, but I suspect I’d have better “action shots” of our babe if I could adjust it more. (She wiggles a lot. She’s three months old. I expect she will only move around more, rather than less, as she grows older.)

  • Kim Says:

    Write more. Everyday.

  • Tia Vasquez Says:

    Learning to throw knives. :)

  • Barb Says:

    To attend a class Pilchuck glass school!

  • DiaryofWhy Says:

    Get through one and a half more semesters of grad school, get a job, travel somewhere. Wait, did you say one thing?

  • Katie Says:

    To live in a house on the beach.

  • Arielle Says:

    to be an artist included in the DeCordova Museum’s annual exhibition.

  • Puna Says:

    To have a big enough house boat that I won’t feel the rocking. Wait – that’s my husband’s life list. Oh well…

  • Amy Bradburn Says:

    To learn everything there is to know about my digital SLR and the accessories I have too!

  • Shilpy Says:

    go anywhere and everywhere with my essentials: dslr, books, iphone, mbp.

  • Stacey Says:

    Go on a REAL African safari

  • angel Says:

    Visit all of the National Parks in the US.

  • Beth Says:

    hike the Appalachian Trail

  • Christy Says:

    I was lucky enough to check something off my life list today… to see a no hitter. It’s a life list item that is tough to achieve because you can’t predict it– you just have to go to a whole lot of games and hope for the best.

    After going to 15 Phillies games this season, I got to see Roy Halladay pitch in person for the first time today and he pitched the second no hitter in MLB post season history. It was incredible!

  • Barb @ getupandplay Says:

    ooh, I covet.

    One of my life list items that I’ve been dreaming about a lot recently is having an incredible front porch.

  • Janet Says:

    Learn to knit.

  • Alison Says:

    One day, I will be on a nationally televised game show. I know it!

  • Annissa Says:

    Scuba dive the great barrier reef in Australia!

  • Sara Says:

    Travel to Italy with my hubby!

  • wendy Says:

    learn how to sew and design my own clothes (and in the process, get over my mystification of simple machines)!

  • Terebene Says:

    Travel to Venice!

  • Kate Says:

    After reading about these life lists I started working on my own. It’s hard to create. But one thing I know I want to do is try being a vegan — a giant step for my cheese-loving vegetarian self.

  • Lara Says:

    One item on my life list? Grow my hair long enough to donate to Locks of Love. I have a bit of a problem with cutting my hair Peter Pan short right about the time it gets to my shoulders…

  • guinevere Says:

    #47: Conduct a choir and orchestra in Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

  • Bree Says:

    Travel to Norway and hike to Prekestolen.

  • Libby Says:

    Become fluent in Arabic.

  • Leticia Says:

    Visit the Egyptian pyramids

  • ana-maria Says:

    see more of the world!

  • Nicole Says:

    I want to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

  • Kim Wright Says:

    I will be checking off my “visit Washington DC” this December when I go spend a week with my son who is in the Navy and stationed in MD! So excited to be raalizing this dream and getting to see my boy at the same time!

  • Crystal Says:

    Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov; own a pink house by the ocean; do 5 minutes of standup; set up a scholarship at my high shcool.

  • Amy N Says:

    Life list –
    France with my daughter

  • CarolineK Says:

    write a kids book

  • andrea Says:

    I long to see the pyramids of Egypt!

  • Ashley Pendleton Says:

    Take my kids to DisneyWorld :)

  • Raechel Says:

    Foster a child.

  • Deva Says:

    I want to run a marathon. :-)

  • Kristin Says:

    Spend a month in Asia photgraphing the sights.

  • Jennifer K Gonnella Says:

    Pay off all my debt! Then get a hot tub!

  • Trista Says:

    To jump out of an airplane with the US Army Golden Knights. Wahoo!!!!

  • WKS Says:

    I thought I commented yesterday, but I don’t see it now. Hopefully this won’t count as a double post!

    One of my items? I’d like to sign my dog up for a basic obedience class with the ultimate goal of training him to become a therapy dog.

  • Lauren C. Says:

    Learn to speak Italian and go back to Burano with my fiance. Such a beautiful island!

  • Vickimae Says:

    Tell a story that is featured on The Moth podcast!

  • Erica Says:

    I only just started mine but already love the whole process. Here’s one I added today.

    Visit Oma within the next year and have her teach me how to make potato pancakes from scratch.

