Mighty Life List: Choose Your Own Adventure

2nd March 2010

So, I have news. News that warrants a celebratory hair flip:

(It’s helpful to have one of those on hand.)

The news is that Verizon Wireless is sponsoring my Mighty Life List! Yes they are! We are getting this done, y’all.

I’ll be working on three items this month, and I’ll tell you all about them right here. What I’m hoping is that you’ll commit to doing three things this month too, and keep us updated via comments. At the end of the month, I’ll do a roundup about all the living we got done.

I’ll tell you more about my goals as we go along. Verizon gave me a new phone and the idea is to use it to help me tackle my Mighty Life List, so I chose goals that are more about living my daily life thoughtfully, and less about jet setting. Also, I’ve added “Tattoo a Verizon logo on my bicep” to my list, so I’ll be starting there.

Oh, but I kid. It will be on my ankle next to the Celtic gecko.

Now for you! What are you doing this month? Something awesome? Tell us.

A huge thanks to Verizon Wireless for sponsoring my Mighty Life List and helping me achieve my dreams. They’re making my site more interesting by helping me cross off few more goals, and they also gave me a Palm Pre Plus. One that completes calls. Thanks, guys.

86 thoughts on “Mighty Life List: Choose Your Own Adventure

  1. NicoleT

    1. I will be delivering a baby. :-)
    2. I will see my husband holding our first born.
    3. I will figure out how to change a diaper while sleep-deprived.

  2. Lane

    Congrats on the sponsorship! I promise not to tell them that immediately below this post was an advertisement for Sprint.

  3. tasha

    Congrats Maggie! I like the idea of focusing on daily life this time.

    This month I will:

    1. bake bread from scratch

    2. Learn to use a sewing machine

    3. Create a Terrarium

  4. PicklePetunia

    In March I will:
    1. Like Tasha, learn to use my new sewing machine.
    2. Set up my Fodzie account to sell my bake goods.
    3. Write my Life List

    Can’t wait to hear what you’ll do!

  5. Nichole

    How exciting! I’ve signed up to join a Habitat for Humanity build this month. My orientation is next week! If it doesn’t stop snowing, though, my list might have to include Learn to Build an Igloo.

  6. Jen

    Maggie that is amazing!! So exciting! I can’t wait to see what you do this month.

    In the month of March I will
    1. Get engaged (squee! yes I squeed)
    2. Made headway in the preparation for the opening of my store on bigcartel.com
    3. Get my drivers permit (despite being 26 years old!)

  7. Megan

    Oh – I’d love to know your take on your Palm Pre Plus – My ‘new every two’ is up April 13 and I’m counting down the days until a new phone (considering my current phone is a replacement from a family member and dates well past 2000 and you have to, like, dial through the ABC, to text..ugh!LOL) But I just found your site today and am totally going to create a 100 list of things to do… Thanks for the inspiration! <3

  8. Ally

    That’s SO exciting!

    And what good inspiration for me to get to work on a couple smaller projects…

    I’m going to:
    Knit a whole scarf
    Learn to like just tea, no honey
    Write a letter to my grandma

  9. Megan

    Yay! I love to play along.

    1. Finish my research paper for this damn grad class

    2. Learn how to compose a book proposal

    3. Throw my daughter’s first birthday party

  10. samantha

    I’m in. In March, I’ll:
    1. Make baby blankets for a pregnant friend
    2. Clean out the filing cabinet
    3. Get my worm box back in working order

  11. Lis Rock

    Maggie you really do inspire me.

    This month I will:

    Get 3 photos matted and framed for display in my first show that isn’t in a place that sells coffee.

    Add 1k to my “6 Weeks in Europe later this year” fund

    Start working on a new photo series that celebrates spring.

  12. Christina

    Congratulations! This month I will:

    1. Finish and defend my master’s thesis (come hell or high water).
    2. Every week, call at least one person that I’ve fallen out of touch with.
    3. Finish writing my life list.

  13. mrs.notouching

    1. Stick to my monthly budget (for once!)
    2. Will not check my blog stats for 14-days – the obsession MUST STOP.
    3. gather the courage and tell at least one person in my life what I really want…directly…no hinting.

  14. Shannon Clattenburg

    Getting sponsored is so very exciting (and by a company that gives you free phones)! Hooray for you!

