Mighty Life List
Sep 19 2012

Free Stuff! Mighty Summit Gift Giveaway

When we were pulling together gifts for the Mighty Summit, we set a few aside to give away.

If you’d like to enter to win one, please share an item from your Life List in the comments below. One winner will be chosen from comments on this site, the other from Mighty Summit co-founder Laura Mayes’s Blog Con Queso.

Now for the fine print: Please only leave one comment on each site, 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 Wednesday. You have to live in the United States or Canada to enter, because holy holy the shipping is ludicrous if you don’t. Fingers crossed for you.

Update: We have two winners, announced here and here. Thank you to all who participated!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

Mighty Summit Giveaway | Mighty Girl

1. Ephiphanie Camera Bag by Maile Wilson (shown in top and side views)
These compartmentalized camera totes were designed by Summit photographer Maile Wilson, who used to wrap her DSLR in a towel and shove it in her purse. Sound familiar? Contest winners can choose form any of the designs and colors shown on the site. So you should probably get a yellow one.

2. Chevron Necklace by Feisty Elle
This delicate wood necklace is by San Francisco designer Leslie Yang of Feisty Elle, who makes light easy pieces that make you look pulled together in jeans and a T-shirt. We love this necklace because it resembles an arrow, which is a symbol of courage.

3. Tieks by Gavrieli
Gah! These are my favorite things. Tieks are beautifully made, non-skid flats that fold up to fit in your purse. Once you try them on, they’ll never leave your feet, and they stand up to years of daily wear. Contest winner can choose among the rainbow of fruit flavors available on the Tieks website.

4. Scarf by Mixed Bag Design
These soft scarves go with everything, and the Mixed Bag website allows you to hold fundraisers for causes close to your heart.

5. Bliss Beauty Soaps and Scrubs
In blood orange and white pepper. Do not eat them.

6. The Quintet Necklace by Lemonade Handmade
Another favorite thing that makes me sigh. Every year, Mighty Summit attendees make a list of five things they hope to accomplish in the coming year. This delicate, simple necklace symbolizes those goals. Tiny brass rings just within reach.

7. Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown
A book that encourages you to go be brave. We are pro bravery around here.

8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson
Mighty Summit alum Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. The Bloggess, wrote this movingly funny book, which includes a chapter on the very first Mighty Summit, and photos of me slaughtering the author with a meat cleaver.

9. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
Summit alum Gretchen Rubin is once again on the New York Times Bestseller list with her sequel to the Happiness Project, a tome about a year of seeking happiness at home.

10. Oh Happy Day Piñata
Jordan Ferney, the genius behind the website Oh Happy Day, made these teeny eeny piñatas by hand, and they are perfect. You’ll wish you had two so you could pit them against each other.

11. Lands End Canvas Tote
These extra-large natural zip-top tote bags by Lands End are awesome for trips to the pool or beach, picnics, and summering on your fleet of yachts.

12. Daring Greatly Action Book by Behance
Get started on your Life List goals! This notebook is designed to help you plan visually, too.

1,676 Responses to “Free Stuff! Mighty Summit Gift Giveaway”

  • Abigail Noonan Says:

    I want to spend a summer traveling around Europe.

  • abby Says:

    My life list #50 is: give birth, and in 6 months, I will!

  • latenac Says:

    Live in a foreign country for a year.

  • Kathy Says:

    Finish my book and have it published, even if I have to do it myself!

  • Katie Says:

    drive cross-country with my best friend

  • Amanda Says:

    Oh my word, this is so generous! An item on my list is to spend a night in a castle.

  • Audrey Says:

    Become fluent in a second language, preferably while living abroad.

  • Anne Says:

    Buy a cabin in the northwoods that will be in my family for generations.

  • Emily A Says:

    send a card/flowers/small gift to a person picked randomly from the phone book

  • Erica W Says:

    deliver a motivational speech to a large crowd!

  • Rhea Says:

    Pick lavender in Provence.

  • Erin Says:

    Visit Thailand.

  • amybee Says:

    Go to India with my daughter.

  • darah Says:

    I want to work at a cranberry bog during harvest.

  • Laura Says:

    Build a PA Dutch style barn from scratch!

  • Kristin S. Says:

    Publish an ebook.

  • Melanie Says:

    I want to sing in public, outside of my church. :-)

  • jackie Says:

    Learn how to french braid!

  • Nancy Says:

    One of my life goals is to take a job that I’m passionate about.

  • Laura Says:

    Try-out for a roller derby team. (I am taking a roller derby class right now to get me to this dream)

  • Katie P. Says:

    I’d like to treat my friends to dinner and drinks at a fancy restaurant!

  • Rachel A. Says:

    Complete my PhD in 2014 (and compel all of my friends and family to start calling me “Dr” – not in an obnoxious way, though, rather in a cute and endearing fashion). :)

  • Christy Says:

    I want to build a tiny house on wheels and travel around the country with my daughter.

  • Serena Says:

    Officiate a marriage & next August I will be able to cross that off the list!

  • Dominique Says:

    Go on a multiple day horseback trip on the coast of Wales. (fabulous prize package, btw)

  • Margaret Says:

    Cycle a stage of the Tour de France (not at the same time, of course)

  • krissy Says:

    Somehow buy/obtain my former nanny’s house and restore it to its former glory, complete with chickens in the coup and a lush garden like I remember.

  • Kristina Says:

    Steal a cop car. I don’t know why I’m obsessed with doing this, and obviously I’m waiting til I’m old enough to have it written off as “crazy old lady hijinx” but I’m making it happen. You’ve inspired me.

  • Alyson Says:

    I want to live abroad.

  • Melanie Says:

    I’d like to improve my Italian enough that I don’t have to depend on my husband to answer whenever his family asks me a question!

  • Heidi A. Seely Says:

    I’ve been struggling lately with the distinction between my life list, and the list of lives I would like to live. For the later, there are hundreds, all of which I can visualize with detail. For the former, I suppose the one thing I’ve been hanging on lately is to live for a year in a spanish speaking country.

  • Daniela Says:

    Reach my goal weight

  • Martha Says:

    Move to a farmstead to raise chickens, bees and a huge garden of flowers and veggies. This has been on my list since 1968 or long before you were born. It looks like it will happen next spring. Don’t give up!

  • Nicole Says:

    First thing on my life list: Go on an African safari and visit the Sheldrick Trust Orphans Project. Can’t wait to cross it off!

  • Jen Says:

    Ride in a hot air balloon.

  • kate lu Says:

    I’d like to host a really great Thanksgiving dinner for my family someday.

  • Joanne Says:

    Buy a “big-girl” camera, learn how to really use it well, and take a vacation with the sole purpose of taking lovely photos.

  • Reena Says:

    Take my kid to live in India for a few months. I did this at 26 and it made me realize how fortunate I am to live here in the US and how great America really is.

  • DDD Says:

    Visit the grand canyon

  • Chelsey Hochmuth Says:

    One thing on my life to do list is to get a job, like a travel writer, that will let me travel the world while I work.

  • ris Says:

    I want to live abroad for at least a year! Not feasible right now (partner is in grad school) but we WILL make it happen, eventually.

  • Alaina Says:

    I would like to design a bridge and see it built.

  • Trish T. Says:

    One thing on my life list is to go on a multi-state road trip with my mom.

  • catriona Says:

    Learn to do a cartwheel.

  • LT Says:

    Get my master’s degree. (I’m 1/2 way there!)

  • Doll Says:

    Climb Kilimanjaro with a copy of Hemingway’s book and a flask of whisky.

  • Stacey Says:

    Life list item 69: Drive in a demolition derby.

  • Jill Says:

    Visit Hadrian’s Wall

  • Harmony Says:

    To really learn/relearn another language.

  • Heather Says:

    Spend a week at a secluded lake cabin with my husband and dog.

  • g Says:

    Finish writing my dissertation!

  • Abby Says:

    To skydive!!

  • Tracey Says:

    Go to Europe. All over.

  • KitS Says:

    This giveaway is fantastic. Fantastic.
    One item (that happens to be the most ambitious) I just added to my life list: be famous enough that my birthday is announced on NPR’s Morning Edition.

  • Chaesq Says:

    At the risk of sounding totally cliche…. write a book (specifically, about my dad’s family history in & after North Korea)!!!!

  • Candice Says:

    Live in an apartment in Paris, even if it’s only for a two week vacation.

  • Jenny Says:

    Travel! I don’t need things, but I crave experiences. Specifically, I’d love to spend a month in Paris.

  • Erica Says:

    Oh what a lovely giveaway! An item from my list is to travel to Borneo and visit an Orangutan orphanage.

  • Jenn Says:

    I would really like to run a marathon. Sometimes imagining the feeling of accomplishment that would give me is what gets me to the gym when I’m just not feeling it!

  • liz Says:

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for thinking of us!!!

    My life list item that I’m going to get to cross off this winter is to snorkel a reef — I’m heading to Key West in a few months, baby!

  • Arlene Says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite item from my life list….but I think the thing I want to do most in my life is hold a koala like a baby (I have lofty goals, as you can see.)

  • eve Says:

    I want to take a ballroom dancing class.

  • Zoe Says:

    Raise animals like alpacas, sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits on my own little farm.

  • Cass Says:

    I’m making this one happen this weekend: Bury daffodil bulbs and be there to watch them bloom over and over again.

    I’m GIDDY.

  • pseudostoops Says:

    I think this is the year that I’ll accomplish the item on my list that inspired me to learn to sew: make my kid a homemade Halloween costume. (She’s going to be Olivia the pig.)

  • amy Says:

    i want to start a tradition…i’m thinking Friendsgiving, dinner with our close friends and all our kids the weekend before Thanksgiving, and do it every single year

  • Rachel Says:

    As I was putting my phone (read: alarm clock) in my bedside table the other night, I saw one of the piece of paper with my life list on it. I started my to do list 9 years ago, but then started re-vamping it a couple of years ago, and I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the original, so now my list spans multiple, different-sized sheets of paper.

    So the other night, I see one of the small sheets and the item on the list that stuck out was “Walk El Camino de Santiago in Spain.” My husband and I took a leap of faith (supported by med school student loan money–OUCH) and used his last long summer break to walk the camino this summer. I’ll never ever regret it, even when we are still paying it off in 15 years!!

  • Bre Says:

    Ski the American Birkebeiner!

  • Sarah Stone Says:

    Working on my life list. Current project: eat at a restaraunt from every country in the world.

  • Sarah Says:

    Host a dinner party under stars or blooming fruit trees

  • elaine Says:

    hard to pick one, but i’d love to have traditional mehndi (henna drawings) done on my hands and feet.

  • Monique Says:

    I have started to pursue my life goal of becoming a naturopathic physician. It is scary to change careers in my 30’s, but I know that it is the right choice for me.

  • Jen B Says:

    Learn how to be a wood worker and build some kickin’ furniture.

  • L Says:

    I want to fly first-class to Europe.

  • Jessica Says:

    See the Northern Lights with my partner.

  • Jamie Says:

    I want to take my son camping.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Taste 200 cheeses (esp since I claim cheese to be my favorite food.)

  • Alicia Says:

    To visit the island in Maryland where the inhabitants still use remnants of Olde English.

  • Kelly Says:

    I want to go zip-lining. Preferably in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, I think I’ll have to wait until my babies are older to accomplish this one…

  • Sheri Says:

    Lovely giveaway package!

    I want to get back to travelling – I miss it so much. I’d also love to write a novel/ travel journal/ blog to record my experiences. I didn’t do that when I was travelling a lot before and I regret it.

  • aioetnego Says:

    Start an animal rescue.

  • tammy bowers Says:

    Buy my grandmothers first house and make it “my own”.

  • kat Says:

    One of my life goals is to figure out my father’s life – I have a handful of photos and a few random stories to track down.

  • Meg Says:

    Visit Ireland!

  • Aarika Says:

    Go to my dad’s hometown and spread his ashes on the hill he used to hang out on when he was young.

  • Rebecca S. Says:

    Hike the entire Potawatomi Trail in one day

  • Amy Says:

    I would like to become a Master Gardener.

  • katrina Says:

    Bake a wedding cake for a friend. Not even sure who, but its something I aspire to as a hobby baker.

  • Pearl Says:

    Swim a mile.

  • Beverly Says:

    Publish a photography book of my photos.

  • kat Says:

    One of my life list items was to enter something in the Minnesota State Fair. I did this summer & came home with a ribbon!

  • Holly H Says:

    Amazing giveaway! I want to run a half marathon. We’ll see if my knees can hold up!

  • Sarah R. Says:

    Leave city life behind for a year and live in the quiet of the country where my feet are on grass more than concrete.

  • deva Says:

    become a wedding photographer. I photographed a friend’s wedding last weekend and loved it. LOVED it.

  • Meg Says:

    Build a tree house!

  • jen Says:

    Publish a board game.

  • Stephanie S Says:

    Walk along the Great Wall of China.

  • Roobacca Says:

    An item from my list: Help someone solve a mystery in his or her family history or past.

  • a. Says:

    Set foot on every continent.

  • Gloria Says:

    To take my mother on a trip to Bora Bora– a place she’s always dreamed of but never been able to afford to see.

  • Erin Says:

    Build a house. Maybe not the physical labor part, but the choose a lot, select a floorplan, determine every finish part.

  • Melissa Says:

    There are so many things…but skydive is definitely up there. A friend did it a few weeks ago and I was awfully jealous.

  • Kate Says:

    I want to give a keynote address. And have curly hair.

  • yasmara Says:

    Have a picnic in Paris!

  • sara Says:

    Live in another country for a year

  • famousamy Says:

    Life list: Take the Egypt “honeymoon” that my husband and I always wanted.

  • Melinda Says:

    Travel to Hawaii to visit my pen pal of more than 15 years.

  • Rochelle Says:

    Go to Italy! The plan is to go in 2016 for my daughter’s high school graduation.

  • Noelle Says:

    Visit France– all different parts of it!

  • Rachael Says:

    I want to take a long vacation on a sailboat with my partner and kids.

  • Angreerah Says:

    I would like to start an animal anti-cruelty program in the local schools. Lately we have had a run of children torturing animals and I’d like to use my advocacy and teaching skills for good.

  • Laura Says:

    Learn to swim – really swim — so that I can swim laps in a real swim cap.

  • Shay Says:

    Participate in a flash mob!

  • Stephanie Says:

    I’d like to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games!

  • Brooke Says:

    I want to learn finish carpentry and build my own chair.

  • rebecca Says:

    sleep in a tree house

  • Shannon Says:

    Take classes to become a doula!

  • Brooke Says:

    I want to run another marathon…this time without stopping to walk or vomit.

  • Rachael Says:

    Bring my child and husband to Europe – France for me, Ireland for my husband!

  • Lisa Says:

    sew a quilt for each of my children

  • Erin Says:

    Run a half marathon!

  • Helen Says:

    My life list currently has one line item: Write a life list

    We all start somewhere, right?

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to complete a triathlon (mini tris count).

  • carly Says:

    Participate in a volunteer activity in another country (like Habitat, or teaching ESL).

  • tammy b Says:

    go on an african (photo) safari

  • Shannon Says:

    Have a book published!

  • Nicole Meyer Says:

    Visit and walk through lavendar fields.

  • Melissa Says:

    I want to vacation in an over water hut in Bora Bora. I mean, I WILL vacation in an overwater hut in Bora Bora.

  • Laura Says:

    Speak at Camp Mighty!

  • Kathleen Says:

    Just one thing from my Life List? That’s hard to choose. But since I have to:
    #24 “Remember to tell them you love them.”

  • c Says:

    Visit all seven continents. I’ve got all but Antarctica.

  • Alessandra@ Tribal Times Says:

    Learn to shoot a gun. Not that I want to shoot anything dead, just want to yell “Yippee ki-yay” while shooting it into the air.

  • Melissa C. Says:

    Cheese and wine in Paris with my best friend.

  • Kate Says:

    An item on my Life List is to go one year where I send a snail mail birthday card to every friend I have. I’ve missed the boat for this calendar year, but I think I can start stockpiling cards now for next year!

  • BellaBrunette Says:

    Finish my PhD and become a professor!!

  • Jen Says:

    learn to speak German

  • valser Says:

    I’d like to start my own cooking classes.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    To sweep my fiancé off to the airport and take him on a surprise vacation. It’s going to be awesome!

  • Alison Says:

    Live in San Francisco!

  • Claire Says:

    Part 1: Learn to ride a motorcycle
    Part 2: Ride around India on a Royal Enfield for a year.

  • Robin | Farewell, Stranger Says:

    #5 on my list: speak at a blog conference.

  • Catherine Says:

    Run 100 Marathons

  • Stephanie Says:

    Life List #47: Bake a successful pie from scratch. It never seems to work out right. Hopefully this holiday season I can finally have success!

  • Maggie E. Says:

    Own my own home. This is a big one, makes me sigh with anxiety, but something I REALLY want.

  • Melanie Says:

    Host a children’s community art show

  • natasha Says:

    learn to walk a tightrope!

  • Kristina S Says:

    Climb a mountain and I did it last summer – summiting Mt Elbert in Colorado – the highest of the 14teeners. Since then I’ve climbed 4 more and I love it!

  • Jennifer Says:

    Go to a Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan.

  • Kim Says:

    Ride in a hot air balloon!!

  • Leslie Says:

    I would like to stay overnight at James Turrell’s Roden Crater someday.

  • Mandi Says:

    I hope to run a 5K. I know that’s a little goal in terms of races, but it’s a big deal in terms of my health challenges (lupus and asthma primarily.)

  • Kerri Says:

    On my life list is to deal with work stress in a better way– or find a different job.

  • Sara Says:

    Take my kids on a long trip out of the country, to broaden our family horizons.

  • emily Says:

    to perfect my version of the apple pie

  • Jacq Says:

    Number 11 on my life list: Go one full week without speaking.

    (*Fingers crossed* for the giveaway.)

  • leandra Says:

    Attend all the Grand Slam tennis tournaments — we already have the French Open under our belts and we are flying to Melbourne for the Australian Open in January!

  • Sarah Says:

    get a research grant

  • Trasherati Says:

    Take my boys to Italy for a solid month.

  • Maggie Says:

    Hike to Machu Picchu

  • cs white Says:

    Travel internationally with my son & husband.

  • Robin Says:

    Soak in a thermal bath in Iceland.

  • Kinsey Says:

    I want to drive across the country with my sister.

  • Janna Says:

    I want to tailgate at Lambeau Field before a Packers game with my family.

  • Sarah M. Says:

    Take care of my parents the way they’ve always taken care of me.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Make out more often with my huzzy.

  • Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Says:

    One thing on my life list is to be completely and utterly happy (most of the time.) :)

  • kasaro Says:

    i recently added this item to my list — i want to hike the west coast trail on vancouver island. it’s a crazy 47 mile backpacking trip that takes several days, and i’m terrified of it. but i think that automatically means it has to be on my list.

  • Danielle Says:

    Start a ladies ukulele band. Done!

  • Katie Says:

    Go to Comic-Con!

  • Colleen Says:

    Design and print something that ISN”T for a client. It’s time.

  • Helen Says:

    Visit South Africa!

  • Sarah Says:

    Circumnavigate the earth.

  • amk Says:

    Life list #36: Throw a party for my favorite 20 people where I pay for their travel, lodging, and entertainment for a weekend.

  • Meg Says:

    Looking at my list today I just realized I completed an item this summer. My son and I learned all the Greek Myths! Now onto #39: make pasta from scratch– it always tastes better than any other!

  • Jen Says:

    One entry on my life list is to run a 5k with my husband. I’ve never run a full mile without stopping, and to complete a race would be amazing!

  • Rebecca Says:

    Travel somewhere that scares me.

  • Julie B. Says:

    I want to learn to draw a perfect circle!

  • Lindi Says:

    Volunteer abroad, somewhere where I can be of help.

  • Cyn Says:

    Learning to sew. Finally.

  • Amy C. Says:

    Still working on my life list, but here’s one that I have no idea how to tackle:

    -Be in a room full of stylish people, and not only be just as stylish as them, but FEEL just as comfortable as I normally do.

  • Sally C. Says:

    Embrace home as sanctuary – even in this crazy military life where home is just wherever we are. I want to do that well – for me, for kids.