  • brie Says:

    visit Ireland with my husband and our beautiful little girl and see in real life what I think is gorgeous in pictures.

  • nakedjen Says:

    to be photographed by spencer tunick. please.

  • sheeatscrayons Says:

    thru hike the appalachian trail [with my as yet-unadopted/fostered kids as a year of 'home study'] <3

  • Julie Says:

    I want my business to really blossom in the next year and a half, and be able to get an actual studio instead of just doing outdoor stuff.

  • Katie Says:

    Learn to grow vegetables. And now I can actually do it – we just moved into a house that has a garden!

  • Gemma Says:

    Make a ‘free box’ for the utility pole in front of our house.

  • Michelle Says:

    Try and capture Nessie on film!! And tour Scotland in the process!!

  • Kristen Says:

    On my life list, cafe and marzipan in an adorable Swiss village with my now-4 year old daughter.

  • Su Says:

    On my life list: Be a speaker at a TED event!

  • Angela Says:

    With my husband, take my children to the many cities in Germany where his family lives, including visiting my husband’s uncle, Josef, who we named one of our twin boys after. (the other twin is named after my husband’s dad, Leo). Leo & Josef were also twins–my husband’s dad has passed away–

    Traveling with my children is high on my life list!!

  • Jill Says:

    start a family with my husband. :)

  • joanna p. Says:

    complete a marathon.

  • Marguerite Says:

    To learn how to knit

  • Hannah faith Says:

    I’m working on the homey things on my list now, like learning how to knit.

  • Laura Says:

    On my list is to live on a boat, so my man and I are currently stashing money (a little at a time!) to buy a sailboat that we can live on and travel the world!

  • emily Says:

    One thing on my life list is to take an overnight trip on a sailboat. If only I had a boat. Or knew how to sail. Details, details.

  • Mel Says:

    One of my goals is to convert my Garage into a veritable Girl Cave. It will be a combination fiber studio (housing my looms, fiber and spinning wheel), there will be a dark room space and finally a big comfy couch and well stocked mini bar fridge!

  • Debra Says:

    I want to live in the mountains with a beautiful view from my back porch.

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to completely decorate a room, including pictures.

  • Kara G Says:

    Open an arts studio and teach/share my passion.

  • Sam Says:

    To complete an Olympic Distance triathlon.

    To explore Scotland – on my own, and take some amazing photos while I’m there.

  • amelia Says:

    Not be afraid to practice my (very limited) Cantonese/Mandarin.

  • Michelle Says:

    I have three things currently on my life list – I’m afraid that if I write them down, or add to them that they won’t happen…
    One is try out for roller derby. And I did it this September. I’ve only been to one practice, but it was amazing.
    Two is own my own craft store by the time I’m 40 so I can quit my current job and do what I love. This one… well… I haven’t done much yet. But I’m talking about it, which I suppose is a start.

  • NicoleT Says:

    To sing the national anthem at a professional sporting event. Not in the stands… but to be the one who is mic’d.

  • Jaimie Says:

    To find that perfect, sexy red dress to go out on a much needed date with my husband. :)

  • Sarah Says:

    It is so on my life list to own one of those bags and a camera for it and actually know how to use it! They are gorgeous! And then to know how to use everything Adobe makes to make a freaking awesome blog that pays my bills!

  • Krista J Says:

    Get married to my fiance on a beach

  • Nicole Says:

    Be paid to take pictures… with that, set up a studio in my basement

  • Melody Says:

    I am committed to completing three more things on my Life List before the end of the year, and identifying 5 things I want to really focus on for next year. I recently crossed some things off my List…I’m attending grad school and this weekend I will complete my first painting!

  • KTab Says:

    Visit Pompeii

  • Liesl Says:

    To float, canoe, or kayak the Missouri river from it’s headwaters to the merge w/ the Mississippi.

  • Abby Says:

    Have a baby.

  • Kelly H. in SC Says:

    Live in Hawaii where I can hear the surf all night.

  • Sneh Says:

    Learn how to ride a bike, so I can ride alongside my son. Also, go on a girls trip!!

  • Rebecca Says:

    To speak German well. I’m working on it!

  • Laura Says:

    I must visit Wales!

  • Holly Says:

    make a quilt!

  • Rhiannon Says:

    Make something I love, every week. This week was a Greek Salad Pizza(yum), Last week was a killer invite to my 29th b-day party.

