Mighty Life List
Things To Do Before I Go
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Go dog sledding | Safari in Africa | Get Scuba certified. | See the salmon run in Alaska | Ride a camel in the desert | Pyramids at sunset | Tango in a milonga | Cross the Canadian border | See Cuba | Have a croissant at a French cafe | Try escargot | Take a road trip across the U.S. | Have an exceptional time in Greece | Whiskey at a pub in Ireland | Linguica in Portugal | Open a Swiss bank account in Switzerland | Stay in the ice hotel | Visit that church made entirely of bones | Make butterscotch from scratch | Go on a multi-day biking trip | Fund and finish my art project/store | Gather a few dozen people to blow bubbles from the Golden Gate Bridge | Attend the San Francisco Black and White Ball | Grow vegetables | Learn to roll in a kayak | Write a novel | Be conversational in seven languages: 1. English 2. Spanish 3. French | Set foot on all seven continents: 1. Africa, 2. Antarctica, 3. Asia, 4. Australia, 5. Europe, 6. North America, 7. South America | Set foot in all fifty states | Help someone get into or through college | Stand atop the Great Wall of China | Stand inside the Taj Mahal | Host a party when the fruit trees bloom | Go clamming again | Do two pull ups | Go berry picking | Meet Ms. Winfrey | Have a dog again | Take tap dancing lessons | Ride through the Panama Canal | Make my own perfume | Redesign Mighty Girl | Take Hank camping | Make a peaceful living space | Institute chocolate and champagne Wednesdays | Tithe | Do a "10 Things You Don't Know About Women" feature for Esquire | Attend TED | Give $100 to a violin-playing busker | Wear a large hat at the Kentucky Derby | Taste 1,000 Fruits: 100 and counting! | Sparklers with Hank? Check. | Get in the habit of grand loving gestures: 40 Gifts for Bryan's 40th | Live in a house with a window seat | Go parasailing (Not paragliding) | Have a portrait done of myself in the style of a portrait of my grandmother | Swim with bioluminescent plankton in Puerto Rico | Attend Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand | Ring a church bell | Attend services at Glide Memorial | Take photos of the little girls twirling outside the Nutcracker | Organize a retreat | Rewire a lamp | Use my work to improve lives | Form a workplace with people I love | Repay the woman who let me live with her in college | Participate in a giant food fight | Know San Francisco like the back of my hand: Crown a favorite burrito • Take five tours: 1. Market St. Tour, 2. Palace Hotel Tour • Finish 7×7’s Big Eats Top 100 • Make my own list of the hundred best things to eat • Choose the fifty best cocktails • Choose my fifty favorite shops • Photograph all the public libraries: Anza, Bayview, Bernal Heights, Chinatown, Eureka Valley, Excelsior, Glen Park, Golden Gate Valley Branch, Ingleside, Main, , Marina, Merced, Mission, Mission Bay, Noe Valley, North Beach, Ocean View, Ortega, Park, Parkside, Portola, Potrero Branch, Presidio, Richmond, Sunset, Visitacion Valley, West Portal, Western Addition • See the view from Coit Tower • Write up mini guides to the main neighborhoods • Choose my top ten things to do when you visit | Pretend we've had a power outage | Go a day without speaking | Plant a tiny orchard | Write another book | Watch Hank eat his first ice cream cone | Write thank you notes to my teachers | Own land | Throw a block party | Remove money as a concern | Write a million dollar check to a charity | Help decorate Hank's bike for a neighborhood parade | Take a two-week vacation without computers | Get my health issues in hand: Allergist visit • oral surgery • acupuncture for hives and carpal tunnel • vitamins • more exercise | Zip line through a canopy | Lemonade on the front porch swing, warm summer night | Finish up or give up all the unfinished projects in the house | Play imaginary games with the kiddo | Buy a stock on my own | Make a quilt of Hank's jammies | Make 1,000 lovely things: 1. Pink ruffle sweater, 2. A Cake for Michelle, 3,4.fishy and jellyfish Costumes, 5. wax paper snowflakes, 6. Sidewalk Chalk Party Favors, 7. Paper Flower Party Hats, 8. bourbon cherries | Dinner at the French Laundry | Finish the baby book | Christen a boat | Read or attempt every book on the book list I started in high school | Remove toxins from our food and environment | Attend La Tomatina in Spain (August) | Plant bulbs in a public space | Have a family portrait taken | See a glacier in Antarctica | Live in another country for a year | Do one of Miranda July's projects | Wear a sequin bikini to Carnival. | Go on a night dive with the manta rays in Hawaii | Make a font | Spend the night in a bookstore | Sleep in a treehouse | Take a drawing class | Learn to use my camera | Throw 100 parties: 1. Fall Dinner Party | Enter a swing dance competition | Live in a converted barn with a view of the ocean | Create an office that cradles me | Start an annual event | Have a holi color fight | Movie night on the deck | Go shelling | Do a two-finger whistle for a cab | Listen to 1,000 new songs | Do something big you thought you'd never do (write a novel, compete in a triathalon) | Summit Kilimanjaro | Stand up bass or guitar lessons | Take Hank to Disneyland | See 1,000 bands play live | Make a gorgeous tea pantry | 365 thank you notes | 100 bathtubs | Try 100 cocktails: 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 Punch

