Join me in making a life list.

I am a listmaker at heart. I just can’t seem to help myself.

I know that I’m not the only one out there that gets a sick sense of satisfaction out of making lists – and marking things off of them.

Please tell me I’m not alone….

I find them everywhere – in my purse and pockets and notebooks lying around the house.

Most are just things I’ve jotted down – what to buy at the grocery store or the things I need to accomplish the next day.

This one is more life-transforming.

I was reading a blog and got a great idea to make a life list – or a bucket list if you want to call it that.

It doesn’t have to be any specific number of things, but I would try to make it at least 100. And of course add to it as you think of more.

Want to climb Mt. McKinley? (I don’t by the way!)

Go white-water rafting? (Not on my list either!)

Watch the sunset while taking a cruise? (That’s more my style.)

Add whatever you want to the list.

I’ve posted my list below.  I’m at over 150 items and counting. Some are far-fetched. Some push me out of my comfort zone. Others may seem mundane, but are things that I haven’t done or mastered and would love to.  I will add more as I think of things I have to do – and I’ll mark them off as I accomplish them.

Please visit Chookooloonks and read through her journey through her life list. It’s inspiring. It will leave you wanting to do more with your life.

After reading through them, I set out immediately to start on my own list.  It felt so good to get my goals and dreams down on paper (well down on the computer at least.):)

And then I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to read about more people’s wishes and aspirations for their lives.  I’m guess I’m a bit curious.

So, join me in reflecting on what we’d like to accomplish, where we’d like to go, and what we want to learn during the rest of our lifetimes!

Here is my list:

