Mighty Life List
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.

31 Responses to “Go Mighty on Rachael Ray”

  • Toni Says:

    Congradulations Maggie!

    I just revisited my list from 2010, which you inspired me to write. I have a few things to cross off and refresh. Just seeing all of it gathered in one place helps me see past the next few months and into a future even brighter than goals I am living now. (#4 Finish College, Goddamnit)

    Thank you for the insight and inspiration. I’m excited to see where this mighty tribe is going next.

  • eve Says:

    I’m so excited for you, Maggie! You are an inspiration!

  • Dennis Mahoney Says:

    Damn, you’re awesome, Maggie. I remember when people scoffed at building one’s life & career around a blog. You earned it, lady.

  • kristin a. Says:

    YAY! Go Maggie, go! Can’t wait to see Go Mighty and get my list on there.

  • Amber Says:

    This brought a tear to my eye. I’m so excited to be a part of this. That doesn’t quite cover it.

  • Kim Says:

    Congratulations!! I have been reading your site for some time and am so glad that I found it. I wrote my first list in 2010 and am slowly crossing things off! I try not to look at it too often and enjoy seeing how much dreams change or what I like to add.

    As a side note, I am starting to work on a dream today. Thank you for inspiring me and so many others. Can’t wait to see the new site!!!

  • Kimberly Says:

    I’ve never met you but I’ve been reading you since the old black-and-white header. I’m so stinking PROUD of you.

  • Jen Says:

    Goosebumps. Can’t wait!

  • Leslie Says:

    Oh Excellent!! Congratulations on living the dream, lady. I’ll tape the show, I can’t wait to see it. Really looking forward to Camp again this year. It’s going to be so awesome.

  • Megan Says:

    This is awesome and amazing and wonderful and and and!!! I’m so proud of you and as a long time reader you give the rest of us hope that we can make our dreams come true too. Off to paint a shadow on my shelf :)

  • B Says:

    Maggie you are awesome! And you share the same birthday with my Maggie so that makes you more fabulous.

    Cheers to lists becoming reality!

  • Nichole Says:

    This is so exciting! :)

  • Peach Says:

    Amazing. Simply amazing!

  • Joy Says:

    Your post made me cry! Thrilled for you and so grateful to you for birthing this idea. You’ve inspired me to actually begin to write down my life list rather than just keep it in my head. xo

  • Jen Says:

    Love seeing the Go Mighty come together! Congratulations!

  • Angeerah Says:

    I am not so much into Rachel Ray but I am going to DVR it! I really need to act my act in gear and work on my life list.

  • Pansy Says:

    How exciting! You don’t complete me, but you sure so inspire me. And, not to be like you but myself.

  • Charlotte Says:

    I’m so excited for this. I feel like big things are gonna happen for you, Maggie! You deserve it.

  • Christian Says:

    This is such great news! I remember reading that post. I remember thinking at the time that you were poised to do those things. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • Roxanna Says:

    This is amazing, Maggie.

    I remember that post, and of course I remember the ’10 Summit. You all have taught me so much about setting intentions and working to make them real. Your plan made so much sense then, and I am SO excited to see what you and your team will be unleashing into the world on Friday.

    I’ve marked my calendar. Cannot wait.

    (Has it really been two years? )

  • Brandi Says:

    Congradulations Maggie!!! I’m so proud of you!!!

  • Carole Says:

    Furiously happy for you!
    And that dress? The color? Gorgeous.

  • Melanie Says:

    Congratulations, Maggie. This is so awesome. I can’t wait for Camp and to see Go Mighty! xo

  • alyce Says:

    Congratulations! You are mighty.

    And thanks for sharing the negative talk, too. It’s nice to know even the best and the brightest struggle with this. All the better to know that you’ve been able to shout down these inner with success.

  • Sheri Says:

    This is so exciting. Hooray for Go Mighty and for you, Maggie!

    PS – That pic in the makeup mirror is a w e s o m e !

  • Hillary Says:

    Wow, that makes me smile! Congrats!

  • Auntie Says:

    Hey Kiddo, when does this air?

  • Christy Says:

    I finally get to TIVO you!!!!

  • Isabel @alphamom Says:

    that was so beautifully put, Maggie.

    very excited for you and Team Go Mighty! Can’t wait for the launch.

  • Evany Says:

    You! You! You, Maggie Mason. You inspire me to do more, and do better! Thanks, sister christian.

  • JoAnna Says:

    Way to go Maggie! I’m so, so proud of you and all the inspiration you’ve provided to people in order to fulfill their own Life Lists!