Jul 16 2013

Life List Inspiration from Go Mighty

How’s your summer coming? Pretty good, by the looks of it:

  • Liz Stiverson has a morbid plan, inspired by one of my morbid plans. (Speaking of which, I’m visiting the Catacombs this morning. Creepy girls, unite.)
  • Here’s to Nathalie Robertson, who is celebrating the grand opening of RedFish BlueFish in Toronto! Go Mighty is lousy with entrepreneurs, so we feel an extra tug of happiness when someone makes a big push toward their business goals. Success, profit, and satisfaction for you Nathalie.


All those Go Summer folks are entered for a chance to win a ticket to Camp Mighty. If you haven’t made your own Summer Resolutions yet, consider it. Because they are fun. And because Camp Mighty has a poolside lounge chair with your name on it.

July, you’re really coming along.

Photo from Bonnie Chan’s Gorgeous post about visiting the Sierras.

Jul 10 2013

Life List: Squeeze all the juice out of Summer.

Most years, my summer goes like this, “It’s Summer! It’s Summer! It’s… Fall.”

Summer looks so easy from the outside, filled with simple pleasures like barbecues, road trips, watermelon on ice. Unfortunately, it’s even easier to put those things off in favor of napping in a cool place. (I love you, napping. Come here, let’s cuddle.)

Much like the holidays, there are things I need to do every Summer or it doesn’t feel like I really got a Summer. And all of us know what I do in these situations. I make a list:

My Summer resolutions for 2013.

And! If you’d like to make your own list of fun ideas for Summer, Team Mighty is giving away Camp Mighty tickets to members of the Go Mighty community. To be eligible, tag your summer plans and goals, and any stories about your progress, with #gosummer.

We’ll be giving away the first of six tickets next Friday. Hooray! Here’s hoping we get to meet up for a little more summer in Palm Springs this October.

Jul 8 2013

Life List Inspiration from Go Mighty

Sara Lando! Get on this, stat.. And then the rest of us will have to do it too.

Sara McNally is making things. So satisfying.

Brittany Gibbons is in the zone right now, doing makeovers for curvy intellectuals and pitching her TV show.

Oh c’mon. One of you has to want these.

If you’re not a member of Go Mighty yet, come have a look. Invitations go out within about 24 hours after your initial request, so don’t be shy.

Jun 24 2013

Life List Inspiration from Go Mighty

Life List Inspiration from Go Mighty

-That’s Katie Thorne up there, just hangin’ with her hubby while she checks something off her life list. Like you do.

-As long as I’ve known Jordan, of Oh Happy Day, she’s wanted one of these.

-I’ve always wanted to go to this.

- And Leslie Fandrich is actually getting started on one of the most common, and most difficult, goals we see on Go Mighty. 

If you’re not a member of Go Mighty yet, come hang out. We’re still technically in beta, but invitations go out within about 24 hours after your initial request, so don’t be shy.

Jun 14 2013

Life List Update: Shave my legs every day for 30 days.

Will our heroine replace a razor? Is a nick in her future? Oh, the suspense!

Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14

I’m in a lather.

Jun 12 2013

ScholarMatch Update and Our Big Winnah

In the last two days, we’ve raised $240 of our $1,200 for our ScholarMatch project in partnership with Rivet & Sway. Will you please help us put some kids through college this fall by making a donation? If you can, tell us in comments so we can keep track.

Here’s what the team has done so far:

Kimberly is donating 25 percent from her next two weeks of Nottene sales. Your purchase comes with her hand-drawn sketch of your item. What the rad? Please let her know in comments that you’d like to support ScholarMatch.

Jen is donating 20 percent of sales from Cultivating Me through the end of June, plus matching those proceeds with her own cash. Her stuff is very reasonably priced, so have a look.

Lauren offered 10 percent of her proceeds from The Little Donkey for the next three weeks, so go stock up on baby shower gifts.

Huge thanks to Amber, Jen Bruntlett, Sonia Gustafson, and Kim for their donations. Thanks also to @JennyStockton, who you may remember from her Go Mighty bakesale, for lending her megaphone. And thanks to @cultivatingme, @kellytirman,@miametro, and @jackiewolven for the RTs.

And finally, hooray for our Elaine (comment 243) our Rivet & Sway giveaway winner! Elaine, get your vision checked and then check your email for info on how to claim your Punchline Neopolitans from Rivet & Sway.

Again, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help with this, guys. You are good eggs. Thank you.

Jun 12 2013

Life List Inspiration from Go Mighty

Kellee Bryan didn’t buy any new clothes for a year. Well, two exceptions. (Kellee also needs fiction recs for her 100 books project. I’m looking at you Liz.)

Sheri Silver gave herself a perfect day in Manhattan.

Read this for the last three lines. Oof.

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