  1. Learn to play Fur Elise on the piano. (I don’t play piano).
  2. Ride a trolley car in San Francisco.
  3. Make a salad with vegetables from my own garden.
  4. Trace my family tree back at least 10 generations in all directions.
  5. Learn to make a supremely delicious omelet.
  6. Take the kids to Disney World.
  7. Attend a national genealogy conference.
  8. Walk the entire beach around Harstine Island.
  9. Drive the Alcan from Alaska to the lower 48. May 2010
  10. Learn how to take my camera out of “auto” mode and start shooting “manual”. July 2010
  11. Go back to school and get my Bachelor’s Degree.
  12. Take a tour of the White House.
  13. Go peach picking at an orchard in Georgia.
  14. Walk for a good cause.
  15. Visit all of the Smithsonian Museums in D.C.
  16. Open my eyes underwater. August 2010
  17. Go to a Pow-wow.
  18. Go to a wine tasting at a Napa Valley winery.
  19. Put a coin in a slot machine in Vegas.
  20. Use my Russian – in Russia.
  21. Drive the entire Route 66.
  22. Go on a whale-watching boat trip.
  23. Have tea in a fancy tea room somewhere.
  24. Visit Stonehenge.
  25. Learn to make my own pasta from scratch.
  26. Drive around the entire Olympic Peninsula in WA state.
  27. Set foot on a submarine.
  28. Take a carriage ride.
  29. Watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.
  30. Become an Accredited Genealogist.
  31. Watch an Olympic event – in person.
  32. Write out the birth story of each of my children.
  33. Watch a meteor shower with my kids.
  34. Take a trip in a glass-bottomed boat.
  35. Sit and relax in a hot springs.
  36. Build something on my own.
  37. Take a Mediterranean cruise.
  38. Eat Italian food – in Italy.
  39. Volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  40. Go on an archaeological dig.
  41. Spend a week off the grid – no power, no water, no electronic devices.
  42. Put on a great New Year’s Eve party.
  43. Visit a historic plantation. September 2010
  44. Read all of Jane Austen’s novels – again.
  45. Take the kids to a baseball game – and eat peanuts and crackerjacks.
  46. Interview my parents about their lives and record it for future generations.
  47. Learn how to apply make-up – beyond mascara and chapstick.
  48. Adopt a child.
  49. Take a picture of 100 different “crossing” signs.
  50. See the pyramids in Egypt.
  51. Learn to make a paper airplane that really flies.
  52. Eat an entire meal with chopsticks.
  53. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. June 2010
  54. Plan and have a tea party with my girls.
  55. Put my toes in the Atlantic Ocean. June 2010
  56. Visit Arlington National Cemetery.
  57. Watch the space shuttle take off.
  58. Eat dinner at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle.
  59. Tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory. August 2010
  60. Watch the sunset at the Grand Canyon.
  61. Learn to ballroom dance.
  62. Meet Roza, the little girl we sponsor in Tanzania.
  63. Put together a family reunion.
  64. See the Mona Lisa in person.
  65. Visit every state in the U.S.
  66. Write a family history book to give to relatives and future generations.
  67. Do research in the genealogy library in Salt Lake City.
  68. Have my dream house built – complete with an octagonal tower and a wrap-around porch.
  69. Visit the farm my ancestors live on in Norway.
  70. Drive to Key West.
  71. Learn to make an apple pie.
  72. Get a manicure and a pedicure.
  73. Visit the San Juan Islands.
  74. Go fishing with Andy.
  75. Build a Lego City with my kids using every single Lego block we own. (and we have a TON!)
  76. Watch Old Faithful blow with my kids. May 2010
  77. Sew Christmas stockings for my family.
  78. Go on a honeymoon with my husband.
  79. Visit Manassas and Appomattox – the beginning and end of the Civil War. June 2010
  80. Eat at the Wall Drug Store in South Dakota. August 2010
  81. Read all of Georgette Heyer’s novels.
  82. Learn to say “I love you” in 20 different languages.
  83. Milk a cow.
  84. Take the kids to a real circus.
  85. Visit the world’s largest aquarium – The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
  86. Cross over the Mississippi River. May 2010
  87. Read the Bible from start to finish in one year.
  88. Buy a quilt in Amish country. May 2010
  89. Learn to make a daisy chain.
  90. Watch a Cirque de Soleil show.
  91. Walk completely around Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. May 2010
  92. Read all of Charles Dickens’ books.
  93. Visit the space center in Houston.
  94. Go to mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sioux City, IA – where my relatives and ancestors attended.
  95. Learn all of the countries and capitals of the world.
  96. Visit St. Augustine, the first permanent settlement in North America. September 2010
  97. Tour Carlsbad Caverns.
  98. Have coffee at the first Starbucks restaurant.
  99. Take a tour of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell.
  100. Go ice skating on an outdoor rink.
  101. Shop at the largest mall in North America. May 2010
  102. Take my entire family camping – tents, s’mores, fishing and all.
  103. Visit the Taj Mahal.
  104. Go innertubing down a slow river.
  105. Take a nap in a hammock in my own backyard.
  106. Volunteer somewhere for an extended period of time.
  107. Ride on the back of a motorcycle – slowly.:)
  108. See the ruins in Athens and other parts of Greece.
  109. Take the kids to Fort Flaggler – where I went to camp in middle school,.
  110. Drive the Santa Fe Trail.
  111. Learn to dive.
  112. Become debt-free!
  113. Learn to can my own food.
  114. Take my daughter to a fashion show.
  115. Ride a roller coaster with my kids – and maybe even my husband (who doesn’t do roller coasters.)
  116. Make my own Sangria for a grown-ups only party.
  117. Learn to identify the plants and animals in my local area.
  118. Win a photo contest of some sort.
  119. Press flowers from my own garden.
  120. Take a picture of a full rainbow.
  121. Drive the Going-the-Sun road through Glacier National Park.
  122. Take a Caribbean cruise.
  123. Make silhouettes of my children and hang them on the wall.
  124. Get my picture taken in front of the “General Sherman” tree in Sequoia National Park.
  125. Eat at Paula Deen’s restaurant, Lady and Sons. September 2010
  126. Drive over the Erie Canal. May 2010
  127. Take the kids to a rodeo.
  128. Visit Prince Edward Island, Canada.
  129. Go to the top of the Washington Monument.
  130. See Niagara Falls in all of it’s glory – from the U.S. and Canadian sides. May 2010
  131. Visit every National Park and Monument in the United States (at least the 48 contiguous states)
  132. Sew a quilt.
  133. Do research in the National Archives.
  134. Knit something that I could actually wear.
  135. See the Statue of Liberty in person.
  136. Visit Colonial Williamsburg with the kids.
  137. Watch a glassblowing demonstration.
  138. Go on a dolphin-watching boat trip.
  139. Paint something that I could hang on my wall.
  140. Bake fresh bread in the oven – not the bread machine.
  141. Visit Banff National Park in Alberta.
  142. Go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia.
  143. Visit the Greenbrier at White Sulphur Springs, WV.  My great-great-great grandmother’s brother was resident physician there for years.
  144. Take pictures of 500 different types of animals.
  145. Spend a weekend boating on the Puget Sound with my wonderful husband.
  146. Find my great-great-great grandparents gravestones in Woolwine, VA and take a picture of them. (they aren’t in a cemetery).
  147. Walk through Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia.
  148. Go on a safari in the Serengeti.
  149. Visit New Orleans.
  150. Take a trip into the woods before Christmas to cut down our own tree.
  151. Go on a sleigh ride – with bells.
  152. Take a train across Europe.
  153. Visit the town of Herencia, Spain – where my Sanchez-Tereso ancestors lived for centuries.
  154. Get all dressed up and go to the opera.  I want to use a pair of opera glasses too.:)
  155. Drive completely around Crater Lake in Oregon. August 2010
  156. Take my kids to the drive-in movies. August 2010
  157. Put my feet in the Great Salt Lake. August 2010
  158. Climb to the top of a lighthouse. September 2010
  159. Ride on a tandem bike.
  160. Become a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).
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  • Stephanie - June 19, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    What I like about this list is that there are big and small things you want to do. It makes me think about how what we accomplish is not done alone, and that other people are such an important part of checking things off our list. I have lists too! I use lists to stay organized and to put all my ideas in one place. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  • Tee - August 18, 2010 - 3:05 am

    Great list and it’s nice to see some items already crossed off! I stumbled upon your blog today while following an on-line homeschooling trail and have really enjoyed what I’ve read so far! Your children are absolutely beautiful and I want to thank your family for serving our country, doing something that so many Americans can’t or won’t do. You are serving for people like me, people that are terminal and can’t necessarily stand up for ourselves… and for that, I thank your whole family from the bottom of my heart. If you ever make it to New Orleans, you’ll stumble across my friendly family! Come join us next year for Mardi Gras… we’ll let the good times roll!

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  • Theresa - July 28, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    You are so cute saying Hi Mom & Dad! lol.

    My husband and I did this on a couples retreat a few years ago and we have since helped each other to achieve and cross off many of the things on our lists. Thanks for inspiring me to add to my list!

  • Jen - July 28, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    You’re right!!

  • Sharon - July 28, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    You should be able to scratch off #7, 23 and 28 next Spring at the genealogical conference in Charleston.

  • Andrea - July 28, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Great idea Jen! I will have to start my list :) Thanks for the motivation.

  • Sharon - July 28, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    Okay…I’ve lurked long enough….and plan to take you up on the link and list in the next week (that will be the first thing to cross off on my list ;) Being from Montana, I can totally affirm the Pow Wow and Going To The Sun highway…thanks for this post. BTW, we have family history/genealogy in common.

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