ML: things i still need to tackle

I came across Mighty Girl’s Mighty List a few years ago, and it really spoke to me.  Life is short, and I’ve had far too many reminders in life that I need to get busy.  But it’s still sometimes hard to harness the focus/motivation to do things.  Fear gets in the way, or we just don’t understand what we need to do.  Or something.

In any case, Maggie’s list inspired me.  But I decided pretty quickly that it wasn’t enough for me.  As I made my own list, I realized there were things I wanted to remember to do again and again.  It wasn’t about just one time.  It was about things I repeatedly do and making my life better every day by embracing joy.  And then, I also found I needed a way to take credit for what I’ve done.  Mostly because one of my things is being too hard on myself…being a perfectionist.  I sometimes discount my accomplishments.  I wanted a place where I could inspire others, but also be held accountable for my life.  So, I started sharing my version of the Mighty List on my blog.  I started writing about those experiences.  It was tremendously rewarding.  But I felt like I needed a more comprehensive blog and started designing a new one, to house everything–including my Mighty List entries.  Unfortunately, it took a long time…still going…so I set-up this blog as a temporary space and never incorporated my Mighty List.

Welp.  Since I still haven’t finished my “real site”–and may never–things are gonna change around here.

There are three sections for my Mighty List: Things I’ve Done; Things I Want to Do Again; and Things I Still Need to Tackle.  I’ll be writing about them periodically and posting old pieces I’ve written as time allows.  Think of it as a life time capsule.

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  • Complete Tour de Fat.
  • Run Big Sur marathon.
  • Run Bolder Boulder.
  • Run Boston Marathon, raising money for heart disease.
  • Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina.
  • Learn a new word every day.
  • Bathe in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
  • Wear special Christmas jammies every Christmas.
  • Share a story with The Moth.
  • Write an It Happened to Me column for XOJane.
  • Contribute something to Thought Catalog.
  • Take some classes through MatadorU.com.
  • Attend the Makerie.
  • See my favorite artists’ works in the cities where their art was produced.
  • Go to Coachella.
  • Consolidate all my writing in one place.
  • Visitor Eater’s Most Underrated Denver Restaurants: http://denver.eater.com/archives/2013/03/13/open-thread-map.php
  • Write a list of Christmas traditions I’d like to adopt.
  • Get a few tattoos.
  • Visit a bluebell forest.
  • Learn how to sew on a machine.
  • Alter all my clothes so they’re completely tailored.
  • Go to the Blind Cafe.
  • Check out the new state park here in CO.
  • Bring more romance into my life…romance as in joy…appreciation/falling in love with the world…celebrating every single day.
  • Find meaningful work in the very near future, which will allow for financial stability, balance, and peace of mind.
  • Establish a consulting business wherein I’ll visit companies/nonprofits and teach them how to be more effective.
  • Learn more about Buddhism.
  • Get a new perspective on my story.
  • Mail presents to people I don’t know.
  • Build a solid support network, especially with women.
  • Take classes on design.
  • Become a cucumber/lemon water woman.
  • Be an Italian soda drinker.
  • Find healthier alternatives to the foods I love, but don’t love me.
  • Try reiki.
  • Reconfigure my attitudes toward money.
  • Find and try more alternative therapies.
  • Say “yes” to most things.
  • Do more creative things with people.
  • Get my work out to people…submitting, producing books…etc.
  • Find more creative outlets that also allow me to give back.
  • Do more freelancing.
  • Create a professional Web site/presence for myself.
  • Get some more business cards.
  • Learn how to cut hair and do other girly things.

  • Find local shops/businesses to support every day and share them with people.
  • Create a start-up.
  • Attend/present at Ignite, but not in Boulder/Denver.
  • Start new writing projects (the mid-air series, denver, places…etc).
  • Have a gallery show.
  • Really embrace the idea that *everyone* is my family.
  • Open my own restaurant or foodie shop.
  • Go to culinary school.
  • Learn how to make soap.
  • Really take care of my skin.
  • Take care of my body.
  • Take care of myself the same way I take care of others.
  • Become a scentologist.
  • Go on a road trip from Denver to San Diego to San Francisco to Portland to Seattle…stopping along the way to meet people/serve in their community…doing different meaningful symbolic things to help me embrace my new beginnings.
  • See Anne McCue in concert.
  • Spend lots of time on South Broadway.
  • Finish my works in progress, especially the play about Mama.
  • Start a foundation called the Ruth Foundation in my Mama’s memory that will help adults and children deal with grief–especially that related to heart disease or other terminal illnesses…using art–words, music, color, etc. (in progress)
  • Write a screenplay and produce it.
  • Use my mediation certification to get involved in my community.
  • Get certified to facilitate writing workshops.
  • Learn how to ride a bike.

