ML: things i want to do again.
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.
Edit: This hasn’t been updated in at least four years. I’ll try to get on that someday.
- Completed a 5 day juice cleanse (with 5 days of bland eating prior to that).
- Ate and enjoyed tempeh.
- Was vegan for a day.
- Tried acupuncture.
- Had a just made Krispy Kreme doughnut.
- Play dodgeball.
- Tell someone I love them and absolutely mean it.
- Research my family tree, with the help of my surviving family members.
- Learn how to swim better.
- Be a force of nature.
- Be grateful for everything and every person in my life.
- Be proud, but not so proud that I fail to be humble.
- Teach elementary age children, but not necessarily in a traditional setting.
- Run a marathon.
- Climb fourteeners.
- Bungee jump from Royal Gorge.
- Do a massive cross-country roadtrip–this time, completely by myself.
- Visit New Zealand.
- Run every day.
- Get into the best physical condition of my life by being active every day, doing what I love, and eating food that is both nourishing and exciting.
- Make new friends who are different from me and challenge my perspectives.
- Revisit all the places I’ve been–and take more pictures.
- Take the person I love on a tour of my old neighborhood and kiss him at Huston Park.
- Bake bread on Sunday mornings and do it with people I love–especially little ones.
- Cook regularly with someone whose company I enjoy
- Be with someone I crave and indulge those passions fully.
- Camp regularly.
- Go see live music regularly.
- Write poems regularly.
- Re-read the books that inspired me and find at least an hour a day to explore new ones.
- Get back into tennis and volleyball.
- Spend more time in movie theatres, by myself.
- Walk everywhere.
- Spend more time in my old neighborhood.
- Eat more Chubby’s.
- Indulge in more mini-adventure roadtrips.
- Buy a new-to-me car…and take care of it…but don’t use it too much.
- Collect more doodads and seashells.
- Create more jewelry and wearable art.
- Do a juice fast.
- Share my parents with others on a regular basis.
- Do another meditation retreat.
- Participate in NaPlaWrimo.
- Spoil my pets.
- Entertain regularly (host dinner parties and other exciting events).
- Read voraciously.
- Find free events to enjoy.
- Only eat out when it’s a special occasion or really, really worth it.
- Drink tea every night.
Connect to beautiful places.
- Create new memories to replace the shitty ones.
- Save for a rainy day.
- Be financially strong.
- Love a child that is mine…or not mine.
- Buy flowers regularly.
- Do things that scare me, consciously.
- Talk to more strangers.
- Create the things I want/need when they don’t already exist.
- Learn more about Web design.
- Visit the library.
- Read to kids.
- Perform acts of random kindness.
- Use my time wisely.
- Be a meaningful part of everything I’m involved in.
- Attend more workshops.
- Be more involved in my motherless daughters group and find more motherless daughters to share this with.
- Live in a place that has a booknook and windowboxes.
- Write letters to the people I love on a regular basis.
- Zipline through a forest.
- Teach myself to knit and crochet again and then do something with it.
- Make snowflakes at Christmas and homemade Valentines and give them away to strangers.
- Own fish.
- Travel by train.
- Drive really, really fast and not crash.
- Go tubing and rafting on a regular basis.
- Go sailing.
Mentor a young girl.
- Visit the Redwoods.
- Squish my toes in sand regularly.
- Discover new artists (writers/chefs/musicians/etc) to savor.
- Find more things to do with wonton wrappers.
- See a psychic.
- Paint a mural in my home.
- Be an expert parallel parker, like I used to be.
- Fight without getting defensive.
- Give someone hope.
- Participate in group dance events.
- Write reviews of things I experienced.
- Build a snowman and have a snowball fight.
- Make a monthly playlist.
- Reignite my tradition of cake for my birthday.
- Investigate art therapy techniques for personal use.
Visited Jackson Hole, WY.
- Visited Yellowstone.
- Saw Ari Hest in concert.