  • robyn Says:

    item #45 – visit a charity: Water well!

  • Megan Says:

    OMG, this one sounds so cheesy, but it’s the newest one on an old list that needs a refresh, something I realized is an endless source of good and that I feel increasingly bad when I stray from: approach people and situations with an open heart.

  • kaitlyn ray Says:

    one thing on my life list is run a 1/2 marathon. i really hate running, but i like pushing myself. in jan ill be running those 13 miles if it kills me.

  • Rachel Says:

    Visit South America! Plans are in the works for a 2013 trip!

  • jobonga Says:

    As part of my goal of participating more, I want to learn to play guitar and then busk downtown.

  • Amy Says:

    Create soundtracks for different periods of my life.

  • Megan Says:

    Attending a wedding in India. I may even get to do it next year! Yay!

  • Cynthia Says:

    (re)learn Spanish, and travel extensively in Mexico

  • houpley Says:

    i want to teach my baby how to say mama.

  • Dani Says:

    My life list has one item, and it has taken me a long time to get to this, but in a months time I am going to have a hysterectomy and give myself my life back from the pesky fibroids that have held me at ransom (and made me look 6 months pregnant) for the Past 5 years!
    PS. I am in Australia but will PAY FOR MY OWN FREIGHT! Just so I can finally take part in a mighty giveaway!
    Cheers, dani

  • Robin M. Says:

    Go on a Mediterranean Cruise with my husband for our 10th anniversary!

  • Amy Says:

    Visit Sweden!

  • Adriana Says:

    Buy my parents a pontoon boat.

  • Caitlin Says:

    #22 on my list is: go back to school for something that I love, not need.

  • Laura Says:

    Spend an hour a day learning something new, be it useful or just interesting.

  • Cass Says:

    Write a book. Soon. And publish it myself if I have to.

  • Paula Says:

    Take my mom to Sicily.

  • Alma Says:

    to live in Spain and write a book about it

  • Sarah Says:

    See all seven continents (four down, three to go!).

  • Cassie Says:

    Sew a truly wearable dress that I love!

  • Sarah Says:

    Put a lock on Le Pont des Arts with my husband, and throw the key in the Seine.

  • Jaime Says:

    Learn how to make metal jewelry

  • fancypance Says:

    As a lifelong fan of Saturday Night Live (the show and I are the same age!), I have always wanted to be in the audience for the show in New York.

  • Lynn Says:

    To fall in love.

  • Renee Says:

    I want to learn French so that I can speak with my fiance’s grandma. She’s 83 years old and has cancer. I’d like to be able to tell her in French how much I love her grandson and family before she passes.

  • Jen Says:

    “Become someone’s mama.”
    Whew. Seriously, it still brings me to tears. When I added it to my list a few years ago, that’s what it took to finally be honest with myself that yes, I want THAT.

    My husband and I have suffered through three miscarriages, all at around 12 weeks, and after 7 years of infertility, it took WRITING IT DOWN to smack me in the face and make me take action.

    So after lots, and lots of driving, money, injections, examinations, tests, procedures, and tears – I am…pregnant.

    I am…in my third trimester as of yesterday.

    I am…going to be someone’s mama.

    Thank you for pushing me to actually fucking write it down.

  • sarah danaher Says:

    buy, remodel, and flip houses on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

  • Christina Says:

    Dive the great barrier reef!

  • Sarah Lena Says:

    I am always hesitant to have a Life List, because I often feel like just getting through the day sans homicide should be enough. BUT.

    If you were to inquire my hero, I would answer (without hesitation) that it is Jim Henson. What he did with puppets crossed racial, socioeconomic, and language barriers, and he did it all WITH FELT. On my Life List is to visit the Muppet Workshop in New York and design my own puppet, so I can learn puppetry and use it in inner city schools around my county.

  • Mags Says:

    Run a 10K. I’ve been revising this one upwards as I go longer distances and pass old goals; who knows when I’ll stop? (But seriously, I’ll probably stop soon, because running is hard. Heh.)

  • Rachel Kapitan Says:

    To dance with my father at a party for my parents on their lawn in the country (with lightning bugs flickering) because we’ve never once danced.

  • Sally Says:

    Write a letter to my high school guidance counselor who encouraged me to be a writer (even though he insisted I stay in honors statistics).

  • Lauren Says:

    Drive down the Pacific Coast Highway on a solo road trip.

  • Courtney Says:

    To keep writing regularly.

  • ShelleyP. Says:

    Take my sons to visit Washington DC – hopefully soon!

  • Quin Says:

    I’d like to live for a month off the grid with my family. Our extended family has a yurt in the Colorado wilderness: no electricity, a nearby stream for water, a wood-burning stove, and no neighbours for miles. I’d like to give it a go on our own in the woods — allowing us a few trips to a grocery store for the month.

  • Monika Says:

    I want to write children’s books.

  • Andrea Says:

    Take a pilgrimage. Probably El Camino de Santiago.

  • Courtney Says:

    I think my biggest life list item is to visit every continent. 3 down, 4 to go!

  • Cheryl Says:

    Take a trapeze class

  • Alissa Says:

    I’m hoping next year to cross off “Get my PhD” from my life list!

  • Imelda Bettinger Says:

    I would LOVE to go to Ireland! Been on the list for years and must get to it soon!

  • Neena Says:

    I would like to train and run in a half marathon.

  • Katy Says:

    Learn to keep bees. (and how lovely it is to get a peak into stranger’s life list!)

  • mandy Says:

    Be an expert on something, and have someone ask me to speak in public about that thing.

  • Gwynne Says:

    I want to plan, plant, and nurture a flower garden I can be proud to show to friends.

  • Desiree Says:

    Read Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Spanish–and know Spanish well enough to appreciate his writing style.

  • laura Says:

    I want to learn to surf!

  • Sara Says:

    See the Northern Lights.

  • Megs Says:

    Be my own boss!

  • Julia Says:

    I would like to hike every hike in National Geographic’s list of the best hikes in our National Parks (http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/national-park-hikes/#/teton-crest-trail_35977_600x450.jpg)

  • Sneh Says:

    Learn how to ride a bike so I can ride with my kids!

  • Abby - Bright Yellow World Says:

    Item #40: Do a pull up.

  • Vallee Says:

    To travel with my husband, son and my parents to England to visit my dad’s relatives.

  • Kelly Dyer Says:

    I have two daughters. Their middle names are “Sakura” and “Mei” which are both flowering trees in Japan. I would like to take both of them to Japan and get pictures with their trees.

  • Emily Says:

    I want to move someplace that we plan on staying for a while and establish a community for me (and my family)!

  • Tobie Says:

    Visit Graceland with my mom.

  • Angie Nunez Says:

    to be happy with who i am

  • Patricia Says:

    Spend a summer in France.

  • janie Says:

    Get scuba dive certified.

  • This Confetti Life Says:

    Drive across the United States, eating lots and lots of pie at roadside diners.

  • Lindsay Says:

    High up on my life list is to start my own non-profit organization, taking what I’ve seen and learned and the wonderful people I have met along the way and venturing out on my own.

  • Danielle Says:

    I’d like to learn to play the guitar. I just know I can rock.

  • Lisa G Says:

    To do yoga on a paddleboard.

  • Kelley Says:

    I want to swim in the pacific.

  • K Bell Says:

    My life list includes walking the Camino de Santiago.

  • Kate @ Savour Fare Says:

    Learn to paint.

  • Erin Says:

    Learn to play and sing five songs on guitar and stage a performance for friends in an intimate bar

  • Celia Says:

    Get back to a healthy weight!

  • emily boddy Says:

    Getting tattooed.

  • Karyn Says:

    Publish a book of my photos.

  • Katherine Says:

    Have coffee at Antico Caffe la Greque in Rome:


    just because Keats and Byron did, too.

  • Gretchen Alice Says:

    I want to learn how to properly use my DSLR…and just yesterday, I signed up for a class to do just that. I’m beyond excited.

  • Andria Says:

    I want to live in Sweden with my husband for a few years.

  • Natalie Says:

    Go to England with my husband, who has never been. I haven’t been in 10 years, and I’m dying to go back!

  • Mandi Says:

    Buy a house in New Orleans and plant crepe myrtles up the driveway.

  • Laura Says:

    live in NYC!

  • Abby Says:

    I want to throw a really outstanding dinner party.

  • monica Says:

    Two weeks scuba diving in the Maldives!

  • Journie Says:

    Sing a torchy song in a red sparkly dress while sitting on a piano.

  • Robyn Says:

    Learn to sew a quilt!

  • kathleenicanrah Says:

    surfing in costa rica. (checking it off next month too! woot!

  • Rebecca Says:

    to write & illustrate a fun book for and about my kids :)

  • Erin Says:

    renovate and live in an old factory (I’ve got my eye on an old grocery store in my neighborhood that just might do the trick!)

  • Jenna Says:


  • meg Says:

    Complete a triathlon, ugh, yes, even the swimming part, just to see how proud my Ironman parents would be :)

  • Lisa S. Says:

    Run a marathon.

  • Melanie Feehan Says:

    Learn to use the manual option on my Canon. I’d like to illustrate the posts on my blog with lovelier images.

  • Karen Says:

    Go to Canada: just checked it off the list, and, more important, I went with my husband who has never been out of the country before!

  • Megan Says:

    I would love to see a great white shark breech in South Africa — someday!

  • Nichole Says:

    My Dad has always wanted to go to Alaska, and taking him there is No. 28 on my list. (Help me make this happen, Universe!)

  • Carrie Says:

    Ride the greatest climbs of the Tour de France

  • Lise Says:

    I would like to get that pesky credit card paid off in a year!!! Love your site.

  • Maggie K. Says:

    I would love to take my dad on a trip to London. He’s never been outside North America and I’d love to show him Europe.

  • Rebecca Says:

    See the Northern lights.

  • Monique Says:

    Master my roadbike! I am a regular ‘normal’ biking person and bought a roadbike that I am terrified to ride. It’s been on the list for two years running so it’s time to make it happen!

    Thanks for the opportunities to win those goodies. :)

  • Meghan Says:

    Travel to all 7 continents.

  • Rachael H Says:

    An item on my life list is to watch the Kentucky Derby from a box seat.

  • rachel swartley Says:

    #27 on my Life List: “See a show on Broadway.”

    On Saturday, my husband and I drove 100 miles to NYC because his picture was on a digital billboard in Times Square.

    True story.

    While we were there, we went to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Check! The show was fantastic. And I absolutely had my digital SLR wrapped up in a scarf in my tote bag. :)

  • andrea Says:

    #8. Write and illustrate a children’s picture book.

  • Heather Says:

    Take skating lessons. I am so ashamed to be a Canadian prairie girl who can barely skate. :)

  • sue at nobaddays Says:

    I want to visit India. For a month. Either on my own or with a friend.

  • Sarah F. Says:

    Visit France.

  • Amber Says:

    Learn how to read knitting patterns and actually knit myself something (instead of making stuff up as I go along and never really finishing anything).

  • Émilie Says:

    I want to finish writing my Ph.D thesis in 2013!

  • Andrea Says:

    Perfect a green chile recipe.

  • Jessi Says:

    I always said going back to school and getting some sort of degree was on my list. I finally decided it wasn’t going to happen unless I actually MADE it happen. I just started school again (part-time because I’m a stay-at-home mom) and will have my Associate’s in Accounting in a few years. I’m so excited!

  • Elena Says:

    Hike the Grand Canyon with my daughter and husband.

  • Arrie Says:

    Make a blanket for Project Linus.

  • Jeffrey Says:

    See a space shuttle in person.

  • Violeta Says:

    Build a family business that gives my family stability as well as some flexibility to pursue all our passions.

  • Erin Says:

    I want to learn how to sew pillow covers with my sewing machine.

  • Rachel Says:

    Hike the Inca Trail.

  • Edith Parker Says:

    I want to be able to do a decent cartwheel.

  • Patti Says:

    See the ponies swim at Chincoteague, N.C. Loved the Misty of Chincoteague series growing up.

  • Sarah E Says:

    I want to be a published writer. And I want to get paid for it.

  • Eleanor Says:

    Go on a three day backpacking trip!

  • Liz Says:

    Finish a baby sweater I’ve been knitting for seven (!) years. I’m pregnant with my second, so…no time like the present!

  • Krista Says:

    I want to raise bees in my backyard!

  • Peach Says:

    What a lovely giveaway! I want to feel small next to the California redwoods.

  • courtney Says:


  • Sheryl Says:

    Learn to bake bread.

  • michelle Says:

    go to Hawaii.

  • Kimbo Says:

    Write the first chapter of the YA novel I have in my head.

  • Kristen Says:

    Travel internationally with my parents.

    FABULOUS giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  • Liz Says:

    take improv classes

  • Krissa Says:

    Usually, I try and pick an accomplishable-this-year Life List item to tell you about, but let’s go a little wild. Item 31 on my list is “drive a four-wheeled car through a shallow riverbed crossing”.

  • Jenny Says:

    Throw my parents an awesome anniversary party

  • amanda Says:

    I’d like to learn how to sew.

  • christine // darling studio Says:

    I want to take my children to the Philippines and show them where I — and, in a way, they — came from.

  • ana Says:

    I want to rock-climb at Garden of the Gods.

  • Reid Says:

    Write and publish a print (on paper) (with a conventional publisher) novel.

  • Becca Says:

    Memorize a poem. I’m thinking this one: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2011/09/06.

  • Allison Says:

    I’d love to master the art of picture hanging decoratively.

  • Cj Coppola Says:

    I love a parade so I would love to see the Rose and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades in person.

  • christina aydt Says:

    Fly first class to Italy with my best friend.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Fly an airplane.

  • Tiffany Says:

    To learn enough Japanese to pass the JLPT 3 or 4, and go there to use it!

  • Justine Says:

    Hear the words, “You are an Ironman!” said to me.. (Less in a Robert Downey Jr. way, more in the run/bike/swim way.. I would be okay with Robert Downey Jr. being the one saying the words, though.)

  • SJ Says:

    On my life list, a life changing journey to Ireland. I want to go so badly and learn about my ancestors!

  • Jodie Says:

    Live in Hawaii – pick me!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Launch my family photography business

  • Rae Borecky Says:

    to have a partner in life, not just a husband.

  • Susheela Says:

    To learn how to fish.

  • Kaitlyn Says:

    One of my life list items is to figure out a way to get myself blogging regularly. I’ve started and stopped a few times and I need a kick in the butt to keep me going.

  • Laura Parke Says:

    I’d like to propose a book idea to a publisher.

  • Fae Says:

    Learn at least two more languages!

  • nic Says:

    #12: Sauv blanc tasting in Marlborough, NZ with my husband.

  • Talya Says:

    write a play.

  • Kelly Says:

    To live in Port Townsend WA for an entire Summer with my partner Jean.

  • Kamila Says:

    Live a healthy, happy, stress-less life for the rest of my pregnancy — only five months left!

  • Kate Says:

    I’m running a marathon in December. Eek!

  • Kizz Says:

    I actually just got back from completing 2 Life List items. I wanted to take at least one more trip with my mom and I wanted to go to Italy. Fortunately my mom did too so we (and another friend) spent 9 days eating, drinking, and enjoying the heck out of the country. I also added 5 or 6 more museums to my Visit 100 Museums item on the Life List. It was a productive trip! Next up, Go on at least one more trip with my dad. He’s kind of dragging his heels about choosing a place.

  • katie Says:

    Become a certified yoga teacher. Start a blog and actually keep it up. Things to work towards, FTW!

  • Janet Says:

    Learn how to knit. I had hoped from a friendly senior citizen but maybe just from youtube.

  • Lydia Says:

    I want to have a real, proper family photo taken every year.

  • Laurel Says:

    Cross the Atlantic on an ocean liner.

  • Eevin Says:

    Finish my full-length play and have a reading to help develop it further.

  • Rachel L Says:

    To have a wall of family photos and meaningful art cascading up the stairs. I just bought my first house 6 months ago and I’ve started the photo wall already. And I love it.

  • WKS Says:

    Learn how to hem my own pants on a sewing machine or by hand.

  • Janna Says:

    Self-employed, recently separated, having struggled for a long time to support myself/us:

    I want to provide for myself, in style.

  • Stephanie Says:

    I want to visit every province & terrority in Canada. Next year Newfoundland!

  • Sarah S Says:

    Visit the Lourve and stare for hours at amazing art I’ve only seen in pictures.

  • Lucia Says:

    I want to start a healthy pregnancy in the next year, resulting in a healthy kid! XO!

  • Anna Says:

    Send a love letter via homing pigeon!

  • Sarah Says:

    Self-publish my book!

  • Katie Says:

    To take a 2 week tour of Alaska, either by boat/car/train (or all three!).

  • samantha Says:

    I want to learn how to whistle. I just crossed a big one off, too–drinking champagne in France.

  • elz Says:

    I completed all my running goals-5K, 10K, Half Marathon (x3!). Now I aim for at least 3 Half Marathons per year! It wasn’t on my list, but I’m sending my kids to sleep-away camps every year. It was a GREAT experience for my older daughter last year and I want to make sure it happens every year.

  • Clair Says:

    I’m working on a career change, taking classes and lining up informational interviews. It’s a little scary, but absolutely worth the effort.

  • ememby Says:

    Own a coffee shop.

  • tracie Says:

    Get scuba certified, learn to sew, culminating in learning to quilt!

  • Sarah Says:

    Hot air balloon ride. (and I Kobe those shoes!)

  • elicia Says:

    Stay on a house boat in Amsterdam.

  • Natalie Says:

    Kayak outside of Candlestick Park during a Giants game

  • heathre Says:

    go to iceland and the blue lagoon!

  • Stacey Says:

    To visit London, and to buy an entire set of Harry Potter hardcovers in the closest book shop to King’s Cross Station.

  • Kelly Says:

    To camp in every National Park in the US (58) with my family before my two little ones graduate from High School!

  • Sarah Clarke Says:

    I want to take a full month of vacation. Four continuous weeks of true vacation, during which I spend my days enjoying myself and my family, getting real rest, and do not once check in with the office.

  • Melissa Nuccio Says:

    Ice skating on a frozen lake with my family.

  • Sally Says:

    to sit at the top of Machu Picchu at sunrise

  • regan Says:

    To travel to Europe in a first class cabin.

  • Laura Rossi Says:

    My Life List : to create and maintain a beautiful writing space in my home and an equally beautiful office / retreat. A room of my own!

  • Jaime Says:

    Go on a weekend roadtrip, completely alone!

  • Mary Lauren Says:

    Write books that matter.

  • debbie Says:

    Learn a new language…Spanish or Japanese.

  • Jen Says:

    Visit every national park with my family!

  • Michelle Says:

    Visit one new state or country every year!

  • Cathi Says:

    Visit Russia.

    Btw, this give away is like the lottery!

  • Olivia Says:

    Learn to take pictures that befit this beautiful Alaska island where I now live!

  • margie s Says:

    See the Grand Canyon.

  • Jen Says:

    I’m currently in the midst of item “live abroad” which is 80% amazing, 17% terrifying and 3% heartbreaking. And while I’m not in North America right now, having that sweet prize waiting there for me might make a visit home that much sweeter.

  • erika Says:

    camp out under the northern lights

  • meg Says:

    Sell everything that doesn’t fit in a u-haul, start over somewhere I’ve never been.

  • BKC Says:

    I want to ride a mechanical bull in a dive bar.

  • DC Says:

    Write a symphony! And I’m finally going to do it, too–this morning I was accepted to a 3-month artist residency in New Mexico!

  • sara Says:

    I want to visit each of the 50 states at least once. I’m at 18 so far!

  • DeAnn Says:

    Can something that I grew in my garden.

  • Laura Says:

    Hike the Grand Canyon with my mom to celebrate her 65th birthday.

  • Allison Says:

    I want to go snorkeling with manatees.

  • Amy Says:

    Do a split. It’s harder than you think!

  • Anne-Katherine S Says:

    write a children’s book :)

  • Maggie Says:

    To travel alone. :)

  • Melissa Says:

    I want to harvest cranberries. Weird one, right?!

  • Katie K Says:

    See the Southern Cross.