  • Participate in Ride the Rockies.
  • Earn a living from photography, art, and/or words.
  • Get lost in every state in these United States.
  • Save money in a big way so I’ll never worry about it again.
  • Give/raise money for the charities I care about.
  • Get involved in organized sports–indulge the inner athlete I never really could be.
  • Spend some time being a girly girl.
  • Accept that maybe I am beautiful.
  • Find a spiritual community for myself.
  • Meditate every single day.
  • Find non-traditional sports/activities.
  • Go on an adventure hunt in Denver…trying to find new things, new people, new gems…
  • Learn how to “be a boy”–i.e., change a tire/change the oil/fix shite around the house.
  • Be more concerned about my environment…invest in furniture and creature comforts–because, even though they are not at all the most important things–they do affect how you feel.  It’d be nice to have a comfortable space that I’m proud to call mine.
  • Set appropriate boundaries before my heart mucks stuff up–no matter if it’s a relationship, an employer, or the mailman.  I need to be better at teaching people how to treat me.
  • Make myself a priority and don’t accept relationships where I don’t seem to matter.
  • Learn new crafty things.
  • Visit southeast Asia.
  • Visit more places in South America.
  • Go to freakin’ Mexico.
  • Attend Circus Mexicus while there.
  • Move to, and live in, New York for a while.
  • Get ridiculously drunk on top-shelf tequila.
  • Build, and live in, my dream home.
  • Travel three times a year, at least, with at least one international trip a year.
  • Get an MFA in Playwriting.
  • Get an MFA in Photography.
  • Get a Master’s in Nonprofit Management.
  • Speak about heart disease, grief, etc.
  • Write books about creatively dealing with grief.
  • Write more plays.
  • Be active in the theatre community–wherever I am.
  • Get my Master’s in Psychology with emphasis in art therapy.
  • Study drama therapy and ecopsychology.
  • Get my PhD in Psych.
  • Work with people dealing with heart-related illnesses.
  • Create a series of events that combines everything I love and raises money for heart disease.
  • Finally tackle my massive music collection and purge anything I don’t love.
  • Speak to groups about my Mama and heart disease–not just one on one.
  • Build a wardrobe that is both functional and completely reflective of my personality.  I want to be able to wear all my clothes and never hate anything I own because it doesn’t flatter, fit, or make me feel good.
  • Live debt-free.
  • Get more involved in film.
  • Fall in love with someone, believe I love them, and then still love them if it falls apart.
  • Be in a healthy relationship that doesn’t fall apart.
  • Create a family and traditions that are wholly ours.
  • Learn every language there is.
  • Learn every dance there is.
  • Join a band.
  • Practice tantra.
  • Create mosaics.
  • Learn how to do stained glass.
  • Learn acoustic guitar.
  • Learn piano.
  • Write songs.
  • Go everywhere I have never been.
  • Meet Paul Auster.
  • See a McDonagh play in person–preferably in New York or London.
  • Learn to cook southeast Asian food.
  • Make crazy good cakes.
  • Make homemade tortillas.
  • Rescue a black lab.
  • Visit every national park.
  • Have a full-blown, crazy good-looking garden.
  • Horseback ride without help.
  • Be better at apologizing when it’s necessary and less apologetic when it isn’t.
  • Only engage the things I love–whether that’s people, things, or experiences.
  • Get rid of all the “stuff”–whether it’s physical/emotional/spiritual clutter.
  • Learn how to make gingerbread boys.
  • Live in Boulder county, Seattle, NYC, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, & San Diego.
  • Join the Peace Corps or something similar.
  • Live abroad (Toronto, London, some beautiful/exotic place).
  • Participate in NaNoWrimo.
  • Be an active participant in the lives of children.
  • Get massages on a regular basis.
  • Plant trees.
  • Finish my physical vision board/map.  Refresh every year.  Teach others.
  • Own a horse and ride him weekly.
  • Adopt a child.
  • Start a school.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Eat French pastries in Paris while watching the sun set on the Eiffel Tour.
  • Conquer my fear of fire by lighting a sparkler on the 4th of July.
  • Live in a place that has a window seat.
  • Go paragliding.
  • Parasail.
  • Write thank you notes to my teachers.
  • Buy only local and sustainable food.
  • Throw pottery.
  • Send a postcard to PostSecret.
  • Participate in an ArtSwap.
  • Make my own stationary.
  • Learn how to make girly stuff (like soap, candles, lip balm, perfume).
  • Create a signature style.
  • Do all the Miranda July projects. (http://www.learningtoloveyoumore.com/index.php)
  • Record my life in video.
  • Have something published in Modern Love.
  • Make cheese.
  • Make limoncello.
  • Make wherever I am my home.
  • Work on the perfectionism thing.
  • Stop beating myself up.
  • Instead of saying, “That was stupid,” toward myself, I will say, “That was an interesting detour.”
  • Go mushing.
  • Go kite-skating.
  • Learn how to cook Indian food.
  • Learn how to ice skate.
  • Learn how to skate.
  • Be a Roller Girl.
  • Join a kickball league.
  • Actually do something on New Year’s.
  • Attend more festivals.
  • Attend writing events.
  • Deep-clean the carpet.
  • Initiate weekly dinners.
  • Initiate Sunday breakfasts.
  • Sign up with Deep Rock, milkperson, etc.
  • Drink every cocktail there is.
  • Learn how to make pickles.