  • Pamela Milogradov Says:

    I would love to spend some time of my life with my family living in Europe!

  • Elissa Dahlgren Says:

    I want to finish my college degree.

  • Casey Jo Says:

    To run a marathon

  • Jenny Says:

    This is probably top of my list- buy a dutch oven.

    (I’m pretty easy.) here’s my list- http://jennyinohio.blogspot.com/2010/06/life-list.html

  • slnoonanj Says:

    Going a whole year without forgetting any important birthday or anniversary. Unfortunately, I missed one yesterday, so now I have to start all over again :(

  • Rebecca Says:

    I want to ride a century — a 100 miles on a bicycle.

  • Lisa K Says:

    I want to go to Iceland.

  • LisaW Says:

    Write a short story

  • kayleen burke Says:

    I want to go on a photo tour of Paris and London.

  • Steph Moon Says:

    Adopt an orphan and advocate for orphans all over the world.

    I’m trying not to drool over the camera bag alone.

  • Melis Says:

    To swim with whale sharks off the coast of Mexico.

  • Kacey Anderson Says:

    A good friend of mine passed away from lung cancer; she was a 22 year old athlete and a non-smoker. I am going to raise awareness and help find a cure for lung cancer!

  • Beth Says:

    I’ve just started to compile my life list, but I am enjoying thinking about what I would really like to accomplish. This weekend, I’m starting a new tradition: Pancake Sundays!

  • Michelle Says:

    start a family

  • Tracy Eau Claire Says:

    Aweome giveaway as I’ve been drooling over this bag for quite some time. I’d love to run a heaviliy-sponsored, Disney World travel review blog.

  • Sue Says:

    finish reading The Power Broker – 2/3 done!

  • Vanessa Says:

    Ohhhh, I love it!

  • Kate L. Says:

    Go back and see my host family in Uzbekistan.

  • Katie Says:

    Get in a car and drive across the country, stopping to photograph strangers and friends in their homes.

  • ana maria Says:

    Have my own herb garden. We just bought a house with almost 2 acres of land. Looks like I’m getting here, huh? :)

  • Marisa Says:

    To finish a triathlon.

  • Sansanee Says:

    I would like to do a cross-country trip. Apparently I did this as a kid but I was only 8 months old, so I can’t recall much. I love a good road trip and I’ve covered a good stretch of the East Coast, but I’d like to change my axis and see different places and landscapes that I’ve only read about or seen in pictures or in the movies.

  • Teresa Tebbe Says:

    To open a small bakery!

  • amybee Says:

    See Mt. Saint Helens.

  • Hama Mama Says:

    Life list right now involves letting my boss know that I need to start working less before this baby comes out. Yeah, doesn’t sound hard, but trust me, it is.

  • Heather Says:

    Is it still open? I just signed up for a “learn to crochet class” at make workshops. And I must learn how!

  • renee Says:

    live alone in the woods for a year- thoreau style!

  • Tracy N. Says:

    Would love to do so many things…travel and shop like I’m independantly wealthy seems to top the “selfish side” of my Life List. However, I should probably just be content with raising happy and healthy children that become productive members of society. “and World Peace” LOL :-D

  • Beth Says:

    Take our kids (currently they are 3 and seven months) on a multi day bike trip.

  • Sharon Says:

    Complete a Marathon!

  • Meg Says:

    I want to open my own Etsy shop. I would love the camera bag so I have a safe place to tote my camera while I run around trying to snap pics of little ones in my kid’s clothes!

  • ViolaSaint Says:

    I’m hopefully going to complete this one this year: ride the full 109-mile distance of El Tour de Tucson. Fingers crossed that training goes well.

  • Elaina Stanley Says:

    I have SO many things on my life list, but one of them is to visit the Canary Islands. That’s where my paternal grandparents were from, and I’d love to see it before I die.

  • Sarah Says:

    I already ordered some in black, but orange would be fantastic! pick me pick me, oh please pick me!

  • betz Says:

    I have a “101 things in 1001″ days list because never know just how long this ‘life’ really is- we recently crossed off #3 “start our family”. I’m ten weeks and counting! Boy those shoes could work wonders for the pregnant-can’t-see her-shoes-girl i’ll be soon enough.

  • Denise A. Says:

    I took the Mondo Beyondo course and I already have one thing coming true! I am pregnant and due in just one month!