    I was an astronomy student in college, and I want to see a whole new set of stars.

  • Celeste Says:

    Sew a TARDIS costume for Halloween. I think it’s going to happen this year.

  • Rhiannon Says:

    Scuba dive at night with the manta rays in Hawaii (Mighty Girl inspired)!

  • jill Says:

    Go on a volunteer vacation to Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica and nurse those little baby sloths back to health.

  • Sara Eileen Says:

    Start my own company, and run it well enough to support myself fully for one year.

  • Bethany Says:

    I want to run a marathon!

  • kali tate Says:

    Record my grandmothers talking about their lives.

  • M Says:

    Finish my PhD. Currently at the comprehensive exam stage, so I’m getting there!

  • nicole s. Says:

    Learn how to pick a lock!

    (how inspiring is this whole list!!)

  • Erin Says:

    Take a yoga teacher training class.

  • LaurenR Says:

    Learn to trust and listen to my inner voice pretty much all the time instead of just now and again.

  • Becca Says:

    Run a marathon – finally.

  • Emily Hayes Greenwald Says:

    Learn enough Spanish to be conversationally capable.

  • Daffodil Campbell Says:

    Find a publisher for my book……the lovely authors in this very gift have been super inspiring!

  • CeCe Says:

    Visit Every Continent (only one more to go!)

  • LivLaughEat Says:

    Go on a safari in Africa!

  • Angela Says:

    Take my daughters to London, just us girls.

  • Crystal Says:

    I want to eat a French macaron in Paris.

  • Fiona Says:

    Run a marathon in a foreign country!

  • Jenn dePaula Says:

    Start a free online school for struggling musicians, artists, and authors to teach them how to properly market, promote and sell their products online. Working on it now!!

  • Lisa Gasson Says:

    On my list is learning to drive. My years of city living have left me license free.

  • Dena Says:

    Visit a nude beach, nude.

  • Andy Says:

    To ride the Pacific Coast highway with my dad.

  • Kris Says:

    Have an article published in the NY Times.

  • Heidi C. Says:

    Have Tapas at a boulevard cafe in Spain.

  • Caroline Says:

    I’d like to learn how to make a crossword puzzle!

  • Kerri Says:

    Conquer anxiety & depression.

  • Bee Says:

    Conduct a symphony!

  • Kate Says:

    Climb Machu Picchu!

  • amanda Says:

    Amazing prize! I am Irish and Italian, so I want/need/MUST go to Ireland (again) and Italy (for the first time). This will happen!

  • Courtney Says:

    Dog-sledding on a glacier under the midnight sun in Iceland.

  • Amanda @ Click. The Good News Says:

    Live in the mountains!

  • Maura Says:

    skydive! And visit all the national parks.

  • Milissa Says:

    Build a treehouse with my kids.

  • Lauren Says:

    Learn how to take beautiful pictures with my newfangled camera :)

  • Beth D. Says:

    Go to Australia for a month!

  • Zoey Says:

    skydive also :)
    Thinking about it gives me the scared tickly feeling under my feet.

  • Christina Linnell Says:

    I will tell you what I told Laura, on my Life List for 2013 is to get to MoM 2.0 for the first time. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Create a piece of art or writing that I am proud to show people : )

  • Kate Says:

    Do a triathlon relay with my two sisters.

  • Akaleistar Says:

    I want to have a magnificent library like in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

  • Kristin Says:

    Find a job that makes me excited to go to work every day!

  • Kimberly Says:

    To hug Big Bird.

  • Gabi Says:

    Sing every day with my children.

  • kate Says:

    Skydive for my 50th birthday.

    And take my daughter to Africa, to get HER life-list jump started.

  • Roseanna Says:

    Write and defend my dissertation (did this last month!!!)

  • Kate F Says:

    Travel overseas this summer with my family of three!

  • Amy Says:

    Bike a “century” race

  • Tiffany Says:

    See an active volcano up close!

  • Andrea Says:

    Just one? Okay: Go into space.

  • Sarah Says:

    Swim across the Gibraltar Strait.

  • Anne Says:

    Finish my prerequisites for Nursing School!

  • Maggie Lillis Says:

    To meet Tina Fey and make her genuinely laugh.

  • Jillian Says:

    Visit a hot air balloon festival

  • Jeanette Says:

    To try 1,000 new foods (I am fairly unadventurous when eating).

  • Susie C. Says:

    I want to milk a cow!

  • Sierra Says:

    I want to start my own consulting business!

  • Nikki Says:

    28. Make bacalao al pil pil, a crepe cake, crème brûlée and roast a whole goat.

  • Amanda Says:

    To spend a month in Ireland, then England then France

  • Molly Says:

    Take my husband and son to the Texas State Fair!

  • Stacey Says:

    instill a passion for nature in my boys

  • Jessica Hulse Dillon Says:

    to live overseas with my adorable husband and (what i assume will be) adorable children

  • jayme Says:

    Attend the Edwardian Ball *and* build a fantastic outfit to wear for the occasion.

  • Molly Says:

    Horseback riding in Argentina or Chile!

  • Amy MacIver Says:

    Tree lighting in Rockefeller Center

  • Vanessa Says:

    Have lunch with Tom Hanks.

  • Carole Says:

    Visit places romanticized by Mary Stewart: the Aegean Islands, Greece, Southern France, the UK, Ireland…

  • sarah Says:

    I want to look the way I feel (strong, fun, calm).

  • Tia Says:

    Travel Russia by train, drink vodka in St. Petersburg and hang out for an entire day at the Hermitage.

  • chris Says:

    go on safari with my son

  • siobhan Says:

    visit all 50 states.

  • Rachel H Says:

    I want to move to Seattle. I can feel the need to move in my bones.

  • Jocelyn Says:

    I want to star in a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.

  • Samantha Says:

    Biking through Thailand!

  • Cassidy Says:

    Try burrata.

  • Melissa Gonzalez Says:

    I want to finally finish building our home, learn Portuguese and take my kiddos to Disney!

  • Ansley Says:

    Play a round of golf with a legitimate score of less than 100. This will require actually learning to play golf (!), but I’m trying to set my sights high. Thanks, Maggie!

  • Laura Says:

    Get a master’s degree. I’m applying in February!

  • JMP Says:

    Go cage diving with great white sharks!!

  • Adina Says:

    Do a backbend on my own!

  • Lucy Says:

    Take a sea kayaking trip on the Maine coast, stopping to camp for the night along the Maine Island Trail.

  • Juliann Says:

    Take the time each month to write a letter (poor penmanship and all) to a friend. Who doesn’t love getting mail – especially on lovely stationary?

  • Sarah Says:

    Be a paid professional family photographer

  • Christine Feenstra Says:

    marry my boyfriend in Paris.

  • laziza Says:

    Someday, I want my family to spend the kids’ entire summer vacation in another country.

  • Jen Says:

    #1 on my life list this year is to make my daughter a big sister. I’m not currently pregnant, but I’m throwing it out to the universe that I want to be. Wish me luck!

  • Carina Says:

    Take a canal boat vacation in France.

  • Amy Says:

    Attend week-long surf camp.
    Without spouse, children or inhibitions.

  • Jamie Says:

    Napa Valley vacation with my sister once she finishes her surgeries next year. It is HAPPENING.

  • Sarah C. Says:

    Learn to surf!

  • Heidi Says:

    Open a bottle of champagne with a sword.

  • Alex Says:

    Visit 50 of the world’s great botanical gardens. 25 down, 25 to go.

  • Sarah Says:

    Raise a daughter

  • Beth C. Says:

    Take my family on a month-long trip to Alaska in a Winnebego. (An Airstream would be even better…but let’s not get bogged down in the details!)

  • ElizH Says:

    Eat pasta and gelato in Italy with my husband and son.

  • Joanne Says:

    Give edible gifts for Christmas.

  • Jenny Says:

    To visit/meet my family living in Malta. I’m 1/2 Maltese and have always wanted to experience the beautiful country for myself. Once my husband is finished with his grad school/training we are planning the trip! Can’t come soon enough!

  • Catherine Says:

    Life List #14: Take a trip with just my two sisters (no kids or spouses!).

    And, really, I better get on this, because my little sister is about to move to Korea!

  • B Says:

    Publish my long-written, lonely-on-my-computer manuscript!

  • Hippittee Says:

    train, start and finish a triathalon!

  • Brynne Says:

    Visit every NFL stadium to see a game.

  • Kelly H Says:

    To visit another country other than Mexico or Canada. Preferably Greece.

  • Madam Von Sassypants Says:

    Learn to play the harmonica. :)

  • Susan Says:

    I’ve had learn to swim on my life list for a while now. Yesterday I swam 900 yards. Go me.

    Exchanging that goal for swim a mile without stopping.

  • Kristin Says:

    Take a picture in every state in the USA

  • Genesis Says:

    See the Northern Lights!

  • Kerianne Taves Says:

    Grow my own food.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • bex Says:

    Throw a set of pretty bowls to eat breakfast cereal out of.

  • Liz Says:

    I want to fly a plane!

  • Anne Marie Says:

    Try snorkeling

  • Kate Mc Says:

    Visit all 50 state capitol buildings.

  • Ruthie Says:

    To walk across the Golden Gate bridge and the Brooklyn bridge.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Learn how to poach eggs

  • Candice Says:

    Learn how to ride a horse and then actually ride one more than occasionally.

  • Cristin Says:

    I want to toilet train my 4th child. The freedom, 10 years in to diapering, is like low-hanging fruit right in front of me.

  • Christina Says:

    I want to learn graphic and web design and start my own web designing business.

  • A Says:

    Visit all 50 states!

  • Christy Says:

    See a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • Amanda Says:

    I’ve been working on my life list for the past year (inspired by you, of course!) and one of my greatest hope is to have a baby! Working on it!

  • Jocy Says:

    Learn how to make bread.

  • Alaina Mc Says:

    Cook a full Thanksgiving meal, including the turkey. I’ll get my chance in 2 months.

  • Kristen P Says:

    Visit the island in Norway that my grandparents are from.

  • caroline Says:

    Spend a Christmas in Munich.

  • jenny Says:

    Just added: photograph all of the city parks in Denver (because you inspired me with your library portraits and because I LOVE Parks and Rec).

  • Martha Says:

    I’ll share one item that I put on my life list when I was 20 that I have accomplished: Live in another country for a year. I’ve now been living in Canada for five, and even though it wasn’t what I envisioned as to living in another country I love it here!
    One new item: I loved Anna Beth Chao’s recent recommendation that you buy yourself one item from your wishlist for five years, and then at the end of five years you’ll have five things you love. It seems like a very consumerist life list item, but it resonated with me. The first item I’m saving up for is a pair of black super high Swedish Hasbeen clogs.

  • Karen Says:

    Throw an “all IKEA products” dinner party.

  • Sarah Says:

    Become an amateur beekeeper.

  • jjzach Says:

    Row in a race

  • Jenny Says:

    I would like to at least once in my life ride a horse at a fast-gallop, as if I am chasing after someone.

  • michelle K Says:

    Allow myself to fall in love again…

  • Sarah Says:

    Cut my hair into a pixie cut.

  • yotko Says:

    I want to put in a vegetable garden with my 5 year old daughter, Maggie!

  • kimberly Says:

    successfully roast a large turkey. and a duck. this year i tackled a chicken – i’m totally on my way.

  • Katie Says:

    Learn to properly use my kitchen knives, so that I can be more convincing when I pretend I am on Top Chef while cutting veggies.

  • Shash Says:

    I want to attend a surf camp for a week, preferably in Central America or New Zealand. But if it HAS to be Hawaii I will take what I can get. :)

  • Lisa P Says:

    Take my children to visit the Australian relatives!

  • LauraM Says:

    To do an honest-to-goodness pull-up. It’s achievable, but so, so hard. We put a pull-up bar in the doorway to the bedroom. I’m getting microscopic hairs closer to that bar. And when I do, I’ll be a movie-star-superhero.

  • Sabrina Says:

    Communicate how important organ donation is with the world. As my son may need another transplant one day.

  • KatieK Says:

    Drink wine in Italy with my love.

  • Ashley Says:

    Raise chickens in the back yard. Bawk bawk!

  • Sheri Says:

    Bike across the Golden Gate bridge and into Sausalito for a picnic.

  • Elvin Endicott Says:

    I would love to go float in the Dead Sea.

  • KCV Says:

    To play a round of golf in Scotland with my dad. Thank you!

  • lauren Says:

    #28 – Kentucky Derby!

  • DesignHER Momma Says:

    I have big and small things on my life list. From milking a cow to visiting Shanghai. One thing I really want to knock off my list is witnessing a natural birth, one that doesn’t involve me pushing out the baby.

  • Eva Marie Says:

    I want to do two at once: travel to Alaska & climb Mt. Denali. What a spiritual experience!

  • Lauren Says:

    I had a really tough time chosing one thing from life list…
    *Quit my job and do something that makes me happier*Have a dog*Go to the RedHead festival in Amsterdam *Hike the AT*Ride a camel to the pyramids*Learn to make flan, and host regular festival of flans*Learn how to french braid*Go to massage school*Walk the Camino de santiago again, with a friend* Get pedicures with 15 different girl friends*Become a regular at a restaurant (checked off!)*

  • Anokhi Shah Says:

    I have a lot on my life list, but if I had to chose one thing I think I would want to spend a whole summer traveling through Europe.

  • Julie B Says:

    I want to buy a house. On a lake. And I want to go there on weekends and for a month in the summers.

  • dorrie Says:

    Run a marathon with my sweet daughter.

  • Sara B Says:

    Camp in a tent with my husband on my family’s land in Israel.

  • jenG Says:

    Build a chronological, hard-bound book of family photos.

  • Dutch Says:

    Eat pineapple in Hawaii!

  • Kelly Says:

    #17: Make a turducken!

  • Natalie Says:

    I want to attend La Tomatina

  • meg b Says:

    Enter an olympic-style weightlifting contest (as an amateur).

  • Sarah Says:

    Swim naked as the sun sets!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Visit all seven continents.

  • Erika Says:

    Live goal – to spend a summer traveling around Europe with my family.

  • Melissa Says:

    See a blue whale!

  • Cristi Whiddon Says:

    I WILL one day see whales from a small dingy. I’ve never seen a whale live and in person and I’m dying to get up close and personal with them and hopefully a few dolphins.

  • aly Says:

    go on a family vacation! also: go on safari in africa. i think they’d be pretty similiar… :)

  • JanetB Says:

    learn to play Bach’s Suite #1 for Cello

  • Janna Lee Says:

    I am a girlie girl who made a bucket list when going through cancer treatments when I was 19. #12- Complete the Appalachian Trail. So far 350 miles down! only 1800 to go

  • Becky Says:

    Hike Half Dome.

  • Lauren Says:

    Figure out how to craft/knot/knit my own hammock… Hang it inside to sleep on like I did when I lived in Mexico one summer in college.

  • Beth Says:

    Take a portrait of each of my 5 sisters that they love. (This is a challenge since they are very picky).

  • Katie B Says:

    Snowshoes and hot chocolate with the family – maybe this winter. What a lovely giveaway!

  • Maggie Says:

    Be a lovely, quirky, amusing, clever and prolific blogger who can rack up five hundred and forty-four comments on a giveway post….

  • Cait Says:

    Something on my life list is to climb the hard trail to Machu Picchu.

  • Bethie Says:

    Girls weekend with my sisters. Again.

  • Chelsea Says:

    Get over my fear of riding motorcycles. I have my license and everything – I’m just scared to take one out on the road!

  • Sarah Says:

    Ride a motorcycle!

  • Karina Says:

    I want to quit my job, explore the world and become a college professor. (and p.s. I am writing this at work…)

  • Amanda Says:

    I’ve always said that I will some day drive a zamboni (even if I do it when I’m 90 years old!)

  • abbiejoy Says:

    Open my own etsy shop :)

  • Beth Says:

    Give myself an annual retreat.

  • Leah Says:

    Get married on the beach in my bathing suit and have a bbq reception. I want my day to be fun and relaxed, not stressfull, overdone and cost a lot of money.

  • VSR Says:

    on my list is to buy a small cabin near running water, fix it up, grow a garden, have an outdoor living room in the summers, and spend weekends there with family and any and all friends who want to come.

  • Ali Says:

    Visit every continent.

  • Jody Says:

    Show in a major museum.

  • Sarah Says:

    Ski on five continents.

  • Kate Says:

    I’d like to have pictures taken of me that I love to show people. I’d like to do some with my family and some just me. (thanks for the giveaway chance!)

  • Ariel Says:

    Can I share two?

    1. Run ten miles (never been a runner, I’m at 2 now. 20%! Baby steps.).

    2. Visit all the National Parks.

  • brookstar Says:

    I want to kayak in Alaska.

  • Denene H Says:

    Finish a triathlon!

  • Lee Says:

    Take my daughter to Europe and see the world through her eyes.

  • Christine Says:

    Learn how to beatbox.

  • Ry Pepper Says:

    #19: Photograph a tornado.

  • katya Says:

    start/grow a garden

  • Maren Says:

    I would like to drive cross-country, visiting New Orleans, Texas, and the Grand Canyon.

  • Missy Says:

    #1 on my life list…. Graduate college!

  • Mindy Says:

    One of my Life List items is to run a marathon. I just crossed Half Marathon off my list!

  • anna Says:

    Run a marathon in Chicago

  • Kristen Albritton Says:

    Be on the beach in a bathing suit and still be confident!

  • Aislinn Says:

    fresh fruit picking at a farm with my family

  • Megan Says:

    Find or support a non-discriminatory version of the Boy Scouts.

  • Emily P Says:

    Make myself a whole outfit – head to toe.

  • Nichole Says:

    Backpack through Central and South America

  • Marisa Says:

    To own a house with a veggie patch and a place to hang my hammock!

  • Meg King Says:

    #1. Celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

  • madeleine Says:

    I want to travel south america!

  • Karinny Says:

    Finally go on my dream trip all over South East Asia, to eat, pray and love it!

  • Katie B. Says:

    Throw an amazing party for a momentous occasion.

  • Emily Says:

    Collect a wardrobe that makes me feel fantastic.

  • Clarissa Says:

    This is such a nice giveaway! I am going to start taking Spanish classes.

  • denise Says:

    find an arrowhead, diamond, gold, fossil, & pearl.

  • Erin S. Says:

    Sing a song on a Broadway stage!

  • Lisa Says:

    See the Aurora Borealis!

  • Katie Says:

    Take a food tour of Thailand

  • Michelle @ Bolted Vintage Says:

    Stop being afraid of my gynecologist.

  • Megan Says:

    Speak spanish fluently. I have been taking classes for the past year. It is slow going but I understand so much more than I ever did before! xo

  • Elis Says:

    I want to see the midnight sun.

  • Adrianne Says:

    To grow grapes, lettuce, and flowers in my garden every year, and teach others to garden as well.

  • Sue Says:

    Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

  • Mareshia Says:

    Life List No. 17: finish my PhD.

  • Jennifer Chase Says:

    …complete my ph.d.

  • Chasinash Says:

    Here’s a few of mine:
    Visit 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Eat pizza in New York at one of these: Lombardi’s Little Italy, Grimaldi’s under Brooklyn bridge, Totonno’s Coney Island, Arturo’s Houston St, John’s on Bleeker, Denino’s on Staten Island, Joe’s on Carmike St.

    Take cheesy tourist photo at: Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, Sphinx, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Equator, Jesus in Rio, Kjeragbolten, “Atlas” with a rock, Salt flats of Bolivia, Abbey Road, Bruce Lee statue, Oscar Wilde’s Grave, Buckingham Palace balls or Michaelangelo’s David, Blackpool wooden portraits, Peace sign, thumbs up, devil’s horns, a-okay signs

  • Talik Says:

    Be able to do a handstand…Working on this one so hard!

  • Sansanee Says:

    Learn to bake bread.

  • Simone Says:

    Be the best woman, wife, and mom I can be. Soul = fed.

  • Liz Says:

    Sail to Mexico. Also I looooove these contest gifts!

  • GingerMae Says:

    Stay in a hut over the water in Bora Bora

  • Min Says:

    Take my husband to Korea. Because it is my homeland.