  • Travel cross-country by train.
  • Learn how to ski well (I did take a lesson, but I — by no means — learned) and not die in the process.
  • Go hot-air-ballooning.
  • Surf.
  • Get married.
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty.
  • Visit Odessa, Russia (my Papa’s birthplace).
  • Build a treehouse.
  • If, and when, I have children, write letters/record videos for every year of their lives.
  • Get a hammock.
  • Create photo albums.
  • Make my own china.
  • Make a whole room laugh.
  • Tip a waitress a ridiculous sum of money.
  • Attend a literary convention.
  • Attend SXSW.
  • Attend BlogHer.
  • Be super politically active.
  • Secure an agent.
  • Read all the New Classics: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207076_20207387_20207349,00.html
  • Read/listen to everything on my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/1WJNRVF2TPJ7J
  • Meet/share a meal with Anthony Bourdain.
  • Make homemade candies like my Grandma Harr.
  • Brew the perfect frou-frou coffee drinks.
  • Attend TED.
  • Present at TED.
  • Have more close women friends.
  • Write/illustrate children’s books. Coloring book
  • Learn to cook different things in the places where they originated.
  • Teach someone English.
  • Teach an adult to read.
  • Work to ensure civil rights.
  • Do more to protest the death penalty.
  • Go antiquing.
  • Learn all the lyrics to all my beloved childhood songs, by listening to each and every one of them…over and over again.
  • Restore/transform old things.
  • Decorate my bedroom with glow-in-the-dark stars.

  • Volunteer at a horse rescue.
  • Forgive him.
  • Forgive myself.
  • Do the splits without splitting open.
  • Take a year off to volunteer full-time.
  • Take a year off to travel non-stop.
  • Learn more about Nia.
  • Participate in Great Urban Races.
  • Get involved in adventure racing.
  • Make my own clothes.
  • Write something like I Wrote this for You.
  • Get CPR certified.
  • Assemble first aid kits–for humans and kitties.
  • Go to laughter yoga on a regular basis.
  • Become a laughter yoga leader.
  • Volunteer abroad.
  • Create a better online “brand.”
  • Conquer irrational fears.
  • Start a Twitter for Fogg/Cleo.
  • Start a blog for Fogg/Cleo.
  • Have summer vacations (spend a month in a city, rent a house there and everything).
  • Spend more than a month (all at once) in a foreign country.
  • Get allergy tested.
  • Learn programming languages like ruby.
  • Devise an online time-management tool.
  • Devise cool solutions for problems I keep encountering.
  • See an herbalist.
  • Work on Web site ideas.
  • Find mentors.
  • Meet new, inspiring people using social media.