    My three things for this month:

    1. Write more meaningful articles on my blog
    2. Bake bread from scratch as well! (I just came across an awesome recipe).
    3. Fill all the empty frames in my house with pictures!

  15. Jenni

    I love it, love it, love it!

    This month I will:
    – Throw my husband a fantastic birthday (our first as a married couple)
    – Get crafty and try to make a buck at it
    – Send that email I have been putting off for sooooo long!

  16. Joelle

    Well, we’re halfway done with the bathroom remodel…as in the half with no shower. So hopefully I’ll have checked “Renovate the Bathroom Into a Peaceful Oasis” by the end of the month. Right now, it’d be an oasis if it had a door.

    Neighbor called this morning to set a date to rent a chipper, so perhaps I’ll be able to cross off “cut down those $#*!& trees.” The trees are down, but until the debris has been cleared, I won’t cross it off. Some has been burned, some has been sold, and a lot is waiting to be chipped. Next week, apparently.

    I’ll make at least 1 lovely thing this month. I have a care package to send to a friend’s grandma, and I really want it to be pretty. I made one cake, it was lovely, but since there was no room in my freezer, and I didn’t get it out right away…I just don’t want to send her a stale cake. So I’m giving it to the neighbors and will make it again and get the package out…before Passover!

  17. KSmith

    OMG! This is soooo amazing! Congratulations Maggie! Please do share how you feel about the phone (especially since I know your eehh-hemm iphone) – in the market for a new phone in the next month.

    Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

  18. Judy

    This month I will:
    1. Knit my very first baby sweater (I’m scared of the more complex stitches)
    2. Ride 20 miles on my bicycle (in preparation to ride 50 miles in July)
    3. Post to my blog at least once a week in hopes of resuming regular posting someday

    (I’ve changed my blog address and twitter handle, but I used to be at twitterpated.org, just for reference)

  19. sarah

    This March I will:
    1. watch the godfather movies
    2. have sex outside (come on spring!)
    3. buy a stock.

  20. Megan

    @megan (great name BTW) LOVE LOVE LOVE my new Palm Pre – it’s easy to use and must say I am loving the “red map” service… ha ha. Mine actually completes calls!

  21. texantiff

    1. Plant a raised bed vegetable garden before the Houston heat sets in!
    2. Make at least a B on my next physics exam!
    3. Throw a huge couples shower/BBQ. For my BFF!

    God help me!

  22. KSmith

    Almost forgot! Here are my three for the month:

    – Stick to my diet
    – Book a trip to Bahamas
    – Start organizing care packages to send to our soldiers serving

  23. Jen

    What an awesome sponsor indeed! I just got a Motorola Droid yesterday and looove it.

    I’ve been kind of playing along on the Life List thing but I am starting with a 2010 Goals list – mostly because I am 5 months post-op (gastric bypass) and have lost a ton of weight — so my goals have been a mix of just things I want to get done and things I’ve basically never been able to do, at least for my adult life up to now. (Last year was The Year Of Jen where I set out to get the help I needed for my health and totally accomplished that!)

    This last weekend I learned to ski – it was the first big goal I completed and I was so proud of myself I was all teary-eyed when I thanked my instructor.

    So, this month I will accomplish:

    1) Finish one month of workout bootcamp (3 days a week for 4 weeks)

    2) Have a costume party for my 30th – Alice in Wonderland themed! I’m wearing a DRESS and getting all gussied up.

    3) Get back to swimming! I used to swim competitively in high school – I loved it. So it’s time to get back into it.

    I have a bunch of other goals to accomplish this year – my list is on my site (jenguin.com).

    Thanks Maggie, you are really an inspiration to me – the mix of fun and determination to accomplish so many things.. it’s so great!

  24. Meg

    Ok, so interesting. You’re doing smaller goals then? My life list is a little on the “start a business” “buy a home” front… which I’m working on…. but totally can’t join you on three a month.

    So, it should be interesting, seeing you go closer to home and smaller.

  25. Pammer

    All righty! You’re on! This month I will:

    1. Learn to make amazing pizza dough
    2. Launch a really cool website
    3. Cook with a really great chef

    Stay tuned! Can’t wait to see what your adventures bring you —

  26. Imelda

    1. I will start another project 365 photo project using just my iPhone
    2. Travel with a 5 month old to San Antonio for a long weekend and see a friend I haven’t seen in 20 years!
    3. Bake something with ganache.. Inspired by Cake Boss Buddy.