  • Annie Hall Says:

    To live in a house with a window seat. We’ve got the perfect windows, so now I just need to hire someone to come build it or carve out enough time do my husband to do it.

  • Melissa Says:

    Visit 5 other countries and become a mother :)

  • Leigh Says:

    I want to see the Northern Lights in person.

  • jen Says:

    start my own business. I’m getting really close!

  • Janell Says:

    I want to learn how to sail.

  • denise Says:

    buy an around-the-world ticket and take a leave of absence from my job!

  • Gillian Says:

    Be a photographer at a White House Gala (State, maybe, or Correspondents’) Dinner. Inspired by the famous photo of John Travolta dancing with Princess Diana.

  • Anastasiya Ivanova Says:

    To live in Europe for at least a year

  • Mai Says:

    Attend the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival – something I’m doing this October. (w00t!)

  • Yvanka Says:

    I want to go on a backpacking trip for the first time!

  • Sarah O Says:

    Learn to sail

  • Erin Says:

    Eat Indian food in India.

  • Amy Says:

    Every 10 years do a 6 month-1 year sabbatical, take classes, try something new, travel, write, photograph, etc.

  • Rene Says:

    Update my wardrobe to be “me”

  • Caitlin Says:

    Attend and experience a real American Thanksgiving – I’m Canadian and our Thanksgiving is not the same at all (at least according to my American husband!)

  • BonnieB Says:

    Learn how to drive a motorcycle well enough for someone to ride bitch.

  • Jennelle Says:

    Yoga Trip to Iceland…soak in the hot springs and ride the Icelandic ponies!

  • Amy S Says:

    Rock a killer red dress at a party (I’ve always been a bit of a colorphobe).

  • janell Says:

    Say no to something and not bad about it. Spend a quiet day with my husband. Find the easy job that pays a lot. Take my dogs to a mountain. Start running again. Buy that kayak and use it.

  • Stacee Says:

    To take a risk and move my family back to the city where I think we’ll be happiest. We moved, we tried something different, but it’s never felt like home. Time to make a change.

  • Gia Says:

    Cook a meal with Nigella Lawson.

  • Steph Says:

    Write a children’s book about my grandfather.

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    There’s a big one on my list…to go freelance…and this is the year. Scary! Exciting! ACK!

  • Stacey Says:

    Start a blog, live abroad, somewhere, anywhere.

  • A Little Coffee Says:

    Touch an elephant!

  • Alyssa Says:

    Go to New Zealand!

  • Amy Says:

    To complete a 1/2 marathon! I’m a life-long non-runner with short thick legs and have been slogging through the Couch to 5K program for three weeks now. This goal feels so far away, but every week I’m a bit closer.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Life list item – take a week of dance classes in NYC. Been a dream of mine for 20 years. I’m staying in shape and dancing in my hometown so that if I ever get to NYC, I’ll be ready!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Take a Watercolor Class (already scheduled for this fall!)

  • sheri silver Says:

    Learn to speak fluent Italian and live in Rome for a year!

  • Sylvia Says:

    Life List Goal: Go To Camp Mighty! (Which is happening AND it starts on my 28th birthday!)

  • Sian Says:

    Do a month long yoga challenge.

  • Cheryl Says:

    Go to Norway, Scandinavian Scotland and the Isle of Jersey to do research on my family tree!

  • Shannon Says:

    Learn how to use all of the settings on my DSLR.

  • Christina Says:

    It’s kind of silly, but I think owning a pair of Tieks is on my life list. They feel prohibitively expensive, though they really aren’t. I should just go for it… unless I win some!

    A more substantial item: See the Aurora Borealis!

  • Carlyn Says:

    Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.

  • Jenn KD Says:

    Experience international traveling experiences with my kiddos.

  • Lacy Says:


  • BuenoBaby Says:

    Learn a foreign language!

  • Emma Says:

    Travel to South Africa.

  • Asha Dornfest Says:

    I would love to win this…you ladies have an eye for the lovliest things. My Life List is here. http://www.parenthacks.com/lifelist.html While I tend to forget about it, I know it’s making a difference because when I check it every now and then I can often check something off.

  • Katie Edwards Says:

    To be a “runner”.

  • Maureen Says:

    Buy and be comfortable in a cute bikini

  • Ashley R. Says:

    Cosplay at a comics convention like Dragon*Con. That just looks like so much fun.

  • Alexis Gentry Says:

    I am going to zipline. Somewhere cool. And survive. I think? :)

  • Joanna Says:

    Go to italy with my husband and daughter.

  • Cheryl Says:

    Make a quilt (never attempted before), hopefully with some of the old fabrics in my mom’s collection of remnants. She left this life in February 2011, and I think this would be a lovely (and cozy) was to hold her close.

  • Katie B. Says:

    Take piano lessons again.

  • Krista Says:

    I want to learn to sand and refinish yard sale furniture so well that people will ask where I bought those shelves, hoping to get an identical set.

  • Megan Says:

    Adopt a child. Am at the earliest stages of putting the pieces together, still hoping to meet the right partner to do it together – but opening up to the possibilities regardless.

  • Serena Says:

    Edit a feature-length documentary that goes out into the world.

  • Lisa Says:

    I want to get my 3 and 6-year-olds to Japan to meet their Aunties and Uncles. It would be the best to be able to share this experience with my mother-in-law. She’s so proud of these kids!

  • Emily Says:

    I want to be able to do a handstand again in yoga!

  • Nina Says:

    Yoga retreat in Bali.

  • Lisa Says:

    Italy. To see the hillsides, and make pasta, and sip wine while I watch the sunset. Bliss.

  • jana Says:

    Here’s my life list #17: Cross the ocean on a steam liner (like the Queen Elizabeth II).

  • Emile Says:

    Take my kid camping in the San Rafael Swell. Wahoo!

  • DogsDontPurr Says:

    I would like to find a new direction for my life and get out of the rut I’m stuck in.

  • meagan Says:

    I want to make my grandmother’s cinnamon rolls so often that I can do it without a recipe.

  • Mrs. Loch Says:

    Pay off my niece’s student loans once she’s graduated from college.

    Why not just pay for college for her? Because although it was tough I learned more about myself and life in the years that I put myself through school. I took my education seriously and made a point of appreciating the thousands of dollars I was spending to get it. Walking across that stage to get my diploma was the proudest moment of my whole life.

    I want her to have that. And then I want to relieve the burden of all that debt for her.

  • Virginia Says:

    I want to eat my way across Spain.

  • Heather G Says:

    I want to learn to surf!

  • Joyatee Says:

    I want to run a full marathon.

  • Nestra Says:

    Speak Italian fluently.

  • Kristina Says:

    I want to go to mighty summit actually! And live overseas for awhile, hopefully while my daughter is still young enough to do it with us!

  • Janelle Says:

    I want to run a half marathon before I turn 35. I am 32 now, and am signed up for my first 5K in November…

  • Karly Says:

    Plant a veggie garden that survives!

  • Flora Says:

    To learn to play Bach’s Cello Suite 1.

  • Daffodil Says:

    I want to learn how to woodwork well enough to make furniture.

  • Sonja Says:

    Read the entire bible!

  • Meegan Says:

    Love the prizes! I will be certified as a yoga instructor. someday. It’s on my list. Namaste.

  • Sara Says:

    Learn to speak Spanish fluently!

  • Melissa Says:

    scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Natalie Says:

    I would like to sell a piece of my art to a stranger.

  • Cait Says:

    I want to scuba dive in Australia!

  • Rebecca Says:

    Write 10 short stories and get one published in a literary magazine.

  • Eliza Says:

    Homebrew. It’s a whole language and science to learn, but opening a bottle with friends on the back porch would be so worth it (even if the first batch is terrible – imagine the stories for years to come)!

  • gigi Says:

    A life list item of mine is to zipline somewhere really exotic!

  • Rebecca Says:

    Live in Europe for a year!

  • Sarah Says:

    Nap in a hammock, in the shade of a peaceful summer day.

  • Melissa Says:

    See the freshly-hatched baby sea turtles make their trek across the beach to the ocean.

  • Monica Says:

    Open my own party supply shop.

  • elsimom Says:

    Make a point to take photos of my children doing everyday things.

  • Sarah Says:

    Start teaching yoga!

  • Aura Says:

    give birth to a second child!

  • Traci Says:

    One of my life goal is to comfortably support myself by doing what I love (a combination of things that are all arts-related).

  • Emily F. Says:

    I want to become a mom. Hopefully I’ll fulfill this dream soon!

  • Hilary Says:

    #10: Get to London.

  • Nicole Says:

    I want to visit every National Park. I’ve made a pretty good dent in this list this summer.

  • meg Says:

    Write and illustrate a children’s book with my husband.

  • Cindy Says:

    Document our family history from my master storyteller uncles (in their 70’s).

  • meg Says:

    Preform live with a band. Every band I’ve ever been in has never made it out of the garage/warehouse/basement or played for more than 5 people at a time. Even if it’s only 1 song, it would be amazing.

  • Stephanie Moses Says:

    Write a book!

  • elizabeth Says:

    run a marathon!

  • Nora Says:

    Write something that people I admire will admire.

  • Shelley Says:

    Learn to speak French fluently.

  • KateB Says:


  • beyond Says:

    eat at french laundry!

  • Natalie Says:

    I would love to live overseas, preferably Paris!

  • Peggy Says:

    this made me go look at my life list, which I hadn’t looked at in months – thanks! Item # 22 – Learn to juggle.

  • Jen Says:

    Something wonderful on my Life List is to go to New Orleans! The city has been in my heart since I was a child (thanks to Disneyland’s New Orleans Square), yet I’ve never been there. I want to see the historical sights and hear the Southern sounds of nature. I want to feel the humidity and smell the deep scents of jasmine. I want to taste all of the full and spicy flavors! New Orleans amazes me :)

  • J.C. Says:

    Swim with dolphins!!

  • Jessica K. R. Says:

    Learn to bake bread. I started a few weeks ago, but I’m not quite there yet. Baby steps.

  • Crystal Says:

    I would love to visit Montreal and I would love become fluent in a second language.

  • Valerie Says:

    Travel to Europe with my husband and daughter when she gets old enough to remember it!

  • Rachel Says:

    Hike the Grand Canyon. A mix of beauty and adventure all in one!

  • Mom of David Says:

    Learn how to play the bass guitar and perform in front of a live audience.

  • kayla Says:

    Have a gin and tonic at the Algonquin Hotel, like Dorothy Parker

    I *WILL* be doing this before I hopefully move from NYC this year :)

  • Rachel Boyer Says:

    i watched a video this morning about a reinforced underground hide in africa from which you can photograph elephants and other wildlife from such a unique perspective…this has become the new #1 on my Life List

  • Jennifer Says:

    Take my sons on a solo trip to Italy, so they can see where their grandmother grew up.

  • Sarah R Says:

    Live in another country for at least 1 year.

  • Katie Says:

    Take a year off to travel with my husband and kids!

  • shawdee Says:

    run marathon post baby

  • Shauna Says:

    Publish my first book! And then my second, third…

  • Kaitlin P. Says:

    Go to Disney World with my husband, son, and extended family.

  • Lesley Myrick Says:

    Mighty Summit sounds incredible! Love the idea of creating 5 goals and having a necklace be a daily reminder. On my list (maybe not this year, but sometime!) is to get my artwork published in a magazine. :)

  • Sheryl Says:

    Life list #43: Take a year off to travel the world with my husband and children.

  • jill (mrs chaos) Says:

    #14: Go on a trip by myself. I’ve never really ever done that. Ever.

  • Kacy Says:

    I want to travel with my hubby to Europe.

  • Catherine Says:

    I have two ideas for children’s books, so my goal is to write them!

  • Shiv Says:

    I want to arrange and perform in a one-woman cabaret show!

  • Nicole Says:

    Publish a book of my photographs and sell at least one copy to a stranger.

  • Alexandra Says:

    To live with my family (husband and two kids) in another country (e.g., Europe etc.) for a year.

  • Holly Says:

    When I was little, my mom sang us a song about Mr. Moon, and I can’t wait to put those lyrics (her own!) in a book and give it to her on Christmas morning. Someday!

  • Beth Says:

    Tolerate hipsters better

  • JenH Says:

    Go on a bike trip around Cape Breton with my husband and two daughters.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers Says:

    Bike through Italy!

  • stella Says:

    Go to Jamaica

  • elena Says:

    to go diving with whales!

  • Mary Lou Brady Says:

    Run a marathon! I have already completed three 5k’s this year. Onward!

  • Tori Says:

    Earn a WERQ from Tom and Lorenzo.

  • Summer Says:

    Put on a gorgeous dress and dance with a handsome man to “Dance me to the End of Love,” by Madeline Peyroux.

  • Katie Says:

    I am going to learn to make shoes that are simple, useful and lovely for me and my sisters to wear.

  • Becky Says:

    Write & publish a book!

  • jenna Says:

    Get another motorcycle.

  • michelle Says:

    Have a conversation in sign language.

  • Allie Says:

    Do field research on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

  • Alyssa S Says:

    Learning to suba dive.

  • Nicole Says:

    Live in Italy for a year.

  • Jan Says:

    Don my favourite 1940’s frock, mix a good stiff G&T and throw some shapes on the dancefloor at a Blitz Party in London (http://www.theblitzparty.com/)

  • Alyse Says:

    Just completed one! We had our first baby! Next on my list: making number two :)

  • Jenny Says:

    Visit Australia

  • laura Says:

    dance naked under a full moon

  • Kara Says:

    My life list is kinda short & involves a lot of travel. One thing on it: Go to Jazzfest in New Orleans, at least for a weekend.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Go to the opera!

  • Tali Says:

    Take my daughter to Paris.

  • Nicole Freire Says:

    I’d like to take myself on a trip to Hawaii. Just me and a hammock on the beach. Fruity drink optional. Days of silence and my own companionship. A time and a place to recover myself.

  • Rinnie Says:

    To swim with the sharks in New Zealand!

  • Sabrina Says:

    I want to help my husband reconnect with his twin brother all the while teaching our children – also twins- the importance of family.

  • Jen Says:

    I want to participate in a Crossword competition!

  • Sherri Says:

    Attend the sky lantern festival in Thailand. :)

  • Manders Says:

    Audition for a game show!

  • Susanne Says:

    Complete my MFA, and learn how to make ceviche.

  • Ashley Says:

    Spend a summer in London with my husband and two kids.

  • Kristy Says:

    To tango in 10 inappropriate places.

  • Payal Says:

    Live in another country for a year or two. I think my kids will return with a better appreciation for all that we have here.

  • Elaine Says:

    I’d like to go to culinary school — to quit being worried about savings accounts, jobs, bills, etc., and just spend my time learning more about what I love to do.

  • amelia Says:

    Finish the Couch to 5km running program

  • Jess W Says:

    Get rid of bad debt.

  • Christina M Says:

    To learn to play the Beer Barrel Polka on the accordion.

  • Amy Says:

    Tips on my list at the moment is to get my website in shape and start actively selling my work again.

  • kate Says:

    run a half marathon

  • Shelly Says:

    To roll a kayak.

  • jennifer Says:

    live outside the US for a year while the kids are still young!

  • Meghan Says:

    Take my mother on a vacation where she will feel comfortable and not overwhelmed.

  • Beverly Says:

    Eat lobster in Maine.

  • sarah Says:

    Feel comfortable in a bathingsuit

  • Melissa Says:

    I want to have a better relationship with my parents, so that I can have better relationships with my children. <3

  • Stef Says:

    Become fluent in a foreign language.

  • Caitlin Says:

    Learn to ride a cargo bike confidently (and then sell our car!).

  • Sara Says:

    I would like to have a Big potluck dinner , at least 4 times a year . Family style . I love eating with people , I love.

  • Erin Says:

    Learn not to take it all so seriously.

  • Barchbo Says:

    My life list is in constant flux but I think I need to be brave and unselfish enough to try homeschooling for a year.

  • CoraD Says:

    Hooray! Thank you! On my life list – go to race car driving camp.

  • Amy Says:

    Take each of my children on a special trip with just the two of us.

  • Kelsi Says:

    Travel the world
    Find a job that leaves me inspired and full of energy (found!!)

    So much more to do….

  • Laraine Says:

    Start and maintain a blog. Which will hopefully be jump started by Ms. Alice Bradley’s new writing course :)

  • sallybeth Says:

    Drive down PHC in a red convertible with the top down, looking and feeling fabulous.

  • FM Says:

    Learn how to use a camera on manual and complete a photo project.

  • Anne Phillips Says:

    Build a lingerie wardrobe. A little something for every occasion.

  • Rachel McC Says:

    take the kids to see the Grand Canyon–by road trip

  • Leigh Says:

    Try surfing again and fall down less.

  • Chrissie Says:

    Visit every state in America. PICK ME! :)

  • LisaAR Says:

    Take my son to the 9.11 Memorial in NYC.

  • Annie Says:

    Direct a feature film.

  • MissMonky Says:

    Spend one night in Budapest. Just one night….

  • Samantha M.E. Says:

    Go on an RV roadtrip from California up to Alaska and back.

  • Sara Rosso Says:

    Publish a book in 2013 (a non-self-published one…I already have 2 of those!) :)

  • Kate Says:

    Buy a Turkish rug in Turkey (maybe at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, but that’s negotiable).

  • Lisa K Says:

    Join a choir and sing again, often, with abandon.

  • Yana Says:

    Live in Europe for at least 1 month

  • lisa Says:

    Finish the holiday recipe collection that I can one day share give to my niece

  • CheesePirate Says:

    Visit all 50 U.S. states. I think I am right around 18 so far.

  • Titania Jordan Says:

    Way to have the coolest giveaway on the internet! I would like to buy my mom the car of her dreams: a baby blue Mustang convertible.

  • sarah wixson Says:

    Get something tatooed or pierced.

  • guinevere Says:

    Conduct choir and orchestra in Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

    Best prompt, best giveaway!

  • mia Says:

    As cheesey as it sounds, learning to be my own best friend…

  • Kristin Says:

    Publish a novel. This year I checked off “Grow strawberries.”

  • Katrina Says:

    Knit my first sweater (I’m half-way through one for my best friend’s sweet baby boy!).

  • Miss K Says:

    #28 cracked me up…I love reading these.
    I want to drive a bookmobile made from an airstream trailer.

  • Karla P Says:

    Getting myself into shape, and then trying a half marathon again…. Only this time training properly.

  • Denise Says:

    Sing the national anthem at a sporting event.

  • Aimee Says:

    Eat street food in Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong all during one BIG trip.

  • Nephele Says:

    Ride in a helicopter.

  • nicole Says:

    master the mother sauces

  • Emily Fabulous Says:

    fund someone else’s college education

  • Sara Says:

    Have underwater photos taken of me as a mermaid!

  • Laura in Milwaukee Says:

    Get my partner his first stamp in his first passport.

  • Jenni Says:

    Me, please. So many cool things!

  • Courtney Says:

    Take a camera class and actually learn how to use my DSLR.

  • Meaghan Says:

    #85 is to take part in a choreographed flash mob dance. If anyone needs me to be in yours, I’m there!

  • Terri Kadlecek Says:

    Take a road trip across the USA, with enough time to stop where and whenever the fancy strikes.

  • Shani Says:

    spend a summer in Ireland

  • Kris Says:

    To do 100 crunches – I managed 70 today!

  • Cathy Says:

    Visit New York!

  • Charissa Says:

    Visit the date markets in Iraq. OK, so this might or might not be realistically safe for an American, but it’s a dream of mine.

  • Sarah Says:

    #1 on my life list right now is to pick a damn house already, buy it, live in it, and love it.

  • Cheryl Says:

    #1 on my life list is to get the job I just interviewed for today.

  • Cariss Says:

    Ok so I am crap at running and swimming is ehhhh and biking..well. I’m a bit wobbly. So is it too ambitious to want to do a triathlon?

  • Julia Says:

    Get my health in order!

  • Judy R Says:

    Do a full Ironman race.

  • Liz Says:

    Master Mandarin.

  • Emily Says:

    Go to Cuba!

  • Carolyn Says:

    Visit the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

  • kami Says:

    Become bi-lingual, starting Spanish classes this fall!!