  • Develop an emergency escape plan.
  • Watch all the Oscar-nominated best films.
  • Handcraft a set of dishes.
  • Do all the exercises in Becoming a Writer.
  • Read Elmore Leonard.
  • Have a book on Amazon.
  • Implement a hundred dollar hour project.
  • Go to the 25 best restaurants in Denver: http://www.5280.com/magazine/2010/03/dining-denver.
  • Go horseback riding and explore the Alpine Loop Byway: http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2105/places/
  • Be a really good parent; create unforgettable memories for my kid(s).
  • Introduce my favorite foods to the people I love.
  • Collect art.
  • Have an indoor swing.
  • Put a message in a bottle and send it afloat.
  • Take walks with people I love on a daily basis.
  • Organize a ridiculous mass-public event.
  • Run the Frozen Dead Guy coffin race in Ned.
  • Write a book about my family.
  • Visit the important places in my family’s history.
  • Visit the ugliest and the most beautiful landmarks in America.
  • Go to Easter Sunday services at Red Rocks.
  • Road trip from Cherokee, NC to Sevierville, TN, along Hwy 441. Rub the Dolly Parton statue.
  • Interstate 90, South Dakota.
  • Care less about what other people think and more about what I think.
  • Eat all the foods I think I hate (except liver) and see if I actually hate it.
  • Eat at least one new food every month.
  • Come up with a personal mission statement.
  • Come up with 10 Personal Commandments.
  • Plant trees.
  • Make all my friends physical mix CDs.
  • Wear lingerie on a regular basis.
  • Read all of my favorite Web comics (Toothpaste for Dinner, Natalie Dee).
  • Perfect dishes. (arroz con pollo, arrepas)
  • Start a literary magazine.
  • Own a turtle.
  • Own a frog.
  • Go ice-climbing.
  • Take a jeep tour in Ouray
  • Get certified in Trauma Resolution thru ashlar.org/training/index.html
  • Take writing workshops thru Ashlar.
  • Attend Taos Summer Writers Conference http://www.unm.edu/~taosconf/Registration/Scholarships.htm
  • Attend these workshops: http://abiquiuworkshops.com/
  • Attend http://www.aspenwritersfoundation.org/
  • Take workshops at Lighthouse: https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/grid/page_id/6
  • Attend retreat: http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/calendar.php
  • Get a tan, in the actual sunshine.
  • Live in a place with a tire swing.
  • Climb a mountain, wearing a burger king crown and do the whole Titanic Queen of the World thing.
  • Grow my hair and donate it to Locks of Love.
  • Work on my heart project.  Poems, photography, and videos about all things heart…proceeds to the AHA.
  • Write a thank you note a day a la thxthxthx.
  • Carve the initials of someone I love into an aspen tree.
  • Go on these road trips: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/07/04/travel/20100704-history-interactive.html?WT.mc_id=TR-SM-E-FB-SM-LIN-TUH-070410-NYT-NA&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Do this: http://matadortrips.com/25-best-places-in-the-world-to-photograph
  • Do this: http://ht.ly/29wWG%20
  • Be on a rowing team.
  • Find a guru.
  • Attend a month-long meditation retreat, and/or this: http://www.dharmaocean.org/default/index.cfm/retreats/winter-dathuumln-20102011
  • Light a candle at the Duomo in Florence.
  • Buy an Oscar the Grouch snuggie.
  • Catch fireflies in a jar.
  • Make pannacotta.
  • Make butter.
  • Read one of my stories on This American Life.
  • Take photographs of all my friends.
  • Send someone to college.
  • Run through a piazza full of birds in Italy—and not get pooped on.
  • Host a crazy costume party.
  • Own a car that makes people stop and stare (or take pictures).
  • Print and frame 1000 photos I’ve taken.
  • See the Northern Lights.
  • Live in a hut in Bali.
  • Letterpress my own wedding invitations.
  • Paint a self-portrait.
  • Own 50 original artist works from 50 different artists—and display them.
  • Learn 1000 phrases in foreign languages.
  • Rock a baby to sleep.
  • Invest in a grown-up sofa.
  • Taste 100 cheeses.
  • Write a Craig’s List Missed Connection ad.
  • Picnic in a canoe.
  • Watch 100 scary movies.
  • Learn to roll my Rs.
  • Start and FINISH a 365 photo project.
  • Start and FINISH a 365 self-portrait project.
  • Inner tube down a river in a bikini.
  • Eat a hot dog in Chicago and New York.
  • Eat cuisine of every place I’m in.
  • Hug a sequoia.