  • Liz Says:

    To ride a motorcyle on tree lined back road in the fall.

  • Jeannine Says:

    To have a baby. 40 is coming, I’d better hurry that one up!

  • Brenda Says:

    To learn as much as I can about photography…and become good enough people want to pay me for taking pictures!

  • katka Says:

    ha! I put a new thing on my lifelist today: afternoon tea at the Ritz in London… Ideally with a gorgeous new camera bag ;)

  • Franca Bollo Says:

    Swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park!

  • Sharon Says:

    To get out of my comfort zone and move to a big city. And it’s happening! Moving to New York at the end of November with a kick ass job to boot.

  • AppleTree Says:

    My mighty list, like so many things, has yet to leave my head.

    But “be a balloon handler in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” will definitely be included.

  • Sue Says:

    I entered a body building contest when I turned 40, just ran my first half-marathon last week as I turn 50, so I hope to do a triathlon before I turn 60!

  • Cyndi Says:

    Pick up a car in Germany and drive on the autobahn.

  • Kimberly Says:

    Take my oldest daughter to China so she can see where she was born.

  • Katie K Says:

    By the end of 2010 take the flight lesson!!

  • Rene Says:

    Learn the foxtrot!

  • Mia S Says:

    Travel to Ireland and Australia, but probably not in the same trip.

  • Misha Says:

    Live by the water while my kids are still young enough to play in it together.

  • NatC Says:

    Hike the Grand Canyon

  • Yvonne Says:

    Travel to Japan.

  • Cara Says:

    Ride on the Concorde or future equivalent. Sigh.

  • Jess Says:

    Run a mile without stopping, anyone who knows me can verify that this is a crazy-ambitious goal for me, but I think if I train I can do it!

  • sophie Says:

    As of this August, I crossed going to New Zealand off my list. I’m here on a year long working holiday visa and have added a bunch of things to my “New Zealand List”. Lots to accomplish…it’s going to be an exciting year!

  • Sarah Lena Says:

    When I was laid off in June, we learned how to get by on next to nothing. Things are looking up now, but I’m really really ready for the opportunity to not live on next to nothing .. but this time, be so much smarter about it.

  • Vera Says:

    Maybe not a life goal, but definitely a goal I’m concentrating on: lose weight and be healthier!

  • Laura Says:

    I’d like to find a no-fuss emergency black dress that doesn’t need to be pressed and works for casual and more formal events. I could have crashed a wedding reception this past weekend if I’d had something like that in my day-pack.

  • lindsaywillman Says:

    Graduate from BGSU – scheduled for December 18, 2010. It’s been a LONG 5.5 years (wedding, adoption, pregnancy) but it is finally here.

  • Jasmine Says:

    Join the Peace Corps!

  • Jeannine Says:

    to find a way to move myself, my partner, and my dog to paris for this summer to do some research and to remember what it is to live small inside and big outside again.

  • Carrie Says:

    To live where I can see and hear the ocean.

  • Bridget! Says:

    Be more adventurous in the kitchen. This week I successfully made turkey burgers stuffed with blue cheese and bacon! Yay!

  • LauraJ Says:

    Get a passport – check! Now to visit some foreign countries like the Caribbean this November/December!

  • Sheila Says:

    visit the Galapagos on an educational cruise

  • Shannon Says:

    Make a cottage style garden in my yard.

  • Käthe Says:

    Life list…

    Chickens in the backyard for fresh eggs every morning.

  • April G. Says:

    I want to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu.

  • Sarah M. Says:

    making a home out of my current house.

  • stephanie Says:

    During a dinner party, clear a big space in the living room, call everyone over and start a Soul Train dance line.

  • mischasone Says:

    This year: Run 10k

    Next year: Move to Sydney

  • Jenn Says:

    A silly thing on my life list is to have a real picnic. In a park, with an actual basket filled with bread, cheese, fruit, etc. And there has to be wine.

    I discovered Epiphanie bags after reading about Mighty Summit, and I am saving up my pennies to get one!

  • mp Says:

    Earn my PhD

    This is happening. And it’s already started. I think I’ve lost a little bit of my mind.
    But I won’t lie, getting to write “Dr. Rogers” is going to be pretty wicked awesome.

  • mjb Says:

    To live in another country for at least 6 months.