  • Liz Says:

    I want to run a half marathon. Not for speed. Just for me.

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] Says:

    Meet Oprah!

  • Paige Says:

    Make a garment that I love to wear.

  • Jillian Says:

    Travel around Europe with my husband.

  • AmyB Says:

    Visit Cuba

  • tami Says:

    I want to take and teach s private yoga session.

  • Christine Says:

    Learn to believe in myself…

  • Kim Says:

    Wow! What an impressive, gorgeous prize pack! One item on my life list is to copyedit an entire novel manuscript.

  • Cior Says:

    I’m going to share many, as it’s still only one entry and I LOVE SHARING!

    1. Learn how to crochet
    2. Take a year off to go sailing
    3. Make a stellar osso bucco
    4. Build an ofuro in my bathroom
    5. Speak Japanese well
    6. Knit a sweater for my husband
    7. Attend a birth
    8. Invent something
    9. Learn some kick ass dance moves
    10. Go shooting
    11. Write a novella
    12. Make a beautiful home office
    13. Own a piano again
    14. Own a bike again
    15. Drive all over France
    16. Have a best friend
    17. Refinish the coffeetable
    18. Go scuba diving
    19. Meet Eustace Conway

  • Kay Says:

    Plant a fruit tree in my yard. Maybe plum?

  • elif Says:

    Learn 3 songs on the guitar.

  • Cathy Says:

    sublet an apartment in NYC for one perfect autumn.

  • Michele Schwartz Says:

    Travel abroad. South America maybe? Ireland? Greece? Somewhere other than what I already know.

  • Bluejay Says:

    When I’m old, do something I’m way too old to do. (I met an 87-year-old hiking the Appalachian trail. Not bad).

  • Ari Says:

    To perfect a biscuit recipe *and write it down* (my sainted great aunt passed without noting or divulging hers. Such a loss!)

  • Lauren Says:

    To vacation at a beach that looks like it belongs in a corona commercial….

  • caitlin strunk Says:

    I want to hike through iceland!

  • Nell Says:

    Make a rainbow birthday cake!

  • Brynn Says:

    Foster a child.

  • Cynthia Says:

    Skate on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada.

  • Erin Says:

    Get my Divemaster certification and see where it takes me.

  • Sarah Says:

    Learn how to snorkel! This is on my list especially because deep water is scary and this item terrifies me. Which means, I need to do it.

  • Sam E. Says:

    I want to learn to play the piano. Not fancy, not concertos or anything (is that a thing? on the piano? I have no idea); I just want to be able to sit down and whirl out a ditty. I imagine like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” only without the being-stuck-in-a-timeloop-purgatory part.

  • Valérie Says:

    Take a portrait photography class!

  • Lee Says:

    I want to learn how to swim. I’m a 31 year old mother of three little ones… two of whom are becoming excellent swimmers, who wish for their mother to jump into the pool with them.

  • Elaina Winter Says:

    To be paid very well for creating art with ease, joy and glory!

  • Adina | Gluten Free Travelette Says:

    Most recently added to my list: Build core strength!

  • Suzi B Says:

    My young family is growing up and my role will be changing! In the next year I want to reactivate my nursing license and re-enter the workforce after 5 years. Exciting and scary to re-re-invent myself!

  • Julie Says:

    I’m going to figure out a way to honor the memory of my father, daunting task though it may be.

  • Jacinta Says:

    I want to milk a cow… there are other things on that list, but this one made my dad laugh.

  • MacKensie Says:

    I’d like to learn to ride horses well enough to be able to do a multi-day journey on them.

  • Michelle Says:

    Spend a month in Ireland!

  • Angie N. Says:

    Attempt to relearn the piano — and get an upright piano foe my lessons!

  • Jenna Says:

    I want to visit Amsterdam!

  • megan Says:

    Visit Paris

  • Millie Ann Says:

    Part of my life list is to be self-employed again. I love being my own boss.

  • Sheila Says:

    Visit Jordan is on my list and I should be doing it next year!

  • Alayna Says:

    Write, illustrate, and publish a children’s book.

  • Laura O Says:

    I want to make my living as an artist, making stuff

  • Sheryl Says:

    Current project from the life list that’s being done is “make a blanket”. I’ve taken up quilting.

  • Laura B Says:

    see the northern lights!

  • Angelica Says:

    Visit 100 roadside oddities. (I am at 94 so far – only 6 more to go!)

  • Heather Says:

    Move to Portland and buy a house. I’m on track for next year.

  • Kathy Says:

    To go to Prince Edward Island with my girls.

  • Em Says:

    See the elephants walk along 34th Street when they get into town for the circus.

  • Charlyn Says:

    I really want to learn to play tennis so that I can play with my daughters

  • greta Says:

    To really become a member of my community. I’ve lived in a lot of different places, and while it’s lovely having friends all over the place, it leaves me feeling a little bit adrift when I’m at my (current) home. There’s a chance we may move again in a year or two… but I really like where we are now, and I’d like to feel like I’m truly a part of it, instead of just passing through.

  • zeynep Says:

    I’d like to spend more time with friends this year. I feel like I’ve let work take all my energy for things and have neglected time with important people in my life. I’d really like to change this as I start growing my family and want my dear friends to be a part of my new family’s life.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    fall in love!

  • jaclyn Says:

    Give my sons and daughter ballroom dance lessons so they can move gracefully at weddings etc.

  • Desiree Says:

    I want to hang more artwork in my home and would love for at least one piece to be something I made!

  • Ashley Says:

    Ride a bicycle in Bali.

  • Susan D Says:

    Learn to play all the parts of a Ramones song. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  • Cindy Says:

    Take my mom to Ireland. We’re planning this for next year!

  • Erin Montgomery Says:

    Write cookbook for my kids of original/family recipes.

  • Naomi Says:

    To visit Machu Picchu.

    And I’m doing it this November!

  • Becky Says:

    Run a half marathon. And maybe beyond!

  • vreeland road Says:

    SO MANY! Learn a second language, actually print my kids photos and put them in albums, see Greece, LOVE and PLAY hard everyday til it hurts!!!!

  • NIkki Says:

    I have many on my list, thanks to you! My most recent addition is to learn to sail. Yep. And I can’t wait!

  • Amy Says:

    Visit the redwood forest.

  • Erin Says:

    I don’t aspire to be an Actress with a capital A. However, I really really want to be in either a costume/period piece just for the dress-up fun or I want to be in a movie where they use your childhood photos as the character’s childhood photos. I don’t know why, but I love that…perhaps originating from the Growing Pains montage.

  • Kim Says:

    Some day I’ll own chickens!

  • divrchk Says:

    I want to go to Israel.

  • Jess Says:

    Make a souffle!

  • Jill Says:

    Paddle out (with confidence) to a 7 foot wave…

  • Charlotte Flowers Says:

    Learn to play saxophone.

  • Ariel Says:

    Go surfing in Costa Rica

  • Megan Says:

    Learn to knit.

  • Tamara Says:

    Learn how to blow glass!

  • Corley Says:

    # 4. Have a big, serious, producing organic garden. I’m at 500 sq ft, not I just need to accomplish the PRODUCING part. More than just okra, at least.

  • Erin Says:

    67. Own a bike with a bell

  • Elise Says:

    Travel to AZ to photograph the Chandler hot air balloon festival.

  • Daphne Says:

    I’d love to see the Northern Lights with my husband! And build our dream home in the country… and host family holidays there!

  • Kate F. Says:

    I failed to show up for Makeup SKills 101, whenever they had that class. I want to learn tto apply liquid eyeliner.

  • Tamara Says:

    I want to sit down with my sewing machine and one of the many shoulder bag patterns I’ve ‘pinned’ and actually make one.

  • Missy Says:

    1. Take a reiki class
    2. Go geode hunting with my son
    3. Go on a great beach vacation for our ten-year anniversary
    4. Learn to grill a perfect steak
    5. Publish an essay in the nyt sunday magazine
    6. Really enjoy my son’s childhood

  • Susan Says:

    Pay back my college scholarship

  • Sarah Says:

    Go ziplining! I get to cross this one off in a couple weeks. So excited!

  • Refinnej Says:

    19. Travel to Africa (Kenya, Tanzania).

  • Kate skogen Says:

    this is incredible!!! what an amazing giveaway! the most recent thing I’ve added to my life list is to see snow on the beach!

  • kirsten Says:

    Slaughter and butcher a pig I have raised myself.

  • Josephine Says:

    Take an epic trip with my best friend!

  • Chriss Says:

    Participate in a community theater production.

  • avb Says:

    34. Spend a night at Grey Gardens (in the Edies’ bedroom)

  • Sandra MG Says:

    I want to start my own business. Invent something. Go big or go home.

    This is me putting it out into the universe and get this life lift item started!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!! :)

  • Lauren Says:

    Trek across a glacier in Patagonia w/crampons and all.

  • amy k Says:

    I want to see the Northern Lights – I *will* see the Northern Lights!

  • Jen Says:

    Swim with wild dolphins.

  • Linny Says:

    Lunch with the amazing Carol Burnet!

  • gabrielle Says:

    kiss on the golden gate bridge (preferably someone i know)!

  • Caroline Says:

    Visit Iceland and see the northern lights. Thank you Kristina, #28 for sharing. Awesome.

  • Lisa May Says:

    New item added for real this year: play ukulele in a band on stage in front of people along side my banjo playing husband.

  • Nicole Says:

    Take myself on a weekend spa retreat.

  • B. Brewer Says:

    I would like to visit Haiwaii. I’ve never been there.

  • Gayle Says:

    Plant a garden

  • meagan Says:

    I am a family /juvenile lawyer and I would love to become a foster parent and foster at least one child.

  • Mckristie Says:

    A mudbath at a spa. That’s my most recent one. I have never
    Done it and am highly intrigued.

  • Debra Says:

    Fencing lessons!

  • Anne Says:

    stand in the bottom of the grand canyon.

  • Shelley White Says:

    Build a blanket tent in my living room and have a “camp-out” with my son, complete with ghost stories…

  • Julisa Says:

    Learn to speak Swedish fluently. I just love the way it sounds.

  • Sarah L Says:

    Spend a summer living abroad with my daughter.

  • Laura Says:

    Brew my own batch of beer. Hooray beer! I’m eyeballing the official White House brew :)

  • Jenny Says:

    Run a half marathon! Scheduled to do it on October 7th! YIKES!

  • Joey Says:

    Plan and brew a beer all by myself

  • Jennifer Says:

    Write poetry.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Go on a hot air balloon ride over Napa!

  • Erin Says:

    Go to NYC and see a show (or several) on Broadway.

  • Marti Says:

    Accomplish an 8:23 average pace during a marathon or half-marathon.

  • Amy Says:

    Switch to black coffee. Run a half marathon. Wear every cocktail dress in my closet at least once.

  • raych Says:

    Make a salad out of vegetables from my garden (have garden first, obvs. Caesar salad does not count).

  • Ariel Says:

    Graduate from college!
    A couple I have done in the last 18 months: See Wicked, and make a belly cast of my pregnant belly!

  • Kristen Says:

    Ski all the way down La Valee Blanche from Mt. Blanc.

  • Robyn Says:

    A full marathon… The half ones are going pretty well!

  • Michelle Says:

    Learn to snowboard :)

  • Danielle Says:

    Write life histories of my parents. (Harder than it seems, with a language barrier and traditionally Asian, taciturn parents!)

  • Jessica Says:

    This is one I crossed off my list – I visited Pompeii.

  • Chloe Says:

    Take a black smithing class.

  • Trilce Says:

    #25 Build a kite with my boys and teach them how to fly it.

  • Susan Says:

    #33: Watch the Grunion Run

  • Stephanova Says:

    Write and illustrate a children’s book.

  • Lorrie Says:

    Set foot on five more continents, and live overseas for at least five years :)

  • KateS Says:

    I won the giveaway a couple years back and I carry the tote that Maggie sent me to work at my DREAM job a couple of days a week. I just got an email from my boss offering me a chance to do it full time at a rate that is more than fair. Following your dreams can make you more than happy, striving to fill your life with experiences that make you complete can be more than its own reward. Your life can shift. It gets better. WAY better.

  • jen Says:

    Run a marathon!

  • Vanessa Says:

    Run a 5k – I’m slowly, very slowly, working my way towards it now.

  • Brooke Janssen Says:

    learn to play the viola.

  • Aurory Says:

    I started on one of my life list items last week: live where I want, not just where the job is. I’m on day 10, and already I love being near friends and family and in a part of the country that feels like home to me.

  • Samilja Says:

    Save enough money to buy a vintage VW Squareback, have it retrofitted to run on bio-diesel, and the interior/exterior customized in my fave color combo – turquoise & red. I know, total self-centered decadence. But I swear, that’s not the case of my list in its entirety.

  • Megan Says:

    See the Northern Lights with my sons and husband…

  • Anne Says:

    Run a half marathon without stopping.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Although difficult to coordinate, someday, I WILL attend the 11 cities race in Friesland! Come winter, I’m always monitoring the race announcements and price of tickets to the Netherlands!

  • Felicia Says:

    Join Roller Derby!

  • Alex Says:

    Spend a night at an ice hotel!

  • Jennifer Says:

    #13: Learn to speak French.

  • Jackie Says:

    Live and work abroad.

  • Stephanie A. Says:

    Cook 100 dishes authentic to 100 different countries!

  • Leslie Says:

    I will run a marathon. All 26 miles. I will.

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to learn how to pick a lock. It would sure beat having to pry open a second floor window the next time i lock my keys in the house!

  • Toni Says:

    I would like to swim in the Bay Bridge to Bridge 10km swim. I swim everyday now, but have never tried open water distance swimming, so that’s step one. :)

  • Annie Says:

    Ever since I was about six years old, one of my most solidified life goals has been to write a book.

  • megan Says:

    have a baby

  • Caitlin Says:

    Before I graduate medical school (goal #1) I want to run a half marathon (goal #2). My life list goal for this year is to do a month of daily sketches. Three goals! Three years!

  • TraceyCK Says:

    #15 on my life list is to spend a week in South Africa diving with sharks.

  • Lyndsay Says:

    #10 on my list is to drive the entire length of PCH

  • dgm Says:

    Sit in on Supreme Court oral arguments.

  • B Says:

    To open my own thrift store with to die for vintage goods. All at reasonable prices. Encourage people to reduce, reuse, recycle.

  • Janie Says:

    Can something that I grew myself. I can’t grow things. I can’t can. One of my earliest memories is being in a high chair in my grandmother’s kitchen while she was canning. My grandma could make anything taste good and the memory of her canned peaches is something I want to pass on to my kids since she isn’t here to do it! It’s a strange life list item because it isn’t BIG but to me my grandma was the world.

  • Laura Says:

    Spend a month on vacation on an island without internet.

  • Jen Says:

    Have a full woodshop to play in.

  • Becky Says:

    I want to buy my dad a new car, outright. Someday.

  • erika irby Says:

    learn to play the violin again after giving it up when I was 18. I played for 8 years as a kid and I miss it!

  • nikkiana Says:

    Record an album of my own original songs.

  • kristi Says:

    visit the Galapagos Islands

  • Jachel Says:

    The latest thing on my list is a combo, one year watch hot air balloons flying in the desert, and the next year fly in one. Scared to death, but I think that’s what makes it even better

  • Rachel Says:

    Play the organ at Dodger Stadium.

  • Sara Says:

    Donate to every local city/state public radio station that I’ve enjoyed listening to.. From South Dakota to Atlanta to Seattle to Minnesota. (I’m awful about donating now.)

  • Kayla Says:

    Kayak around icebergs.

  • Erin Godbey Says:

    Write a book.

  • Sarah Says:

    Re-upholster a chair.

  • rachel Says:

    learn how to espalier a tree!

  • Beth C Says:

    Go on a backpacking trip alone.

  • Julia Says:

    Swim with dolphins!

  • Bernie Says:

    Dream in another language.

  • EmilyM Says:

    Woo! What neat stuff! Cheers!

  • Shawna Says:

    Visit the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica!

  • kika Says:

    hike Na Pali coastline on Kaua’i!

  • Laurel Says:

    To take a road trip with my oldest boy when he turns 16 and can drive. He just turned 3 yesterday :)

  • Kelly Says:

    Visit past foreign exchange students in their home countries: Australia, Venezuela, South Korea, Barcelona, Holland

  • Perry Says:

    Quit my day job

  • Chris Says:

    Take my husband to the place where his mother was born, where the Italian dialect she speaks is sadly becoming extinct.

  • Robin Says:

    Grow a vegetable garden.

  • Ines Says:

    Connect with my brother.

  • Meg Says:

    Go to all 50 states in the USA and all 13 provinces/territories in Canada.

  • Amy Says:

    Watch a volcano erupt.

  • jbc Says:

    Take ballet lessons!

  • Melissa Faye Says:

    Hike the Inca Trail

  • Leah Says:

    to revisit the Netherlands (where I studied abroad) and show my husband all my favorite spots there

  • Liza Says:

    go to NZ on the dream trip that my husband and I never got to take.

  • Denny Finnerin Says:

    I want to run a marathon, and be able to do 20 pull-ups. At the beginning of this year I decided I wanted to do as many push-ups as I saw the First Lady do on Ellen – 29 – and last week, I did 40!

  • Sarah G Says:

    Buy a house, make it a home.

  • Sara Says:

    One has floated to the top of the list, post wedding:
    Have a child.

  • Melanie Says:

    Travel overseas with my kids. I

  • Michelle Says:

    To go to ireland and to travel there by myself.

  • sandra Says:

    Visit my best friend–she’s moved to Australia.

  • Josee Says:

    Live a life that is healthier both physically and emotionally be eating good, whole foods, and exercising regularly.

  • Ryan Elizabeth Says:

    Celebrate earning my fitness back after my injury by learning to surf at a surf camp for grownups.

  • Kathleen Says:

    Go on a yoga retreat in a fabulous location.

  • Amy | Minimally Invasive Says:

    To see the northern lights.

  • Kim Says:

    Spend a week in New York with my 3 children :)

  • holly c Says:

    Get all of my photos- film and digital- organized, labeled, and browse-anytime ready.

  • K Breck Says:

    Go to Europe with my mom & sister.

  • Samantha Says:

    Snorkel with sea turtles!

  • Jenny Says:

    Run a nine minute mile.

  • Andrea Phillips Says:

    Attend a masquerade ball!

  • Kimberly Says:

    Travel the world off the beaten path and meet
    people who are NOTHING like me….and to live on a
    houseboat. Ok, so that’s more than one! Too hard to choose!

  • Jenny Says:

    Have a well edited closet.

  • Lydia Says:

    Top of my life list right now is to become a mom :)

  • Ann Napolitano Says:

    Write a novel filled with magic, truth and beauty.

  • Kate Says:

    Spend a year living in New England with my family.

  • ginger odom Says:

    drink champagne in the south of france, at a point when i am LIVING in france with my family!

  • Sarah Says:

    Be able to make a good living working for myself.

  • Allegra Says:

    Take a carpentry workshop.

  • Sarah Says:

    Eat home made Mole in Oaxaca

  • Jennifer Edwards Says:

    Host a tea party

  • Alison Says:

    I want to own my own business one day. I wasn’t ever sure what kind of business, and the idea was sort of vague (where, when, what kind of business?) But after wanting this my whole life, and putting it on my life list, things actually seem to be falling in to place. I’m excited!

  • Trish Says:

    I didn’t even know it was on my list til I did it….participated with 1700+ other folks in setting a Guinness World Record doing the twist for 5 minutes in Mt. Airt, NC last fall. I’ve never seen that many people twisting & smiling & having a ball before that evening. And we set a new record!

  • Katie Jane Says:

    I want to start learning to speak Italian. My husband and I want to spend more time there, and I want to be fluent in the language.

  • Krista Says:

    I want to become conversationally fluent in at least three other languages

  • Carrie Says:

    Attend an awards show in Hollywood.

  • JILL Says:

    One thing on my life list – hike in all of the national parks.

  • Darcy Says:

    Polar Bear Plunge on New Years Day

  • Meredith Says:

    I want to visit the American South and eat lots of barbecue.

  • Amy P Says:

    I want to own some Tieks :) Just kidding.