  • Yell a secret into Niagara Falls.
  • Go to Puerto Rico and see the bioluminescence.
  • Shake Barack Obama’s hand.
  • Cover myself in mud and float in the Dead Sea.
  • Have a singalong with strangers.
  • Stand on Maho Beach in St. Martin.
  • Paddleboat in Prospect Park.
  • Follow Tim Gunn’s 10 Essentials list.
  • Photograph 10 small towns and 10 big cities, with no other reason for being there.
  • Have my own darkroom/studio.
  • Visit New Orleans’ cemeteries
  • Go to Santorini.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone.
  • Visit Maldives.
  • Make raised donuts (and frosting) from scratch.
  • Own a hot tub.
  • Adopt grandparents.
  • Go to the Paris flea market.
  • Watch 500 movies in one year.
  • Watch every episode of every television show I’ve ever loved.
  • Edit old photos in Lightroom
  • Do that Gwyneth Paltrow blog cleanse.
  • Attend Seattle’s Tulip Festival.
  • Create and send 10 care packages.
  • Figure out my social media strategy.
  • Find great blogs to read daily.
  • Do something good, every year, on my parents’ birthdays.
  • Go cherry picking.
  • Take a train from Denver to San Francisco.
  • Keep a prayer journal.
  • Start a relationship Mighty List with my significant other.
  • Write an “if anything ever happens to me” letter
  • Build a sandcastle.
  • See Blind Pilot in concert.
  • See Beth Orton in concert.
  • Be more “green.”
  • Write a letter to myself for every decade of my life.
  • Answer these questions: http://5000questionsur.livejournal.com/
  • Add my mighty list to day zero (dayzeroproject.com)
  • Get the mole removed from my nose.
  • Read every book I own, and toss the ones I really don’t want to read.
  • Listen to the Observer’s 50 Albums that Changed Music: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/jul/16/popandrock.shopping
  • Write bathroom graffiti.
  • Write a list of qualities I want to embody.
  • Write a wishlist for love.
  • Watch a meteor shower.
  • Watch IMDB’s Top 250 Movies: http://www.imdb.com/chart/top
  • See the top 1000 Wonders of the World: http://www.hillmanwonders.com/top_1000/index.htm
  • Create a 43 Places List: http://www.43places.com/
  • Go pumpkin picking at Anderson Farms.
  • Zorb!
  • Attend Bonnaroo.
  • Write down the funny moments in my life so I’ll remember them on bad days.
  • Invest in quality over quantity.
  • Don’t buy things just because they’re cheap
  • Buy pretty/cute/comfy underwear.
  • Buy a new robe and towels.
  • Teach people what I love.
  • Create an emergency fund.
  • Write a list of things I like about myself.
  • Give lotto tickets for Christmas gifts.
  • Visit Toronto in the fall.
  • Unplug for a whole weekend—no Internet, phone, or television.
  • Make an ice cream cake.
  • Make a black forest cake.
  • Get a degree in geneology. http://www.cogensoc.us/cgsclasses.html
  • Cook all the recipes from a great cookbook.
  • Make my own marshmallows.
  • Donate 10000 grains of rice on freerice.com. (in progress)
  • Frame my family photos.
  • Make 50 things out of paper.
  • Find my soul tribe.
  • Knit a capelet (see lionbrand.com)
  • Buy a loom.
  • Make new prayer flags.
  • Do this. http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-35722807
  • Write a Hello List.
  • Establish monthly themes and weekly themes within that.
  • Work on at least 2 relatively easy goals every week and parts of two big, long-term goals each week.
  • Write thank you notes to the nonprofits that helped me when I was a child.
  • Do some serious nonprofit networking.
  • Visit my family in Phoenix.
  • Taste the various food rivalries (i.e., Geno’s versus Pat’s)
  • Complete 30 days of truth.
  • Join the national Bone Marrow Registry: http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/Join_Now/join_now.html
  • Drink 100 teas.
  • Connect with writers.
  • Come up with a list of restaurants, bars, and stores I’d like to check out…then check them out.
  • Drive these crazy roads: http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/Travel/10-Awe-Inspiring-Roads-Around-the-World.html
  • Create a weekly book review for blog.
  • Get a Love tattoo on some discreet area.
  • Buy a bike and decorate it.
  • Beat the shit out of my printer, in a field, with a baseball bat.
  • Go here: http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-37497479
  • Spend a weekend, cavorting around Denver & Boulder, just taking pictures.

