This is my bucket list.  What’s on yours?

  1. Shave my face with a whaling harpoon
  2. Become an Eagle Scout
  3. Create a personal website
  4. Publish a blog post on a major blog
  5. Publish a magazine/journal article
  6. Publish a book
  7. Write a novel (for NaNoWriMo)
  8. Publish a piece of music
  9. Become very good at improvisation on the piano through deliberate practice
  10. Write a professionally-commissioned piece of music
  11. Write a symphony
  12. Become fluent in a foreign language
  13. Have a well-decorated trophy room
  14. Start a successful business
  15. Give a speech in front of 1,000 people (5 public speakings tips you won’t hear anywhere else)
  16. Run a sub-5 mile
  17. Run a marathon
  18. Run a skyscraper stair-climbing event
  19. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Read about climbing the tallest mountain in Africa here)
  20. Climb Mt. Rainier (A guide to actually climbing a mountain actually)
  21. Climb the Liberty Ridge route of Mt. Rainier
  22. Climb Mt. McKinley
  23. Take an extended pilgrimage in nature
  24. Travel to Varanasi and Mumbai
  25. See the Great Pyramids
  26. Visit all seven continents
    • Travel to South America
    • Travel to Europe
    • Travel to Asia
    • Travel to Africa
    • Travel to Australia
    • Travel to Antarctica
  27. Meet with Dee G. and Mauricio A. in Santorini, Greece in June 2014
  28. Build a house abroad
  29. Teach in a school abroad
  30. Volunteer in an orphanage abroad
  31. Learn to swing dance well
  32. Learn to drive stick
  33. Learn how to single-hand a sailboat
  34. Learn to rock climb well
  35. Learn Krav Maga
  36. Skydive
  37. See the pope
  38. Teach Catholicism in a structured and meaningful way
  39. Read the entire Bible
  40. Get married
  41. Have children
  42. Receive a call from Matt R. on the agreed date– November 12, 2019

I’ll be writing about many of these in the months to come– both ones I’ve already done and ones I’m working on or thinking about.  Are there any in particular you want to hear about?  Let me know in the comments.

PS. By coincidence, this list has (used to have) 43 things on it.  It just so happens that is a social network based on life goals.  If you like this blog, I recommend you check it out!  Alright, a merry Christmas to everyone!

  1. June 14, 2012

    What a great list! Just the fact that you put these goals out on here will keep the momentum going. What when life doesn’t happen as you planned? Will you revise your list?

  2. July 1, 2013

    I love crossing other blogs that also post their life goals to the world! I’ve done the same. Thanks so much for sharing.
    I believe that it’s so much easier to move towards accomplishing them when your friends are watching 🙂

  3. April 16, 2014

    I’m really enjoying your blog after being recommended by another Bucket Lister. I love finding other bloggers/listers setting out to check off some of their goals. I’m currently working on thirty things I want to do before I turn 30 in 2016, I’ve already started composing a list of things I want to do after its finished. After being such an avid blog reader I cant believe I didn’t start blogging for myself sooner!

    I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing things from your own blog and from your followers and fellow bloggers!

    All the best with the remainder of our list, Jodie @

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