  27. Cindy

    I started writing my life list on Sunday and was planning on posting part of it on Thursday. This month I will try to :
    1. Try 52 new recipes (I’ve done two so far)
    2. Try 100 new wines (this may be a bit difficult to accomplish in just a month)
    3. Mastering that move in yoga where you flip back to plank pose from boat pose.

  28. Marja

    OK. Maybe posting this in public will actually encourage me to DO the following, rather than just THINK the following:

    1. build mad jewelry fabrication skillz (bezel setting and riveting among them)
    2. plant my avocado tree before it dies of neglect
    3. run around Lake Merritt at least once. ONCE! Seriously, I should be able to do this once in the month of March, right?

  29. Niamh

    Excellent! I look forward to reading your adventures. This month, I will:
    1) Sign a contract for tenure-track job.
    2) Write a budget for the rest of 2010.
    3) Try at least five new recipes that I’ve been bookmarking in *Food & Wine*

  30. Sharon

    Hey There –

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring!!

    1. Lose 10 lbs
    2. Learn to shoot with a bow and arrow
    3. Finally start my own blog!!

  31. Lindsay C.

    This month I will:

    1) Complete my dissertation lit review!
    2) Make a photograph look amazing through post-processing
    3) Properly season (and use for amazing purposes!) a cast iron pan.

  32. Jen

    I am going to:

    1. Have a baby (hopefully – I really want her to be a March baby and not an April baby. Also, I want her to be a Pisces like my hubby and not an Aries like me, but she’s already showing signs of STUBBORN so I may have to concede this battle.)

    2. Learn to breastfeed. (This scares the shit out of me like nothing else. Thus far in life, I’ve only used those things to make my dresses look great. Now I have to use them how God intended. Eeek!)

    3. Learn to block out the negativity from my mother and mother in law while I teach myself to be a mother. When they tell me that I’m DOING IT WRONG (and they already have been for the past 8.5 months) I want to ignore them or laugh it off or tell them to shove it. But, I want it to stop bothering me.

  33. meg

    1.) Curate/build an archival photo book of all my grandfather’s 1950’s Kodachrome slides.

    2.) Get a nice haircut.

    3.) Learn/read more about Nikola Tesla.

    Many congrats Maggie!

  34. priscilla

    in the month of march i’m going to:

    1. buy my husband that motorcycle he’s been wanting for years, just in time for his 30th b’day
    2. make it through childbirthing classes without passing out
    3. hold myself to cleaning the bathroom once a week and not try to push it to two like i so often do!

  35. Jen

    Yay! This month I will:

    1. Send the first of many fabulous care packages
    2. Buy a new kind of flour and learn to cook something delicious with it
    3. Institute Personal Office Hours to write quietly at home once a week

  36. Ariel

    Well, Lets see….
    This month I will
    1. Apply for a passport for me and for my daughter!
    2. Grow an apple from an apple seed (although it’s gonna take some time!)
    3. Learn to whistle really loud with my fingers.

  37. Tracy

    Congrats. How fun. This month I will:
    ~Watch as my youngest child loses his first tooth. I will be both happy and sad.
    ~Jazzercise 3-4 times/week cause I signed up for the Jazz it Off competition.
    ~Work hard to improve our site http://www.ecosizeme.com and our environmental education programs

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  38. Allie

    Well, I am running my sixth marathon in eight months this weekend. I am working on eliminating cheese from my diet to live in a healthier fashion. All while trying to make a baby.

    Yep, I think that is enough.

    CONGRATULATIONS on the sponsorship! Way to go!

  39. Jasmin

    congratulations! hip hip!

    this month I will…
    1. write my Life List
    2. finally watch “Citizen Kane”
    3. book a trip to Geneva to visit my best friend, who is finishing her PhD experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. this will also be my very first solo international travel. weee!

    huge thanks for the encouragement.

  40. The other Megan

    Way to rock that list.

    I’m publicly committing to:
    *Finishing a Blurb book project
    *Exercising at least 2 times/week
    *Making a city date with my mom

  41. Jennifer

    I know this isn’t a competition, but NicoleT wins! (congrats and good luck!)

    This month I will:
    go to San Diego for the first time.
    Show my 20 month old daughter exotic animals (and hopefully get her to say giraffe)
    start losing the 10 pounds I’m desperate to lose.