  • Start a video blog.
  • See these films: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/02/the_best_art_films_of_2010.html
  • Do more stuff with actual film.
  • Throw a party for disadvantaged children on my birthday.
  • Do something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EI93y2oJ4ck
  • Teach an adult how to read.
  • Attend the Mighty Summit: http://www.mightysummit.com/
  • Establish a scholarship in my mother’s memory.
  • Own a Subaru Forester 2009.
  • Contribute to a community garden.
  • Night dive with manta rays.
  • Spend an entire weekend unplugged from technology.
  • Find a go-to drink
  • Find a go-to beer for when I go out.
  • Do something with my Etsy shop.
  • Expand my consulting business.
  • Learn how to make paper cranes.

  • Rescue an australian shepard.
  • Spend at least 30 minutes a day singing at the top of my lungs.
  • Organize my photography, revisit old photos, etc
  • Be more positive
  • Own a VW bus
  • Read David Foster Wallace. 

  • Go to Rosslyn Chapel.
  • http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-39283339
  • cook everything in a cookbook
  • Make a Photography bucket list.http://www.flickr.com/groups/colorfulcolorado/discuss/72157624306797494/
  • attend easter sunday at red rocks

  • read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • apply to fullbright scholars
  • Complete 25 writing prompts from http://www.creativewritingprompts.com
  • Write a list of 100 things that make me happy
  •  Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
  • Write a list of everything bad in my life then burn the list
  • Spend a day in silence
  • Send 10 Postcards via PostCrossing
  • Eat 100 best dishes.  http://www.musteatdenver.com/?page_id=139
  • Go indoor skydiving
  • Clean up credit report, after pay everything off.
  • Visit: http://icecastles.com/
  • Do this: http://www.originalimpulse.com/claim-authority-writing-retreat-cynthia-morris/
  • Do this: http://worlddominationsummit.com/
  • Do this: https://lighthousewriters.org/
  • Write a list of all the food you desperately love; food you dislike; and food that you find meh.

  • http://www.altitudesummit.com/
  • Do this: http://www.7×7.com/eat-drink/big-eat-2012-photos#/0
  • Create a 365 year in photos video
  • Do this: zefrank.com/youngmenowme
  • own a photobooth
  • set-up a darkroom and learn how to use it

  • Do this: http://thecolorrun.com/about/
  • Name a pet Clementine.
  • Write a bliss list: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/What-Makes-You-Purr
  • Visit Senegal’s Lake Retba.
  • Be a little slutty.
  • Learn to pick a lock.
  • Leave 100 inspirational notes around my city.
  • Volunteer in a classroom for a whole year.
  • Compile an address book for everyone I know and send cards out on holidays/birthdays.
  • Have a library.
  • Start a book blog.
  • Start a music blog.
  • Start a movie blog.
  • Discover, read, comment on blogs.
  • Read 5000 books.
  • Visit all of Colorado’s microbreweries.
  • Visit all of Denver’s independent coffee shops.
  • Be mostly vegetarian for a whole summer.
  • Be vegetarian 3 days a week.
  • Document what I wear for one month.
  • Own a vacation home.
  • Have a tree house.
  • Eat fish once a month.
  • Run an online vintage shop with crafts too.
  • Camp out in a yurt.
  • Hire an assistant.
  • Do this: http://www.1001journals.com/
  • Find fireflies.
  • Sandsurf/sled in the sand dunes.
  • Write seasonal summer bucket lists.
  • Look for things to do here: http://www.vayable.com/experiences?page=2
  • Visit all of Colorado’s ghost towns.
  • Participate in a gorilla run.
  • Attend the world domination summit.
  • Take a John Fielder photography workshop.
  • Take courses/workshops through Point Reyes: http://www.ptreyes.org/fieldinstitute/index.shtml
  • Do this: http://wanderlust.schedulegrid.info/colorado-2012
  • Name a kid Ada, Sage, or Claire.
  • Make candy and cookies at Christmas like my Mama/grandma used to.