  • Addie Says:

    teach a class… as a professor!

  • Nadia Says:

    I wanna go to Oktoberfest in München and wear an authentic tracht from my Omi’s dorf.

  • Annie Says:

    Direct at least two feature films.

  • Lucia Says:

    Go to the top of the Empire State Building.

  • sizzle Says:

    One of the things on my life list is to go on a yoga retreat somewhere tropical.

  • viaKendra Says:

    Re-establish contact (friendship?) with my old college roommate, Tera.

  • Charity Says:

    Get a big, fluffy, exuberant dog!

  • Melanie Says:

    I want to create a photo album for each year of my child’s life.

  • Amanda Says:

    Three years after making a life list with: “Give birth without pain meds,” and I’m due in a week. Wish me luck.

  • Kelly Says:

    1: travel to Greece
    2: visit Egypt and see the pyramids
    3: have baby number 2-a girl would be wonderful
    4: win this amazing contest! Lol

  • Gillian James Says:

    To take dancing lessons with my husband…

  • Carina Says:

    to live in house with a dock on the california delta

  • Rachel Says:

    Go to Paris and makeout with my boyfriend in the Tuileries.

  • Kelly Says:

    To feel good in my body every day

  • Erin B. Says:

    Have a successful pregnancy… at least once…

  • Melissa Muirhead Says:

    to author a book that is published

  • karen Says:

    I can’t wait to buy a book, authored by my best friend, from a splash display in a big chain bookstore. As you might guess, this is a companion item to one on her life list… :)

  • Gin Says:

    Do a safari in Africa.

  • birchsprite Says:

    live by the sea again, so that I can walk to the beach to watch the sun go down.

  • WaywardGoddess Says:

    Wow, I just took a peek at my life list and I can’t believe all the things on it that I’m so close to completing
    Eat at a 5 star restaurant – My husband and I did this on our anniversary back in Feb. Spend enough to buy groceries for 2 weeks, but the meal was amazing

    Run a 5K – First one is next week, second one in the first weekend in Nov

    Participate in a flash mob
    Learn ballroom dancing
    I’m part of a ballroom class that is putting together a flash mob performance for a Halloween party.

    Successfully potty train a puppy – The puppy is almost a year old and I finally did it.

  • Mary Mihaha Says:

    Learn to play the banjo!

  • Kathy Says:

    To study yoga in southeast Asia!

  • Rachel Says:

    Take our kids to Africa.

  • Corley Says:

    I have already crossed “quit smoking” off of my list, now I need to get to work on “run a 5k.”

  • Rekha Says:

    TO take a photography class and use my new SKILZ on my trip to New Zealand!

  • Samantha Says:

    to go swing dancing

  • Emily M Says:

    To be able to be a stay at home mom

  • Courtney Says:

    Get my doctorate. Because, dammit, I took all the classes, now it’s only this dang dissertation (and my procrastination) standing in my way.

  • Dominique Elkins Says:

    Travel Italy!!! See the art, the architecture, the countryside, eat the food, drink the wine!

  • Meg Says:

    I’m saving to go shoe shopping in Italy!

  • Meghan Says:

    Make a delicious apple pie from scratch, including the crust.

  • Melanie Says:

    Win a pie baking contest!

  • Maggie S Says:

    To put my love of sharing information, providing encouragment and connecting people and ideas to use daily by working at one of my current dream jobs (Ashoka, TED).

    I started down the path earlier this year by planning Learnapalooza Chicago, a community learning festival.

    Which reminds me, I’m happy to help with any aspect of planning a virtual and/or live Mighty List community.

  • Emma Says:

    Photograph a series of portraits of ungulates.

  • Kaitlin Says:

    write a book that someone other than my mother would chose to read. :)

  • Kat Says:

    Complete my graduate school applications and hope for the best.

  • Kara Says:

    Visit Italy. Spend quality time there.

  • Anna C Says:

    To send a love note via homing pigeon!

  • Katie Says:

    Throw a yearly party that is a MUST for all my friends.

  • Rin Says:

    starting small: to decorate the house we moved into, so it doesn’t feel like I’m house sitting. (was going to be smaht & put “to win this gift bag” but that would leave me right in the same place, sitting on my bum, not making anything cozy or homey)

  • Knighton Says:

    Drive a race car!