    I want to go back to the Netherlands and eat myself silly.

  • Katie Jones Says:

    I would like to plant a garden for an entire summer to use for cooking and sharing produce with friends!

  • Joy Says:

    I would like to visit Italy!

  • Terra Says:

    Watch The Nutcracker ballet.

  • Kelley Says:

    To have a family camping trip…in the backyard.

  • Lindsey Says:

    short term goal: carve out “me” time that isn’t at the grocery store in hopes that I can get back to creative activities that I love – knitting, sewing, gardening

  • Ami Says:

    Live near the water.

  • Marissa Nicole Says:

    My life list is to visit the places I want to write novels about…Paris & NYC.

  • Melissa Says:

    Visit the places where my grandparents were born (England and Italy). Hopefully in 3 years!

  • Leslie F. Says:

    I want to leisurely travel through Europe with my husband someday . . . giving us the romantic honeymoon we still haven’t quite managed to take yet! (Hey, it’s only been 18 years!!)

  • Jessica Says:

    I want to visit Australia and go on an outback adventure.

  • Shelby Says:

    Backpack across Europe with my husband and children

  • Addie Says:

    Own a goat, or several, preferably on a small farm.

  • Robyn Says:

    To buy a house :)

  • MJ Legault Says:

    Have enough control over my business and life to say ‘no’ more often.

  • Becky Fuller Says:

    To learn to/develop the courage to do headstands and handstands in yoga!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Someday I will backpack through Europe with my camera and a great pair of sandals.

  • Cathy Says:

    Drive a convertible down the coast of California.

  • Lindsey @ I Run in Heels Says:

    I want to be a radio talk show host. Terry Gross is my hero.

  • Adrienne Says:

    Learn how to use my camera’s manual setting.

  • Whitney Says:

    I want to go to Wimbledon to watch Federer play.

  • Jen Says:

    Fully fund Faith Studio for 2012-2013!

  • Jennifer Says:

    Improve my memory keeping – take more pictures & write it all down – because they grow too fast and no matter how hard I try, I just can’t remember every magical moment.

  • Lisa Says:

    To pay it forward more often. I want to brighten someones day by doing something small like pay for their coffee, or lunch. I don’t have the income to do big grand gestures, but the little ones can mean more when they catch you by surprise. Thank you!

  • Christen Says:

    Tour all of the baseball parks during a summer, ending in Boston to watch them play the Yankees.

  • Rosalie Says:

    I want to travel far away with my family.

  • Lindsay Griffith Says:

    I want to visit a country for every year of my age. I have a bit of catching up to do at the moment, though!

  • helmetnona Says:

    Learn seven poems by heart to recite whenever and wherever the time is right.

  • Isabel Says:

    I want to work in education and I’m doing everything I can right now to do so!

  • Alex Says:

    Portage through Algonquin Park

  • Heather H Says:

    I want to get my photography business jump-started and on a roll.

  • Alsúin Preis Says:

    Bring my Mum to Prince Edward Island where her beloved “Anne” books were situated.

  • Sharon Says:

    I want to learn small engine repair.

  • Ashley, the Accidental Olympian Says:

    Eat my way through New Orleans!

  • Catherine Says:

    Amazing prizes! A life list item for me it to love my home – i.e. either attack or make peace with the piles. Have only things I love around me and get rid of the clutter. Have mementos of adventures,pictures of the people of I love and beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces to entertain my favorite people (who actually don’t care what the spaces look like- they are awesome). This is a work in progress!!

  • Jenn Says:

    To take a train through the Rocky Mountains – and I just crossed it off my list last week!

  • Kayjayoh Says:

    One item from my Life List is “learn to sail.” I have been working on this over this summer, and there are now two boats that I can competently sail on my own. However, I’m not crossing it off quite yet, because I think there is a lot more to learning to sail than getting a rating on two small boats. Learning is a process, after all.

  • Sarah Says:

    Catch a salmon…WITH MY BARE HANDS (or, just with a pole, whatever) :-)

  • Alannah Says:

    Have a conversation in Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country.

  • Alicia Says:

    Add to my already big family through adoption!

  • annabanana Says:

    Hike the Grand Canyon!

  • Sarahlawton Says:

    Travel internationally alone.

  • Andrea Says:

    Eat and drink my way through Spain with my husband.

  • Mandy Says:

    I want to visit all the U.S. National Parks!

  • CW Says:

    Run a marathon and not get picked up by the bus.

    First attempt in under 40 days…

  • BethK Says:

    I’m working on one this weekend-to go on a trip with my college girlfriends!

  • Morgan Says:

    Hole up in a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. to see the leaves change with a big bunch of my friends and family. Peace is great to have out in the woods, but there is beauty in a chaotic jumble of happy people too.

  • Rosalia Says:

    Moleskine weekly planner in black leather!

  • Emily Says:

    Perfect a breakdancing move. ;)

  • Nicole Says:

    I will run a 50 mile race one day.

  • brandi Says:

    I want to try roller derby! I think it would be awesome.

  • Kate H Says:

    I’d love to take my kids on road trips as they grow and travel to places in the US that I’ve never been.

  • Jacqueline Says:

    Be completely off seizure medication so that I can breastfeed my future babies.

  • Jessi Says:

    Visit Australia!

  • Melanie Says:

    I will be making the trip back to my Grandmother’s hometown of Missoula, MT this winter. Ever since she passed away over 15 years ago, she has never had a gravestone. I JUST found this out only a year ago. In a couple of months I will have saved up enough money to purchase her stone & go see it all completed! I did this through following my dreams, & starting my own photos business! That’s the good stuff.

  • Ashley Says:

    go deep sea fishing.

  • Nina Says:

    Find and meet the my two cousins in Germany whom I have never met.

  • Katey Says:

    See a favorite foreign band in their home country.

  • Laura G Says:

    Finish my dissertation and graduate!

  • Lindsay L. Says:

    I’d like to see the Lourve one day!

  • Jessica S Says:

    Run a 5K (lifelong fluffy girl who can’t imagine herself running, but wants to try!)

  • Alissa Says:

    I want to learn to sail a boat, and maybe one day own a sailboat to sail at the lake every weekend. One that fits my family of 4.

  • Leanna Says:

    Get a Ph.D. Mostly so that I can get mailing labels that say Mr. and Dr. Last Name.

  • Jamie Says:

    Ride an Akhal-Teke!

  • Kaye Says:

    Loose 50 pounds!

  • Kristin Says:

    Write a book

  • Kelly Says:

    Do a canoe trip in the Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO protected wildlife area in the North West Territories (Canada). Found an awesome women-only tour company who does exactly that.. now to find a way to make it happen!

  • Angela Doughty Says:

    Travel to Chinda and go to a Panda breeding facility where they will let me hold a baby panda.

  • Kelley Says:

    Raise two kids who are considerate, giving and conscious of others. At 5 and 2, this is a work in progress.

    As always, fabulous gift bag…I’ve got to get one of those Lemonade Handmade necklaces, I’ve been drooling over them since you first had it in a giveaway…

  • Jeannie Says:

    Be very comfortable speaking and reading Spanish

  • e Says:

    Throw a dinner party.

  • Sara N Says:

    Get my MFA

  • Molly Says:

    Write an article for a travel publication!

  • JenB Says:

    Take a tropical vacation.

  • Zezelia Says:

    Organize an over dressed Bingo night!

  • Sid Says:

    Meet my biological father’s family.

  • Amy Kelly Says:

    One of my newest additions to my list is to see a live platypus. I guess a trip to Australia’s in order!

  • Amanda Wissmann Says:

    Have a baby…which happens NEXT month! :)

  • Kelley Dykes Says:

    Live on the beach!

  • Mary Beth Elderton Says:

    To build our little sustainable, low impact home. I guess we are really a long way from that.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Become a successful entrepreneur.

  • leigh darilek Says:

    life list: to find my true love.

  • Vikki P Says:

    To visit Australia someday.

  • Melissa S Says:

    Ditch my 9-5 job and start my own business.

  • Kandice Says:

    Awesome giveaway!! Something on my life list…to finally be able to have a baby and to run a half marathon. Thank you!

  • Ashley Sullenger Says:

    Visit Egypt!

  • Mandy Says:

    Something off my life list is to become an advocate for girls who have been abused

  • Danielle Says:

    I would love to write a book and have it published!!!

  • Katie Blueford Says:

    Sell my art world-wide!

  • Joy Says:

    Visit in a totally green home and live completely from my own garden….

  • Michelle Says:

    I had a roller skating birthday party when I turned 11. I have wanted to do it again since then. This December I turn 37 and I just got pricing for a grown up roller skating birthday party for me and all my wacky friends! We are doing it in the theme of my last one: 1986 in the house!!!!

  • Brenda Says:

    To make something of myself. Whatever that may be.

  • Amelia Says:

    Bake an elaborate birthday cake for each of my close friends.

  • Tiffany Says:

    Sell our in-town home, buy a piece of land and build our dream house. The in-town home is recently on the market, so we are making strides!

  • sarah thamm Says:

    i would love to take my mother to greece! her parents are originally from there and it would be amazing to be able to take her to see where she comes from.

  • Lisa B. Says:

    Publish my next book!

  • Ericka G. Says:

    Write and publish a successful novel!

  • Jessica McMasters Says:

    Visit Ireland and Scotland with my husband and boys!
    Jessica McMasters

  • holly k Says:

    Finish my basement

  • Kristen Says:

    To buy our first home! One step closer to starting a family.

  • Hilary Says:

    A month long trip through China with my husband and toddler son.

  • Liz Garland Says:

    To become a fruitful professional photographer, and realize the dream of having my own flourishing business doing the one thing I truly love.

  • Jennifer Lovelady Says:

    On my list – I’d love to own a summer home to go to when the Texas heat gets over 100 degrees.

  • Beth Says:

    I’d like to always live somewhere where I can hear church bells.

  • Jolene S Says:

    Live in the country with a real barn…and horses.

  • Lu Says:

    On my list is learn to swim. Seriously. It is.

  • April C. Says:

    To travel the Pacific Coast Highway!

  • Tori Says:

    Go on safari in Africa

  • paula clayton Says:

    Italy and Greece

  • Theresa Says:

    It’s something I get to cross off my list only 11 days from today – a trip, just me and my dad. It only took us 41 years to get around to it.

  • Candi Says:

    Oh boy, I have a lot on my list! I think one of the biggest things on my list would be eing a surrogate. I have two kids and I would love to make it possible for a family to experience the same joy my kids bring to me every day.

  • Sue Says:

    Learn to play the guitar!

  • Jade Sheldon Says:

    Travel with my husband to San Francisco for our one year wedding anniversary in May!

  • Hillary Says:

    I will own a cabin in Michigan (where I’m originally from – we live in Chicago now).

  • Kellyim Says:

    Own a house on St. John in the Virgin Islands (aka, my favorite place in the world)

  • Heather Says:

    To have a natural birth without pain medication.

  • Michele fahey Says:

    Travel to Ireland and see where my family came from.

  • Jenn Says:

    To be happy.

  • Kristen Says:

    Travel across the US by car with my husband and children, stopping along the way whenever we feel like it.

  • Heidi Boatman Meeks Says:

    I want to build my dream house. On my grandparent’s land.

  • Ahren Foster Says:

    spend a summer in Italy with my husband..good food, good wine…cant wait!

  • Kristi Says:

    Live in Italy for at least 3 months!

  • Amanda Says:

    To live in Maui…before retirement.


    Love your blog! Just bookmarked it for a quick return! Life list item: To climb to the top machu picchu in Peru.

  • beth Says:

    See Victoria Falls, Iguazu Falls, Detifoss Falls, Angel Falls, and Niagara Falls

  • Denise Says:

    Become fluent in Spanish and French.

  • Elizabeth G. Says:

    I want to live in Argentina someday…

  • Martine Says:

    Take my daughters to South Africa and take a cable car up Table Mountain to show them where their Granny grew up.

  • katya c. Says:

    i’d love the Ephiphanie Camera Bag :)

  • Jenna L Says:

    To become truly confident in who I am, and be completely comfortable in my own skin.

  • Amanda Hinson Says:

    To finally go on a honeymoon with my husband.

  • Maegan Says:

    Take a vacation by myself

  • Jeannine Says:

    take my kids on a camping trip… not just in my back yard.

  • Sarah B. Says:

    Two weeks in Paris in a little apartment with my best friend.

  • Tracey Says:

    See the Fall Foliage in New England

  • Theresa Says:

    Become completely comfortable with saying no, regardless of the reaction from others.

  • Gina Sharp Says:

    Take a Friday off and lay on the beach with my husband.

  • Preeti Says:

    One of the top things on my list is to visit the Galapagos on a Lindblat Expedition!

  • Linda Says:

    Finish my knitting project(s).

  • Maddy Says:

    I want to backpack across Europe :)

  • Sarah R. Says:

    I would love to see Monticello.

  • Amber Dominguez Says:

    Get married in a castle!

  • Anne Says:

    Spend a couple of weeks in Italy sightseeing and enjoying some delicious food and wine!

  • Serena Says:

    I’d like to learn another language or two…

  • Amber Stokes Says:

    Go on a safari so i can photography all nature has to offer

  • Amy Beth MacPherson Says:

    I want to learn to shot in manual mode!!!

  • Claire Says:

    Take an overseas trip with my little sister.

  • Lauren Says:

    I will learn how to surf! Although my attempts to do so got thwarted repeatedly this summer, I’m not giving up!

  • SFDC Says:

    Learn conversational French and feel confident about my Spanish.

  • Lauren Says:

    I want to design a line of textiles

  • Cori Rose Says:

    Graduate from school.

  • Anna Says:

    Run a 5k! And then run one of those crazy ones; Run for your Lives or the Color Run. To that end, today I’m starting week 3 of the couch-to-5k plan.


  • Sarah Says:

    We are saving for a tv. This is the first time ever we will save for something before we buy it!! It will be very exciting when we cross it off the list!

  • Cathleen Says:

    Worry less about far-off things that may not even be worth worrying about.

  • Joanne Says:

    Create a raised-bed backyard garden with more than just one tomato plant!

  • Zoey Says:

    Travel the pacific coast with my husband, son and dog.

  • Jayni Says:

    travel! I want to be able to take gorgeous (as well as silly, touristy) photos all over the world; sometimes on my own, other times with those I love.

  • Laura Says:

    Overcome my fear of heights! So I can climb the Precipice Trail at Acadia National Park.

  • Sarah K. Says:

    I got to cross off one of my life list items this month (see a movie at an old drive-in theater)! Another still on my list is to go fishing in Alaska.

  • kathy Says:

    It’s really fun to read about all these goals. Mine is pretty simple: before I leave this earth, I’d like to learn how to darn a sock.

  • Melinda Says:

    Visit the animals my favorite yarns come from in their “natural” habitats: wooly sheep in Scotland and New Zealand, Alpaca in Peru.

  • Patty Says:

    Write a children’s book.

  • Kristine Says:

    I would like to travel with my husband, especially the east coast.

  • Kacy Anne Says:

    I want to take a road trip across the U.S. and visit as many National Parks as possible along the way.

  • Cori Says:

    Expand the family dinner repertoire to at least 20 dishes that we all enjoy.

  • Kristen Says:

    Keep bees. I worry about the way that they are disappearing, and having a personal source of honey might make my life. Hence, life list.

  • Elizabeth Barnes Says:

    Be debt free (and win more free giveaways)

  • Denise A. Says:

    Have another baby.

    (This has been on my list for a while and now I’m pregnant and set to accomplish this in January.)

  • Emily T. Says:

    To be a mom…happening in December!

  • Cherie Says:

    Go on Safari.

  • annie Says:

    I want to take my boys camping in the mountains.

  • Rachael K. Says:

    I want to learn to bake delicious, artisan quality bread.

  • Cassie Says:

    Become the kind of Mom that my daughter Maggie calls with any problem she has, and to give the best advice I can (w/o judgment).

  • Susan H. Says:

    Visit my grandmother’s home town in Denmark, Hostelbro.

  • Vanessa Says:

    Top of my list is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, which I will do in 2 weeks, and to spend some time in nairobi and other Kenyan towns teaching photography to underprivileged girls. That part starts Tuesday.

  • Kristen Says:

    To create memory books for each kid! :)

  • Amanda Meyncke Says:

    One thing on my list is to travel to the Caribbean and swim in the clear water.

  • Stephanie Schweigert Says:

    My life list:
    Run a half marathon and have my two year old son and husband at the end to cheer me on. I am doing this in two weeks. I want to make him proud of me. Since giving birth I have lost 60lbs and still have a lot to go but I want to show him with a dream, a goal and a lot of hard work he can do ANYTHING.

  • Ruth V. Says:

    I’d like to attend a game at all of the MLB stadiums with my husband.

  • AnEmily Says:

    Train trip across the US.

  • Space Kitty Says:

    #1 current item on my life list is not to let depression win.

  • Kim C. Says:

    I’ve graduated from Pastry School and now I would Love to travel to Paris & Italy and continue my education in Pastry & Baking Arts.

  • Cynthia Says:

    I need to finish my wedding album – we celebrated our 5 year anniversary in May. Also, I need to learn to live on less sleep.

  • Cathy Says:

    Write down memories of my childhood and my life so my son can read them one day.

  • K. Shumsky Says:

    68. Paint an outdoor space a bright colour.

  • justine Says:

    See a great white shark. In person. In a cage. I go inside the cage. Cage goes in the water. I go in the water. Shark’s in the water. My shark.

  • Andrea Says:

    To travel overseas for a couple months, overcoming the fear that my arthritis won’t allow me to do so.

  • Feisty Eats Says:

    Kayak the Missouri River and Sakakawea.

  • Claire Helene Says:

    Learn how to sew and make my own clothing.

  • Emily Says:

    Go to the Arctic, and to Antarctica. Bonus points if either trip is for research.

  • Mary Says:

    One of mine is to go to Antarctica. Something mystical at the bottom of the earth.

  • Jane Says:

    Make a cake from scratch, including the icing.

  • Caty Miller Says:

    I want to learn to play the piano

  • sarah Says:

    So hard to choose… Sew something every month. Stop being scared of exercise. Bake more bread.

  • Andie Says:

    Bungee jump!

  • Katie Prisco-Buxbaum Says:

    To advocate for an equal pay for equal work bill, and see it passed!

  • amanda Says:

    I want to kiss my husband on Juliet’s balcony in Verona, Italy.

  • Angela Says:

    I would love to have at least one of my photos published.

  • sprizee Says:

    Forage for mushrooms and then cook a fancy meal with them.

  • Ingrid Says:

    My overall life goal is to donate all the excess, move into a small functional space, and begin to explore the world. I want to begin using my disposable income for experiences and not for material goods.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Take my husband and daughters to Granada, Spain during Semana Santa. We’re not Catholic, and I’m only a secular Christian, but Semana Santa is as close to magical as it gets for me.

  • Amy Says:

    Take a Caribbean vacation with JUST my husband.

  • Krysta Says:

    What lovely gift bags! One from my life list: become a mother.

  • anne Says:

    Bake my own bread – regularly – instead of mooching off my baking wizard friends.

  • Nicole T Says:

    Take a fencing lesson.

  • Staci G. Says:

    Take the plunge and start my own business.

  • Kate Says:

    On our 5th wedding anniversary take that 2 weeks in Greece honeymoon we didn’t get to take because of getting laid off then having our babies.

  • Isahrai Says:

    I had to postpone one of the items on my list – live in India for 2 months – because I got pregnant but I just rebooked the tickets. Next summer my darling 1 1/2 year old and I will be gardening, making music and meditating our way through India! We are so excited!

  • Jacqueline Says:

    I want to learn how to draw. I teach writing at an art school but I can’t even draw a stick figure…. yet….

  • Karla Says:

    Move to North Carolina.

  • Valerie Says:

    I want to go to the Isle of Wight music festival in the UK.

  • Teri Says:

    To publish my novel!

  • Kay Says:

    Finish my novel! Finally.

  • Davida Says:

    I want to paint a wall in my house. Choose a color, stop worrying about mistakes, embrace change!!!

  • Dawn Says:

    Take surfing lessons -> surf.

  • kat Says:

    Oh wow, beautiful stuff this year!