  42. Amy

    I will:
    Finish knitting that hat for my husband I started last December and maybe even the cardigan I’m working on for myself.
    Get a serger. And use it.
    Really, truly, make meaningful attempts to eat better.

  43. teensleuth

    This month I will:

    Finish my wedding album
    Read half of the remaining 36 books on an important list I have
    Run at least 30 miles

  44. Stephanie

    1. Make macarons from scratch
    2. Give my partner a gift each day for the 25 days leading up to his 25th birthday (inspired by your giving your husband 40 gifts for his 40th)
    3. Go to New York City

  45. Kathleen

    OK I’m game! this month I’ll:
    cook something from The French Laundry Cookbook

    I’ll add to my Make 100 Wonderful things

    Saber open a champagne bottle

  46. greyfavorite

    My life list would involve practical, boring things like “set aside enough to live on for 6 months should the unthinkable happen,” so I’m sitting out until inspiration strikes.

    But, I know Verizon is sponsoring you and all, so you have to be nice. Me, not so much. Let me just say, I love love LOVE love my Palm Pre. Love it. It’s got the best of both the Blackberry and the iPhone words.

    Did I mention I love my Pre?

  47. famousamy

    1. Learn to read and execute a sewing pattern.
    2. Lose 10 pounds and get off the blood pressure medicine the doc put me on today.

    I’ll have to think about a third.

  48. yoli

    Congratulations! This month I will:
    1) take my first roadtrip
    2) couchsurf for the first time
    3) knit myself a pair of socks that fit right and are pretty

  49. Laurel

    Me too! Me too! I wanna play too.

    In March I will:

    1. Go to Portland to visit my cousin and see his house being rebuilt after the fire last winter.

    2. Complete a fiction writing course.

    3. Be more consistent posting to my blog.

  50. Dinah Sanders


    1. I will finish my first non-fiction book (on Discardia).
    2. Attend SXSW interactive, connect with wonderful people & (I hope) plant the seeds of my next adventure.
    3. Start my first novel.

  51. dani

    Amazing, Maggie! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish this month.

    I’m going to re-do my Life List with more ambition and creativity. From there I will find two other things to cross of the list for this month.

    Thanks for being so inspirational!

  52. Liz

    1. Spend a weekend on a silent retreat at a monastery
    2. See Saturn’s rings
    3. Forgive someone for something really big (this is obscure and sort of intangible, but I think I’ll know when I’ve done it, and if I choose the right thing, I think it will be a big accomplishment)

  53. Kristine

    This is fantastic! Congratulations, Maggie!

    I completed my life list a little while ago but I haven’t really got started on the hard work of crossing things off. Hopefully your efforts will inspire me. This month I will try to:

    1. Bake a pie from scratch that actually tastes good.
    2. Finish reading James Joyce’s Ulysses
    3. Wear all the hats in my closet so that buying them wasn’t a mistake.

  54. Edwin Allen

    Okay, so I just thought of the third.
    1. Start the actual writing of the rewrite of the first novel of a trilogy. (finished one complete draft, but it was too mediocre to be salvaged, so I’m starting again from scratch)
    2. Start my presidential biography program-read a biography/autobio/memoir of every American president.
    3. Prepare to run my first road race in April.
    These have all been on the monthly agenda for some time, but it’s always good to put it in writing.

  55. Mary

    1. Finish seeing all of Korea’s National Parks (#19 and #20)

    2. Turn off my lights for Earth Hour


    3. Explore Malaysia and Thailand!!

  56. misstraceynolan

    Go, Maggie, Go! Yay Verizon!

    March 2010 will find me:

    1) Shooting a portrait session with an important client in New York City.
    2) Going back to New Orleans.
    3) Getting down to brass tacks with our baby names short list, right here in Toronto.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  57. Pinkie Bling

    Congrats, Maggie! I can’t wait to read more!

    My thing is actually going to take four months…you know the “Couch to 5K” programs? I’m doing “Couch to Bikini Competition.” I must be out of my mind – but wish me luck! :)

  58. Sarah

    I am totally inspired. So jumping in, this month I will:

    1) Write my life list!
    2) Take a photo in San Juan that is frameworthy
    3) Play with my kids among fields of Texas bluebonnets.

  59. Heather

    This month I will:

    1. continue, with the most positive attitude possible, continue seeing my mother through hospice care.