  • Jennifer Gandin Le Says:

    I’m working on brewing up the first baby of my life list’s #6: “6. Give birth to at least two kids at home, orgasmically, ecstatically.”

    And I’m about to register for the Ecstatic Birth teleseminar to learn from some brilliant teachers about the second part of that desire!

    And I love love love Epiphanie bags and crave one so truly.

  • Nephele Says:

    To visit Russia.

  • Katie Says:

    Spend three months learning to windsurf properly

  • pam Says:

    - pet koalas in australia

    - skydive

    - visit all ballparks in the US

  • MissM Says:

    To learn photoshop and go to grad school. Both are MUSTS for me in this life…

  • Becky Says:

    Attend Oktoberfest in Munich!

  • helen mclynn Says:

    visit moominland!

  • Karyn Says:

    To spend a day exploring a National Park with my husband and future first born child.

  • Sherra Gray Says:

    I would like to go on a honeymoon with my husband. When we married 13 years ago, we didn’t have the means, and we were probably too caught up with life to enjoy such a luxury. We both want to go to Ireland, hold hands while we explore castle ruins and kiss the Blarney Stone (and each other)!

  • Kristie Says:

    Finish college. Someday. I swear.

  • Linda Zhu Says:

    To have a photo in National Geographic, and to see pandas in the wild!

  • Rebecca K Says:

    Check: I joined the Mitten Mavens roller derby! Hello, bruises
    I also adopted an English pointer and retired show dog
    Hello, new love of my life

  • Kristen Says:

    Attend Wimbledon!

  • Kelley Says:

    To spend a summer in Italy, learning the language and immersing myself in the culture.

  • Rebecca Says:

    To return to Tanzania – where I worked as an HIV/AIDs teacher five years ago. I want my boyfriend (we were together then via long distance) to see what I saw and taste a bit of my time there. It was hugely impactful on my life and I want to share it with him.

  • Nicole Parker Says:

    Go in a hot air balloon

  • Patience Says:

    Travel to Italy and get in touch with my roots! :-)

  • Stephanie Says:

    publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal by December!!!

  • Lindsay Says:

    Make our new home a clean and clutter free place to live!

  • Colleen Says:

    I want to see Paris in the winter

  • Linda Says:

    Work in a bakery in France!

  • Joanne Says:

    Learn how to play roller derby!

  • Paula Says:

    Find my first real job and do it well!

  • Carrie Says:

    Visit Paddington Station.

  • sara Says:

    Stop buying disposable clothes – buy well-made things that fit & will last!

  • Rebecca M Says:

    Lovely prizes from a lovely website!

  • Rachel Says:

    I can’t seem to get a comment to post here, but I thought I’d give it a shot from a different computer and see if I have any luck.

    #34 on my life list is pretty important to me. I’d like to do a photoshoot with my mom and my grandma. My hope is to do something fun – the three of us with funny animal noses on, just goofing off. It’s been touch to arrange, but time and events are reminding me that I should do it sooner rather than later. :)

  • schmutzie Says:

    I would love to travel and take pictures of the people I meet along the way as they tell me their stories in a familiar location of their choosing.

  • Cait Says:

    Scuba diving in Mozambique. With giant manta rays!

  • Elaina Says:

    I crossed two more items off my Life List when I went to visit LA a couple weeks ago: Stand under a plane while it lands and another restaurant I haven’t been to yet…In N’ Out Burger!! Woo!

  • MSimone Says:

    Return to London with my child(ren) and husband and visit all our favorite places from when we lived there for a year five years ago. The markets, the museums and art galleries, and the cheap Indian buffet.

  • Lauren Says:

    publish my own novel.

  • leeshka Says:

    I want to knit a sweater.

  • Leigh Says:

    Learn to cook 5 new recipes. I’m hopeless in the kitchen, so this will be quite the feat.

  • Refinnej Says:

    On my life list: travel to Africa.

  • Lulu Says:

    I will find out where my grandmother grew up in Spain. And then visit.

  • Laura Fitzgerald Says:

    In June of this year, I crossed off a visit to Alaska & Denali National Park.

  • Nicole Says:

    To have something I’ve written either performed or published.

  • Alexis Says:

    To speak Spanish fluently.

  • Tera Stephens Says:

    To finally sit down and really write the book I know I can write.

  • Michelle Says:

    One of my items is “Tell myself I am beautiful and MEAN IT.” It sounds so simple but I am finding that a LOT of work is having to go into it. So very worthwhile, though. :)

  • lisa Says:

    to be on the ellen show!