    On my Life List- Visit Calabria Italy, where half of my genes come from! :)

  • Carolyn Says:

    Publish a piece of nonfiction.

  • Liz Says:

    Travel through new Zealand

  • Amanda Says:

    Do a pull up!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Through hike the Appalachian Trail.

  • Käthe Says:

    Life List Item: Quilt a quilt. I’ve made three quilts so far, but never really properly quilted them like my grandmother did. It still awaits.

  • Leah F Says:

    Go on a disaster response with the Red Cross.

  • Amy Says:

    Get an agent.

  • Adrienne Nichole Says:

    I would love to buy a cabin in a landscape with mountains and the beach around. Have all of my family there for as long as possible, to spend time with my Aunt that was just diagnosed with cancer.

  • Athena Says:

    Learn how to make pasta – from scratch!

  • Lindsay Says:

    Watch (from a nice, safe distance) a bear catch a fish out of a stream.

  • Jill Says:

    Take piano lessons again. You know, pick up where I left off 30 years ago.

  • Heather Says:

    Move closer to my family.

  • Dina Says:

    Make one recipe a month from Saveur magazine

  • Renee Says:

    Live abroad for a year. At least.

  • Allisone Says:

    To go on a road trip by myself – which I am doing in two weeks!

  • Vee Says:

    Keep bees.

  • Isabelle Hurteau Says:

    Visit Japan to take in all the beauty, the kawaii and the geekery. Then come back, maybe.

  • Emily Says:

    Starting my own business!

  • Amanda Says:

    Visit Australia. Learn to surf. Not necessarily at the same time.

  • Molly Hunter Says:

    The #1 item on my Life List is to quit my (day)job. My husband is a painter, (and I love to sew)-our dream is to be able to quit our jobs, and be able to support our family doing what we love. That is my driving motivator every day.

  • Candace K. Says:

    Get out my Condo and into an actual house!

  • Galena Says:

    Get my husband healthy (lots of GI problems this year, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, PLUS being diagnosed with depression and going through a roller coaster trying to find the right medication/best treatment options) and happy. And find him a new job where they don’t try to fire him for being sick.

  • Rebecca Says:

    I’d like to take Improv classes (or one at least!)

  • Aimee Blase Says:

    Get rostered and play in the WFTDA International Championship tournament for flat track roller derby!

  • Jenny Says:

    Travel to Ireland

  • Courtney Says:

    I want to show my husband and daughter the Northern Lights in Yellowknife.

  • Natasha Says:

    Go to Istanbul.

  • lise Says:

    To complete my family tree back to my Great-Great Grandparents on both sides.

  • Heather Says:

    go hang gliding!

  • Stevie Says:

    Learn to tie a bow tie

  • Megan Says:

    Live in another country for at least six months. I checked this one off my list without realizing it was on there!

    On the to-do list still:
    See an All-Blacks rugby game in New Zealand
    Swim in the Adriatic sea
    Have a home where people feel welcome.

  • elizabeth Says:

    Build a cedar strip canoe!

  • Julianne Says:

    Hike the Pacific Crest Trail – all of it.

  • Jean Says:

    Swim with dolphins :)

  • Andrea Says:

    Go to the All Star Game.

  • Mandy Says:

    Get married! Oh, and learn how to bake a cake that actually tastes good.

  • Shanee Says:

    I would love to visit a foreign country!

  • Lucia Moore Says:

    always take great photos:)

  • Chris Says:

    I really, really want to overcome my intense fear of flying. I would love to take a trip someplace special with our son when he graduates from high school next year.

  • Jocelyn Says:

    Witness the total solar eclipse of 2017 with my husband and daughter.

  • Erica Says:

    I want to see the northern lights!

  • Becky Says:

    I would like to teach my son all the made up songs my dad taught me as a child.

  • Liz Says:

    See the aspens change in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Emily Says:

    Write and perform a song at an open mic night.

  • Deanna Says:

    I would like to make grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for my nephew and niece (sister in law is due end of October with my niece, so it will be a few years) and have them “drink” the soup out of the same mugs their father and I drank soup from as kids (Strawberry Shortcake and Huckleberry Finn)!

  • emily Says:

    Learn to speak Italian fluently.

  • EmilyCatherine Says:

    Be a part of the revolution! as a spokesperson and an activator of sustainable, smart, design thinking + making.

  • Jody R. Says:

    Read the Bible cover to cover

  • Wendy H Says:

    I wanna see Africa!

  • Heidi Devereaux Says:

    Learn to make handmade pasta……..in ITALY!

  • Shannon Says:

    kiss a stranger, call him handsome.

  • Amber Webb Says:

    On my life list? Bike the Hiawatha trail. Thanks for encouraging me to dream.

  • darlene Says:

    attend a writing retreat in taos, new mexico.

  • Morgan S. Says:

    Raise my boy to be a respectful man.

  • pam Says:

    I was going to say – live abroad, but then I clicked on the Oh Happy Day link and saw that Golden Gate Bridge dinner party and now I really want to plan (and hopefully execute) a dinner party somewhere awesome like that!

  • Jenn R. Says:

    I’d like to make a perfectly delicious and beautiful birthday cake for someone I love.

  • leela Says:

    i’d like to learn to play the cello. well, actually i’d prefer to just be good at playing the cello without the practice that’s required.

  • Jules Winson Says:

    Be Present. REALLY present and conscious. I start each day trying to achieve this and somehow….well, it just doesn’t happen. LOL

  • Leslie Says:

    Finish an entire bottle of nail polish. It’s the little things. ;)

  • Melissa Says:

    I want to give a speech without throwing up first.

  • denise barba Says:

    Simple, but attainable, I’d like to learn to play the piano

  • Sonya Says:

    Run and finish the Big Sur Marathon.

  • Nikki Says:

    Take my kids on a cross-country camping trip.

  • Valeri Says:

    Demand a raise. Quit if I don’t get it.

  • Daisy Says:

    Find someone to love.

  • Amber S Says:

    My life list changes often and grows exponentially, but I would die to go to Europe.

  • m Says:

    Yoga teacher training. :)

  • Lizzie J Says:

    I’d like to open an orphanage in northern India, train compassionate and capable local women to run it, and, after turning it over to them, write a novel or memoir about the experience so that others can experience the hospitality, exuberance, and strength of spirit I know I will see during that endeavor.

  • Lisa J Says:

    Watch a concert in Vienna, Austria.

  • Katie K. Says:

    To finally finish my PhD.

  • Margie Says:

    Learn all four parts of Bobby McFerrin’s 23rd Psalm (For my Mother), record them, then save the result for my daughter and myself.

  • Julie Says:

    Take a train ride through Mongolia.

  • Deb McGee Johnson Says:

    Ride a camel in Egypt

  • Kate Winslow Says:

    Eat fattoush in Egypt.

  • Amy Says:

    Find my calling

  • Pam M - Grand Inspirations Photo Says:

    travel the entire US rail system & visit all the amazing historic depots

  • Liz L. Says:

    Reach my goal weight!

  • Samantha Says:

    Become a foster parent.

  • Jenni Says:

    Go skydiving–gonna happen in less than two weeks!

  • Lauri Says:

    The Mighty Life List is mighty inspiring! One item on my list is to live in another country and fully immerse myself in its culture.

  • Amelia Says:

    Adopt a rescue great dane, take them for long walks every day and treat them to lots of snuggles.

  • Lianne Says:

    Well, I have many things on my life list to choose from – but I have to put the one that is most apropos – attend the Mighty Summit.

  • Jill Says:

    Speak Spanish on vacation! I.e., go on trips to Spanish-speaking countries, preferably with my little brother. No reason to let 10 years of language instruction get rusty on the shelf.

  • Sara Says:

    Go to Iceland – it looks like one of the most fantastic places to visit.

  • Liz Says:

    Go rafting/hiking down the Colorado river with my mom, ending in the Grand Canyon!

  • Ann Says:

    I want to create a special ritual for my family that hopefully they’ll want to continue with their loved ones some day.

  • mando Says:

    Donate my hair for cancer. Just a few more inches to go!

  • megan Says:

    give each of my family amazing, thoughtful, perfect christmas presents one year.

  • Valerie Says:

    Forgive. I mean really, really forgive.

  • Erin Says:

    Live abroad for at least one month.

  • Araz Says:

    To go to jail with my brother- whether to bail him out or get caught doing something ludicrous. We’re not especially close but as kids we had a knack for getting in trouble- and I can’t think of a better way to bond :)

  • Samantha Says:

    Oh my these are awesome prizes. I want to travel off the mainland of America at least once in my life.

  • Melissa Says:

    Take each of my nephews on a camping trip (one per nephew).

  • val Says:

    to live in montana.

  • Ursula Says:

    Wear a fresh-picked Hibiscus flower in my hair, in Hawaii

  • Carrie Says:

    Be comfortable with ambiguity

  • Lauren Says:

    To work on finding a good work/life/sleep/school/me time balance

  • Anna Says:

    Own a house and pick every wall’s paint color

  • Miriam Says:

    Host a multi-course dinner party.

  • Tracy Says:

    To help this man get where he needs to be, and then marry him.

  • Sarah Says:

    Come back to the book I’ve been working on, on and off for ten years, and see it all the way through to the end. Even if I have to publish it myself!

  • Amanda W Says:

    I’m cleaning out my closet to make room for our baby due in February. We’re also trying to save more money.

  • Shannon M Says:

    Make a quilt….this may take me my entire life!

  • Martha Says:

    Oh, what a great grab bag! I’d like to sew something that I can wear. And it can’t look like a sack. It has to be compliment-worthy. Thanks for the chance!

  • Meagan S Says:

    Buy a house for my daughter and I so she can have her own garden and a cat.

  • Eve Says:

    Throw a costume party for ALL of my friends. I’ve wanted to do this for years, and next month I’m DOING IT! AAAHHH!!!

  • Amanda Says:

    Write and publish a YA book about growing up gay.

  • PeeKay Says:

    Become an urban farmer.

  • sarah Says:

    win something off the internet. seriously. i have the worst luck.

  • Kayla Says:

    take my mom to Europe!

  • Kristen Says:

    learn to drive stick shift

  • Bridie Says:

    Learn Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” – both vocals and harmonica – and perform it in public.

  • Harmony Says:

    I want to visit Europe with my husband.

  • Melissa Says:

    Enjoy running

  • Lauren Says:

    Get to do a post-show visit backstage at a Broadway theater

  • Michelle Arredondo Says:

    Buy my mom and I’s dream house that we’ve always talked about since I was a little girl.

  • Jenny Says:

    Perform the Copland Clarinet Concerto with a symphony orchestra.

  • Kim Says:

    Complete my Master’s Degree!!

  • Claire Says:

    Take a romantic vacation with my lover!

  • Donna Says:

    I want to get a Masters in Library Science.

  • Katherine Says:

    I want to learn beekeeping!

  • Olga Dodic Says:

    Drive what is left of the old Route 66 in convertible.

  • Abby Says:

    Travel to New Zealand to visit the spots filmed in the Lord of the Rings movies.

  • Natalie Says:

    Spend a year in Europe; traveling, visiting, experiencing it at a leisurely pace.

  • Karen Says:

    I want to learn how to drive a motorcycle, take it on a road trip, and make it to the west coast.

  • Jen Says:

    Join a book club or writing group where I feel driven and accepted.

  • michelle davies Says:

    go to italy and learn to speak italian fluently

  • Michelle Says:

    Soak in the hot springs of Iceland

  • Rebecca Says:

    One of the things on my Life List is to Climb Croagh Patrick in Ireland.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Maggie!

  • Jana Sterling Graber Says:

    Start my own business, an herb farm with an apothecary, tea room, and spa, in a small artsy cow town.

  • Lindsay Roode Says:

    One of the things on my life list that I’ve always dreamed of doing but never had the chance is to sing our nation’s anthem at a public event. I’ve performed in front of audiences since I was a kid but never sang the anthem. I love every line of that song and am so overcome with pride when I hear it played.

  • Martita Hegg Says:

    Live abroad with my little family while my daughter is young enough to immerse herself in the local culture with no hesitation (and feel comfortable with the native language, whatever it may be).

  • Jenn T. Says:

    Do a mud run or obstacle course. They look so fun! But I REALLY want to do a mini triathlon some day.

  • Kara Says:

    Make a perfect kouign aman.

  • Leslie Plesser Says:

    Learn how to play the drums like a total bad-ass.

  • Marty Says:

    Write a book.

  • Penny Says:

    Live in another country.

  • Kristen Says:

    Visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador with my son, who will be fascinated by the marine life.

  • Kazuko Says:

    Make yogurt from scratch.

  • Meghann Says:

    Get current on my 2011 and 2012 scrapbooks ;)

  • Chi Says:

    Run a half marathon.

  • Dejah Says:

    Maybe it’s cliche to say it, but the top of my list is definitely to be a Mom. After so many failed attempts and procedures, it is pretty much all I can think about these days.

  • Kristin A. Says:

    Take a vacation by myself.

  • Revanche Says:

    Create the business that makes my heart sing (instead of have palpitations if I have to do any public speaking).

  • Amy L. Says:

    Eat a pot brownie.

  • Skybirdsnplanes Says:

    I want to travel to a foreign country by myself!

  • Eithne Says:

    [O my goodness, this prize is so swoon-worthy I can barely type.]

    Item #57 ‘Stay in a super-deluxe, fancy pants, 5 star plus hotel – and drink champagne in the bath’

  • Barb @ getupandplay Says:

    Investigate my genealogy back 10 generations.

  • Kristi Says:

    #10 Finish writing and illustrating my children’s book.

  • Apryl Says:

    Get married in Italy!

  • Alicia Says:

    An item off my life list… to hike the Annapurna Trail. And oh oh how I desire an epiphanie bag. Thanks for the contest :)

  • Belinda Says:

    Learn to make jewelry

  • Bridget Says:

    See the northern lights…in Norway

  • Jessica Auville Says:

    Publish a poem that saves someone’s life.

  • Jess Says:

    Take a cross country road trip!

  • Kara Says:

    Catalog – photograph and identify – all of the depression and antique glassware that my grandmother gave me over the years. I really regret that I didn’t ask her to tell me more about the family stories behind the pieces (beyond stuff like “This candy dish was your great-great-grandmother’s… I can remember eating boiled sweets out of it as a treat when I was a little girl”) and now it is too late, because Grandma has Alzheimer’s.

    Working on my collection is my tribute to Grandma and the love of antiques that she gave me.

  • cristina Says:

    love them all!

  • julie Says:

    Live in a house built before 1920!

  • aggie Says:

    #46: Eat a hot dog in every state in the U.S.!

  • Natalie Says:

    Climb a Redwood & check out the vast amount of species in it’s canopy!

  • Emily Says:

    I’d like to write a large check to support local arts.

  • Jenifer Says:

    Buy a really nice camera and take amazing photos of my daughters and my yellow labs!

  • Kristen Says:

    I really, really, really want to spend the night in an ice hotel. I want to sleep with my husband all bundled up in 4 coats and a sleeping bag – staring up and across the room at an ice chandelier. It will happen.

  • Dee Davis Says:

    I would love to visit Spain.

  • Ashley Says:

    I’d like to bring my family to visit the family of one of our summer ESL exchange students in Germany. I’ve been to visit and his family has been to the states, but I think it would be nice to bring things full circle.

  • Katie Says:

    Move to NYC for a year. My husband and I would love to take a year to live in a tiny apartment in the city while renting out our lovely house in Baltimore.

  • Kelly O'Keefe Says:

    18. Sell one of my screenplays.

  • Jessica Says:

    I want to keep a journal for a year – I’m a month in!

  • MRKG Says:

    Write a book.

  • Katherine Dey Says:

    Go deep water soloing (rock climbing without a rope over the ocean)!

  • Christine Says:

    Quit my job, sell the house, give away everything and hunt the world for a cure for my son’s autism

  • Charlotte Says:

    Theres plenty of serious stiff on mine,but right now all i think sbout is howI want to visit Lucy the margate city elephant!

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  • christine hall Says:

    Dress in white, carrying a decadent hamper of delicious foods and wine, an attend the Dinner en Blanc next summer in Philadelphia.

  • Naomi Says:

    An item at the top of my list is to write a novel!

  • ~Heather Says:

    Set up and use skype with my family on the west coast.

  • Christine Says:

    To have an apartment in Paris.

  • Ciara H Says:

    Feel confident wearing jeans with my shirt tucked in.

  • Stacey Says:

    I’d love to buy a lakefront cabin to spend the rest of my summers at.

  • Tory Says:

    Own a home with a dining room.

  • Lynette Says:

    I want to take up running so I can run a marathon someday!

  • BNPQOE Says:

    Share the loot from this prize with somebody.

  • D. Says:

    Just one thing on my life list? Ok, fine. I want to learn to play the steel drums.

  • Nicole Gibby Munguia Says:

    Learn how to play the ukelele (and do it well!)

  • Kimberly/Mom in the City Says:

    Visiting Paris is top of mind, because I will be going in 2 weeks!

  • Jennifer Says:

    To return to the advocacy summit I just attended as a speaker next year. Hopefully with 75 fewer pounds, less guilt and more hope.

  • HG Says:

    I’m going to add the lifelist item I just checked off because I’m still riding the high: Participate in a Random Act of Culture flashmob (I was in the Carmina Burano O Fortuna flashmob at Philly’s 30th Street Station on Sept 15)

  • Sa Says:

    I want to be able to enter giveaways. Kidding. I want to own my apartament.

  • Campbell Says:

    spend the fall in los angeles!

    p.s. got the job, moving to la la land next weekend!

  • Lizsam Says:

    I want to see pengiuns in their natural habibat.

  • AnthroK8 Says:

    Run (all the way run) a 5k obstacle race.

  • CJ Says:

    #43 Sing onstage in front of a crowd

  • Cameron Says:

    I want to go teach English in Japan.

  • Jennie Marshall Says:

    After talking to my friend, Meredith Sinclair, who just attended your amazing retreat, one of my life list items is to be able to attend a Mighty Summit someday! Sounds like an incredible experience! Also, I’d love to finally finish writing my book!

  • Danyelle Says:

    I want run a half-marathon.

  • Jen Says:

    Learn to sew a tutu for my daughter :)

  • Hollee Says:

    Live at the beach!

  • Michele Williams Says:

    Start my own business!

  • Juliet Says:

    Take my parents on vacation!

  • Knighton Says:

    Watch a meteor shower in the desert.

  • Berit Says:

    I am *dying* to roadtrip to Mount Rushmore with my husband and kids. I’ve never been. I plan on camping, roadside attractions, cheesy t-shirts, the whole deal. The kiddos are just 7 months and 2.5 years now, so I want to hold off until they’re old enough to remember it, parent-controlled music, backseat wars and all. I’ve dreamt about this tripathon for three years now, every fall (the season in which I envision it in my head). I cannot wait.

  • JKTJ Says:

    get into the habit of taking pictures of my boys every week so I don’t end up with just pictures of “significant events”

  • Hillary Says:

    Travel with my husband for two continuous years, through SE Asia and South America.

  • Wendy Says:

    Be fortunate enough to be able to travel to countries to help communities/families less fortunate than I am.

  • Tori Says:

    Get 200 hour yoga certified & volunteer to teach anywhere someone needs a moment to breathe.

  • lois Says:

    Volunteer! – and now I am helping marine mammals!

  • Morgan Says:

    To walk again on my own with no pain. Had major foot and ankle surgery working hard to walk on my own. Can’t wait to play again with my 3 children under the age of 8.

  • Lara Says:

    Take a photography course.

  • heather Says:

    to skydive.
    (i am six pounds from accomplishing this.)

  • Amanda Says:

    Take voice lessons so that I can sing without fear.

  • Stacy Jacob Says:

    Climb all 7 Summits. One down, 6 to go!

  • Lesley Says:

    Learn to make perfect buttercream frosting

  • Anna Esposito Says:

    Become a missionary and have a third child.

  • kate Says:

    Life list goal I am working hardest on:

    – find work that fits my life, instead of fitting my life around my work. Is broken down into smaller pieces, but that’s my work for the year.

