101+ Lifetime Goals

The Bucket List. I've written and re-written this list many, many times since I was 16. I've had bucket lists with time frames, bucket lists for decades of my life, bucket lists that span my life, and more. After writing them, I pay attention to them for a while, and then eventually ignore or delete them, for one reason or another.

But here's the thing: when you write things down, your brain goes to work. The Reticular Activating System (RAS) kicks on and doesn't stop until you have achieved your goal.

Here's my list, re-written and reconstructed from memory, with the lifetime goals I've completed in bold.


I will travel to:

  1. Rome, Italy
  2. Vatican City
  3. Paris, France
  4. The French Riviera
  5. London, England
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Switzerland
  8. The Alps (Karwendel, Julian, and Kitzbühl so far)
  9. Prague, Czech Republic
  10. Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Velikiy Novgorod, Pskov, and more)
  11. Greece (Zakynthos)
  12. New Zealand
  13. Australia
  14. Bali
  15. Tahiti
  16. Turks and Caicos
  17. Monaco
  18. Argentina (honeymoon in Buenos Aires)
  19. Uruguay
  20. Chile
  21. Easter Island
  22. Molokai, Hawaii
  23. Kauai, Hawaii
  24. Ni'ihau, Hawaii
  25. Alaska
  26. Maine
  27. Vermont
  28. Rhode Island
  29. Massachusetts
  30. Boston
  31. Cape Cod
  32. Yellowstone National Park
  33. The Outer Banks, NC
  34. Fenwick Island, DE (note: it's not an island!)
  35. Niagara Falls, ON
  36. Montreal, QC
  37. Vancouver, BC
  38. The Florida Keys
  39. Scandinavia
  40. San Francisco, CA
  41. Sint Maarten

And see (and tour!) these landmarks:

  1. Disneyworld
  2. The Eiffel Tower
  3. The Vatican
  4. The Sistine Chapel
  5. The Great Pyramids
  6. The Moai of Rapa Nui
  7. Mt. Rushmore
  8. Alcatraz
  9. The Museum of Modern Art
  10. The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA
  11. The Golden Gate Bridge


I will

  1. Dance tango in Argentina
  2. Learn to sail
  3. Ride in a hot air balloon (September 14, 2014)
  4. Go on a river-rafting trip
  5. Learn to ski
  6. Ski in Europe
  7. Ski in Vermont
  8. Ski in Colorado
  9. Fly an airplane
  10. Ride a donkey down to Kalaupapa, Molokai
  11. Visit St. Joseph's church on Molokai
  12. Tour Napa Valley
  13. Vacation on the Eastern Shore
  14. Attend Oktoberfest in Munich
  15. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
  16. Gamble in Las Vegas

Personal Achievements

I will

  1. Get married
  2. Become a mother
  3. Get an author's agent
  4. Sell a manuscript
  5. Finish my writing course (deleted due to inactivity)
  6. Run a 5K race
  7. Build or buy my dream house
  8. Build a family compound in Hawaii
  9. Lecture at a university (invited guest lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007)
  10. Speak at a conference (Bay to Ocean Writers Conference in 2015)
  11. Speak at a major conference, like WDS
  12. Keynote a conference
  13. Become a public speaker (must speak at least 3x a year to consider complete)
  14. See my daughters graduate from college
  15. Appear in a movie
  16. Learn to speak German conversationally
  17. Learn to speak French conversationally
  18. Celebrate 10 years of marriage
  19. Complete a Level 5 gymnastics floor routine as an adult (back handsprings included!)
  20. Dance hula at the Merrie Monarch Festival
  21. Publish a book
  22. Publish a book traditionally
  23. Participate in community theater
  24. Attend my 20-year high school reunion
  25. Live in Oregon
  26. Live in Paris for at least a month
  27. Own land

I'm proud to see so many items crossed off my list, and I look forward to crossing off many more over the course of my life!

Do you have a Lifetime Bucket List?