  • Paco Says:

    Organize a family Christmas at a destination- first choice right now is Jackson Hole, but that might be a rough one to get to… more research required.

  • Jami S. Says:

    On my Life List:
    To have my own successful spa business.

  • Tory Says:

    To become intimately acquainted with Europe. The first stop on that goal is Paris.

  • Libby Says:

    Make peach jam with peaches from a tree I planted myself.

  • annie Says:

    I recently crossed “Run a half marathon” off my list – which wasn’t even on the list until I finished “Run a 10 K”!

    So now I have Run the NYC Marathon on my list, as well as Get a PhD. I’m just starting the work for both of those.

    Thanks for starting me on my list!

  • Anne Says:

    27. make a decision about having a child and stick to it.

    If I could only make a decision…

  • k squared Says:

    I want to see Savion Glover tap live

  • Emily Elizabeth Says:

    Learn to cook fantastically by taking a cooking class with my mother in Italy. Thanks to watching Audrey Hepburn’s Sabrina many, many times as a kid, I have a funny perspective on life: in order to really be grown up, you must learn how to cook in Europe. Also, I’d love to spend that time with my mother, and oh man, Italian food is so, so delicious.
    Also on the life list: someday be a professor, mother, and still be able to grow my own food, with my husband and (future) children.

  • Sarah Mags Says:

    I can’t wait to take my children to India or another country that is considered “poor” so that they can see how rich the people really are.

  • Christina Dugan Says:

    To have and raise disciplined, smart, respectful, loving, functioning children.

  • Elizabeth L Says:

    My life list is sort of on hold now – the past two years of the economy have not been kind to me. After over a year of unemployment and being significantly underemployed for a year now, i am juts trying to get out of bed every morning, pay bills and try to figure out how I’ll ever retire. My life list now is just 1 thing – survive without losing it all.

  • karlye Says:

    gather a group of women entrepreneur’s together in my town to share and to engage and to grow

  • And Miles To Go... Says:

    fly to Paris with my camera. Just me and me alone.

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  • Kendall Says:

    do a flip on a trampoline!

  • Donna Says:

    Go back to the mission field to remember just how much I do have instead of what I don’t have.

  • Amy Says:

    To go to Venice and have my picture taken outside the NARDI store! That is my last name and I am the second to last in my large family to go and do it!

  • marie Says:

    To stop being too afraid to fall in love with someone really quality.

  • Laura Says:

    I want to complete something that is really physically demanding like a marathon.

  • Claire Says:

    Learn to take great photos. I want to have wonderful photos of my kids, and our holidays and christmas mornings. P.S. I covet the Tieks!

  • Drew Says:

    See my name in print.

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  • Danielle Says:

    Learn a foreign language – any! <3

  • Kat C Says:

    I’d like to learn how to whistle with two fingers in my mouth. I was at a great concert on Friday night (Hannah Georgas and Royal Wood – you should check them out for your Friday music!) and I was wishing I could whistle for them. All the cool kids could. Instead I was just stuck yelling “Whooooo!”

  • Dawn Says:

    Learn to surf.

  • wo of the west Says:

    to learn all the dance moves from the “thriller” video

  • Andrea Dugan Says:

    To travel across Europe and visit all the major wine growing regions. Of course, taking photos off all the beautiful Chateau and Domaines is on my to do list!

  • Sarah Says:

    Audition for a major theatre troupe here in DC.

    I’ve done theatre for the majority of my life, but have fallen out of it. This goal will take willpower, drive, and a whole lot of guts to get up there and do.

  • Ally Says:

    I hope the next thing I get to cross off is the boat christening…

  • Erin K Says:

    To eat pasta (and lots of it) in Italy…

  • Kara Says:

    To collect real prayer flags from Tibet. Right now my garden is sporting the Urban Outfitters variety ;)

  • Lynn Says:

    Have a kid before I turn 30!

  • Tricia Says:

    Lappland in the fall. Some day.

  • Kat Says:

    Go deep sea fishing where my grandfather did.

  • Katie Says:

    The first item on my life list is to start a web site, which my friend and I are close to launching!

  • Emily Says:

    Maggie, your recent post about Nina Simone’s life list (or at least a very deep to-do list) has finally inspired me to create my own. Piano lessons, here I come!