  • Skye Marie Says:

    I want to learn how to write and deliver heart-warming and witty toasts at celebrations for loved ones.

  • Kim Says:

    Take my family to Germany, France, Spain, and Italy next summer. I was there long ago but they have never been and I can’t wait for them to have that experience…and my 13 yr old will get to try out her newly-acquired French skills!

  • Amy Says:

    Right now the #1 item on my Life List is to have or adopt a child (probably the latter, as I’ve been struggling with infertility for the past two years).

  • kate Says:

    run a half-marathon.
    just checked this off with the philly rock n’ roll. last weekend.

  • Bianca Says:

    hike the appalachian trail!

  • Danielle Says:

    Become a midwife!

  • jessie Says:

    do something artistic every day (draw, paint, take photos, etc.), even if it’s only 20 minutes a day.

  • Amy Says:

    Ride again. Grew up with a horse and has been years since I have been on one.

  • Jen Says:

    I’m an Akron, Ohio girl-born & bred. I want to ride in the Goodyear Blimp! The object of that deep, grumbly whirring over our backyard in my childhood was always so fascinating. Someday I will float above earth in its tiny cabin!

  • sarawr Says:

    I want to learn to hybridize trees and create my own peach/cherry breed.

  • Robin Says:

    visit all 50 of the United States

  • Sally Says:

    Start doing yoga, even though I can’t even touch my toes!

  • KD Says:

    Drive a race car!

  • Jen Says:

    Pack a suitcase for a trip without knowing the destination

  • Rebeccah Says:

    Write a book!

  • Rachel Says:

    by the end of the year I’d like to be able to stretch down and touch my toes

  • Autumn Says:

    Open up my own cafe/art space in Portland!

  • Diana Says:

    Gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda.

  • J. Says:

    Make Julia Child’s beef bourgogne with my friend Brian. We like to bake together, and we’re both up for a new challenge.

  • simone Says:

    Make a book of my daughter’s art.

  • Mary Says:

    Have a photography show and sell some of my work! (BTW love reading all of these submissions.)

  • melissa Says:

    I would like to take a vacation for longer than a week, because it has never happened and life is getting short.

  • Theresa J Says:

    Help my daughter with her college apps and get her accepted.

  • Kari Says:

    33. Achieve consistent subjunctive-style fluency in French

  • Sara Says:

    I want to learn to throw a punch. One good solid puch.

  • Angie Says:

    Take my daughter on a National Geographic trip to the Galápagos Islands!

  • Ashley Says:

    Space Party!!!

  • Melanie Says:

    Track my family heritage and visit my great-great grandparents hometowns in Ireland and Poland.

  • Kristen C Says:

    We just moved to Germany and my huge goal is to spend the night in a castle!

  • Jeannelle Says:

    My number one, as cheesy as it is – To fall in Love.

  • Christi Jensen Says:

    Only thing I’m still waiting for is for my 9-yr-old to go off to school in NYC, so I finally have an excuse to get a Brklyn apt!

  • Kristina Says:

    I’ve taken a leaf out of your book, Maggie: taking control of my health issues. My sinuses are improving bit by bit thanks to daily rinses and no more ice in my drinks. Next up:increasing the frequency with which I send Harpold-standard thank

  • Shila Says:

    I also want to learn how to cartwheel!

  • Tasha Says:

    I am 7 months into something on my life list and I have the rest of my life to enjoy it. It almost didn’t happen. I just turned 40 and lost my ovaries while pregnant with my daughter and I came THISCLOSE to not getting to experience motherhood. Now my baby girl is sleeping in my arms as I write this. I feel mighty and lucky!

  • Marla Says:

    Learn how to forgive

  • Sara Says:

    49. Grow old and have long hair

  • Kimberly Says:

    I want to get one of my jewelry designs in a beading magazine!

  • miette Says:

    I’m going to drink a beer on the fjords of Bergen with my daughter. But I won’t do this for a while, as she’s only three months old.

  • Tara Says:

    To see the Northern Lights!

  • janice montroy Says:

    to fly any where , I have never been on an airplane

  • Truda Says:

    To have an article published in a national magazine.

  • Karen Says:

    To become “fluent” in a martial arts/self defense. I am considering Krav Maga, Muay Thai, or Jeet Kune Do, or in kind of a weird offshoot one of Tony Blauer’s personal defense systems. This one of my major physical activity life list goals I have yet to do.

  • Emilia Says:

    I’m a photographer, but I only started my business a little over a year ago, so my goal is to transform this tiny business into something powerful, I want to live out of it, because I’m passionate about photography and my dream forever has been to be my own boss and getting paid for doing something I love. So far living the dream, but it needs an umph and that what I want!

  • Katherine B Says:

    I want to start my own photography business! Have been trying but I’m going to make a real push!

  • Brandy Says:

    I’ve been putting this one off for too long, but doing it this weekend: Sabre a champagne bottle! My brother and I are super excited for brunch tomorrow.

  • souphead Says:

    get back on a plane.

  • beautifulmess Says:

    have my husband buy me flowers from the vendor at the top of the escalator at Union Station in Washington D.C. i’ve wanted that since i first road up that escalator when i was 19.

  • Drie765 Says:

    I want to see the Northern Lights. Which I almost did this past March. However, I will someday. :)

  • Leigh-Anne Trobaugh Says:

    Spending the last few years renovating our Victorian home has drained all my energy. I want a finished house so my fiance and I can get on with our lives and LIVE IN IT. (Read: Have a baby)

  • Theresa Says:

    Make myself a skirt: Sewn. Wearable. Not hideous. I will do this! Pinterest will help.

  • Sassafras Mama Says:

    On my life list is making the front porch of my house look awesome. I made some progress in terms of things for the porch (a rocker, a lovely cast iron table) and painting starts soon. That’s happy!


  • Melis Says:

    Go fly fishing for king salmon in Alaska with my dad.

  • Sarah Says:

    finish that graduate degree

  • Jessica Says:

    Live abroad for a year. Preferably in London.

  • Susan B Says:

    Do a long road trip with my hubby & kids and see some of the national parks I’ve never seen.

  • Rachel Says:

    I want to buy a camper van and go on yearly summer road trips with my daughter, trying to eventually hit all of the lower 48 states.

  • Andrea C Says:

    One of my life List things to learn fashion illustration. I love clothing and would love to learn how to draw it!

  • Gillian Says:

    One thing on my life list is to wear an entire outfit made by me. I’m in the middle of knitting myself a sweater that will go well with the skirt I made last year… If I put those together, I might just accomplish it!

  • heather Says:

    I want to become wealthy enough to anonymously fund one (or more) college educations.

  • Candice Says:

    One item on my list was to see a shuttle launch. Doesn’t look like that will happen. But! This week I did get to see it fly. It stopped by my ‘hood on the way to California. And by “‘hood” I mean that it flew DIRECTLY over my house at 1,500 ft! I screamed like a girl and chased it down the driveway. Elation. Also got my first pair of Tieks this week.

  • Beth Says:

    One item on my list is to bring my daughter to Ireland for the first time.

  • Kandice Says:

    Travel around Europe! Starting with Italy next year!

  • Chris P. Says:

    I want to live at the beach.

  • Heather Says:

    Home can pickles and pickle relish — I have some family recipes and want to taste my childhood.

  • Jen P Says:

    To master if/then clauses in Spanish!

  • Alyssa Says:

    Trek to Thailand.

  • ladyloo Says:

    Dye my hair blonde.

  • melanie Says:

    To learn just enough Portuguese to get by in Brazil.

  • Missey Says:

    To live off the grid.

  • Jodes Says:

    Learn to play the guitar (have been taking lessons, finally, since July)

  • Maureen Says:

    I want to improve my swimming!

  • Laura Igram Says:

    Earn a PhD in Anthropology and begin a teaching career!

  • Lauren M Says:

    To backpack through Europe!

  • Beth T Says:

    Attend Mighty Summitt and show my daughter the magic of dancing in the rain!

  • Shalini Says:

    Gift lovely boquets of flowers from my own garden to friends and family!

  • Sheila Says:

    Go to Italy with my husband.

  • Andi Says:

    Speak French.

  • Sara Ivy Says:

    I want to travel outside of the U.S and experience something magical while I am there.

  • Nicole Says:

    Run a half marathon.

  • Sheila Says:

    Build {or modify} a ‘green house’.

  • bec Says:

    Visit Greece.

  • H.K. Kim Says:

    I want to become a better photographer and travel all over the world taking breath taking photos~ *^^*

  • Irene Says:

    maintain a native plant garden

  • Jen Says:

    Watch baby sea turtles emerge from the sand and dash to the ocean!

  • Jessica Roberts Says:

    I want to go to Japan. It sounds so easy, but since I had a kid and became a full-time working parent, it seems totally out of reach. My husband and I have set a goal to go before we’re 40, though…so I’d better get cracking.

  • Tee Taylor Says:

    Fly first class.

  • verdemama Says:

    I’ve always wanted to take an acting class, which would be a major feat for someone and reserved and self-conscious as myself.

  • Taylor Says:

    Learn how to hula!

  • Quyen Says:

    Clean out my overflowing wardrobe and visit Hawaii with hubby

  • Samantha Says:

    Finish settling both of my parents’ estates.

  • Tony Says:

    Reconcile with my family.

  • Dee Says:

    After meeting the Epiphanie Bags rep in Koln, German at Photokina 2012 I must have their bags. I’m excited for the bubblebum pink Lola bag & I will have one. I hope to win it!!! Check them out! So, I am so entering for a chance to win your #1 link here. I have pinned it, tweeted, and facebooked my entries!

  • Dee Says:

    Oh yeah, I’ve also posted to Tumblr. Thanks for the chance.

  • Dee Says:

    I’ve Pinned, Tumblr’d, Google+, Facebooked, Tweeted, Stumble!, and everything in between for Epiphanie Bags. I LOVE their bags. Here’s hoping I can win. I am dying for that bubblebum pink Lola!!!
    Here’s the last entry: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/NikonGoddess

  • Carolyn Says:

    Teach a class.

  • Mary Says:

    Visit Iceland

  • Kristi Says:

    Take a road trip across the US and stop at all the giant balls of twine and ketchup bottles along the way!

  • Elise Says:

    Get my finances under control.

  • ElJay Says:

    I want to have portraits painted of my nephews, to give to my mom. :)

  • Tiffany Says:

    Visit Auschwitz.

  • Amy Says:

    Learn how to solder. And how to metalsmith. Pretty much anything with heat and metal because it terrifies me but I’m fascinated by it.

  • Veronica Says:

    Make my own cheese. Not every day, just once to be able to say I’ve done it. I should stop putting it off!

  • Ashley Says:

    Grow my own food!

  • Shenne Says:

    Love the giveaway items, love reading the entries. So much fun! My life list ranges from the mundane (clean out my closets), to the far-flung (take my family on a world tour) to the “harder than it should be” (finishing my daughter’s baby book. She’s almost 5.)

  • Christine Says:

    Go on a spice tour in Zanzibar!

  • Caroscape Says:

    Learn to surf!

  • michelle Says:

    I would love to go on a road trip!

  • Christy W Says:

    To go to Thailand!

  • Chrissy Says:

    Open a specialty food store!

  • MelissaMDR Says:

    Take a weekly photo of the same subject for a year.

  • Erin Says:

    Someday create/design a kitchen that I love with all my heart.

  • Elizabeth S. Says:

    Travel to the Greek Isles and eat Greek food 24/7!

  • Kaitlin Says:

    Throw an amazing dinner party for all of my friends.

  • Amber H. Says:

    Go to New Zealand.

  • Laura Says:

    Memorize all 50 state flags. Right now I know 3…well, 2 1/2 – California’s has a bear on it, right?

  • Amy Says:

    Meet all the neighbors on my block, or at least 1 person from each building.

  • Kate L. Says:

    To write a song and play it with a real live band.

  • Krissy VW Says:

    Donate my hair to Locks to Love!

  • melanie Says:

    See a Journey cover band — but come November I get to hopefully see actual Journey, which is even better. SO EXCITED!!

  • Pamela Says:

    Write without being in bondage to fear.

  • Lisa N Says:

    The one closest to my heart and which also feels the farthest out of reach right now is to visit Italy and see all the places where my ancestors are from.

  • Megan L. Says:

    Fail harder: Quit my day job and build a private practice in the office space one block from my home.

  • Beth Says:

    To rent an RV and visit all the national parks in Utah with my little family of four.

  • Ashley U. Says:

    Teach my daughter to play piano

  • Maureen Says:

    Walk the Camino de Santiago.

  • Angela Says:

    Spend a fortnight wandering through the Scottish Highlands.

  • Debra Dane Says:

    I recently created my life list and have started ticking things off (finally learned to make my own sushi!)

    my travel list is topped by Russia, Morocco and Cinque Terre in Italy

  • Kassie Says:

    32. Have a Hitchcock movie screening party.

  • Aisha Says:

    Spend New Years in a different state (I’m in Ohio right now). I’m in school and NYE here has always been a disappointment, I’m itching to be somewhere different to bring in 2013.

  • Jessica Says:

    I want to do a real pull up. I’m not there yet but I’m actively working on it… Soon… soon…

  • Catherine Says:

    I want to open a bake shop/cafe, where all the decor inside was created by me.

  • Christine Says:

    Learn to crochet and make beautiful things!

  • Marlene Says:

    I want to go to Europe!

  • Sharon Says:

    Become fluent in a second language while living abroad.

  • Ahill Says:

    Live in Paris for 6 months

  • joy figueroa Says:

    life list #whoknows… fall in love!

  • kate Says:

    Jump out of an airplane. And swim my local pier to pier race. and jump out of an airplane.

  • Ellen Says:

    My life list? Keep an orchid and have it thrive; make tonic water from scratch; and sail the mediterranean.

  • Heather Says:

    Be happy naked.

  • Stacey Says:

    Become fluent in Italian!

  • Molly Says:

    Travel, travel, and more travel! I would love to plan a cross country road trip for my family- all generations, both sides – not only would it be great to explore this country, but the time spent with family would be wonderful.

  • Emily Luker Says:

    I’d like to rent a villa in south of France… ride a bike to the boulangerie… buy fresh baked baguettes and sip wine….

  • Jenny Says:

    Run a half marathon barefoot.

  • NiCole Lynn Says:

    Travel around the world with my family.

  • Abi Says:

    Write something and get paid actual money for it. (Which means writing more, and submitting more.) Someday.

  • Julia Fenner Says:

    My (new!) husband and I have a passion for capturing stories with our cameras. He shoots video and I shoot photos. We’d love to capture stories of missionaries around the world so that their supporters can share their experience!

  • Becky Says:

    I need to put my passport to work and get the family out of the country before they hit college and go backpacking across Europe on their own ;)

  • Beth Fabian Says:

    While I currently bake & cook for a great restaurant and work with the best people, I would like to be able to make the things that I love most for people every day. Fresh, all home made & completely from my heart.

  • Amy Says:

    Get tenure!

  • Amy Says:

    Cook an amazing meal for a large group of friends from around the world with my Turkish husband. Turkish food with an American twist for all of those who couldn’t make it to our wedding!

  • Meredith Says:

    Graduate from an Ivy League university – nearly done. UPenn MSW class of 2013!

  • Jennifer Johnson Says:

    I want to photograph the northern lights from Iceland.

  • Tara Unger Says:

    I would like to start taking dance classes again. I miss the excitement of new ballet slippers.

  • MsHuisHerself Says:

    One of my goals was to run a 5K before I turned 40… I’ve now run 6 of them (through the past 3 years) and will turn 40 in December. One of my OTHER goals, written at the same time, was to run a 5k AFTER I turn 40. I feel like I’m on track to meet that one, too! *fingers crossed*

  • Rebecca Says:

    I gave birth to our beautiful sweet little daughter, June. Wiped out, in need of recovery, but oh so happy

  • Sarah Says:

    I want to deliver a baby naturally, no drugs.

  • Ali Says:

    Become a Dr. Almost there.

  • Jane Noir Says:

    To start a family with my husband.

    In 7 months that will come true! :)

  • Crista Says:

    be published in the new york times!

  • Susan Walker Says:

    I want to become a jewelry maker and finally fun a 5k.

  • Barbara Says:

    Learn to sew my own clothes.

  • Tracy Says:

    Move to Paris for a year. While living and working in Paris, I should host a dinner for the hundreds of others on this list who would like to be visiting or living in France with me.

  • Jennifer Says:

    I’m gonna take my daughter on a museum tour from New York to Boston.

  • Rebecca Says:

    On my life list: bravely translate my dreamy ideas into gorgeous quilts!

  • @upinthebush Says:

    What a lovely gift bag! I would love to accomplish a mentoring/training program for local aboriginals to train as chefs (like me) to have better positions within oil company sites. I feel like it’s an overwhelming project, time to break it down into baby steps. Thanks for being so inspiring Maggie!

  • Jess Says:

    See the Aurora Borealis with my husband

  • Sarah Says:

    Sweet gentle Jesus, reading these was so much fun! I dream of attending the Olympics. Winter or summer, any sport, I don’t care. To the Games of the Olympiad!

  • AppleTree Says:

    – officiate a wedding

    – attend Camp Mighty or the Mighty Summit

  • Kay Says:

    What a lovely and inspiring assembly of goodies!

    I want to become “fluent” enough in Cantonese to be able to communicate with my mother-in-law. She is such a sweet lady and I’d like to be able to tell her so without relying on someone else to translate. :)

  • Juanita Says:

    I want to kiss the man I truly love with everything I’ve got under the moonlight by the Eiffel Tower.

  • Jet Harrington Says:

    Learn to surf, at a women’s surf camp in Mexico.
    Which really requires me to overcome a near drowning and learn to swim. Properly.
    I love the water, and I want to feel strong in it, safe in it, confident with it.

  • MSimone Says:

    Learn to sew and make clothes for my daughters.

  • Amber Saffo Says:

    I would love to live in Iceland! Even for just a year :)

  • Abbie Says:

    I’ve got two:

    Start my journey towards a Master’s degree, and

    Find a man who will love me as much as I love him.

  • Drew Says:

    Buy myself a piece of jewellery (preferably something involving diamonds).

  • Michelle Says:

    Train for Tough Mudder! (Unless I manage to get pregnant, and then train for delivery instead!)

  • Erin Boyle Says:

    I want to bathe in the hot springs in Iceland!

  • Samantha Says:

    My dream of the rest of my youth is to find some itty bitty nearby performance of Godspell that will cast me.

  • Joy Says:

    My life wish is to be healthy for my kids.

  • Patty Says:

    Early retirement mixed with stay-at-home Nana and professional photographer. Both at my leisure!!!

  • Jenny Says:

    Put work, exercise and daily stresses aside and travel to Italy eating and drinking my way through the cities and wine regions.

  • Linda Says:

    I want to build enough bookcases to house all of my books. I might need to build an addition to my house though.

  • Anna Says:

    Get certified to teach yoga and volunteer to teach yoga to at risk teens.

  • Rachel B Says:

    Do the splits!

  • ESO Says:

    Take a train across the country.

  • Veronica Says:

    Spend Day of the Dead in Oxaca, Mexico with my friend Cyndie and her daughter Marissa.

  • Stephanie Says:

    To actually get paid for writing something, instead of spouting off for free all the time.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Take a few weeks to backpack through the French countryside.

  • Ebony Says:

    Stroll down the Champs Elysee, stop in a cafe for a glass of champagne and gaze at the Arc de Triomphe.

  • Guin Says:

    To finish my graphic novel this year!

  • Michelle Says:

    Read everything Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote.

  • glynis Says:

    Finish the book I’ve started in my head, on paper, so others can enjoy. :-)

  • Heather morris Says:

    To earn a living as a photographer!

  • cec Says:

    Eat a meal grown in my garden!

  • Leigh Says:

    Take more photographs :)

  • andrea Says:

    leave a legacy with my children about living each day as a life list waiting to be fulfilled…

  • Meghan Dowell Says:

    Running with the bulls in Pamplona. The thrill, excitement, and sheer terror.

  • Laurel Says:

    Travel to Brazil, Chile, and Argentina!

  • Kerry Hall Says:

    Learn bass and play in a band :)

  • gunter Says:

    Climb to the top of the Giza pyramids :)