Mighty Life List
Oct 26 2012

Going Mighty

It’s launch time for our beta, are you ready?

3…2…1 GO MIGHTY!

Yus, son! Sarah, Laura, Amber and I are popping champagne corks and clinking glasses, toasting our brand new adventure. To celebrate, we’re giving you guys a sneak peak, so please join us. Request an invite and BYOLL (Bring Your Own Life List) to upload. Go Mighty is all baby steps and beta steps right now, but that’s where you come in. We want to know what you actually want and needs before we decide which new features to roll out first. Go Mighty will be evolving dramatically over the next few days and weeks, so give us your feedback, and please be gentle. It’s possible we’re a little sleepy over here.

And, what kind of party would it be without presents? Our bangarang partner Olay is gifting goals to to a few early Go Mighty users. (Which? Full circle, y’all.) To be considered for a gifted goal, you’ll want to tag your goal with ‘Olay.’ For more details and eligibility requirements, visit GoMighty.com/Olay.

If you’re a Rachael Ray fan, look for me on the show today. Nothing like testing the servers with a national TV appearance right out the gate, am I right? Keep your fingers crossed on this point, my friends. Maybe your eyes too.

In the meantime, let us know what you want to see on the site (info@gomighty.com). Get uploading and give us your feedback so we can iterate with you in mind. Custom, baby, that’s what we’re all about.

Now. Here’s the part where I thank you again for being on my team. Thank you. After twelve years of deep kindness from all of you, it’s such a joy to finally be able to give something tangible back. I cannot wait to really get to know you. Lurkers — I am especially talking to you. Show your faces! Tell us what you want. Let’s all start helping each other.

Oct 25 2012

Mighty Thirst: Persimmon Sip

A drink that sounds dainty, but packs a punch. Pow. Fall just caught you on the chin.

Persimmon Sip:

Blend these to make persimmon puree (which freezes well, by the way):
– 2 Fuyu persimmons
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 2 shots water

And then mix these to make your cocktail:
– One shot of persimmon puree
– 1/2 shot of unsweetened cranberry juice
– 1 shot Bulleit Bourbon
– 1/2 shot Grand Marnier
– the juice of a honey tangerine

Pour everything into an ice filled shaker and shake or stir, then strain into a glass (in case you got some stray tangerine seeds in there).

Here’s to fall campfires, fingerless gloves, and dancing in elevators. What are you toasting this week?

I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number sixteen. Here are the rest:

1. Shots in ‘Cots 2. Avocado Bourbon Shake 3. The Vacation 4. Sassy Lassi 5. Cherry Bing 6. The ABC 7. Toddy Shots 8. Cafe Picante 9. Gin and Juice (Box) 10. The Neighbor 11. Halloween Spiked Cider 12. Bloodthirsty Mulled Wine 13. Killer Bloody Mary 14. Bourbon Pumpkin Shake 15. Persimmon Bob

Oct 23 2012

Go Mighty on Rachael Ray

This is me in the green room back stage at the Rachael Ray show. Doesn’t that blowout make me look calm? Farce. I’d never done any TV before, and I was in that slightly sweaty stupid place where your brain keeps reminding you that you don’t know how to do something. There’s a story here, of course, but first we should rewind.

A couple years ago, I came home from Mighty Summit with some goals in mind and I outlined them here. I wrote:

Sometime in the next year or so, I’d like to have a campout/meetup/conference open to everyone where we do the same kinds of things we do at the Summit, but on a larger, more-inclusive scale.

As of now, we’re gearing up for Camp Mighty‘s second year at the Ace in Palm Springs. It’s exactly what I imagined it would be, and I’m excited to see familiar faces and meet new folks this year too.

In the same post, I also wrote:

I want a place… where we can all start talking about what’s going on with our lists. What’s on them, what we need help with, how we can find each other geographically and start planning meetups… an easy way to write our lists, cross things off, and link out to the info we’ve posted online — just like I do with my own list.

This Friday we launch the Go Mighty beta. It’s exactly as described above, and it’s only going to get cooler in the coming weeks. I cannot wait.

All of this brings us back to Rachael Ray. I was there to announce our Go Mighty launch in partnership with Olay. It was a surreal moment.

In this year’s Mighty Summit post, I wrote:

It’s scary speaking your hopes out loud. I used to worry that I’d fail to achieve something I said I wanted. Or oddly, I worried that I would succeed, which means you can no longer define yourself by your struggle for a particular dream.

What happens when you’re no longer on a particular journey because you’ve arrived? This show felt like one of those moments for me. Dreamlike, not in an Achieving My Dreams way, but like I was actually in a daydream I’ve run through a million times. It’s funny how long I wanted this simple thing for all of us before I admitted it, at first I was afraid to say it out loud. But it seems like such a natural an evolution now that we’re almost here.