  • whosywhatsit Says:

    I have decided to quit dithering and be more decisive. I figure it will make accomplishing the other things on my list so much easier.

  • Olivia Says:

    I want to join the Air Force Reserves as a nurse, which means I have to get my nursing degree first! So I guess that’s two things on my life list.

  • amy Says:

    Learn to make my mom’s awesome eggrolls. I mean, seriously, I should have this down by now!

  • Jill Says:

    I want to foster dogs. Give them some TLC until someone’s ready to adopt them.

  • Jenny C. Says:

    Ride an elephant through a forest in Thailand.

  • Judi Says:

    I want to try 50 different world cuisines. 20 down.

  • Naomi Says:

    I want to learn to ride a horse.

  • Annika Says:

    I just crossed off #53, attend the roller derby. It was SO MUCH FUN. I can’t wait to go again. (Would it be cheating to put it back on the list?)

  • Katia Says:

    To see all the Rodins in Paris, with my husband.

  • Jamie Says:

    The cousins’ reunion I wanted to plan is happening in a few weeks. And everyone will be there. YAY!

  • Sara Says:

    Visit Death Valley in the spring to see the wildflowers :)

  • Jen Says:

    I added eight dollars to my Naples travel fund jar yesterday. Huzzah!

  • Lelia Says:

    Learn to play the drums.

  • Katie Says:

    Have dinner at the French Laundry in Napa, CA (hopefully followed by camping in Yosemite, but that’s optional!)

  • nic Says:

    Learn to use that darkroom in the basement. Well.

  • Sarah Says:

    Write every day for 15 minutes. I feel this would be key to many other great things.

  • monica Says:

    to be conversational in spanish. not quite there yet…

  • Paula Says:

    Visit some dear friends while they are living in Brussels.

  • Melissa Says:

    Start my own design business and quit my job working for the Man.

  • Alyssa Says:

    Create a blog that I can call successful! I’m just getting started! :)

  • Amy Says:

    One of the goals on my life list that I’m focused on right now is to learn to bake my own bread. It’s a small one, but I need something that I can accomplish now. I’ll hopefully get to Easter Island *someday*, but for now I’d like to be grubbing on some tasty homemade bread.

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  • Erika Says:

    Juggle at my child’s 5th birthday.

    I’m 24, unmarried, no kids, but when I worked in a bar this man said I must learn how to juggle so that I could be the coolest mother at my kid’s birthday party. He took time out to teach me in the bar, so I think if he had enough time and interest in teaching me how to juggle I should definitely dress up and play the clown at my future child’s party.

  • Ailidh Says:

    I’ve had so much success in the last years with my life list, and I’ve changed it a lot. But I definitely want to take my husband to Rome. He’s never been and he’d love it!

  • Tami in NY Says:

    To raise a healthy and happy girl.

  • Michelle Says:

    Start my photography business.

  • cynder Says:

    To get the courage to stay home.

  • Abby S. Says:

    Learn to surf — well ;)

  • Jaclyn Says:

    Learn to play guitar just well enough so that I can be a guitar playing librarian during story time :)

  • Dorice Says:

    To learn to garden and not kill our lawn!!

  • Tatiana Says:

    To be able to spend just 1 day with my Grandmother. I miss her so much!

  • Shenne Says:

    Thank you for inspiring me to write my own Life List, Maggie. One of the biggest things on there is to figure out how to support my family with my writing. (Gulp!)

  • Shannon Says:

    LOVE the inspiration. Great ideas I too have a list that I am going to be working one.

  • Meghan Says:

    Hmm, not sure if you’ve chosen a winner yet, but something on my list that I’ll hopefully complete this year is to make cheese.

  • Christy Says:

    See a show at Red Rocks in Denver, CO!

  • Jenni W Says:

    Snorkel in Mexico

  • Juleah Says:

    To write an epic screenplay!

  • Laurski Says:

    Learn to knit!

  • Micki Says:

    Paddle through the Grand Canyon!

  • Miranda Johnson Says:

    I’d love to learn to play the piano.

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  • Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy Says:

    To learn how to surf!

  • Lacey Says:

    take my kids to disneyland

  • Mary Ellen Says:

    See Katie Melua in concert

  • stephanie Says:

    travel the world!

  • Naftha D Says:

    to have my 30th birthday party with 30 different cakes