  • Make america’s test kitchen’s recipe for croissants.
  • Go to more concerts.
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5 thoughts on “ML: things i still need to tackle

  1. Wow; that is a long-ass list. Scentologist or Scientologist? Tattoos? Really? I’d pass on that one. Or, do the henna thing. Or, body painting. Same with getting drunk on anything. How do you both get lost with some things and stay focused with others? What if you set your expectations so/too high with such a long list and don’t accomplish every item? What if the number of items not completed outweighs the completed list and the regret or frustration mounts with age? I’ll have to come back and read portions of this at a time:P It’s just a lot to process in one late night session.

    • Scentologist–as in perfumes and etc. Yes, tattoos. I’ll do it in the future, though. Gotta work up the courage. As for getting lost and staying focused, I think I am often able to balance contradictions–if that makes sense. I don’t necessary think I will accomplish every item. It’s more of a tool to help me realize what I want/need to do. Half the battle is knowing. I don’t beat myself up much anymore–mostly because I realize I’ve already done a lot.

      • Is it sensible to find courage to get tattoos? I think peers pressure us to do it. I’ve debated the whole tattoo thing for years, and I think I’ve finally settled on not doing it. It just suits my views on permanency and attachment. Nothing lasts forever with a few philosophical exceptions. The one thing I think is key to keep in mind is that one day you’ll be old, gray and wrinkly, and those tattoos won’t look or feel the same way. And, there’s no telling the impact on our bodies decades later, either. Why take the chance? Courage nothing. It’s just a choice like being a vegetarian or omnivore.

        So, explain this scentologist thing a bit more if you would.

        Well, Libras are quite vexing…as are Leos…and both seem to balance or weigh contradictions.

        I suppose that makes sense. But, I’d hate to have a long list staring me in the face. What if I hit a low point one day/year and suddenly plunged into “failure” mode/mood? “Look at this stupid list I made! I’m nearly __ and haven’t finished half of it!” I know how people–how I–can get.

      • Believe me–I was so anti-tattoo when I was younger. I thought the same things you do and vowed never to get one. Now, my views are a lot different. Any tattoo I get will be more of a reminder of where I’ve been–people I’ve loved and who I am. If the appearance changes, I’m okay with that because it’s part of who I am as a person–for better or worse. As for taking the chance? We take chances just by breathing. You never know what’s out there, and for me, it represents something worth that risk. As for courage, it’s mostly because I’m a wimp about needles and pain. The fact that I still want to do it knowing it involves those things says a lot about my desire to do it.

        As for scentology–I’m really interested in how different aromatic things change moods and heal. And it’s fun to play with them.

        I’m one of those odd people who loves lists. I get excited by all the things I have yet to do. It’s weird–I know–but that’s part of what I like about it. But I get where you’re coming from.

      • Life tattoos us plenty. My body is already a star chart. We don’t need to inject ourselves with ink reminders that weather, peel and fade. But, to each their own.

        It’s like what Clooney says about photos in “Up in the Air”. Photos are for people who can’t remember. Drink some ginko biloba (however you spell that) and remember. Basically telling people not to give themselves baggage by living in the moment.

        Plus, you never know what culture might be against those tattoos and ask you to cover up or worse. But, there I go again…

        I am a wimp about needles and pain, too. But, my feelings run deeper now. I try to be accepting of others with tattoos…but it keeps creeping up in my gut like vomit. I think people do it erroneously.

        Think of other pains you could face with the same or greater courage and feel better about yourself. A tattoo isn’t going to improve your self-esteem with anyone but another tattoo fan for a glimmer of a moment. That moment you explain the tattoo or compare artistic tastes. Beyond that, it’s just a photograph you hope to remember why it exists years later.

        Too bad I cannot smell…and still have allergies and nose bleeds.

        Music works like scents. Playing with moods is not smart.

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