    2. will read more books and watch less crappy television as a way to escape.

    3. will *fingers crossed* make a baby.

  60. Heather

    I want to be your friend, but jealousy keeps getting in the way.


    I’m not sure I can get 3 in a month, but next up is #87, “fly on a trapeze.” I’ll let you know how it goes :)

  61. Dottie


    First off congrats on finding a new sponsor for your Mighty Life List! It is a most giddy, glorious, addictive thing to create and thank you for the inspiration of it.

    So, here is my March list:

    1.) Reach out to someone I respect and take them out for a drink!

    2.)Organize just one area in my house of chaos

    3.) Book mysself a massage, because, honey, I deserve it!

  62. Robyn

    Life list items:
    ****Volunteer at shelter
    ****Finally launch my company website
    ****Keep my lent promise

    Maggie – I’m in the market for a new phone – You’re advice was dead-on about your Cannon camera.. what’s your take on the Palm Pre?

  63. Kirsten

    Things I’m going to do this month?

    Start and keep a new blog – listographist.blogspot.com
    Finish assembling my wedding albums (3 of them!)
    And figure out if I’m moving back to California.

    Easy peasy!

  64. Tamera

    Huzzah for sponsorships!
    1. Host a blood drive on the 15th of March.
    2. Purchase a lemon tree for my kitchen.
    3. Drive over to Detroit to deliver books for a neighborhood library.

  65. Jenna

    Finally declutter the apartment — get rid of all 20+ boxes here…

    Take the kids outside every day that it isn’t raining…

    Decide to be happy every morning before my feet hit the floor — and remind myself every 15 minutes throughout the day ;-)

  66. Melissa

    I haven’t made a full-fledged Life List yet, but I’ve been thinking on it. I can, though, think of 3 things for this month:

    1. Buy a cedar chest and gather in one place the treasures I currently have scattered in various drawers and closets throughout my house – my grandpa’s harmonica, my aunt’s class ring…
    2. Finally get some use out of my extensive cookbook/recipe collection by making one new dish each week.
    3. Get something on the walls in this office I’ve been sitting in for the last three years!

  67. nelking

    1. Learn how to develop a web site and web applications
    2. Keep in touch with friends and family (headed to impromptu grade school reunion in LA all from reconnecting on facebook! )
    3. Yoga. Serious, serious yoga.

  68. Jennifer

    Ohhh how exciting!!! Maggie will you now be walking around with one of those red maps above your head!?!

    Thoughts on the palm pre? My plan expires next month and can’t decide which one phone to get.

    I’m going to go big this month:
    1.) Read Gone with the Wind
    2.) Tell myself 5 things I am thankful for every day this month
    3.) Finish decorating my living room – any ideas for how to use a really large clock???

  69. Long Story Longer

    I fell out of my chair when I read this! I am so happy for you – you must feel the need to pinch thyself. I can’t wait to read about your adventures, and I promise to play along. Congratulations! (And that picture is the coolest picture ever. If it was of me, I would blow it up and wallpaper my living room wall with it. Ok, maybe not, but I really like it.)

  70. Maile

    I think doing 2 pull ups is the most difficult task on your list… I haven’t been able to do a pull up since puberty hit! I tried, got maybe a quarter of the way up and then made my husband lift me the rest of the way.

    And I used to be able to do like 20 when I was in 5th grade…

  71. Elaina Winter

    I, actually, crossed one of my items off of my list yesterday. I rode in a Huey Helicopter. This helicopter flew in the Vietnam War. I sat in the gunner seat which faces outward and the helicopter has no doors which made the views amazing!! I love crossing things off of my list! Good luck on your list!

  72. jjzach

    This month I will:
    Complete a painting and knitting project
    Make an appointment for a mammogram
    Stay offline one day a week

  73. jodi


    Begin Grand Gestures for my kids – http://www.jodimichelle.com/2010/03/07/life-list-eighty-nine/ CHECK!

    Learn carpentry. Almost check. Working on it this weekend. Table saw procured, we are a go.

    I haven’t done this one in March in it’s entirety however, it was completely in March. Lose 30 pounds.

    I always love when you ask us to choose some and tell you what we’re doing – I always think I know which ones I’ll choose but then something else happens entirely and I had nothing to do with it, the surprises are the best about making the life list, by far.

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