Backstage at the show, the awesome ladies on the hair and makeup team asked why we were filming, and we talked about Life Lists.

They said they’d been nominated for an Emmy for hair and makeup but didn’t win, and now they were determined. I said, “You should get a shelf and paint the shadow of an Emmy on the wall behind it so you can imagine filling in the blank every day when you come to work.”

We all laughed, but I realized later that this is exactly what I do every day. I’ve always said that reading someone’s Life List is the fastest way to get to know them and find out how they approach their world. I imagine all of you as an outline, the shape you take in my head, a shadow waiting to be filled in with your goals for yourselves and the kind things you do to help each other along. I’ve been waiting so long to really know who you are, but more importantly who we are as a real-life team.

For me, Go Mighty is our trophy shelf. I can’t wait to see what we claim for ourselves and put on display there. I have a feeling it will make me proud.

See you Friday.

Oct 23 2012

Life List Project: 10,000 Hats

A while ago, Robyn sent me an email asking if I’d like hats for me and Hank because she’s decided to knit 10,000 of the suckers. Ten. Thousand. For 10,000 people.

Always one to support industrious manifestations of OCD, I asked for red Hadley hats for me and Hank, and here they are!

So cute! GAH!

I’m perpetually rescuing hand-knit caps from thrift stores, shocked at how many people discard things made for them by hand. I will wear my 10,000 Hat until fate wrests it from my grasp, I love it so much. Thank you, Miss Robyn! We adore them, and your grand project.

Do you have a grand project? I can’t think of many things I’d be willing to do 10,000 times, but I’m hereby committing to 10,000 warm baths. With 10,000 people. Drop me a line if you’re short, I don’t want you crowding me while I’m naked.

Oct 19 2012

Mighty Thirst Halloween: Persimmon Bob

I’m posting Halloween-themed cocktails this week, because someone needs to numb us for the zombie apocalypse.

Bobbing for apples seems so time consuming when you realize the juice comes bottled now. Thanks, science.

Persimmon Bob

Blend these to make persimmon puree:
– 2 Fuyu persimmons
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 2 shots water

And then mix these to make your cocktail:
– 1 shot persimmon puree
– a squeeze of lemon
– a shot of Bulliet bourbon
– 2 shots apple juice
– a pinch of nutmeg

Here’s to pulling the record out of its sleeve, sneaking a smoke on the stoop, and jumping on the bed — especially when the bed is a futon.

I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number fifteen. Here are the rest:

1. Shots in ‘Cots 2. Avocado Bourbon Shake 3. The Vacation 4. Sassy Lassi 5. Cherry Bing 6. The ABC 7. Toddy Shots 8. Cafe Picante 9. Gin and Juice (Box) 10. The Neighbor 11. Halloween Spiked Cider 12. Bloodthirsty Mulled Wine 13. Killer Bloody Mary 14. Bourbon Pumpkin Shake

Oct 19 2012

Mighty Thirst Halloween: Bourbon Pumpkin Shake

I’m posting Halloween-themed cocktails this week. Boo!

This recipe is adapted from the genius Healthy Green Kitchen‘s Healthy Pumpkin Shake. I subtracted egg yolks, and added booze. If you make it without the booze, it’s super good for you, but not nearly so relaxing.

Bourbon Pumpkin Shake

Healthy Pumpkin Shake, minus the eggs: (1 cup canned pumpkin puree, 1 cup milk, a frozen banana, 1 Tsp. vanilla, 2 Tsp. maple syrup)
– 1.5 shots Amaretto
– 1.5 shots Bakers Bourbon
– 1 cup ice
– fresh rosemary to garnish

Put everything in a blender, give it a whirl. Add a sprig of rosemary to garnish.

Here’s to looking at clouds from above, homemade hot sauce in a travel-sized container, and fresh notepaper. What are you toasting?

I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number fourteen. Here are the rest:

1. Shots in ‘Cots
2. Avocado Bourbon Shake
3. The Vacation
4. Sassy Lassi
5. Cherry Bing
6.
The ABC
7. Toddy Shots
8. Cafe Picante
9. Gin and Juice (Box)
10. The Neighbor
11. Halloween Spiked Cider
12. Bloodthirsty Mulled Wine
13. Killer Bloody Mary

Oct 17 2012

Making Time

Yesterday, I posted about how a character in my favorite Steinbeck novel discovers the secret pleasure of slowing down.

This post from Caterina about how she makes more time in her life has me thinking. I love her suggestion of sleeping in two shifts:

“Researchers have discovered that in pre-industrial times, people slept in two shifts, waking in the middle of the night for some solitude, conversations with another person, wondering, or wandering. Then they’d go back to sleep for another stretch. I have been doing this lately, and have been able to get 2-3 hours of uninterrupted creative work done in the middle of the night.”

I’ve had a similar experience with naps.

What do you do to make more time for yourself, or at least to feel less rushed?